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Climate Pragmatism or Climate Illusion?

Climate Pragmatism or Climate Illusion? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
With the Republican Party and a good many Democrats currently opposed to sanctioning any meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, United States climate policy, at least at federal level, appears stagnant at the moment.
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Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped

Fact or Fiction?: The Sixth Mass Extinction Can Be Stopped | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Is the planet undergoing the sixth mass extinction in its history courtesy of the human species?
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Larry Glover's curator insight, July 27, 8:34 PM

Here's one of the more optimistic articles on the current mass extinction that I've seen. And while still acknowledging:

 "Scientists can't be sure of the current die-off rate, perhaps because much of it is happening to beetles and other insects that are notoriously overlooked. But according to that new study in Science, the total number of such invertebrates fell by half over the past 35 years while the human population doubled. Other recent studies suggest that the current extinction rate is roughly 1,000 times faster than the average pace in Earth's history. That makes this the fastest extinction event on record, even if it is not yet a mass die-off."

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Kudzu That Ate U.S. South Heads North as Climate Changes

Kudzu That Ate U.S. South Heads North as Climate Changes | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
As the climate warms, the vine that ate the U.S. South is starting to gnaw at parts of the North, too.
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Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy

Robert Rubin: How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
We must stop ignoring the economic impacts of climate change.
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Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change?

Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Climate change is a global problem. Some island nations face the prospect of disappearing beneath rising seas. Barbara J. King is surprised by how the people of the Marshall Islands see their plight.
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What Do Climate Change Deniers Have in Common? They Speak English

What Do Climate Change Deniers Have in Common? They Speak English | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
A recent report shows that the countries with the highest percentages of climate change deniers are English speaking ones.
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Climate change-linked food shortage ravaging Antarctic fur seals, says study

Climate change-linked food shortage ravaging Antarctic fur seals, says study | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers have said.
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Americans are World's Top Climate Change Deniers; Chinese, the Top Believers

Americans are World's Top Climate Change Deniers; Chinese, the Top Believers | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
English-speaking nations are the top climate change deniers.
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Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds

Climate models on the mark, Australian-led research finds | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
A common refrain by climate sceptics that surface temperatures have not warmed over the past 17 years, implying climate models predicting otherwise are unreliable, has been refuted by new research led by James Risbey, a senior CSIRO researcher.
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Rabbi Preaches From Church Pulpits To Raise Awareness Of Climate Change

Rabbi Preaches From Church Pulpits To Raise Awareness Of Climate Change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
(RNS) Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to lecture church audiences, or sermonize if they’ll let him, about the threat of global warming.

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How to stop climate change making food less nutritious?

How to stop climate change making food less nutritious? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
More ecological ways of growing crops could help avoid an African health crisis
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Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe

Mysterious Siberian Crater Found at "End of the World" May Portend Methane Climate Catastrophe | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Oblique view of crater shows an elevated rim but around a deep hole. This morphology is indicative of a methane explosion, not a meteorite impact or surface collapse into a sink hole.
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6 ways climate change is ruining summer for everyone

6 ways climate change is ruining summer for everyone | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Heat waves are only the beginning -- it's about to get really ugly out there, everyone VIDEO
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Is Ethanol Causing Food Disruption and Contributing to Climate Change?

Is Ethanol Causing Food Disruption and Contributing to Climate Change? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Studies point to ethanol mandates causing more harm than good. Are there alternatives? - Jonathan Cook - Energy
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California's Climate-Change Denial

California's Climate-Change Denial | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The Wall Street Journal's Allysia Finley on support for policies to combat global warming
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'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought: study

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought: study | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) July 24, 2014 - A major drought across the western United States has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists said Thursday.
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How to communicate the scientific consensus on climate change

How to communicate the scientific consensus on climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it

At present, only one in ten (12%) Americans understand that 90% or more climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening. Recent research has found that this public misunderstanding about the degree of scientific consensus is highly consequential: public perceptions of the scientific consensus appear to influence public beliefs that global warming is happening, human-caused and a serious problem that requires public action and legislative support. Our new paper offers some practical recommendations on how to effectively communicate the scientific consensus. - See more at: http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/how-to-communicate-the-scientific-consensus-on-climate-change#sthash.UJ2FVhsQ.dpuf

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Larry Glover's curator insight, July 27, 8:37 PM

I'm welcome this analysis, and yet I see little that addresses the issue of why the human soul is afraid to see the results of our creation. Still,  anything that helps me be a better communicator is to be embraced!

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Climate change ‘single biggest hindrance’ to human development

Climate change ‘single biggest hindrance’ to human development | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The recently released Human Development Report has identified six major threats to human development and proposed a set of policies and reforms to address...
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A pause in global warming? Studies try to better explain what's happened.

A pause in global warming? Studies try to better explain what's happened. | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Two recent studies explore a pause in global warming during the first decade of the 21st century, implying that more pauses can be expected because of the climate's natural variability.
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Climate Change: If we pretend it isn’t happening, will it go away?

I happened to be in Canberra last week as the Australian government repealed its tax on carbon emissions, which has required the country’s biggest emitters to pay as much as 25 Australian dollars (about $23.50, US) per metric ton of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere. With the vote in the Australian Senate, following a previous vote in the House of Representatives, Australia—one of the world’s largest per capita emitters of carbon—moved from being well ahead of the international curve to the back of the pack when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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How Pacific Islanders Are Fighting Climate Change With Canoes

How Pacific Islanders Are Fighting Climate Change With Canoes | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
People from 16 different countries will voyage to Australia to deliver traditional canoes to major fossil fuel industry supporters. They want to highlight the dire consequences of climate change.
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Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe

Climate Change Already Having Profound Impacts on Lakes in Europe | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
For perspective on how climate change is affecting lakes, those of us here in the U.S. can just look across the pond, where scientists and the agencies involved in meeting the European Union’s Water Framework Directive have amassed an impressive body of research on the topic. Not only are extreme weather events such as droughts…
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Climate change fuelling forest fires, says U of S expert

Climate change fuelling forest fires, says U of S expert | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
A researcher at the University of Saskatchewan is not sure this is the smoking gun, but has little doubt climate change is contributing to all those fires in the west and far north.
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NOAA: Climate change is getting worse

NOAA: Climate change is getting worse | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Changes in the earth's climate are increasing at a steady rate, NOAA warned in a new report.
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​How ​Your Tax Dollars Fund Climate Change Denial

​How ​Your Tax Dollars Fund Climate Change Denial | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
This report from Oil Change International shows just how much the government subsidizes fossil fuel companies
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How Climate Change is Destroying Our National Parks

How Climate Change is Destroying Our National Parks | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
America's national parks are being adversely affected by climate change, with temperatures becoming more extreme in recent years compared to the historical norms of the last century, a new study by the National Park Service (NPS) finds.

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Tegan Butts's curator insight, July 15, 10:39 PM

National parks in Hawaii are getting hottier and dryer. Parks in north are warmmer and wetter.thew drastic change is weather the flora and funa cant adapt This will require difficult management decisions requiring input from the public and other stakeholders, likely pitting the public interest of the national parks against the rights of private property. For example, the report says, Point Reyes, the only national seashore on the Pacific coast, may need to create new protected shoreline and wetlands on neighboring land rather than build seawalls to protect those it already has.