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Massive melting of Andes glaciers | BBC News

A study says glaciers in the Andes mountain range of South America are retreating at rates faster than any in the past 300 years — between 30% and 50% since the 1970s — and “will probably completely disappear within the coming decades.” The glaciers, which provide fresh water for tens of millions in South America, are retreating at their fastest ...

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US says 2015 may be last chance for UN climate pact | AlertNet

LONDON, January 15 (Reuters Point Carbon) – Ongoing talks to strike a climate deal may be the U.N.’s last chance to broker a global pact that would force nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, the United States’ lead climate negotiator said on Tuesday. Todd Stern said the so-called Durban Platform, the pact agreed at the conclusion of 2011 U.N. ...

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Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress | Truthdig

By Chris Hedges Clive Hamilton in his “Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change” describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that “catastrophic climate change is virtually certain.” This obliteration of “false hopes,” he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The first is attainable. The second, because it means that those ...

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Top tip if you’re going out in Beijing: don’t breathe | The Guardian

When it comes to air pollution, the long-suffering residents of Beijing tend to think they have seen it all. But this weekend, instruments measuring the levels of particulate matter in the city’s famously noxious air broke all records. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Centre said levels of PM2.5, tiny particulate matter, had reached more than 600 micrograms per square metre ...

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National Environmental Legislation to Watch | FCNL

Here are some of the bills we supported in the 112th Congress that provide models for what we are looking for in the 113th Congress. Renewing the Moral Call to Action on Climate Change. Introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (VA) as H. Res. 672 in the 112th Congress, this resolution calls on representatives to acknowledge the grave dangers posed by ...

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‘Like Wildfire’: Images of Climate Catastrophe in Australia Go Global | Common Dreams

Photographs of bushfires offer a glimpse of our future on a hotter, drier planet – Lauren McCauley, staff writer As fires continue to rage across Australia with soaring temperatures fueling the flames, images of the catastrophe spreading around the web capture the heartbreak, harrow and heat. An image of a family huddled beneath a dock, the sky ablaze behind them; ...

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‘Smoking Gun’: Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims | Common Dreams

Research shows toxic contamination caused by mining ‘world’s dirtiest oil’ worse than previously thought – Beth Brogan, staff writer As climate justice campaigners in the US ramp up their efforts to block the Keystone XL pipeline and First Nation activists foment a global ‘Earth-centered’ movement in Canada, scientists say a new study “conclusively” proves that tar sands oil is both ...

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