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Governors Ask Obama to Weigh Climate Impact of Coal Ports

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:15
Bloomberg: President Barack Obama’s administration should weigh the climate-change impact of burning coal in Asia when considering whether to approve Pacific coal- export terminals, two Western governors said. In a letter to the White House Council of Environmental Quality, the Democratic governors, John Kitzhaber of Oregon and and Jay Inslee of Washington, said the administration must expand its review of the projects and consider the carbon dioxide that would be released when the coal is burned for power....
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Pacific nations urged to call for global shift to renewable energy

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 09:59
SPREP: A powerful challenge was made to the Small Island Developing States today at the Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand. Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change called upon the Pacific Island Small Island Developing States to use their voice to call for a faster transfer to renewable energy use across the globe. Ms. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addresses...
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World’s poorest nations plan to ‘take lead’ at climate talks

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 09:00
RTCC: The planet’s Least Developed Countries (LDC) say they have lost patience with the glacial pace of the UN climate change talks and plan to set their own agenda. Representatives from the 49-strong LDC group met in Kathmandu over the weekend to discuss a response to the ‘Doha Gateway’ agreed at the last round of UN talks in December 2012. LDC nations, who include some of the world’s most climate vulnerable states, repeated their concerns that the emission reduction and financial pledges from developed...
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Predictions of climate impacts on fisheries can be a mirage

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 04:11
ScienceDaily: In the early 1940s, California fishermen hauled in a historic bounty of sardine at a time that set the backdrop for John Steinbeck's "Cannery Row" novel. But by the end of the decade the nets came up empty and the fishery collapsed. Where did they all go? According to a new study led by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the forces behind the sardine mystery are a dynamic and interconnected moving target. Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...
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One Marine Animal Could Be Next Biofuel

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 02:18
RedOrbit: Scientists are looking to the ocean for the next big thing in renewable sources of biofuel for your eco-car. Five researchers at the University of Bergen (UiB) and Uni Research say they found the marine animal tunicate could be used as a renewable source of biofuel. These marine animals serve as bacteria eaters and as a foodstuff in Korea and Japan right now, but the cellulose, the protein and the Omega-3 fatty acids in tunicate are the cause for its many uses. "Its mantle consists of cellulose,...
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New study analyzes the risk to endangered whales from ships in southern California

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 02:10
ScienceDaily: Researchers have identified areas off southern California with high numbers of whales and assessed their risk from potentially deadly collisions with commercial ship traffic in a study released today in the scientific journal Conservation Biology. Scientists from NOAA Fisheries, the Marine Mammal Commission and Cascadia Research Collective analyzed data collected over seven years by NOAA on marine mammal and ecosystem research surveys in the Southern California Bight. Maps predicting the density...
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Humans killed over 10 percent of the world's bird species when they colonized the Pacific Islands

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:07
Mongabay: Around 4,000 years ago intrepid Polynesian seafarers made their way into an untamed wilderness: the far-flung Pacific Islands. Over a thousands or so years, they rowed from one island to another, stepping on shores never yet seen by humans. While this vast colonization brought about a new era of human history, it also ended the existence of well-over a thousand bird species according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Scientists have long known that the...
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'Moderate' New England red tide forecasted for 2013

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 19:05
ScienceDaily: New England is expected to experience a "moderate" red tide this spring and summer, report NOAA-funded scientists studying the toxic algae that cause blooms in the Gulf of Maine. The "red tide" is caused by an alga Alexandrium fundyense, which produces a toxin that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). Red tide typically occurs annually along some portions of the Gulf of Maine coast. This year's outlook is similar to the 2012 red tide which was also classified as "moderate." As with the...
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Scientists link frozen spring to dramatic Arctic sea ice loss

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 17:08
Guardian: Climate scientists have linked the massive snowstorms and bitter spring weather now being experienced across Britain and large parts of Europe and North America to the dramatic loss of Arctic sea ice. Both the extent and the volume of the sea ice that forms and melts each year in the Arctic Ocean fell to an historic low last autumn, and satellite records published on Monday by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, show the ice extent is close to the minimum recorded...
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Three Bills Seek to Halt California Fracking

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 15:06
EcoWatch: Three California assembly members have introduced bills to halt hydraulic fracturing in the state and mandate review of the threats the practice poses to the environment and public health. Fracking uses huge volumes of water mixed with sand and dangerous chemicals to blast open rock formations and extract oil and gas. The controversial technique--currently unregulated and unmonitored by state officials--has been used in hundreds and perhaps thousands of California oil and gas wells. Reflecting...
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Acidic ocean hits Pacific Northwest

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 14:00
C and EN: The path to Cape Flattery is a twisty, moss-carpeted tunnel underneath red cedar and Douglas fir trees that crowd Washington state’s rugged coastline. Micah McCarty scrambles down the forest trail to a shoreline below, leaping across tide pools and slippery rocks to a point where waves break on shellfish beds. We’ve reached the northwesternmost point of the U.S. mainland, a craggy tip of the Olympic Peninsula that belongs to the Makah tribe. This group of Native Americans has been fishing and...
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Australia: Climate change a 'threat multiplier' for Defence

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 14:00
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) says the military is not doing enough planning to cope with the problem of climate change. The study, titled Heavy Weather, found climate change was not being considered by the Defence Department in its national and regional strategic scoping, despite the potential regional instability caused by rising sea levels, migration pressures, and the spread of infectious diseases. ASPI deputy director Antony Bergin says the ADF has already...
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For Engineers, Climate Failure Becomes an Option

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 13:01
Daily Climate: Civil engineers build rugged things designed to last for decades, like roads, bridges, culverts and water treatment plants. But a University of New Hampshire professor wants his profession to become much more flexible. In a changing climate, civil engineer Paul Kirshen argues, facilities will have to adapt to changing conditions over their useful lives -- and, in some instances, be allowed to fail. A leading example of this approach: The Netherlands' Room for the River project: Decades of thinking...
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America's Coastal Denial

Mon, 03/25/2013 - 08:47
Newsweek: The sand was the thing we noticed first. Mostly because it hadn’t been there yesterday, or any day before yesterday, and now it was absolutely everywhere. For the first 23 hours after the storm, we hadn’t been able to see much of anything at all. On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy had made landfall just south of Long Beach Island, New Jersey, the narrow strip of coastline where I spent my childhood summers and where my parents have lived, full time, for the past eight years. Now a day had passed,...
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Australia: Investors warned to put climate change on the books

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 22:51
Australian Broadcasting Corporation: TONY EASTLEY: It's not just the Defence Forces coming under pressure from climate change. A group which represents investment and superannuation funds says Australia's major industries need to do a better job of protecting themselves. The Investor Group on Climate Change, which says it represents Australian and New Zealand investment with combined funds of $900 billion, has released a series of reports showing climate change is already posing new risks for investors. The reports were conducted...
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Reef-building corals lose out to softer cousins due warming

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 18:31
Reuters: Climate change is likely to make reef-building stony corals lose out to softer cousins in a damaging shift for many types of fish that use reefs as hideaways and nurseries for their young, a study showed. Soft corals such as mushroom-shaped yellow leather coral, which lack a hard outer skeleton, were far more abundant than hard corals off Iwotorishima, an island off south Japan where volcanic vents make the waters slightly acidic, it said. A build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is turning...
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Oceans: Environmental victim or savior?

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 16:41
CNN: My grandfather Jacques Cousteau and my father Philippe dedicated their lives to revealing the ocean's wonders and helping us understand our connection to this vast expanse of water. Their work inspired generations and filled people with awe. Times have changed and so have circumstances and perceptions about the ocean. In recent years, the focus has been on the very serious challenges the ocean faces and the impact these challenges are already having on our daily lives. The effects of climate...
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Charleston is ground zero' for climate change

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 14:00
Post and Courier: Future generations may look back on 2012 as the year the majority of our country took climate destabilization seriously, largely due to record heat waves, droughts and Hurricane Sandy. Recent polls suggest this is the case, and in his 2013 State of the Union, President Barack Obama explicitly addressed climate change: "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations." Shortly after, 35,000 Americans gathered...
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China Pours Cash into Melting Arctic to Win Influence

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 13:01
Guardian: At face value, it is not one of the world's most important relationships. When Norway and China fell out two years ago over a Nobel Prize awarded to a Chinese dissident, the spat had little wider resonance. But diplomatic relations are thawing as quickly as Arctic ice -- and the upshot could be significant for the frigid northern wastes of the planet, which are thought to sit on formidable quantities of mineral reserves. China has been cozying up to Arctic countries as part of its effort to...
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Drawn-out winter may have caused thousands of extra deaths

Sun, 03/24/2013 - 10:25
Telegraph: As the country was subjected to the worst March snowfall in over 30 years, official figures showed that there were more than 4,000 extra deaths in just five weeks as the wintry conditions persisted. Over 43,700 deaths were registered in England and Wales in February, an increase of 2,891 compared to the average for the same period over the past five years. In the first week of March alone there were 1,265 extra deaths, provisional figures released by the Office of National Statistics show. Age...
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