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    Descriptive info: .. Syndication.. |.. Subscribe.. Archives.. About.. Contact.. Support TDC's Journalism!.. Sign up for TDC's free newsletter.. Front Page.. Newsroom.. Solutions.. Consequences.. Causes.. Politics.. Energy.. Coal.. Disease.. Acidification.. Science.. Adaptation.. Sea Level.. Tuesday, March 19 2013.. http://www.. dailyclimate.. org/frontpage/economics/inspector.. html.. Move to drop debate on climate change in schools faces backlash.. Educationists and student groups have joined environmental organisations to condemn government plans to drop debate about climate change from the national curriculum for under-14-year-olds in English schools.. The Guardian.. Renewable energy standards target of multi-pronged attack.. Despite little success so far and growing support nationally for clean energy, a multi-pronged campaign to undercut renewable power mandates in the states is showing no signs of letting up.. Inside Climate News.. org/frontpage/consequences/inspector.. Suntech defaults on $541 million bond payment.. Suntech, one of the world's biggest solar panel manufacturers, said Monday it has defaulted on a $541 million bond payment.. It's the latest sign of the financial squeeze on the struggling global solar industry.. Associated Press.. Maryland offshore wind bill passes.. Maryland Gov.. Martin O'Malley achieved a long-sought victory Monday night as the state's general assembly gave final approval to his bill to encourage development of a wind energy industry featuring dozens of giant turbines off the state's Atlantic coast.. Baltimore Sun.. org/frontpage/other_news/inspector.. Other News.. China seen cutting subsidy for largest solar projects.. Bloomberg News.. Hacking the planet: The craziest solutions to weather disasters.. Fast Company.. Starbucks buys its first coffee farm.. Wall Street Journal.. Billionaire to Massachusetts Senate hopeful: No Keystone.. Study backs use of shale gas in UK.. Financial Times.. org/frontpage/editorials/inspector.. Editorials.. Maine should plan for climate changes.. Maine can't afford to ignore the facts and pretend that climate change is not happening.. Dropping the climate change adaptation work may be an effective political statement, but it could prove to be an expensive one if a string of superstorms rakes the coast.. Portland Press Herald.. A fracking boom in green California? Lure is compelling.. California’s push to be the greenest state has given it America’s only cap-and-trade system to curb greenhouse gases, millions of solar rooftops, and the cleanest utilities and cars.. Can we have all that and an oil-fracking boom too?.. Redding Record Searchlight.. Shift: Coal down, coal up.. A significant change is affecting Appalachia's coal industry.. U.. S.. sales are sinking, but overseas shipments are booming.. Charleston Gazette.. org/frontpage/opinion/inspector.. Opinion.. Once again: Climategate's dark and destructive arts.. In 2009, shortly before the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, hackers published a haul of climate scientists' emails.. That was the first 'Climategate.. ' Two years on came another batch, and a few days ago a third.. Do the releases tell us more about the science or the hackers?.. Daily Climate.. Detroit should improve gas mileage.. After improving for six years, average gas mileage of all cars and trucks sold in the U.. went into reverse in 2011 What brought the change? Data contained in the EPA's annual mileage trends report present a sharp contrast to the post-bankruptcy and bailout happy talk of the U.. auto industry.. The report is a warning light on Detroit's dashboard.. Detroit News.. Teachers should be given free rein to teach climate change in schools.. Should teachers be allowed to choose the topics they introduce in their classes, as long as they adhere to a broad "purpose of study"? Or should they be "forced" by central government to include certain topics?.. org/frontpage/top_stories/inspector.. Major fuel, emissions savings unlikely in autos - report.. Jim Belford/flickr.. Efforts to drastically slash automobile emissions and fuel use within 40 years don't stand a  ...   rows here to plot what could be the final battle in the four-year conflict over the Keystone XL pipeline.. Funding shortfall: Germany forced to cancel climate programs.. As prices for carbon emissions continue to languish, Berlin is planning to cancel some key subsidy programs aimed at increasing reliance on renewable energies.. Germany and other European countries seem uninterested in fixing the problem.. Der Spiegel.. Can a divestment campaign move the fossil fuel industry?.. climate activists have launched a movement to persuade universities, cities, and other groups to sell off their investments in fossil fuel companies, but while the financial impact of such divestment may be limited, the campaign could harm the companies in a critical sphere — public opinion.. Yale Environment 360.. Inside TDC.. org/frontpage/feature1/inspector.. Do not pay over the odds for nuclear power.. Times of London.. 19 Mar.. org/frontpage/feature2/inspector.. org/frontpage/feature3/inspector.. Phoenix's too hot future.. 14 Mar.. org/frontpage/feature4/inspector.. Change without catastrophe: Anthony Watts.. OilPrice.. com.. org/frontpage/feature5/inspector.. Tundra shows Arctic heat.. Plants are growing nearly 500 miles further north than they did a few decades ago.. Climate News Network.. 18 Mar.. org/frontpage/feature6/inspector.. Boeing discloses fixes for lithium-ion batteries.. New York Times.. org/frontpage/consequences_below_fold/inspector.. Top Consequences.. Starbucks Corp.. has bought its first farm, with plans to use the 600-acre property in Costa Rica to develop new coffee varieties and test methods to eradicate a fungal disease known as coffee rust that is vexing the industry.. org/frontpage/solutions_below_fold/inspector.. Top Solutions.. China, forecast to become the biggest solar market this year, may restructure its subsidies to favor smaller projects over larger ones to promote new plants in in areas with power shortages, an industry official said.. org/frontpage/causes_below_fold/inspector.. Top Causes.. In a paper some environmental campaigners will find contentious, experts from three climate bodies conclude there are sound reasons to burn natural gas instead of coal in the country’s power stations in the short term.. Eight member states breach EU air quality rules: Data.. Eight European Union states, including France and Germany, are likely to have failed to meet EU emission standards in 2011, down from 12 countries in 2010, according to preliminary figures released on Monday by the European Environment Agency.. Reuters.. org/frontpage/politics_below_fold/inspector.. Top Politics.. org/frontpage/tdc_newsroom/inspector.. From the Daily Climate Newsroom.. By Brian Bienkowski.. 19 March 2013.. more.. EHN wins journalism award for environmental justice series.. By Marla Cone.. 15 March 2013.. Environmental Health News has won Honorable Mention in a national journalism competition for its 10-part series investigating environmental justice problems in communities across the country.. The Oakes Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in environmental journalism, are bestowed by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.. Opinion: Meet my kid, an adorable environmental disaster.. By Jeff Feldman.. 1 March 2013.. Herbert Hoover Library.. Raising a child - particularly in a rich country like the United States - can have an outsized environmental impact.. One green-minded couple in West Virginia struggles to come to terms with that decision.. Essay: Why is it so hard?.. By Al Kesselheim.. 26 February 2013.. Joe Schlabotnik/flickr.. A Montanan, on a bike ride on an unseasonably warm day, ponders the daunting options – and paucity of action – required to preserve winter and stop torquing the climate.. Opinion: A child sees through the emperor's new pipeline.. By David Lillard.. 15 February 2013.. TransCanada.. With protestors locking themselves to the White House gates to stop the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline, President Obama may want to consider one six-year-old boy's questions about the project's impacts.. The Daily Climate.. 421 Park Street, Suite 4.. Charlottesville, VA 22902.. News for a changing planet..

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    Descriptive info: org/newsroom/top_stories/inspector.. Top Stories.. From giant walls to robots that suck heat out of hurricanes, The Weather Channel’s "Hacking the Planet" series proposes weather fixes so crazy they just might work (or go horribly wrong).. A California billionaire who supports environmental causes vowed to target Massachusetts U.. Rep.. Stephen Lynch in the state's U.. Senate race unless Lynch promises to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline project.. California green jobs grew at slower pace in 2010.. Green jobs in California kept growing in 2010 but at a slower pace than before, according to an annual survey of the state's emerging clean-tech industry.. San Francisco Chronicle.. Billionaire joins fight against Keystone XL.. The Keystone XL pipeline faces a new, formidable and deep-pocketed foe: Tom Steyer, a California billionaire, has targeted the controversial Canadian project to funnel Alberta’s landlocked heavy crude to Texas refineries on the Gulf Coast.. Globe and Mail.. Alison Redford says feds should follow Alberta’s lead on a carbon levy for industrial emitters.. Alberta Premier Alison Redford says the federal government should follow her province's lead of introducing a carbon price on greenhouse gas emissions for large industrial emitters — as long as it improves environmental outcomes and is not a publicity stunt.. Postmedia News.. Katrina-like storm surges could become norm.. Last year's devastating flooding in New York City from Hurricane Sandy was the city's largest storm surge on record.. Though Hurricane Sandy was considered a 100-year-event, a storm that lashes a region only once a century, a new study finds global warming could bring similar destructive storm surges to the Gulf and East Coasts of the United States every other year before 2100.. LiveScience.. Huge hurricanes will become 10 times more frequent with just two degrees of warming.. Storm surges as devastating as those caused by Hurricane Katrina could happen 10 times more often if global temperatures rise by just two degrees, new research warns.. London Daily Mail.. Climate change to worsen hurricane storm surge.. Could the USA deal with a Hurricane Katrina every two years? Such a scenario is possible by the end of the century due to climate change, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.. USA Today.. Warming temperatures could multiply Katrina-like hurricanes: Study.. The number of Atlantic storms with magnitude similar to killer Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.. Gulf Coast in 2005, could rise sharply this century, environmental researchers reported on Monday.. Rutgers tool simulates the realities of sea level rise.. A new online mapping tool published by Rutgers University to help local officials plan for coastal flooding in coming decades simulates flooding and sea level rise on the New Jersey coastline.. Montclair NJ Spotlight.. Link between tornadoes and global warming is complicated.. We keep hearing scientists tell us that we can expect more potent storms as part of climate change brought on by global warming.. But what about tornadoes? It’s complicated and uncertain.. Louisville Courier-Journal.. Melting of Greenland’s ‘fringe’ glaciers adds to sea level rise.. Glaciers on the edge of Greenland are pouring about 50 gigatons of water into the Atlantic every year.. That’s about half the volume of Lake Geneva, one of Europe’s largest lake, and about 10 percent of annual global sea level rise, according to a new study.. Summit County Citizens Voice.. Warmer years ahead.. The latest report on climate trends and projections for the State by an IISc team, in association with the Bangalore Climate Change Initiative-Karnataka, says Karnataka is likely to experience a 1.. 5 to 3 degree rise in temperature by 2030.. The annual maximum and minimum temperatures in Bangalore will also see a spike.. Deccan Herald.. Would-be geoengineers call for research guidelines.. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions, redefining floodplains and building sea walls may not be enough to protect against the most devastating climate change impacts like fires, floods, heat waves and drought.. As a result, some are pushing scientists to explore every possible option to keep the world from getting warmer, including geoengineering.. ClimateWire.. Report: Higher fuel standards, fees needed to reduce oil use by 2050.. A new report says fuel efficiency standards should continue to rise through 2050, and that the government should impose new fees on gas guzzlers and consider new gas taxes.. Greener cars could slash US pollution by 2050: study.. Greener cars that use alternative fuels could help the United States slash its greenhouse gas emissions from everyday driving a full 80 percent by 2050, according to a scientific study out Monday.. Agence France-Presse.. Thes bacteria eat electricity and make fuel.. It's not a diet we'd recommend for everyone, but these hungry bugs might be the key to a clean source of gasoline.. Scientific American.. Plant adds to emirate’s renewables push.. Abu Dhabi has launched its first big solar plant, powering 20,000 homes, as the emirate pushes ahead with its renewable energy plans aimed at diversifying the economy and meeting booming electricity demand.. Coal state Dems press Obama to scale back EPA emissions rules.. A group of Senate Democrats is calling on the Obama administration to amend proposed emissions standards for new power plants, saying the regulations, as currently drafted, would devastate the coal industry in their home states.. The Hill.. More inspections, tougher pollution penalties for oil tanker traffic.. The federal government announced changes Monday to improve oil tanker safety off Canadian coasts, and shore up support for several controversial projects that would increase oil exports from British Columbia.. Canadian Press.. Obama to seek faster energy permitting.. President Obama's upcoming fiscal year 2014 budget request would increase funding for energy programs within the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management by approximately 20 percent and includes a call for millions of dollars in funding for natural gas production and carbon capture and sequestration, the White House said March 15.. Bloomberg BNA.. Climate change foes say 'sick' science distorts facts.. One of the nation’s more controversial climate change skeptics dismissed warnings about sea-level rise and global warming as “scare tactics” and “sick” science during a talk in Georgetown on Monday.. Wilmington News Journal.. Oregon 'clean fuels' program gets first airing.. Oregon's "clean fuels" program aired before the Legislature today, with business divided and the military lining up with environmentalists in support.. The standard would require fuel suppliers and distributors to cut the carbon in car and truck fuel 10 percent a gallon by 2025.. Portland Oregonian.. Enviros threaten Stephen Lynch on Keystone pipeline.. A group of climate-minded activists and a philanthropist have sent a letter to Massachusetts Senate hopeful Stephen Lynch, warning the Democratic congressman that they’ll form a super PAC to target him unless he opposes the Keystone pipeline.. Politico.. Panel considers future of Oregon clean-fuels program.. Executives from clean-energy companies asked Oregon lawmakers Monday to continue the state's clean-fuels program beyond its expiration in 2015, saying they need the Legislature's blessing to help their budding industry take root.. Australian climate plan upsets environment group.. Victoria's plan to tackle climate change has been labelled disappointing by a peak environment group, who said it addressed adaptation without acknowledging the need to prevent climate change in the first place.. Australian Associated Press.. Young primary school pupils will no longer learn about caring for environment.. Young children will no longer be taught about harms posed to animals by changing habitats under curriculum reforms proposed by the Government.. The Telegraph.. Company eyes coal on Montana's Crow reservation.. A mining company plans to start exploratory work this spring on an estimated 400 million tons of coal beneath Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, adding to a spate of recent interest in the region's huge coal reserves despite flagging domestic demand for the fuel.. Keystone fears resonate along New England pipeline.. The Canadian energy industry insists it has no plans to reverse the flow of a pipeline that carries crude oil from Maine to Montreal, but that has done little to reassure New England towns that oppose the idea and the 18 members of Congress asking for a full environmental review.. Canada plans ‘world class’ system to address oil spill fears.. The Harper government will announce Monday in Vancouver plans to create what it calls a “world class” oil spill prevention regime, The Vancouver Sun has learned.. Vancouver Sun.. A science of signs of spring.. Volunteer naturalists' backyard observations of the advent of spring each year show plants and animals across North America are blooming, migrating, stirring and nesting much earlier, according to the U.. National Climatic Data Center.. California fracking fight has $25 billion in taxes at stake.. California’s reputation for environmental protection may be jeopardized by the lure of a $25 billion tax windfall that depends on how the state permits oil companies to take advantage of vast deposits lying two miles beneath its golden hills.. Sebastopol in standoff over SmartMeters.. For SmartMeter critics, it was a major win.. Last month, the Sebastopol City Council voted to ban the wireless meters, which Pacific Gas and Electric Co.. has been installing under a $2.. 2 billion program to improve service, cut costs and shift to a "smart grid.. ".. Pastoralism as adaptive as irrigated agriculture in Ethiopia's Awash: Study.. Despite Ethiopia’s heavy investment in irrigated cotton and sugarcane farming in the Awash valley, pastoralism could be just as effective a way to deal with changing climate conditions there, researchers say in a new report.. org/newsroom/latest/inspector.. Enterprise and investigative reporting by DailyClimate.. org.. Congress in 2010 directed the National Research Council to assess the feasibility of reducing both gasoline use and greenhouse gas emissions in cars and light trucks by 80 percent by 2050.. The council concluded that goal would be "extremely challenging.. " br/ br/ Even hitting an intermediate target - cutting fuel use in half by 2030 - would be "very difficult," the council reported.. For its series entitled Pollution, Poverty, People of Color, EHN dispatched reporters to seven cities to profile the wide variety of environmental health threats facing low-income communities of color.. Thirty years after the emergence of the environmental justice movement with a protest in North Carolina, poor communities with large African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American populations still are exposed to a disproportionate burden of industrial pollutants.. It’s hard to argue with the numbers.. Despite all the effort Kristin and I put into being good upstanding environmental citizens – living in an energy-efficient home, raising some of our own food, recycling – the carbon legacy and greenhouse gas impact of our child will overshadow by 20 times all of our green do-gooder acts.. Of course, I know exactly what's wrong.. We all do.. So why aren't we doing anything about it? That's really the question: Why is it so hard, at every level, to do anything to stop torquing the climate?.. I can't bear to answer my son's questions.. br/ br/ Millions of Americans have asked President Obama to kill Keystone XL.. His authority can stop the pipeline at the Canadian border.. I hope he will.. br/ br/ If he does, I'll have no trouble explaining the reasons to my son.. Looking for love as the climate heats up.. By Sharon Oosthoek.. 14 February 2013.. (c) Sharon Oosthoek.. Pushed north by a warming climate, southern species are mating with northern cousins, muddying gene pools and wildlife conservation efforts alike.. The interbreeding has several consequences, none well understood: It could increase genetic diversity, helping species weather rapid ecosystem changes.. It also could dilute the genetics of at-risk animals such as polar bears – perhaps even diluting them beyond recognition.. And the changes threaten to wreak havoc with conservation efforts.. Opinion: State of the Union is often paved with green intentions.. By Peter Dykstra.. 12 February 2013.. White House.. Presidents almost always toss a few environmental promises into the State of the Union Address.. Then they almost always fail to deliver.. Environmentalists are on higher-alert than normal this year, after President Obama made a sweeping inaugural promise to tackle climate change, an issue he'd largely avoided during his first term.. br/ br/ If the president reprises that theme in tonight's speech, he'll join a long list of predecessors to warn that we’re leaving a mess for future generations.. And if past is prologue, the green talk and pageantry may be the only things delivered on the president's lofty words.. Burning issue: 'Waste-to-energy' plants take off in bid to cut garbage, fuel use.. By Nate Seltenrich.. 11 February 2013.. Greenaction.. Proposals are proliferating nationwide to incinerate trash and generate energy.. They're also firing up the local opposition.. Roughly 100 proposals to turn trash to energy have cropped up nationwide the past six years, as local and state officials scramble to meet mandates to divert waste from landfills and find more renewable energy sources.. br/ br/ Companies tout the benefits of new technology.. And while no plant using such technology has yet been built in the United States, 2013 could bring an end to a 16-year span in which no new commercial-scale incinerators were constructed in the United States.. Opinion: Record snow in a warming world? The science is clear.. By Marlene Cimons.. 9 February 2013.. Christopher Petroff/flickr.. As the Northeast digs out from under a mammoth blizzard, it might seem easy for climate change skeptics to point to such intense storms as evidence that global warming isn't real.. They would be wrong.. The science behind this is clear: Warmer temperatures cause more water to evaporate into the atmosphere, and warmer air holds more water than cooler air.. br/ br/ The reality is that such snowstorms often don't occur despite global warming, but because of it.. On the wall or in the ear, climate science comes alive as art.. By Shelley DuBois.. 1 February 2013.. (c) Shelley DuBois.. Art may follow life, generally, but at a new exhibit, art follows science.. The collaborative effort, opening this week at City College of New York, pulls video gamers, music professors, multimedia designers and polar researchers together in a bid to make climate science approachable.. Polarseeds is the brainchild of Marco Tedesco..  ...   they must be able to establish a baseline for how these ecosystems function.. br/ br/ In Colombia, which may have the greatest biodiversity of any country on Earth, research is often decades behind.. Second of two parts.. Colombia's cities risk deluge from changes in Andes high above.. 3 December 2012.. Santiago La Rotta/flickr.. Some 11,000 feet above sea level, an alpine archipelago plays a crucial role regulating a water supply for millions in Colombia's largest cities.. Except the natural flood-control works are failing.. First of two parts.. Colombia, one of the wettest countries on Earth, saw its second rainy season of the year officially begin in September.. For the past two years, however, some parts of the country have had little respite from a destructive deluge during what are traditionally drier times of year.. br/ br/ Scientists believe climate change is a factor in the flooding that has affected three quarters of Colombia in the past two years, cost billions of dollars and left hundreds dead.. Working wonders without water out West.. By Bruce Dorminey.. 26 November 2012.. Richard Saxon/flickr.. A generation of farmers in the West mulls a switch from water-intense - and profitable - crops like cotton and irrigated wheat to thriftier, rain-fed sorghum and grains.. For many of the West's farmers, a drier climate brings an economic hit.. Irrigation is increasingly seen as a non-viable alternative in many areas.. In Washington state, farmers tapping into the depleted Odessa aquifer may be forced into dryland agriculture to survive.. Unless these farmers get permission to recharge such aquifers with waters from the Columbia River, in a decade's time the Odessa is projected to dry up.. Opinion: We can slow near-term climate change.. By Michael MacCracken.. 20 November 2012.. Nick McIntosh/flickr.. Methane, soot and air pollution account for roughly half the additional warming influence expected out to 2100 by this century’s emissions.. Cutting their emissions could limit near-term climate change while providing considerable health and environmental benefits.. These compounds remain in the atmosphere only days to decades – versus centuries for the CO2 perturbation– so cutting their emissions can appreciably slow the rate of warming over the next several decades.. Slowing cargo ships cuts pollution near ports by more than half, study finds.. 19 November 2012.. Greg Bishop/flickr.. Slowing cargo vessels near coastlines by 10 to 15 miles per hour could dramatically cut ships’ air pollution, according to a new study.. But only a few U.. ports have initiated such efforts.. A speed limit of 14 mph, down from the current cruising speeds of 25 to 29 mph, would cut nitrogen oxides – a main ingredient of smog – by 55 percent and soot by almost 70 percent.. It also would reduce carbon dioxide – a potent greenhouse gas and key contributor to climate change – by 60 percent.. br/ br/ With 100,000 ships carrying 90 percent of the world’s cargo, air pollution is a heavy burden for people living near ports, so slowing ships could improve their health, researchers say.. Coal plants smothering communities of color, report finds.. 16 November 2012.. 350.. org.. Coal plants place a disproportionate burden on poor and largely minority communities, exposing residents to high levels of pollutants that affect public health, according to a new report led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.. The report ranks all 378 coal-fired power plants in the United States according to a plant's impact on the health, economics and environment of nearby communities.. People living near coal plants are disproportionately poor and minorities, the report found; the six million people living within three miles of those 378 plants have an average per capita income of $18,400 per year; 39 percent are people of color.. Readers repond: Enviro-lit 101.. Rachel Sian/flickr.. Journalist Peter Dykstra's essay naming the five best environmental books of all time sparks debate on what else belongs in the pantheon.. Few argued with Dykstra's top five.. Almost all offered additional titles for consideration, illustrating the problem tallying any "best of" index: There never is simply a top five, or 40 or even 100.. Tough (and tougher) times on the ranch.. By Susan Moran.. 14 November 2012.. Ryan T.. Bell/USDA.. Cow whisperers, gene jockeys, and the old-guard wrestle with lingering impacts to farms and ranches from this year's drought – and brace for a future that looks to be a lot less predictable.. People who make a living off the land are no strangers to risk, whether dictated by Mother Nature, international currency fluctuations or their local banks.. But scientists agree that climate change will up the ante considerably by bringing more extreme weather gyrations – searing drought one year, followed by torrential storms that can wash away cracked soil and destroy crops rather than quench their thirst.. br/ br/ The drought has pressured ranchers across the West to sell breeding cattle, take on more debt, or seek supplemental work off the farm.. Some, particularly in Texas last year during a crushingly severe drought, have even liquidated the whole ranch.. Opinion: Tread carefully linking extreme weather to climate crisis.. By Amy Luers.. 13 November 2012.. Pamela Andrade/flickr.. A cultural shift to our approach on emissions and climate mitigation requires a broader long-term view.. Tying the issue to extreme events like Hurricane Sandy may not get us where we need to be.. I fear these efforts could backfire if we do not proceed cautiously with our framing around extreme weather and climate change.. Our challenge to solve the climate crisis could become more difficult in the end.. Enviro groups see big win in efforts to put climate, energy on election agenda.. 8 November 2012.. Ann Marie Buerkle.. The 2012 election was supposed to be all about the economy.. But in state and federal races throughout the country, candidates targeted by environmentalists for their positions on climate and energy lost Tuesday in large numbers.. Three of the "Flat Earth Five" – Republican House members identified by the League of Conservation Voters for their anti-science stance on climate change – lost their races Tuesday, with the remaining two too close to call Wednesday afternoon.. br/ br/ Meanwhile candidates identified as "climate heroes" by a coalition led by author and activist Bill McKibben and others mostly prevailed in the polls.. br/ br/ "It was a very big night for the environmental community," said League spokesman Jeff Gohringer on Wednesday.. Opinion: Time to celebrate?.. By Paul Ehrlich.. Stanford University.. Hold off on the champagne.. Stanford University professor Paul Ehrlich offers four suggestions for how President Obama can make a real difference in his second term.. None are easy.. The basic question now is whether Barack Obama bring himself to become the most important president – perhaps the most important national leader – in human history.. Can he bring himself to use his bully pulpit to push for what's desperately needed?.. For women in the climate sciences, a struggle to find a voice.. By Lindsey Konkel.. 6 November 2012.. Julia Brigham-Grette/UMass.. Beset by subtle biases, haunted by a work-family imbalance, or frustrated by an ability to give adequate voice to their science, women are still struggling to find their place in academia, a generation after women started trailblazing paths into the physical sciences.. Second of two parts on women in science.. The female brain drain from the academy has an impact on climate science, say researchers.. br/.. NOAA captures a changed coastline from 5,000 feet up.. NOAA.. For a week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has sent planes flying over the coastline ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, capturing images to aid first-responders and cleanup crews, as well as the simply curious.. The planes fly at 5,000 feet, taking high-resolution images of the coast.. The resulting composite offers a virtual tour of the altered coastline, allowing viewers to enter a specific address or simply scroll up and down the shore at will.. Finding passion in a pickle jar.. 5 November 2012.. (c) Lindsey Konkel.. A one-time climate scientist branches off the academic path and finds satisfaction - and better opportunities to make a difference - running a pickle factory.. Part one in a series examining women in climate science.. While Addie Rose Holland's career path may be unique, her decision to trade a life of research science for a more concrete impact is not.. br/ br/ At virtually every stage in the geosciences, women drop out of the academic track faster than men.. Opinion: Sandy rewrites the election.. 3 November 2012.. Tim Larsen/N.. J.. Office.. Hurricane Sandy's destruction has suddenly and vividly injected climate change into presidential politics.. It's going to be part of the discussion for years to come.. The writing is on the wall.. The only question is when will Americans read it? Will it be this coming Tuesday, Nov.. 6? Or on a Tuesday in November 2014 or 2016? For the climate change denialists of the GOP, and do-nothing Democrats, the heat is on.. Opinion: The fallacy behind environmental protection and economic growth.. By Brian Czech.. 31 October 2012.. Ijmacphee/flickr.. Harms resulting from society's quest for ever-expanding economic growth are clear, no more so than with the global climate.. Why aren't environmental journalists making that connection?.. This unhealthy obsession has led to all kinds of problems: biodiversity loss, climate change, and ocean acidification to name a few.. Yet society is just not making the connection.. Growing the gross domestic product seems like the answer to all problems, not the cause.. br/ br/ Yet journalists have been missing the environmental forest for the trees.. Try to remember the last article you read about an environmental problem in which economic growth was even mentioned, much less explored with nuance.. Art offers a glimpse of Hurricane Sandy's reach.. 30 October 2012.. Point.. B.. Studio.. An art project showing wind speeds across the United States in real time offers a fascinating glimpse of the scale of Hurricane Sandy's impact on the eastern third of the United States.. The map is a personal art project from the Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg at Point.. Studio.. The pair set up a website that visualizes wind speed data gathered from the National Digital Forecast Database – near-term forecasts updated once an hour.. Opinion: Enviro-Lit 101.. 26 October 2012.. Brendan Murphy/flickr.. The best five environmental books of all time, with some caveats, wishes and honorable mentions.. Just watch out for premature death.. DailyClimate.. org publisher Peter Dykstra presents his highly subjective, American-centric view on the greatest environmental books of all time.. Climate scientist sues for defamation.. 24 October 2012.. Penn State.. Michael Mann, an influential climatologist who has spent years in the center of the debate over climate science, has sued two organizations that have accused him of academic fraud and of improperly manipulating data.. Mann, director of Pennsylvania State University's Earth System Science Center, on Monday sued the National Review and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, along with two of their authors.. br/ br/ The lawsuit, Mann's lawyer said in a statement, was based upon their "false and defamatory statements" accusing him of academic fraud and comparing him to a convicted child molester, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.. Opinion: Fracking the law.. By Sharon Guynup.. Daniel Foster/flickr.. A gold rush mentality has put oil and gas fracking above the law in places and left the environment all the worse in many others.. Communities are pushing back, but the flood of campaign money needs to be stopped.. The root of the regulatory breakdown lies with elected officials who take hefty campaign contributions from frackers – then pass industry-friendly rules.. Bill McKibben's campus crusade for climate.. 23 October 2012.. Activist Bill McKibben launches a climate road show, drumming up a little rage for an audience in search of a little leadership.. "Do the Math" will visit 20 cities starting Nov.. 7.. It mixes McKibben's grim analysis with a little inspiration and hope, with a goal of inspiring America's youth to righteous anger, and to lead where the grown-ups have utterly failed.. Fake 'addendum' by libertarian group tries to undo federal climate report.. 22 October 2012.. A soon-to-be-released Cato Institute report, posing as an "addendum" to a 2009 federal summary of climate change impacts, discounts the science in the original.. Cato calls it "a user's manual" for reversing the EPA's health finding on carbon dioxide.. Scientists call it a fraud.. The addendum matches the layout and design of the original, published by the U.. Global Change Research Program: Cover art, "key message" sections, table of contents are all virtually identical, down to the chapter heads, fonts and footnotes.. First photos of Shell's Arctic rig add perspective to drilling debate.. 15 October 2012.. (c) Gary Braasch.. A photojournalist charters a flight to see just how close Shell's offshore rig is to the protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.. Turns out a photo is worth a lot more than a bunch of GPS coordinates.. Oregon-based photographer Gary Braasch flew to Alaska, chartered a plane in the town of Deadhorse, far above the Arctic Circle, and flew out to the rigs.. His photographs provide, for the first time, a sense of perspective of the Kulluk rig in its environment, 12 miles offshore of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.. br/ br/ "The location has been published for years in Shell's permits," he said in a phone interview.. "We just went out there and, sure enough, there it was.. But having the landscape just behind it was so amazing, and I don't think the public has realized how close it is.. Opinion: Drought demands wiser water decisions.. By Erica Gies.. Dennis Frank/flickr.. Climate models show that much of the United States is likely to experience prolonged, widespread drought in coming years.. But wise water management can soften the shocks of future water scarcity.. Droughts come and go, of course, but water scarcity is a looming problem as growing populations demand more water and climate change makes supplies more erratic.. br/ Fortunately, some communities are already exploring options to soften the shock..

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    Descriptive info: org/solutions/economics/inspector.. Economics.. Offshore wind forces rally for loan.. Offshore wind energy supporters blitzed the U.. Department of Energy last week with comments aimed at pushing the agency into giving the $2.. 6 billion Cape Wind project a loan guarantee.. Cape Cod Times.. Fuel efficiency law to get EU on road to growth: Study.. Proposed European legislation on auto fuel efficiency, to be debated this week, could create around 400,000 jobs and save the bloc tens of billions of euros in annual fuel costs, according to a new study.. org/solutions/consequences/inspector.. Boeing: Two weeks to wrap up 787 battery tests.. Boeing executives admit they may never know the root cause of the fire on a parked 787 Dreamliner or of the smoldering battery on another 787 nine days later.. Instead, they're building a battery they hope cannot burn.. Wind energy makers thrown by local supply rules in Brazil.. Brazil’s requirement that wind- turbine suppliers buy locally is increasing costs for providers from Vestas Wind Systems to Suzlon Energy Ltd.. , who say the rule will probably drive away some companies.. org/solutions/other_news/inspector.. Small decline in 2011 and a probable climb in 2012, EPA says.. ARPA-E summit highlights early successes in energy innovation.. Chemical Engineering News.. Adjustments help  ...   to embrace such a win-win-win-win.. And there is one.. A carbon tax.. Washington Post.. 04 Mar.. org/solutions/opinion/inspector.. I see no reason why a combination of new gas, renewables and energy efficiency cannot bridge the energy gap for the next five to ten years while we let the nuclear industry get its costs down and improve its track record on delivery.. Will Quebec stray from its ‘virtuous’ energy path?.. For years, Quebec’s leaders have constructed a politically profitable narrative about the province’s transition toward a post-carbon economy.. This peace has been shattered by the suddenly real prospect of oil and gas development in the province.. Black gold has Quebeckers parting like the Red Sea.. 16 Mar.. org/solutions/top_stories/inspector.. Car drivers 'will save cash thanks to CO2 rules.. '.. Drivers will save £3,300 over the lifetime of their cars if the EU imposes strict new standards on manufacturers, a report claims.. BBC.. New nuclear plant approach a decisive point.. If all goes according to plan, the British energy minister on Tuesday will formally approve construction of the country’s first new nuclear power plant in nearly two decades.. But little has gone according to plan in this ambitious project, which is already more than four years behind schedule..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/consequences/economics/inspector.. Extreme weather is disrupting half of UK businesses.. Extreme weather is increasingly hampering firms with almost half of all businesses reporting disruption due to inclement conditions compared to just 15 per cent a decade ago.. Edinburgh Scotsman.. org/consequences/consequences/inspector.. Sea Level Rise.. Land rising faster than the sea in parts of Scandinavia.. Sea levels are rising around the world, swamping coastal areas as the climate changes and ice cover shrinks, yet in some parts of Scandinavia the land is rising even faster than the sea, at least for now.. Living On Earth.. Meltwater catastrophes are forming high in the Andes.. Glacial melt is a popular topic in global warming discussions, with its contribution to rising sea levels and shrinking freshwater supplies among the main concerns.. But for mountainous communities in Peru, such long-term worries are obscured by a much more imminent threat - glacial lake outburst flows - poised just above them.. 15 Mar.. org/consequences/other_news/inspector.. Climate change raises locust threat.. Beirut Daily Star.. League of Women Voters hosts forum on climate change.. State College Centre Daily Times.. What the 2013 tornado season holds for U.. Arkansas farmers face new challenges with climate  ...   research suggests that the Earth’s average temperature in 2100 will surpass that detectable in any previously studied millennia.. The evidence does not allow policymakers to ignore scenarios that predict very serious warming over the next century.. org/consequences/opinion/inspector.. Nature adapts to survive climate change.. While the climate change discussion in Washington is moving at a glacial pace, nature is responding to climate change at record speed.. The animal, plant and insect kingdoms aren't interested in public policy.. They don't read political blogs.. They adapt because they have to.. They must change to survive.. We would be wise to heed the signs.. The winter of the monarch.. Reasons for the decline of the monarch include out-of-control ecotourism, extreme weather and diversion of water, but most importantly the destruction of breeding habitat in the U.. because of the widespread use of powerful herbicides and GM crops, and illegal logging in Mexico.. Arab spring, warmist spin.. According to a new study jointly produced by three liberal organizations — the Center for American Progress, the Stimson Center, and the Center for Climate and Security — global warming may be destabilizing the Arab world.. National Review.. org/consequences/top_stories/inspector.. blmiers2/flickr..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/causes/economics/inspector.. As US cleans its energy mix, it ships coal problems abroad.. Ready for some good news about the environment? Emissions of carbon dioxide in the United States are declining.. But don't celebrate just yet.. A major side effect of that cleaner air in the U.. has been the further darkening of skies over Europe and Asia.. National Geographic News.. Project gives voice to impacts of Northwest coal exports.. The Voices of Coal project brings together a collection of people and their diverse perspectives on the Pacific Northwest coal export issue and how they see it affecting them and their way of life.. org/causes/consequences/inspector.. Oil exports spur more questions about pipeline.. Much of the crude oil that would flow down the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline would likely be exported as refined products by U.. companies—a prospect that is stirring further debate over whether the project serves the nation's best interest.. Canada to be energy "superproducer": Think-tank.. Canada will soon become one of the world's largest exporters of energy products and gain significant economic benefits from it, according to a study released Thursday.. Xinhua News Agency.. org/causes/other_news/inspector.. Oil, gas industry taps more water.. Lancaster Eagle-Gazette.. Illinois lawmakers close to approving 'fracking' bill.. Evansville Courier Press.. EPA fights to stop large mountaintop coal mine.. DC Bureau.. Skeptics abound as Maryland promotes poultry waste-to-energy scheme.. India’s coal killing thousands.. org/causes/editorials/inspector.. Proof David Bellamy is  ...   less than one and one-half decades following mid-1970s “scientific” predictions that the next Ice Age was rapidly approaching, the media trumpeted a new and opposite alarm…a man-made global warming crisis.. Forbes.. Climate change deniers cherry-picking in a fruitless debate.. Those with their heads in the sand need to start embracing the truth that climate change is real.. Global warming denial: Debunking misleading claims.. The UK's Mail on Sunday has a history of running ridiculously misleading claims downplaying the reality of climate change.. Probably the worst offender is David Rose, who has been constantly hammering the idea—despite all the evidence against it—that the Earth has not been getting warmer for the past 16 years.. Slate.. org/causes/top_stories/inspector.. Microbes thrive at ocean's deepest spot.. Microbes are thriving in surprising numbers at the deepest spot in the oceans, the 36,000-foot-deep Mariana Trench in the Pacific, showing how carbon dioxide is eventually buried in the depths, scientists say.. Entrepreneurs seek to turn global-warming fluorochemicals to beneficial uses.. A number of firms have positioned themselves to efficiently destroy fluorine-based compounds or recycle them into products that are useful rather than problematic.. Visiting biologist warns against building coal terminals near the reef.. One of the world's top marine biologista warns a perfect storm threatens Australia's oceans.. Professor Callum Roberts, from the University of York, says overfishing, climate change, mining and industrial development risk causing widespread damage.. Australia ABC News..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/politics/economics/inspector.. Finnish islands case could determine EU green power rules.. The Aland archipelago, part-way between Finland and Sweden, is the wind-swept setting for a legal spat over green energy subsidies with implications for the European Union as a whole.. org/politics/consequences/inspector.. org/politics/other_news/inspector.. Climate debate cut from national curriculum for children up to 14.. org/politics/editorials/inspector.. Military doesn't need to worry about climate change.. If climate change  ...   enemies left.. Conventional military threats exist no longer.. Washington can deplete the armed forces and hire Greenpeace and Sierra Club staffers to fight this new enemy.. Investors Business Daily.. org/politics/opinion/inspector.. We couldn’t pin down global warming, exactly, so now it’s re-labelled as climate change, which is an incredibly vague loaded term that no-one fully understands.. For help we turn to a former TV meteorologist.. org/politics/top_stories/inspector..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/energy/economics/inspector.. org/energy/consequences/inspector.. org/energy/other_news/inspector.. org/energy/editorials/inspector.. When to say no.. In itself, the Keystone pipeline will not push the world into a climate apocalypse.. But it will continue to fuel our appetite for oil and add to the carbon load in the atmosphere.. There is no need to accept it.. 11 Mar.. org/energy/opinion/inspector.. Who would follow our example on Keystone?.. While many have long seen America as the global bad boy, everybody likes Canada.. org/energy/top_stories/inspector..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/coal/economics/inspector.. In Paul Ryan budget, echoes of energy campaign rhetoric.. Paul Ryan's budget includes energy policies that formed the basis of the Romney-Ryan ticket's energy plan.. While some of those ideas have bipartisan support, the energy landscape has shifted since the 2012 election.. Christian Science Monitor.. Can China come clean?.. Facing public outrage, China’s leaders are promising to clean up the country’s neglected environment.. org/coal/consequences/inspector.. As natural gas creeps in, king coal's reign fades.. Many in coal country fear for the future of their industry and their livelihood as coal production declines in the United States and the natural gas industry booms.. Talk of the Nation.. 13 Mar.. Australia toughens environmental hurdles on coal and coal seam gas mining.. Australia will impose tougher environmental hurdles on coal and coal seam gas mining, responding to mounting public concern about protection of fragile water resources from the impact of extraction, Environment Minister Tony Burke said on Tuesday.. org/coal/other_news/inspector.. Ameren shedding Illinois power plants.. St.. Louis Post-Dispatch.. Obama administration placing big bet on small reactors.. Coal train coming.. Missoula Independent.. Biofuels to boom by 2020 as cellulosic ethanol becomes competitive, reports say.. Coal dust’s environmental impacts.. Puget Sound KUOW Public Radio.. org/coal/editorials/inspector.. Environmentalists are fighting the wrong battles.. Instead of indulging in distractions, Mr.. Obama and his friends in the environmental movement should push for policies that could make a significant difference by cutting demand for carbon-intensive fuels.. A carbon tax is a cause that really is worth fighting for.. 05 Mar.. Carbon power politics.. Lately Mr.. Obama has  ...   us as we tackle the next climate challenges: slashing power plant emissions and oil use.. Truth Out.. Fracking: the monster we greens must embrace.. Most environmentalists are in no doubt.. The new technology of fracking to extract shale gas from the rocks beneath our homes is both a nasty neighbour and a sure recipe for climate Armageddon.. Not only that, fracking was pioneered in the US, the gas-guzzling land of climate sceptics.. org/coal/top_stories/inspector.. Canada nears a clean energy facelift on an old, coal-fired power plant.. Developers in Saskatchewan are about to test a technology that some think could be the savior of the global coal industry.. Canadian utility SaskPower is rebuilding a 43-year-old coal plant to capture roughly 90 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions and store the gas deep underground.. A standing-room only crowd packed a federal appeals courtroom in D.. Thursday morning to hear arguments over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may rescind a dumping permit after it has been granted by the Army Corps of Engineers.. India is developing rapidly, and much of that growth is fueled by one of the dirtiest energy sources, coal, and with even more coal plants planned, a new study shows that pollution from coal-fired power plants is killing up to 115,000 Indians every year.. Obama will use Nixon-era law to fight climate change.. President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they have to consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.. Business Week..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/disease/economics/inspector.. Nigeria: How climate change impacts your health.. Experts say the overall health effects of a changing climate are likely to be overwhelmingly negative.. Climate change affects social determinants of health - clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter.. Lagos This Day.. 02 Feb.. Study: Home air conditioning cut premature deaths on hot days 80 percent since 1960.. A new study has found that home air conditioning played a key role in reducing American death rates over the past half-century, by keeping people cool on extremely hot days.. 23 Dec.. org/disease/consequences/inspector.. Canadian doctors urged to fight climate change.. Scientists began talking seriously about some dangers of climate change more than 30 years ago - rising seas and changing weather patterns.. But the risks that lie outside their areas of expertise have taken longer to draw attention, especially in the area of human health.. 11 Feb.. Maryland gets CDC grant to look at affect of climate change on people's health.. Maryland has received $250,000 in federal funds to explore the role of climate change on people's health.. 07 Feb.. org/disease/other_news/inspector.. Human health impacts of climate change demand attention.. 05 Feb.. Warmer winters linked to earlier flu outbreaks.. Scientists find bacteria survive at high altitudes.. 29 Jan.. may face more severe flu seasons due to climate change.. Press Trust of India.. High-flying bacteria spark interest in possible climate effects.. Nature.. org/disease/editorials/inspector.. Seven states, seven warning signs of global warming.. As the signs that the world is warming grow ever more unmistakable, one of the ironies of the American political debate is that leaders in the states being most heavily affected are often those least inclined to do anything about it, or even acknowledge that there's a problem.. 02 Oct.. Is alarming amoeba an early warning?.. Two Minnesota deaths strongly suggest that a common amoeba has dramatically expanded the geographic range in which it's capable of  ...   org/disease/top_stories/inspector.. Climate change possibly to bring more and new diseases.. Approximately 600,000 deaths occurred worldwide as a result of weather-related natural disasters in the 1990s; some 95 percent of these were in poor countries.. BusinessMirror.. Ocean heat can predict malaria outbreaks in India.. Health officials may have a new way to anticipate malaria epidemics in north-west India.. All they have to do is check the sea surface temperatures in the tropical south Atlantic, off the coast of western Africa.. 10 Mar.. Global warming affects mental health.. Kevin Dohr is a psychologist, and when he started looking at the way climate change affects people, his mind went bonkers.. The effects of climate-related catastrophes on mental health are real and measurable, said Dohr.. Missoulian.. Bedeviled by dengue.. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 2.. 5 billion to 3 billion people, or more than 40 percent of the world’s population, are now at risk of being infected with dengue - including some in the developed world.. In the past few years, cases of dengue have popped up in Texas, Florida, France, and Croatia.. The Scientist.. 02 Mar.. Climate change taking its toll.. Climate change threatens polar bears and is rapidly melting Arctic ice, but the effect it is already having on people's health is what might cause them to take action, a federal official said Tuesday.. Fremont News-Messenger.. 27 Feb.. Making malaria easier to track.. John Rae/Malaria No More.. As temperatures warm, researchers say a new method of combining both monthly average temperature changes and those occurring each day can improve the accuracy of forecasting malaria outbreaks.. 20 Feb.. Kentucky town under attack from 'The Birds.. Millions of birds have descended on a small Kentucky city this winter, fouling the landscape, scaring pets and raising the risk for disease in a real-life version of Alfred Hitchcock's horror film, The Birds.. Experts blame unseasonably warm weather.. 18 Feb..

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  • Title: The Daily Climate
    Descriptive info: org/acidification/economics/inspector.. Marine ecosystem under threat in New Zealand.. As aquaculture looks set to expand in this northern area the industry is facing a new challenge - dealing with the impacts on shellfish production from rising ocean acidification due to climate change.. Auckland Now.. 21 Feb.. Secrets of mussels' super strength.. Climate change is the villain that could rob the mussel of its biological superpower, an ability to cling Spiderman-like to hard surfaces, with the added assault of pounding ocean waves.. Vancouver Tyee.. 19 Feb.. org/acidification/consequences/inspector.. What does ocean acidification mean for sea life?.. While it can’t be seen in a glance, what’s happening to the marine environment on the Pacific Northwest coast as a result of the growing concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere is indeed dramatic.. Ensia.. 13 Feb.. Agency rejects petition to list cold-water corals.. A federal agency has concluded that a petition seeking to list Alaska's cold-water corals as endangered or threatened, because of threats from fishing trawlers, ocean warming, ocean acidification, shipping and oil spills, does not contain enough information to make the case.. org/acidification/other_news/inspector.. New group seeks to save near-lawless oceans from over-fishing.. The scary truth about how much climate change is costing you.. National Journal.. 08 Feb.. Climate change creating a new world.. Bridgeport Connecticut Post.. Fisheries business threatened by ocean acidification.. Everett Herald.. 01 Feb.. 'Alarming' decline in Caribbean coral reefs.. 30 Jan.. org/acidification/editorials/inspector.. Marine life on a warming planet.. The State of Washington is now trying to tackle ocean acidification in new and inventive ways.. It has good reason to worry.. Its economically important aquaculture industry specializes in oysters, which are highly vulnerable to increased acidity.. 03 Dec.. Learning to fight ocean acidity.. In Washington state, science and government are taking action against ocean acidification and its consequences for sea life, the food chain and the state’s economy.. The lessons learned by Washington’s intensified efforts will serve as a guide for a global problem.. 02 Dec.. Washington State should lead in fighting climate change.. More than 40  ...   pushing planet Earth toward a tipping point.. Mongabay.. 19 Dec.. org/acidification/top_stories/inspector.. Reef study to monitor ocean acidification.. It is hoped research being carried out on a specially modified Rio Tinto bauxite ship will help increase understanding about ocean acidification in the Great Barrier Reef.. Latest species threatened by climate change: mussels.. Ocean acidification -- which occurs when the ocean absorbs more carbon dioxide -- threatens one of the most dominant life forms on shorelines, mussels, by making it tough for the bivalve to keep itself glued to rocks.. Climate change could ruin snorkeling and fishing in Florida.. South Florida's coral and algae populations are declining as ocean temperatures rise and there's an economic factor to consider, according to researchers who study the coastal underwater ecosystems.. Miami WLRN.. Changing ecosystem concerns fishermen.. Sam T/flickr.. Humans are dumping so much carbon dioxide into the oceans so fast that seawater -- even in the Gulf of Maine -- is getting warmer and more acidic, according to marine and climate researchers.. There is rising concern -- especially among fishermen -- that changes in the ocean ecosystem could severely damage some of the fisheries that are the backbone of the region's seafood industry.. Climate group studies patterns of ocean acidification.. A 2007 sea voyage through the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida and up the eastern seaboard has increased understanding of how various coastal areas may respond to increased acidity.. 03 Mar.. Coral comeback: Reef 'seeding' in the Caribbean.. Warm ocean waters have bleached out the coral in shallow reefs off Jamaica's north coast, and in a cascade of ecological decline, sea urchins and plant-eating reef fish have mostly vanished, replaced by snails and worms that bore through coral skeletons.. Acid test: Threat to oceans may also harm Great Lakes.. The increased carbon dioxide changing the water chemistry and ecology of oceans may also be affecting freshwater and the organisms that live in it.. It’s called ocean acidification.. But some researchers suspect it will impact the Great Lakes.. Great Lakes Echo.. 26 Feb..

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