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Shell Warned of Climate Change Danger in 1991 – February 28, 2017

Public information film unseen for years shows oil giant had clear grasp of global warming 26 years ago but hasn't acted accordingly, say critics

The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of a century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming but did not act accordingly.

photo of ShellPhoto by Lee Jordan A rediscovered film from 1991 shows that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming more than a quarter-century ago.

Shell’s 28-minute film, called Climate of… more

by: The Guardian

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Fish Under Threat from Ocean Oxygen Depletion, Finds Study – February 20, 2017

Oxygen levels in oceans have fallen 2% in 50 years due to climate change, affecting marine habitat and large fish

The depletion of oxygen in our oceans threatens future fish stocks and risks altering the habitat and behavior of marine life, scientists have warned, after a new study found oceanic oxygen levels had fallen by 2 percent in 50 years.

The study, carried out at Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Germany, was the most comprehensive of the subject to date. The fall in oxygen levels has been attributed to global warming and the authors warn that if it continues unchecked, the amount of oxygen lost could reach up to 7% by 2100. Very few marine organisms are able to adapt to… more

by: The Guardian

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‘Extraordinary’ Levels of Pollutants Found in Pacific Ocean’s 10-Kilometer-Deep Mariana Trench – February 14, 2017

Presence of manmade chemicals in most remote place on planet shows nowhere is safe from human impact, say scientists

Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet — the 10-kilometer-deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China.

photo of lobster Mariana trenchPhoto by NOAA Ocean Exploration & ResearchA small lobster in the Mariana trench. Scientists have discovered that small crustaceans in the trench, the most remote place on the planet, are contaminated with extraordinary… more

by: The Guardian

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Floods and Erosion Are Ruining Britain’s Most Significant Sites – February 7, 2017

From Wordsworth’s gardens to the salmon rivers in Wales, climate change is wrecking historic sites and harming wildlife habitat, finds report

Climate change is already wrecking some of Britain’s most significant sites, from Wordsworth’s gardens in Cumbria to the white cliffs on England’s south coast, according to a new report.

Floods and erosion are damaging historic places, while warmer temperatures are seeing salmon vanishing from famous rivers and birds no longer visiting important wetlands.

photo of ShanghaiPhoto by loki973, Flickr, Flickr Over the last 50 years, about 67 centimeters of the white cliff's on England's south coast have been eroded each year. During the winter storms of 2013 to 2014, the equivalent of seven years of erosion occurred in just two… more

by: The Guardian

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Over 70 Arrested at Standing Rock as Company Aims to Finish Dakota Access Pipeline – February 2, 2017

Arrests came one day after federal officials suggested that government could soon approve the final stage of construction

North Dakota police have arrested 76 people at Standing Rock one day after federal officials suggested that the government could soon approve the final stage of construction of the Dakota Access pipeline.

The arrests occurred after a group of activists, who call themselves water protectors, established a new camp near the pipeline construction.

Rob Keller, spokesman for the Morton County sheriff’s office, told The Guardian on Wednesday night that it was too soon to say what charges were being filed. In a statement, he claimed that a “rogue group of protesters” had trespassed on private property.

photo of Lake TiticacaPhoto by Dark Sevier,… more

by: The Guardian

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