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Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscar acceptance speech last night to declare that climate change “is real” and to blast what he called the “politics of greed.”DiCaprio won the Academy Award for best actor for his role in “The Revenant” as a 19th-century frontiersman who is left for dead after being maul...
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A new study by a team of Chinese and American conservation biologists quantifies the serious consequences of China's recent economic growth on its coastal ecosystems.   By several measures, 1978 was the beginning of a hugely successful surge in the nation's ability to produce economic value, ...
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What would you do if you had your own tropical island in the middle of paradise? If you’re Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, you’d turn it into a haven for sustainable technology.  Four months ago, the billionaire bought 98% of the Hawaiian island of Lanai for $500 million. In a recent&n...
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Charter of ResponsibilitiesLet’s Take Care of the PlanetWe, the young people of the world, and the delegates of this International Conference, invite you to share the responsibility to take care of the Planet.This Charter, created by the gathering of 53 countries, represents the responsibilities and...
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  The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Feb. 6: Conservatives have been attacking the Clean Air Act since its passage in 1970, continually claiming that federal efforts to fight air pollution would wreak economic ruin. As congressional Republicans prepare to...
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By: Stephen Hesterberg, Posted: 10/12/10 The peak was an off-white color, a mixture of dirt and ice. The thin layer, which followed the contour of the mountainside, was much smaller than I had imagined, nothing like the glaciers seen on National Geographic.  At the time, the view from th...
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Posted by on in Forestry
Deforestation rates in tropical countries dropped significantly during the first decade of the 21st century relative to the 1990s, reveals new data released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). FAO figures show deforestation across 121 tropical countries averaged 9....
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A century of phytoplankton decline suggests that ocean ecosystems are in peril. Marine phytoplankton — the vast range of tiny algae species accounting for roughly half of Earth's total photosynthetic biomass — have declined substantially in the world's oceans over the past century, researchers repo...
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Posted by on in Oil Spill
Some positive news from the oil spill. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) today introduced a Clean Energy jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan. The following is a statement by Sarah Chasis, Director of the Oceans Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The BP disaster in the Gulf is a sober...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
By Teryn Norris & Clifton Yin Published by The Huffington Post When President Obama and key Senate leaders meet today to reach a compromise on energy and climate legislation, they should strongly consider increasing federal investment in clean energy technology to at least $15 billion annually....
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Posted by on in Food
DIVE! Living Off America's Waste   Every year in America we throw away 96 billion pounds of food.   That's 263 million pounds a day.  11 million pounds an hour.  3,000 pounds a second. Inspired by a curiosity about our country’s careless habit of sending&...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Is it getting hotter or is summer has come early? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report recently about the state of the global climate, and the results were not pretty. It turns out the combined global land and ocean surface temperatures set a record in May. In...
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  Baoshan, China — On Sept. 30, 2009, Anne Castellina fielded an e-mail from Doug Morris, a fellow US National Park Service retiree. Did the former Alaska park superintendent, Mr. Morris wondered, feel like flying to China in November as a volunteer consultant? "Sure," Ms. Castellina said. ...
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  The world faces the nightmare possibility of fishless oceans by 2050 without fundamental restructuring of the fishing industry, UN experts said Monday. "If the various estimates we have received... come true, then we are in the situation where 40 years down the line we, effectively, are o...
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Posted by on in Animals
No-kill researchers sail to study Antarctic whales Researchers set sail from New Zealand on Tuesday to study whales off Antarctica without killing them - an open challenge to Japan's killing of up to 1,000 whales a year in the name of science. By RAY LILLEYAssociated Press WriterWELLINGTON, New Ze...
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India, Dec. 11 -- At stake: WHY: Scientists from every nation have produced data that points towards a steady increase in the global temperatures. According to their estimates the global mean temperature has seen an increase in 0.6 to 1.0 degree centigrade. The reason for this rise is the way we are...
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My sense of these things is that this will happen five or six times before what will be termed as an “historic agreement” is signed, but this one does sound fairly serious: Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director of Oxfam put out this statement: Africa has pulled the emergency cord to avoid a train crash...
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A MAJOR group of developing nations, including China and most African nations, have walked out of working groups, triggering a major stalemate between developed and developing countries at the Copenhagen climate change negotiations. LUCY KNIGHT IN COPENHAGEN The stalemate comes as more than 120 wo...
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As we are engulfed from all sides by suffocatingly one-sided coverage of the Copenhagen conference on climate change, three hugely important issues have been largely stuffed away from sight. The first of these is the matter of cost: the scarcely believable bill our politicians wish to land us with ...
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