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U.S. Sees Greatest Reduction in CO2 Emissions

U.S. Sees Greatest Reduction in CO2 Emissions | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency, the U.S. has seen the greatest reduction in carbon dioxide pollution within the past six years in comparison to any other country, even as global carbon dioxide pollution has reached record highs." (Source: IPS)


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The melting north

The melting north | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"The shrinkage of the sea ice is no less a result of human hands than the ploughing of the prairies. It might even turn out as lucrative. But the costs will also be huge. Unique ecosystems, and perhaps many species, will be lost in a tide of environmental change. The cause is global pollution, and the risks it carries are likewise global. The Arctic, no longer distant or inviolable, has emerged, almost overnight, as a powerful symbol of the age of man."

 

Very good piece in the Economist about the opportunities and dangers of the melting Arctic.


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Interactive Feature on Clouds and Climate

Interactive Feature on Clouds and Climate | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
At any moment, about 60 percent of the earth is covered by clouds, which have a huge influence on the climate.
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Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet

Royal Society Calls for Redistribution of Wealth and More Birth Control to Save Planet | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"The Royal Society wants the world to do something about population growth in a bid to stave off environmental and economic calamity, according to a new report dubbed “People and the Planet” released on April 26. At the same time, the excessive consumption of the world’s richest billion people must be restrained so that pets in the U.S. don’t consume more resources than people in Bangladesh." (Source: Scientific American blog )

 

A new report by the UK's Royal Society states some inconvenient truths and gets storm of critique from growth fundamentalists.


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New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact

New science reveals agriculture’s true climate impact | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"Scientists can finally prove that overuse of fertilizer in industrial farming is a major cause of climate change. Whether or not this will make it easier to hold Big Ag accountable is yet to be seen"

 

Excellent article in Grist on the need to cut nitrous oxide emissions.


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Can We Avoid the Perfect Storm? | Solutions

Can We Avoid the Perfect Storm? | Solutions | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"Climate destabilization is not just an issue of technology and policy, but a symptom of deeper problems rooted in our paradigms, philosophies, and popular delusions. In particular, a great deal of the conventional economic wisdom—including “neoliberalism,” the “Washington consensus,” and the prevailing faith in infinite economic growth—has been proved wrong in many ways and tragically so for the poorest.

 

Good but gloomy article by David Orr in Solutions.


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New Club of Rome Report paints dark future for humanity

New Club of Rome Report paints dark future for humanity | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it

"2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years", by Jorgen Randers, launched by the Club of Rome on May 7, raises the possibility that humankind might not survive on the planet if it continues on its path of over-consumption and short-termism.

 

While global leaders are focused on financial debt crisis, the ecological and social crisis gets worse.


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Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges

Governments failing to avert catastrophic climate change, IEA urges | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
Ministers attending clean energy summit in London to be gravely warned about continuing global addiction to fossil fuels...

The IEA under the leadership of Fatih Birol and now also new executive director Maria van der Hoeven, is one of the only international institutions with the guts to tell things as they are.


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It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do

It’s official: China now eats twice the meat we do | Broad Canvas | Scoop.it
China's meat consumption has changed a lot in the last 20 years -- so much so that corn to feed industrially raised animals is now more prevalent than rice.

 

China becoming the green transition leader? think again.


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Damage to world's oceans 'to reach $2 trillion a year'

LONDON, March 21-The cost of damage to the world's oceans from climate change could reach $2 trillion a year by 2100 if measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions are not stepped up...
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