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Bolsonaro to merge environment and agriculture ministries in threat to the Amazon | World news | The Guardian
Bolsonaro to merge environment and agriculture ministries in threat to the Amazon
Conservationists fear move will put short-term business interests ahead of the world’s biggest terrestrial carbon sink, indigenous communities and rich eco-systems
Bolsonaro  neoliberalism  Amazon  climatechange  Klimakatastrophe  climate  change 
november 2018 by asterisk2a
Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe' - BBC News
'We are living beyond our means, and no politician is willing to tell us.' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ1HRGA8g10 - Why we're heading for a 'climate catastrophe' - BBC Newsnight // https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/world-leaders-have-moral-obligation-to-act-after-un-climate-report
Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.
[...]
Not any more. This new study says that going past 1.5C is dicing with the planet's liveability. And the 1.5C temperature "guard rail" could be exceeded in just 12 years, in 2030.

Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society".

It will be hugely expensive - but the window of opportunity remains open.

After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C.

&! Shell boss says mass reforestation needed to limit temperature rises to 1.5C
Ben van Beurden says ‘another Brazil in terms of rainforest’ will help achieve UN target - https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/oct/09/shell-ben-van-beurden-mass-reforestation-un-climate-change-target
IPCC  globalwarming  global  warming  Klimakatastrophe  climatechange  climate  change  carbon  capture 
october 2018 by asterisk2a
Global heatwave is symptom of early stage cycle of civilisational collapse
BUT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ACTING WITH AN SENSE OF URGENCY. THE THE PRECURSOR OF CIVILISATiONAL COLLAPSE :: NOT JUST BECAUSE THE FINAL EXTINCTION EVEN IS SO REMOTE, UNIMAGINABLE 'this looks not safe' DOES NOT COME TO MIND WHEN YOU HAVE A 'heatwave' or 'Ernteausfall.' // industrial civilisational systems are vulnerable to collapse due to escalating climate impacts. And they highlight the urgent necessity of communities everywhere undertaking steps to achieve a systemic civilisational transition toward post-capitalist systems which can survive and prosper after fossil fuels. [...] Collapse does not arrive in this scenario as a singular point of terminal completion. Rather, collapse occurs as a a series of discrete but consecutive and interconnected amplifying feedback processes by which these dynamics interact and worsen one another. &! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45084144 https://medium.com/insurge-intelligence/global-heatwave-is-symptom-of-early-stage-cycle-of-civilisational-collapse-efef3c1dd7eb https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/06/domino-effect-of-climate-events-could-push-earth-into-a-hothouse-state
Klimakatastrophe  climatechange  climate  change  global  warming  globalwarming  Gesellschaft  Society  crisis  collapse  ecological  environmental  environment  extreme  weather  event 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes | Environment | The Guardian
“Our current economies are running a Ponzi scheme with our planet,” [...] "The situation is reversible. Research by the group indicates political action is far more effective than individual choices." [...] Separate scientific studies over the past year has revealed a third of land is now acutely degraded, while tropical forests have become a source rather than a sink of carbon. Scientists have also raised the alarm about increasingly erratic weather, particularly in the Arctic, and worrying declines in populations of bees and other insect pollinators, which are essential for crops. &! Activism https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/21/defending-earth-violence-murder-activists-land-corruption - Nine activists defending the Earth from violent assault //&! Mindestens 207 #Umweltschützer wurden im vergangenen Jahr weltweit ermordet, besonders in #Brasilien und auf den Philippinen gab es viel tödliche Gewalt gegen Aktivisten. Die Zahlen von @Global_Witness unterschätzen das Problem "deutlich": http://www.dasnd.de/1095208 #Umweltschutz
EarthOvershootDay  Klimakatastrophe  climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  pollution  ecological  environmental  Crisis  drought  food  Arctic  carbon  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  permafrost  deforestation  soil  erosion  apocalypse  refugee  climate-refugee  activism  personal  action  responsibility 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Heatwave sees record high temperatures around world this week | Environment | The Guardian
From Europe to Africa, extreme and widespread heat raises climate concerns in hottest La Niña year to date on record [...] Last week, a weather station at Ouargla in Algeria’s Sahara Desert, reported a maximum temperature of 51.3C on 5 July, the highest temperature reliably recorded in Africa.

Even when the sun goes down, night is not providing the cooling relief it once did in many parts of the world. At Quriyat, on the coast of Oman, overnight temperatures remained above 42.6C, which is believed to be the highest “low” temperature ever recorded in the world. Downtown Los Angeles also saw a new monthly July minimum overnight record of 26.1C on 7 July.
Klimakatastrophe  climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  global  warming  drought  water  crisis 
july 2018 by asterisk2a
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil ‘disastrous’ for wildlife but here to stay, experts warn
The deforestation it causes is decimating species such as orangutans and tigers - but the alternatives could be worse, finds authoritative report
palm  oil  deforestation  mass  extinction  ecological  environmental  disaster  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  Klimakatastrophe  monoculture  agriculture 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Devastating climate change could lead to 1m migrants a year entering EU by 2100 | Environment | The Guardian
Devastating climate change could lead to 1m migrants a year entering EU by 2100
Researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple
climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  climate  change  food  security  water  national  Klimakatastrophe  refugee  crisis  Africa  war 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Hurricane Ophelia: Warnings as storm heads to UK - BBC News
Ophelia set the record for the most easterly category three hurricane in the Atlantic. - just category 1
UK  extreme  weather  climatechange  climate  change  global  warming  globalwarming  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  economic  damage  hurricane 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Draughty homes targeted in UK climate change masterplan | Environment | The Guardian
“In 2015 the government started hacking and slashing at all manner of green policies. This has stopped, and that’s very welcome,” he said.

Richard Black, the director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit thinktank, echoed that view. He said the strategy showed a “sea change” in “top-line thinking about the low carbon economy”, with Theresa May’s government seeing it as an opportunity rather than a cost as it was viewed under David Cameron.
renewable  energy  policy  UK  Brexit  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Austerity  underinvestment  Hinkley  Point  C  nuclear  crisis  carbonfootprint  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  carboncapture 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Carbon emissions from warming soils could trigger disastrous feedback loop | Environment | The Guardian
Potential feedback loops, or tipping points, have long been suspected to exist by scientists, and there is some evidence for them in the geological record. What appears to happen is that once warming reaches a certain point, these natural biological factors kick in and can lead to a runaway, and potentially unstoppable, increase in warming. >> Alaska, Siberian Tundra, North South Poles, Brazil Amazon Forest showed in new research, on balance, the Amazonas is a carbon emitter.
Klimakatastrophe  tipping  point  Climatecatastrophe  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  Amazonas  Alaska  Tundra  Siberia 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Brazil's worst month ever for forest fires blamed on human activity | World news | The Guardian
September saw more fires than any month on record, as experts say uptick is due to expansion of agriculture and reduction of oversight and surveillance //&! Researchers found that forest areas in South America, Africa and Asia – which have until recently played a key role in absorbing greenhouse gases – are now releasing 425 teragrams of carbon annually, which is more than all the traffic in the United States. - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/28/alarm-as-study-reveals-worlds-tropical-forests-are-huge-carbon-emission-source
Brazil  Amazonas  deforestation  wildfire  drought  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  global  warming  globalwarming  climatechange  climate  change  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  food–industrial  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators  Soya  sustainability  sustainable  Cowspiracy  Palm  Oil 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Hurricanes: A perfect storm of chance and climate change? - BBC News
Those who have been sceptical of the impact of carbon emissions from human sources on the climate have crowed about the fact that it has been 12 years since a hurricane rated category three or above has made landfall in the US.
But those working in the field believe that measuring the connection between hurricanes and climate change based on the number that make land is hugely mistaken. [...] Rising temperatures lead to warmer air holding more moisture, which causes more intense downpours in a hurricane. The oceans have risen thanks to thermal expansion and glacier melt and this works to increase the dangers posed by storm surges.
Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  Hurricane  economic  damage  extreme  weather  flash  flood  drought 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
It's a fact: climate change made Hurricane Harvey more deadly | Michael E Mann | Opinion | The Guardian
https://theintercept.com/2017/08/28/harvey-didnt-come-out-of-the-blue-now-is-the-time-to-talk-about-climate-change/ - There is a simple thermodynamic relationship known as the Clausius-Clapeyron equation that tells us there is a roughly 3% increase in average atmospheric moisture content for each 0.5C of warming. Sea surface temperatures in the area where Harvey intensified were 0.5-1C warmer than current-day average temperatures, which translates to 1-1.5C warmer than “average” temperatures a few decades ago. That means 3-5% more moisture in the atmosphere. &! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/29/how-did-climate-change-worsen-hurricane-harvey https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/29/houston-harvey-new-orleans-katrina-survivors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0TCrGtTEQM
Hurricane  Harvey  Sandy  Katrina  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  flash  flooding  drought  rising  sea  level  temperature  science  Klimakatastrophe  climatecatastrophe 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Pepsico, Unilever and Nestlé accused of complicity in illegal rainforest destruction | Environment | The Guardian
Palm oil plantations on illegally deforested land in Sumatra – home to elephants, orangutans and tigers – have allegedly been used to supply scores of household brands, says new report
palm  oil  deforestation  soil  erosion  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  drought  Brazil  Amazon  rain  forest  rainforest  Sumatra  Congo  Afrika  Asia  Amazonas  profit  maximisation  sustainability  sustainable  mass  extinction 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen, Daimler, BMW unter Kartellverdacht: Einmal Schrottpresse - SPIEGEL ONLINE
das Wort der Industrie kein Verlass ist. [...] Problem für die Branche, von der in Deutschland fast jeder siebte Arbeitsplatz abhängt. //&! http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/volkswagen-audi-porsche-bmw-und-daimler-unter-kartellverdacht-a-1159052.html - Die deutsche Autoindustrie hat sich seit den Neunzigerjahren in geheimen Arbeitskreisen über die Technik, Kosten, Zulieferer und sogar über die Abgasreinigung ihrer Dieselfahrzeuge abgesprochen. Das belegt eine Art Selbstanzeige, die der VW-Konzern nach Informationen des SPIEGEL bei den Wettbewerbsbehörden eingereicht hat. Es könnte einer der größten Kartellfälle der deutschen Wirtschaftsgeschichte werden. &! http://www.politico.eu/article/daimler-volkswagen-bmw-porsche-audi-siemens-the-dishonest-germans/
Abgasskandal  VW  BMW  Audi  Mercedes  Diesel  CO2  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  European  Union  cartel  collusion  bribery  lobby  revolving  door  neoliberal  neoliberalism  capitalism  profit  maximisation  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  public  health  air  noise  pollution  Trust  governance  corporate  welfare  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  science  big  pharma  tobacco  pharmaceutical  vested  interest  Military–industrial  food–industrial  conglomerate  tax  evasion  avoidance  Glaubwürdigkeit  Journalism  journalismus  Absprache  Bundeskartellamt  Diesel-Gate  Abgas-Affäre  Porsche  Daimler  Dieselskandal 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian
Neoliberalism has taken this internalized self-blame and turbocharged it. It tells you that you should not merely feel guilt and shame if you can’t secure a good job, are deep in debt, and are too stressed or overworked for time with friends. You are now also responsible for bearing the burden of potential ecological collapse.
neoliberal  neoliberalism  society  sociology  psychology  group  individual  individualism  status  anxiety  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  collective  action  identity  capitalism  climate  change  global  warming  globalwarming  climatechange  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  fatalism  Cowspiracy 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Neue Klima-Studie - Hitze und Dürre werden zunehmen
Die jüngsten Waldbrände in Portugal haben gezeigt, wie verheerend die Kombination aus Hitzewellen und langer Trockenheit sein kann.
drought  extreme  weather  global  warming  gloablwarming  climatechange  climate  change  Jetstream  flash  flood  flooding  soil  erosion  coastal  heat  wave  heatwave  Hitzewelle  public  health  wildfire 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Wie Wissenschaft und Fortschritt unser Menschenbild verändern - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Wissenschaft hat auch zum Thema Homosexualität Fortschrittliches beizutragen. Für Homosexualität - und für Bisexualität - gilt das gleiche wie für Linkshändigkeit: Sie ist angeboren. Möglicherweise gibt es Menschen mit einer homo- oder bisexuellen genetischen Disposition, die aufgrund von Umwelteinflüssen ein Hetero-Leben führen, aber in einem Punkt sind sich die einschlägig forschenden Wissenschaftler einig: Die Gene - und vielleicht pränatale Hormone - spielen eine zentrale Rolle für die sexuelle Orientierung.

Paradoxerweise nennen gerade diejenigen, die Schwule und Lesben am stärksten ablehnen, Homosexualität gerne "widernatürlich". Auch hier hilft die Wissenschaft: Homosexualität ist durch biologische und physiologische Vorgänge bedingt und damit eben genau das: natürlich. Widernatürlich ist dagegen der Versuch, homosexuelle Menschen mit Umerziehungsmethoden zur Heterosexualität zu bekehren. Weit schlimmer als das, was man all den Linkshändern angetan hat. [...] Religiosität ist kein guter Ratgeber
LGBT  science  Transgender  Religion  humanity  humanism  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming 
july 2017 by asterisk2a
Europe's extreme June heat clearly linked to climate change, research shows | Environment | The Guardian
Human-caused climate change dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme heatwave that saw deadly forest fires blazing in Portugal and Spain, new research has shown.

Much of western Europe sweltered earlier in June, and the severe heat in England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland was also made significantly more likely by global warming. Such temperatures will become the norm by 2050, the scientists warned, unless action is taken to rapidly cut carbon emissions.
climate  change  climatechange  global  warming  globalwarming  extreme  weather  extremeweather  heat  wave  flash  flood  flooding 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Shane Smith Investigates The True Cost of Climate Denial (VICE on HBO: Season 5, Episode 1) - YouTube
same tactics in tobacco, meat, climate = seeding doubt & creating a debate about scientific consensus. "doc merchants of doubt" // climate change cost will be astronomical! // public attitude //
climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  FEMA  economic  damage  denial  science  doubt  PR  language  communication  public  health  economics  lobby  lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  Tobacco  Debate  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  medical–industrial  agriculture  industry  cost  fossil  fuel  shareholder  fiduciary  responsibility  profit  maximisation  drought  flood  flash  flooding  national  security  vested  interest 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Stephen Hawking gibt Menschheit noch 100 Jahre auf der Erde - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Er ist der bekannteste Forscher der Welt - und er macht sich große Sorgen um unseren Planeten. Klimawandel, Asteroideneinschläge, Epidemien und Bevölkerungswachstum könnten die Erde demnach unbewohnbar machen, warnt Stephen Hawking.
climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  food  security  national 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Households in southern England urged to save water after dry winter | UK news | The Guardian
The last major drought warnings for most of the country occurred in 2012, but there have been localised problems and close calls since. A report last year commissioned by water companies found that the risk of drought was increasing because of climate change and a lack of water infrastructure.
UK  drought  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
Gesundheit - "Klimawandel verstärkt Feinstaubbelastung"
Weil die Städte durch den Klimawandel wärmer und trockener werden, wird sich dort die Feinstaubbelastung erhöhen, warnt der Lungenspezialist Christian Witt. Er plädiert, Stuttgart als Deutschlands Feinstaubhauptstadt zur Modellregion zu machen, um die Wirkung von Feinstaub genauer zu untersuchen.
air  pollution  public  health  climate  change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
The Dark Side of Fast Food: Why Does It Make You Sick / Fat / Tired / Taste So Good (2001) - YouTube
manufactured industrial commodity / Eric Schlosser // food-industrial complex is focused on profit and margin. not sustainability. public health. individual health. climate change // fast food is americas highest spending item! // start w 1970's ... 80s in UK!
Processed  Food  Food–industrial  complex  Lobby  public  health  Standard  American  Diet  western  Urbanisation  USA  chronic  sick  population  Cowspiracy  climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  Fast  McDonalds  sustainability  pollution  obesity  overweight  CVD  Diabetes  care  demands  Consumerism  Consumer  Pop  Culture  Kultur  Advertising  PR  NHS  taxation  premature  death  Cancer  antibiotic  antibiotics  antitrust  Katel  poisoning  Cartel  GOP  Republicans  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  E.coli  revolving  door  Oligopoly  Oligopol  Duopoly 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Trump signs order undoing Obama climate change policies - BBC News
Among the initiatives now rescinded is the Clean Power Plan, which required states to slash carbon emissions, to meet US commitments under the Paris accord. [...] The Trump administration says that scrapping the plan will put people to work and reduce America's reliance on imported fuel. [ people have to be put to work and taxed, because they have to rebuild parts of their country again and again after one extreme weather event after another. duh! ]
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  GOP  Republicans  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  extreme  weather  flood  coastal  erosion  wildfire  Florida  USA  carbonfootprint 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Climate change: ‘human fingerprint’ found on global extreme weather | Environment | The Guardian
Global warming makes temperature patterns that cause heatwaves, droughts and floods across Europe, north America and Asia more likely, scientists find [ more energy in the system ]
climatechange  globalwarming  climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  flood  heatwave  storm 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Study Says : The Two-Way : NPR
The U.S. is producing less air pollution, but smog levels are still rising in the western U.S. because of pollutants released in Asian countries that then drift over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers say their findings show the importance of a global approach to preserving air quality.

"Scientists found Asian air pollution contributed as much as 65 percent of an increase in Western ozone in recent years," NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai. "China and India, where many consumer products are manufactured, are the worst offenders."
air  pollution  USA  China  India  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  carbon  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  COP21 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Bill McKibben: Fighting Back on Climate Change | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) - YouTube
Oklahoma became more seismic active than California. // Republicans created more than echo chamber. Own facts and truths. // Smashing heat records for 3 years in a row.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Republicans  EPA  pollution  environment  public  health  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  lobby  USA  fracking  Climate  Change  global  warming  climatechange  globalwarming  coastal  erosion  soil  water  methane  Oil  rising  sea  levels  Florida  economic  damage  science 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
'Magical thinking' on Heathrow expansion - BBC News
"The implication of this is that they think other sectors of the economy like energy and industry are going to have to cut their carbon emissions even more so people can fly more - but the government's been told by its own advisors (the Committee on Climate Change) that's not possible."
Heathrow  Airport  London  air  pollution  noise  UK  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  carbon  carbonemission  carbonfootprint 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
The UK’s vegetable shortage was not a blip – it’s a sign of things to come | Felicity Lawrence | Opinion | The Guardian
But when you take into account climate change, the shortages of early 2017 look more like a taste of things to come than just a blip, and that is almost impossible for supermarkets to admit. [...] First, it depends on the profligate use of finite resources – water, soil, and fossil fuels (with all their greenhouse gas emissions).
food  security  national  global  warming  extreme  weather  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  Oil  price  Food–industrial  complex  conglomerate  oligopol  oligopoly  multinational 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Harald Lesch Die Ursache allen Übels Das Geldsystem unbedingt anschauen - YouTube
kein downward trend! Wissenschaftlich wissen wir was passiert und was sache ist, aber Gier und Elite macht nichts. Renewables ist mindestmass, Landwirtschaft die grosse aufgabe!
climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  climate  change  Landwirtschaft  economic  damage  long-term  Greed  Gier  food  security  national  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  underinvestment  BOE  ECB  Fed  renewable  Carnism  Omnivore  Vegan  monetary  policy  agriculture  Military–industrial  Complex  profit  maximisation  antibiotic  antibiotics  shareholder  value 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
2016 likely the warmest year since records began - BBC News
Full year figures for 2016 confirm it has just edged ahead of 2015 as the world's warmest year.
climate  change  global  warming  globalwarming  climatechange 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Natural disasters push 26m into poverty each year, says World Bank | Business | The Guardian
Study finds floods, storms and droughts cost global economy $520bn a year and highlights need to tackle climate change
climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  global  warming  national  security  food  COP21  COP22 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Elon Musk on his reasons for pessimism | MSNBC
will take +20 years to exchange gas guzzelers with electric cars. and planet is at its limit of capacity to take up carbonemission's. we are near the cliff, and when we are at the cliff - consequences are unstoppable, catastrophic. - there has to be a price on carbon emissions of any kind. >> ie petrochemical industry has to pay a 1, 2, 3% tax on their profit, incrementally increasing ... money is put in to subsidize clean tech research, product, employment.
carbonfootprint  carbonemission  climate  change  global  warming  unknown  unknowns  complexity  climate  science  climate  system  climatechange  climate  weather  extreme  extreme  weather  Elon  Musk  renewable  energy  clean  tech  gigafactory  industrial  policy  subsidies  subsidizing  financial  incentive  incentive  carbon  trading  scheme 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: Polluted farm runoff linked to toxic green algae slime in U.S. waters - The Washington Post
At least one drinking-water provider, Des Moines Water Works, is struggling to clean nitrates from water it supplies to a half-million customers as a result of polluted runoff from farms. a growing toxic danger that threatens human health and has claimed the life of at least one person, more than 20 pets since 2001 and a multitude of marine life.
Chesapeake  Bay  lobby  lobbyist  globalwarming  complexity  livestock  farming  ecosystem  Phosphorus  unintended  consequences  algae  drinking  water  climate  change  gulfofmexico  Gulf  of  Mexico  nitrogen  water  security  Lobbying  urban  planning  organic  agriculture  agriculture  industry  watersupply  monoculture  water  pollution  global  warming  livestock  industry  climate  science  agriculture  sewage  urbanisation  agriculture  policy  water  scarcity  climatechange  EPA  USA  unknown  unkown  monocrop  Clean  Act  mono  agriculture  food  industry  ecological  disaster 
september 2013 by asterisk2a
Pressing Issues: What Manning Revealed
-U.S. pressured the European Union to accept GM — genetic modification, that is. -New York Times: “From hundreds of diplomatic cables, Afghanistan emerges as a looking-glass land where bribery, extortion and embezzlement are the norm and the honest man is a distinct outlier.” -U.S. used threats, spying, and more to try to get its way at last year's crucial climate conference in Copenhagen.
COP15  Wikileaks  Bradley  Manning  cyberespionage  climate  science  foreign  policy  GMO  crop  Afghanistan  foreignaffairs  climatechange  cablegate  climate  change  USA  GMO  espionage  barackobama  geneticallyengineered  book  tunisia  Chelsea  Manning  presidency  diplomacy 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Landwirtschaft: Schlechte Ernte treibt Kartoffelpreise nach oben - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Schlechte Ernteaussichten gibt es auch bei anderen Gemüsesorten. Ursachen sind vor allem der lange Winter, das nasse Frühjahr und der teils heiße Sommer. Im Juli waren die Lebensmittelpreise mit 5,7 Prozent so stark wie seit fast fünf Jahren nicht mehr gestiegen. Die allgemeine Inflationsrate lag nur bei 1,9 Prozent. [...] Kartoffeln sind nicht das einzige Gemüse, bei dem eine schlechte Ernte droht: Auch bei Möhren, Brokkoli, Hopfen und Tabak rechnet der Verband mit einem Minus. Nur bei Zwiebeln könnte die Ernte besser als im Vorjahr ausfallen. [...] Die Apfelernte wird nach DBV-Angaben mit 802.000 Tonnen voraussichtlich um 17 Prozent niedriger als im Vorjahr ausfallen. Auch bei Sauerkirschen, Pflaumen und Mirabellen wird ein Minus erwartet. Dagegen wird bei Birnen, Beeren und Süßkirschen die diesjährige Ernte die von 2012 wahrscheinlich übertreffen.
food-security  globalwarming  food  security  weather  extreme  Germany  food  industry  climatechange  food  prices  climate  change  extreme  weather  global  warming 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Dwindling Colorado River Forces First-Ever Cuts in Lake Powell Water Releases - weather.com
At their root, the potential water shortages both lakes face is the result of what has happened to the Colorado River over the past decade. Long-running drought across the Southwest has starved the river to its current low flows, and climate change is expected to reduce them by 5 to 20 percent over the next 40 years, University of Colorado geoscientist Brad Udall told Smithsonian Magazine. Its impacts will be felt at each stage of the river's development: less snowfall in the Rocky Mountains will mean less water enters the river at its start, while hotter air temperatures and drier weather will mean longer droughts and more water lost to evaporation.
Las  Vegas  Aquifer  short-term  thinking  globalwarming  Lake  Powell  agriculture  policy  water  scarcity  drinking  water  climatechange  climate  change  drought  Colorado  River  Lake  Mead  water  security  USA  agriculture  industry  watersupply  extreme  weather  global  warming 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
Klimawandel: Ökosysteme im Meer reagieren schneller als an Land - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In der Metastudie stecke eine "sehr einfache, aber wichtige Aussage", sagte die daran beteiligte Klimawissenschaftlerin Camille Parmesan von der University of Texas in Austin: "Die Ozeane sind weit davon entfernt, ein Puffer zu sein und eher kleine Veränderungen zu zeigen." Stattdessen seien die Auswirkungen auf die marinen Ökosysteme sogar weitaus stärker als auf das Leben an Land.
ocean  warming  complexity  globalwarming  climate  science  ecology  unintended  consequences  climatechange  ecological  disaster  climate  change  global  warming 
august 2013 by asterisk2a
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