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The many signs of climate change in the far north

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News-Miner: In anticipation of an arctic science conference happening next month in Fairbanks, an editor asked me to write a column on climate change in the North.
I told her climate stability would be the bigger story, since basswood trees used to grow in Fairbanks and redwoods once dropped their cones into the Porcupine River. Climate is always changing.
But we have gotten much better at measuring those changes. We people and our scientific instruments have now occupied the top of the globe for long…
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Scientists warn of the dangers of salt pollution of freshwaters if preventive measures are not taken

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ScienceDaily: An article published today in the journal Science warns of the dangers of increasing water salinity for human health and freshwater ecosystems (rivers, lakes, etc.) and the economic cost arising from a lack of public policies to tackle this problem. The study, prepared by an international team of scientists coordinated by the researcher Miguel Cañedo-Argüelles, of the BETA research group of the University of Vic — Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC) and the FEM research group of the University…
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William Mulholland Gave Water to LA and Inspired ‘Chinatown’

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Daily Beast: Irish immigrant William Mulholland brought LA the water it needed to grow, even when he was accused of stealing it, and even when it cost the lives of almost 500 innocent people.
Mulholland? Sure, you say. I know that name. Isn’t it a twisty street somewhere in Los Angeles, and wasn’t Mulholland Drive the title of an eerie film by David Lynch? And didn’t Roman Polanski and Robert Towne’s movie Chinatown have a character with the sound-alike name of Hollis Mulwray, the L.A. city water engineer…
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TMT case returns to Land Board

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Hawaii Tribune: A Hilo Circuit Court judge officially remanded the Thirty Meter Telescope’s land use permit this week, setting the stage for another review by the state Land Board and a new contested case hearing for the proposed project on Mauna Kea.
But first, a new hearings officer will need to be selected.
Dan Dennison, Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesman, said 11 people have applied for the job, and a screening committee selected by Chair Suzanne Case will review them for qualifications…
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Time, BBC & others drive historic deal protect Canada Great Bear Rainforest

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Guardian: Earlier this month, a groundbreaking agreement was reached to prohibit logging in the majority of the 6.4m-hectare Canadian rainforest known as the Great Bear Rainforest – a stretch of coastal ecosystem nearly the size of Ireland.
The winners in the deal were environmental groups and the First Nations peoples who call the land their ancestral home. But there was also a less obvious contingent: an international assortment of business interests that used their influence to push for a deal.
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These Native Americans Might Be the Country’s First Climate Change Refugees

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Vice: Sometime in the next few years, the remaining two dozen or so families of Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles will pack up their stuff and leave for good.
They’ll leave behind homes that some of the Native American residents have lived in for generations, and they’ll watch from afar as what’s left of the island gets swallowed by the surrounding waters.
“All of our history, all of our ancestral line — that’s where our people are buried. That’s where our family members were born,” island native…
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