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Carbon emissions are messing with the marine food web. -

Tiny cyanobacteria in the ocean convert nitrogen gas into forms other sea creatures depend on. But researchers found that cyanobacteria living in high-carbon environments evolved, changing how much nitrogen they produced. Even scarier, the effects were irreversible. Washington Post

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National emissions targets won't hold global temperatures below two degrees of warming. -

Researchers found that seven of the fifteen major countries they examined came up with "inadequate" plans—the United States gets a lukewarm "medium"—which were submitted ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate conference. Only Ethiopia and Morocco have "sufficient" contributions. Reuters

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The United Nations says we should be eating less meat and dairy. -

A new report by the organization says a major shift away from animal products is the only way to feed the world's rapidly growing population and mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Veggie burger, anyone? The Guardian

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An estimated 90 percent of seabirds have plastic in their guts. -

The poor birds confuse pieces of plastic with fish eggs—an often fatal mistake. A new study finds ocean trash is becoming so pervasive that by 2050, 99 percent of all seabirds will have inadvertently dined on our garbage. The Guardian

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Citibank says it pays to cut carbon. -

A new report by the bank finds that developing low-carbon energy sources would save the world $1.8 trillion through 2040 (talk about a return on investment!). And not taking action would cost us an additional $40 trillion by 2060. ThinkProgress 

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The United States recognizes our role in creating the problem, and we embrace our responsibility to help solve it.

President Obama calls for immediate action to address climate change in a speech at an Alaska conference yesterday. Hmm...so how again, Mr. President, does allowing Shell to drill the Arctic Ocean for even more fossil fuels help solve this problem?

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Indonesia wants to ramp up its carbon-cutting goals. -

The country with the world's third-largest area of tropical forests is a major greenhouse-gas emitter, thanks to fires, deforestation, and peat degradation from palm oil production. The island nation previously committed to a 26 percent reduction by 2020 (13 of which it has already achieved), but the current government is shooting even higher (or lower, as it were). Reuters

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Los Angeles County officials are washing their cars way too much. -

Service records show the majority of supervisors have their cars washed two to three times a week(!). That's excessive under any conditions, but the frequency has actually increased since California governor Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water usage reductions. Los Angeles Daily News

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Thousands of walruses are "hauling out" onto the Alaskan shoreline. -

This is the seventh time in the last nine years that these marine mammals have been forced ashore en masse because of dwindling ice in the Chukchi Sea. Mashable

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Californians cut their water use 31 percent last month. -

That comes out to 74 billion gallons less than Golden State residents consumed in July 2013, and exceeds governor Jerry Brown's mandatory 25 percent reduction for the second month in a row. (June's savings were 27 percent). Sacramento Bee

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