Scientists are worried Greenland might melt even faster than expected

Washington Post, By Chris Mooney, December 15

Just two weeks ago, we learned from twin scientific publications that the massive ice sheet of West Antarctica, which could cause over 10 feet of sea level rise, may be less stable than previously thought.

And now, this week, two studies suggest virtually the same thing about the […]

Last-minute deal reached at U.N. climate talks

CBS/AP, December 14

Lima, Peru – After late-night wrangling at U.N. talks in Peru, negotiators early Sunday reached a compromise deal that sets the stage for a global climate pact in Paris next year.

The main goal for the two-week session in Lima was relatively modest: Reach agreement on what information should go into the […]

Bolivia after the floods: ‘the climate is changing; we are living that change’

Bolivia’s worst floods in 60 years submerged villages, ruined crops and destroyed homes. Some indigenous communities in the jungle are adapting to a more resilient way of living; others are forced out to the cities

The Guardian, By Sam Jones, December 8

Rurrenabaque, Bolivia – Nature used to give those who live along the river […]

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says

Mercury News, By Paul Rogers, December 5

The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday.

The study provides the state with breathtaking new historical context for its low reservoirs and sinking water tables, even as California […]

Congress gives Native American lands to foreign mining company with new NDAA

RT, December 04

Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department.

This week, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees quietly attached a provision to […]

Will Lima climate talks pave way for a binding treaty in Paris in 2015?

Failure will condemn developing countries to unchecked climate change for another generation, and the poorest countries will be worst hit

The Guardian, By John Vidal, November 30

When, on Monday morning in Peru, 4,000 diplomats from the world’s 196 countries start their mammoth session to negotiate a new legally-binding global climate deal, they will know […]

Urban Inuit: Nomads from the Arctic find new home in Canada’s capital

The Inuit migration south to Ottawa has picked up speed, a challenge for those used to traditional life

Al Jazeera, By Leyland Cecco, November 23

Ottawa, Ontario — Dion Metcalfe pulls up his shirt to reveal an inukshuk tattooed onto his stomach. The stone cairn, used to guide or mark a path in the North, […]

Thomas Merton Listening to the Rain

This, via Monksworks, from Thomas Merton:

Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what […]

Louisiana Senate Candidates Race to Hold Lame Duck Votes On Keystone XL Pipeline

ABC News, By Arlette Saenz, November 12

After two years of inaction on the Keystone XL pipeline, it could be a Louisiana Senate run-off that finally forces Congress to vote on the measure.

The so-called Bayou Brawl was on full display on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the two candidates – Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu and […]

The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine

The Guardian, By Suzanne Goldenberg, November 10

In the world’s biggest coalmine, even a 400 tonne truck looks like a toy. Everything about the scale of Peabody Energy’s operations in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming is big and the mines are only going to get bigger – despite new warnings from the United Nations […]

IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change

Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable.

The Guardian, By Damian Carrington, November 2

Copenhagen – Climate change is set to inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts” on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are […]

An Ill Wind Blows in Antarctica, Threatens Global Flooding

Fiercer winds from the Southern Ocean means a faster meltdown of ice.

Scientific American, By John Upton and Climate Central, October 30

Foreboding winds of change are blowing over the already gale-swept South Pole, threatening to hasten Antarctic melting and worsen flooding around the globe.

The Southern Ocean’s legendary winds have been blowing more fiercely […]

Japan nuclear plant gets approval to restart, over three years after Fukushima

Reuters, October 28

Tokyo – A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Tuesday, a step forward in Japan’s fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the Fukushima catastrophe in 2011.

Satsumasendai, a town of 100,000 that hosts the two-reactor Kyushu Electric Power […]

Events that mark Arctic warming

The Guardian, Jeremy Plester, October 26

The Arctic is warming at an alarming rate – and if anyone was in any doubt, there was a milestone event last month that attracted surprisingly little attention.

For the first time, a cargo ship sailed without an icecutter escort through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage, from […]

‘Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods.

Al Jazeera, By Audrea Lim, October 24

Richmond, CA — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated […]

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