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CLIMATE UNDERNEWS

Obama working around the Constitution again

NY Times - The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.

In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

To sidestep that requirement, President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.
The American Bar Association might want to conduct an inquiry into the curriculum of the Harvard Law School. If Barack Obama is any example of its product, then there is serious implication that he was taught that the law - up to and including the Constitution - is something to work around rather than respect. If the law is regarded as just something to manipulate then it steadily loses it value - TPR

Slashing greenhouse gas pollution could pay for itself

Take Part - A new MIT study ... finds that the health savings from slashing greenhouse gas pollution will exceed most, if not at all, the cost of building a low-carbon economy in the U.S.

“We estimate that human health benefits associated with air quality improvements offset 26–1,050 percent of costs depending on the flexibility of the carbon policy,” wrote the researchers in the study, which was published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

That’s because the main sources of carbon dioxide emissions that are warming the planet—coal-fired power plants, cars and trucks—also spew particulate matter, mercury and other pollutants that harm human health.

The researchers found that not all policies would result in the same savings. For instance, the health benefits from directly regulating vehicle emissions by imposing strict fuel economy standards would only pay 26 percent of the cost of the $1 trillion policy.

But the health savings of a nationwide cap-and-trade carbon market would be 10 times the $14 billion cost to implement such a program. Establishing clean energy standards for power plants would save $247 billion versus the policy’s $208 billion cost, according to the study

Small town on Pacific island to be first to move because of climate change

Think Progress - A small town on Taro Island — the capital of Choiseul Province in the Solomon Islands — is planning to relocate its entire population in response to climate change, Reuters reports. It’s the first time that a provincial capital in the Pacific Islands will have done so.

The islands that make up Choiseul Province and the rest of the Solomon Islands sit east of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Sea, and northeast of Australia. Taro Island itself is only 6.6 feet above sea level, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change projects global sea level rise of one to three feet by the end of this century. But that’s likely a low ball estimate. Compounding factors like a speed-up in the melt of Greenland’s glaciers and the effectively irreversible collapse of the West Antarctic glacier could drive it considerably higher.

Rising seas will in turn bring ever-higher risks of storm surges, tsunamis, and floods to the community, which ranges from 500 to 1,000 people according to various reports. So in consultation with a team of engineers, scientists, and planners, Taro Island decided to build an entirely new town on a higher and larger nearby island, to which the population will be moved in stages. Money to purchase the land for the new project was provided by a $3 million grant from the Solomon Islands government in 2008.

July fourth hottest on record

Record heat in California

What summers in your city will be like in 2100

Climate change could dramaticaly change US risk of heat stroke

Insurance company files climate change suits against nearly 200 communities

Life in a four degree hotter world

Youth sue over climate change

Power outages soar with climate change

UN draft report has grim view of global warming

Climate change already affecting food supply

Study: Geoengineering could be a disaster

The scientific and moral hazards of geoengineering

Celebrating 25 years of ignoring UN warnings on climate change

Extreme weather around the world

Largest cities have taken 8,000 climate actions

Where all this cold weather came from

17 California communities could run out of water

Winter in Alaska

Word: Al Gore on geoengineering

Punk Patriot - Saying that climate change isn't real because it's cold right now is like saying the sun isn't real because it gets dark at night.

Scientists predict seven degree temperature rise

Right wing governor embraces climate change

The effects of climate change in before and after photos

Poor countries walk out of UN climate talk over compensation for pollution

Sheldon Whitehouse's lonely climate fight

Americans strongly believe climate change is occurring, and we're the main cause

Leaked report outline climate change's affect on food supply

Greenhouse gases set record high

84% around the globe expect climate change to produce natural disasters

84% around the globe expect climate change to produce natural disasters

Insects moving north nearly 2 miles a year

Why not name extreme storms after climate change deniers?

Hidden causes of conflict

Another sign of climate change

Another approach to cleaning our air

Obama on climate change: more walkless talk

If you’re younger than 28, you’ve never experienced a month of below average global temperature

Obama said, "I urged Congress to come up with a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change." Does he also want, for example, a bipartisan market-based solution to cancer?

40 percent of Americans say global warming is a major threat, compared to 54 percent of those surveyed from other nations by Pew

Climate change spreading deadly diseases

Animals adapting too slowly to climate change

Hawaii's gentle breezes are disappearing

Losing hay as the sun shines

Insurers have no doubts about climate change

Climate change will displace hundreds of millions

Thoreau's contribution to climate change research

Why insurance companies believe in climate change

America's future with climate change

Reducing work hours would do the climate a big favor

World warming faster than thought

Why Katrinia type storms will become more common

2012

Is climate change affecting property values?

What a Sandy type storm could do to Florida

Climate change ignored in debates for first time in nearly 30 years

68% of Republicans believe people can be possessed by demons but only 48% believe in climate change.

Insurance company agrees with climate change science

Rogue climate experiment roils waters

Republicans beginning to accept climate change

Three quarters of Americans believe in climate change

Insurance company agrees with climate change science

America is alone in harassing climate scientists

China hit by heaviest rains in 60 years

Learning what climate change looks like

Ancient civilizations' collapse may have been pushed by climate change

Climate change may make Mt. Everest unclimbable

The Durban deal: more delay on facing the ecological crisis

Climate change scientist cleared of misconduct

Local heroes: Why I'm suing the federal government over climate change

Teenagers take legal action on climate change

An 1847 lecture on climate change. . .

Climate change affecting crop yields

Cancun agreements at a glance

Even best case misses climate stability

Building the case for climate crime prosecution

Why won't the environmental movement deal with population?

NUMBER OF TONS OF CO2 SAVED FOR EACH MILLION
INVESTED IN ABOVE PROJECTS

What's the best way to spend a million bucks reducing climate change?

CITIES ADD OWN PROBLEMS TO GLOBAL WARMING

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SPEND A MILLION BUCKS REDUCING CLIMATE CHANGE?

NASA OFFERS KEY EVIDENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

LOWERING SPEED LIMIT TO 50 MPH CAN REDUCE CO2 FLOW BY UP TO 30%

CLIMATE CHANGE KILLING AMERICAN FORESTS

3,000 LARGEST CORPORATIONS CAUSE MORE ECO DAMAGE THAN THE GDP OF NEARLY ALL COUNTRIES COMBINED

BEHIND THE STATS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

CONSERVATIVE GROUP DENIES HUMAN ROLE IN TRAFFIC JAMS

Administration says no to EU Carbon Tax on Airline Flights to Europe

WHY CAP AND TRADE WON'T WORK. . .AND WHAT WILL

FOR BANKS, COPENHAGEN'S ABOUT DERIVATIVES, NOT ECOLOGY

CLIMATE CHANGE: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED

CHENEY CENSORED CLIMATE CHANGE DATA

WHAT BASEBALL, POKER AND THE STOCK MARKET CAN TEACH US ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

MAINE TOPS NATION IN REDUCING CARBON FOOTPRINT

CLIMATE CHANGE SPEEDING RELEASE OF CO2 FROM ARCTIC SOIL

EPA DECLARES GREENHOUSE GASES A PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT

UK'S CHIEF SCIENCE ADVISOR SEES ECO DISASTER LOOMING BY 2030

TOP SCIENTIST: CLIMATE CHANGE IRREVERSIBLE

HOTTER SUMMERS WILL DRASTICALLY CUT CROPS YIELDS

HEAT WAVES ARE NATURE'S BIG KILLERS

WEATHER-RELATED DISASTERS DOMINATE

EXPERTS: WE'RE MOVING TOO SLOW TO PREVENT CLIMATE CATASTROPHE

CHENEY BEHIND CENSORED, MISLEADING TESTIMONY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

SCIENTIST WHO WARNED OF GLOBAL WARMING 20 YEARS AGO SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT

USING THE TOBACCO APPROACH TO SUE COMPANIES OVER CLIMATE CHANGE

WARM CLIMATE CAN BRING BEETLE INFESTATIONS THAT LIMIT FORESTS' ABILITY TO ABSORB CARBON

EARLY GLOBAL WARMING SPOTTER SAY IT'S WORSE THAN WE THINK

PRINCE CHARLES SAYS ECO CRISIS SHOULD BE TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS WAR

RECOVERED HISTORY: SECRET PENTAGON REPORT SEES ECO DISASTER COMING

EVEN CLIMATE ACTIVISTS DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW BAD IT IS

REPORT DETAILS BUSH'S MANIPULATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION

SCIENTISTS UNITE ON DANGER OF CLIMATE CHANGE

CLIMATE CHANGE'S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE

WASHINGTON POST STILL DOESN'T GET CLIMATE CHANGE

WHY THE EARTH IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME

'VERY UNLIKELY' WE CAN AVOID CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE

Gases

Carbon dioxide emissions reach record high

Greenhouse gases reach record high

U.S. CARBON EMISSIONS DROP 7% IN ONE YEAR

CARBON EMISSIONS DOWN 9 PERCENT IN TWO YEARS

STUDY: HD TV GAS 17,000 TIMES WORSE FOR PLANET THAN CO2

GREENHOUSE GASES HIGHEST IN AT LEAST 800,000 YEARS

CARBON AND METHANE IN AIR UP SHARPLY

Media

Top publishers misleading students on climate change

Percent decrease in the incidence of the terms “global warming” and “climate change” in major newspapers in 2011: 33 - #HarpersIndex

Public opinion & politics

Weather affecting public's belief in climate change

Polls: Percentage of Americans who believed in anthropogenic global warming in 2001: 75. . . Percentage of Americans who believe in anthropogenic global warming today: 44.... Harpers Magazine

Gen X unconcerned by climate change

Scientist backed by Koch foundation now says climate change is rea

CIA is concealing what it’s learned about climate change

100 QUICK REBUTTALS TO CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS

GOP A HAVEN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE KNOW NOTHINGS

GOP candidates dumber on climate change than average Republican

REPUBLICANS ARE ONLY MAJOR PARTY IN WORLD'S DEMOCRACIES TO DISPUTE CLIMATE CHANGE

GOP A HAVEN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE KNOW NOTHINGS

One in three say climate change is not a serious problem

Why talking about climate change is so hard. . .

THREE OUT OF FOUR AMERICANS ARE ECO-EXTREMISTS, AGREE WITH SCIENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

WHAT DRIVES CLIMATE CHANGE DENIERS?

ONLY TWO PERCENT OF CLIMATE SCIENTISTS DOUBT MAINSTREAM CONCLUSIONS

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GETTING BETTER
Carbon dioxide emissions drop 11 percent since 2007
 

GETTING WORSE

Increase in extreme weather

Climate change moving hurricanes north

Global temperatures close to a 11,000 year peak

Lower 48 states 8.6 degrees warmer than usual in March

Another earth warming record

Hottest global spring on record

Australia experiences hottest two years ever recorded

Earth losing 39 cubic miles of ice annually

Largest ever ozone hole in Arctic

Water

Oceans warmed at a rate of 12 Hiroshima bombs per second in 2013 as temperatures spiked

Drought

Californians told to get ready for toilet to tap water

LA driest since records started in 1877

The water level at Lake Mead is expected to hit its lowest level since 1937.

Tornadoes

Highest tornado death toll since 1953

Arctic

Arctic summers warmest in 600 years

Record Arctic water warmth in Norway

@growingwisdom - All time record cold was set for the Northern Hemisphere when a town in Siberia hit 96 below zero. Old record back in 1933.

Greenland ice melting faster than expected

Ice in Greenland is melting five times faster than in the early 90s

Greenland sets half century ice melting record

Arctic sea ice loss greatest in past 1 1/2 millennia

2013

Sea levels could rise 70 feet in coming centuries

Atlantic coast sea level rising more than in past 2000 years

Study: Oceans could rise five feet by 2100

2013 was the 4th or 7th warmest year on record

Canadian Arctic temperatures highest in at least 44,000 years

@climateprogress - Death Valley hit 129 degrees, the highest recorded US June temperature ever

No rain at all fell in San Francisco in October and only 3.95 inches has fallen since Jan. 1, the smallest amount of precipitation to date since record keeping began 164 years ago, according to the National Weather Service.

Korean drought worst in a century

America's warmest year on record so far

2011 weather disasters costliest in history

RECORD SUMMER HEAT IN INDIA

LAST DECADE THE WARMEST SINCE MODERN MEASUREMENTS BEGAN

CANADA HAS WARMEST WINTER

DAILY RECORD HIGH TEMPS BEAT RECORD LOW TEMPS BY 2 TO 1 OVER PAST DECADE

TREE DEATH RATE DOUBLES

DROUGHT IN SPAIN WORST IN 40 YEARS

2012


CLIMATE CENTRAL

MORE STATS

2014

@Harpers - Rank of global warming among national priorities cited by Americans in a January 2009 poll: 20

2013

Climate change killing people in Sweden

Sydney, Australia hits 115.7 degrees


Extreme weather in 2012
Click to find details in your area

Critters feeling global warming faster than thought

 


RECORD HIGHS AND LOWS

 

Environmental stress forcing millions from their homes

European heat waves were worst in 500 years

2010 warmest year on record

Earth has gotten windier

TIBET HEAT RECORD

CLIMATE CHANGE ALREADY AFFECTING COUNTRY

MEDIA
 
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ESSAYS
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A POKER PLAYER'S GUIDE TO THE ENVIRONMENT

WEATHER

Heat from cities may be aiding climate change

Louisiana gets 20 inches of rain

Warm weather eliminates maple syrup at New England farm

HOW CLIMATE CHANGE COULD PRODUCE DRASTICALLY COLD WEATHER

WATER

Water facts

Colorado River Basin drying up faster than thought

Brazil faces water shortage

Water absorbing much global warming, , , but not for long

California's state water supply to be turned off this summer

2013

Ocean species moving towards poles faster than those land based

Sea levels could rise over 2 meters for each degrees Celius that temperatures increase

Hundreds of American cities face sea level threat

Climate change threatens 82% of California's fish

Fish have been migrating towards the poles for 30 years

Warm sea water forces shut down of Connecticut nuclear plant

Sea level rise can't be stopped

Great Lakes water temperature at record levels

East coast sea levels rising much faster than global average

Melting icecaps provide new military targets

Report: oceans in a surprisingly dangerous state

PLACES THREATENED BY SEA LEVEL RISE TAKES ON GLOBAL WARMING

Report: Sea levels to rise up to three feet in next hundred years

Floods reflect climate change

PROJECTIONS

NOAA predicts sea level rise of up to six feet by 2100

French scientists: global warming estimates too low

What two decades tell us

GLOBAL WARMING CUTTING RICE YIELDSReport: 50 million environmental refugees by 2020

International agency gives us 5 years to deal with climate change

Temperatures may rise 7 degrees over next 50 years

Climate change could lead to colder winters in northern regions, according to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reported by Reuters. Vladimir Petoukhov, lead author of the study, said a shrinking of sea ice in the eastern Arctic causes some regional warming of lower air levels and may lead to anomalies in atmospheric airstreams, triggering an overall cooling of the northern continents.

GLOBAL TEMPS SET TO RISE OVER TEN DEGREES BY 2100

REPORT: CLIMATE CHANGE WILL FORCE 75 MILLION PACIFIC ISLANDERS TO RELOCATE

MIT STUDY: 90% PROBABILITY OF 6-13F DEGREE RISE IN TEMPERATURES BY 2100

WHAT A WORST CASE CLIMATE SCENARIO MIGHT LOOK LIKE

SCIENTISTS: FIVE FOOT RISE IN SEA LEVEL BY 2100 POSSIBLE

SCIENTISTS TELL CONGRESS HEAT WAVES MIGHT MAKE LIFE UNBEARABLE IN SOME CITIES

CLIMATE CHANGE MAY WIPE OUT OR DAMAGE 60% OF AMAZON BY 2030

ARCTIC & ANTARCTIC

2014

Arctic sea-ice loss adds 25% to carbon dioxide warming over last 30 years

Antarctic glacier melting could cause major sea rise

Canadian Arctive temperatures highest in at least 44,000 years

The greening of Greenland

2013

Arctic summers could be ice free by 2030


GLOBAL POWER SHIFT


The Arctic crash

West Antarctic warming more than thought

Summer sea ice gone in four years?

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted

Unprecedented plumes of methane released in Arctic

Study: 70% of Arctic ice loss due to humans

Nearly all of Greenland's surface ice melts in four days

Antarctica losing ice from below

BILL GATES, MONSANTO & THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION BUILD A DOOMSDAY VAULT IN THE ARCTIC

Warming of Arctic water producing large amounts of methane gas

Wikileaks confirms battle to carve up the Arctic

Arctic waters warmest in at least 2,000 years

HUGE PIECE OF GLACIER BREAKS OFF

GREENLAND RISING AS ICE MELTS

NEW STUDY SAYS ICE LOSS SHOULD BE HALVED

GLOBAL WARMING, MELTING ICE CAPS COULD HELP TRIGGER MORE VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS

MAJOR ARCTIC ICE MASS SHRINKING FOR PAST 25 YEARS

NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS METHANE COULD CAUSE MORE CLIMATE CHANGE THAN CARBON DIOXIDE

SCANT ICE OVER THE ARCTIC SEA THIS WINTER

ANTARCTIC ICE MELTING FASTER THAN THOUGHT

GREENLAND ICE MELTING FASTER

STUDY: IN 20 YEARS NO ARCTIC ICE IN SUMMER

WATCHING THE ARCTIC MELT

LARGE ANTARCTIC GLACIER THINNING FOUR TIMES FASTER THAN A DECADE AGO

ARCTIC ICE AREA SMALLEST IN 800 YEARS

OLDER ARCTIC SEA ICE DECLINING

ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF ON THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE

HUGE ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE

IMPORTANT GLACIER MELTING AT MORE THAN GLACIAL SPEED

ARCTIC ICECAP MELTING IN WINTER AS WELL AS SUMMER

SCIENTISTS FIND METHANE TIME BOMB IN ARCTIC

POLAR BEARS RESORT TO CANNIBALISM

ARCTIC ICE MELTING FAR FASTER THAN THOUGHT

ANTARCTIC ICE SHELF CONTINUES TO BREAK UP. . . IN WINTER

GREENLAND IS RISING WITH LOSS OF ICE

ANTARCTIC RISE IN FRESH WATER WORRIES SCIENTISTS

NEW ARCTIC SEA ICE UNABLE TO SURVIVE SUMMER SUN

FAST MELTING GLACIERS ENDANGER GLOBE

ICE LOSS IN ANTARCTICA MATCHES THAT IN GREENLAND

SUMMER ARCTIC SEA ICE COULD DISAPPEAR BY 2012

ANTARCTICA'S PENGUINS FADING BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

DROUGHT

2014

California droughts turns talk to drinking urine

California approves fines for water wasting

Australia faces drought for indefinite future

Brazil faces water shortage

California in heavy drought

Drought in Brazil drives the price of coffee beans to a record high

2013

Living with the Texas drought

Colorado River drying up

Dust bowl conditions returning to western U.S.

West Texas town runs out of water

Lake Powell may dry up within a few decades

Drought kill hundreds of thousands of trees

2012

Record Low Water Levels in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan

The return of major dust bowls

Drought shows net explansion in 2012

Mississippi River may soon be too shallow to navigate

Drought's effect on farm families

Dust bowl keeps expanding

Bacon shortage possible due to drought

Drought damage across the U.S.

Drought causing bears to raid backyards

Mississippi River reaching crisis point

Wildlife more desperate for water and food

Popcorn another victim of the drought

Drought causing houses to crack

U.S. Sees Corn Yields Hitting 17-Year Low

58,000 fish die as Iowa river water hits 97 degrees

78% of continental America in drought

July was hottest month in US history

Korean drought worst in a century

Ag Department declares largest drought disaster area ever

Third of nation's corn showing drought damage

UK had driest March in 59 years

Africa facing worst drought in 60 years

TREE RINGS SUGGEST SOUTH CAROLINA HAVING WORST DROUGHT IN 800 YEARS

LAKE MEAD MAY BE DRY BY 2021