China’s coal boom is slowing — that’s huge deal for climate change

Vox: How much global warming will we get in the future? That largely depends on how much extra carbon-dioxide humans put in the atmosphere.

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One-fifth of China’s farmland polluted

Blue and Green: As much as 16% of China’s soil is contaminated by dangerous pollutants, according to newly released information from the national environment ministry.

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Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis

National Public Radio: At a recent rally in Fresno County, Calif., farmers in plaid shirts stood side by side with migrant farmworkers in ball caps, holding signs that read “sin agua, no futuro” and “no water, no food.” Fresno is the top agriculture-producing county in the U.S., with more than $6 billion in annual sales. Protesters argued that farms could go out of business without more water, and there would be mass layoffs.

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One-Fifth of China’s Farmland Is Polluted, State Report Finds

New York Times: The Chinese government released a report on Thursday that said nearly one-fifth of its arable land was polluted, a finding certain to raise questions about the toxic results of China’s rapid industrialization, its lack of regulations over commercial interests and the consequences for the national food chain. The report, issued by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Land Resources, said 16.1 percent of the country’s soil was polluted, including 19.4 percent of farmland….

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One-Fifth of China’s Farmland Is Polluted, State Report Finds

New York Times: The Chinese government released a report on Thursday that said nearly one-fifth of its arable land was polluted, a finding certain to raise questions about the toxic results of China’s rapid industrialization, its lack of regulations over commercial interests and the consequences for the national food chain.

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Cleaner, but not clean enough

PennLive: When a plane with sophisticated monitoring equipment flew over southwestern Pennsylvania gas drilling sites, checking on how much gas was escaping, the results were startling. Gas coming off the sites was at least 100 times greater than federal regulators had estimated that drilling operations produce. If typical of the thousands and thousands of drilling sites across the nation, the results call into question whether natural gas really is the climate-friendly fuel that helps cut greenhouse…

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US Underestimates Methane Emissions From Fracking – Report

Ria Novosit: The amount of methane emitted by natural gas extraction, including fracking, is grossly underestimated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new study published in the US-based Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Thirteen scientists from different academic and research institutions and fields co-authored the report, which used special airborne instruments “to identify large sources of methane and quantify emission rates in southwestern Pennsylvania.”…

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Dead pigs floating in Chinese river

Guardian: At least 170 dead pigs have been found in a river in northwest China according to state media, the latest food and water safety incident to hit the country. The pigs were found in a tributary of the Yellow River, China’s second longest river, in Qinghai Province by local residents last week but it was not yet known where the pigs came from and what killed them. According to the state news agency, Xinhua, the pigs tested negative for an infectious disease called zoonosis

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Australia: Global warming ‘will kill’

Sky: Australia is going to cook and people will die through global warming, West Australian Greens senator Scott Ludlam says.

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Restoring Louisiana’s Coast Will Require Restoring Its Democracy

EcoWatch: Managing the Mississippi River Delta is a daunting challenge, but the greatest barrier to restoration and flood protection is politics. Last year, a board of flood experts, acting to protect New Orleans, ignited a battle that has starkly pitted the public welfare against the sycophantic fealty of Louisiana`s toadying politicians to a rapacious oil and gas industry.

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