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This summer’s mosquito epidemics are brought to you by climate change

This summer’s mosquito epidemics are brought to you by climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Hot, rainy weather has led to infestations in the U.S. and a dengue fever epidemic in Central America
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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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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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The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse.

The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse. | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that a key glacier of East Antarctica is melting from beneath.
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Cyclone Pam: we've only just begun to see consequences of climate change

Cyclone Pam: we've only just begun to see consequences of climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Bandaid solutions to natural disasters are simply not enough. It's time to be proactive, because the cost of inaction will be much higher.
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Alaska Is the Canary in the Climate Coal Mine, and That Bird Is in Trouble

Alaska Is the Canary in the Climate Coal Mine, and That Bird Is in Trouble | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Earlier this winter, Monica Zappa packed up her crew of Alaskan sled dogs and headed south, in search of snow. “We haven’t been able to train where we live for two months,” she told me. Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, which Zappa calls home, has been practically tropical this winter. Rick Thoman,...
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A BC Megadrought? We've Had Them Before | The Tyee

A BC Megadrought? We've Had Them Before | The Tyee | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
What the 'xerothermic' age tells us about a drier future.
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Even the province's "Wet Coast" may experience deep drought.

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Florida’s Not The Only State Where Officials Censored The Term ‘Climate Change’

Florida’s Not The Only State Where Officials Censored The Term ‘Climate Change’ | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Censoring "climate change" is not unusual -- at least in states with governors who do not accept the scientific validity of human-caused climate change.
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Hmmm...looks as if a lot of state officials have jumped down the rabbit hole and ended up in a no-climate-change-here Wonderland.

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Does climate change really cause conflict?

Does climate change really cause conflict? | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
While researchers agree that climate change can exacerbate human conflict, there are many that caution against using it to explain the root causes of war
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Moving Photos Show Climate Change Destroying The Nomadic Way Of Life In Mongolia

Moving Photos Show Climate Change Destroying The Nomadic Way Of Life In Mongolia | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Just another sad casualty of environmental collapse: These before-and-after shots show how deserts are taking over the pastures where animals once...
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Don't look away now, the climate crisis needs you | Naomi Klein

Don't look away now, the climate crisis needs you | Naomi Klein | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The Guardian is embarking on a major series of articles on the climate crisis and how humanity can solve it. In the first, an extract taken from the Introduction to THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein, the author argues that if we treat climate change as the crisis it is, we don’t just have the potential to avert disaster but could improve society in the process
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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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Sea lion pups washing ashore in California test capacity of rescue network (+video)

Sea lion pups washing ashore in California test capacity of rescue network (+video) | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Never have sea lion pups washed up on California beaches in such high numbers. Scientists point to a few potential reasons for the strandings.
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The Right to Be Cold: A revelatory memoir that looks at what climate change means for the north

The Right to Be Cold: A revelatory memoir that looks at what climate change means for the north | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Loss, suppression and ultimate rediscovery of voice are themes that run through this courageous books
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'Find a new way to tell the story' - how the Guardian launched its climate change campaign

'Find a new way to tell the story' - how the Guardian launched its climate change campaign | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Climate change is the biggest story journalism has never successfully told. This new podcast series follows the Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, and his team as they set out to find a new narrative on the greatest threat to humanity
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Thank you, Guardian, for an intelligent approach to a vital issue.

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Global Warming, God, and American Complacency

Global Warming, God, and American Complacency | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
The headline of a 2013 Washington Post article said, “Americans Are Less Worried about Climate Change than Almost Anyone Else.” According to a Pew poll of that year, only 33% of the American public...
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Florida officials’ ‘ban’ of the term climate change is straight out of the Bush playbook

Florida officials’ ‘ban’ of the term climate change is straight out of the Bush playbook | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Remembering the history of the politicization of science.
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OK, this is definitely a sign that some folk in Florida have jumped down the rabbit hole, donned the Mad Hatter's cloak, and created their own story of the world.

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The Insiders: Republicans move from denial to despair on climate change

The Insiders: Republicans move from denial to despair on climate change | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Their new argument: Global warming may be real, but the solutions cost too much and won't work anyway.
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The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future

The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future | Climate change challenges | Scoop.it
Despite overwhelming scientific consensus, Americans remain split on climate change. Here's why
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