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Obama Pushes Climate Action on Earth Day Visit to the Everglades – April 23, 2015

'Folks don't have time' to wait in south Florida, where sea level rise threatens wildlife and local drinking water

By Tom McCarthy

President Barack Obama used an unusually picturesque appearance at Everglades National Park on Wednesday to draw attention to an ugly problem that he said was threatening the well-being of people in south Florida and around the world: climate change.

President Obama EvergladesOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza President Barack Obama and US Park Service rangers view a small alligator during a tour at Everglades National Park, Florida, on Earth Day 2015.

The president appeared in rolled-up shirt sleeves at a lectern above an obscenely green sawgrass marsh to send a message that “climate change can no longer… more

by: The Guardian

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Maybe Monsanto Is Not All Bad – April 13, 2015

Biotech firm's acquisition of Climate Corporation will help farmers plan for severe weather

By Marc Gunther

David Friedberg, CEO of The Climate Corporation, expected pushback when he decided to sell his San Francisco-based big data company to Monsanto. He was surprised, though, when some of the loudest criticism came from his own father.

 fertilizerPhoto by Bill Meier, on Flickr A farmer applies fertilizer to a field in Illinois. Climate Corporation claims its analyses help farmers make more efficient decisions about seed, water use and fertilizer.

Lionel Friedberg – a Los Angeles filmmaker whose 1989 documentary, Crisis in the Atmosphere, was one of the first films to highlight the problem of global warming –… more

by: The Guardian

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Republicans Try to Prevent Wisconsin Official Working on Climate Change – April 9, 2015

Critics say Matt Adamczyk’s proposal to prohibit Tia Nelson from ‘engaging in global warming or climate change work’ on the job is politically motivated

By Katherine Krueger 

Wisconsin Republicans are looking to place a Florida-style moratorium on the ability of a key public official to work on matters related to climate change on state time.

 emissions Photo by Ian Britton, on Flickr Adamczyk alleges that Nelson’s co-authoring of a report on policy recommendations for the state to address climate change amounted to theft of the state’s time.

State treasurer Matt Adamczyk, a Republican, says his plan to prohibit Tia Nelson, the executive secretary of the state’s Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, from “engaging in global warming or climate… more

by: The Guardian

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The Argument for Divesting from Fossil Fuels is Becoming Overwhelming – March 17, 2015

As progressive institutions, the Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust should commit to taking their money out of the companies that are driving global warming, says The Guardian’s editor-in-chief

The world has much more coal, oil and gas in the ground than it can safely burn. That much is physics.

Anyone studying the question with an open mind will almost certainly come to a similar conclusion: if we and our children are to have a reasonable chance of living stable and secure lives 30 or so years from now, according to one recent study 80 percent of the known coal reserves will have to stay underground, along with half the gas and a third of the oil reserves.

If only science were enough.

If not science, then politics?… more

by: The Guardian

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Climate Change: Why The Guardian is Putting Threat to Earth Front and Center – March 8, 2015

Editor Alan Rusbridger explains the thinking behind the newspaper's major series on the climate crisis

A version of this article appeared in the Friday, March 6 issue of The Guardian.

Journalism tends to be a rear-view mirror. We prefer to deal with what has happened, not what lies ahead. We favor what is exceptional and in full view over what is ordinary and hidden.

Famously, as a tribe, we are more interested in the man who bites a dog than the other way round. But even when a dog does plant its teeth in a man, there is at least something new to report, even if it is not very remarkable or important.

Polar BearPhoto by Smudge 9000/FlickrA polar… more

by: The Guardian

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