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Climate Change is a Hoax led by the United Nations so that it can end Democracy and impose Authoritarian Rule

www.theage.com.au May 8, 2015 Maurice Newman doubts the science and politics behind climate change. Photo: Rob Homer Climate change is a hoax led by the United Nations so that it can end democracy and impose authoritarian rule, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s chief business adviser. Maurice Newman, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s business advisory council, has written in The Australian that scientific modelling showing the link between humans and climate change is wrong and the real agenda is a world takeover for the UN. This is not about facts or logic. It’s about a new world order under the control of the UN Environment Minister Greg Hunt said Mr Newman’s position was not a view “I have… Read More

The Future of Fires

By EDF Blogs (This post was written by Derek Sylvan of  the Institute for Policy Integrity, and first appeared on The Cost of Carbon Pollution. The Cost of Carbon Project is a joint project of the Environmental Defense Fund, the Institute for Policy Integrity, and the Natural Resource Defense Council.)  U.S. Forest Service photo by John Newman The 2014 wildfire season is not yet over, but in some regions it is already one of the most destructive ever. Fires continue to rage in many parts of the country, threatening hundreds of homes, creating emergencies in National Parks and residential areas, and straining government budgets — Washington State’s wildfire season is already six times more damaging than average. And we… Read More

Study: Climate change may push hurricanes farther north, south

By Ilissa Ocko A satellite image of Irene, a Category 1 hurricane, as it made landfall in North Carolina in August of 2011. Source: NASA/NOAA GOES project The hurricane season of 2014 just kicked off, and with two devastating storms wreaking havoc along the northeastern United States coast over the last few years, it’s no wonder everyone’s on edge. We’re concerned about hurricanes becoming more frequent and intense, and about the worsening storm surge caused by a rise in sea levels. But flying under the radar is a fourth link between hurricanes and climate change: how climate change affects the location of hurricanes. A new study led by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton… Read More

New report: How climate change is impacting where you live

By Ilissa Ocko The National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is essentially the U.S. equivalent of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Using the best available science, over 300 experts synthesized current understanding of observed and future climate changes and impacts, particularly in the U.S. The third ever NCA was released today, and concludes beyond a reasonable scientific doubt that Americans are being affected by climate change. Among the findings: U.S. average temperatures have increased by 1.3 to 1.9ºF since record-keeping began in 1895, and most of this warming has occurred since 1970 Heavy precipitation has increased in many parts of the country Extremes such as heat waves, droughts, floods, and North… Read More

‘Feeding 9 billion’ requires facing up to climate change

By EDF Blogs This post was co-authored by Kritee, Senior Scientist, International Climate; Richie Ahuja, Regional Director, Asia; and Tal Lee Anderman, Tom Graff Fellow – India Low-Carbon Rural Development National Geographic’s May cover story, “Feeding 9 billion,” offers valuable insights into how to feed a growing global population while reducing agriculture’s environmental impacts. But it omits some key connections with a critical issue: climate change. Drought in the U.S. causes withering of corn. (Photo credit: Ben Fertig, IAN, UMCES) As the Food and Agriculture Organization recently documented in great detail, climate change is likely to fundamentally alter the structure of food systems around the globe. With about 43% of the world’s population employed in agriculture, it’s vital that farmers have the knowledge and tools… Read More

6 key insights from the latest IPCC climate report

By Ilissa Ocko (This post originally appeared on EDF Voices) Since 1990, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a series of reports that assess the latest data and research on climate change. The reports are issued approximately every five years. In September 2013, the IPCC issued its newest round of reports by sharing the latest science, concluding with more confidence than ever that humans are responsible and that weather will likely get even more extreme, along with many other key findings. The newest report, released today, looks at impacts, adaptation and vulnerability. Next month comes the thirdreport in the 3-part series that makes up the IPCC’s 5thAssessment Report (IPCC AR5); it focuses on mitigation—that is, actions to limit the magnitude and… Read More

Arctic Melting – a Business Opportunity, but Also a Dangerous Climate Risk

By Peter Sopher The Obama Administration recently released a plan to cope with a warming Arctic. Climate change has increased warming in that region at a striking rate, and it has extended the ice melting season by about two weeks per decade. As a result, the Arctic–which was inaccessible to commercial shipping as recently as 2008–saw 71 vessels cross last year. Speedy Arctic development, however, is an indisputably risky business. The Threat Over the past three decades, warmer temperatures have caused Arctic sea ice to lose half of its area and three quarters of its volume. Even with a slight increase in ice this winter, the Arctic’s sea ice last December was still the fourth lowest on record. In the summer of 2012… Read More