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141 points by The New York Times | President of the United States Barack Obama Joe Biden Chesley Sullenberger Vladimir Putin United States Global warming 2008 ATP Tour
So many US trees have died that some scientists want to burn them instead of coal
California, wracked by drought, has 66 million dead trees across its landscape. They've been killed by both the drought itself and by voracious bark beetles, and now they're just sitting there - destined to either decompose, burn in a wildfire, or be incinerated, for safety reasons, by state fire managers before the next blaze comes along.
9 points by The Denver Post | Carbon dioxide Greenhouse gas Global warming Fossil fuel Coal Methane Oxygen Greenhouse gases
Climate change skeptics scoff as NOAA quickly links global warming, Louisiana floods
When a federal agency announced this week that global warming increased by 40 percent the chances of the torrential rains that caused last month's devastating Louisiana flood, climate activists quickly spread the word. So did University of Colorado Boulder senior climate scientist Roger Pielke Sr. — for a very different ...
145 points by The Washington Times | Global warming Weather Extreme weather Climate change Louisiana Climate Louisiana State University Scientific method
Today’s weather is hardly unique: Opposing view
Glib attributions of recent weather (as opposed to 'climate') phenomena are more wishful than reality.         
119 points by Arizona Republic | Global warming Carbon dioxide Climate change Climate Cato Institute Patrick Michaels Weather Precipitation
5 things Colorado’s Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Lily Tang said that may surprise you
In what amounted to a preview of the Club 20 debate, Williams sat for an interview with Colorado Public Radio to talk about the race that aired Thursday. And what she said may surprise you.
78 points by The Denver Post | United States Constitution Libertarian Federal government of the United States Climate change United States Senate United States Global warming President of the United States
Ocean warming affecting Arctic fish and birds
Hannah Hoag, Arctic Deeply Soaring temperatures have pushed entire groups of species toward the poles, caused increases in disease in plants and animals and changed weather patterns.
88 points by UPI | Arctic Ocean Ocean Atlantic Ocean Norway Climate Arctic Canada Global warming
The Latest: California extends ambitious climate change law
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California's landmark climate change law (all times local): 11:45 a.m. California will further slash greenhouse gas emissions after Gov. Jerry Brown extended the nation's most ambitious climate change law by another 10 years. The Democrat signed the legislation Thursday at a park in ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Climate change United States Air pollution Los Angeles California Global warming
Energy secretary to tour West Virginia coal power plant
MAIDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to visit a West Virginia coal-fired power plant alongside congressional leaders. Longview Power says Moniz is expected to tour the plant near Morgantown on Monday. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. David McKinley are slated to join. Manchin has ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Democratic Party United States Barack Obama United States presidential election 2008 West Virginia President of the United States Illinois Global warming
Forrester, Gatsas spar over National Guard and drug crisis in WMUR debate
Sparks flew at Tuesday’s WMUR/Union Leader Republican gubernatorial candidates’ debate when state Sen. Jeanie Forrester suggested Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas didn’t know what law enforcement was doing in his own city to stop the drug crisis.For weeks, Forrester has been advocating for the use of the...
5 points by Concord Monitor | Police Law enforcement agency United States National Guard Global warming John E. Sununu New Hampshire Law enforcement Federal Bureau of Investigation
Obama on Climate Change: The Trends Are ‘Terrifying’
More than health care, race or the economy, Mr. Obama believes his efforts to slow global warming will be the most consequential legacy of his presidency.
68099 points by The New York Times | Global warming United States Coal Bill Clinton President of the United States Greenhouse gas Climate change Hillary Rodham Clinton
Climate change blamed for collapse of Hawaiian forest birds
HONOLULU (AP) - Native forest birds on the Hawaiian island of Kauai are rapidly dying off and facing the threat of extinction as climate change heats up their habitat and allows mosquito-borne diseases to thrive, according to a study released Wednesday. Higher temperatures caused by global warming increase the spread ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Hawaii Global warming Hawaiian Islands Extinction Niihau James Cook Hawaiian language Climate change
Trump okays Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs
President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a “great day for American jobs” and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change.The presidential permit comes nearly a decade after Calgary-based TransC...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United States Barack Obama President of the United States George W. Bush Global warming Democratic Party Ronald Reagan Illinois
Letter: A climate comparison
A climate comparisonYes, our responses to climate change are in need of sanity, as the title of one of last Saturday’s “My Turn” pieces states. But that article offers nothing close to sanity. Rather, it simply labels anyone who disagrees with its view that climate change is natural and nothing to...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Pneumonia Pneumothorax Lung cancer Climate change Global warming Cancer Scientific opinion on climate change Truth
Trump gives green-light for Keystone XL pipeline, says ‘great day’ for jobs
President Donald Trump declared it a “great day for American jobs” on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Barack Obama ExxonMobil Global warming President of the United States Energy policy of the United States Energy development United States Petroleum
Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it 'great day' for jobs
President Donald Trump declared it a "great day for American jobs" on Friday as he formally green-lighted the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed. In a reversal of the Obama administration's earlier decision, the Trump administration issued...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Barack Obama ExxonMobil Global warming President of the United States Energy policy of the United States Energy development United States Petroleum
California regulators launch new campaign against harmful climate pollutants
California opened another front in its fight against global warming on Thursday, launching a new strategy for slashing so-called super pollutants that have an outsize impact on the climate. The plan targets emissions such as methane from cow manure, black carbon from diesel exhaust and hydrofluorocarbons...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Global warming Carbon dioxide Milk Methane Atmosphere Carbon Dairy farming Greenhouse gas
Letter: Clearing the air
Clearing the airRegarding Michael Moffett’s “Climate change response in need of sanity” (Monitor Forum, March 18): Requests for reducing emissions are less about global climate change and more about local health care costs. Every one of us pays for those health costs in rising health care premiums....
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Air pollution Economics Global warming United States Climate change Health care Health insurance Weather
Controversial Keystone XL pipeline set to be approved
The Trump administration is set to approve the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, reversing a key environmental decision of the Obama administration. The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from Alberta tar sands in Canada to Houston-area refineries. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Barack Obama Global warming President of the United States Democratic Party ExxonMobil Bill Clinton Joe Biden United States presidential election 2008
At Haverford, "data rescue" aims to save vital climate research

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Bryn Mawr College Haverford College University of Pennsylvania Swarthmore College Climate Pennsylvania Main Line Philadelphia Global warming
Antarctic sea ice reaches record low
There is currently less sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent than at any point since reliable records began in 1979.
899 points by CNN | Antarctica Southern Ocean Climate Ocean Global warming Climate change Weather Jet Propulsion Laboratory
New supercomputer aids climate research in Wyoming
A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs.
4 points by The Denver Post | Wyoming Coal Global warming Climate change Curt Gowdy Montana Alvin Wiederspahn Charles E. Richardson
After bruising confirmation battle, Trump's EPA nominee Scott Pruitt expected to clear Senate vote
Donald Trump’s embattled nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to get final approval from the Senate on Friday after withstanding a prolonged assault from environmentalists who warn he is a menace to clean air and water.  The likely approval of Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott...
1 points by Los Angeles Times | Environmentalism United States Environmental Protection Agency United States Senate Democratic Party Air pollution Global warming Protection Donald Trump
Will the crisis at Oroville Dam become a catalyst for change?
Jeffrey Mount, a leading expert on California water policy, remembers the last time a crisis at the Oroville Dam seemed likely to prompt reform. It was 1997 and the lake risked overflowing, while levees further downstream failed and several people died. “If this doesn’t galvanize action, I don’t...
7 points by Los Angeles Times | Reservoir Flood Dam Global warming Water resources
My Turn: Citizens Bank supports the pipeline, so I can’t support Citizens Bank
This is an open letter to the officers and the board of directors of Citizens Bank, which was prompted by two things. First is the wish for the well-being and a high quality of life for your grandchildren. The second is that my wife and I are closing our accounts with Citizens Bank. These two seemin...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Native Americans in the United States Extreme weather Global warming Indigenous peoples Indigenous peoples of the Americas Weather Life ExxonMobil
It's a great day for fossil fuel interests, a very bad day for environmentalists
President Donald Trump promised he would fight for coal and fossil fuel interests. They cheered Thursday. Environmentalists didn't. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Donald Trump said he'd do it, and he did.  He signed a bill Thursday to kill a rule imposed by President Barack Obama that would have stopped coal mines from dumping waste in streams. While environmentalists and some residents in Appalachian communities said this was long needed, coal mine owners said the rule was onerous and would even ban dumping in dry streams 1,000 feet below the surface.  The bill Trump signed Little more than a mile away, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with the confirmation of Trump's pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. As attorney general for Oklahoma, Pruitt filed more than a dozen lawsuits fighting Obama's environmental rules. Pruitt once called climate change a hoax but has moderated his views, saying he is not sure how much of it is caused by human activity. Pruitt still needs a final vote but it appears he'll get it Friday -- unless senators become persuaded to wait because of a court order issued in Oklahoma Thursday telling Pruitt to turn over thousands of emails he exchanged with mining and drilling companies. He has until Tuesday to do so. The case was filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, which says it looks for undue corporate influence.  Said environmentalists: What an awful day, except for the email news. Said mining and fossil fuel interests: Hallelujah. Here's a sampling, starting with the fossil fuel industry and its backers: #FLASHBACK @realDonaldTrump kept his campaign promise to Coal Miners today removing restrictions on mining creating thousands of jobs! [?] [?] [?] [?] [?] -- Family for Trump (@TheresaMechele) February 16, 2017 "President Trump has followed through on his promise to repeal this illegal and job-killing Stream Protection Rule, which was the single greatest threat to the jobs and family livelihoods of our employees that I have seen in my 60 years of coal mining experience." -- Robert E. Murray, chairman and president of Murray Energy Corp., a major Ohio-based coal mining operation. At the White House today as President Trump signed my resolution to protect coal jobs + #coal families: @potus #jobs -- Bill Johnson (@RepBillJohnson) February 16, 2017 "Coal families in Ohio and across the nation can rest easier knowing that the job killing Stream Protection Rule has officially become part of history. This rule devised by radical environmentalist bureaucrats was never about the environment and was always about carrying out the Obama Administration's nonsensical war on coal." -- Christian Palich, president Ohio Coal Association. SIGNING THE UNDOING OF COAL MINING REGULATION. Grown Men Almost in Tears. "THANK YOU MR.PRESIDENT" He Told Him,"Go Back To Work"#MAGA -- Pamela (@Pamela836) February 16, 2017 // // ]]> "By eliminating this rule I am continuing to keep my promise to get rid of wasteful regulations that do nothing, absolutely nothing, but slow down the economy, hamstring companies, push jobs to other countries, which is happening all over, although I must say we've stopped it. You've seen all the factories, all the plants, they're moving back, they're going back to a lot of places. So you know that right, fellas? They're moving back fast -- Ford, General Motors, Fiat, so many, very happy. Compliance costs for this rule would be over $50 million a year for the coal industry alone, it's unnecessary." - President Donald Trump. Privilege to join at the White House today as a bill I helped introduce to undo the harmful Stream Protection Rule got signed into law -- Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) February 16, 2017 "President Trump we thank you for everything you've done for us. Everything you're doing for our industry is very much needed. I've been in this industry for 40 years and this is a very exciting time in our industry." -- Michael Nelson of West Virginia, general superintendent of the Marion County Coal Company, at the White House signing ceremony. Meantime, on the side of the environmentalists: Bad news for our streams: Today Trump signed a resolution that lets coal companies dump mining waste into waterways -- Wilderness Society (@Wilderness) February 16, 2017 "The pen of President Trump strikes again -- this time depriving people of commonsense protections for our drinking water from toxic coal mining waste, forever. When president Trump put his signature on this extreme law, he handed Big Polluters a free pass to dump their dangerous pollution into our drinking water." -- Gene Karpinksi, president, League of Conservation Voters. BREAKING: With a signature Trump just eviscerated the Stream Protection Rule, which protects drinking water sources. -- Earthjustice (@Earthjustice) February 16, 2017 "Trump didn't try to combat poverty, lower the cost of healthcare, or ensure better opportunities for our families with his first actions as President. Instead, he destroyed science-based clean water protections that would have stopped coal companies from dumping unlimited toxic waste into waterways used for fishing, drinking water, and agriculture. -- Dalal Aboulhosn, Sierra Club deputy legislative director. "At risk of being dramatic. Scott Pruitt at EPA is existential threat to planet" @sensanders @SenatorLeahy -- Amy Crawford (@crawdexter) February 16, 2017 "This frees Big Coal to bury pristine streams beneath toxic waste, pollute drinking water sources, kill fish and wildlife and scar the land.  Our mountain communities will pay the price." -- Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  If Scott Pruitt is confirmed to the EPA, we may be sent back to the 70's. That's not nearly as cool as it sounds. -- Greenpeace USA (@greenpeaceusa) February 16, 2017
1 points by The Plain Dealer | Coal mining Barack Obama Coal Global warming Democratic Party Anthracite United States Environmental Protection Agency Illinois
Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, study finds

5779 points by CNN | Ocean Oxygen Global warming Arctic Ocean Carbon dioxide Water Marine biology Climate
Letter: Beauty of solar
Beauty of solarRegarding the article on Feb. 8 about objections to solar panels at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Concord, we can understand why someone may think that solar panels in the front of a church are not in keeping with the standards of the neighborhood. Sometimes we have to change...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Unitarian Universalism Universalist Church of America Universalism Unitarian Universalist Association Water Petroleum Global warming Fossil fuel
Scientists reveal absurd plan to re-freeze the Arctic in order to stop climate change
What sounds like a maniacal Bond-villain plan may actually be a sign of desperation in the climate science community.
107 points by The Houston Chronicle | Earth Arctic Ocean Climate Global warming Arctic shrinkage Sea ice Climate change Ocean
A carbon tax is a truly good idea
Address climate change and send Americans a check at the same time. That's the nut of an intriguing idea put together by a group of Republican elders.
10 points by The Denver Post | Global warming Emissions trading Carbon dioxide Kyoto Protocol Barack Obama Fossil fuel Emission standard Climate change
LETTER: Professor’s commentary full of debunked notions about global warming
I hope President Trump also listens to scientists who actually study climate change, not just critics-for-hire such as Mr. Happer.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Global warming Carbon dioxide Climate change Oxygen Fossil fuel Volcano Sulfuric acid Sulfur dioxide
N.H. researcher finds new bacteria contaminating oysters
Scientists studying oysters along the Atlantic Coast have discovered a critical clue to understanding why more seafood lovers are getting sick from eating shellfish.Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a new strain of the bacteria Vibrio parahaemolyticus, the world’s leading cul...
17 points by Concord Monitor | Bacteria Oyster Microbiology Vibrio parahaemolyticus Global warming Atlantic Ocean Prince Edward Island Climate change
Finley: Left bites Ivanka’s liberal hand
Nolan Finley wonders why liberals are attacking Ivanka Trump, their one possible friend in the White House        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Ivanka Trump Conservatism Donald Trump Al Gore George W. Bush Liberalism Global warming Trump Organization
Here's what you should know about this year's debate over California's cap-and-trade program
Battles over climate change policies have become an annual fixture at the state Capitol, and this year appears to be no different. Lawmakers are preparing to decide the future of the cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of California's battle against global warming. Cap and trade is extremely...
29 points by Los Angeles Times | Greenhouse gas Global warming Climate change Air pollution Kyoto Protocol Low-carbon fuel standard Emission standard Carbon finance
Senior GOP figures are pushing the White House to consider carbon tax to fight climate change
A group of Republican senior statesmen is pushing for a carbon tax to combat the effects of climate change and hoping to sell the plan to the White House. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker is leading the effort, which also includes former Secretary of State George Shultz. In an opinion piece...
366 points by Los Angeles Times | President of the United States George W. Bush Barack Obama Global warming Fossil fuel Democratic Party ExxonMobil Bill Clinton
Major global warming study again questioned, defended
Another round of bickering is boiling over about temperature readings used in a 2015 study        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Scientific method Global warming Science Carbon dioxide Climate change Earth Falsifiability Associated Press
Destroying the planet isn't the EPA chief's job
To the editor: I have nothing to say but thank you for your editorial on Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt’s inappropriate nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. You’ve made a completely airtight case. (“Putting Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA risks irreversible damage to...
18 points by Los Angeles Times | Earth Environmentalism United States Environmental Protection Agency Natural environment Air pollution Global warming Human Environment
Letter: Climate change is science, not belief
Climate change is science, not beliefWhereas in “Tapping into a new reality: Maple industry forced to adapt to climate change” (Monitor front page, Jan. 28) the Monitor includes a paragraph linking rising carbon dioxide levels to us and climate change, two quotes by producers are concerning. One sta...
12 points by Concord Monitor | Carbon dioxide Greenhouse gas Climate change Atmosphere Maple Climate Methane Global warming
Letter: Cabinet of clowns
Cabinet of clownsThe reason the circus is going to have to quit? All the clowns are going to be working in the White House. One who said a department should be abolished now says it is important after he has been slated to head that same department. A person who has always home-schooled her children...
1 points by Concord Monitor | White House President of the United States Russia Transport Thomas Jefferson Bill Clinton United States Capitol Global warming
Film Review: ‘Chasing Coral’
One foolproof way to make an audience cry is to tell the story of a dog who dies. (Sure, it’s manipulative, but I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with someone who sat dry-eyed through “Marley & Me.”) Yet did you ever think you’d shed a tear for dying coral? In “Chasing Coral,” the winner of... Read more »
339 points by Variety | Great Barrier Reef Coral Coral reef Ocean Global warming Coral bleaching Climate Cnidaria
Current, former EPA workers urge Congress to reject nominee Pruitt
Doug G. WareFeb. 6 (UPI) -- Hundreds of current and former EPA employees spoke up Monday hoping to persuade the Senate to reject Scott Pruitt as President Trump's leader in the agency.
74 points by UPI | Barack Obama United States Senate Democratic Party Bill Clinton Global warming Republican Party United States Environmental Protection Agency United States
US govt agency manipulated data to exaggerate climate change – whistleblower
A recently-retired top scientist from the America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has accused his superiors of fudging data to hide a slowdown in the rise of global temperatures ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in 2015. Read Full Article at
12804 points by Russia Today | Global warming Temperature record of the past 1000 years Climate change Scientific opinion on climate change Scientific method Stern Review Barack Obama Solar variation
Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals
If the United States and its fellow Paris Agreement signatories are to meet global climate targets, they’re going to have to make serious commitments that attack the problem on multiple fronts, including reducing coal use, raising renewable energy, accelerating carbon-capture technologies and electrifying...
168 points by Los Angeles Times | Carbon dioxide Greenhouse gas Climate change Coal Fossil fuel Methane Natural gas Global warming
French presidential hopeful offers asylum to ‘US scientists & researchers fighting obscurantism’
American “researchers, scientists and businesses” who are “afraid” of changes President Trump might impose on the US can find a refuge and new “homeland” in France, according to French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron. Read Full Article at
721 points by Russia Today | United States Federal government of the United States Global warming Climate change Richard Nixon President of the United States Air pollution United States Environmental Protection Agency
The mural that rain's already washed away
Painted with natural chalk in a secret forest of the Pacific Northwest, "Puliki" sends a chilling message about climate change, wildfires and deforestation.
9769 points by CNN | Global warming Climate change Hawaii Weather Nature Iceberg Drought Chalk
Letter: Accept the science
Accept the scienceDear President Trump: The Trump Tower remains standing because architects depended on the engineering sciences. The tires on your limos don’t disintegrate because of the material science of rubber. The little device that sends out your tweets depends on the science of electromagnet...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Methane Natural gas Global warming Oxygen Fossil fuel Nitrogen
GOP senators move Trump EPA pick ahead as Dems boycott vote
WASHINGTON — Republicans suspended Senate committee rules Thursday to muscle President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency toward confirmation after Democrats boycotted a vote.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | United States Senate Barack Obama President of the United States Republican Party Democratic Party Global warming United States Environmental Protection Agency George W. Bush
'Watching with bated breath': Massive iceberg set to break off Antarctic ice shelf
It's the crack that's captivating the world. The 110-mile long rift in an Antarctic ice shelf promises to eventually shear off and create an iceberg larger than Rhode Island.         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Antarctica Larsen Ice Shelf Ice shelf British Antarctic Territory Antarctic Peninsula Glacier Global warming Iceberg
U.N. delegates tell Donald Trump to stay in Paris Agreement climate pact
MARRAKECH, Morocco — The first U.N. climate conference after the landmark Paris Agreement closed Friday with delegates appealing to Donald Trump to join the battle against global warming and inviting him to see its impacts in Pacific islands.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Fossil fuel Global warming Greenhouse gas Climate change Renewable energy Island Attribution of recent climate change Wind power
Despite Trump's skepticism, nearly 200 countries pledge to keep fighting climate change
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries wrapped up two weeks of talks Saturday vowing to press ahead with the fight against climate change – with or without the help of the next U.S. president. The election of Donald Trump, who has called global warming a “hoax” and has threatened to “cancel” U.S....
5811 points by Los Angeles Times | Global warming Climate change Climate Barack Obama President of the United States Weather United States Solar variation
Obama administration's final drilling plan means trouble for Trump's Arctic vision
Doug G. WareWASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Donald Trump's desire to expand Arctic offshore drilling is going to be a bit difficult now, after the government released its final drilling plan Friday.
10 points by UPI | Barack Obama Petroleum United States Democratic Party Arctic Ocean Global warming Atlantic Ocean United States presidential election 2008