Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 6:12 PMA food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers said Wednesday. South Georgia island's Antarctic fur seal pups have a lower average birth weight, and there are fewer breeding adults -- who hold out longer to reproduce than in the past, according to study results published in the journal ... [News Source]
Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals
West Sussex county council turns down shale gas exploration bid.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMAn application by a shale company to explore for oil and gas in West Sussex has been turned down. West Sussex County Council's planning committee refused the application by Celtique Energy for oil and gas exploration near Wisborough Green, a conservation area. [News Source]
‘Unprecedented’ spate of wildfires incinerates homes and forces evacuations in Washington, Oregon.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMFire crews are making a scramble as a huge number of lightning-sparked wildfires continue to burn across drought-parched regions of Oregon and Washington. [News Source]
Maine city council votes to keep tar sands out of its port.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMSouth Portland, citing environmental concerns, has passed an ordinance blocking tar sands oil and other raw crude from being loaded onto tanker ships at the city port. [News Source]
Checking the variability of EPA’s math leads some to question its Clean Power Plan.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMUnder the Clean Power Plan - U.S. EPA's ambitious proposal to curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants - states are asked to meet widely divergent targets. [News Source]
Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMAs Washington still fights over whether climate change is real, people across the country are paying costs scientists ascribe to it. All over the Midwest, from Chicago to Indianapolis and Milwaukee, residents face difficult issues as changing weather patterns collide with aging infrastructure. The costs — for governments, insurance companies and homeowners — are often measured in quality of life. [News Source]
Earth’s hottest June follows hottest May. The new normal? (+video).
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMThis June was the warmest one since record keeping began in 1880, a NOAA center reports. Same was true for May. It's more evidence the planet is heating up, climate scientists say. [News Source]
Why the California drought affects everyone.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMAll of California is in a state of emergency because of the prolonged drought, now in its third year. And it’s more than just Californians who are feeling the impact – the state uses its scarce water to provide the nation with more food than any other state. [News Source]
Sea erosion leaves thousands of Liberians homeless.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMThe homes and businesses of thousands of poor people living on Liberia's coast are being swept away by rising sea levels. Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency says a project is underway to help stop the erosion, but that there is not enough funding. [News Source]
Seals connect the dots to feed in offshore wind farms.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMAs wind farms march out into coastal waters to meet energy demands, seals are learning to use them like local grocery stores, scientists say. A few have been spotted prowling the grids of turbines, checking for fish congregating around pillars, and stopping to feast when they find them. [News Source]
Beef’s environmental costs far outweigh poultry, pork.
Wednesday July 23rd 2014, 10:00 AMBeef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. [News Source]