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The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they’re 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this is basically a done deal and that we’re on to other problems, because the journalists are trying to give it a 50/50 story. It’s not a 50/50 story. It’s not. Period.
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Tar Sands: Putting Indigenous Communities at Risk, an Online Discussion

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WHAT: The Tar Sands Industry & Water Sustainability Issues: What companies can do to reduce reliance on tar sands fuel.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 25, 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT)

WHEREOnline via Google Hangout on Air. RSVP here!

The Sierra Club invites you to a special online discussion of how the tar sands industry pollutes water and puts Indigenous communities at risk.

This online event will be a great opportunity to learn more about the issue, so you can be a leader in the campaign to clean up America’s corporate fleets. Honor the Earth’s friend Crystal Lameman of the Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Sierra Club Canada’s Prairie Chapter Climate & Energy Campaigner will speak.

30 US Senators Speak Up4Climate Science Posted March 2014 by dana1981, Sarah

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As posted on Skeptical Science.

On the night of March 10th to the morning of March 11th, 30 US Senators stayed up all night speaking about climate change for 15 hours. The event was the first hosted by the Senate Climate Action Task Force. A video of the full session can be viewed…

Australia was once covered by rainforest. As much of the continent drifted into desert latitudes, Mt. Kaputar maintained its subalpine habitat, in which the pink slug is only one of many endemic species. All are put at risk, however, by a changing climate. “This means that actions taken by people anywhere in the world to combat climate change can contribute to saving Mt. Kaputar’s pink slug and unique land snail community,” says Michael Murphy, a ranger with Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Services. 

—Ailsa Sachdev writing in SierraClub.org (Nov./Dec. 2013)

Anti-Keystone comments outnumber supportive ones 2 to 1

“We’re hearing from people all across this country who know that the Keystone XL pipeline is absolutely not in our nation’s best interest,” said Amanda Starbuck, the Rainforest Action Network’s climate program director, in a statement. “The two million comments delivered today reflect a huge wave of resistance to the pipeline. From the Oglala Lakota Sioux fighting to stop the pipeline from entering their territory to the hundreds of students arrested at the White House gates, we stand united with everyday Americans who are ready to do what it takes to stop this pipeline, once and for all.”

The Washington Post (Mar. 7, 2014)

Redwood forests are carbon storing champions!

Researchers find ancient redwood forests can store up to 3 times more carbon above ground than non-redwood forests worldwide…

The study, called the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI), is a collaborative research program that began in 2009. It is led by Save the Redwoods League and top scientific researchers from UC Berkeley, Humboldt State University, the Marine Conservation Institute and other organizations to study past, present and future impacts of climate change on coast redwoods and giant sequoia forests. Save the Redwoods League is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range. 

—Save the Redwoods League (Aug. 14, 2013); photo credit: Julie Martin

Denial for Dollars

After 341 straight months of warmer-than-average global temperatures, 55 percent of Republicans in the 113th Congress still deny climate change. Among the party’s leadership, 90 percent are deniers. Whether it’s cause or effect, large donations from the dirty energy industry flow accordingly. Think Progress maintains an up-to-date rundown of the deniers and their donations at thinkprogress.org/climate-denier-caucus

—Paul Rauber writing for SierraClub.org (Nov./Dec. 2013)

In a paper in the journal Global Change Biology, BU biology Prof. Pamela Templer and her co-authors show that soil freezing due to diminishing snowpack damages the roots of sugar maple trees and limits their ability to absorb essential nitrogen and other nutrients in the spring. This leads to greater run off of nitrogen into ground water and nearby streams, which could deteriorate water quality and trigger widespread harmful consequences to humans and the environment.

"Most people think that climate change means hot, sweltering summer months, but it affects the winter as well," said ecologist Templer, currently on fellowship at Harvard University, noting that winter snowpack has been shrinking over the past 50 years due to climate change and is likely to continue diminishing over time.

Templer and her colleagues discovered that a thick layer of snow acts as an insulating blanket. When snowpack was shoveled off sections of New Hampshire’s Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest to simulate the effects of a warm winter, the soil was much colder — a much as 10 degrees less — than when it was when covered with deep snow. This means the ground could be frozen solid longer into the spring.

Less snowpack will harm ecosystem, study shows — ScienceDaily (via dendroica)
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