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Temperatures rising above 118 degrees grounded some aircraft at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hot air was too thin to provide the lift they needed to take off successfully. Credit Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

 

Excess heat in Phoenix grounded more than 40 flights in recent days, and scientists say a warming climate could also mean more turbulent rides...

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On April 2, 2007, just over ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Environmental Protection Agency had the authority under the Clean Air Act to limit emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)...

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An Ethiopian coffee farmer picks coffee in his farm near Jimma, 375km south-west of Addis Ababa. Photograph: Sayyid Azim/AP

 

Rising temperatures are set to wipe out half of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing areas, with loss of certain locations likened to France losing a great wine region...

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‘For heatwaves, our options are now between bad or terrible,’ says the lead researcher behind the new study. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

 

Study shows risks have climbed steadily since 1980, and the number of people in danger will grow to 48% by 2100 even if emissions are drastically reduced...

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A home in the squatter settlement of Phrom Samrit, which occupies a small section of the Prem Prachakon canal in Bangkok, June 9, 2017. Residents say their homes were submerged for three months during the devastating floods of 2011 and that seasonal flooding has worsened since. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Thin Lei Win

 

Squatter communities along canals are no strangers to floods - but they are happening more often, and the concerns of the urban poor are being overlooked, say experts...

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Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican is silhouetted during sunset in Rome, March 11, 2013. Roman Catholic Cardinals will begin their conclave inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel Tuesday to elect a new pope. REUTERS/Paul Hanna
U.S. President Donald Trump is sending U.S. energy production "back to the past" with disastrous decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and to promote the coal industry, a senior Vatican official said on Friday...
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The author has hypothesized that more old-growth forests have been lost than the biosphere can bear...

 

As industrial human growth continues its relentless assault upon nature, at least nine unfolding global ecological catastrophes in addition to deadly climate change have the potential to destroy the biosphere. Any number of other environmental planetary boundaries such as biodiversity, water, soil, and ecosystem loss and diminishment has the potential to end being. The already substantial climate change movement must embrace a richer ecology ethic, morphing into a concerted effort to more broadly achieve global ecological sustainability...

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Warm Waters in West Antarctica 

A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes the atmospheric and oceanic processes that are causing ice loss in the Antarctic.

Thwaites Glacier flows out into the Amundsen Sea Embayment where it floats on the seawater. The underside is being melted by relatively warm water. Credit: NASA 

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Lake Powell, photographed April 12, 2017. The white ‘bathtub ring’ at the cliff base indicates how much higher the lake reached at its peak, nearly 100 feet above the current level. credit: Patti Weeks

 

It is critical to understand what is causing low levels of Colorado River water so water managers can make realistic water use and conservation plans...

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An Adélie penguin near the Antarctic’s McMurdo research station. Rising temperatures are putting the area’s ecosystem under threat. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

 

Rise in tourism and warmer climate bring house flies – and the growth of mosses in which they can live...

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credit: MGM

 

Tomgram: Michael Klare, "The Battle Lines of the Future"

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt had a genuine howler the other day.  On NBC’s Meet the Press, he said, “Since the fourth quarter of last year until most recently, we’ve added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month of May alone, almost 7,000 jobs.” Try instead maybe 1,000 jobs in the first four months of the Trump administration.  And just to be accurate, let’s add a few more numbers to the mix.  According to Department of Energy figures, the coal industry, which has been losing jobs for years, now has about 54,000 mining jobs and employs about 160,000 people in total.  To put that in context, solar power alone now employs 373,000 people part- or full-time in this country and yet represents only a small part of U.S. energy output, though it’s growing fast. 

A recent Sierra Club analysis of Energy Department job figures found that “nationally, clean energy jobs outnumber all fossil fuel jobs by over 2.5 to 1, and exceed all jobs in coal and gas by 5 to 1.” In addition, on surveying the country’s energy employment figures, on a state-by-state basis, the report found that “41 states and Washington, D.C. (80% of the total) have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs from all sources.” In addition, according to a report from the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program, “solar and wind jobs are growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the U.S. economy.”

And as TomDispatch regular Michael Klare points out today, this is the sector of the energy economy that Donald Trump, the self-styled “jobs president” (“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created”), essentially wants to shut down.  In other words, he’s ready to leave what could be one of the biggest job-generation machines on the planet -- renewable energy already employs an estimated 8.1 million people globally -- to the Chinese, the Germans, and other increasingly green-oriented countries.  In this context, consider Klare’s analysis of what a Trumpian new world order, organized around his own fossil fuel fixation, might look like and what it might mean for us all. Tom

Posted by Michael Klare at 4:41pm, June 11, 2017.
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A preliminary Digital Mapping Sensor image of a new rift in Greenland's Petermann Glacier. Image: NASA/DMS/Gary Hoffmann

 

A mysterious crack has been spreading across a giant Greenland glacier, and it's raising concerns that part of the floating ice shelf could splinter off into the ocean.

That could be bad...

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Icebergs off the Newfoundland coast shift the focus to Search and Rescue. Image: By Gérald Tapp, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Canadian scientists have to think again as unusual Arctic warmth puts shipping at risk and icebergs freeze climate research plans...

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Episodes of widespread melting are likely to happen more frequently in Antarctica in the years ahead, the authors of a new study say. Credit: ARM Climate Research Facility/CC BY-NC-SA-2.0

 

Warm El Niño conditions fueled melting across an expanse twice the size of California. There may have been rainfall, as well, a new study says...

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On June 1, the White House announced that the US would begin the process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and end the climate crisis...

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