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Climate Change Making Food Crops Less Nutritious, Research Finds – May 8, 2014

High CO2 levels significantly reduces essential nutrients in wheat, rice, maize and soyabeans, Nature paper reveals

by Damian Carrington

Rising carbon dioxide emissions are set to make the world's staple food crops less nutritious, according to new scientific research, worsening the serious ill health already suffered by billions of malnourished people.

The surprise consequence of fossil fuel burning is linked directly to the rise in CO2 levels which, unlike some of the predicted impacts of climate change, are undisputed. The field trials of wheat, rice, maize and soybeans showed that higher CO2 levels significantly reduced the levels of the essential nutrients iron and zinc, as well as cutting protein levels.

photo of rice paddiesphoto by jankie on FlickrRice being… more

by: The Guardian

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Why US Fracking Companies are Licking their Lips Over Ukraine – April 10, 2014

From climate change to Crimea, the natural gas industry is supreme at exploiting crisis for private gain – what I call the shock doctrine, writes Naomi Klein

The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.

Aerial view of a natural gas fieldPhoto by Peter Aengst/The Wilderness SocietyAerial view of the Jonah natural… more

by: The Guardian

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Call climate change what it is: violence – April 8, 2014

Social unrest and famine, superstorms and droughts. Places, species and human beings – none will be spared. Welcome to Occupy Earth

If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can… more

by: The Guardian

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Exxon Mobil’s Response to Climate Change is Consummate Arrogance – April 3, 2014

Oil and gas giant say climate policies are highly unlikely to stop it digging up fossil fuels. So what are we going to do about it?

Monday saw the release of the latest climate report from the planet’s scientists. Predictions of famine, flood, and so on – mostly what we already knew, in even more striking language.

gas flarePhoto © Copyright Richard Webb/ Licensed for reuse under this Creative CommonsExxon Mobil said that government restrictions that would force it to keep its reserves in the
ground were “highly unlikely,” and that they would not only dig them all up and burn them,
but would continue to search for more gas and oil.

But Monday also saw the release of another document somewhat less expected, and probably at… more

by: The Guardian

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Climate Change Report ‘Should Jolt People into Action,’ says IPCC Chief – March 31, 2014

UN science panel's chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, says report on impacts of rising temperatures should push leaders to act

The head of the United Nations climate panel said he hoped its report on the rising threat of climate change would “jolt people into action”.

photoname Photo by Kris Krüg for PopTechRajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he hoped the new report would
push government leaders to deal with climate change before it is too late.

The report, released on Monday, is a 2,600-page catalogue of the risks to life and livelihood from climate change – now and in the future.

Rajendra Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, said he hoped it would push government… more

by: The Guardian

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