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Climate Change Depleting Ocean Oxygen

Climate Crocks - April 28, 2016 - 1:14pm
New study profiles decreasing oxygen levels in oceans. Above, scientists tell us about what’s happened in Earth’s deep past  when the process went to extremes. Washington Post: The oceans are getting warmer — they are, after all, where 90 percent of global warming actually ends up. And when they warm up they expand, because that’s what […]
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Climate Change Emerging as Election Issue

Climate Crocks - April 28, 2016 - 1:01pm
New polling from Yale and George Mason University. Not good news for science denying politicians. As the election year develops, we can also expect more headline making extreme events that will make a repetitive drumbeat for campaign messages. Should be interesting, and I hope to take part. Joe Romm at Climate Progress: A new public […]
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VW and Shell try to block EU push for electric cars

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 12:09pm

Industry giants’ call for biofuels over electric and fuel-efficient cars puts Europe’s carbon emissions targets at risk, say experts

VW and Shell have united to try to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead.

The EU is planning two new fuel efficiency targets for 2025 and 2030 to help meet promises made at the Paris climate summit last December.

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Rowan Williams calls on Cambridge University to divest from fossil fuels

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 10:48am

Former archbishop of Canterbury says the university should withdraw its £5.8bn fund from from oil, coal and gas on ethical and financial grounds

Rowan Williams has called on the University of Cambridge to divest from fossil fuels, arguing that climate change is “a life-and-death question”.

The former archbishop of Canterbury and master of Magdalene college made his comments in a foreword to a 74-page report on divestment by student campaign group Cambridge Zero Carbon Society.

Related: Ten UK universities divest from fossil fuels

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Germany Just Announced A Major Push To Increase Electric Car Sales

Climate Progress - April 28, 2016 - 9:40am

The biggest car market in Europe is getting serious about electric cars.

The post Germany Just Announced A Major Push To Increase Electric Car Sales appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Shareholder pressure mounts on downgraded ExxonMobil

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 9:04am

Aviva among latest investors to declare support for climate change resolution at next month’s AGM, reports Climate Home

A growing list of major investors is backing calls on ExxonMobil to acknowledge climate risk, after its credit rating was downgraded on Tuesday.

British insurer Aviva and Seattle’s public pension fund are among the latest to declare their support for a shareholder resolution to be considered at next month’s AGM. California’s CalPERS, New York City Pension Fund and the Church of England are also in favour.

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UK support for fracking hits new low

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 7:33am

Just 19% of people back fracking while public support for renewables has surged to 81%, government poll shows

Public support for fracking in the UK has fallen to a new low, according to government polling, at the same time as backing for renewable energy has hit a record high.

The survey, which is repeated every few months, shows that public enthusiasm for the controversial energy extraction method has fallen steadily in the past two years while opposition to it has risen dramatically.

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Readers recommend playlist: songs about climate change

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 7:00am

From the prescient lyrics of Jackson Browne to Michael Jackson getting angry about humans destroying the Earth, here are the tunes that made this week’s playlist

Below is this week’s playlist – picked by a reader from the comments on last week’s blog. Thanks for your suggestions. Read more about the weekly format of the Readers recommend series at the end of the piece.

In 1974, Jackson Browne’s celebration of the back-to-the-land movement, Before the Deluge, which starts this week’s playlist, contained this one eerily prescient verse that served to dampen the spirits of that generally optimistic generation:

Some of them were angry
At the way the earth was abused
By the men who learned how to forge her beauty into power
And they struggled to protect her from them
Only to be confused
By the magnitude of her fury in the final hour

In California the body counts keep getting higher
It’s evil out there, man, that state is always on fire

When they look back at us and they write down our history
What will they say about our generation?
We’re the ones who knew everything still we did nothing
Harvested everything, planted nothing

"Liberated Carbon" by Andy Revkin is a fun one. Not only is it a nice blues, but it has geologically accurate lyrics and is written and performed by the creator of the New York Times's Dot Earth blog: https://open.spotify.com/track/4KVmNgJ2G1NEbu27p6ORpf

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Workers face 'epidemic of heat-related injuries' due to climate change

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 6:19am

Major UN report warns heat stress suffered by factory and field workers will devastate health and reduce productivity

Workers in fields and factories face an epidemic of heat-related injuries that will devastate their health, income and productivity as climate change takes hold, a major UN report has warned.

Productivity losses alone could rise above $2tn by 2030, as outdoor employees in many regions slow their pace, take longer breaks and shift their work to cooler dusk and dawn hours.

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Can the Republican Party solve its science denial problem? | Dana Nuccitelli

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 6:00am

Evolution and climate science denial are predominant on the political right; there is no equivalent on the left

There’s a widespread misconception about science denial – that on issues like the safety vaccines and genetically modified foods (GMOs), denial is found predominantly on the political left, mirroring the denial of evolution and climate science on the political right. This assumption has even been presented on The Daily Show, but it’s supported by precious little evidence. In fact, as Chris Mooney documented in great detail in 2014:

[The data] do not support the idea that vaccine denial is a special left-wing cause. As for GMOs, while resistance may be strongest on the far left, worries on this issue are quite prominent across the spectrum as well.

In neither case are these beliefs a mirror image, on the left, of climate change or evolution denial [on the political right].

Free-market worldviews are an important predictor of the rejection of scientific findings that have potential regulatory implications, such as climate science, but not necessarily of other scientific issues. Conspiracist ideation, by contrast, is associated with the rejection of all scientific propositions tested.

public trust in science has not declined since the 1970s except among conservatives and those who frequently attend church.

Clearly, The Republican War on Science’s politicization thesis is being strongly validated—a thesis that attributes the problem to the growth of a modern conservative movement, its need to appease its core interest groups and constituencies (corporate America, conservative Christians), its need to have its own alternative expertise and journalism (think tanks, Fox, Limbaugh), and so on … as the “New Right” emerged in the U.S. in the wake of the cultural battles of the 1960s and 1970s, it mobilized strong forces of authoritarianism–e.g., psychological rigidity and closed-mindedness.

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Great Barrier Reef: Greens call for new tax on mining to pay for damage

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 2:17am

Greens leader Richard di Natale says Australia needs to plan for a future without coal, not a future without the reef

The Greens want coal companies to start paying “for the damage they are doing” to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a new plan to tax miners heavily and use the money to revitalise the reef and to invest in clean energy projects and jobs.

Related: Great Barrier Reef: aerial survey reveals extent of coral bleaching

Related: Great Barrier Reef could be David Attenborough's last 'proper' documentary

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Labor's electricity ETS 'exactly' same as designed for Turnbull, economist says

Guardian - April 28, 2016 - 1:26am

PM once lauded plan by Frontier Economics’ Danny Price’s plan as a ‘cheaper, greener, smarter scheme’ before it was attacked by Kevin Rudd

The economist who helped devise the Coalition’s climate policy says Labor’s new-style electricity emissions trading scheme is exactly what he designed for Malcolm Turnbull in 2009 and mirrors what the Coalition’s Direct Action plan is likely to become to meet Australia’s greenhouse targets.

But despite the policy similarities, the government is persisting with a Tony Abbott-style anti-carbon tax scare campaign, which a leading climate thinktank has labelled “misleading” and “dishonest”.

Related: Business council praises Labor's 'bridge' to emissions trading scheme

Related: Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m

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Could carbon farming be the answer for a 'clapped-out' Australia?

Guardian - April 27, 2016 - 7:27pm

Farmers signing up for the carbon emissions reduction fund have to meet strict guidelines but there is significant profit and energy savings to be made

This week the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) will hold the third emissions reduction fund auction and farmers across Australia will move to the forefront of efforts to rescue a “clapped-out” country.

Australian farmers have long bought and sold their wares at auction. Sale yards were the hub of country towns and the din of a moleskin-clad auctioneer shouting over the bleating and mooing of fattened livestock has long been a familiar rural backdrop.

Related: Plants the key to removing 63m tonnes of carbon dioxide a year

If you want adoption of carbon neutral farming, we should have a simple system. Farmers want to make the land better.

Related: Carbon farming: it's a nice theory, but don't get your hopes up

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Climate Change Is Taking The Spotlight In Australia’s Election

Climate Progress - April 27, 2016 - 1:55pm

Australia's opposition party just announced some big climate commitments.

The post Climate Change Is Taking The Spotlight In Australia’s Election appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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Climate Change Action Emerges As Winning Wedge Issue In 2016

Climate Progress - April 27, 2016 - 1:51pm

“American across political lines, except conservative Republicans, would support a presidential candidate who strongly supports taking action to reduce global warming.”

The post Climate Change Action Emerges As Winning Wedge Issue In 2016 appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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The Bundy Legal Defense: Feds Have No Jurisdiction Over Federal Lands

Climate Progress - April 27, 2016 - 1:44pm

“The motion … will challenge the Federal Government’s authority to assert ownership over the land that is now known as the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge."

The post The Bundy Legal Defense: Feds Have No Jurisdiction Over Federal Lands appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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If Saudi’s are Getting off Oil Addiction, Shouldn’t We?

Climate Crocks - April 27, 2016 - 9:50am
It was former Saudi Oil Minister Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani who first said, “We did not leave the stone age because we ran out of stones.” Move away from fossil fuels, and many things start to look different. More evidence that the Oil industry’s troubles are not just another cycle. Not only are Oil’s most […]
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Famine Threatens Africa

Climate Crocks - April 27, 2016 - 9:22am
Money Quote: “I am 80 and in the 80 years of my life,  I’ve never seen such severe drought.”  Filed under: Crock of the Week
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This Florida Town Wants To Become The Most Sustainable Community In America

Climate Progress - April 27, 2016 - 8:00am

Babcock Ranch will be a 19,500-home, solar-powered community in Florida. Can it change the way we think about sustainable communities?

The post This Florida Town Wants To Become The Most Sustainable Community In America appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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