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House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change ("because it is a political ideology ... aw c'mon!")

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change ("because it is a political ideology ... aw c'mon!") | Climate Change | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security.

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None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation's Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866.

"This amendment will prohibit the costs of the President's climate change policies being forced on the Department of Defense by the Obama Administration," wrote McKinley in a memo to House colleagues on Thursday that was obtained by The Huffington Post. "The climate is obviously changing; it has always been changing. With all the unrest around the [world], why should Congress divert funds from the mission of our military and national security to support a political ideology?"


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The  Pentagon has been far ahead of Congress  on climate change  since at least the Bush years

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, May 24, 2014 11:54 PM

Climate concerns have become mere political issues in the US. 

"... Nor is climate change a threat that the Obama administration dreamed up to distract the DOD. A National Intelligence Assessment issued during the George W. Bush administration concluded that climate change poses a significant threat to national security. And just this week, Tom Ridge, who served as homeland security secretary under Bush, said that climate change is "a real serious problem," one that "would bring destruction and economic damage" if we ignore it."

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Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations - US News

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations - US News | Climate Change | Scoop.it
TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.
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The Corporate Risk of Climate Change

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“While public companies are required to disclose risk in their financial reporting, there is little incentive for them to actually mention climate change.”
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2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Sachs describes 2015 as a watershed year for sustainable development. Key decisions will be made this year that will shape the coming decades.
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Is better soil management the key to solving climate change?

Is better soil management the key to solving climate change? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The world’s soil helps us grow food and store carbon. So why are we letting it waste away?

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Vital Signs: Global Temperature ("satellite images clearly show cause for alarm and action!")

Vital Signs: Global Temperature ("satellite images clearly show cause for alarm and action!") | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.

This graph illustrates the change in global surface temperature relative to 1951-1980 average temperatures. The 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 1998, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record (Source: NASA/GISS). This research is broadly consistent with similar constructions prepared by the Climatic Research Unit and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.

The time series below shows the five-year average variation of global surface temperatures from 1884 to 2013. Dark blue indicates areas cooler than average. Dark red indicates areas warmer than average.


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, January 11, 9:14 AM

These color-coded NASA images from 1884 to 2013 of the earth's temperature speak for themselves. Will you just allow our planet to heat up to the point of disaster?

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Pope Francis issues dire warning on climate change

Pope Francis issues dire warning on climate change | Climate Change | Scoop.it
"If we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this!”

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Buying Insurance Against Climate Change

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Because efforts to stop global warming may fail, one way to handle the financial losses is to share the long-term risks.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, May 25, 2014 11:01 PM

Psychologically, it’s hard for most of us to take the initiative on long-term, ill-defined risks. Three scholars — Howard C. Kunreuther and Mark V. Pauly of the University of Pennsylvania and Stacey McMorrow of the Urban Institute — show this in their book, “Insurance and Behavioral Economics: Improving Decisions in the Most Misunderstood Industry” (Cambridge University Press). But they argue that if we’re aware of them, these psychological impediments can be reduced, and they urge the innovation of long-term risk management contracts that address the problem of climate change.

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Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock

Tim Cook advises climate change deniers to get out of Apple stock | Climate Change | Scoop.it
In a response to a shareholder suggestion that Apple stop its environmentally friendly initiatives, the typically temperate Apple CEO draws a blunt line in the sand. Read this article by Nick Statt on CNET News.

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Migrating Monarch Butterflies in "Grave Danger," Hit New Low

Migrating Monarch Butterflies in "Grave Danger," Hit New Low | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The number of migrating monarch butterflies hit a record low in Mexican forests in 2013, a new report says.

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Carol Wichman's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:06 AM

Plant. Your milkweed, provide water.

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6 Scary Facts About California's Drought

6 Scary Facts About California's Drought | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Conditions are getting severe, and dangerous, out west.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 24, 2014 12:18 PM

California is a major food producer for all of North America. What happens here will be felt in every home.

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Heatwaves in Australia more frequent, hotter and longer, report reveals

Heatwaves in Australia more frequent, hotter and longer, report reveals | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Australian heatwaves are becoming more frequent, hotter and lasting longer, a new climate report says.

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The Cleantech Revolution and 60 Minutes’ Epic Fail

The Cleantech Revolution and 60 Minutes’ Epic Fail | Climate Change | Scoop.it
On Sunday, January 5th the venerable TV news magazine 60 Minutes aired a segment called the Cleantech Crash.
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Geoengineering could bring severe drought to the tropics, research shows

Geoengineering could bring severe drought to the tropics, research shows | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Study models impact on global rainfall when artificial volcanic eruptions are created in a bid to reverse climate change

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General Mills: Water Stewardship and the Evolution of Business Imperatives

General Mills: Water Stewardship and the Evolution of Business Imperatives | Climate Change | Scoop.it
For a food giant like General Mills, water stewardship and resource management isn't an option. It's a business imperative.
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My contribution to the "ROI of Sustainability" series on TriplePundit

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Opposition to Science Invites a Climate Catastrophe

Opposition to Science Invites a Climate Catastrophe | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The growing opposition to science and a culture of intellectualism in America and elsewhere bodes poorly for a sustainable future
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Arctic ice melting faster and earlier as scientists demand action

Arctic ice melting faster and earlier as scientists demand action | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Arctic returns to warm period with trend over the decades continuing to show temperatures getting hotter and ice melting faster, scientists say

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So goes the Arctic, goes the rest of the world

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Pope says environmental sinners will face God's judgment for world hunger

Pope says environmental sinners will face God's judgment for world hunger | Climate Change | Scoop.it
‘Powerful of the Earth’ have obligation to feed world’s population says pontiff ahead of encyclical on environmental issues

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Maine Voices: Acidification toxic to fishing industry - Press Herald

Maine Voices: Acidification toxic to fishing industry - Press Herald | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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Maine Voices: Acidification toxic to fishing industry
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Tens of thousands of Maine families – not to mention the small island communities in which we work – depended on the abundance of the ocean last year.
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House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change ("because it is a political ideology ... aw c'mon!")

House Directs Pentagon To Ignore Climate Change ("because it is a political ideology ... aw c'mon!") | Climate Change | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- The House passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill on Thursday that would bar the Department of Defense from using funds to assess climate change and its implications for national security.

The amendment, from ...

None of the funds authorized to be appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to implement the U.S. Global Change Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report, the United Nation's Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866.

"This amendment will prohibit the costs of the President's climate change policies being forced on the Department of Defense by the Obama Administration," wrote McKinley in a memo to House colleagues on Thursday that was obtained by The Huffington Post. "The climate is obviously changing; it has always been changing. With all the unrest around the [world], why should Congress divert funds from the mission of our military and national security to support a political ideology?"


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Bert Guevara's curator insight, May 24, 2014 11:54 PM

Climate concerns have become mere political issues in the US. 

"... Nor is climate change a threat that the Obama administration dreamed up to distract the DOD. A National Intelligence Assessment issued during the George W. Bush administration concluded that climate change poses a significant threat to national security. And just this week, Tom Ridge, who served as homeland security secretary under Bush, said that climate change is "a real serious problem," one that "would bring destruction and economic damage" if we ignore it."

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Why We Need a New Climate Change Narrative

Why We Need a New Climate Change Narrative | Climate Change | Scoop.it
A climate change narrative based solely on science won't be enough to make the systemic changes required. The psychology of change must appeal to the heart
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White House pledges $1B to prepare for climate change

White House pledges $1B to prepare for climate change | Climate Change | Scoop.it
“President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a $1 billion fund in his 2015 budget to help communities across the United States prepare for the impact of climate change.”
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A step in the right direction, but more than a pledge of money what remains most needed is the collective societal and political courage to meet the challenge of a changing climate
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How climate change is already costing us

How climate change is already costing us | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Local conservation authorities say the impact of climate change is making it increasingly hard to balance their books.

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We're on the Brink of the Worst Drought in 1,000 Years

We're on the Brink of the Worst Drought in 1,000 Years | Climate Change | Scoop.it

Care 2, March 1, 2013

2012 brought extreme heat and drought. But that's nothing to what's around the corner.

2012 was the hottest year on record in the United States. Widespread drought, wildfires and extreme heat affected human health and caused food prices to skyrocket. According to new research out of Columbia University, however, last year’s heat wave may be nothing compared to what’s just around the corner.

Researchers at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predict that a megadrought, the likes of which haven’t been experienced since the 12th century, could hit planet Earth within the next eight years, and it might never leave [PDF]. The cause? According to scientists, this drought will be brought on by “anthropogenic radiative forcing”, also known as ‘stronger-than-normal greenhouse warming caused by climate pollution’.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/were-on-the-brink-of-the-worst-drought-in-1000-years.html#ixzz2qnnyz1Xj

 

 ZEN MASTER, THICH NHAT HANH:

▶  ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/7Sfb6H

 

                                                  VIDEO REPORT                           

                           US News & World Report, January 18, 2014
▶CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR DECLARES DROUGHT EMERGENCY, ASKS FOR CONSERVATION - WORST DROUGHT IN RECORDED HISTORY http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/17/22339076-california-governor-declares-drought-emergency-asks-for-conservation?lite  Bloomberg

 

KQED New Fix: January 17, 2014
▶CALIFORNIA DROUGHT UPDATE:  GOV BROWN DECLARES EMERGENCY http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/16/california-drought-update-governor-jerry-brown-declaring-drought-emergency

 

OnEarth, January 6, 2014

▶AQUIFER ALERT: Stretching across eight U,S states, the Ogallala aquifer is the lifeblood of agriculture on the Great Plains. But can it survive a future of drought, pollution, and pipelines? ... Underlying almost 175,000 square miles in eight states, the aquifer sustains nearly one-fifth of all wheat, corn, cotton, and cattle production in the United States. But several years of drought and decades of intensive crop irrigation have left it seriously depleted http://www.onearth.org/articles/2014/01/so-what-exactly-is-an-aquifer-we-explain

 

Business Week, January 17, 2014
  -▶ EXTREME WEATHER WREAKING HAVOC ON FOOD AS FARMERS SUFFER http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-16/farmers-worldwide-suffer-extreme-weather-wreaking-havoc-on-food

 

Guardian, John Vidal, September 27, 2013

▶  IS THE IPCC RIGHT ON CLIMATE CHANGE?  JUST ASK THE WORLD FARMERS IN AFRICA, ASIA AND LATIN AMERICA http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2013/sep/27/ipcc-climate-change-world-farmers

 

▶ NASA STUDY:  GLOBAL WARMING MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF EXTREME RAINFALL AND DROUGHT http://sco.lt/8I3aTJ

 

                                            A WAKE-UP VIDEO:

                                                 "Extreme Ice"

                        Just How Fast Are We Melting? As It Happens

                                                 http://sco.lt/8zIJfd

 

▶  HUMANITY WHOLLY UNPREPARED FOR ABRUPT CLIMATE IMPACT, WARNS REPORT. Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns Report http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/04-1

 

Transition Network and Post Carbon Institute

▶  NEW REPORT: "CLIMATE AFTER GROWTH" - WE HAVE ENTERED AN ERA OF "NEW NORMALS" – THE IMPLICATIONS ARE PROFOUND http://www.transitionnetwork.org/blogs/rob-hopkins/2013-10/new-report-climate-after-growth

 

-▶ CLIMATE CHANGE TO HALVE HABITAT FOR OVER 10,000 COMMON SPECIES http://sco.lt/8G99Av

 

  -▶ CLIMATE CHANGE ALREADY HAVING MAJOR EFFECTS ON ECOSYSTEMS AND SPECIES http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet/p/3912923984/climate-change-already-having-major-effects-on-ecosystems-and-species

 

April 22, 2013 MSN News
▶ KEYSTONE SPECIES' LOSS COULD CAUSE ECOSYSTEM COLLAPSE http://news.msn.com/science-technology/keystone-species-loss-could-cause-ecosystem-to-collapse ;


                                                    IN PICTURES
                                       Al Jazeera, March 29, 2013
                             BRUTAL DROUGHT LINGERS IN BRAZIL

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2013/03/2013327134417357984.html ;

 

▶ ABRUPT CLIMATE DISASTER THREAT RAISES CALL FOR EARLY WARNING SYSTEM http://sco.lt/5iaoSH

 

▶ MASSIVE DESERTIFICATION, EPIDEMIC ILLNESSES COMING WITH GLOBAL WARMING, THREATENING CIVILIZATION http://sco.lt/7nU397

 

Treehugger, December 09, 2013
▶ GLOBAL WARMING IMPACTS ON MENTAL HEALTH http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/global-warming-impacts-our-mental-health.html

 

                                                      VIDEO 4:00

                         THE EARTH'S NEXT 100 YEARS VISUALIZED

                                              http://sco.lt/8vwwb3

 

-▶  GLOBAL WARMING IS HERE TO STAY, WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT  http://sco.lt/7WJayH

 

                                                          VIDEO

-▶  CLIMATE GEOENGINEERING: CAN WE SAVE THE PLANET BY MESSING WITH NATURE? http://sco.lt/5R121p

 

 

 

▶ GREENLAND'S MELTING: CREATING A DIFFERENT CLIMATE THAN EARTH HAS EVER SEEN http://sco.lt/7MZUVV

 

▶ OCEAN ACIDIFYING: RAPIDLY RISING C02 IN ATMOSPHERE CAUSING POTENTIAL CATASTROPHE  http://sco.lt/8WLvHd

 

                                                       VIDEO
▶ CANADA'S BOREAL FOREST AT GREAT RISK:  THE LARGEST INTACT FOREST ECOSYSTEM ON THE PLANET http://sco.lt/6px3jN

 

                                                   SHORT VIDEO                                  

                                        Easy Branches, January 18, 2014
                                       HOW MUCH WATER IS IN A CLOUD?

How do clouds defy gravity when they are full of water? Just how much water is in a cloud? The startling science behind clouds which are all too often taken for granted... http://news.easybranches.com/news/1679632.html ;

 

 

July 26, 2013 Climate Progress
 -▶ MANY SPECIES WILL HAVE TO EVOLVE 10,000 TIMES FASTER TO ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/07/26/2294101/many-species-will-have-to-evolve-10000-times-faster-to-adapt-to-climate-change-study-finds/?mobile=nc

 

▶  WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE - THE WATER CRISIS http://sco.lt/53HMPJ

 

                                      THE COMING RECKONING
                                  Guardian, December 29, 2013
-▶  IT WON'T BE LONG BEFORE THE VICTIMS OF CLIMATE CHANGE MAKE THE WEST PAY http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/29/poorer-countries-climate-change-case

 

 

March 23, 3012 -  The Ecologist

▶  THICH NHAT HANH - MAYBE IN 100 YEARS THERE WILL BE NO MORE HUMANS ON THE PLANET   http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1291786/thich_nhat_hanh_maybe_in_100_years_there_will_be_no_more_humans_on_the_planet.html

            

                                                 VIDEO:

                           ▶  "CLIMATE GEOENGINEERING"

          CAN WE SAVE THE PLANET BY MESSING WITH NATURE?

                                  http://sco.lt/5WgE0v

 

 PRICING CARBON: A FAILED STRATEGY THAT WON'T SAVE THE CLIMATE OR PLANET  http://sco.lt/5BKyfp

 

Climate Progress, October 3, 2013
▶  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BIGGEST FREE TRADE AGREEMENT EVER AND HOW IT AFFECTS CLIMATE CHANGE  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/03/2712961/biggest-free-trade-agreement-climate/

 

Climate and Capitalism, December 08, 2013
▶  CLIMATE POLITICS MUST BE AS RADICAL AS THE CRISIS: THIS RACE TO WRECK AND POISON THE EARTH FOR PROFIT IS SUICIDAL http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/12/08/climate-politics-must-be-radical-as-crisis/

 

September 12, 2013 Rolling Stone
▶  UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE REPORT:  INTERNATIONAL SCIENTISTS WARN CLIMATE DENIERS ARE ENABLING EARTH'S SUICIDE - GLOBAL WARMING IS VERY REAL: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warming-is-very-real-20130912

 

 ▶  WORLD CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 2020 ON CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS NEW HIGHLY-DISTURBING INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY REPORT http://sco.lt/82bCM5

 

 ▶  AT THE LIMITS OF THE MARKET: WHY CAPITALISM HASN'T (CAN'T_ SOLVE CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/5OhJZp

 

-▶ STOP BURNING RAIN FORESTS FOR PALM OIL: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN http://sco.lt/6S9nGb

 

 

 

▶ THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.  CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt

 

▶  TERRACIDE: THE BIGGEST CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE IN HISTORY - DESTROYING THE PLANET FOR RECORD PROFITS  http://sco.lt/95LXpR

 

▶  "WE HAVE FIVE MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT" - IPCC REPORT - UN CHIEF SCIENTIST URGES ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/7C0zyb

 

 

▶  GLOBAL WARMING:  WELCOME TO THE AGE OF MANKIND (AND A POLLUTED PLANET) http://sco.lt/7D1oGX

 

FRYING ON PLANET EARTH: WILDFIRES CONSUMING OUR FORESTS & ALL LIFE WITHIN THEM http://sco.lt/8LXukr

 

 

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1. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
WATERKEEPER.ORG http://waterkeeper.org/

Voice For The World's Waters

 2. Read The #Water Daily http://paper.li/ShiftSoil/1308135402

 3. UN WATER http://www.unwater.org/

 4. UN WATER GLOBAL WATER ISSUES https://www.un.org/en/globalissues/water/


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Google Highlights Global Deforestation with Interactive Map

Google Highlights Global Deforestation with Interactive Map | Climate Change | Scoop.it

Google earth has partnered with a research team at the University of Maryland in the realization of an interactive, digital map that highlights global deforestation.

The data used has been compiled from the results of a decade long analysis of 654,178 landsat images. each color indication on the interface corresponds to collected informational evidence: red -- forest loss from 2000-2012; blue -- forest gain from 2000-2012; magenta -- both loss and gain; green -- forest extent.


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, January 15, 2014 8:28 AM

Will we be in time to turn around the amount of deforestation on the earth to stop the destruction?

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No, the Polar Vortex Does Not Disprove Global Warming

No, the Polar Vortex Does Not Disprove Global Warming | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The picture above, taken on Jan. 6, 2014, by the NOAA’s GOES East weather satellite, shows what a big chunk of the U.S. nows all too well: the southern migration of part of the North Polar Vortex, which has dropped incredibly brutal cold temperatures into the mid-latitudes.
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