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Incoming RI President challenges Rotary clubs to make a difference

Incoming Rotarian International President Ian Riseley announced his theme for 2017-2018 at the International Assembly in San Diego, California. Rotary: Making a Difference! As reported on Rotary International's website , he said, "“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and...

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The Vertical Farm - Growing crops in the city, without soil or natural light

One of the major challenges facing our planet is how to feed our growing population. Enter, the vertical farm. The New Yorker (January 9, 2017) has a wonderful article describing the idea. Lots of food for thought. That is, nourishes the mind, the spirit and the body! Read all the...

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Why Coal Plant Closings Will Continue

The appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reveals that President-elect Trump is dead serious about his campaign promises to rein in environmental regulations and revive the coal industry. Pruitt is a vocal critic of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which seeks...

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Meet Myron Ebell - Leading the Transition of the US Environmental Protection Agency

As Trump now begins the process of staffing his administration, his pick to head the transition team at the EPA, Myron Ebell , offers more insight into the futur e of U.S. climate policy. “There are holdouts among the urban bicoastal elite,” Ebell told FRONTLINE, “but I think we’ve won...

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Climate News with President Elect Trump

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A Radical Choice

We have about a 50 percent chance of keeping global temperatures from rising dangerously higher than those of preindustrial times—if we leave most of the world’s remaining supply of oil, gas, and coal unearthed and unburned between now and 2050, according to a study published this week in the journal...

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Adding Seaweed to Cattle Food Reduces Methane

If we add dried seaweed to 2 percent of sheep and cattle feed, we could cut methane emissions by more than 70 percent, scientists have found. With livestock responsible for 44 percent of all human-caused methane - a gas that has 36 times the global warming potential of CO2 -...

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How Fast Can Glaciers Collapse?

When Glaciers Transform Into Deadly 150-mph Avalanches After happening only once in the 100-year record, catastrophic glacial collapse occurred twice in Tibet this summer. It took less than seven minutes. On the morning of September 20, 2002, the Kolka Glacier sat in a gently sloping valley on the Russia-Georgia border...

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How Fast Is Greenland Melting?

If the climate keeps warming the way it has, Greenland may finally live up to its name (which was probably bestowed on it by some colorblind viking). The island’s glacier-crusted surface is melting, and a lot of this is from balmier atmospheric temperatures. But as the saying goes, that’s just...

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Germany Considering Banning Fossil Fuel-Powered Cars

Germany, home of global automotive giants Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, is on the road to banning gas and diesel engines from its highways and byways. The Bundesrat, the upper house of Germany’s parliament, passed a resolution on Monday that calls for the elimination of vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel engines...

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