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Climate Change? Blame These Dudes, Cloudseeding Is Legit, You Don't Know Jack about Jellyfish
Our top picks: today's environmental news and best #greenreads.

Warsaw walkout: Delegates from developing nations symbolically walked out of the U.N. climate talks yesterday to protest “what they consider inadequate financial support from wealthy countries.” The whole issue hinges on what’s referred to as “loss and damage,” or the responsibility of developed nations to compensate less developed nations. (This very subject nearly derailed last year’s talks in Doha, Qatar.) And while the U.S. and E.U. obviously don’t want to get caught on the hook for unlimited future liability, island nations like the Philippines certainly have a point when they say they’re bearing the brunt of climate change while big carbon emitters like the U.S. exacerbate the problem. New York Times

Pointing fingers: While we’re on the topic of just who exactly screwed the pooch, a new report reveals that just 90 companies are responsible for about two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution. “There are thousands of oil, gas, and coal producers in the world," says Richard Heede from the Climate Accountability Institute in Colorado. "But the decision makers, the CEOs, or the ministers of coal and oil, if you narrow it down to just one person, they could all fit on a Greyhound bus or two." Not that those dudes would ever be caught dead on public transportation, of course. Guardian

One hand dirties the other: The republican-controlled House just approved a measure that would speed up the process for allowing companies to drill for oil and natural gas. The House is also eying legislation that would inhibit the Interior Department from protecting public lands from fracking and another that would streamline approvals for natural gas pipelines. And I'm sure it’s a total coincidence that a new report shows fracking industry contributions to congressional campaigns rocketed up 231 percent between 2004 and 2012. (Cue Alanis Morissette.) Associated Press, Huffington Post

Make it rain, baby: Last week marked the opening of California’s cloudseeding season, a time when scientists start spraying aerosolized silver iodide molecules into the sky in the hopes of coaxing down a little rain (see "Silver-Lining Playbook"). More than a little rain actually—California gets approximately 400,000 acre-feet of crop-sustaining H2O from cloudseeding projects each year. OnEarth

Government shutdown redux: Remember all that talk about how the government shutdown could have a dramatic impact on all kinds of science in Antarctica? Well guess what! The government shutdown is still having a dramatic impact on all kinds of science in Antarctica. But it’s cool, we don’t really need to know more about ice sheets anyway, right? Washington Post

DAILY DISTRACTION

A jelly by any other name: Did you know most jellyfish pose absolutely no threat to humans? That’s just one of the many jelly facts you’ll learn in this downright illuminating video—bioluminescence pun! In fact, most “jellyfish” hardly resemble those gelatinous creatures we fear getting into our swim shorts. And according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, there may not be such a thing as jellyfish at all. Jellywatch

OTHER HEADLINES

Japan Govt’s Websites Hacked by Anonymous over Dolphin Hunt Tokyo Times

Plastic Debris Could Make Remote Pacific Island a Superfund Site Honolulu Civil Beat

Super Euros: Top 10 Climate-Change-Fighting Countries Are All in Europe Grist

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