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Climate change causes all kinds of chaos: Gore- Nikkei Asian Review

October 23rd, 2014

‘SAN FRANCISCO — Global warming, unsustainable growth and globalization have serious knock-on effects that must be recognized and addressed if we are to secure a future of peace and prosperity, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore asserted in a recent interview with the Nikkei Asian Review.’

via Climate change causes all kinds of chaos: Gore- Nikkei Asian Review.

Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change

October 22nd, 2014

‘As permafrost soils thaw under the influence of global warming, communities of soil microbes act as potent amplifiers of global climate change, an international study has shown.’

via Recently discovered microbe is key player in climate change.

Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change – The Washington Post

October 19th, 2014

‘…The scramble to limit the damage from rising waters — practically and symbolically — illustrates the challenges and pitfalls faced by politicians this year in dealing with the divisive issue of climate change. Particularly in hard-hit coastal states such as Florida, where rising sea levels are now an inalterable fact, the effects are becoming harder to ignore or suppress, though officials regularly still try.’

via Florida politicians battle rhetoric as rising seas drive worries over climate change – The Washington Post.

G20 host Australia stumbling block to global climate change action | Reuters

October 18th, 2014

‘(Reuters) – Business and political leaders around the world, most notably in the powerhouses of the United States and China, are pressing for action to avert the potentially huge financial repercussions of climate change.’

‘But this year there’s a major stumbling block to concerted global action. The most vocal climate change skeptic in the Group of 20 leading industrialized nations is its current host, Australia.’

via G20 host Australia stumbling block to global climate change action | Reuters.

In Florida, it’s billionaire climate hawk vs. climate-denying governor. Who will win? | Grist

October 16th, 2014

‘After billionaire activist Tom Steyer pledged to spend $50 million defeating climate change deniers this fall, it came as no surprise that he set his sights on Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).’

via In Florida, it’s billionaire climate hawk vs. climate-denying governor. Who will win? | Grist.

U.S. considers climate change plan that would mandate emission cuts – LA Times

October 16th, 2014

‘The United States is considering a proposal to combat climate change that would require countries to offer plans for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions on a certain schedule but would leave it to individual nations to determine how deep their cuts would be, said Todd Stern, the nation’s chief climate negotiator.’

via U.S. considers climate change plan that would mandate emission cuts – LA Times.

This New Study Explains Why Fracking Won’t Solve Climate Change | Mother Jones

October 16th, 2014

‘For President Obama, fracking is a key weapon against global warming. Abundant natural gas, he said in his State of the Union address this year, is a “bridge fuel” to ubiquitous renewable energy—the key to securing economic growth “with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.”‘

via This New Study Explains Why Fracking Won’t Solve Climate Change | Mother Jones.

Climate change threatens national security, Pentagon says – The Washington Post

October 16th, 2014

‘Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday.’

via Climate change threatens national security, Pentagon says – The Washington Post.

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project – Yahoo News

October 15th, 2014

‘WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.’

via Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project – Yahoo News.

New Study Details Alarming Acceleration In Sea Level Rise | ThinkProgress

October 15th, 2014

‘Melting polar and glacial ice and thermally expanding ocean water have accelerated sea level rise to the highest rate in at least 6,000 years according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using data from ancient sediment samples from around Asia and Australia, researchers looked back at 35,000 years of sea level history, finding that over the last 6,000 years little changed — until 150 years ago.’

via New Study Details Alarming Acceleration In Sea Level Rise | ThinkProgress.