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  • At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more

    04/24/2017 9:10:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 24, 2017 | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming's milder winters will likely nudge Americans off the couch more in the future, a rare, small benefit of climate change, a new study finds. With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study in Monday's edition of the journal Nature Human Behaviour . Places like North Dakota, Minnesota and Maine are likely to see the most dramatic increases, usually the result of more walking. "It's a small little tiny silver lining...
  • Scientists seek holy grail of climate change in Oman's hills

    04/13/2017 6:15:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 13, 2017
    WADI ABADAHBA, Oman – Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans. They are coring samples from one of the world's only exposed sections of the Earth's mantle to uncover how a spontaneous natural process millions of years ago transformed CO2 into limestone and marble. As the world mobilizes to confront climate change, the main focus has been on reducing emissions through fuel efficient cars and cleaner power plants. But some researchers are...
  • Where climate change is threatening the health of Americans

    04/13/2017 6:11:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN "News" ^ | April 13, 2017 | By Jacqueline Howard
    As President Donald Trump looks to curb the government's enforcement of climate regulations, experts are concerned about how the action might impact public health. "The current federal political climate in the United States bodes ill for the future of the world's climate and by extension for the health of people around the world, Americans included," said Dr. Mona Soofaty, director of the program on climate and health at George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication. Soofaty helped prepare a report, released last month by the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, that mapped how climate change threatens the...
  • Climate Change Deniers Have President Trump's Ear. But Now They Want Results

    04/12/2017 1:50:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    TIME ^ | April 12, 2017
    The past eight years have not been kind to people who dispute that the climate is changing. Leading scientists strengthened the case that the earth is warming and humans are at fault, while the Obama administration prioritized fighting its effects. As with so much else, the election of President Trump has ushered in a new day. Since taking office, Trump has moved to gut Obama's signature climate change regulations, signed executive orders to aid the fossil fuel industry and installed a critic of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as its head. And yet to some of the strongest opponents of...
  • 'Very bad tick year' expected for Alabama in 2017, and climate change a factor

    04/11/2017 6:29:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | April 11, 2017 | BY DENNIS PILLION
    2017 could be a record year for ticks and tick-borne illnesses according to one researcher who studies the arachnids in Alabama. "I would say this is going to be a very bad tick year because it was a very mild winter," said Tim Sellati, chair of Southern Research's Infectious Diseases Department. In addition, Sellati said a warming climate has let certain species of ticks expand their range and those changes are reflected in tick surveys in Alabama and other parts of the United States. "The winters are warmer and the ticks recognize this, they sense this change in their environment,"...
  • Trump denies climate change, but could one day be its victim

    04/11/2017 6:15:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | April 10, 2017 | By Alice Kantor, Ciara Bri'd Frisbie
    Not far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, one expert after another warned Monday about the dangers that rising sea levels pose to Florida's coast. Not that surprising, except this was a Senate committee field hearing challenging the position shared by President Donald Trump and many Republicans in Congress that climate change isn't real. The site of the hearing -- just four miles from Trump's weekend getaway in Palm Beach -- was clearly intended to send a signal: Much of Florida's coastline could one day be underwater, including some of the President's own prized properties. "Today we sit at ground zero of...
  • Emerging nations urge rich countries to honour climate finance pledges - statement

    04/11/2017 6:10:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Channel NewsAsia ^ | April 11, 2017 | by Elias Glenn
    China, Brazil, India and South Africa have urged industrialised countries to honour financial commitments made in Paris in 2015 to help developing countries fight against global climate change. Following a meeting in Beijing, climate change ministers from the "BASIC" bloc of four major emerging economies called on rich countries "to honour their commitments and increase climate finance towards the US$100 billion goal", and said more clarity was needed to "track and account for" those pledges. But the agreement has been plunged into uncertainty after U.S. President Donald Trump, who has questioned the scientific basis of global warming, last month proposed...
  • Climate change could increase severe turbulence by 149 percent, study says

    04/06/2017 6:46:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 6, 2017 | by Anmar Frangoul
    Turbulence can be an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience. And climate change is about to make it an increasingly common one, according to a new study. Using supercomputer simulations of the atmosphere, researchers at the University of Reading, in England, looked at the future of severe turbulence. "Our new study paints the most detailed picture yet of how aircraft turbulence will respond to climate change," Paul Williams, who undertook the research, said in a statement. "For most passengers, light turbulence is nothing more than an annoying inconvenience that reduces their comfort levels, but for nervous fliers even light turbulence can be...
  • Study offers a dire warning on climate change

    04/06/2017 6:38:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 6, 2017 | By Chelsea Harvey
    Continuing to burn fossil fuels at the current rate could bring atmospheric carbon dioxide to its highest concentration in 50 million years, jumping from about 400 parts per million now to more than 900 parts per million by the end of this century, a study warns. Some research suggests that, if humans burned through all fossil fuels on Earth, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations could hit 5,000 parts per million by the year 2400. The new study speaks to the power of human influence over the climate. It suggests that after millions of years of relative stability in the absence of...
  • Bill to Protect Climate Change Doubters Up for Hearing

    04/06/2017 6:33:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    MainePublic.org ^ | April 6, 2017
    A bill that would prohibit discriminating against people based on their beliefs about climate change is up for a hearing in the Maine state capital. Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says his bill would prohibit the state from favoring or penalizing a person based on how they feel about climate change. It's up for a hearing on Thursday before the Legislature's Committee on Judiciary. Lockman says climate change doubters get treated like "heretics'' and they deserve to be protected. He also says his bill would protect people who feel strongly that climate change is real. Democrats and environmental groups in Maine...
  • Climate change impacting ‘most’ species on Earth, even down to their genome

    04/05/2017 7:11:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 5, 2017 | by Jeremy Hance
    Climate change is rapidly becoming a crisis that defies hyperbole. For all the sound and fury of climate change denialists, self-deluding politicians and a very bewildered global public, the science behind climate change is rock solid while the impacts – observed on every ecosystem on the planet – are occurring faster in many parts of the world than even the most gloomy scientists predicted. Given all this, it’s logical to assume life on Earth – the millions of species that cohabitate our little ball of rock in space – would be impacted. But it still feels unnerving to discover that...
  • Global warming killed off the Mayans by locking leaders in violent power struggle

    04/05/2017 7:06:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 5, 2017 | By PHOEBE WESTON
    The reason for the collapse of Mayan civilisation has been hotly debated, but now scientists claim they have an answer - climate change. Researchers believe that hot weather made the Mayans more aggressive and therefore likely to fight one another. As crops failed due to the rising temperatures leaders waged war for power which lit the fuse of their eventual demise around 900 AD, the study says. With crops levels low Mayan leaders could no longer rely on brash festivals or building projects to keep their sujects happy. So they resorted to power struggles and war instead which finished the...
  • Democrats protest after schools sent material that questions climate change

    04/03/2017 1:24:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 3, 2017 | By JOHN SICILIANO
    A group of top House Democrats banded together Monday to condemn a political group for disseminating books skeptical of climate change to public high schools. "Lying to children about the world we live in to further corporate polluter profits is cruel," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. "If climate deniers think our public schools are the right place for their propaganda, they need to be exposed in no uncertain terms." The group in question, the Heartland Institute, is a long-time climate change skeptic, and in recent weeks it has been emboldened by President Trump's...
  • New York, other states take on Trump over energy efficiency

    04/03/2017 1:14:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 3, 2017 | By Jonathan Stempel
    A coalition of U.S. states has mounted a broad legal challenge against what it called the Trump administration's illegal suspension of rules to improve the energy efficiency of ceiling fans, portable air conditioners and other products. The challenge, also joined by environmental groups, came after the U.S. Department of Energy last month delayed standards proposed under the Obama administration to reduce air pollution and operating costs associated with the products. Ten Democratic attorneys general, plus New York City and a Pennsylvania regulator, on Monday notified Energy Secretary Rick Perry of their plan to sue in 60 days for stalling proposed...
  • Christie Whitman: Trump's EPA cuts put lives at risk

    04/01/2017 7:18:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    NJ.com ^ | April 1, 2017 | By Brent Johnson
    Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman is warning that President Donald Trump's "unprecedented" proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which she used to run, pose a "great danger to Americans' lives." Whitman, a Republican who served as governor from 1994 to 2001, made the declarations in an op-ed she wrote that was published by The Atlantic magazine on Friday. "Practically speaking, funding for climate-change research would be axed, public-health programs would be effectively defunded, state environmental programs would be closed, and regional projects would end," Whitman writes. "Make no mistake: Human health would be endangered." Among her many...
  • Why Climate Change Is Making Koalas Thirsty

    03/31/2017 8:27:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 31, 2017 | By Heather Brady
    Australian koalas are drinking much more water than they used to—and it’s likely because of hot, dry weather aggravated by climate change. Koalas, which normally spend most of their time in the safety of eucalyptus trees, have begun to climb down and drink from artificial water stations provided by University of Sydney researchers. The koalas of Gunnedah, a town in southeastern Australia often referred to as the “Koala Capital of the World,” were drinking from the stations for more than 10 minutes on average, according to a press release from the university. Koalas are leaving their trees even when they...
  • Climate change's toll on mental health

    03/30/2017 10:39:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    When people think about climate change, they probably think first about its effects on the environment, and possibly on their physical health. But climate change also takes a significant toll on mental health, according to a new report released by the American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica entitled Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance. Climate change-induced severe weather and other natural disasters have the most immediate effects on mental health in the form of the trauma and shock due to personal injuries, loss of a loved one, damage to or loss of personal property or even the...
  • Climate change doubters may not be so silly, says Russia President Putin

    03/30/2017 10:32:16 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    CNBC ^ | March 30, 2017 | by Sam Meredith and Geoff Cutmore
    Russia President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that climate change doubters "may not be at all silly." In an interview by CNBC at the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia, Putin was asked about the rollback of environmental regulations from U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. "Those people who are not in agreement with opponents (of climate change) may not be at all silly," Putin replied via an interpreter. Russia's president also pointed to the economic importance of the Arctic region as he argued global warming and ice melting in the area created beneficial conditions for economic improvement. "Climate change brings in...
  • Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad

    03/29/2017 1:27:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | March 29, 2017 | By SETH BORENSTEIN
    A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home. More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere, about one-fifth of the 3.45 million premature deaths from air pollution. The study says 12 percent of those deaths, about 411,000 people, are a result of air pollution that has blown across national borders. “It’s not a local issue anymore,” said study...
  • Trump wants to roll back progress against climate change. He’s going to fail.

    03/29/2017 11:25:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2017 | By Ben Adler
    Few of President Barack Obama’s achievements seem more imperiled from President Trump than progress in combating climate change. To avert catastrophic climate change, the broadly accepted goal among climate scientists is to stay below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming over preindustrial temperatures. By helping negotiate the 2015 climate agreement in Paris and setting up a regulatory framework for fossil fuel emissions domestically, Obama created conditions that are necessary, but insufficient, to get there. The plan was for his successor to go further by increasing the ambition of Obama’s climate rules, cracking down on methane leakage and completing...