More than one-third of the coral is dead in parts of Great Barrier Reef

June 2, 2016 by  
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The news about the bleaching event taking place in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef just keeps getting worse. Researchers have reported that in the northern and central regions of the reef, at least 35% of the bleached corals have died. In some areas the rate is as high as 50%. There is a little good news, though. The southern portion of the iconic landmark seems to have escaped the worst, with many of the corals beginning to recover their color. This is the third major bleaching event in the past 18 years for the reef, and the most extensive so far. Scientists are blaming the poor condition of the reef on a number of environmental factors, including water pollution and global warming. With the Australian government considering approval for new coal mines nearby in Queensland, the situation could become even more dire. Related: Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching is now more widespread than ever Though this year’s bleaching has been linked to unusually warm waters due to El Niño, Professor Terry Hughes of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University calls the staggering statistics “a huge wake up call” and warns that it’s unlikely the corals will be able to fully recover before a fourth or fifth bleaching event takes place. Environmental advocates warn that unless action is taken immediately to slow global warming, much of the world’s coral may vanish . Via Slashdot Images via ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

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Swedish rnsro Timber Town relies on wood to lower its carbon footprint

June 2, 2016 by  
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Created in collaboration with Slättö Förvaltning , the approximately 18,000-square-meter Örnsro Timber Town comprises residential units as well as plazas and other structures for social meetings and recreation. The solid timber-framed buildings will be built to a variety of heights for visual interest. Residents and visitors will be encouraged to walk or bike through the neighborhood along the ‘activity route’ that snakes through the quarter and connects to existing promenade sections along Svartån creek. Related: C.F. Møller’s Solar-Powered Wood Skyscraper Wins HSB Stockholm Architecture Competition “We wish to create an including urban quarter in which the city’s urban and social qualities interact with the park’s organic structures. The proposal illustrates a vision with the objective to create an exciting place in Örebro, of unique value, with innovative architecture ,” said Ola Jonsson, the project architect at C.F. Møller. “For us, it is an obvious choice to choose solid wood for structure as well as façades of wood. In addition to contributing positively to the environment, wood gives us new opportunities to create innovative and value-creating architecture.” + C.F. Møller Images via C.F. Møller

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Donald Trump believes California farmers who say "there is no drought"

May 31, 2016 by  
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Climate denier Donald Trump makes no bones about the fact that he doesn’t believe humans are contributing to climate change, calling it a ‘hoax’ proctored by the Chinese. Now he’s adding another scientific fact to the list of things he doesn’t believe in : the severe drought that has plagued California for the past five years. In a speech in Fresno on Friday, Trump claimed that a group of “50 or 60 farmers” told him, right before he took the stage, that “there is no drought.” And the Republican presidential candidate says he believes it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC-W971AeF4 In the clip above, Trump recounts his conversation with farmers, saying that he asked them how bad the drought was. They told him, he says, “There is no drought, they turn the water out into the ocean.” Trump said that, after 30 minutes of discussion, he believes what the farmers told him. To be clear, Trump never actually says there is no drought, but by quoting others who have allegedly said it and saying he agrees, we can all agree that’s pretty much the same thing. Related: Donald Trump vows to nix Paris climate deal and pave way for Keystone XL pipeline Anyone who has been paying attention knows that he’s wrong about this. California is suffering a very real and very devastating drought. There simply isn’t “plenty of water,” as Trump quotes farmers allegedly telling him. Some 95 percent of the state is enduring drier than average conditions, and 20 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions deemed “exceptional” by the Western Regional Climate Center, which has been closely monitoring the drought for years. Even Fresno, the city in which Trump came out of the closet as a drought denier last week, is experiencing drought conditions that rank in the “extreme” to “exceptional” range. Across the state, hundreds of thousands of acres of farmlands have turned fallow , millions of trees have lost canopy water , and rampant wildfires have raged , fueled by drier than normal brush. Not even the wet El Niño season could provide much relief, although it has helped contribute to the snowpack in the northern part of the state. It continues to be difficult to tell whether Trump is on a mission to spread misinformation and foster distrust in science, or if the man is just very, very confused. Either way, we wonder what will he will deny next. Is gravity also a hoax, Donald? Via Slate Images via Donald J Trump/Facebook and  U.S. Drought Monitor

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China added half of new global wind power capacity in 2015

May 31, 2016 by  
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China is making massive investments in clean energy as the government works to meet climate targets and clean up polluted cities. According to a new report , China installed 30.5 gigawatts of wind power in 2015 – which accounts for nearly half of all new global wind energy installations. The most populous country in the world beat the United States in second place by a wide margin — the U.S. installed 8.6 GW, while third place Germany installed 6.1 GW. Brazil and India each installed 2.6 GW. “After focusing on increasing its installed capacity, China’s 13th Five Year Plan has raised the 2020 wind target to 250 GW, and aims to shift the focus from scale expansion towards quality and efficiency,” said Ankit Mathur, GlobalData’s Practice Head for Power. “Indeed, the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) market in China, and all over the world, is poised for a growth phase.” Related: China puts the brakes on construction of 200 coal-fired power plants GlobalData predicts that China will maintain its position as the top nation for wind energy, installing 23 GW in 2016. The firm also predicts that China’s installed wind capacity will triple by 2030, increasing total capacity from 149 GW last year to 495 GW. But China is not just installing huge amounts of wind in its borders. The country is venturing into other markets, including the U.S. and U.K. Goldwind, the world’s largest wind turbine manufacturer, recently announced that it bought the Rattlesnake Wind Project in Texas. The wind farm will consist of 64 of Goldwind’s 2.5-megawatt wind turbines. The U.K.’s first Chinese-backed offshore wind farm is moving forward . And the 588-megawatt Beatrice project off the northwest coast of Scotland is expected to be completed in 2019. + GlobalData report Via Climate Action News Images via Wikipedia

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El Niño is dwindling, but anti-Niño is coming for us next

February 19, 2016 by  
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It is all over too soon. After weirding out weather all around the world, this winter’s monstrous El Niño may be on its way out. Though more data is still forthcoming, NOAA has described this year’s El Niño as at least on par with the 1997-1998 El Niño event, the strongest on record. As El Niño bids us farewell for a few years, a brief period of calm will be followed by a reactionary natural force called La Niña. Sometimes described as the anti-Niño, La Niña is expected to cool sea surface temperatures where El Niño had warmed them. The effects of such a shift may strike weather-weary humans and ecosystems with whiplash. Read the rest of El Niño is dwindling, but anti-Niño is coming for us next

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Watch frozen ice sheets from Lake Superior float ashore like shards of glass

February 19, 2016 by  
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Mother Nature put on a dramatic show this past week when massive solid ice sheets piled up like broken shards of glass on the shores of Lake Superior – in Duluth, Minnesota. Nature photographer and videographer Dawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery captured the striking moment. Watch the video below and be sure to pump up the volume to experience the full effect. Read the rest of Watch frozen ice sheets from Lake Superior float ashore like shards of glass

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Farmer wanted to grow food on the world’s most remote inhabited island

February 19, 2016 by  
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Tristan da Cunha is a remote island that most people have never heard about, but that might change thanks to a recent job posting. The world’s most remote inhabited island , situated in the South Atlantic, is in need of an Agriculture Advisor. If your dream job involves orchard planning, crop rotation, and animal husbandry, this could be the gig for you. Read the rest of Farmer wanted to grow food on the world’s most remote inhabited island

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Bolivia’s second largest lake has completely dried up

January 15, 2016 by  
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Last month, Lake Poopó, a saltwater lake high in the Andes mountains, disappeared off the face of the map . In the 1990s the lake held at least 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of water. While the water levels sometimes fluctuated due to drought or seasonal conditions, it never lasted for long.  But climate change has led to more and more years without rain, and the lake gradually continued to shrink. Read the rest of Bolivia’s second largest lake has completely dried up

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Lose yourself inside the Abyss Table’s mesmerizing ocean depths

January 15, 2016 by  
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It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history

January 11, 2016 by  
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The numbers are in: last year was the second hottest year ever recorded in US history – and the hottest in world history. Since 1895, temperatures in the States have steadily risen to an average of 54.4?, which is 2.4? warmer than the 20th century average. At one degree higher, 2012 still reigns as the hottest recorded year in the US. Globally, 2015 is now the record holder for the most scorching year, having dethroned 2014’s record. The phrase “we are in hot water” seems disturbingly fitting right now. Read the rest of It’s official: 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history

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