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Eco News Roundup – March 12, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. With New El Nino Predicted, 3rd Hottest January on Record May be Cool Mark for 2017 Last month was pretty darn hot as global temperature measures go. According to NASA, the world’s thermometer averaged 1.14 C warmer than 1880s temperatures or about 0.92 C warmer than NASA’s 20th Century baseline. These readings were the third warmest for January since NASA record keeping began in 1880. For a temperature measure that has consistently been producing ‘hottest months on record’ throughout 2016,...

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Eco News Roundup: February 19, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. War Is the Climate Risk That Europe’s Leaders Are Talking About Among the 21st-century threats posed by climate change — rising seas, melting permafrost and superstorms — European leaders are warning of a last-century risk they know all too well: War. Focusing too narrowly on the environmental consequences of global warming underestimates the military threats, top European and United Nations officials said at a global security conference in Munich this weekend. Their warnings follow the conclusions of defense and intelligence...

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Eco News Roundup: February 12, 2017

The Eco News Roundup brings stories and commentary about issues related to climate change, renewable energy and the environment. Patagonia pulls out of Utah trade show in protest of state’s public land grab Patagonia has just become the first retailer to pull out of a big industry trade show in Utah to protest state leaders’ efforts to strip federal protection of public land. The company’s announcement Tuesday came after its founder, Yvon Chouinard, wrote an open letter last month urging Utah governor Gary Herbert to stop trying to undo the decision by former president Obama to create the Bears...

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Destroying EPA Enforcement Agencies

Trump Administration Considering Shutting EPA’s Enforcement Office: Report WASHINGTON ― The Trump administration is considering closing down the enforcement division of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a report Wednesday evening from Inside EPA. The new administration is reportedly looking to close the Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance, or OECA, and instead let individual program offices (such as the air program, the water program and others) handle enforcement. The outlet Inside EPA quoted “a source familiar with the plan” who says the Trump administration intends to “disassemble the enforcement office … take it, break it up and move...

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Is the Earth’s Magnetic Field about to Flip?

Are Earth’s Magnetic Poles About to Flip? The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away. Far from being constant, this field is continuously changing. Indeed, our planet’s history includes at least several hundred global magnetic reversals, where north and south magnetic poles swap places. So when’s the next one happening and how will it affect life on Earth? During a reversal the magnetic field won’t be zero, but will assume a weaker and more complex form. It may fall to 10 percent of...

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