Climate Change

Contradictory theories on link between Arctic melt, extreme weather

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E&E

Scientists writing in Nature Geoscience probed a possible link between ice melt in the Arctic and increasingly extreme weather in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, but found that several theories contradicted one another, E&E reports.

Despite improvements, climate change still threatens Great Barrier Reef

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Australian Associated Press

According to the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014, climate change and warmer ocean currents pose a big threat to the coral ecosystem that’s listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Australian Associated Press reports.

Climate change threats to energy infrastructure now mapped

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The Hill

The dangers extreme weather poses to critical energy infrastructure – serious flooding in particular -- can now be viewed on a map put together by the Energy Information Administration, The Hill reports.

General Mills to set emissions standards

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National Journal

General Mills -– maker of Cheerios and other well known breakfast cereals -– says it will set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout its supply chain, a move applauded by Oxfam, National Journal reports.

Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.

Obama, speaking at a fundraiser Tuesday, offered federal help to deal with Washington's wildfire, the largest in the state's history.

He said Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate had authorized an emergency declaration to ensure electrical power.

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

NOAA

Warming trend continued in 2013: Annual State of the Climate Report

The world is continuing to get warmer faster according to the State of the Climate Report 2013, the annual look at global weather released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The report, compiled by 425 scientists in 57 countries, was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Mary Robinson named UN envoy for climate change

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson as his special envoy for climate change.

She has a mandate to mobilize world leaders to take action at the climate summit the U.N. chief is hosting in September.

Work begins on wall for 2 Sandy-devastated towns

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Two wealthy New Jersey shore towns that were among the hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy nearly two years ago began building a 4-mile-long steel wall Thursday, an expensive effort that the state says is needed to protect the communities but that some residents and environmentalists oppose.

State and local officials watched Thursday morning as the work began where the Atlantic Ocean tore through the sand and cut a channel into Barnegat Bay on the other side of the barrier island the communities share, destroying a major state highway and part of a crucial bridge during the Oct. 29, 2012, storm.

Ranchers taking advantage of USDA disaster program

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers who suffered heavy livestock and grazing losses due to extreme weather in the past three years have been quick to take advantage of newly available disaster relief funds.

The agency said in a progress report released Wednesday that it has distributed more than $1 billion in relief funds — a little less than half the overall amount predicted in the recently passed farm bill — in just over three months.

The USDA says it has processed and delivered more than 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states as of July 2.

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