Daily Archives: February 6, 2019

Pbs Frontline Inside the Meltdown

“The consensus for positive action is massive…”, 15 year old Oxford student – Extinction Rebellion

Nottingham Action – Extinction Rebellion

Sen. Bernie Sanders Responds to the State of the Union

Martin Wolf on climate change

CitySpace Sneak Peek Livestream: Hal Harvey, John Holdren and Bruce Gellerman

Changes to our climate and the natural world pose serious threats to our communities, our health and our planet. Yet, for decades there has been a lack of environmental reporting in local and national news. WBUR is committed to providing crucial and comprehensive coverage. Conversation with Hal Harvey, CEO of Energy Innovation Dr. John Holdren, former Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. WBUR Environmental Reporter Bruce Gellerman moderates.
Enjoy the livestream of this discussion on February 6.
YouTube link to be added soon.

Ex-Koch Official Overseeing EPA Water Regulations

Feb 06, 2019

A former Koch Industries official is overseeing research at the Environmental Protection Agency that will inform the regulation of certain toxic chemicals found in drinking water, causing some to raise concerns over a possible conflict of interest. David Dunlap was hired to the EPA in October and did not require Senate confirmation for his position. Regulations on the toxic chemicals will determine whether companies that produce them—such as Koch Industries—can be held liable for cleanup costs.

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report | Environment | The Guardian


Damian Carrington Environment editor

@dpcarrington Mon 4 Feb 2019 06.45 EST

Melting ice on Khumbu glacier in the Everest-Khumbu region. Himalayan glaciers are a water source for 250 millions people. Photograph: Alex Treadway/ICIMOD

At least a third of the huge ice fields in Asia’s towering mountain chain are doomed to melt due to climate change, according to a landmark report, with serious consequences for almost 2 billion people.

Even if carbon emissions are dramatically and rapidly cut and succeed in limiting global warming to 1.5C, 36% of the glaciers along in the Hindu Kush and Himalaya range will have gone by 2100. If emissions are not cut, the loss soars to two-thirds, the report found.

The glaciers are a critical water store for the 250 million people who live in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region, and 1.65 billion people rely on the great rivers that flow from the peaks into India, Pakistan, China and other nations.

“This is the climate crisis you haven’t heard of,” said Philippus Wester of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (Icimod), who led the report. “In the best of possible worlds, if we get really ambitious [in tackling climate change], even then we will lose one-third of the glaciers and be in trouble. That for us was the shocking finding.”

Wester said that, despite being far more populous, the HKH region had received less attention than other places, such as low-lying island states and the Arctic, that are also highly vulnerable to global warming.

Prof Jemma Wadham, at the University of Bristol, said: “This is a landmark piece of work focused on a region that is a hotspot for climate change impacts.”

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