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China’s new 5-year plan is out, and it doesn’t sacrifice the environment for the economy

Grist: On Wednesday, Chinese lawmakers approved the country`s 13th Five-Year Plan, the high-level document that will guide policymaking through 2020, including the country`s approach to climate and energy policy. As the world`s second-largest economy and the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, China necessarily plays a role in shaping global climate policy — and if it can deliver on the goals outlined in the plan, that role will undoubtedly expand.
The plan is the first to set a national cap on energy…
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World’s energy supply relies on water. Guess what we’re running low on?

Grist: Not to make you do math on a Friday or anything, but here`s a simple word problem: If 98 percent of global power generation requires water, the U.N. predicts a 40 percent shortfall in global water supply by 2030, and the world`s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, then approximately how screwed are we? Please present your answer in units of Stacey Dash accidentally driving on the freeway:
Now, before you grab a pencil and paper, some context: A new report from the World Energy Council…
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In California, Dealing With A Drought And Preparing For A Flood

National Public Radio: As Californians hope for rain and snow to end the state’s extreme drought, a decades-old rule prohibits reservoirs from filling up in the winter, so some water ends up being released. The rule may sound odd given how chronically dry California is, but it’s actually to prevent a bigger disaster: flooding. In the winter, reservoirs are not allowed to fill up. That’s so they can capture excessive amounts of water that flow out of the mountains during storms. It was a solution engineered to prevent…
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Warmer Winter Brings Forest-Threatening Beetles North

New York Times: data-para-count=”260″ data-total-count=”260″>This winter has been the warmest on record in much of New England. And while many people enjoyed the T-shirt weather, it made Claire E. Rutledge, a researcher with Connecticut’s Agricultural Experiment Station, more concerned about what next season may hold.
Beginning in April, she will head to Wharton Brook and other state lands, setting traps for the southern pine beetle and checking them weekly through midsummer.
The beetles, which can kill thousands…
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Can improved agricultural practices help combat climate change?

ScienceDaily: Did you know that over half of global non-carbon dioxide (non-CO2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are accountable to agriculture? According to new a research study recently published in the Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, this figure is set to rise substantially in the next two decades, especially in developing countries. However, by analysing US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) data and models, the authors have projected that there is significant potential for the agricultural…
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Adaptation to increasing flood risk in Europe should aim to reduce impact

ScienceDaily: A JRC-led research published in Climatic Change investigated the benefits of four adaptation measures to reduce the increasing flood risk in Europe under state-of-the-art global warming projections under a high-end climate scenario. Adaptation measures include the rise of flood protections, reduction of the peak flows through water retention, reduction of vulnerability and relocation to safer areas. Under the projected increase in frequency and magnitude of river floods in the current century, traditional…
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