Tag Archive | Climate Change

Tillerson gives nod at Arctic meet to climate change action

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks to the employees at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-arctic-summit-idUSKBN1870FT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed an agreement recognizing the landmark Paris climate accord at a meeting of Arctic nations in Alaska on Thursday, but said President Donald Trump was not rushing to decide whether to leave or weaken U.S. commitments to the pact.

 

“Zaria Forman Finds Beauty in the Things We’re Losing”

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You can realize all these things and yet still be completely unprepared for loss when it arrives. What if there were a warning, a reminder of all the beauty that you can still save?

“‘Climate change is real’: companies challenge Trump’s reversal of policy”

‘We will continue to support the EPA’s clean power plan,’ says vice-president of environmental affairs at Staples.

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In 2015, when Barack Obama signed the nation’s clean power plan, more than 300 companies came out in support, calling the guidelines “critical for moving our country toward a clean energy economy”. Now, as Donald Trump moves to strip those laws away, Mars Inc, Staples and The Gap are just a few of those US corporations who are challenging the new president’s reversal on climate policy.

“Republicans Break Ranks With Pledge to Fight Climate Change”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-15/republicans-break-ranks-with-pledge-to-fight-climate-change

Seventeen conservative Republican members of Congress—10 of them in their first or second terms—are bucking long-time party positions and the new occupant of the White House. They announced on Wednesday that they’re supporting a clear statement about the risks associated with climate change, as well as principles for how best to fight it.

Called the “Republican Climate Resolution” by supporters, the statement by House members takes about 450 words to mention conservative thought on environmentalism, support for climate science, feared impacts, and a call for economically viable policy. They pledge in general terms to support study and mitigation measures, “using our tradition of American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism.”

“Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn”

Ice covering the ocean surface along lower Baffin Island, in the Hudson Strait and the Labrador Sea.

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Climatologists who have looked again at the possibility of major climate change in and around the Atlantic Ocean, a persistent puzzle to researchers, now say there is an almost 50% chance that a key area of the North Atlantic could cool suddenly and rapidly, within the space of a decade, before the end of this century.

“Scientists Are Poised to Start a New Movement”

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The current political climate has spurred a growing cadre of scientists to emerge from their labs, offices and fieldwork sites to contest an administration that’s openly hostile to scientific inquiry — particularly when it comes to climate change — and coined the term “alternative facts.”

“War Is the Climate Risk That Europe’s Leaders Are Talking About”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-19/war-is-the-climate-risk-that-europe-s-leaders-are-talking-about

Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence agencies that climate change could trigger resource and border conflicts.

“Human effects on Earth are 170 times greater than natural forces: Study”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/02/13/Human-effects-on-Earth-are-170-times-greater-than-natural-forces-Study/6211486996449/?nll=1

Scientists at the Australian National University have come up with a simple equation to calculate the impact of human forces on planet Earth. The numbers suggests humans are accelerating climate change by a factor 170 times greater than natural forces.

“This Tax Could Save the Planet From Climate Change”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-10/this-man-wants-to-sell-republicans-on-a-carbon-tax

Ted Halstead has a plan to get global warming on the Republican agenda. It’s been 20 years in the making.

“The Home of Cricket Goes Into Bat Against Climate Change”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-07/england-s-home-of-cricket-joins-climate-fight-to-preserve-sport

England’s home of cricket said it’s joining the fight against climate change to avert more damage from severe weather that has already cost millions of pounds and wrecked historic grounds where the sport is played.