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‘We know we may be killed’: the rangers risking their lives for Virunga’s gorillas
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:02 PM

The huge national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most dangerous conservation projects in the world. But thanks to the efforts of rangers, populations of endangered species are recovering and locals say the park offers hope for the whole region

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Southern California air quality board delays vote on regulating freight pollution
Friday April 06th 2018, 10:40 PM

Southern California air quality regulators postponed action Friday on a hotly debated proposal to draft pollution regulations targeting warehouses, rail yards and large construction projects that are responsible for much of the region’s harmful, smog-forming emissions.

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Gov. Wolf announces funding for 12 abandoned mine sites
Friday April 06th 2018, 6:44 PM

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a funding plan Friday for 12 abandoned mine land locations across the state. The plan would roll out $25 million for cleanup and revitalization projects at the sites, which stretch across 14 municipalities across Pennsylvania.

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Pete Myers: The existential trap of solar geoengineering
Friday April 06th 2018, 6:07 PM

With so much at risk from climate change, scientists in developing nations understandably argue they must be at the table as these technologies are explored for their benefits and costs (see

commentary in Nature

). This story from Reuters explores an initiative, the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (SRMGI.org) that is facilitating developing nation engagement in assessing solar geoengineering.

Let’s hope their deliberations encompass the existential threat these technologies pose: Once employed, they give excuses to avoid reducing carbon emissions. Yet once they are deployed, what happens if major societal disruptions bring them to a halt (for example, if financial collapse means there are no longer resources to pay for them)? The pent-up pressure of carbon emissions that were permitted to enter the atmosphere because of the promise of solar geoengineering will likely rapidly assert their impact on global temperatures. Any assessment of solar geoengineering must examine this endgame.

There are other obvious risks, most especially that solar geoengineering to lessen temperature increases does nothing to prevent further accumulation of carbon dioxide in the oceans and fresh water bodies, exacerbating acidification.

That’s well-known. But there are undoubtedly many unknown unknowns that will put into play be playing with solar geoengineering.

We need to be very wary before we declare any effort to create a man-made chemical sunshade to deflect a harmful rise in global temperatures.


Veteran Reuters reporter Alister Doyle

published an intriguing story on research

into “solar geo-engineering,” which would mimic big volcanic eruptions that can cool the Earth by masking the sun with a veil of ash.

That research is now dominated by rich nations and universities such as Harvard and Oxford. But there are some serious caveats we must consider before going too far down this path.

Read the

full Reuters report here

.

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Climate change panel outlines national security threats posed by rising sea levels
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:27 AM

Even Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery could be affected by the end of the century, according to a member of the panel moderated Sen. Angus King.

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Maine solar advocates powerless again as House upholds LePage’s veto by 3 votes
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:23 AM

For the third year, a bill that would have supported the affordability of solar power among homeowners, and was approved by a majority of lawmakers, died at the hands of Gov. Paul LePage.

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EPA officials sidelined after questioning Scott Pruitt
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:19 AM

At least five agency officials were reassigned or demoted, or requested new jobs after raising concerns about the administrator’s security demands and spending.

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Canada moves to exempt most new oilsands projects from federal assessments
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:17 AM

After more than a year of public hearings, the federal government unveiled its new and improved environmental assessment legislation in February 2018 with much ado.

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Pipeline opponents rally outside Trudeau fundraiser in downtown Vancouver
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:14 AM

They came with metal pots, pans, and wooden spoons with the intent to make their opposition against the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion heard by guests attending the event.

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Colorado’s mountain snowpack shrinks to 66 percent of normal, feds sound drought alarm
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:14 AM

As snowpack thins, federal drought designation now covers a quarter of Colorado and stream flows are projected at half of average. Water managers statewide are scrambling secure water supplies.

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Popular B.C. chefs ask provincial government not to renew salmon farm licences
Friday April 06th 2018, 11:09 AM

It’s the latest push in the intergenerational struggle to protect wild Pacific salmon.

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Journal from the Yellow River
Friday April 06th 2018, 10:55 AM

The Yellow River today is China’s environment in miniature. At the source on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, it is affected by climate change; the middle reaches are dried-up because of over-development, and suffer water shortages; and the lower reaches and estuary are dotted with chemical plants dumping untreated, polluted effluent directly into its waters.

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