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Report Describes the Unfathomable Cost of Inaction on Rising Seas | InsideClimate News

Members of the Jordanian battalion of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) carry children through flood waters after a rescue from an orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti, destroyed by hurricane "Ike". (UN Photo/Marco Dormino.)

The world needs to invest tens of billions of dollars a year in beefing up shoreline defenses against rising oceans or it will face mind-boggling costs in the decades to come, according to new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If nations don’t build up dikes, levees and sea walls, harden existing infrastructure, ...

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India’s Solar Vision Promises Clean Energy And Happy Farmers | Global Voices

Around 628 million people around the world do not have access to electricity and 290 million of them are from rural India. Many Indian farmers have to rely on archaic power grids and fossil fuels to run water pumps for their irrigation. The Indian government is aiming to replace 26 million diesel-powered groundwater pumps with more efficient solar-powered irrigation models. ...

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Climate State Part 1 | MarthaMitchellEffect

Forty-eight climate activists representing themselves and various groups were arrested Wednesday outside the White House. (Photo via Flickr | Tar Sands Action)

Climate State On 8 May 1974, Henry Kissinger sent a cable from the U.S. State Department to the Secretary General of the UN. The cable contained a letter to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary General D.A. Davies from Robert M. White, permanent representative of the U.S. to the  WMO: Dear Mr. Secretary-General. Increasingly, world leaders have expressed concern over indications ...

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Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil | BillMoyers.com

After the State Department issued a long-awaited environmental impact statement on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline last week, environmentalists and those opposed to the 1,179-mile pipeline have intensified their push for President Obama to reject the project, with protests planned in Washington, DC, and around the country. This week, Bill Moyers talks with Bill McKibben, an activist who has dedicated ...

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Reality check: Society pays for carbon pollution and that’s no benefit | Environmental Defense Fund

By Gernot Wagner This open letter, co-authored by Jeremy Proville and first published on EDF Voices, was written in response to a New York Times article citing Dr. Roger Bezdek’s report on “The Social Costs of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits of Carbon.” Dear Dr. Bezdek, After seeing so many peer-reviewed studies documenting the costs of carbon pollution, it’s refreshing ...

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Climate-change skeptics have free-speech rights | The Japan Times

I believe that climate change poses a genuine threat. But nothing I’ve said should be taken to mean that one cannot be a thoughtful skeptic. Arthur Schawlow, one of my physics professors at Stanford University, was fond of saying that what makes science science is precisely the search for evidence that what we think we know is wrong. Schawlow, who ...

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, The End of History? | TomDispatch

When it comes to climate change, there is no “story,” not in the normal news sense anyway. The fact that 97% of scientists who have weighed in on the issue believe that climate change is a human-caused phenomenon is not a story. That only one of 9,137 peer-reviewed papers on climate change published between November 2012 and December 2013 rejected ...

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Breaking update on Keystone XL

From Duncan Meisel at 350.org The State Department has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on Keystone XL, starting the official countdown to a final decision by President Obama on the pipeline. Big oil hand-picked the reviewers of the pipeline, which means the report avoids taking a stand on the pipeline’s climate impacts — leaving the ball entirely in ...

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