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[1THING] Blog: Archive for November, 2014

[ Optimism Greets New Round of UN Climate Talks ]

A UN climate summit begins in Lima, Peru, December 1, as a stepping-stone to a new global climate accord.

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[ Chuckwalla Bench Dec. 6 Four-Wheel Drive Tour Will Explore Wildlife, History, Geology. Mojave Desert Land Trust Co-hosts Free Trip to See Lands That Need Protection ]

Annette Kondo

Chuckwalla Bench is located about an hour east of Indio and is rich in stagecoach history, diverse wildlife and lush desert trees and plants.

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[ New U.S. Ozone Rules Likely to Be Felt Nationwide ]

New EPA ozone rules could prompt greater efforts to clean the nation’s air.

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[ Naomi Klein on How Canada’s First Nations Can Take on the Oil Industry and Win ]

Indigenous peoples may be key to combating climate change, author says.

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[ 5 things we’re thankful for in 2014 ]

This Thanksgiving and holiday season there are so many things for wilderness lovers to be thankful for – in addition to the 758 designated wilderness areas covering nearly 110 million acres of American wild lands. Here’s a few at the top of our list:

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[ 8 Thanksgiving-flavored wild spots ]

Thanksgiving is an ideal time to express gratitude for the good fortune in our lives as well as to stop and appreciate the incredible legacy of our wild public lands.

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[ Study: polar bears declined 40 percent in past decade ]

A study published last week in Ecological Applications has shown that polar bear populations in the southern Beaufort Sea region have declined by 40 percent.

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[ In Climate Talks, Spotlight Turns to India ]

India’s new leader talks about protecting nature, but what will he do about global warming?

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[ PA Voters Want Congressional Action on Renewable Energy ]

When the new Congress is inaugurated in January, Pennsylvania voters of all political persuasions are hoping for action on clean and renewable energy, according to a Hart Research poll commissioned by the Sierra Club.

The state already has several programs in place, such as financial incentives for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and the new poll shows that support for more programs is widespread, says Melissa Williams, national political director for the Sierra Club.

“Support for this plan is extremely high, and it includes large majorities of Independents and many Republicans,” she says. “It’s clear that the voters want action on this, and they support the President’s plan. And that means the Senate should get behind that, as well.”

Pennsylvania ranks 15th among states in the total amount of renewable energy it produces, including hydroelectric, biomass, solar and wind power.

The poll also found that almost seven in 10 voters want the new U.S. senators taking office in January to support efforts to address the effects of climate change.

Williams says that could be a challenge, since some of them have denied the problem exists or aren’t convinced that human-caused pollution is having an impact on it.

“Folks who think it’s unnecessary are ignoring what’s happening around them,” she contends. “Our climate has changed and this is something that we don’t have a lot of time to wait on and so it just feels a little bit like people with their head in the sand.”

Pennsylvania was one of six states where voters were polled for their opinions about addressing climate change.

Source:  Keystone State News Connection

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[ Veterans: Congress must fund vital conservation program ]

Retired generals, veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and U.S.

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