Environment

Warmer oceans driving Antarctic Peninsula glacier melt

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Carbobrief.org - The Antarctic Peninsula is a long, relatively narrow limb extending 800 miles out from West Antarctica, and is home to hundreds of glaciers.
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Climate change claims a lake, and a way of life

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New York TimesThe water receded and the fish died. They surfaced by the tens of thousands, belly-up, and the stench drifted in the air for weeks.
 
The birds that had fed on the fish had little choice but to abandon Lake Poopó, once Bolivia’s second-largest but now just a dry, salty expanse. Many of the Uru-Murato people, who had lived off its waters for generations, left as well, joining a new global march of refugees fleeing not war or persecution, but climate change.
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Chile producing so much solar energy it’s giving electricity away for free

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EcoWatch - In a new Bloomberg reportChile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free, solar capacity from the country’s central grid has increased four fold to 770 megawatts since 2013. Another 1.4 gigawatts will be added this year with many solar power projects under development.
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12,000 years ago, humans and climate change made a deadly team

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New York TimesClimate change, habitat destruction, extinctions — the Earth has seen it all before, thousands of years ago. And humans may have been partly to blame for many of those changes in nature, too.
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How fast are renewables growing? LCD TV provides an analogy

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Forbes - Natural gas and coal combined were even smaller than “other”.
 
That was perhaps the most interesting takeaway in the U.S. Solar Market Insight from GTM Research and The Solar Energy Industries Association study of new generation capacity for the U.S. in Q1 2016. Solar accounted for 64% of new capacity with 1.67 new gigawatts coming online while wind chipped in for 33%. “Other” sources like oil furnaces, biomass and small hydro accounted for 3%. Natural gas, meanwhile, clocked in at 1%. Put another way, fossil beat wave technology and small nuclear, but fell behind pellet boilers.
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Chile to examine possible link between salmon industry, red tide

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Reuters - A team of scientists will determine if salmon producers dumping tons of dead fish into the Pacific contributed to a massive "red tide" that is wreaking havoc among fishermen in southern Chile, the government said on Friday.
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Why are Chilean beaches covered with dead animals?

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Smithsonian - Compared to other countries, Chile is almost all coast, and that geographical fluke means that the country is known for its beautiful beaches. But that reputation may be on the wane thanks to a new sight on Chilean shores: dead animals. Lots of them. Heaps of them, in fact. As Giovanna Fleitas reports for the Agence France-Presse, the South American country’s beaches are covered with piles of dead sea creatures—and scientists are trying to figure out why.
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Argentina confirms Santa Cruz dam projects

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Dialogo ChinoAfter months of rumours, Mauricio Macri’s government has officially confirmed that the controversial China-backed dams in Patagonia will go ahead. However, following complaints by environmental organizations, the original plan will be subject to changes, which could include reducing the dams’ size.
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The global significance of the Klamath agreement

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International Rivers Network - Last week, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor Kate Brown of Oregon signed an agreement that will set into motion the biggest river restoration in the history of the United States
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Climate model predicts West Antarctic ice sheet could melt rapidly

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New York Times - For half a century, climate scientists have seen the West Antarctic ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization.
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