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

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 issue—and the word “fart” 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] “even AOC can’t blame this one on the cow fartsNew

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everyone knows it’s windyNew

“CLI­MATE CHANGE FOR THE BETTER” is not a slogan we hear often, if at all. Any silver lining that can be found in the dark cloud of global cli­mate change seems to be ex­ceed­ingly rare. But not non-existent, as wit­ness this head­line: “Off­shore Wind Is on the Brink of Be­coming So Cheap, the UK Will Pay People to Use It” by Dharna Noor for the Giz­modo web­site (“We come from the fu­ture”). [Read more] “everyone knows it’s windyNew

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pink snow observed on presena glacier in italyNew

MOST OF US HAVE SEEN BLUE ICE but what about pink ice? The head­line of the ar­ticle that at­tracted spurred me on to write this ar­ticle is “Algae turns Italian Alps pink, prompting con­cerns over melting.” It ap­pears on The Guardian web­site and was con­tributed by Agence France-Press (July 5, 2020). [Read more] “pink snow observed on presena glacier in italyNew

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“doomsday glacier” could make millions of Americans homelessNew

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] ““doomsday glacier” could make millions of Americans homelessNew

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

THIS AR­TI­CLES ON THE THWAITES GLACIER in West Antarc­tica 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.”

[Read more] “one melting glacier could mean an eleven foot rise in sea levelNew
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lonesome george, the pinta island tortoise, has the “perfect” extinction storyNew

THE LAST OF THE PINTA IS­LAND TOR­TOISES died in 2012. Known as Lone­some George, his story is “the per­fect ex­tinc­tion story. It fea­tures a charis­matic char­acter with a rec­og­niz­able face, an ob­vious vil­lain, and the tire­less ef­forts of nat­u­ral­ists. The pop­u­la­tion of the Pinta Is­land tor­toise species was dec­i­mated by whalers hunting and eating them during the 19th cen­tury Zo­ol­o­gist József Vágvölgyi dis­cov­ered George in 1971 and brought him into cap­tivity. [Read more] “lonesome george, the pinta island tortoise, has the “perfect” extinction storyNew

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a few must-read books about global climate changeNew

THE CLI­MATE RE­ALITY PROJECT has a list of “Five Must-Read Books About the Cli­mate Crisis” (Oc­tober 29, 2019). Ac­cording to the blurb on their web­site, “It’s the per­fect time of year to curl up with a great new book, so be sure to add these cli­mate must-reads to your list.

[Read more] “a few must-read books about global climate changeNew
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some rightwing lunatics really hate this teenagerNew

CLI­MATE AC­TIVIST GRETA THUN­BERG is back in the news but not in a manner that she is en­joying. Ac­cording to the ar­ticle “Trolls Force Artist to Cancel a Planned Greta Thun­berg Mural in North Dakota” by Yessenia Funes for Giz­modo (Feb­ruary 13, 2020), local artist/photographer Shane Balkow­itsch took por­traits of Thun­berg in Oc­tober 2019 when she was vis­iting mem­bers of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. [Read more] “some rightwing lunatics really hate this teenagerNew