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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say
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Scott Pruitt denies basic climate science. But most of the outrage is missing the point.

Scott Pruitt denies basic climate science. But most of the outrage is missing the point. | Climate Change | Scoop.it
It’s not about Pruitt and it’s not about facts.
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With the Rise of Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight?

With the Rise of Trump, Is It Game Over for the Climate Fight? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency is a stunning blow to hopes for avoiding the worst impacts of global warming. But a broad-based, grassroots movement committed to cutting emissions and promoting clean energy must continue and intensify – the stakes are simply too high to give up.
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Why is this a partisan topic? It is for the greater good, and we should put the funds we have now into renewable, safer energies, before we have to use it to help those that are victims of severe weather in the near future, rebuild from the results of our in-action...
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Ebola a Symptom of Ecological and Social Collapse | EcoInternet

Ebola a Symptom of Ecological and Social Collapse | EcoInternet | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Ebola is ecosystem collapse The global environment is collapsing and dying under the weight of inequitable over-population and ecosystem loss. “We learn the
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Maria Loughran's curator insight, October 14, 2014 12:29 AM

This article makes many controversial arguments, but I will point out an interesting quote: "The single greatest truth underlying the Ebola tragedy is that humanity is systematically dismantling the ecosystems that make Earth habitable."


It does seem that with our rapid advances in technology and medicine, we as a species have been able to eliminate many uncomfortable truths about humanity (i.e. surgeries and medications to recover from previously fatal diseases), and therefore throwing many of the balancing systems on Earth. This is very true outside of medicine, which seems to make an overcorrection potentially with this seemingly frequent wave of incurable fatal illnesses.


Something to think about.

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A Rancher And A Conservationist Forge An Unlikely Alliance

A Rancher And A Conservationist Forge An Unlikely Alliance | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Methods to protect trout from ranching are helping the fish become resilient to environment changes.
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This problem is being echoed across the western half of the country. Not many areas have had this relationship transition with ranchers, but it's a great sign!

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Coastal homeowners learning landscaping could help protect homes from storms

Coastal homeowners learning landscaping could help protect homes from storms | Climate Change | Scoop.it
A year after Superstorm Sandy crashed into Connecticut's coastline, homeowners are still rebuilding and replanting. A new project is helping them make
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Down with sea wall, up with sea grasses and dunes!

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It's Clear Humans Are Changing World's Climate, Panel Says

It's Clear Humans Are Changing World's Climate, Panel Says | Climate Change | Scoop.it
A study by an international panel of scientists shows they are confident about a link.
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Scientists "are 95% confident — that is to say, surer than ever — that humans are responsible for at least 'half of the observed increase in global average surface temperatures since the 1950s.' This is the major headline from the report, as it marks a stark spike in confidence over the last 12 years, as scientists were 90% confident in 2007 and 66% confident in 2001 of the same conclusion.


"It it hopeful that skeptics take this information seriously. It does not have to be a looming threat that gets put off due to insecurity or fear. Rather, we should embrace our mistakes, and begin to change our attitude towards energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and natural venues to absorb the CO2, such as forest conservation and enhancement.

 

 

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Questions about research slow climate change efforts - USATODAY.com

Questions about research slow climate change efforts - USATODAY.com | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Leaked e-mails, punctured arguments lead to closer scrutiny of climate science.
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Maria Loughran's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:00 AM

Previously a professor at UVA, Michael Mann has gotten quite a bit of grief for his research that supports the theory of climate change, notably from controversial current Virginia attorney general and Republican candidate governer, Ken Cuccinellli.

I am behind man, especially when he voices his concern at how much attention the climate change-negators, the minority, receive in the media. "Frankly, I'm more worried that these people are succeeding in creating doubt in the minds of the public, when there really shouldn't be any."

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Trump's EPA Continues to Delay Chemical Disaster Protections as Harvey Victims Deal with Toxic Leaks

Trump's EPA Continues to Delay Chemical Disaster Protections as Harvey Victims Deal with Toxic Leaks | Climate Change | Scoop.it
There’s no time to waste. But EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt says health and safety protections can wait.
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Biomass More Polluting Than Coal, New Study Finds

Biomass More Polluting Than Coal, New Study Finds | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Burning forest biomass is not a climate solution. It often worsens climate change by emitting more carbon than burning coal. These findings have now been
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Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

Another Major City Bans Plastic Shopping Bags | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Chicago has become the latest U.S. city to approve a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a partial plastic bag ban in Chicago on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. The proposal was backed by Mayor R...
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CEC Houston's curator insight, September 3, 2014 5:32 PM

California, Chicago.... While Texas contemplates the legality of bag fees. Which city in the Houston region will be the first? Houston, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, Baytown, League City?

Maria Loughran's curator insight, May 18, 2015 6:05 PM

Needs to be nation-wide.

Robert Sullivan's curator insight, September 12, 11:04 PM

There has been a lot of press on plastics in our water systems lately.  Chicago has ban plastic bags....Kenya....it seems like we need a better recycling system. 

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2013.9.23 Press Release Resilient Landscape Education Grants - Open Space Institute

2013.9.23 Press Release Resilient Landscape Education Grants - Open Space Institute | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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Natural Allies for the Next Sandy

Natural Allies for the Next Sandy | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Nature’s own walls, like reefs and marshes, have appeal and provide many other benefits, but questions remain on how much protection they would provide, especially in a major storm.
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Based on all I've learned about coasts and seagrasses, I am a HUGE advocate of maintaining natural coastal barriers against storms and surges. People develop so close to the shore, and then are upset when nature takes hold of their beautiful condo -- it's the green lawn in your backyard! Let nature do her thing, and enjoy the coast as it was meant to be.

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Global Warming & Climate Change

Global Warming & Climate Change | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The average surface temperature of earth has increased more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900 and the rate of warming has been nearly three times the century-long average since 1970.
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An interesting hub hosted by the NYT on stories regarding climate change and global warming. I will definitely be checking it out regularly.

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