This Week in Drought: The Biggest Losers – StateImpact Texas

This Week in Drought: The Biggest Losers
StateImpact Texas
While the overall percentage of the state suffering from drought did not increase from last week, six percent of Texas, mostly in the Panhandle, sunk deeper into it. U.S. Drought Monitor Archives. The dark red represents the most severe level of drought.

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Why Greenland’s melting could be the biggest climate disaster of all

Jason Box.
Jason Box.

Jason Box speaks the language of Manhattans. Not the drink — the measuring unit.

As an expert on Greenland who has traveled 23 times to the massive, mile-thick northern ice sheet, Box has shown an uncanny ability to predict major melts and breakoffs of Manhattan-sized ice chunks. A few years back, he foretold the release of a “4x Manhattans” piece of ice from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier, one so big that once afloat it was dubbed an “ice island.” In a scientific paper [PDF] published in February of 2012, Box further predicted “100% melt area over the ice sheet” within another decade of global warming. As it happened, the ice sheet’s surface almost completely melted just a month later in July — an event that, in Box’s words, “signals the beginning of the end for the ice sheet.”

Box, who will speak at next week’s Climate Desk Live briefing in Washington, D.C., pulls no punches when it comes to attributing all of this to humans and their fossil fuels. “Those who claim it’s all cycles just don’t understand that humans are driving the cycle right now, and for the foreseeable future,” he says. And the coastal consequences of allowing Greenland to continue its melting — and pour 23 feet worth of sea level into the ocean over the coming centuries — are just staggering. “If you’re the mayor of Hamburg, or Shanghai, or Philadelphia, I think it’s in your job description that you think forward a century,” says Box. “They’re completely inundated by the year 2200.” Read more

1500 elephant tusks seized on way to China; biggest bust a sign of worse … – (blog) (blog)

1500 elephant tusks seized on way to China; biggest bust a sign of worse (blog)
Some 1,500 African elephant tusks — the biggest seizure ever — were found this week hidden within timber planks and destined for China's ivory market. Shocked conservationists noted 2012 will "In 2011 we thought the threats to elephants couldn't
Malaysian Customs Officials Seize 1000 Elephant TusksVoice of America

Malaysia makes largest seizure of illegal ivoryCoastweek
Malaysian Customs Seizes 20 Tonnes of Smuggled IvoryEnvironment News Service
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Hong Kong makes its biggest seizure of illegal ivory – Yahoo! News (blog)

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Hong Kong makes its biggest seizure of illegal ivory
Yahoo! News (blog)
When the African elephant population is down to several thousand, and you collect hundreds of tusks, it means whoever was responsible, slaughtered a good number of the population. What is it with the Chinese? They number over 1.3 billion and yet
IFAW calls for strict penalties for elephant

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World’s Biggest Geoengineering Test ‘Violates’ UN Rules
World’s Biggest Geoengineering Test ‘ViolatesUN Rules
Climate Central
By Martin Lukacs, The Guardian. A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Canada in July, a Guardian investigation can reveal.
Geoengineering experiment off BC coast called ‘blatant violation‘ of UN rulesOttawa Citizenall 39 news articles »

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International Day of World Indigenous Peoples: How We Can Solve Our Biggest … – PolicyMic


International Day of World Indigenous Peoples: How We Can Solve Our Biggest
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. It is a day that passes with no fanfare, without as much of a peep on most news services. The Day is not even close to the status of more famous, peace-loving holidays like Earth Day or World

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Colo. Fire Now One Of The Biggest In State History

Colorado’s High Park Fire northwest of Fort Collins has topped 46,000 acres, making it one of the largest wildfires in the state’s history. It’s also destroyed more than 100 buildings. But firefighters are beginning to gain ground and have started containing the blaze.

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Ecology biggest crisis, capital biggest threat: Ariyaratne – Times of India

NAGPUR: The largest global crisis is ecological and the biggest enemy of environment is global capital, said AT Ariyaratne, popularly known as Gandhi of Sri Lanka. He was speaking on ‘Global issues and civil responses’ at the India Peace Centre …
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ENVIRONMENT: Biggest jump ever seen in global warming gases – Delaware Wave

WASHINGTON – The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide jumped by the biggest amount on record, the U.S. Department of Energy calculated, a sign of how feeble the world’s efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The new figures …
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UN-HABITAT sees cities as biggest environment polluters – Xinhua News Agency

NAIROBI, April 12 (Xinhua) — The world’s cities which now collectively accommodate half of the world’s population account for 70 percent of the green house gases (GHG) released into the world’s atmosphere. Joan Clos, the Executive Director of the UN …
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