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Rebranding Climate Change as a Public Health Issue
Monday, 12 August 2013 00:00

By Courtney Subramanian – Time Health & Family – August 8, 2013

To most people, climate change means melting snowcaps and helpless polar bears sweltering under escalating temperatures. But most of the world’s populations aren’t likely to see an iceberg in their lifetimes, much less a stranded polar bear in the wild. Which explains why the dangers of these environmental changes haven’t exactly earned high priority on most people’s list of attention-worthy crises. (Does anyone remember Al Gore’s $300 million We Campaign?) The politicization of climate change — the never-ending debate over whether it exists, for example, and the ensuing back-and-forth over its causes, its implications and potential solutions — further discourages the public from action. For full article, click here.

Climate change hurts economy, EPA chief says
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

By Russsell McLendon – Mother Nature Network – July 31, 2013

Environmental regulations don't kill jobs. In fact, they might be the only way to stop manmade climate change from killing the economy. That was the message U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy delivered Tuesday in a speech at Harvard Law School, her first public address since taking office two weeks ago. McCarthy made it clear climate change will be her main focus at the EPA — and that, like President Obama, she sees carbon emissions as a danger to economic stability. For full blog post, click here.

Climate Change’s 60 Trillion Dollar Cost
Monday, 29 July 2013 00:40

By Jessica Rosslee – Guardian Las Vegas Express  July 25, 2013

A report posted by Gail Whiteman, Chris Hope & Peter Wadhams in the journal Nature, details the working mechanisms behind the sudden upheaval and interest in climate change yet again. The proposed price tag is standing at $60 trillion, a hefty cost for the world to bear. According to the published report, the Arctic holds 30% of the worlds as yet untapped gas and 13% of untapped oil. Regional trade is expected to increase with the opening up of new polar shipping routes. The authors also note that Lloyd’s of London has estimated that within ten years, investment the Arctic has the potential to increase to $100 billion. For full story, click here.

Climate change, fracking, water shortages in Northern CO top environmental concerns
Monday, 29 July 2013 00:00

By Bobby Magill Coloradoan July 28, 2013

As the environmental challenges Northern Colorado faces in the coming years continue to mount, a look back at headlines of a half-decade ago shows how quickly the region’s environmental concerns have evolved. For full article, click here.

Climate Change, Water Shortages, Biodiversity Loss, will have Growing Impacts on Global Business: UN Report
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

Contact: Nick Nuttall – UNEP News Centre – June 21, 2013

The future of the private sector will increasingly hinge on the ability of businesses to adapt to the world's rapidly changing environment and to develop goods and services that can reduce the impacts of climate change, water scarcity, emissions of harmful chemicals, and other environmental concerns. For full story, click here.

Climate Change Policy for a High Energy Planet
Monday, 05 August 2013 00:00

By Roger Pielke, Jr. – The Energy Collective – July 31, 2013

The world’s response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it’s time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical “boundary conditions” for effective policy making. For full story, click here.

Offsetting Emissions: Wetland Plants Counter Carbon
Monday, 29 July 2013 00:30

By Mary Silver – Epoch Times – July 27, 2013

A 19-year Smithsonian study of wetland plants and carbon dioxide offers new hope about the planet’s resilience. When carbon dioxide levels rise, wetland plants absorb much more carbon than when levels are low, according to a study published in the journal Global Change Biology from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. The study’s findings suggest that wetlands will protect the earth from global warming—a runaway phenomenon, as projected by some studies. For full story, click here.

ND center researches wetlands and climate change
Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00

By Patrick Springer – San Francisco Chronicle – July 13, 2013

Mother Nature is full of competitions that cause species to rise and fall with shifting climate conditions in the prairie potholes pockmarking the James River Valley. "It's hard to find a yellow-head now," David Mushet, a research wildlife biologist and wetland specialist, said of the flip-flopped fortunes of the two species. Mushet and his senior colleague, Chip Euliss, have seen many such fluctuations play out in the more than two decades they have studied wetlands at the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center. For full story, click here.

What Role Do Beavers Play in Climate Change?
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:10

By Sid Perkins –  Science Now – July 12, 2013

When it comes to transforming their environment, beavers have a lot in common with humans. They clear-cut trees and build dams to block streams, in the process radically altering the world around them. Now, it appears that beavers play a complex role in climate change, too. A new study suggests that beaver dams and the sediments corralled behind them sequester carbon, temporarily keeping greenhouse gases containing the element out of the atmosphere. But when the animals abandon these sites, the carbon leaks back out, contributing to global warming. For full article, click here.

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