Scientists Are Clear: Big Winter Storms Influenced by Warming Planet
Warmer oceans and atmosphere likely contributing to the two to three feet of snowfall expected to blanket much of the Northeast
LAUREN MCCAULEY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/27/15 | ENV
Such conditions come as no surprise to many climate scientists due to increasingly warmer ocean and atmospheric temperatures as a result of human-driven climate change …"Big snowfall, big rainstorms, we've been saying this for years … More very large events becoming more common is what you would expect with climate change, particularly in the Northeast."
Obama Proposal to Open Atlantic Waters to Oil and Gas Drilling Slammed As 'Horrible''
Despite the continued rhetoric by the president, his administration continues to push us in the wrong direction of climate change.'
SARAH LAZARE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/27/15 | ENV
"From the perspective of the Atlantic Coast, this is horrible," Bill Snape, senior counsel to the Center for Biological Diversity, told Common Dreams. "This is an area that has been off limits to drilling, and the reason is that no one but the oil industry wants drilling there.
The rate of sea-level rise is ‘far worse than previously thought,’ study says
TERRENCE MCCOY | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 01/24/15 | OOI
Researchers have come up with a new and improved way of measuring the rise in the sea level … It has yielded what appears to be a much more accurate picture of the oceans and suggests previous studies had severely underestimated the acceleration of recent sea rise.
Connecting the Dots for the Future
CHRIS RIGER | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 01/24/15 | OOI
Since it is likely that the new MVC director may be required in the next year, for instance, to spearhead a top-notch vulnerability assessment for all the Island towns, the search committee may have more work to do in the area of self-education and more clarity to bring to the next phase of the selection process.
‘Hottest Year’ Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts
JOE ROMM | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 01/24/15 | TS
“Scientists have long suspected that extra ocean heat uptake has slowed the rise of global average temperatures ... But the heat uptake is by no means permanent: when the trade wind strength returns to normal –- as it inevitably will –- our research suggests heat will quickly accumulate in the atmosphere."
Sound the retreat
Chilmark is looking at a term relatively new to us — managed retreat
CHRIS MURPHY | MVTIMES.COM | 01/24/15 | OOI
Over the past several years, we have put more than $50 million dollars into the three bridges, all on barrier beaches, that lead into Oak Bluffs, and not a dime into the Barnes Road/County Road access that is the only one that will be passable in a major storm.
A Lump of Coal for Fossil Fuels
Anyone who stopped investing in the fossil fuel industries had an inherent financial advantage in 2014
EMILY SCHWARTZ GRECO | OTHERWORDS.ORG | 01/24/15 | DR
Divestment foes also claim that the movement probably won’t directly hurt asset prices for fossil fuels. That’s beside the point now. The oil, gas, and coal industries are pulling the rug out from under their own assets by drilling and mining more than the market can bear.
Talk to the Hand: Engagement With Fossil Fuel Companies Offers Little Promise
SHELLEY ALPERN | TRIPPLEPUNDIT.COM | 01/24/15 | DR
As a long-time shareholder activist, I’ve spent more time than I can calculate filing shareholder proposals and engaging in conversation with fossil fuel companies, often in collaboration with major pension funds with large positions in such companies … Decades of such engagement, however, have produced strikingly little result.
Sea level correction
Increase has been more intense than previously understood, study says
PETER REUELL | NEWS.HARVARD.EDU | 01/17/15 | TS
“Melting ice sheets cause global mean sea level to rise. Understanding this contribution is critical in a warming world.” … "Unfortunately, our new lower rate of sea-level rise prior to 1990 means that the sea-level acceleration that resulted in higher rates over the last 20 years is really much larger than anyone thought.”
Dear Pope An Open Video letter from the survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan
PEOPLE SURGE | DEARPOPE.ORG | 01/17/15 | A
The Pope is preparing to issue a historic call to action on climate change to 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. In preparation he is visiting the island of Leyte in the Philippines, the region devastated by 2013's Typhoon Yolanda, the strongest typhoon in history.
Harvard defies divestment campaigners and invests tens of millions of dollars in fossil fuels
Campaigners protest over ‘blood money’ investments that come ahead of a lawsuit brought by students over Harvard’s refusal to divest from companies that cause climate change
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 01/17/15 | DR
The new investments increased Harvard’s stake in oil and gas companies – including those involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and fracking – from $11.8m (£7.8m) to about $79.5m, according to an analysis of (SEC) filings by campus divestment activists. … “It is making money out of something we see as fundamentally illicit.”
That Was Easy: In Just 60 Years, Neoliberal Capitalism Has Nearly Broken Planet Earth
Pair of new studies show how various forms of human activity, driven by a flawed economic system and vast consumption, is laying waste to Earth's natural systems
JON QUEALLY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/17/15 | E
"When we first aggregated these datasets, we expected to see major changes but what surprised us was the timing. Almost all graphs show the same pattern. The most dramatic shifts have occurred since 1950. We can say that around 1950 was the start of the Great Acceleration," says Steffen.
Updated Ocean Plan Steps Back from Sand Mining, Protects Sea Ducks
OLIVIA HULL | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 01/17/15 | OOI
Instead, it calls for the formation of a task force which will take a step back … “I think, wisely, they listened to all the people, including the people from here, who were very thoughtful and very proactive in making those concerns known,” said Martha’s Vineyard Commission coastal planner Jo-Ann Taylor.
Pope Francis on climate change: “It is man who continuously slaps down nature”
The Pope is going to bat for climate action
LINDSAY ABRAMS | SALON.COM | 01/17/15 | A
“We have, in a sense, lorded it over nature, over Sister Earth, over Mother Earth,” he continued. “I think man has gone too far. Thank God that today there are voices that are speaking out about this.”
Stanford professors urge withdrawal from fossil fuel investments
Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 01/17/15 | DR
“The alternative – for Stanford to remain invested in oil and gas companies – presents us with a paradox: if a university seeks to educate extraordinary youth so they may achieve the brightest possible future, what does it mean for that university simultaneously to invest in the destruction of that future?
NASA: Tropical Forests Key to Fighting Greenhouse Gases
New study finds tropical forests absorbing more carbon dioxide than previously thought
NADIA PRUPIS | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/17/15 | TS
"This is good news, because uptake in boreal forests is already slowing, while tropical forests may continue to take up carbon for many years," said Dr. David Schimel, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior research scientist and lead author of a paper on the study.
Town's Ban on Herbicides in Squibnocket Pond Upheld in Legal Action
JANE SEAGRAVE | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 01/17/15 | OOI
Chilmark town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport called the decision “a victory for the town’s right to protect its own natural resources,” and credited state Rep. Timothy Madden and Sen. Daniel Wolf with championing the town’s interests in the legislature.
Carbon Counterattack: How Big Oil Is Responding
to the Anti-Carbon Moment
These companies are not just employing conventional legal and corporate tactics to protect their position, they’re mounting a moral assault of their own
MICHAEL T. KLARE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/11/15 | E
Preventing these catastrophes will involve sustained and dedicated effort … This will certainly require better educating people about the risks of climate change and the role played by fossil fuel combustion … But it will also require deconstructing and exposing the futuristic fantasies deployed by the fossil fuel companies to perpetuate their dominance.
Charlie Baker appoints controversial new energy team
Environmental advocates fear shift from Patrick’s policies
DAVID ABEL | BOSTONGLOBE.COM | 01/15/15 | OOI
An unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress who campaigned against government regulations, a former lobbyist for the region’s fossil fuel industry, and a senior executive at one of the state’s largest power companies will oversee energy policy for Governor Charlie Baker, administration officials said Monday.
Why the U.S./China Climate Deal Is Bad News for Climate
The world's two biggest polluters shouldn't be setting the terms for global climate talks
WALDEN BELLO | FPIF.ORG | 01/11/15 | PP
In short, the unilateral and non-transparent process of setting voluntary emissions cuts dashed hopes for setting up a more rigorous climate regime — one based on mandatory emissions cuts … “another fatal step in the strategic retreat from the Kyoto Protocol,” which had bound the developed countries to mandatory emissions cuts.
NStar, National Grid Sever Contracts With Cape Wind
ALEX ELVIN | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 01/12/15 | OOI
“It would be a travesty if delays caused by an interest group funded by one of the Koch brothers could stop a project that would make Massachusetts a leader in offshore wind and create good jobs and help mitigate climate change,” referring to the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound.
Earth Focus: Young Voices for the Planet
EARTH FOCUS | LINKTV.ORG | 01/15/15 | BC
Video Documentary on work of Lynne Cherry
I came to realize that if I shared with them success stories of other kids … when kids are engaged like that … I wanted to show kids they had power and I could do that by sharing their stories, what they were doing!
Search Is on for New MVC Director
OLIVIA HULL | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 01/14/15 | OOI
A nationwide search has begun for a new executive director for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, the regional planning agency for Dukes County. Candidates can apply for the position through the Collins Center website through Feb. 13. Once the applications are in, the Collins Center will conduct a preliminary screening.
The Research Is In: Regulations Alone Won’t Save Us From Climate Disaster
WENONAH HAUTER | FOODANDWATERWATCH.ORG | 01/14/15 | PP
There’s an implicit budget for methane emissions too, but widespread drilling and fracking would likewise break that limit. The EPA plans to issue regulations for methane leaking due to drilling and fracking, but this industry cannot be regulated properly … Policymakers would like to pretend they can have their cake and eat it too.
President Obama Needs to Follow the Empire State's Leadership on Banning Fracking
MARK RUFFALO | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/1/15 | PP
You may ask why President Obama had Interior Secretary Jewell be the one to publicly push back on New York's fracking ban. The answer is likely simple. She is currently polishing up regulations to frack our national forests and federal lands, expected soon. This has to stop.
No to Cyanide and Fracking, from Romania to Brussels
I didn’t walk to Brussels to solve a Romanian issue
NICK MEYNEN | THISCHANGESEVERYTHING.ORG | 01/12/15 | A
My experience is not important—my message is important. The people resisting fracking in Romania are the ones who are suffering. In Pungesti they received fines for protesting and were detained … We need a Europe-wide ban on fracking and cyanide mining, and we’re building a movement to get it.
Keystone XL looking more unlikely than ever, despite House vote to approve this dirty energy project
SUSAN CASEY-LEFKOWITZ | SWITCHBOARD.NRDC.ORG | 01/09/15 | PP
Much has been made of the jobs issue and hopefully some of the recent pieces on the jobs numbers make it clear that far from being an economic engine, Keystone XL is likely to hurt critical jobs in our heartland … clean energy jobs is and should be the way of the future.
A Pipeline and a Pie in the Sky
TIMOTHY EGAN | NYTIMES.COM | 01/09/15 | PP
The Koch brothers Congress, purchased with the help of about $100 million from the political network of the billionaire energy producers, got down to its first order of business this week: trying to hold off the future … The 114th Congress is trying to rush through the Keystone XL pipeline.
Playing Dumb on Climate Change
NAOMI ORESKES | NYTIMES.COM | 01/09/15 | TS
In the case of climate change, we are not dumb at all. We know that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, we know that its concentration in the atmosphere has increased by about 40 percent since the industrial revolution, and we know the mechanism by which it warms the planet.
Acclaimed author Louise Erdrich ’76 writes complicated stories that illuminate issues confronting Native Americans and society at large. Now she’s speaking out to save the planet.
KEVIN NANCE | DARTMOUTHALUMNIMAGAZINE.COM | 01/09/15 | BC
“Have you ever been in a relationship where you took someone for granted … and then, all of a sudden, boom—you got dumped? That’s the relationship we’re in right now with the earth. But if the earth dumps us, we all do die of broken hearts.”
Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges
New research is first to identify which reserves must not be burned to keep global temperature rise under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all Canadian tar sands
DAMIAN CARRINGTON | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 01/08/15 | E
New analysis calls into question the gigantic sums of private and government investment being ploughed into exploration for new fossil fuel reserves … “In 2013, fossil fuel companies spent some $670bn (£443bn) on exploring for new oil and gas resources. One might ask why they are doing this”.
Citing Next Generations, Lawsuits Demand Courts Recognize 'Mind-Blowing' Climate Impacts
'There are laws of nature that we have to comply with,' says legal scholar on final episode of Moyers & Company. 'And those laws are supreme.'
DEIRDRE FULTON | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/05/15 | A
"If this nation relies on a stable climate system, and the very habitability of this nation and all of the liberties of young people and their survival interests are at stake the courts need to force the agencies and the legislatures to simply do their job." - Mary Christina Wood, University of Oregon Law School
Young Voices For The Planet
Speaking out, creating solutions, leading the change
LYNNE CHERRY | YOUNGVOICESONCLIMATECHANGE.COM | 01/01/15 | A
"It’s more, I feel, an ethical problem than an environmental problem because we all have the power to change, reduce our carbon footprint" … "If the adults don’t want to take responsibility for stopping global warming than us kids are gonna have to step in and take the reins."
Despite Climate Warnings, New Export Rules Open Crude Oil Floodgates
The loosened regulations will reportedly 'please domestic oil drillers, foreign trade partners, and some Republicans'
DEIRDRE FULTON | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/01/15 | PP
As Andy Rowell, of Oil Change International, pointed out in October, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has recommended against lifting the ban, saying greenhouse gas emissions would rise if the ban was lifted—an outcome with serious implications for the climate and environment.
Climate change wrecks havoc at Mount Rainier
THE OLYMPIAN | THEOLYMPIAN.COM | 01/01/15 | PP
Park managers struggle to respond to the challenge of climate change. It’s not clear what they are supposed to do. Chronic underfunding of studies to better understand climate change and geologic hazards in the park make matters worse … Our national parks represent case studies of a changing earth.
On 'Moral' Grounds, Pope to Push for Action on Climate Change in 2015
In March, pope will issue an 'encyclical' on the subject of climate change and human ecology to world's 1.2 billion Catholics
DEIRDRE FULTON | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 01/01/15 | BC
"Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial decisions," Sorondo told Cafod, the Catholic development agency, at a meeting in London. "The idea is to convene a meeting with leaders of the main religions to make all people aware of the state of our climate and the tragedy of social exclusion.
Op-Ed: Commentary: MVC planner, not climate czar needed
JB RIGGS PARKER | MVTIMES.COM| 01/01/15 | OOI
I am a little put off by last week’s commentary … by the directors of 350 Martha’s Vineyard Island (350MVI) that the most important thing for the next director of the MVC to deal with is “climate change/global warming.” The MVC is a regional organization. Can our Island region change climates? Or cool the earth?
FRANK BRUNELLE | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 01/01/15 | 00I
Population will start to decrease as we reach our resource limits and as climate change begins to affect our low-lying planetary population centers … It seems pretty obvious that we should not be planning for increased tourism, but rather to decrease or at least keep it at the same levels.
Climate change will drive trout from some North Country lakes
BRIAN MANN | NORTHCOUNTRYPUBLICRADIO.ORG | 01/01/15 | ENV
Researchers fear dozens of lakes and ponds could grow too warm for trout. Lake trout need cold water to survive and scientists have already recorded lake water temperature increases in the Adirondack Park. The report is called "Lake Trout and Climate Change in the Adirondacks: Status and long-term viability.
State's drought having pronounced effect on wildlife
VERONICA ROCHA | LATIMES.COM | 01/01/15 | ENV
Starving baby squirrels in parts of Northern California are so hungry that they are jumping out of their nests to search for food and getting lost on the way home. The increase in suddenly motherless squirrels is just one example of how the state's prolonged drought has affected wildlife, experts say.
What Climate Change Asks of Us: Moral Obligation, Mobilization and Crisis Communication
MARGARET KLEIN | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 12/24/14 | A
Climate change is a crisis, and crises alter morality … If this horrific destructive force is to be abated, it will be due to the efforts of people who are currently alive. The future of humanity falls to us. This is an unprecedented moral responsibility, and we are by and large failing to meet it.
Everything’s Coming Together While Everything Falls Apart: The Climate for 2015
REBECCA SOLNIT | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 12/24/14 | A
Americans are skilled at that combination of complacency and despair that assumes things cannot change and that we, the people, do not have the power to change them … As it happens, the planet’s changing climate now demands that we summon up the energy to leave behind the Age of Fossil Fuel.
Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks
THOMAS KAPLAN/JESSE McKINLEY | NYTIMES.COM | 12/17/14 | ENV
Dr. Zucker listed concerns about water contamination and air pollution, and said there was insufficient scientific evidence to affirm the long-term safety of fracking. Dr. Zucker said his review boiled down to a simple question: Would he want to live in a community that allowed fracking? He said the answer was no.
Is It Bad Enough Yet?
MARK BITTMAN | NYTIMES.COM | 12/17/14 | A
You can’t fix climate change or the environment without stopping the unlimited exploitation of natural and human resources … Everything affects everything. It’s all tied together … A just and righteous system will have a positive impact on everything we care about, just as an unjust, exploitative system makes everything worse.
Why #BlackLivesMatter Should Transform the Climate Debate
What would governments do if black and brown lives counted as much as white lives?
NAOMI KLEIN | HENATION.COM | 12/17/14 | PP
The grossly unequal distribution of climate impacts is not some little-understood consequence of the failure to control carbon emissions. It is the result of a series of policy decisions the governments of wealthy countries have made—and continue to make—with full knowledge of the facts and in the face of strenuous objections.
Earth's 7th Warmest November Puts 2014 on Pace to be Warmest Year on Record: NOAA
DR. JEFF MASTERS | WUNDERGROUND.COM | 12/17/14 | TS
November ended a 3-month streak with record warm monthly temperatures—all the warmest such months on record. Global ocean temperatures during November 2014 were the warmest on record. This marks the seventh month in a row (beginning in May 2014) that the global ocean temperature broke its monthly temperature record.
We Could See More And More ‘Hot Droughts’ Like California’s
CHRISTIE ASCHWANDEN | FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.COM | 12/16/14 | TS
“Scientists have attributed this unusual heat largely to human-caused global warming” … It’s the heat that makes “hot” droughts like California’s so severe, Griffin said. “We are fairly confident that we’re going to see increasing temperatures” in coming years, he said, and that means that we’re likely to see more droughts like California’s.
Rights of Present and Future Generations at Risk After Lima
NIRANJALI AMERASINGHE | CIEL.ORG | 12/17/14 | PP
“Acknowledging climate change as one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time, over 200 organizations have called for rights to be fully integrated in these negotiations and in the new climate agreement,” said Alyssa Johl, Senior Attorney at CIEL. “However, the Lima outcome does not adequately respond to these calls.”
Late deal in Lima saves UN climate talks from collapse
Hopes for 2015 agreement to slow global warming remain alive after dramatic late deal in Peru
ED KING | RTCC.ORG | 12/17/14 | PP
It also offered a new interpretation of the contentious principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, adding “in light of different national circumstances,” a phrase used in the recent US-China climate pact … an “important breakthrough” … national actions would now be judged on their historical responsibility for emissions, their respective capacity and current circumstances.
The Lima Accord: A Great Success or More Climate Catastrophe?
THEREALNEWS.COM | 12/17/14 | PP
350.org's Co-founder Jamie Henn says nations are not yet committing enough money to thwart climate change, and that next year's Paris conference will be a referendum on the planet's future
UN climate change talks: what do NGOs think about the Lima Accord?
An agreement was finally reached in Lima’s climate talks late last night. But what do NGOs think about what was achieved?
ANNA LEACH/MARIA EVRENOS | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 12/16/14 | PP
“For developing countries this was no outcome at all … no new money to help them adapt to climate impacts or transition to cleaner economies … no assurance that they will be supported in their efforts to deal with loss and damage. And hope is rapidly fading that developed countries will act urgently.
Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich
Talks stumble amid rising frustration over ‘ridiculously low’ cash commitments offered by rich nations to help pay for emissions cuts
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 12/16/14 | PP
Rich countries, including the US, only want to commit to carbon cuts. Developing countries want those commitments to include finance for climate adaptation. The rich-poor divide also holds over the issue of monitoring the scale of those commitments – with China, India and other countries opposed to outside review.
U.S. taxpayers help fund oil-train boom amid safety concerns
JARRETT RENSHAW | REUTERS.COM | 12/16/14 | ENV
Last year, NY Governor Cuomo awarded CSX a $2 million grant to add a second 3.6-mile rail line … in a county that now handles about a fourth of the Bakken's oil, a light, volatile crude whose vapors have exploded in several past derailments.
Slow March of Climate Change
DAVID DAMROTH | LTE VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 12/13/14 | OOI
Are these outbreaks or tidal variations proof of climate change? I cannot say for sure but I am sure they are happening. If they are symptoms, we cannot ignore them … If one has a child who is exhibiting a series of symptoms would we do nothing? I seriously doubt it.
Commission Marks 40 Years of Fighting for the Island
SARA BROWN | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 12/13/14 | 00I
“The MVC . . . is probably the most powerful - in terms of the scope of its powers - land use planning agency in Massachusetts,” … the commission’s decisions through the years “have had an immeasurable but extremely positive impact on what the Vineyard looks like.”
VIDEO: BOOM - North America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem, The Weather Channel
The dark side to your cheap gas
WEATHER FILMS | STORIES.WEATHER.COM | 12/13/14 | ENV
InsideClimateNews, TWC, and The Investigative Fund have monitored the regulatory response to oil train explosions this year, focusing on whether the agency that oversees the railroads, the FRA is able to ensure that the nation’s aging railroad infrastructure can safely handle its latest task: serving as a massive, rickety network of pipelines on wheels.
A Weighty Choice
350MVI Commentary on MVC Executive Director Search
350MVI | 12/08/14 | OOI
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission holds a unique position of opportunity and responsibility for how the challenges posed by climate change are handled. Therefore, understanding the unique history and potential of the commission, we regard the search for an Executive Director as a pivotal milestone in determining the future of our Island.
Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General
ERIC LIPTON | NYTIMES.COM | 12/07/14 | PP
Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money … Out of public view, corporate representatives and attorneys general are coordinating legal strategy and other efforts to fight federal regulations.
‣ Earth Care Book Group
‣ Fans of Sunset Lake
‣ Martha's Vineyard Peace Council
‣ Peter Krull & Company
‣ Vineyard Conservation Society
‣ Vineyard Power Cooperative
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