Climate Change: I don't want to talk about it

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Restoring carbon as soil organic matter part of the solution to climate change:



Climate change helped cause Brexit, says Al Gore

Former Vice President echoes warnings from US military that global warming is causing dangerous political instability

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Study: Natural Gas Power Plants Emit up to 120 Times More Methane Than Previously Estimated

Researchers at Purdue University and the Environmental Defense Fund have concluded in a recent study that natural gas power plants release 21–120 times more methane than earlier estimates. 

Published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, the study also found that for oil refineries, emission rates were 11–90 times more than initial estimates. Natural gas, long touted as a cleaner and more climate-friendly alternative to burning coal, is obtained in the U.S. mostly via the controversial horizontal drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

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Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.


A simple (but daunting!) road map for staying below 2°C

They start with the big picture: To hit the Paris climate goals without geoengineering, the world has to do three broad (and incredibly ambitious) things:

1) Global CO2 emissions from energy and industry have to fall in half each decade. That is, in the 2020s, the world cuts emissions in half. Then we do it again in the 2030s. Then we do it again in the 2040s. They dub this a “carbon law.” Lead author Johan Rockström told me they were thinking of an analogy to Moore’s law for transistors; we’ll see why.

2) Net emissions from land use — i.e., from agriculture and deforestation — have to fall steadily to zero by 2050. This would need to happen even as the world population grows and we’re feeding ever more people.

3) Technologies to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere have to start scaling up massively, until we’re artificially pulling 5 gigatons of CO2 per year out of the atmosphere by 2050 — nearly double what all the world’s trees and soils already do.


China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies

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Scientists understood the climate 150 years ago better than the US EPA head today:

It's amazing that deniers seem to think that climate change is some kind of modern left-wing conspiracy. Groupthink and laziness I suppose.


The New World Order: Failing States and Collapsing Systems (

Our global dramas are now driven by the end of cheap energy, journalist Nafeez Ahmed argues.


White House showdown on Paris deal set for next week

Advisers and Cabinet officials hope to reach consensus Tuesday, though that could prove difficult: They're still divided over whether to abandon the agreement.


Hidden from the general public's view is that sea levels will be rising much quicker than most people expect as the business community continues to disregard our global warming signs.

Greenland Glacier Rift Could Worsen Rising Sea Levels


NASA Is Digging In The Snow To Help The West Manage Its Water


For the first time on record, human-caused climate change has rerouted an entire river

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Trudeau government delays climate action after oil patch lobbying

The Trudeau government and the oil patch are in agreement: Canada needs to delay plans to reduce the heat-trapping pollution that causes climate change because those actions will cost too much.

It’s a stunning retreat from key promises and statements made by the government since its election in 2015. And it has left some environmentalists wondering whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is following the Trump administration’s race to the bottom on climate policy....


There is increasing evidence that as the atmosphere warms due to global warming our boreal softwood forests and the potential for jobs that they represent are not only at threat from the increased number and intensity of forest fires, such as the one that devastated Fort McMurray, but also from their ability to regenerate themselves. As the climate warms, forests that have burned down are more and more replaced by shrubland. 

The ability of some Western conifer forests to recover after severe fire may become increasingly limited as the climate continues to warm, scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Harvard Forest found in a new study published in Global Change Biology. Although most of these cone-bearing evergreen trees are well adapted to fire, the study examines whether two likely facets of climate change -- hotter, drier conditions and larger, more frequent and severe wildfires -- could potentially transform landscapes from forested to shrub-dominated systems.



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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.

Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter or cool it in the summer.

They are capable of retaining rainwater and reducing problems with runoff, and also offer birds a place to call home in the urban jungle....