In the News this Week

Written by Stephanie Hedean on . Posted in Learn

In the News is a Planet Change selection of news, stories and images on topics relating to climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet.

Feeding the World in a Changing Climate
With climate change affecting ecosystems around the world, food security is a growing concern. A recently released report Achieving Food Security in the Wake of Climate Change, produced by the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, outlined seven recommendations to policy makers on how to achieve food security in the face of climate change. Read more at or watch the video above for report highlights.


Scientists Use Thoreau’s Walden Journal Notes to Track Climate Change
Researchers using data of flowering dates in 1840s Massachusetts determined that since Thoreau’s time there’s been a temperature increase of 4.3F (2.4C). Looking at 43 plant species, the scientists found that these plants, on average, “are now flowering 10 days earlier than they were then,” as they outlined in a recent article for the journal BioScience. Read full story by Alison Flood at



Dolphins Pay Heavy Price for Deepwater Oil Spill
A new study of dolphins living close to the site of the Deepwater Horizon spill has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals. The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that many of the dolphins studied were underweight, anemic and suffering from lung and liver disease, and immune system distress. Read the full story at


Scientists Begin Climate Change Tree Test
European forestry scientists have begun a multinational field trial to identify trees that will thrive in the wake of climate change. Thousands of trees are being planted and will be accessed for decades to determine which are best suited to survive and how resistant they may be to a new wave of disease, which the predicted warmer conditions may bring. “The kind of information we’re getting out of it is going to inform the policy makers and the foresters of the future about the species that they will be able to use,” says Chris Jones, Forestry Commission Wales. Read complete story at

U.S. Military Forges Ahead with Plans to Combat Climate Change
Climate policy may be a minefield for politicians but the Pentagon sees liabilities from global warming and is both reducing the armed forces greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate impacts. Read the full story at


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
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“The Island President” – Mohamed Nasheed – Talks Global Warming on the Daily Show
Former President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed was on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart talking about global warming and his efforts to get world leaders to rally around finding a solution. The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean, is one of the world’s lowest-lying countries and is at risk of being submerged with the rising tides of global warming.  The Island President, a movie now in limited release, chronicles his first year in office (2009). As seen on NRDC Switchboard.


Stephanie Hedean is a Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant and a Volunteer at The Nature Conservancy.

Photos by: Flickr users Chiot’s Run (Walden Pond) and jeffk42 (Bottlenose Dolphins) used under a Creative Commons license. Videos by: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, in collaboration with University of Minnesota Global Landscapes Initiative.

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