Environment

Clearing Rainforests Distorts Global Rainfall and Agriculture, Study Says

Yale Environment 360 - 14 hours 33 min ago
Clearing forests not only releases carbon into the atmosphere, it also triggers worldwide shifts in rainfall and temperatures

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Global effects of forest loss that are just as potent as those caused by current carbon pollution and that pose great risk to future agricultural productivity, researchers report. Deforestation in South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa may alter growing conditions in agricultural areas as far away as the U.S. Midwest, Europe, and China, the study in Nature Climate Change finds. The researchers calculate that complete tropical deforestation could trigger atmospheric changes leading to an increase of 0.7 degrees Celsius in global temperatures, in addition to warming caused by greenhouse gases released from the deforestation itself. That would double the observed global warming since 1850, the researchers note. They say their findings indicate that many of the predicted changes associated with widespread deforestation are already occurring — from Thailand, which is receiving less rainfall at the beginning of the dry season, to parts of the Amazon, where once-predictable rainfall has shifted notably.
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New York’s Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry

The EnvironmentaList - 16 hours 19 min ago
Activists are now laying the groundwork for a national campaign against "extreme energy"
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Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts of the USA!

Girl Scouts of America - 16 hours 55 min ago
No matter how you celebrate or who you celebrate with, wishing everyone a joyous and merry Holiday Season!

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Asia’s Fragile Caves Face New Risks from Development

Yale Environment 360 - 18 hours 28 min ago
The limestone caves of Southeast Asia and southwest China are home to scores of species of plants and animals, many of them rare. But a rise in tourism, mining, and other human activities is increasingly placing these biodiverse environments at risk. BY MIKE IVES
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Asia’s Fragile Caves Face Growing Development Risks

Yale Environment 360 - 18 hours 28 min ago
The limestone caves of Southeast Asia and southwest China are home to scores of species of plants and animals, many of them rare. But a rise in tourism, mining, and other human activities is increasingly placing these biodiverse environments at risk. BY MIKE IVES
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Travelers: Put Your Money Where Your Beliefs Are

The EnvironmentaList - 22 hours 59 min ago
Top 10 countries in the developing world that treat their people and environment well
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MANEJO DE RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS EN ISLA MAGDALENA

Costa Salvaje - 23 hours 58 min ago
MANEJO DE RESIDUOS SÓLIDOS EN ISLA MAGDALENA
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New York State to Ban Fracking Over ‘Red Flags’ to Public Health

The EnvironmentaList - December 17, 2014
Decision comes after two-year study into the effects of fracking on the state’s air and water raises ‘serious questions’
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Obama Protects Alaska's Bristol Bay From Oil and Gas Development

Yale Environment 360 - December 17, 2014
President Obama yesterday announced protections for Bristol Bay, Alaska, one

A grizzly bear catches a salmon in Bristol Bay. of the most productive fishing grounds in the nation, from future oil and gas development. The president's action is expected to benefit commercial fishermen and Native Alaskans and boost conservation efforts in the region, which is roughly the size of Florida. Noting that Bristol Bay is the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery and the source of 40 percent of U.S. wild-caught seafood — a catch worth $2 billion annually — Obama vowed to ensure long-term safeguards for the bay. The region has been under protection intermittently since 1989, when the Exxon Valdez spill prompted a federal moratorium on offshore drilling. "It is a natural wonder, and it’s something that’s just too precious to be putting out to the highest bidder," Obama said in a video message. The federal government is still considering whether to allow development of what would be North America's largest open-pit mine in the bay's watershed.
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Milwaukee Suburb’s Water Request is a Test for the Great Lakes Compact

The EnvironmentaList - December 17, 2014
Waukesha is the first community to seek an exception to the ban on diversion of water out of the Great Lakes
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Falling Gasoline Prices Have Little Effect on Car Travel, Analysis Shows

Yale Environment 360 - December 16, 2014
Although the average retail price of gasoline in the U.S. has fallen 28 percent from its peak in June 2014,

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Gas prices vs. miles driven the decline may not have much effect on automobile travel and gasoline consumption, according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (E.I.A.). Typically, an increase in the price of a product leads to lower demand, and vice versa — a concept known as price elasticity. Air travel, for example, tends to be highly elastic: A 10-percent increase in the price of air fares leads to an even greater decrease in air travel. Automobile travel tends to be much less elastic, however. According to E.I.A. data, it takes a 25- to 50-percent decrease in the price of gasoline to increase automobile travel by just 1 percent. One reason for this is that the distance people drive to work and for daily errands is relatively fixed, analysts say. Increased vehicle fuel economy also balances out increases in miles traveled, leading to more stability in gasoline consumption.
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Advocates Win Key Victories to Stop Wildlife-Killing Contests in the US

The EnvironmentaList - December 16, 2014
Statewide ban in California and victories in Idaho and Oregon spur hope for nationwide predator management reform
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Is the Lima Deal a Travesty of Global Climate Justice?

The EnvironmentaList - December 15, 2014
Poorer countries likely to reject agreement in Paris next year if onus falls on them rather than those largely responsible for global warming
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‘Tis the Season… to Show Us How You’re Spreading Holiday Cheer!

Girl Scouts of America - December 15, 2014




Nothing says “Happy Holidays!” like donating a coat to a child in need, or participating in a canned food drive for the community’s less fortunate. And every year, Girl Scouts continue the tradition of being leaders in their homes, schools, and communities by taking the lead on these “Give Back” projects.
We couldn’t be prouder of girls across the nation who become a little more selfless and extend a hand in order to make a difference. So how is your Girl Scout Troop giving back this holiday season? We’re excited to hear from you for this season’s #GirlScoutsGiveBack campaign.
We want  to showcase stories of how Girl Scouts are giving back this season. Whether you’re a girl, a troop leader, or a parent, your stories matter—so send them in!
Send all stories (with photos attached) to socialmedia@girlscouts.org for a chance to be featured on our Facebook page.
Deck the halls, trim the tree, give back to a family! 

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Beyond Lima: Major Investors Must Fund Global Green Initiatives

Yale Environment 360 - December 15, 2014
Much of the discussion at the just-concluded U.N. climate talks in Lima, Peru, was about the financing that

Climate talks in Lima stretched into Sunday. will be needed to decarbonize the world’s energy supply, improve efficiency, and redesign cities and transportation systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As journalist Isabel Hilton reports for e360 from Lima, moving the broader financial markets toward green investments is critically important in order to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The key, Hilton writes, is to get major institutions to invest in sustainable growth, particularly renewable energy, and to get major companies and the industrial sector to understand that they must revise their strategies to address the risks of climate change.
Read her analysis.
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Draft Climate AcDraft Climate Accord Reached In Lima Leaves Many Doubts in Its Wakecord Leaves Many Doubts in Its Wake

Yale Environment 360 - December 15, 2014
While lead negotiators at the Lima climate talks hailed a hard-fought climate agreement forged over the weekend, many critics say the accord does not go nearly far enough in forcing meaningful reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions. The accord marks the first time that all nations, rich and poor, have agreed to submit plans outlining how they will reduce carbon emissions. But the Lima Accord, intended to lay the groundwork for crucial climate talks next December in Paris, does not include legally binding requirements that countries cut their emissions by a specific amount. As the negotiations dragged on for an additional two days, an agreement was reached on Sunday only after China and other nations killed a provision that would have required all countries to submit readily comparable emissions data. Still, many climate officials praised the plan because it marked the first time that nearly 200 nations agreed to submit blueprints on how they plan to reduce greenhouse gases.
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Recycled Plastic Clothing: Solution or Threat?

The EnvironmentaList - December 15, 2014
Research shows that synthetic clothing sheds plastic microfibers, which end up back in oceans
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The Leaders of Tomorrow Can’t Wait Any Longer to Act

The EnvironmentaList - December 13, 2014
I don't want to be remembered as part of a generation that saw the signs and did nothing as their planet was destroyed
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Guest Blog Post: My Experience at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

Girl Scouts of America - December 12, 2014
Guest Blogger Sophia, Girl Scout SeniorOn December 4, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the President’s Park in Washington, D.C. Through Google’s Made with Code program, girls like me had the opportunity, for the first time in history, to code the lights that appear on the 56 state and territory trees in front of the White House. At the event, it was fascinating to see all the beautiful, sparkling lights in person. I also couldn’t believe how close we were to President Obama and the First Family. This is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had!
Before the event, I made sure to check out the Made with Code website. Although I had not tried coding before, I know how important of a skill it is. When I attended the Virginia Girls Summit, held annually at George Mason University, one of the exhibitors told me, “Everyone needs to take a class about coding. It will help you prepare for the future.” The world around us is changing and us girls need to be as prepared for the job market as we can. On the Made with Code site, I ended up trying all three activities: coding a Christmas tree, monster and snow flake. I had a lot of fun, making each image my own by changing the code specifications and then seeing my image become animated. I think my mom, who tried the activities with me, had just as much fun on the website as I did!
Everything at the President’s Park was so elegant, which set the stage for the rest of the program. It was so thrilling to see Tom Hanks, the host for the concert, along with all the other amazing artists. The best part of the program was seeing President Obama dance with all the singers and Santa at the end of the concert!
After it ended, I had the opportunity to attend the Made with Code reception. Everything was so surreal during the reception because me and my Girl Scout buddy had a chance to meet some of the celebrities, including Fifth Harmony, Afro-Norwegian singing/songwriting duo Nico and Vinz, and singer Ne-Yo.
After my experience, I was encouraged to try an Hour of Codewith the website Khan Academy. I am grateful to Google and Girl Scouts for providing me with this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
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Majority of Americans Support Climate Change Actions and Negotiations, Poll Says

Yale Environment 360 - December 12, 2014
Most Americans want the United States to be a world leader in combating global warming and to be participating in international climate negotiations, according to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Sixty-one percent of Americans think the U.S. should lead other nations on climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans support some specific policies intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., the poll found, such as funding research for clean energy and regulating CO2 emissions. Less than 20 percent of people polled think such protections would harm the economy long-term, while 60 percent say they would improve economic growth and provide jobs.
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