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Obama Cries Out for Climate-Change Solutions, but What Happens Now?

The president heartened environmentalists with the strongest presidential statement on warming in history. All that’s left to see is how he follows through.

President Obama followed up his Inaugural Address with more strong words for climate protection in his State of the Union, delivering the lengthiest soliloquy on climate change in presidential history.

“The 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15,” Obama said. “Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods — all are now more frequent and intense,” he said, echoing the data frequently cited by scientists and environmentalists.

President Obama lays out his second-term vision for America.

Listening to Hurricane Sandy: Climate Change Is Here

By Dr. Andrew Steer from Huffington Post on November 2, 2012

Hurricane Sandy was a massive and deadly storm, extending more than 1,000 miles, bringing huge waves and more than 13 feet of water to parts of New York City. In Manhattan, floods swept away cars and overflowed subway stations. Along the Jersey Shore, homes, property, and businesses were washed away in just a few hours.

Climate change to inflict major crises, panel says

By Brynn Anderson, Associated Press

Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report issued Wednesday.

The greatest danger from extreme weather is in highly populated, poor regions of the world, the report warns, but no corner of the globe – from Mumbai to Miami – is immune. The document by a Nobel Prize-winning panel of climate scientists forecasts stronger tropical cyclones and more frequent heat waves, deluges and droughts.

Humanity has already had four major ecological collapses: how can we avoid a fifth?

By Tom Levitt from The Ecologist

Theologian Martin Palmer tells Tom Levitt how we can learn from previous man-made ecological collapses in Britain and create a ‘new narrative’ that challenges our dominant consumer culture

In your book you talk quite a lot about the devastating impact humans have on the natural world. Do you think that humans can live sustainably?

Mostly Utter Nonsense About Animals

by Keith Goetzman from Utne Reader Wild Green Blog

If you know even a little bit about the natural world, you’ll find Aelian’s On the Nature of Animals quite ridiculous. Here are some of the “facts” presented in the newly released first English translation of this ancient bestiary, written by a Roman-empire scribe named Aelian in the first century C.E.:

“When cranes squawk, they bring on rain showers. So it is said—and also, that cranes have some sort of power which arouses women and causes them to dispense sexual favors. I take this at the word of those who have seen it happen.

In the world’s breadbasket, climate change feeds some worry

By Christine Stebbins on September 5, 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It can’t happen here, can it?

The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and other crops.

When horrific images of drought or famine in Africa, Asia or other regions land in American media, America is usually first in line with food aid shipments, air drops, and other rescue efforts from its seemingly endless stores.

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