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Sept. 24 News: Ocean Predators Could Lose 35 Percent Of Habitat By The End Of The Century

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The top ocean predators in the North Pacific could lose as much as 35 percent of their habitat by the end of the century as a result of climate change , according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. [Washington Post]

Environmental activists showed off a new form of protest throughout the country and around the world Saturday: a “Global Frackdown.” [Los Angeles Times]

People love to talk about the weather, especially when it’s strange like the mercifully ended summer of 2012. This year the nation’s weather has been hotter and more extreme than ever, federal records show. Yet there are two people who aren’t talking about it, and they both happen to be running for president. [Associated Press]

There is more than coal burning in America’s coal fields these days, and that anger could have an effect on November’s elections in coal-producing swing states such as Virginia. [Washington Post]

A former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who resigned after using the word “crucify” to describe his approach to violators says recent court decisions striking down federal pollution rules are delaying the inevitable. [Houston Chronicle]

While summer rains improved drought conditions in much of the state, the Savannah River basin remains seriously dry. [Herald Online]

As the worst drought in 50 years devastates this year’s U.S. corn crop, farmers are turning to ice cream sprinkles, marshmallows and gummy worms as alternatives to feed beef and dairy cows, Reuters reports. [Fox News]

As icebergs in the Kayak Harbor pop and hiss while melting away, this remote Arctic town and its culture are also disappearing in a changing climate. [New York Times]

The Persian Gulf, Libya, and Pakistan are at high risk of food insecurity in coming decades because climate change and ocean acidification are destroying fisheries, according to a report released on Monday. [Business Green]

Microscopic particles, among the most harmful forms of air pollution, are still found at dangerous levels in Europe, although law has cut some toxins from exhaust fumes and chimneys, a European Environmental Agency (EEA) report said on Monday. [Guardian]

As climate change alters the Arctic landscape, shrinking the ice cover on sea and land, it opens up more of the region to resource exploitation. [CBC]

A University of Utah study suggests something amazing: Periodic changes in winds 15 to 30 miles high in the stratosphere influence the seas by striking a vulnerable “Achilles heel” in the North Atlantic and changing mile-deep ocean circulation patterns, which in turn affect Earth’s climate. [Science Daily]

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9 Responses to Sept. 24 News: Ocean Predators Could Lose 35 Percent Of Habitat By The End Of The Century

  1. Spike says:

    Research from Leeds University in the UK shows that within the next 10 years large parts of Asia can expect increased risk of more severe droughts, which will impact regional and possibly even global food security.

    http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/3291/food_security_effects_of_climate_change_will_be_felt_in_10_years

  2. Tim says:

    It is no big deal in this case, but I would be loathe to send any traffic to Fox “news”.

  3. An additional roundup of energy and climate headlines for 9/24 is posted at http://www.marcaccicomms.com/news/energy-and-environment-news-roundup-9-24-12/

  4. ColoradoBob says:

    Joshua trees succumb to drought

    Climate change tends to be an abstract concept until you swelter through a hot, sticky summer like this one has been, or when you wait all winter for the rain that never shows up.
    But drive into Burns Canyon at the east end of the San Bernardino Mountains and you’ll see evidence of climate change everywhere you look. It’s in the dying Joshua trees.
    Burns Canyon was once a place Joshua trees loved. Huge, majestic trees with dozens of branches dominated the landscape, so thick you could get lost among them. Now, they are failing, growing thin, browning, dropping branches, drooping to the ground or falling entirely. Trees I assumed would live way beyond my lifetime are dead.

    http://blog.pe.com/environment/2012/09/23/joshua-trees-succumb-to-drought/

    • Mulga Mumblebrain says:

      It is pretty plain proof of climate destabilisation, although the ’300 year’ time-frame for their disappearance from the Burns Canyon seems amazingly lengthy. I suspect a radically shorter span, in decades, will prove more near the truth. I’m reminded of a tree I saw on a documentary, a long-lived beggar, thousands of years old, surviving in a dry canyon in the middle of the Sahara, tapping subterranean water, and dropping fertile seeds that sometimes germinate, but never survive. All alone, a survivor of when the climate was kinder and more lush. You’d call it tragic, if it wasn’t the anthropomorphising fallacy.

  5. Merrelyn Emery says:

    It is hard to believe the California Current will remain unchanged when those around it are not. Good news – many island nations are increasing protection for sharks and new marine reserves are coming in, ME

  6. thomas says:

    pretty important climate change legal news today that is not featured above. The Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of Kivalina’s climate change damages complaint. This is bad news for trying to use courts to hold energy companies liable for climate change related injuries.

  7. David B. Benson says:

    Saw my first Prius hybred today. A sensible white one. Certainly looks sharp!

  8. Paul Magnus says:

    Another seemingly small impact turning into a huge problem….

    Climate Chaos shared a link.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Climate-Chaos/187700434593711

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