even AOC can’t blame this one on the cow farts

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WHAT DOES ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ have to do with cow farts or methane? Well, I wanted a hu­morous title to catch the read­er’s attention—especially given the se­ri­ous­ness of the—and the word “farts” catches a lot of folk’s at­ten­tion. As for AOC, you will have to wait until the post­script below to find out how she is as­so­ci­ated with bovine flat­u­lence. READ MORE

“doomsday glacier” could make millions of Americans homeless

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THIS IS THE SECOND OF TWO ARTICLES ad­dressing the Thwaites glacier in West Antarc­tica. It is based on the ar­ticle “Re­ally, Re­ally Bad: Sci­en­tists Raise Alarm Over Warm Ocean Water Be­neath Doomsday Glacier in Antarc­tica” by Julia Conley for the Common Dreams web­site. The sub-headline for this piece reads, “Warm wa­ters in this part of the world, as re­mote as they may seem, should serve as a warning to all of us about the po­ten­tial dire changes to the planet brought about by cli­mate change.” READ MORE

one melting glacier could mean an eleven foot rise in sea level

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THIS IS THE FIRST OF TWO ARTICLES ad­dressing the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarc­tica. It is based on the ar­ticle “If Thwaites Glacier col­lapses, it would change global coast­lines for­ever” by Car­olyn Beeler for The World web­site. The sub-headline for this piece reads, “Sci­en­tists fear the col­lapse of Thwaites Glacier could one day desta­bi­lize sur­rounding glac­iers and even­tu­ally trigger up to 11 feet of global sea-level rise.”

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is India becoming the land of bachelors?

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DROUGHT IN INDIA is changing the way mar­riages are arranged: Men seeking wives are paying large fees to traf­fickers while wives seeking hus­bands are being made promises and get­ting duped into mar­riages. Ac­cording to the ar­ticle “No Water, No Wife: How Cli­mate Change is Linked to Traf­ficking” (Freedom United, Au­gust 5, 2019), wells and other sources of water have dried up, forcing people to walk miles for water in India. READ MORE

a driver of global sea level rise

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FROM THE ARTICLE “A New Map is the Best View Yet of How Fast Antarc­tica is Shed­ding Ice” by Maria Tem­ming for Sci­ence News (Au­gust 5, 2019): “A new map based on satel­lite radar data re­veals the ve­locity of ice flow across Antarc­tica from areas of high el­e­va­tion to the coasts. In­land ice moves in­cred­ibly slowly—much of it plods along at fewer than 10 me­ters per year. READ MORE