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Pacific Ocean’s response to greenhouse gases could extend California drought for centuries

September 16, 2016
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ScienceDaily UCLA September 15, 2016 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160915131524.htm Clues from prehistoric droughts and arid periods in California show that today’s increasing greenhouse gas levels could lock the state into drought for centuries, according to a study led by UCLA professor Glen MacDonald. The study, published today in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, looked at how natural climatic […]

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First U.S. marine national monument created in Atlantic


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First U.S. marine national monument created in Atlantic Posted: 15 Sep 2016 12:15 PM PDT Deep in the oceans exist some of the world’s oldest and most mysterious sea canyons and mountains, or seamounts. Formed millions of years ago by extinct volcanoes and sediment erosion, sea canyons and seamounts are biodiversity hot spots — home […]

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Is nuclear crucial to climate change targets?


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Is nuclear crucial to climate change targets? AFP-JIJI, AP Japan Sep 16, 2016 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/16/business/nuclear-crucial-climate-change-targets/#.V9wlrDXG9S1 PARIS – As Britain greenlights its first new nuclear power plant in more than 20 years, experts diverge on the role of nuclear energy in the quest to cap global warming at less than 2 degrees Celsius. The broad challenge in […]

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Kenya to Restore Denmark-sized Area of Degraded Land


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Kenya announced on September 8th that it will restore 5.1 million hectares (12.6 million acres) of degraded land, an area roughly the size of Denmark, to more productive use. The move is poised to improve livelihoods, curb climate change, safeguard biodiversity and more. by Hayden Higgins and Aaron Minnick – September 13, 2016 World Resources […]

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Near-Record Low 2016 Arctic Sea Ice


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2016 ties with 2007 for second lowest Arctic sea ice minimum By Brian Kahn September 15th, 2016 climatecentral.org http://www.climatecentral.org/news/2016-low-arctic-sea-ice-20702 Arctic sea ice is one of the grandaddy’s of climate indicators. …. This year’s sea ice extent has bottomed out as the second lowest on record, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. It […]

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U.S. forests are so full of dead trees that some scientists want to burn them instead of coal


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By Chris Mooney September 8 2016 Wash Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/09/08/so-many-u-s-trees-have-died-that-some-scientists-want-to-burn-them-instead-of-coal/?utm_term=.a5b7807304b5 The state of California, wracked by drought, has 66 million dead trees across its landscape. They’ve been killed by both the drought itself and by voracious bark beetles, and now they’re just sitting there — destined to either decompose, burn in a wildfire, or be incinerated, for safety reasons, by […]

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Record-smashing August means long-awaited ‘jump’ in global warming is here

September 14, 2016
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Every month of 2016 has set a temperature record. Joe Romm September 14, 2016 climateprogress.org https://thinkprogress.org/global-warming-jump-419da72c9215#.9z3u2swuu NASA temperature analysis for August: “Another month, another record.” Credit: NASA We appear to be in the midst of the long-awaited jump in global temperatures. And that means “The kinds of extreme weather we have seen over the past year or […]

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Climate Change and Nutrition—Polar Bears, Fish


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Land-based food not nutritionally sufficient for wild polar bears, according to new study Posted: 13 Sep 2016 12:05 PM PDT On average, a polar bear loses up to 30 percent of its total body mass while fasting during the open-water season. Although some scientists previously believed land-based foods could supplement the bears’ nutritional needs until […]

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Brazil just ratified the Paris climate agreement. Here’s why that’s a really big deal

September 13, 2016
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third-largest country for emissions, after the U.S. and China, to have done so ratified countries total ~ 41% of global emissions; need to get to 55% for agreement to go into effect remaining countries that emit more than Brazil, but have not yet ratified, are Russia (7.5 percent of emissions), India (4.1 percent), Japan (3.79 percent), and Germany (2.56). […]

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Best shot at cooling the planet might be under our feet

September 12, 2016
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Studies suggest that regenerating soil by turning our backs on industrial farming holds the key to tackling climate change Jason Hickel Saturday 10 September 2016 04.00 EDT Last modified on Saturday 10 September 2016 13.01 EDT guardianUK https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/sep/10/soil-our-best-shot-at-cooling-the-planet-might-be-right-under-our-feet It’s getting hot out there. Every one of the past 14 months has broken the global temperature record. Ice […]

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