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The Historic Drought of 2012 and the Science of Climate Change

More than half of the U.S. is suffering under drought conditions and scientists are increasingly confident in their suggestion that global warming may be to blame. On July 11, the United States Department of Agriculture announced natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties in 26 states due to drought. This makes the drought of 2012 the largest total area ever…

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Drought Conditions Threaten US Corn Crop, Farmers, Local Economies

This year’s US corn crop is suffering, as are Corn Belt farmers, as a result of the unrelenting heat wave and lack of rainfall that’s affecting much of America’s heartland. The effects of the anomalous weather led the Agriculture Dept. to slash its estimate of US corn yields, which has sent corn futures prices surging higher.

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Enviro News Wrap: Weak Text in Rio; Anti-Koch Brothers App; Planetary Boundaries; Environmental Justice, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: World leaders at the Rio+20 Earth Summit made little progress last week on how to collectively address climate change and sustainable development. Maybe we should just skip our leaders are have every city in the world work to make changes on the local level? The Koch Brothers spend their money on…

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Enviro News Wrap: Refining Climate Models; Tar Sands and Carbon Emissions; Slow Start for the Chevy Volt, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Models of climate change for the next 40 years are becoming increasingly scary over time, suggesting a 3C rise in global temperatures by 2050 We all know that the Alberta tar sands produces super dirty oil, now there is yet another negative…

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Musings of a Malcontent: I Heart Pink Slime!

“Musings of a Malcontent” is a weekly op-ed by GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Carlyle Coash It’s all connected. Everything we do leads to something else. Ripples in the water, baby. Toss the rock and see the reaction. You never know how far those ripples will reach or in what ways they will affect the system as a whole. One simple ripple can…

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New Method for Measuring N2O Emissions Can Help Address Food Security, Emissions Challenges

Researchers at Australia’s QUT have found a much more accurate means of measuring agricultural emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) , a potent greenhouse gas that’s a significant contributor to total GHG emissions. Based on “groundbreaking data” on N2O emissions from a QUT colleague, QUT Institute for Future Environments Smart Futures Fellow Professor Richard Conant’s new statistical approach improves global N2O emissions estimates by as much as 65%.

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Enviro News Wrap: Solar Trade War Between China and the U.S.; Oil Spill Blackens River in Venezuela; Shareholders and the Environment, and more…

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: Permitting is a huge headache in the PV Solar installation industry; fixing the way local building departments issue and approve permits is a whole side battle for the renewable energy industry. Here is a summary of the “solar panel trade war” between China and the US. Oil…

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