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  1. New climate risk classification created to account for potential “existential” threats – Researchers identify a one-in-2

    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    14 September 2017 (Scripps) – A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories “catastrophic” and “unknown” to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity.These categories describe two low-probability but statistically significant scenarios that could play out by century’s end, in a new study by Veerabhadran Ramanathan…
  2. Trump administration ordered to enforce methane restrictions launched under President Obama

    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Evan Halper6 October 2017(The Los Angeles Times) – The Trump administration is not giving up on its effort to block Obama-era restrictions on the release of potent methane emissions at oil and gas drilling operations on public land, even after a federal judge ruled its suspension of the restrictions was illegal.The court ruling came Wednesday at the behest of California and other states, which charged the administration is required by law to enforce the new rules intended to cut the r…
  3. Why the last snow on Earth may be red – ”Snow-dwelling microbes increase glacier melt directly in a bio-geophysical feed

    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Alan Burdick21 September 2017(The New Yorker) – Every spring, in alpine regions around the world, one of Earth’s tiniest migrations takes place. The migrants are single-celled green algae; they are kin to seaweed, but instead of living in the sea they live in snow. (Snow weed, maybe?) They spend the winter deep in the snowpack, atop last summer’s snow, as dormant cysts. In the spring, they wake and swim up through the trickle of snowmelt to the surface, dividing and photosynthesizing as …
  4. I’m a woman who fought wildfires for 7 years. Climate change is absolutely making them worse. Warmer climate is creating

    10.07 / 19:47 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Anastasia Selby  14 September 2017(Vox) – The mundane days all run together. But those days when I was genuinely unsure if I would make it to the end of my shift intact are the ones that stand out.I remember fighting a fire on the Angeles National Forest in 2002. Our crew flew onto a ridge in a helicopter. The rotor wash, or wind created by the helicopter blades, flung orange embers into the unburned vegetation — the “green.” Immediately, it started burning.We jumped out of the heli…
  5. A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters – UNICEF

    10.07 / 17:19 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    5 October 2017 (United Nations) – One year has passed since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwest Haiti – leaving terrible destruction in its wake – but children and adolescents on the island still remain highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned.“Hundreds of thousands of children had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Matthew,” said Marc Vincent, the head of the UNICEF country off…
  6. Brazil government reduces forest protections in Pará, rewards squatters for illegal occupation

    10.07 / 17:19 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Cleide Carvalho25 September 2017 SÃO PAULO (O Globo) – [Translation by Google] The government bill that reduces the National Forest (Flona) of Jamanxim, in Pará, should benefit grileiros who deforested and occupied at least 44 thousand hectares of land that should be protected. The area - larger than the city of Curitiba and home to 1.8 million people - was cleared over a period of eight years between 2008 and 2016. The project is designed to regularize the situation of former squatters …
  7. As oceans warm, whales face new dangers – “We haven’t seen this level of mortality in right whales since we stopped whal

    10.07 / 16:46 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Karen Weintraub2 October 2017MOUNT DESERT ROCK, Maine (The New York Times) – From the top of the six-story lighthouse, water stretches beyond the horizon in every direction. A foghorn bleats twice at 22-second intervals, interrupting the endless chatter of herring gulls.At least twice a day, beginning shortly after dawn, researchers climb steps and ladders and crawl through a modest glass doorway to scan the surrounding sea, looking for the distinctive spout of a whale.This chunk of r…
  8. Weather extremes, fossil fuel pollution cost US $240 billion – “The evidence is undeniable: the more fossil fuels we bur

    10.07 / 16:46 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Alister Doyle27 September 2017OSLO (Reuters) – Weather extremes and air pollution from burning fossil fuels cost the United States $240 billion a year in the past decade, according to a report [pdf] on Wednesday that urged President Donald Trump to do more to combat climate change.This year is likely to be the most expensive on record with an estimated $300 billion in losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and a spate of wildfires in western states in the past two months, it s…
  9. EPA moves to repeal Obama climate rule “in its entirety” – “The Trump administration’s assault on the Clean Power Plan i

    10.07 / 03:36 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Timothy Cama And Devin Henry6 October 2017 (The Hill) – The Trump administration will soon propose repealing the Obama administration’s climate change rule for power plants but won’t commit to replacing it with another regulation.A draft of the proposal obtained by The Hill on Friday asserts that under former President Barack Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Clean Power Plan that “is not within Congress’s grant of authority to the agency under the governing statu…
  10. Interior Department whistleblower resigns, bipartisan former appointees object to Zinke’s statements – “I got 30 percent

    10.07 / 03:36 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Darryl Fears 6 October 2017(The Washington Post) – An Interior Department executive turned whistleblower who claimed the Trump administration retaliated against him for publicly disclosing how climate change affects Alaska Native communities resigned Wednesday.In a separate criticism of Interior’s leadership, a group of former department officials, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, objected to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s characterization of department employees as …
  11. Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples' land

    10.06 / 18:52 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By David Hill6 October 2017(The Guardian) – There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon - the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks.For years indigenous federations and other civil society organisations in Peru and abroad have worked for the territories of indigenous peoples in “isolatio…
  12. Trump administration denies 25 animal species endangered protection – “This is a truly dark day for America’s imperiled

    10.06 / 18:52 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Doyle Rice5 October 2017(USA Today) – From walruses to turtles and woodpeckers to toads, the Trump administration Wednesday declined to list 25 species as endangered, noting that extra protection “is not warranted at this time.” Of particular concern to environmental groups is the Pacific walrus, which had been considered a candidate for the list due to the dramatic loss of its Arctic sea ice habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which determines which species can be classified as…
  13. Global warming: the risk of frost worsens at altitude – “The risk of frost exposure has increased at the vast majority o

    10.06 / 18:52 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    28 September 2017 (Université de Neuchâtel) – [Translation by Google.] Trees growing above 800 m are increasingly exposed to spring frost, the Neuchâtel University, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL and SLF), and Agroscope Conthey reveal in a joint study a paradoxical consequence of global warming, which increases the vulnerability of trees. This work is published today in the journal Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.In April 2017, a wave of sudden …
  14. Fake news posts blame Puerto Rico truck drivers for refusing to ship relief supplies – “There’s no strike, and union tru

    10.06 / 18:52 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Joshua Gillin3 October 2017 (Politifact) – Conservative news outlets have been spreading a false story online that wrongly says aid to Hurricane Maria victims isn’t being distributed in Puerto Rico because union truck drivers have gone on strike.The headline on a 30 September 2017, post on The Gateway Pundit read, "San Juan Teamsters didn’t show up for work to distribute relief supplies — U.S. aid rotting at ports."Facebook users flagged the story as being potentially fabricated, as part…
  15. Much of the world’s honey now contains bee-harming pesticides – “On the global scale, the contamination is really striki

    10.06 / 18:52 desdemonadespair.net Desdemonadespair.net - Environment
    By Laurel Hamers5 October 2017(Science News) – Neonicotinoid pesticides are turning up in honey on every continent with honeybees.The first global honey survey testing for these controversial nicotine-derived pesticides shows just how widely honeybees are exposed to the chemicals, which have been shown to affect the health of bees and other insects. Three out of four honey samples tested contained measurable levels of at least one of five common neonicotinoids, researchers report in the O…