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Environmental Impacts of Cover Crop Systems – Sami Tellatin

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The climate cover up – big oil’s campaign of deception | DW Documentary


DW Documentary

Published on Feb 25, 2018

For decades, oil companies have known that burning fossil fuels impacts the climate. Why have they been keeping this information hidden? Donald Trump has a different view on climate change to his predecessors in the White House.

It’s good news for major oil companies such as Exxon and Shell, which for the last 60 years have been funding studies and campaigns to dismiss the threat to the environment. New documents confirm that these companies have known since 1957 that burning fossil fuels impacts on the climate. Big oil has been deceiving the public for the past 60 years. Confidential research conducted decades ago by the oil majors shows that global climate change caused by human behavior is reality. In addition, engineers working for Exxon and Shell have been using that knowledge for future planning. Rising sea levels and the increasing frequency and severity of storms prompted the firms to make their oil rigs taller and more stable. At the same time, pipelines in the Arctic have been given reinforced foundations due to permafrost thaw. Geophysician Edward Garvey worked for Exxon between 1978 and 1983. He regrets that action wasn’t taken 30 years ago to combat climate change. Instead the oil companies commissioned counter-studies to be used by lobby groups. According to Carroll Muffett from the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, they consciously funded surveys with the aim of discrediting the results. He calls it “the greatest scandal in human history.” Two district attorneys and a range of county authorities in the US have now launched proceedings against Exxon and other oil companies. This documentary examines the campaign of deception, and follows up on evidence of similarly dubious studies being published in Germany too.

“Freakishly Warm” Arctic Weather Has Scientists Reconsidering Worst-Case Scenarios on Climate Change


Democracy Now!

Published on Mar 1, 2018

https://democracynow.org – Scientists are expressing dismay over unprecedented warm temperatures in the Arctic. In recent days, temperatures at the North Pole have surged above freezing—even though the sun set last October and won’t rise again until later this month. On the northern tip of Greenland, a meteorological site has logged an unprecedented 61 hours of temperatures above freezing so far in 2018. The record-breaking temperatures are connected to an unusual retreat of sea ice in the sunless Arctic winter. Scientists suggest warming temperatures are eroding the polar vortex, the powerful winds that once cushioned the frozen north. The alarming heat wave is causing scientists to reconsider even their bleakest forecasts of climate change. According to a leaked draft of a scientific report by a United Nations panel of scientists, “The risk of an ice-free Arctic in summer is about 50 per cent or higher,” with warming of between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius. We speak with Jason Box, professor in glaciology at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland in Copenhagen.

More than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issue ‘warning to humanity’ – Technology & Science – CBC News

A similar warning was first issued by scientists in 1992

By Nicole Mortillaro, CBC News Posted: Nov 13, 2017 10:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017 9:21 AM ET

More than 15,000 scientists around the world have issued a global warning: there needs to be change in order to save Earth.

It comes 25 years after the first notice in 1992 when a mere 1,500 scientists issued a similar warning.

This new cautioning — which gained popularity on Twitter with #ScientistsWarningToHumanity — garnered more than 15,000 signatures.

William Ripple of Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, who started the campaign, said that he came across the 1992 warning last February, and noticed that this year happened to mark the 25th anniversary.

Together with his graduate student, Christopher Wolf, he decided to revisit the concerns raised then, and collect global data for different variables to show trends over the past 25 years.

Ripple found:

  • A decline in freshwater availability.
  • Unsustainable marine fisheries.
  • Ocean dead zones.
  • Forest losses.
  • Dwindling biodiversity.
  • Climate change.
  • Population growth.

There was one positive outcome, however: a rapid decline in ozone depletion.

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Climate change warning from scientists


CBC News
Published on Nov 13, 2017

More than 15,000 scientists issue a warning about climate change, extreme weather and global warming.

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How climate change affects China


CNN
Published on Nov 30, 2015

Rising sea levels could drastically decrease the size of Shanghai, China. CNN’s Tom Sater explains.

The Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Anywhere On Earth


Journeyman Pictures

Published on Sep 7, 2016

Melting Himalayas (2009): The consequences of glacial melt in the Himalayas could be disastrous. For similar stories, see: Uncovering The True Cost Of Greenland’s Oil https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qgD0… Climate Change Is Having A Massive Impact On Indian Farmers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8gcG… Is There a Place for Traditional Healing Methods in the Modern World? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5jYR…