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Marine mammals sickening from land-based animal diseases

By AFP When dead sea mammals started washing ashore on Canada’s west coast in greater numbers, marine biologist Andrew Trites was distressed to find that domestic animal diseases were killing them. Around the world, seals, otters and other species are increasingly infected by parasites and other diseases long common in goats, cows, cats and dogs, … Continue reading Marine mammals sickening from land-based animal diseases

Climate change killing ancient cedars in Alaska

By Bob Berwyn, Summit Voice Forest Service scientists say huge Alaska tracts of yellow-cedar trees have been dying because their roots are freezing during cold weather in late winter and early spring, when there’s no snow to protect the roots. Most climate models suggest that coastal Alaska will less snow but a persistence of periodic cold … Continue reading Climate change killing ancient cedars in Alaska

Canadian government “muzzling” environmental scientists

By Pallab Ghosh / BBC News Speakers at a major science meeting being held in Canada said communication of vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed. But one Canadian government department approached by the BBC said it held the communication of science as a priority. Prof Thomas Pedersen, a senior scientist at … Continue reading Canadian government “muzzling” environmental scientists

Indigenous peoples suffering water pollution due to climate change

By Social Science and Humanities Research Centre Indigenous people around the world are among the most vulnerable to climate change and are increasingly susceptible to the pathogen loads found in potable water after heavy rainfall or rapid snow melt. These are the preliminary findings of Sherilee Harper, a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in Aboriginal People’s … Continue reading Indigenous peoples suffering water pollution due to climate change

Extreme summer temperatures becoming increasingly frequent

By Anne M. Stark Extreme summer temperatures are already occurring more frequently in the United States, and will become normal by mid-century if the world continues on a business as usual schedule of emitting greenhouse gases. By analyzing observations and results obtained from climate models, a study led by Phil Duffy of the Lawrence Livermore … Continue reading Extreme summer temperatures becoming increasingly frequent

Corporate think tank threatens journalists after leak reveals corrupt advocacy of climate denial

By Jeremy Hance / Mongabay The Heartland Institute, a conservative advocacy group, is threatening to sue journalists, bloggers, and activists who reported on internal documents that detail the group’s fundraising efforts and lay out a new program to replace climate change education in schools with curriculum meant to instill doubt on climate science. The threat … Continue reading Corporate think tank threatens journalists after leak reveals corrupt advocacy of climate denial

Climate change likely to increase incidence of major floods by five times or more

By Jennifer Chu / MIT News Office Last August, Hurricane Irene spun through the Caribbean and parts of the eastern United States, leaving widespread wreckage in its wake. The Category 3 storm whipped up water levels, generating storm surges that swept over seawalls and flooded seaside and inland communities. Many hurricane analysts suggested, based on … Continue reading Climate change likely to increase incidence of major floods by five times or more

2011 warmest year on record in the Arctic; scientists warn of tipping points

By Jeremy Hance / mongabay.com Last year the Arctic, which is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth due to global climate change, experienced its warmest twelve months yet. According to recent data by NASA, average Arctic temperatures in 2011 were 2.28 degrees Celsius (4.1 degrees Fahrenheit) above those recorded from 1951-1980. As the Arctic … Continue reading 2011 warmest year on record in the Arctic; scientists warn of tipping points

2C warming now considered “optimistic” by scientists

By Agence France Presse French scientists unveiling new estimates for global warming said on Thursday the 2 C (3.6 F) goal enshrined by the United Nations was “the most optimistic” scenario left for greenhouse-gas emissions. The estimates, compiled by five scientific institutes, will be handed to the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for … Continue reading 2C warming now considered “optimistic” by scientists

NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal

By Jeff Tollefson / Nature When US government scientists began sampling the air from a tower north of Denver, Colorado, they expected urban smog — but not strong whiffs of what looked like natural gas. They eventually linked the mysterious pollution to a nearby natural-gas field, and their investigation has now produced the first hard … Continue reading NOAA study: Natural gas could be as bad for climate as coal