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The Roundup


No Fuzzy Math

Today, the International Panel on Climate Change released its fourth report on the consequences of global warming. The hundreds of scientists and reviewers on the panel stated that they are 90 percent certain that climate change is caused by human activities. The silver lining: If we act quickly, they say, some of the negative effects could be weakened. The New York Times, BBC

Gore and Peace

Former Vice President Al Gore’s work to bring attention to climate change has won him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. He is up against fellow environmentalist Sheila Watt-Cloutier who is working to show how climate change is affecting Inuit people in the Arctic. Reuters, Bloomberg 

Great News from Great Bear  

Thanks to a public-private partnership, the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia could be saved from logging and development. The Canadian government agreed to donate $30 million for conservation, bringing the total funds to $120 million to conserve the rainforest. Much of the credit goes to the folks at the Nature Conservancy, who worked hard to preserve the area that represents a quarter of the remaining coastal temperate rainforest. Toronto Star, CNW Telbec

Welcome Back, Wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted the western population of gray wolves from the federal list of threatened and endangered species this week. While some conservationists are celebrating the predator’s comeback, others are worried that the delisting will thin the population to dangerously low numbers. Rocky Mountain News, Christian Science Monitor

Pollution isn’t Lady-like, Study Says

Women who inhale tiny particles in air pollution are at greater risk for heart disease than women who don’t, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that women are at a significantly higher risk than experts previously thought. New England Journal of Medicine, The Guardian

-Susan Cosier