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Recent Environmental News

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(From news clippings from the Sierra Club that we belong to and donate to…)

 

 

A school groundskeeper who says his non-Hodgkin lymphoma was caused by Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is awarded $289 million by a San Francisco jury.

Atmospheric CO2 levels are higher than they have been in 800,000 years.

July in Death Valley is the hottest month ever recorded on Earth, with an average Temperature of 108 F.  In parts of Japan it was 106 F, a new national record.

Fossil fuel companies have spent nearly $2 billion since the year 2000, lobbying the government not to take action on climate change, outspending climate activists by a factor of 10 to one.

Reductions in air pollution from coal-fired power plants, automobiles, and manufacturing are offset by increased pollution from wildfires.

Russian hackers seek the ability to disrupt the U.S. electrical grid.

Two-thirds of Republicans believe that humans are causing climate change and that we should do something about it but don’t speak out because they assume their GOP peers are climate skeptics.

As the population of rural Japan shrinks, bears move into towns. Drought causes emus to invade a town in Australia’s outback. Goats run wild in Boise. 

French crows are being trained to pick up cigarette butts and other litter.

Pleistocene worms that were frozen in Siberia’s permafrost for 42,000 years are brought back to life.

North Atlantic waters are too warm to cool nuclear power plants in Norway and Finland, leading some to shut down.

 

 

Fall Splendor … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

 

 

 

54 Comments Join the Conversation

  1. When some of the most intelligent beings on the planet are stranding themselves on beaches to die in record numbers…..not good. “Thanks for the fish.”

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  2. That Norway is closing because the water is to hot maybe is true, but not Finland. They are located in the Baltic sea area far from North Atlantic, neighbor to Sweden.

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  3. It’s amazing that there are still people who refuse to believe in climate change. They are either delusional or just turning a blind eye because they gain something out of this.

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  4. monkey say never underestimate power of greed to put money before all else. look at scuzzball politician & fossil fuel industry & monsanto & tobacco company mass murderers etc etc etc if proof necessary. ignorance come in close 2nd to greed in destruction of earth planet. and then in 3rd place come plain old human stupidity.

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  5. I understand your sorrowful thoughts and I wish that a lot of people share them and understand that it is 5 to 12 or even less. Regards Mitza

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  6. Just watched a BBC program “Just over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000; lions are extinct in 26 African countries.”. The state of the world makes me very sad everywhere you look there are warnings concerns yet so few actions.

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  7. Several days ago, after the dire “National Climate Assessment was released, our President responded to a question from a Washington Post Reporter as follows:
    DAWSEY: You said yesterday when you were leaving that you were skeptical of a climate change report that the government had done. Can you just explain why you’re skeptical of that report?

    TRUMP: One of the problems that a lot of people like myself — we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers. You look at our air and our water, and it’s right now at a record clean. But when you look at China and you look at parts of Asia and when you look at South America, and when you look at many other places in this world, including Russia, including — just many other places — the air is incredibly dirty. And when you’re talking about an atmosphere, oceans are very small. And it blows over and it sails over. I mean, we take thousands of tons of garbage off our beaches all the time that comes over from Asia. It just flows right down the Pacific, it flows, and we say where does this come from. And it takes many people to start off with.

    I just shook my head in dis-belief. M 😦

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  8. Clarifying my post above, note Trump’s words end after “…Start off with.” ) M

    consideration should be givem to the thought processes of Mr. Trump

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    • “Record clean” my ass! Just another damn lie from the lying, crass dictator-lover. California is burning like mad and spewing out smoke pollutants all across the U.S., carbon dioxide readings are hitting highs to the sky, and oil spillage damage is still problematic… and he says we are at a record clean!

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  9. These were all very interesting … no, make that fascinating facts Tom. We had strange weather today – 60 degrees and I guess that was out Indian Summer. Other midwest states had similar weather and an annual penguin parade for Christmas had to be cancelled as penguins cannot leave their frosty environment in temps that are too warm for them. Global warming causing colder Winters now except flukes like today … and that weather spawned tornadoes I heard.

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      • Yes, seeing the damage from the tornadoes does shake you up – tornadoes in December? We had the warm spell yesterday, 60 degrees and just a fluke, as we had sleet this morning when I was out. We have consistently been 20 degrees colder than usual all Fall and even in October, just like you said before about how the climate change is affecting our wintry weather. More things to worry about Tom.

  10. Sad! I know there are serious changes in the environment. When I look back over the 13 years we’ve lived in this house, the number of birds visiting has declined and this year I only saw 1 frog the entire season. In the early years I’d see several every day. I might also have to climb the fence sometime and put the rake to work in the woods! 😉 Only fools keep denying the seriousness of climate change!

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