There’s a great deal of news on climate change (little of it it getting the deserved headlines, though)
Here’s the bad news
— 2047: The Year the World Hits ‘Climate Departure’ ‘Within my generation, whatever climate we were used to will be a thing of the past,’ says lead researcher of new study. Full article here: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-9
– As Planet Warms, 13% of Humanity Headed for Worse Water Scarcity. New studies finds 1 billion will face new or increased water scarcity by the century’s end if ‘business continues as usual’. Read full article here: http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/10/09-6 Dryland near Manatuto, Timor-Leste (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / UN / Martine Perret)
But there is some good news!
Alaska’s Supreme Court Will Rule on This College Freshman’s Global Warming Lawsuit
Many college students consider it an accomplishment if they beat their hangovers and make it to class on time. But last year, Nelson Kanuk, a freshman at at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks, sued his state for failing to reduce carbon emissions or slow climate change. Last week, the Alaska Supreme Court agreed to hear Kanuk’s appeal, becoming the first high court in the country to take up such a case. (You can view the full hearing, which took place in a high school auditorium, here.)
Kanuk hails from a remote Yup’ik Eskimo village called Kipnuk, which is accessible primarily via river. Due to melting permafrost, the riverbank that protects Kanuk’s family’s house from floods softened, and some 13 feet of their front yard was swallowed up by the rushing water. The family has since been forced to move about 100 miles away.