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New York City Files Multibillion-Dollar Lawsuit Against 5 Major Oil Firms

Five of the world’s largest oil companies are now in the process of being sued by New York City for their “contributions to global warming,” Comptroller Scott Stringer has revealed. The companies in question are: Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and ConocoPhillips — arguably the 5 top oil firms in the world that […]

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Alaska’s Inupiat Climate Refugees Need a New Home

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Retreating onto the uncharted territory of today’s “climate refugees,” the entire indigenous community of Shishmaref, Alaska, is losing the land under its feet. Shishmaref has a population of around 600 members of the Native American Inupiat Tribe, located on Sarichef, a tiny island north of the Bering Strait. For over 400

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The Calamity Of The Century, & Then Again, In St. Petersburg, Florida — Tropical Storm & Sewage Crisis

Unchecked development causes many urban crises with water problems. Troubles such as too much impervious infrastructure are overwhelmed when strong storms arrive. A recently reported crisis in St. Petersburg, Florida — “The Calamity of the Century” — examines one of the many water problems of this complex environmental conundrum in South Florida. The plight of the Gulf Coast

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Effects of Global Warming on Humans – From 2015 IPCC SYR Data

Not only posing significant risks for Earth’s natural systems, the effects of global warming on humans and human systems have only recently begun receiving the expanded attention they critically require. From hazardous effects causing potential loss of life, injury, or other negative health impacts, to the potential exposure of social, economic, and infrastructure assets to

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Climate Change-Induced Collapse of Civilization by 2040 Reports UK Foreign Office

Releasing this exclusive freely in the public interest, best-selling author Dr. Nafeez Ahmed is offering a unique view of the critically significant impact that climate change is having on our lives, our livelihoods, and even our likelihood of survival on this planet. Dr Nafeez Ahmed is an international security scholar and investigative journalist, currently serving as a

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What Causes Global Warming?

Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is

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The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 4 of 4)

By Brad Walker – Rivers Director, with illustrations and other contributions from Joe Mohr Part 4: Solutions In the three (1, 2, 3) previous segments of this series we have discussed the problems created on and within our rivers when special interests work together to manipulate the political system. In order to justify the destruction of

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The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 3 of 4)

This is part 3 of a 4 part series by Brad Walker of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment analyzing The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers. Read parts 1 and 2 Part 3: Small steps towards river repair There are currently effective Congressionally-authorized programs on the Missouri, Illinois and Upper Mississippi Rivers that

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The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers (Part 2 of 4)

This is part 2 of a 4 part series by Brad Walker of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment analyzing The Nefarious Connection Between Agriculture and Our Rivers. Read Part 1 Part 2: The major culprit There are many well-documented critiques of the industrialized agricultural system, so we will not dwell in detail about why

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Our Way Of Life

By Maggie Fox, President and CEO, Climate Reality Project It’s funny. A lot of the rhetoric we hear pushing back against putting a price on carbon pollution parrots the argument that “it would threaten our way of life.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Fossil fuels like oil and coal helped power us through the

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Declining And Misused Federal Fire Dollars: The Rim Fire

“Monster” fire consumes almost 10% of Yosemite National Park, August-September 2013 (Photo: U.S. Forest Service) Annual costs of fighting wildfires have grown exponentially over the past decade. They now surpass the value of resources reclaimed. The Rim Fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park has already cost over $65 million, and it is less

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Architect Designs 'Ark' — Floating Housing Project — For An Uncertain Climate Future (Photos)

Like many contemporary architects, Alexander Remizov designs structures based upon principles of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. But where he parts from many of his fellows is in his futuristic vision of a world impacted by highly uncertain climate change — particularly habitable land loss due to mass flooding events and extreme climate conditions. Many

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More Fire, More Rain: Two New Reports Predict Worsening Weather Due To Greenhouse Gas Effects

Two separate reports issued in early April by different US agencies predicted significant increases in major wildfires and in major rain storms (“precipitation events”) within the next few decades due to the atmospheric effects of expected greenhouse gas emissions. A study by the US Department of Agriculture said that wildfires in the US will be at

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Removing Sea Defences Could Reduce Impact of Flooding on Coastal Regions

  It might sound counter-intuitive, but a new study has shown that removing sea defences and allowing natural erosion may in fact in times of rising sea level flooding. Robert Nicholls, Professor of Coastal Engineering at the University of Southampton and co-author of this study, says the research shows that protecting our coastline from erosion simply

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Variety Of Tsunami Threats On U.S. East Coast, New Research Concludes

  New studies conducted by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey have found that tsunamis pose a risk to the East Coast of the United States. Researcher Uri ten Brink noted that, “although the risk is small,” a variety of sources could actually trigger a tsunami on the East Coast. Brink also stated: “Hurricane Sandy showed

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Sea Ice Melt: Climate Scientists Connecting the Dots Between Record Sea Ice Melt and Extreme Weather

  This Summer, the Arctic has seen levels of sea ice melt never before recorded, smashing the previous record for minimum sea ice pack set in 2007. According to climate scientists, we can now consider the Arctic essentially ice-free at the end of the ice-loss season. Concurrently, Alaska is experiencing a series of extreme weather

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Connection between Climate Change & Extreme Weather Nailed by Al Jazeera English (Must Watch)

  Via the always excellent Dr. Joe Romm of Climate Progress: Last week I wrote that “Every Network Gets Extreme Weather Story Right.” The ABC News weather editor even ended his story, “Now’s the time we start limiting manmade greenhouse gases.” But the major networks only devote 3 minutes each to what is in fact the “Climate

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Climate Disasters Displaced 42.5 Million in Asia in Last 2 Years

  The claim that global warming and climate change aren’t real gets increasingly ridiculous each year. For one, the science just makes it so much more obvious as it develops (but, truthfully, it’s been obvious for years). Additionally, the real-world climate disasters just keep increasing. In the past two years, for example, 42 million Asians

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2011: Year of Extremes, Seriously (in Weather)

  by Jeff Masters of WunderBlog (repost) Rains unprecedented in 117 years of record keeping set new yearly precipitation totals in seven states during 2011, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center revealed in its preliminary year-end report for 2011. An extraordinary twenty major U.S. cities had their wettest year on record during 2011. This smashes the previous record of ten

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World-Leading Climate Scientist from NASA: “Extreme Heat Waves … in Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 and Moscow in 2010 Were ‘Caused’ by Global Warming”

by Dr. Joe Romm of Climate Progress (repost) “Climate dice,” describing the chance of unusually warm or cool seasons relative to climatology, have become progressively “loaded” in the past 30 years, coincident with rapid global warming.   The distribution of seasonal mean temperature anomalies has shifted toward higher temperatures and the range of anomalies has increased.  An

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2011 Hottest La Niña Year on Record, 11th-Hottest Overall (NOAA)

  The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) both released their final evaluations of global temperatures in 2011 yesterday. They provide two of the longest-standing and most reliable annual evaluations of the climate, using data from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and National Climatic Data Center

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Climate Change a Top Priority for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  Originally posted on Climate Progress, with only the photo added: by Zachary Rybarczyk Developing countries (including China) are expected to account for more than 90% of global energy growth in the next 30 years.  The U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) is addressing the urgent need for sustainable, clean economic growth in these regions

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32 Most Expensive Weather Disasters & 10 Deadliest Weather Disasters of 2011

  2011 was a record year for extreme weather, as I’ve noted a few times already. Meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters of Wunderblog has more on last year’s wild weather, including the top 10 most expensive weather disasters and deadliest weather disasters of 2011, reposted in full from Wunderblog here (note: this is what global warming

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Global Food Security & Warming-Driven Drought — Biggest Climate News of the Year?

  As Dr Joe Romm notes, there are a number of huge climate stories this year. However, he thinks the biggest was the increasing food insecurity related to global warming. I’ve written about this several times, mostly on Eat Drink Better, I think, but also several times here on Planetsave. It’s an important topic, and

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1,000 Killed, Philippines Get Nailed with Killer Floods — Predicted by Climate Scientists (but "Too Alarmist")

  Philippines is now suffering tremendous flooding most likely related to climate change — nice Christmas present, eh? The only way global warming deniers (or, “science deniers,” as I think I’m going to start calling them) can claim that the effects of global warming aren’t already hitting us is if they can prove that climate

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