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Trump appoints pro-fracking/anti-environment energy advisor

Donald Trump

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy, according to Valerie Volcovici at Reuters: “U.S. Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer of North Dakota – a major oil drilling state – is writing a white …

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Global carbon threshold reached

Cape Grim

Within the next couple of weeks, a remote part of north-western Tasmania is likely to grab headlines around the world as a major climate change marker is passed, according to Peter Hannam at the Sydney Morning Herald: “The aptly named Cape Grim monitoring site jointly run by CSIRO and the …

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What happens when the grid goes down?

Lancaster Flood

The two threats to energy most often documented on this site are the lack of new generating capacity and the decline in affordable fossil fuels.  To these, Laurie Winkless at Forbes adds a third problem that is likely to get worse as time goes by: “Storm Desmond hit northwest England …

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Climate change is here and now

Every Day Climate Change

Photographer James Whitlow Delano has set up an Instagram page called Everyday Climate Change to share contemporary images of the impact of climate change around the world: “I had been documenting the large-scale environmental consequences in East Asia as a result of the rapid development here.  The air in China …

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Hey, where did that island go?

Aerial View of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

Any budding Second World War historians with an interest in the Pacific battles of 1942-43 will need to either get their field trips in quickly or learn to scuba dive; because several of the islands where American marines battled to dislodge Japanese soldiers are already under water.  According to Jonathan …

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Radioactive waste legacy of fracking

Radioactive Waste

New research from Duke University, reported by DESMOG, has found a legacy of radioactive waste and toxic chemicals in water courses as a result of fracking: “Some rivers and streams in North Dakota now carry levels of radioactive and toxic materials higher than federal drinking water standards as a result …

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Climate-related kidney disease increases

Kidney Disease

Climate change is likely to accelerate rates of chronic kidney disease worldwide as rising temperatures and heat stress harm kidneys, according to Business Insider. Citing new research from the University of Colorado published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the article notes that: “A new type …

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Could the Philippines do a reverse TPP/TTIP?

Typhoon

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade treaties have become notorious because they establish a separate and superior legal system for corporations; allowing them to sue governments for damages when democratic decisions result in a loss of profits.  If signed, to give just one …

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No need to worry about saving the planet

Plankton

Plankton – the tiny plants at the base of the food chain that provide half of the oxygen in the atmosphere – will survive climate change according to Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia and Imperial College London. According to Simon Levey from Imperial College London: “Ocean …

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Water will get us in the end

The World Bank has warned that the economy will ultimately be undermined by changes in the way water acts around the planet.  Shifting rainfall patterns will bring drought to regions that currently enjoy abundant rainwater; while other areas – like the UK – will be subjected to more frequent and …

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