Monthly Archives: May 2013

US Taxpayers Being Taxed For Climate Change

When Congress debates the federal budget, climate change rarely gets mentioned as a deficit driver. Yet paying for climate disruption was one of the largest non-defense discretionary budget items in 2012, finds a new analysis by the Natural Resources Defense … Continue reading

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Even Without Climate Meltdown, Human Meltdown Likely – Study

Some of the most extreme predictions of global warming are unlikely to materialise, new scientific research suggests, but the world is still likely to be in for a temperature rise of double that regarded as safe, reports Fiona Harvey at … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Unsustainable Irrigation Drying Up US Cropland

The High Plains aquifer is shrinking and in some parts drying up, turning midwest cropland into dusty fields, reports  Michael Wines at the New York Times. The reasons are basically two-fold: market prices for corn have driven farmers to plant … Continue reading

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China Starting to Enact Caps on Carbon Emissions

In an effort to cap carbon emissions, China unveiled its first pilot carbon-trading program, which will begin soon in the southern city of Shenzhen, reports Jonathan Kaiman at the UK Guardian. The trading scheme will cover 638 companies responsible for … Continue reading

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Water Shortages Drying Up Economic Growth in China

As China continues its rapid economic expansion, the country faces an increasing shortage of water that threatens its economic growth, reports Leslie Hook at the Financial Times. China’s per capita water resources are, on average, about 25 percent of the … Continue reading

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The Amazon Water Cycle Has Become More Extreme

The Amazon River’s hydrological cycle has become more extreme over the past two decades with increasing seasonal precipitation across much of the basin despite drier conditions in the southern parts of Earth’s largest rainforest, finds a new study published in … Continue reading

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Rainforest Dams Need Rainforests For Water

Deforestation may significantly decrease the hydroelectric potential of tropical rainforest regions, warns a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, reports Rhett Butler at Mongabay. The study used climate, hydrological, and land use models to forecast … Continue reading

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