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Act now to diversify crops at risk, say scientists

Farm chiefs have a narrowing chance to diversify vital crops at rising threat from drought, flood and pests brought by climate change, food researchers warned on Monday. The world’s nearly seven billion people are massively dependent on a dozen or so crops that, thanks to modern agriculture, are intensively cultivated…

Federal ‘clarification’ on medical marijuana not a change in policy

A memo meant to clarify the Department of Justice (DoJ) position on how federal authorities should treat medical marijuana does not reflect any substantive change in policy from prior administrations, despite some reports to the contrary. The “clarification” was apparently needed after a prior “clarification” in 2009 gave many the…

Experts warn epic weather ravaging US could worsen

CHICAGO — Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather. The human and economic toll over just the past few months has been staggering: hundreds of people have…

India investigating claims doctors ‘converting’ girls into boys

The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has launched an investigation into claims that parents are paying doctors to turn girls into boys, according to The Telegraph. A report published by Hindustan Times Sunday said that doctors in the state had already converted as many as 300 girls ages 1-5. Surgeries…

News that bin Laden weighed al Qaeda name change sparks parodies

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden was so worried about Al-Qaeda’s image that he proposed changing the group’s name to try improve its “brand,” a US official said Friday. In a letter found at his Pakistani compound, the late Al-Qaeda mastermind contemplated new names for his terror network that he hoped…

Gore: Obama has ‘failed’ to call for ‘bold action’ on climate change

Former Vice President Al Gore, one of the leading advocates of using public policy to combat climate change, calls out President Barack Obama for failing to call for “bold action” on the issue in a lengthy essay published Wednesday by Rolling Stone. Though critical of Obama, Gore gives him credit…

Lawsuit against Koch Industries press release parody dismissed

A lawsuit against a group of anonymous environmentalists who created a satirical press release claiming that Koch Industries would help fight climate change was dismissed Monday by U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball. The anonymous environmentalists known as Youth for Climate Truth were defended by the Public Citizen Litigation…

Oceans could rise 1.6 metres by 2100: study

PARIS (AFP) – Warming in the Arctic occurring at twice the global average is on track to lift sea levels by up to 1.6 metres (5.3 feet) by 2100, a far steeper jump than predicted a few years ago, a consortium of scientists reported Tuesday. Melting ice and snow has…

Meteorologists: Tornadoes caused by torrential winds, not climate change

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US meteorologists warned Thursday it would be a mistake to blame climate change for a seeming increase in tornadoes in the wake of deadly storms that have ripped through the US south. “If you look at the past 60 years of data, the number of tornadoes is…

Himalayan farmers’ early warnings on climate change proven true

PARIS (AFP) – Himalayan villagers have won the backing of climate science for their suspicions that snow cover, water resources and the ecosystem are changing in their region, a study published Wednesday said. The authors of the research carried out by Britain’s Royal Society say this is the first time…

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