Climate

New Spider Species in Borneo Named After Missing Activist

by Mong Palatino on September 1, 2014

Aposphragisma brunomanseri goblin spider. Photo from the Natural History Museum of Berne

Aposphragisma brunomanseri goblin spider. Photo from the Natural History Museum of Berne

A new spider species in Borneo discovered by Swiss scientists was named after Bruno Manser, an environmentalist who went missing in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia in 2000. Bruno Manser has been campaigning for the protection of Continue →
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Los Angeles City Street Services Field Engineering Aide Winston Chu drinks cold water as his crew paves streets in a heat wave.

Los Angeles City Street Services Field Engineering Aide Winston Chu drinks water as his crew paves streets in a heat wave.

CREDIT: AP Photo/ Damian Dovarganes

Global warming is projected to have a serious negative impact on labor productivity this century. Here is a look at what we know.

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Tweeted by @BoothWilliam, Washington Post correspondent close to the Israeli border in Gaza on August 10.

This interview with Muna Dajani, a Palestinian environmental activist in the West Bank was conducted by Sarah Rifaat for 350.org, an organization building a global climate movement, and is republished on Global Voices as part of a Continue →

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CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK

For the first time, Pennsylvania has made public 243 cases of contamination of private drinking wells from oil and gas drilling operations.

As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Continue →

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Locust Invasion Spotted in Antananarivo, Madagascar

by Rakotomalala on August 28, 2014

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— Vaintche Rahouli (@vincraholi) August 28, 2014

Twitter and facebook users from Madagascar's capital city, Antananarivo have posted several photos of locust invading the city. Locust invasion is not an unusual sighting in Madagascar, especially after tropical storms but it is very uncommon in larger cities. Locust can have a Continue →

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Humanity's choice

Humanity’s choice (via IPCC): Aggressive climate action ASAP (left figure) minimizes future warming and costs a mere 0.06% of annual growth. Continued inaction (right figure) results in catastrophic and irreversible levels of warming, 9°F over much of U.S.

One word in the latest draft report from the UN Continue →

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Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R).

Iowa State Sen. Joni Ernst (R).

CREDIT: AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall

The vast and well-funded political network maintained by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch “started my trajectory,” according to Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

Ernst was one of several rising GOP politicians Continue →

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Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

CREDIT: Solar Holler

A church in West Virginia just got 60 panels installed on its roof for $1, thanks to a local group that’s making it easier and cheaper for nonprofits in the state to go solar.

At a ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church Continue →

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A sign placed along the sidewalk reads, Common Sense Against Earthquakes, as a small group with Frack Free Denton protest outside city hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

A sign placed along the sidewalk reads ‘Common Sense Against Earthquakes’ as a small group with Frack Free Denton protest outside city hall, Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Denton, Texas.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

The agency that regulates oil and gas activity in Texas is considering new, tougher Continue →

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Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Seeking his ninth term in office, the Republican congressman deemed Nebraska’s “top climate denier” by the state’s most prominent progressive grassroots organization seems to be getting a run for his money from a veteran state senator.

Congressman Lee Terry (R-NE) is Continue →

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Food Crops Pushed To The Side As Oil Trains Sail Through

by Tom Kenworthy on August 26, 2014

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CREDIT: AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File

In oil-rich North Dakota, farmers trying to get their crops to market are getting squeezed out of the rail transportation picture.

Rail line congestion caused by the oil boom in the Bakken shale oil field of North Dakota and Montana is creating huge backlogs for Continue →

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Scott Brown Flips To Full-Blown Climate Denier

by Andrew Breiner on August 25, 2014

Former MA Sen. Scott Brown (R)

Former MA Sen. Scott Brown (R)

CREDIT: AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Scott Brown has a new position on human-caused climate change: he doesn’t believe it’s real. At Saturday’s Republican primary debate for Senate in New Hampshire, all three candidates were asked if they believed “the theory of man-made climate change Continue →

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