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Robert Redford calls on Obama to step up his climate game by clamping down on coal pollution

June 12th, 2013

Robert Redford, leading man, acclaimed director and ardent conservationist, has become an American father figure, and this week as we approach Father’s Day, he’s speaking dad-to-dad to President Obama.

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Sandy and climate change: What science experts are saying

October 30th, 2012

While climate change doesn’t cause hurricanes, Hurricane Sandy seems to have provided a near textbook demonstration of how global warming can worsen them.

Here are a few excerpted remarks from scientists explaining how that works.

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Scientists predicted Hurricane Sandy (they just didn’t know her name)

October 29th, 2012

If you don’t hear the words “climate change” in the dialogue about Hurricane Sandy just yet, wait for it. Today, people in the storm’s path are either bracing for the Monday evening surge or busy evacuating to higher ground.

But tomorrow expect to hear “climate change” invoked in Sandy’s aftermath, because this Frankenstorm is exactly what scientists have been warning about for many years.

OK skeptics, yes, hurricanes happen. But this one has been supercharged by warming oceans and will come ashore with an assist from rising ocean levels.

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‘Eco-landscaping’ protects against flooding

July 2nd, 2012

From street lamps and sidewalks to storm drains and sewers, civil engineering projects designed to be environmentally friendly are under way in communities across the United States.

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Weird weather events connected? Nah

June 25th, 2011

If the increasing number of record weather events has been giving you a deeper sense of foreboding than even the prospect of Congress continuing to pass legislation, there’s a video you must see.
This piece by Plomomedia accompanied a Bill McKibben op-ed at the end of May. But it remains as relevant as ever, given the continuing extreme weather — at the time Texas was aflame and the Mississippi River was inundating the South; now Arizona’s burning and North Dakota’s Souris River is flooding.

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Congress: Stop Denying An Inconvenient Truth

June 17th, 2011

Lawrence Bender, Film Producer

Wednesday night, I was honored at the National Wildlife Federation’s Voices for Wildlife gala.

I salute the National Wildlife Federation for its 75 years of tireless effort to help save our wildlife, their habitat, and to fight global warming. They worked with Vice President Gore’s Climate Project, an effort to train thousands to share his message with the public. Since 2006, fellow activists have delivered more than 70,000 presentations reaching a global audience of more than 7.3 million people. The message was clear: the urgency and solvability of climate change is real.

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Drought gives way to wildfires in Oklahoma

March 11th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports

Oklahoma has experienced some of its driest months ever during the opening months of 2011.

Friday those dry conditions, combined with warm spring winds, unleashed at least two dozen wildfires across the state.

Governor Mary Fallin declared all 77 counties a disaster area on Friday after fires claimed several homes and forced several evacuations. The fires continued to flare across the central and western portions of the state, but were expected to abate with nightfall.

Rainfall totals have been about 36 percent below normal for January and most of February when averaged across the state, according to government data.

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350.org captures Earth’s woes and hopes from space

November 22nd, 2010

Climate action group 350.org wants us to see, really see, what’s happening as the result of climate change here on Earth.
So it’s taken to space to get a better view. Satellites began snapping photos of giant art installations, many involving humans forming pictures, last Friday and will continue through this week. The photos include one of a giant eagle in Los Angeles, created to represent the “Earth to Sky” solutions to climate change; a mural in New York City that shows how the area would look after the seas rise; a picture of a girl on a delta in Spain and a flash flood in New Mexico created by humans with blue posters.

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13 ways you’ll experience global warming

January 29th, 2010

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Global warming is making hot days hotter, rainfall and flooding heavier, hurricanes stronger and droughts more severe. This intensification of weather and climate extremes will be the most visible impact of global warming in our everyday lives. Here are 13 ways you’ll experience climate change, according to the National Wildlife Federation:

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2008 will go down as one of 10 warmest years

December 19th, 2008

From Green Right Now reports

The year 2008 is expected to finish as one of the 10th warmest years on record, since record keeping began more than 150 years ago, according to a report this week from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Also in 2008, Arctic sea ice dropped to its second-lowest level since modern satellite monitoring began in 1979.

The WMO estimates 2008′s global combined sea-surface and land-surface air temperature is about half of a degree Fahrenheit above the annual average temperature of of 57.2°F (14°C) from 1961-1990. However, the global average temperature was slightly lower than in very recent years because of strong La Nina pattern that cooled ocean temps.

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