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Tonight’s Progressive Commentary Hour!

An early Earth Day special —  A look at climate change in the context of the loss of our global forests. And what can the wisdom of trees teach us about preserving the future of the human species.   If Jane Goodall is the ambassador for the animal kingdom. If Vandana Shiva is the ambassador for seeds and organic foods. …

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Climate models may underestimate future warming on tropical mountains

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In few places are the effects of climate change more pronounced than on tropical peaks like Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, where centuries-old glaciers have all but melted completely away. Now, new research suggests that future warming on these peaks could be even greater than climate models currently predict. Researchers led by a Brown University …

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Jeannie Kever – Researchers Report New Understanding of Global Warming

Researchers know that more, and more dangerous, storms have begun to occur as the climate warms. A team of scientists has reported an underlying explanation, using meteorological satellite data gathered over a 35-year period. The examination of the movement and interaction of mechanical energies across the atmosphere, published Jan. 24 in the journal Nature Communications, is the first to explore …

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Nadia Prupis – Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably in Millenia’

Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center. In the Arctic, the loss is due to climate change and extreme weather events that are likely influenced by global warming, while the changes in the Antarctic may be attributed to natural variability, the center said. …

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ROBERT HUNZIKER – Huge Antarctica Glacier in Serious Trouble

The global warming crisis seems to get worse and worse, faster and faster. Now, Antarctica is in the spotlight with brand-new shocking research of a spine-chilling development. The whole of Antarctica, if melted in its entirety, equates to a sea level rise of 200’, but that will not happen during current lifetimes. It’s too big and would require way too …

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Vancouver Considers Abandoning Parts of the Coast Because of Climate Change

Vancouver prides itself on being a coastal city, nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific. Like every other part of the world, it’s under threat from climate change, as warming temperatures cause sea levels to creep ever-higher. The city is looking at many options to hold back the rising water—and for the first time, retreat from the coast is …

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Climate change ripples through life on Earth

Climate change is affecting most life on Earth, despite an average global temperature increase of just 1oC, say leading international scientists in a study published today in Science. The scientific team, including researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE), The University of Queensland and the Queensland Museum in Australia, identified key ecological processes necessary …

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Record hot year may be the new normal by 2025

The hottest year on record globally in 2015 could be an average year by 2025 and beyond if carbon emissions continue to rise at the same rate, new research has found. Lead author Dr Sophie Lewis from the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society said human activities had already locked in this new normal for future temperatures, but immediate …

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Nika Knight – Despite Paris Climate Pledge, Planet on Track to Surpass 3°C Temperature Rise

Global warming is on track to top 3° Celsius, the United Nations warned this week, because today’s climate pledges are “not nearly enough” to prevent dangerous levels of warming. That’s according the latest annual “Emissions GapReport” (pdf) from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which concluded that pledges to cut emissions will result in a global temperature rise of 3.4ºC …

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Kieran Cooke – Tasty insects benefit poor and climate

LONDON, 13 October, 2016 − Eating insects may not be to everyone’s taste, but crickets have for centuries been eaten in many parts of the world − particularly in Asia Pacific region countries, where they are seen as a nutritious snack food, containing far more iron than spinach and other greens. And now scientists say that eating insects such as …