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Greenhouse Gases and Aerosols Have Similar Effects on Rainfall, Study Shows

Nature World: Despite their many differences, greenhouse gases and aerosols play a similar role on spatial patterns of rainfall change, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The discovery is based on experiments carried out using three different state-of-the-art climate models and was led by researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. According to the study’s authors, each model revealed… Continue reading

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Chevron granted access to environmental activists’ email accounts

Guardian: Oil giant Chevron has been granted access to “more than 100 email accounts, including environmental activists, journalists, and attorneys” involved in a long-running dispute involving damage “caused by oil drilling” in Ecuador, reports the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) which, with EarthRights International (ERI), is opposing the New York court’s decision says: After years of litigation, an Ecuadorian court last year imposed a judgment of over $17 billion… Continue reading

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Enbridge to increase oil flow under Straits, rally planned

LA Times: Across the Straits of Mackinac, two pipelines, called Line 5, lie. Continue reading

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Palm oil companies linked to haze see share prices drop

Mongabay: Three firms linked to fires in Sumatra saw their share prices decline since the haze crisis worsened a week ago. Golden Agri-Resources Ltd (SGX:E5H) led the pack with an 8 percent decline since June 18. Wilmar International Limited (SGX:F34) dropped 5 percent, while First Resources Ltd (SGX:EB5) lost 4 percent Continue reading

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What’s Behind the New Warning on Global Carbon Emissions?

National Geographic: If the world waits until 2020 to take action on global climate change, it will undoubtedly be too late, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in a new report. Continue reading

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What’s Behind the New Warning on Global Carbon Emissions?

National Geographic: If the world waits until 2020 to take action on global climate change, it will undoubtedly be too late, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in a new report. However, the Paris-based agency, which is tasked with maintaining global energy security, identified four proven policies, each relying on current technology, that could be implemented immediately Continue reading

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First Amphibian Declared Extinct ‘Rediscovered’ in Israel’s Hula Valley

Yale Environment 360: A team of scientists says it has “rediscovered” in northern Israel the first amphibian declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a species of frog that turns out to be the only surviving member of an extinct genus of frogs. First discovered in Israel’s Hula Valley in the 1940s, the Hula painted frog was presumed gone when Hula Lake dried up in the late 1950s, and it was declared extinct in 1996 Continue reading

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Global Warming Caused by CFCs, Not Carbon Dioxide, Researcher Claims in Controversial Study

ScienceDaily: Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) are to blame for global warming since the 1970s and not carbon dioxide, according to a researcher from the University of Waterloo in a controversial new study published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B this week. CFCs are already known to deplete ozone, but in-depth statistical analysis now suggests that CFCs are also the key driver in global climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, the researcher argues. “Conventional thinking says… Continue reading

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Deforestation will undercut effectiveness of rainforest dams

Mongabay: Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The study, led by Claudia M. Stickler at the International Program at the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM-International), used climate, hydrological, and land use models to forecast the impact of potential forest loss on hydropower generation on the Xingu River, a major tributary of the Amazon where the… Continue reading

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Why geoengineering has immediate appeal to China

Guardian: The political dilemma over geoengineering – deliberate, large-scale intervention in the climate system designed to counter global warming or offset some of its effects – will perhaps be most acute in China. In December, the country listed geoengineering among its Earth science research priorities, in a marked shift in the international climate change landscape noticed by China specialists Kingsley Edney and Jonathan Symons. Continue reading

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