Thousands of snow geese were killed after landing in a toxic lake

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When a snowstorm hit Montana last week, tens of thousands of southbound snow geese were forced to land in the nearest source of open water. It just so happened that source was a toxic pit from an old copper mine.

Several thousand geese died soon after settling in the pit, which holds about 45 billion gallons of highly acidic water, according to Montana Resources, one of the mining companies responsible for the Berkeley Pit Superfund site.

Witnesses described the scene on Nov. 28 as “700 acres of white birds,” Mark Thompson, the environmental affairs manager for Montana Resources, told the Associated Press. Read more…

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The Weather Channel shuts down Breitbart: Yes, climate change is real

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The Weather Channel has slammed Breitbart for using its reporting to argue that the earth is cooling, when in fact, it definitely is not.

Brietbart‘s use of an unrelated Weather Channel video to back up false claims that the earth is getting colder just didn’t sit well with the weather reporting service, which rarely if ever sticks its nose in anything political. It delivered a scathing and informative video message on Tuesday. 

The site didn’t stop there. It also ran a story entitled “Note to Breitbart: Earth Is Not Cooling, Climate Change Is Real and Please Stop Using Our Video to Mislead Americans,” alongside the video message. Read more…

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Google’s data centers, offices will use 100% renewable energy in 2017

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Google will power 100 percent of its sprawling data centers and offices with renewable energy starting next year.

The tech giant on Tuesday said it had bought enough wind and solar power to account for all the electricity it uses globally each year. That means the servers handling your Google Maps requests, storing your backlog of unread Gmails and holding the work of aspiring YouTube stars will use only emissions-free energy. 

Last year, just 44 percent of Google’s power supplies came from renewables, the company said.

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NASA photo reveals a startling 300-foot-wide rift in Antarctic Ice Shelf

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The breakup of the massive Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica is getting closer and will eventually produce an iceberg the size of Delaware prowling the Southern Ocean, according to new NASA data. 

On Friday, NASA released an astonishing new image taken by researchers flying above the ice shelf on Nov. 10 showing the crack is getting longer, deeper and wider. Scientists think it will eventually cause a large section of the shelf to break off.

The scientists associated with a NASA field campaign known as Operation IceBridge measured the Larsen C fracture to be about 70 miles long, more than 300 feet wide and about a third of a mile deep.  Read more…

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The list of musicians supporting #NoDAPL reads like a festival lineup

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An array of more than 120 musicians are voicing their support for the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

British rock star Kate Nash is leading the effort to support the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, environmentalists and other protesters who have been at the center of a dispute over an area slated to be used in the Dakota Access Pipeline.

She’s recruited more than 100 big-name musicians, including members of Green Day, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Death Cab for Cutie, Guns & Roses and Icona Pop, to sign a letter reiterating requests to remove pipeline construction and review the environmental impact of the project. Read more…

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A dreaded carbon time bomb lurks beneath your feet

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There are many uncertainties when it comes to global warming, from how quickly the planet’s ice sheets will melt to how global leaders will enact rapid emissions cuts. One nagging scientific uncertainty concerns a rather unsexy topic: the soil. As in, the ground beneath your feet. 

There is growing concern that terrestrial soils, which are the Earth’s largest reservoir of carbon outside of the oceans, will switch from being a net absorber of greenhouse gases to a net source. 

This can happen as microbes in the soil break down organic matter more quickly, thereby releasing carbon dioxide. As Arctic soils warm, these microbes will go to work there for the first time, emitting what had been carbon frozen in the ground into the atmosphere. Read more…

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Global warming blowout: Record highs beat record lows by 51-to-1 ratio in November

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As the planet warms in response to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the ratio of high temperature records compared to low temperature records has become more skewed. If the climate weren’t warming, that long-term ratio should average out to about 1-to-1. 

However, that isn’t the world we’re living in. A 2009 study found that the record highs to lows ratio was 2-to-1 for the lower 48 states during the 2000s, and this disparity has only grown since then. Projections show the imbalance increasing in coming decades as global warming continues.

Keeping in mind that individual months show considerable variability in weather patterns, it’s clear that over the long-term, the ratio of record highs to record lows is now strongly favoring record highs as well as record warm overnight temperatures. This is consistent with computer model projections of a warming world.  Read more…

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Justin Trudeau’s love fest with environmentalists ends with tar sands pipeline approvals

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has approved two of three controversial oil pipelines that, if built, could knock Canada off its course to meeting its climate change commitments, opponents say.

Trudeau on Tuesday signed off on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline as well as Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, both of which would carry crude oil from Canada’s tar sands region in Alberta to global markets. 

He rejected a third pipeline, Northern Gateway, which the prime minister said “wasn’t in the best interests of affected communities.”

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Patagonia is donating every penny made from Black Friday sales to help save the planet

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Patagonia, the high-end outdoor clothing retailer, is donating its entire Black Friday sales to grassroots environmental organisations around the world. 

Patagonia reported a “record-breaking” $10 million in Black Friday sales — about five times higher than expected — and said it will give every penny to nonprofits fighting “to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. The science is telling us loud and clear: We have a problem.”

The idea for the initiative came about after the US presidential election, company spokeswoman Corley Kenna told The Huffington Post Read more…

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