Category Archives: Climate change

Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse

Read the full story in Green Builder.

Some are calling the new nine-episode Showtime Series, Years of Living Dangerously, the “The Greatest Story Ever Ignored.” For those of you without cable,  the first episode of the series can be streamed for free.

As to the other eight, I am hoping Showtime makes some kind of a streaming deal.

I beg to differ with Vanity Fair’s assessment of climate change stories—that climate change is the most ignored story ever told. The sad part is that many in the media, especially green media, have told the story—repeatedly. Over and over again, various writers and filmmakers have warned the public about the negative effects of what humans are doing the planet. Others call the consequences of climate change, which is already here, the most important story of our lives. Green reporters are often considered biased. And then there are the climate deniers who point to earth’s natural cycles (which certainly do exist).


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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Climate change, Films


Fish Lose Fear of Predators with Elevated CO2

Read the full story in Environmental Leader.

Higher carbon dioxide emissions that eventually find their way into ocean waters could cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain.

A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims), James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of fish would be “seriously affected” by greater exposure to CO 2.

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Climate change, Publications, Wildlife


New Satellite Boosts Research On Global Rainfall and Climate

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

Although it may seem simple, measuring rainfall worldwide has proven to be a difficult job for scientists. But a recently launched satellite is set to change that, providing data that could help in understanding whether global rainfall really is increasing as the planet warms.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Climate change, Water


On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane

Read the full story at Yale Environment 360.

Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Climate change, Fracking


Water stress magnifies impacts of U.S. droughts

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Dried-out fields and dwindling reservoirs are becoming all too common across the United States as companies, farms and municipalities stagger along under years-long droughts. Worsening dry conditions affect two-thirds of Texas. California’s historic drought shows no signs of improvement. Exceptional to moderate drought conditions extend in pockets from Oklahoma north through Minnesota. And in Colorado, The Denver Post wrote, “comparisons to the Dust Bowl are no longer hyperbole — they’re accurate.”

“Years of Living Dangerously,” a new Showtime series about climate change, turned its lens on how drought devastated the small town of Plainview, Texas in its first episode, which aired Sunday night. Drought drove a Cargill beef-processing plant — Plainview’s largest employer — to close in 2013. More than 2,000 jobs disappeared in a town of 22,000.

In Plainview — and every other drought-stricken place across the United States — a precipitous drop in rainfall is only part of a much broader story. Underlying water stress is one important piece of that complicated puzzle. When drought strikes where baseline water stress is high, it exacerbates regions’ water woes.

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Climate change, Water


Crowdsourcing climate change, one contest at a time

Read the full story in The Guardian.

For millions of people, Wikipedia is a quick and easy way to settle a factual disagreement or research a school paper. For Thomas Malone, professor of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia is an inspiration.

“It’s now possible to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people all over the world at a scale and with a degree of collaboration that was never possible before,” Malone said. “We decided to basically crowd-source the problem of what to do about global climate change.”

The result is MIT’s Climate CoLab, a collaborative online community centered on a series of annual contests that seek out promising ideas for fighting climate change. Right now, 15 contests are active on the site, with more to come, Malone said.


The Emerging Arctic: A CRF InfoGuide Presentation

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has released a new interactive guide examining the economic opportunities and environmental risks emerging in the Arctic. Climate change, technological advances, and a growing demand for natural resources are driving a new era of development in the Arctic region. Many experts assert that Arctic summers could be free of sea ice in a matter of decades, opening the region up to hundreds of billions of dollars in investment, most notably in energy production and shipping.

But the region’s warming will also bring new security and environmental complications, particularly for the five Arctic Ocean coastal states—the United States, Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Canada, and Norway…

The “Emerging Arctic” InfoGuide includes:

  • an overview video with insights from Scott Borgerson, CEO, CargoMetrics and Cofounder, Arctic Circle; Michael Byers; Heather Conley, senior fellow and director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and Marlene Laruelle, research professor of international affairs at George Washington University;
  • a timeline highlighting commercial, political, and environmental milestones in the Arctic;
  • infographics detailing the region’s demographics, oil and gas potential, and ships and shipping routes;
  • an interactive diagram showing the intersecting affiliations of Arctic Council member states; and
  • policy options for a stable and sustainable future in the Arctic.
  • an interactive map showcasing the receding sea ice, regional oil and gas resources, areas of diplomatic dispute, seasonal shipping routes, and the five Arctic Ocean coastal states

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Climate change, Publications


Why Should We Conserve Southeast Asia’s Peat Swamp Forests?

Read the full post at The Equation.

Unloved and unappreciated, the peat swamp forests [of Southeast Asia] are being turned into profitable oil palm and pulpwood plantations at an astounding rate. At least 64% of the region’s peat swamp forests have already been destroyed, and the remainder are disappearing at the rate of 3.7% per year, making this one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems.

Yet the more scientists learn about the peat swamp, the more apparent it becomes that Indonesia and Malaysia are repeating the same tragic mistake America made with the Everglades. They now understand that an immense amount of carbon is sequestered within the deep peat; once the trees are stripped away and the peat is drained, this carbon is “released” by microorganisms that can now metabolize it more quickly.



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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Climate change


‘Years of Living Dangerously’: Showtime series spotlights climate crisis

Read the full story at Mother Nature Network.

Eight years since the Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” sounded the alarm about global warming, the climate crisis is more critical than ever. The new Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously” picks up the mantle, enlisting A-list celebrities to serve as correspondents to draw attention to the most pressing climate issues.
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Climate change, Films


IPCC report: 6 things you must know about reducing emissions

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s newest installment, Working Group III: Mitigation and Climate Change, highlights an important message: It’s still possible to limit average global temperature rise to 2°C — but only if the world rapidly reduces emissions and changes its current energy mix.

Getting to this finding meant analyzing more than 1,000 potential emissions pathways, modeled using the latest research and technology. In short, the report reveals the emissions trajectory we’re currently on — and the one we need to shift to if we’re to limit warming to 2°C, and avoid increasingly dangerous forest fires, sea level rise, heat waves and other climate impacts.

Here are six things you need to know about the level of emissions reductions needed to rein in runaway warming…

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Climate change, Green business


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