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VW: The Dark Side

Volkswagen opposes key European laws that we need if we're going to save our planet from climate change. All is not lost. We feel the good in Volkswagen. Hel...
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Top Ten Reasons We Don't Talk About Climate Change

Top Ten Reasons We Don't Talk About Climate Change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Why all the silence about climate change? Why isn't this topic filling our conversations, the way a tsunami would, or a major earthquake? I ask again, why are not more people crying out? Let me suggest some of the reasons....
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If an Ice Cap Melts in the Arctic and the GOP Doesn't See It, Did It Really Melt?

If an Ice Cap Melts in the Arctic and the GOP Doesn't See It, Did It Really Melt? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling five years ago, the influx of big money in politics has distorted Washington's ability to represent the people's interests over corporate interests....
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Sometimes I wonder what planet Republicans think they are living on

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Sizing up climate change

Sizing up climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Experts on energy, the environment, and climate change gathered at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre Monday to discuss how governments and universities can help meet the challenge.
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Interesting take by a panel at Harvard.

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‘Crop yields can’t be increased anymore: world hunger imminent’ – eco-analyst

‘Crop yields can’t be increased anymore: world hunger imminent’ – eco-analyst | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
With the population of 7 billion people living on planet Earth – and that number could increase tenfold in the coming decades – the dwindling resources of our world become a major concern, for the…
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A sobering take on where we are headed

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What will happen after people stop ignoring the evidence on climate change

What will happen after people stop ignoring the evidence on climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
We'll debate policy -- and it'll be a lot more productive.
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Well now, that will be refreshing.

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What the "Merchants of Doubt" Don't Want You to Know About Climate Change

What the "Merchants of Doubt" Don't Want You to Know About Climate Change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
I spent years reporting on professional deniers and every once in a while one of them would let down his guard
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Deforestation Drives Changes in Climate, Food Production

Deforestation Drives Changes in Climate, Food Production | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Deforestation is driving changes in the climate that threaten to impact global food production, according to a new study.
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Just one of many ironies - destroying forests to grow food and destroying the climate that grows it

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Here's Yet Another Reason We Need To Address Climate Change

Polar bears need sea ice in order to hunt for seals and other food in the ocean. But climate change is taking that away from them.

The bears are spending more and more time on land, but there is not enough food there to truly sustain them, accordi...
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Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
After four years of nowhere near enough rain, Californians are wondering where else to look for water, and many are talking about the ocean -- desalination. The problem is, it’s really expensive to turn salt water into drinking water. And it’s hard to do it in a way that’s friendly to sea life. But a group of mayors around Monterey Bay say they don't have any other options.
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Desalination can be an environmental disaster if done poorly, and it is power-hungry option no matter what.

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POLICY: 2 C temperature rise limit would fall short of safeguarding most countries -- study

POLICY: 2 C temperature rise limit would fall short of safeguarding most countries -- study | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The 2-degree-Celsius temperature rise limit globally accepted as a means to avoid dangerous climate change is a "mathematical aggregate" and a mere average of data collected from hundreds of climate stations around the world and thrown into climate models to forecast the effects of climate change. It fails to protect those nations most at risk, according to Petra Tschakert, a professor at Pennsylvania State University and coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change'
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Ted Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism — and historians aren’t happy

Ted Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism — and historians aren’t happy | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
For starters, Galileo did not discover that the Earth is round. And there's more.
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Smithsonian Stands By Wildly Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Paid For By Kochs

Smithsonian Stands By Wildly Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Paid For By Kochs | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The Smithsonian is damaging its reputation with a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a misleading Koch-funded exhibit downplaying the risks posed by human-caused climate change. Time for the world’s “largest museum and research complex” to cut ties with the anti-science crowd.
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What Climate Change?: Understanding Incentives for Denial - Harvard Political Review

What Climate Change?: Understanding Incentives for Denial - Harvard Political Review | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it

Why climate change denial persists in politics despite scientific consensus.

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20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The graffiti and street art on this list is perfect for spreading messages about environmentalism and climate change to a wider audience.
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Artists are weighing in with works whose implications are hard to ignore

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Five incredible photos of wild places that tell the story of climate change.

Five incredible photos of wild places that tell the story of climate change. | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
From every corner of the globe.
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These photographs are heartbreaking and a sign of more to come

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It would be wonderful if this was a mud pie, but it's not....

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Climate Change and the California Drought - US News

Climate Change and the California Drought - US News | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The science behind the drought is unquestionable.
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And we are dragging our feet on climate change because...?

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Climate Change Is a Public Health Issue

Climate Change Is a Public Health Issue | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
When it comes to global warming, an ounce of prevention is certainly worth a pound of cure. As National Public Health Week draws to a close, let's keep the focus on how we can prevent the climate crisis and the catastrophic health consequences that c...
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Those who argue we cannot afford to address climate change are overlooking the high cost of dealing with the impacts.

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Canada needs to get ready for climate-change refugees, and soon

Canada needs to get ready for climate-change refugees, and soon | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
What happens when the most crowded places in the world are displaced by climate change? Canada could become a refuge for those fleeing their homes in search of greener pastures. What can we do? Be ready for an influx of…
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Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action

Why Corporate America is reluctant to take a stand on climate action | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The EPA’s Clean Power Plant might be the only hope the US has to make a real dent in the climate change battle. So why aren’t more companies onboard?
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"The companies that won't get involved say it's because the regulation of power plant emissions is not core to their business." Guys, I've got news for you. Without action RIGHT NOW, you won't have a business in future.

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Next-Generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples And Purple Tomatoes

Next-Generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples And Purple Tomatoes | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.
These genetically engineered foods could receiv...
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Marine Life Can Take Millennia to Recover from Climate Change

Marine Life Can Take Millennia to Recover from Climate Change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it

 grandchildren are inheriting a  eIt's no secret that climate change is wreaking havoc on our world's oceans, and now new research has shown that it can take marine life millennia to recover from climate change-related upheavals.

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Our grandchildren are inheriting a very different world

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Big surprise in the greenhouse: study finds economic costs of climate change hugely underestimated

Big surprise in the greenhouse: study finds economic costs of climate change hugely underestimated | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Look at most climate change projection graphs and you will see a smoothly rising red line of increasing temperature, melting ice and other impacts. But climate does not work that way. Studies of the paleoclimate record indicate that when heat energy is rapidly added to the atmosphere -- as humans are doing today -- the climate can experience “tipping points,” with abrupt shifts and potentially disastrous results.
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For anyone who still believes we "can't afford" to address climate change, this article is a good reminder that we can't afford NOT to.

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Eco Act (@eco_act on Twitter)'s curator insight, April 11, 4:14 PM

Climate change tipping points will cause violent disruptions in both ecosystems AND economies, reveals cost-benefit analysis by international researchers and academics team (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/03/24/1503890112.abstract)

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Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change

Media Contributing to ‘Hope Gap’ on Climate Change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Research suggests media focuses on doom and gloom of climate change, rarely on possible fixes.
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Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food - Inkfish

Global Warming Turns Rainforest Leaves into Junk Food - Inkfish | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Like those breakfast cereals that look healthy on the box but have even more sugar inside than Cocoa Puffs, some rainforest trees engage in false advertising. It’s not their fault—it’s ours. Climate change has made their leaves less nutritious than they used to be. And the animals who live off of those trees don’t exactly have another store to …
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Finally, A Climate Change Message That Just Might Work

Finally, A Climate Change Message That Just Might Work | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
There are mixed but somewhat encouraging signs that China's leaders and India's Narendra Modi are awakening to the power of focusing on the immediate health benefits of clearing the skies, as well. All of which is cause for hope in this pivotal year ...
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