New Petition: “Biofuel“: Please support the scientists’ call to protest! https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/mailalert/776/biofuel-please-support-the-scientists-call-to-protest 832 S. Since agricultural land is in short supply worldwide, the required space is created at the expense of food production & Tropical Forests. Europe is dependent on the ever increasing imports of Biodiesel made from Palm Oil & Soy, and ethanol produced from Maize & Sugarcane.
noted, signed, biofuels aren't all bad...its the sources, spaces and the other needs for food that make them so....
Biofuel is the best way to recycle instead of polluting our waaters and land and forest. If we can recycle plastic bags for a good cause, we can save the earth going bio. But going bio doesn't mean killing trees or plants. You kill the trees and plants you have created an ozone cause trees and plants are the earths source of air and every breath we breathe as well as wildlife.
We need our tropical rainforests and the animals that live within them. Rather than tearing down the rainforests and driving the animals that live there to extinction, we should focus on developing renewable energy sources and leave our natural resources alone. Our earth has been picked apart and sucked dry of anything that provides fuel. It's time we became more serious about making sacrifices and promoting energy creation methods that don't require further sacrifices from our planet.
Petitions signed. Thanks, Michela!
signed and shared with friends, then signed for my husband
I did not sign and this is why. I think that the petition and proposed action as there are written are misguided. I agree that conversion of rainforest and other sensitive areas to bio-fuel crops is a bad thing. However, bio-fuels themseves can be carbon nuetral and they produce a lot less other nasty emissions than fossill fuels that can destroy habitat. Using an scalpel instead of an axe would be more appropriate. A more precise action could spur development of a less land intensive biofuel saving habitat and emissions.
David, what about the huge amounts of CO2 Emissions caused by burning intere Rainforests areas? by which FAUNA is KILLED also?? Anyway, if Scientists all-over the world are calling to protest....
Signed this one. Thanks again Michela for bringing this important petition to my attention!
signed and shared on facebook
Signed & Shared! The problem is that using biofuels which come with the cost of converting more agricultural land for energy production is that agriculture then expands to other places which often leads to deforestation especially in the tropical areas of the developing countries. Thus there are no real carbon savings by doing this, and in fact, we are losing the greatest carbon savings that are in the rainforests and we are also losing valuable ecosystems that are so vital to plants and animals who live in the rainforests. Renewable energy cannot come at such a cost. Our planet's greatest asset in climate control are its rainforests which are home to most of our planet's species and we are also all dependent on the oxygen that forests release.
Our excessive power consumption does need to be drastically curbed, and we must eliminate gas guzzlers on our streets, start putting more investment in electric cars and public transportation.
I did not say that I wasn't signing the petition due to the way it is worded. I do not agree with rainforest destruction for ANY reason. I do think that biofuels have many benefits over fossill fuels and should be used as a transition fuel until other technologies are more widely available as much of the current infrastructure can be utilized by them.
I do not need to wake up to read my position correctly. I do not blindly sign petitions like a lemming, and think it should be redirected to focus more on the issue of concern w/o debilitating a potentially beneficial alternative. Everyone has an opinion and mine is that one should read more carefully before unleashing insulting remarks.
Signed,FB and voted. Thanks
Save this Mother's Love !!!!
Signed and Fb. Thanks
1) Pet: Further Delay on Climate Change Agreement Increases Risk of Environmental Disaster …broad consensus among Climate Scientists and Economists that any further delay in agreements risks catastrophic and irreversible Climate Change. Preferring to focus on domestic and regional economic concerns of an admittedly difficult nature, the leaders of the world’s rich Countries ignore at their citizens’ risk the clear interrelationship between sustainable, long-term economic growth, human health and safety and an enforceable plan of action for curbing emissions growth before reaching the benchmark 2° C rise in average global temperatures.
CONTINUES....A NEW YEAR,WITH THE SAME CAUSES.
THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO,MIC
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Thank you for all the info... I had missed one of those petitions before... Hope everyone has a great New Year and that it is a great one for the environment too...
thank you,,,,,,,,,well........for everything you do..
MAGNIFIQUE!! SO BEAUTYFUL I SHARED IN FACEBOOK FOR FRIENDS!
New!! Pet.: Reduce Black Carbon Emissions - A Primary Contributor To Global Warming
A large contributor to Global Warming is open burning—a practice that scientists estimate creates 50% of emissions causing Earth’s rising temperatures. Open burning refers to any type of open flame, whether it is an agricultural fire, a fire that burns and disposes of waste, or simply a fireplace or campfire. These fires release black carbon into the atmosphere, an emission known to warm the Earth and impact the Environment at high rates.
The UN estimates that if black carbon regulations are followed, 2.5 million lives could be saved each year, and annual crop losses of 35 million tons could be avoided. However, it is up to individual Governments to take action and monitor black carbon as a pollutant. Asia, an infamously polluted continent, fiercely contributes to black carbon emissions.
If only the orangutans were in charge.....trees/forests everywhere possible and of course cooperation, love, friendship between all persons....we'd stop driving, polluting, and destroying so much......love the pictures, the antarctic crack is just one more warning sign....hope we humans get smart soon and be willing to work to save our world for all for the future..
New!! Pet.: Uphold Penalties for Importing Illegal Wood
Forests around the world have been protected as a result of a U.S. ban on importation of illegal wood. In 2008 the U.S. Congress passed a ban (Legal Timber Protection Act) on the importation of illegal wood which required importers to declare the species and country of origin of wood products with severe penalties for violators including the confiscation of wood products determined to be illegal. Since the ban illegal logging around the world has dropped 22 %. Illegal logging endangers forest habitats, increases the risk of floods and forest fires, harms local people, & emits carbon to the atmosphere.
Protect global Forests by urging Congress to uphold penalties for importing illegal wood.
New Pet.: Individual ‘Green’ Gestures Are Not Saving The Planet Fast Enough
Target: U.S. President Barack Obama. The U.S. Government needs to step forward and make big changes to keep our planet from deteriorating. Policies might take time to properly formulate and initiate, but a trial and error process might be beneficial to get a feel for feedback. Everyone is not going to be supportive, even though they should be, but these are changes that must be made. We cannot sacrifice our planet simply because we are all too lazy to make any fundamental changes.
When FaceBook BLOCKED MY ACCOUNT (May 2010) because my Petition "Label Palm Oil" (AGAINST the OIL LOBBY) WAS CONSIDERED as a SPAM by FB, DECLARING I WAS VIOLATING their RULES!!!!!!!!!!!
in the same days it seems that FB DELETED a PETITION AGAINST BP (the Gulf Disaster)!!
ARE BIG CORPORATIONS OUR and OUR EARTH's MAJOR ENEMY???
Was able to sign this one okay, some one is definitely blocking your Tar Sands petition.
Signed and pledged and FB. Thanks
Wowie, all signed!!! Loved all of the information, videos, etc. Outstanding and so happy I stopped by! Thank you again! Mm
All gladly signed and thank you Michela for all that you do my dear friend. World of hugs to you!
everything signed, inclusive petition for EU tar sands
I watched HOME last year and I was crying, all these wounds of our planet, all pain we inflict every day to living creatures, species extincted......
thank you Michela for all you do, maybe we can still hope
New petition to tell palm oil industry that Orangutans are not pests and need respected lives
I'm all for alternative energy sources like water and wind energy but no alternative energy like bio-fuel should alter habitats.
So I signed
All caught up! Thank You for all this valuable information Michela.
Tears well up when I think of so many species endangered, the wonderful animals and primates, the beautiful birds and the fish and mammals of the ocean. Even the forests and waters of Earth are affected.
It is interesting to me that indigeneous peoples around the world view nature as a second home, yet the rest of us take it for granted no matter how we treat it.
Albert Einstein was right when saying "We shall require a substantially new way of thinking if mankind is to survive".
I hope it works out for the people of Kiribati in moving to Fiji if they get approval.
There was another island that wanted to move it's people to Australia and were refused, that to me is criminal. The picture of the Mosque in Malaysia sure tells a story in itself of the rising seas.
All caught up on petitions and articles brought to my attention.
Many thanks Michela, and Have A Happy Women's Day, March 8th!
Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
To raise awareness of how dangerous pollution is being created from melting sea ice due to the over-consumption of fossil fuels
The human race’s voracious use of fossil fuels has been causing an alarming Global Climate Change for some time now, which is leading to the melting of vital sea ice in the Arctic. Arctic sea ice is a major source of fresh water for living beings across the globe. Any animals that depend on this ice for shelter & food such as Polar Bears, will most definitely suffer. It was initially believed that only certain animals would be affected by this, which may be a reason why there aren’t many people standing up to change this quickly growing issue. We need to take our environment seriously before we suffer dire consequences.
Yes, Angelina Jolie is a wonderful person and a pretty lady too. I'm glad she is here, in this Orangutans group.
Biofuel can destroy the rain forests. However, we need the so called green energy and there are other ways to produce biofuel without destroying the rain forests. We can produce biofuel in U.S.A. as in Europe. I signed the same, referring the rain forests destruction.
P.S. I love the video: 131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Secs
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My husband is from Dorset. Already some years ago my father-in-law was having problems in growing his - normally - beautiful garden, because of lack of water... (& the green green grass???) in periods like August, when here in Italy it was raining almost EVERY DAY!!!!! and we were fed up with RAIN.....!!
CLIMATE CHANGE PROBLEMS!!!!!!!!
all posts noted and petitions signed and shared
so sad that mankind caused and continues to cause this destruction of the earth
Thank you very much for posting the link with THINK ABOUT IT.
Thank you so much Michela for getting all of this information up, WOW you work so hard and it is so important! I do sign all I can for our Environment, but you have some here that I had missed....there was one I couldn't get to work said closed, it was the one that said take action by March 20th, and sadly I am two days late for that one! Others all up-to-date!Colette the two videos were outstanding and thank you for posting them!
A recently published study has brought attention to the plight of Cloud Forests in Mexico, & Worldwide. According to the research, Mexico could lose up to 70% of its cloud forests due to Climate Change by the year 2080 if immediate action is not taken. Cloud forests are unique ecosystem and are at a greater risk from Climate Change than deforestation.
Mexico needs to take action before it is too late & protect cloud forests from Climate Change. By doing so not only will countless rare Species be saved, Mexico will also be a leader for other countries with cloud forests threatened by Climate Change.
Cloud forests are still very much a mystery to scientists & unfortunately, often lost to crop & pasture land. Don’t let Climate Change be the next factor to destroy these amazing forests.
Signed & posted to FB. Thank you, Michela.
Target: Sen. Barbara Boxer, Chair of the Environmental & PublicWorks Committee
Goal: Support legislation that requires federal agencies to plan for the long-term effects of Climate Change.
Protecting the US’ Natural Ecosystems is vitally important to our wildlife, economy, & natural resources. If we fail to address these issues before they worsen, we will not be prepared in the face of changing conditions, shifting habitats and species, and natural disasters. The SAFE Act is a sensible solution to ensure Climate Change preparedness in the U.S.
As a matter of fact it is not at all enough to be against climate change in the sense of deteriotation. The injustice of natural precipitation worldwide demands climate change to the better. The practical method to do so is described in the comments at
SIGN UP!! join the hundreds of Millions: Earth Hour 2012: Sat31 March 8.30pm, switch off your lights for an hour
Global Warming: greatest threat facing our Planet today: weather patterns, water supplies, plant growth, our & World’s Wildlife sustainable living. ClimateChange already started: but not too late to act.
Francesco Totti: Roma’s golden boy, the highest goal-scorer of all time, among the most popular footballers in EU, kicking goals for Earth Hour: the 4th year raising awareness for Earth Hour.
Italian Nat. Rugby Team: 1st time under WWF banner: support the fight against ClimateChange, &lsquoassing the panda’, inviting their fans & general public to change their bad habits&‘team up’ for a more sustainable world.
Source: Marianne P.
up to date
my town did participate to the event like many other places on earth by switching off the electric power down town for 1 hour
Obama has also supported the bill. “The Oil industry is doing just fine. With record profits & rising production, I’m not worried about the big Oil companies” Obama said, urging senators to back the plan. “Today, members of Congress have a simple choice to make: They can stand with Big Oil Companies, or they can stand with the American People”
“With their votes, Republicans said loudly & clearly that they’re on the side of Big Oil. I will keep fighting for middle class families, for fairness & against these ridiculous, needless subsidies” Menendez said after the vote.
Apple, Amazon & Microsoft all use asthma-inducing, Climate destroying coal to power the "cloud" that stores your emails, photos, music & videos. Take action now & tell these companies to clean the cloud.
The tech industry is led by a few very large companies who can choose to quit the coal habit. Thanks to you, Facebook already has. So we're kicking off a campaign to see Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple — three of the largest owners of data centres in the world — make the switch.
Thank you very much Michela,for all these important posts! This is extremely valuable information. I noted most of the news and signed the latest petitions.
I understand your discomfort, but never said it was more just:
many enemies much honor (Julius Caesar)
these strange ban from major networks, creates perhaps the realization that economic interests are called into play.
Great work and great dedication Michela congratulations, we all love you
THANK YOU MICHELA -- NOTED THE INFO FROM GOULD'S LTR RE DONATING EVERY TIME WE SHOP! THANK YOU AGAIN
Target: The Heartland Institute’s President - The Heartland Institute recently commissioned various billboard ads that liken those who believe in global warming to controversial figures such as Ted “Unabomber” Kaczynski, Charles Manson & Fidel Castro. Climate disruption is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by citizens & Governments alike. Heartland’s campaign attempts to convince Americans otherwise by demonizing environmental scientists, educators & activists. We must create a public outcry and demand that Heartland Institute apologize for its purposefully misleading and hateful anti-climate change ads.
New!! Petition: Protect uncontacted tribes
115,124 Signatures – Target: Peru’s President Humala - Survival estimates there are 15 uncontacted tribes in Peru. All of them live in the most remote, isolated regions of the Amazon Rainforest.
At risk of extinction from disease and land loss. In the depths of the Amazon Rainforest in Peru live tribes who have no contact with the outside world.
Oil workers and illegal loggers are invading the lands of uncontacted tribes in Peru. Please sign the Petition!!
Source: Rosemary R.
Thanks michela,you are a environmental rock star! On behalf of our Mother Earth,you rule!!!
VERY URGENT!!!! New!!! Petition: A new plan to save the planet
430,522 Signatures. I signed with all my family Emails!!!
16 May 2012 This weekend, the 8 most powerful leaders in the world will meet at the G8 summit & could agree to a plan that could literally stop Climate Change! It’s crazy, but right now, our Governments give nearly $1 trillion a year of our taxpayer money to Big Oil & Coal to destroy our Planet. Key leaders, including President Obama, hosting the G8, have already agreed to stop these polluter payments. Now, if we demand they act on their word & divert this huge sum into renewable energy, experts say we could actually save our planet!
It's a simple no-brainer that our leaders have already agreed to. Let's hold their feet to the fire, & push President Obama to lead the world's largest economies to turn these polluting subsidies green. Sign the urgent petition & share with everyone - a massive campaign now can force them from talk to action.
Signed, where I live we have two big coal plants and the Government is shutting them down by 2014, with this I do agree..thanks Michela!
Target: CEOs of General Motors and Ford
Goal: Stop buying steel made with illegally logged timber from the Amazon Rainforest
Major U.S. car companies like General Motors, Ford and Nissan have been purchasing steel made from pig iron that is smelted using illegally logged timber from the Amazon Rainforest.
New!! Petition: Chief Raoni and the Kayapo Under Attack!
Chief Raoni has called for support from people around the world to pressure the Brazilian Gov.t to respect their rights & protect their lands against armed thugs sent to intimidate them. Take action now!Target: Marcio Meira, FUNAI President: You must act immediately to stem further violence. It is time for you to honor your promise to the Kayapo to demarcate their territory.
Source: Ben O.
New!! Petition: Veto Dilma!
2,120,866 Signatures - To President Dilma Rousseff: We call on you to take immediate action to save Brazil's precious forests by vetoing the changes to the forest law. We also urge you to prevent further murders of environmental activists and workers by increasing law enforcement against illegal loggers and ramping up protection for people at risk from violence or death. The world needs Brazil to be an international leader on the environment. Your strong action now will safeguard the planet for future generations.
I signed with all my family Emails!!!
Michela,I now have a myspace page,so now I have the petition signed,and cross posted to myspace,facebook,and twitter.Hope this helps!
Pledge to buy good wood & save Orangutans, Gorillas, Jaguars & many other creatures that depend on the world's Forests. Forests are amazing storehouses of biological diversity, housing over two-thirds of all known terrestrial Species.
Yet almost half of our planet's original Forests have disappeared. Of what remains, only about 10% are protected in areas like national parks. You can help stop this.
Businesses will ultimately listen to their customers. If you stop buying wood that comes from forests that are badly managed, or even perhaps that has been illegally produced, then the suppliers of this timber will have no choice but to change as well.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3378983
New!! IKEA cuts down old-growth Forests – Low prices at any cost
Northern Europe had, until recently, large intact areas of old-growth forest. Remnants of these forests are located in a horseshoe shape running along the Scandes mountains in Norway and Sweden, up to the Lapp regions of northern Finland, and then to northwestern Russia...IKEA claims in its advertising that the wood they use has been obtained in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable way, and that customers do not need to worry that the furniture they buy might contain wood from old-growth forests.
This is a blatant lie - IKEA's furniture does contain such wood. IKEA is deliberately misleading its customers, not least by hiding behind the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an environmental certification which has often been criticized and which has serious flaws.
Source: Ben O.
The Tarkine Forest is under threat from mining destruction. Mining company Venture Minerals is planning an open-cut tin mine at Mount Lindsay in this very special region of northwest Tasmania. If it goes ahead, their proposed mine will destroy huge swathes of ancient Rainforest.
Absolutely correct Michela. I started helping animals and nature 14 yrs. ago. All I had to do was look at ONE tiger, ONE bear, ONE orangutan etc. I could help keep ONE tiger from dying, which after all is important to THAT tiger isn't it. If I didn't help, he/she might die. Not acceptable.
I've had 7 beloved pet cats and I wouldn't want ONE of them to die if I could help it. No difference from a bear or a gorilla etc.
It's easy to get overwhelmed by numbers, instead look at each animal as an individual that you saved from death.
Here! Here! Here! You are absolutely correct Michela, Slow and steady wins the Race Thank-You for the encouraging words and Never Give Up Barbara Erdman, One of the MANY Voices for The Voiceless ) ) )
Join Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, to raise awareness about the Global Refugee Crisis, and your name will be displayed on the U.S. version of Angelina's World Refugee Day video for UNHCR, debuting on June 20, 2012. World Refugee Day is Wednesday, June 20.
21,602 Signatures - Sponsored by: USA for UNHCR
There are thousands of families who are right now faced with a terrifying dilemma: whether to stay in their home and risk their lives in a war zone or to flee--gambling everything they have and often leaving family--sons, daughters, husbands, wives, and parents--behind. One family torn apart by war is too many. Tell these refugees that you support them & won't forget them.
I talked today with a volunteer of Jane Goodall's organisation about this internet activist group and she liked it very much that a grou of people were protesting and signing petitions on the internet.
btw Angelina Jolie features in the movie Jane's Journey. They both are amazing.
The Worlds worst environmental Disasters Caused by Companies!! Noted Michela :-0
Signed ones I hadn't. This may sound gloomy but wouldn't the planet really be better off without us? the human race has brought this on themselves and there are people working to help the planet and the animals but we are swimming upstream/river to do what needs to be done and it is a really long way there. Things are slowly changing but how much will they change and will it be in time? I am not concerned for grandchildren (partly because my daughter is not having any children) but my concern is for the planet and the animals who live here. this is why do all that I do.
New!! URGENT!!! Petition: Hours left: Save Rio, Save the Planet http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_rio_save_the_planet/?bgDFlab&v=15349 533,019 Signs.(posted 20June2012) Over a million people have called on world leaders to end fossil fuel subsidies at the Rio Earth Summit -- a no-brainer policy that could take one trillion tax dollars from Big Oil & reinvest it in green energy. But they’ve failed to deliver -- even with the backing of the EU, the US & most G20 countries! The talks end in 2 days. Now is our chance to save them & the planet’s future. Brazil’s Dilma is hosting the summit & has the power to reopen discussions & demand a timeline for ending polluter payouts, but she is considering walking away with the weak language presented by a team of bureaucrats. We can stop her in her tracks. Dilma has 2 days to emerge as a Global Climate hero. Sign this urgent petition now & forward to everyone: at 500,000 signers, Avaaz will deliver it straight to Dilma’s hands & run an urgent, hard-hitting ad in the Financial Times.
I SIGNED WITH ALL MY FAMILY Emails!!! My comment: PLEASE ACT FOR THE PLANET, FOR OUR CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN!!!! DON'T ACT FOR BIG CORPORATIONS GREED DESTROYING EARTH & OUR FUTURE!!! michela messineo, Italy
Signed.Was at a lecture by Peter Singer and he was adamant we should change our habits in particular in the meat production to fight global warming.
Peter Singer is a moral philosopher, one not trained in Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics, one whose agenda is born of a shallow understanding of the physical issues involved in radiative forcing.
Meat production is a minor contributor to global warming.
A wholesale shift to veganism would dramatically increase global warming by way of massive destruction of animal habitat of the sort evidenced by the materials posted by Michela.
Viewed and noted thanks Michela. It is so very true that we can all play a role in reducing the effects of these devastating changes. Given our impact one can not help but conclude that the one species whose extinction would actually benefit the earth would be that of humankind. Food for thought.
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In my opinion it all come down to economics - to profit. Unless there is a fundamental change in the way our government operates ie. as a tool for big buisness, the only way "business as usual" will change is when environemntal damage begins costing more that the profits reaped from exploiting resources. We have the power as consumers to change corporate policy though but we will have to rethink our concept of the standard of living and the expanding economy.
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78,837 Signatures - Los Huaorani son cazadores y recolectores que viven en las profundidades de la selva Amazónica en Ecuador. Sus tierras ancestrales incluyen el área ahora conocida como el Parque Yasuní y la Reserva de la Biósfera Yasuní. El Yasuní es mundialmente conocido por sus bosques ricos en carbono y su extraordinaria diversidad biológica, y es el hogar de muchas especies en peligro de extinción y endémicas. Es también el hogar del último grupo conocido de pueblos indígenas que aún viven en aislamiento voluntario en el Ecuador: las familias Huaorani “no contactadas” Tagaeri y Taromenane. Pero en la actualidad el Yasuní se ve amenazado por el avance de la explotación petrolera, los colonos y los madereros ilegales.Source: RC W.
The rising ocean acid levels are no surprise, but we are now beginning to see their consequences.
Long live the two beautiful hyacinth macaws.
Join the Call to Suspend the Belo Monte Dam http://amazonwatch.org/take-action/suspend-belo-monte
The people of the Xingu are fighting for their survival & need your solidarity today.
Brazil's indigenous & environmental agencies are deciding whether to authorize the irrevocable diversion of the Xingu River, reducing its flow by as much as 80%. Join thousands of others in sending a message to FUNAI and IBAMA today.
Join the Call to Suspend the Belo Monte Dam http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFWngYRIbd4&feature=player_embedded#!
Source: Gudrun D.Nancy: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3410747
- Nancy news http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3410747
thanks you Michela
Thank you for the wonderful video. I have signed, of course, and left a comment.
How proud you must be! I can understnad you!
Sad news but what can be done in the immediate future if local people are not even heard in their own country?
on my stupid smartphone,just have forgotten to post.
thanks Mic and Cher,"my heroes"
Thank you for the list of things climate change is making worse. There is nothing new but reading the list makes more aware of the dangers. Things seem ... hopeless in the end!
New!! URGENT by Monday!! Pet.: Tell the EPA: JUST SAY NO to Arctic drilling https://secure3.convio.net/engage/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=6209&autologin=true&AddInterest=4143
We've only got until Monday to gather the signatures we need. Can you help by spreading the work online to your family & friends? Target: Pres. Obama & EPA Administrator Jackson. Shell has a drilling rig on its way to the Arctic that's already run aground in Alaska. And now, they've had to admit that its drilling vessels can't even meet basic EPA requirements for air quality. This could be the last nail in the coffin for Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic. But Shell is asking the EPA for an exemption to the rules that would let it spew more than ten times the legal limit of air pollution while it drills. And unbelievably, the EPA is considering saying yes. Tell the EPA to "just say no" to Shell's Arctic drilling plan&we'll deliver your name to the EPA & the WhiteHouse on Monday.
New!! Pet. Support Greenpeace’s Attempts to Stop Shell from Drilling in the Arctic http://forcechange.com/27668/support-greenpeaces-attempts-to-stop-shell-from-drilling-in-the-arctic/
“Arctic Ready” is a campaign slogan employed by Shell to make it appear as if they have a safe and effective plan to implement in their proposed drilling projects. However, as made clear by the Gulf oil spill in 2010 & numerous others before & since, oil extraction is a dangerous process with non-guaranteed safeguards. Especially in the Arctic, which experiences 24-hour darkness for part of the year, an oil spill could be catastrophic to clean up. A tragedy coupled with the already deteriorating polar icecaps & increasing number of Endangered Species in the region, could mean ruin for the fragile region.
I'm not surprised. How long will it take before the worst polluters admit what they are doing?
We're turning the earth into a new planet Mars.
TY all up to date.
I tear up each time I look outside of my own home and see something as simple as my grass wilting away. My trees are loosing leaves already. I pray each time I go outside. This just is not how it is suppose to be.
Leave it to human beings to destroy what they will!
I'm glad our garden is surrounded by walls: it's not too hot in summer and less cold in winter.
We use up as little fuel and petrol as possible: e.g.: we decided to live downtown so shops are close by, the station is also close so my husband can go to work by train, etc.
I am not convinced by James Hansen.
Big Oil Companies have been infecting our political system by making donations to congressmen that come to a collective total of almost $150 million per year. Most of the recipient office holders (88%) are Republican. What ensues is practically a campaign for obscenely high profit margins & the ultimate destruction of our Environment. With at least one anti-environment vote per day, we are slowly letting big oil companies reign over our politicians & suck every last ounce of life from our delicate Planet. The gas and oil industry as a whole spends an average of $400,000 per day lobbying congressmen.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3428299
Noted and signed. This is no news but as it happens, most Americans don't seem to be aware of that. Thank you for the great job you do, Michela.
The EPA is considering historic new standards for air pollution, but billionaires like the Koch brothers are spending big money on D.C. lobbyists to block these reforms. These new standards, supported by President Obama, would place limits on industrial carbon pollution from power plants. But the Koch brothers & their billionaire buddies are trying to block these vital new public health safeguards in order to keep dumping unlimited amounts of industrial carbon pollution into our air.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3438992
4,393 Sign. Sign & share it with your friends! I signed with ALL my family Emails!!! Target: World Leaders
Ecocide is the extensive destruction of Ecosystems & Environments which has severe consequences for people as well as the Environment. “As concerned citizens of a fragile planet, we call on you: to back an Int.l law of Ecocide; to make Ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace. Life on Earth as it is now cannot survive if we continue to treat our environment as we are currently doing. We need to back strong measures to make Ecocide a crime, to protect humanity & the Earth.” As it currently stands there is no International law against Ecocide. Making Ecocide the 5th International Crime Against Peace will protect our environment & make those who destroy it criminally liable. We urgently need laws that put people & planet above profit.
Source: Tina P.
Noted, signed and up to date. Thanks Michela for all your hard work and updating us on all the latest news. Unfortunately very sad.
Sorry I am late. Going through what I might have missed.
I have no faith in any Government to do the right thing with climate change, what a sad state of affairs.
Frightening. And to make things worse, Shell is allowed to drill.
Sept.3, 2012 “The decisions we make as a country on big issues like the economy & jobs & taxes & education & energy & war & climate change — all these decisions will directly affect your life in very personal ways. And I’ve got to say, this is something I’m acutely aware of when I make these decisions, because they’re decisions that are going to affect Malia & Sasha, my daughters, as well. It’s the way it’s always been — one generation makes decisions on behalf of the next. “your generation chooses which path we take as a country …Will this be a country that keeps moving away from foreign oil & towards renewable sources of energy like wind & solar & biofuels — energy that makes our economy more secure, but also makes our planet more secure?. “Governor Romney wants to pass a new $5 trillion tax cut targeted towards the wealthiest Americans. That’s not going to cut our debt. Ignoring inequality doesn’t make it go away. Denying climate change won’t make it stop. These things won’t make for a brighter future. They won’t make your future stronger.”
Scientists in the Arctic are warning that this summer's record-breaking melt is part of an accelerating trend with profound implications: sea ice is becoming significantly thinner & more vulnerable. Last month, the annual thaw of the region's floating ice reached the lowest level since satellite monitoring began, more than 30 years ago. It is thought the scale of the decline may even affect Europe's weather. The melt is set to continue for at least another week: the peak is usually reached in mid-Sept. while temperatures here remain above freezing. 'Unprecedented' - The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) is at the forefront of Arctic research & its Int.l Director told that the speed of the melting was faster than expected: "It is a greater change than we could even imagine 20 years ago, even 10 years ago". " This is unprecedented in at least as much as 1,500 years, it’s truly amazing, it’s a huge dramatic change in the system"
Signed everything I could and put a lot on FB and will share. Thanks everyone for all your hard work.
News: A Contribution to Earth Warming: The Human Factor (Part 1) http://www.greenerideal.com/science/a-contribution-to-earth-warming-the-human-factor/
News: A Contribution to Earth Warming: The Human Factor (Part 2) http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0306-a-contribution-to-earth-warming-the-human-factor-part-2/
Among the big issues are, of course, the state of America’s economy & health care. But last night, Bill Clinton became the 1st big-time act to make reference to Climate Change. For those who missed the broadcast event, a transcript of Clinton’s speech has been posted on blogs. Here’s a bit of what he had to say, in regards to Global Warming & Energy:
Video: What is Nature worth? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TartoYpK1yI&feature=player_embedded
Plants, Animals, even entire Ecosystems are disappearing from the Earth. The Univ. of Minnesota's Inst. on the Environment offers a 3-minute look at what Biodiversity loss is really costing us - & what we can do about it.
Video: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! (Three R's Song!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP9ZYMN-q0s&feature=player_embedded
Although many of us are aware of the detrimental effects climate change will have on our resources & animal life, a new study suggests the extreme weather may pose a much more serious threat to the world’s poor than existing research has suggested — because of spikes in food prices.
According to Oxfam, more frequent extreme weather events will create shortages, destabilize markets & precipitate price spikes on top of projected structural price rises of about 100% for staples such as maize (corn) over the next 20 years.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3447207
50) New!! Pet.: A massive ray of hope on Climate http://www.avaaz.org/en/a_ray_of_hope_on_climate/?bQMqbbb&v=17644 405,500 Signatures since Sept.4!! - Climate Change is accelerating, but there’s a massive ray of hope: clean energy is booming, producing nearly 20% of the world's electricity! Incredibly, the US & EU are threatening to stifle this breakthrough -- but together we can stop them.
51) New!! Pet.: IUCN's Petition to Restore Our Degraded & Deforested Lands! http://www.plantapledge.com/
"Your signature on our Petition will urge world leaders & landowners across the planet to commit to Forest & Landscape restoration right now."
Video: Plant a Pledge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9xoyAKo4d0&feature=youtu.be
Other opportunities to help our Forests: just click your mouse!
Chris Otahal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/537645068/3449042
News: The Planet’s Lungs: Dangers to the World’s Forests-& How to Save Them http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/08/30/mother-nature/the-planets-lungs-special-dangers-to-the-worlds-forests-and-how-to-save-them/
“For at least 10,000 years, since the ice last retreated & forests took back the earth, people have destroyed them. In medieval Europe an exploding population & hard-working monks put paid to perhaps half its temperate oak & beech woods—mostly, as is usually the case, to clear space for crops. Some 100 million hectares of America’s Forests went in the 19th century, in an arboreal slaughter similarly reinforced by a belief in the godliness of thus “improving” the land. That spirit survives. It is no coincidence that George Bush junior, one of America’s more god-fearing presidents, relaxed by clearing brush.”
In those 10,000 years, at least half of the Earth’s original Forest area has been cleared. Since the 1950’s, Rainforests have been reduced by over 60%, & most of what remains is fragmented, which makes it more difficult to protect & preserve. There is hope for Forests, but mankind needs to move faster if they are to be saved. That is the opening line & de facto conclusion of the recent report published by The Economist magazine. The report contains 10 separate articles that look at different aspects of the pressures that Forests are facing, especially in developing tropical countries—& what is being done.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3449097
News: The world's lungs - There is hope for forests, but mankind needs to move faster if they are to be saved http://www.economist.com/node/17093495?story_id=17093495&subjectID=348924&fsrc=nwl.(Sep 23, 2010) Clearing Forests may enrich those who are doing it, but over the long run it impoverishes the planet as a whole. Rainforests are an important prop to continental water-cycles. Losing the Amazon rainforest could reduce rainfall across the Americas, with potentially dire consequences for farmers as far away as Texas. By regulating run-off, trees help guarantee water-supplies & prevent natural disasters, like landslides & floods. Losing the Rainforest would mean losing Millions of Species; Forests contain 80% of terrestrial Biodiversity. And for those concerned about the probable effects of Climate Change, Forests contain twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, in plant-matter & the soils they cover, & when they are razed & their soils disturbed most is emitted. If the Amazon went up in smoke—a scenario which a bit more clearance & a bit more warming makes conceivable—it would spew out more than a decade's worth of fossil-fuel emissions.
News: Biodiversity Has Increased During Earth’s Warm Periods. But Climate Change Isn’t Off the Hook http://science.time.com/2012/09/04/biodiversity-has-increased-during-earths-warm-periods-but-climate-change-isnt-off-the-hook/
A new study indicates that the number of species grew when global temperatures increased during periods in the geologic past. But that may not matter when it comes to rapid, man-made Climate Change.
News: Climate Change causing Forest Die-off globally http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0909-forests-and-climate.html
The study, by William Anderegg of Carnegie Inst. for Science at Stanford Univ. & Jeffrey Kane & Leander Anderegg of N.Arizona Univ., reviews dozens of scientific papers dealing with the ecological impacts of Climate Change. They find widespread cases of forest die-off from drought & elevated temperatures, which increase the incidence of fire & pest infestations like pine beetles. These effects have the potential to trigger transitions to other ecosystems, incl. scrubland & savanna. Already facing an onslaught of threats from Logging & conversion for Agriculture, Forests worldwide are increasingly impacted by the effects of Climate Change, incl.: drought, heightened fire risk, & disease, putting the ecological services they afford in jeopardy.
Rainforest in Borneo. Forests in SEAsia, the Russian FarEast, & the Amazon: particularly affected by drought over the past 20yrs. Roughly 1Million hectares of Amazon Rainforest suffered from severe drought stress in 2010
Redwood Forest in Marin, CA. The incidence & severity of Forest fires in the W.U.S. increased since 2000
Ancient Forests: 8,000 years ago…
and Ancient Forests: …Today!!!
Source: wolf a.
News: Shell gets EPA OK for Chukchi operations; drilling imminent http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/07/us-oil-shell-chukchi-idUSBRE8861CV20120907
Royal Dutch Shell on Friday received permission to operate an oil drilling ship & support vessels in the Chukchi Sea, even though the Company's activities there are expected to violate previously established air-quality standards, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
EPA said it granted Shell a compliance order allowing the company's fleet to emit pollutants at levels beyond limits set in a major permit issued to the company in January.
Ancient forests have been there for thousands of years and now they are disappearing incredibly fast, which puts all life on earth at risk.
News: Shell's Chukchi Sea Drilling Halted For Safety Reasons http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/shells-chukchi-sea-drilling-safety_n_1872145.html?utm_hp_ref=green Sept 10, 2012 – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Royal Dutch Shell on Monday was moving its drill ship off a prospect in the Chukchi Sea, a day after drilling began 70 miles off the Alaska coast because sea ice was moving toward the vessel.
News: Glacier Griefs http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0906-glacier-griefs/
Sept. 6, 2012 - The past 2 months have proven to be bad for glaciers around the world: due to Global Warming, many of the world’s glaciers are rapidly melting at unprecedented rates & are breaking off unnaturally. Unfortunately, there seems to be only more bad news to come.
In July, NASA satellites confirmed that an iceberg more than double the size of Manhattan, measuring 59-square-mile (150 square km), has broken off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland, & Global Warming was the culprit. A study (Nature Climate Change) by a glaciologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Inst. of Tibetan Research in Beijing, & his colleagues, disclosing that the glaciers on the Tibetan plateau & the surrounding areas in the Himalaya are in rapid retreat. Then, in August, came the Seattle Times piece sharing the author’s anecdote of how much the ice fields of Glacier National Park have changed. A park ranger reportedly told staff writer Danny Westneat that “they recently revised the end date, because the glaciers are retreating much faster than expected, now they’re saying they may be gone completely by 2020.” If all this was not bad enough, the month of Sept. comes bearing more bad news for glaciers. Scientists have announced that the Iliulissat glacier (the Jakobshavn), is retreating faster than any other glacier in the world: just in 2012 (from Aug.2011 to Aug.2012) the glacier front lost an an area of 13 sq km.Petermann Glacier Breaks Off Another Iceberg http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0720-petermann-glacier-breaks-off-another-iceberg/ The Accelerated Glacier Retreat Of The Himalayas http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0718-accelerated-glacier-retreat-himalayas/ Tibetan glaciers shrinking rapidly http://www.nature.com/news/tibetan-glaciers-shrinking-rapidly-1.11010?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20120717
News: Caribbean Coral Concerns: Reefs Face Collapse http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0910-caribbean-coral-concerns-reefs-face-collapse/
Sept. 10, 2012 - “The major causes of coral decline are well known & include overfishing, pollution, disease & bleaching caused by rising temperatures. There is an urgent need to immediately & drastically reduce all human impacts if coral reefs & the vitally important fisheries that depend on them are to survive in the decades to come.”The coral reefs, which habitat a quarter of marine wildlife, are severely endangered & have seen a steady decline in the past decades around the world. In Australia, the Great Barrier Reef has had a 50% decline in the last 50 years. Scientists have estimated that all the coral reefs in SE Asia could disappear in this century resulting in a 80% decline in food availability.
Bad news for the coral reefs in the Caribbean. A new report by the Int.l Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): only 8% of the reef have live coral. The only area in the Caribbean that is not showing such morbidity are remote areas in the Netherlands Antilles & Cayman Islands, where 30% of live coral still remains. In the 1970s, this same Caribbean reefs had over 50%of live coral.
Coral reefs are a particularly valuable part of the marine ecosystem because they act as nurseries for younger fish, providing food sources & protection from predators until the fish have grown large enough to fend better for themselves.
News: Coral reefs in Caribbean on life support http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0911-hance-caribbean-coral-decline.html# Warming waters due to Climate Change have contributed to region-wide coral loss. Symbiotic algae, known as zooxanthellae, abandon the coral when water heats up, an occurrence known as bleaching. The decline of algae-eating species like Parrotfish & Sea Urchins, have left many reefs overrun by stifling algae. Only 8% of the Caribbean's reefs today retain coral, according to a new report by the Int.l Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). With input & data from 36 scientists, the report paints a bleak picture of coral decline across the region, threatening fisheries, tourism, & marine life in general. "The major causes of coral decline are well known and include overfishing, pollution, disease & bleaching caused by rising temperatures resulting from the burning of fossil fuels".
40 years ago, over half of the reefs in the Caribbean sported coral, but after decades of human impacts, only remote reefs in the region show coral growth up to 30%, still just over half that found in 1970.
News: Arctic Ice Melt Could Mean More Extreme Winters For U.S. & Europe http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/12/arctic-ice-melt-extreme-weather_n_1878833.html?utm_campaign=091212&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-green&utm_content=FullStory
The record loss of Arctic sea ice this summer will echo throughout the weather patterns affecting the U.S. & Europe this winter, Climate Scientists said, since added heat in the Arctic influences the jet stream & may make extreme weather & climate events more likely. The “astounding” loss of sea ice this year is adding a huge amount of heat to the Arctic Ocean & the atmosphere, said an Atmospheric Scientist at Rutgers Univ. in New Jersey. “It’s like having a new energy source for the atmosphere”- one of 3 scientists to discuss the ramifications of sea ice loss for areas outside the Arctic.Carrie B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/827551733/3451213
News: Climate Change Will Extend Hay Fever Season by 6 Weeks http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/09/climate-change-will-extend-hay-fever-season-six-weeks
"There is no doubt that Climate Change poses a wide range of challenges to public health in the UK" said David Heymann, chairman of the Health Protection Agency (HPA). Hay fever sufferers face longer pollen seasons & highly allergenic new strains from invasive plants. Global Warming will cause earlier flowering, possibly extending the hay fever season by 6 weeks, & enable new Species to grow. Pollen is also getting more potent, packing more allergen into each grain. The report, from the HPA, analyses a wide range of risks including killer heatwaves, increased flooding, greater food poisoning & new infectious diseases carried by mosquitoes.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3450561
Michela you are an amazing Eco-Warrior.
Scrolling down this page am astounded at the amount you have covered, the width of your research and the scope of your knowledge. Space ship Earth is honored to have you aboard and I am unable to find words adequate enough to thank you.
Thanks Michela, so so scary. What will we do if all the forest and wild animals are gone? Will the human species finally realize what they have lost?
Video: Climate Change: The Amazon Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7uFkp6cJcM&feature=player_embedded
Video: Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqHPTr_aLiY&feature=player_embedded
Source: Terry V.
News: 5 Diseases on the Move in North America, Thanks to Climate Change http://www.alternet.org/environment/5-diseases-move-north-america-thanks-climate-change?akid=9402.163191.Ixc1gy&rd=1&src=newsletter711283&t=1
Some nasty diseases are making their mark on the U.S., possibly due to warmer temps & rising seas. When we consider the future effects of Climate Change in the U.S., we sometimes think super-hurricanes, intense wildfires & a flooded Manhattan. However, we may consider a lesser-known threat from rising temperatures & erratic weather. Climate Change may also be impacting certain environmentally sensitive diseases, & not in a way that will have us breathing easier.
Those videos are interesting but absolutely alarming.
Thanks for all the new information. Change the climate and you will change nature, animals and people.
News: Less Forest, Less Rain: Deforestation Reduces Tropical Rainfall http://news.yahoo.com/less-forest-less-rain-deforestation-reduces-tropical-rainfall-214509180.html?_esi=1
Deforestation can significantly reduce rainfall in tropical areas & beyond -A study published Sept. 7 in the journal Nature. Over a majority of the Earth's tropics, air passing over forested land produces twice as much rain as air passing over areas of sparse vegetation. Loss of forest cover can decrease levels of rainfall thousands of miles away. Deforestation has already reduced rainfall in heavily populated areas adjacent to the Amazon & Congo Rainforests. If Deforestation continues at current rates, rainfall across the Amazon basin could be reduced by more than 20% in the next 40 yrs. The team used newly available NASA satellite observations of rainfall & vegetation, & a computer model that predicts atmospheric wind flow patterns, to explore the impact of the Earth's tropical forests.
Amazonian Rainforest after rain shower
News: Ozone hole above the Antarctic is smaller than last year http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0719-ozone-hole-above-the-antarctic-is-smaller-than-last-year/
The ozone layer is the earth’s protective shield against ultraviolet rays. Reuters reports that the hole is probably larger than in 2010 and a complete recovery is still a long way off.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3454359
News: Expert: 4 years until final Arctic sea ice collapse http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0917-expert-4-years-until-final-arctic-sea-ice-collapse/ According to one of the world’s leading ice experts, the final collapse of the Arctic sea ice will take place in summer months within 4 years’ time.
TY for the article. It's pretty scary. But not surprising, though.
Scary, indeed We desperately need changes before it's not too late. Thank you dear Monika for all you do, your committment is amazing!
52) New!! Pet.: Protect the Arctic from Overfishing http://forcechange.com/33928/protect-the-arctic-from-overfishing/
Target: Arctic Council Member States; Goal: Draft an Int.l Agreement prohibiting industrial fishing in the Arctic - Climate Change has shaken the stability of the Arctic region, changing the once permanent ice-based environment into one of seasonal ice & open water. As global temperatures continue to rise, this ecosystem centered on permanent ice structures will become vulnerable to devastating ecological & industrial changes. The Arctic, with its 4million inhabitants & unique animal Species, is undergoing changes never before seen in human history. The amount of permanent ice in the Arctic continues to shrink, so global industry will now have access to areas of ocean previously inaccessible, under the jurisdiction of Arctic countries (like Russia, Greenland, Norway, Canada, & the U.S.); but beyond the 200-mile maritime boundary new open water will be threatened by exploitation & overfishing, available to the industry of the world: without oversight & regulations.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3456300
What a beautiful family of polar bears. This mother polar bear obviously loves her cubs, which love their mum, too. How tender they look.
News: Global Warming Increases Tropical Rainfall http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0922-global-warming-increases-tropical-rainfall/
A recent paper, published in Nature Geoscience, has found that Global Warming results in an increase in tropical rainfall. Specifically, for every 1°C (1.8°F) increase in global average surface temperature, the rainfall in the tropics will increase by 10%.
The theoretical relationship between Global Warming & rainfall is nothing new: Scientists have long assumed that extreme precipitation will be the end result of rising temperatures since warm air can hold more moisture.
News: Collapse of Arctic Sea Ice Has Reached Tipping Point http://www.readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/13625-collapse-of-arctic-sea-ice-has-reached-tipping-point24 Sept.2012- As Artic sea ice hits a record low, scientific focus is turning to Climate "Tipping points": a threshold that, once crossed, cannot be reversed. US Proceedings of the Nat.l Academy of Sciences: there are ab. 14 known "tipping elements". Arctic ice cap: less ice = less white surface to reflect heat & more dark water to soak it up. This leads to higher temperatures, which will unlock more ancient greenhouse gases frozen into ocean depths & permafrost, speeding Climate Change, interfering with Ocean currents, Rainfall patterns & Weather. Advertisement: Next to the Arctic ice cap, Greenland experienced melting across 97% of its surface in June & July. Melts similar to this year's occur every century or so. If temperatures keep rising as they are, the ice sheet will start to disintegrate on a massive scale sometime in the second half of this century. Another 1.5 degrees of warming would push Greenland across the threshold into irreversible melt. There is enough ice in Greenland alone to raise sea levels off NSW & Victoria by 4 to 9 metres.
…Changes in tree cover, esp. in Forests
…Changes in tree cover, esp. in Forests like the Amazon, are also expected in response to changing rainfall & more heat = to amplify Global Warming bec. fewer trees = less carbon dioxide soaked up out of the air. Polar ice cap shrivelled at unforeseen speed, “existing predictions of an ice-free N.Pole by 2050 were looking hopelessly wrong, I'm pretty certain we have now passed the tipping point for Arctic sea ice". Sea ice reached a minimum size of 3.41million sq.km, down from 7.4million/1980s, 6.8million/1990s & 5.7million/last decade. "The most radical projection is about 2016 & probably the most conservative projection is about 2030, for when Arctic will be ice free". Scientists are worried for the speed of events: the only way to stop these thresholds being crossed is to cut greenhouse emissions triggering these changes & there are few signs of that occurring."This is absolutely the critical decade for action" Climate Expert T. Flannery.
Steadily shrinking... Greenland experienced melting across 97% of its surface in June & July this year
News: Media Misrepresentation of Climate Change http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0925-media-misrepresentation-of-climate-change/ The world, it’s Climate & the Environment is going through some major changes courtesy of Global Warming & the rising temperatures. Scientists have released study after study sharing the devastating outcomes of GlobalWarming: but there are still people who are skeptical ab. whether GlobalWarming is real & if it is, whether it is man-made or not. The C.Change in the American Mind Report found: 14% in US don’t believe in C.Change. The Union of Concerned Scientists New Report discloses the media bias in US channels when reporting ab. Climate Science, as: FoxNews & the Wall Street Journal. 93% of the C.Change reff.by FoxNews: misleading & tend to ”broadly dismiss the scientific consensus that ClimateChange is occurring or human-induced” The Wall Street Journal: 81% of letters/op-eds/columns/editorials: deemed misleading. “Attempted to broadly undermine the major conclusions of Climate Science. Instances of: attacks on individual scientists, mocking the science, cherry-picking data, accusations that scientists were fudging data, claims that they are motivated by financial self-interest” Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3459408
News: Obama vs. Romney: A Stark Contrast on the Environment http://e360.yale.edu/feature/obama_vs_romney_a_stark_contrast_on_the_environment/2572/ Few policy issues separate Pres.Barack Obama & Mitt Romney more widely than Environment&Energy. Obama:human activity is driving GlobalWarming/Romney questions to what extent humans are responsible; Obama:support for Renewable Energy technologies/Romney: alternative energy should sink or swim on its own merits. Obama:USA can play an important role,setting standards that are environmentally&financially beneficial/Romney:the EPA: “a tool in the hands of the president to crush the private enterprise system” Their positions on 4 key issues: Climate Change | Oil and Gas Drilling Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency The EPA and Environmental Regulation Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3458222
News: Is Climate Change Hell Now Inevitable? http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/09/25-0 “We have already altered the climate in ways that will cost us a great deal of money, kill millions if not tens of millions, & create a billion refugees by mid century. There’s strong evidence it’s about to get a hell of a lot worse. Positive feedbacks can effectively double the amount of GHG released to the atmosphere & the worst of these –methane releases from hydrates & permafrost-- is self-reinforcing, i.e. once started, it feeds on itself. More methane=more heat=more methane & so on. This process is slow, but inexorable, once triggered. Methane releases caused runaway warming that lasted for more than 150,000 years, & that today, humans are releasing carbon at 10times the rate that is thought to have triggered the releases. The Nat.l Renewable Energy Laboratory found that we could provide 80% of our power needs using renewable energy by 2050. A variety of policies would not only make that affordable, it would make it 1 of our best opportunities for creating jobs. Lengthening the amortization period & lowering interest rates on renewable energy could make the cost per month to consumers less than conventional power in many states. Allowing efficiency & on-site renewables to bid into forward capacity markets makes Clean Energy competitive with even the cheapest & dirtiest fossil fuel power for utilities. Feed-in tariffs assure that renewables will pay for themselves. Fuel standards could be raised to 50mpg – something that is achievable with several cars now available. Improved batteries have made EVs practical. Taxing embedded carbon on imports would force exporters to lower carbon emissions, eliminating the fear of foreign “free-riders.” Agricultural policies could make our farms & forests carbon sinks – removing carbon from the atmosphere – improving the quality & sustainability of our food supplies & soils. Yes, we can meet this challenge, if we haven’t bumbled into positive feedbacks like some planetary-scale Inspector Clouseau. But when it comes to actually using them & using them in time, I am hopeful, but I am not optimistic”. Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3459054
News: Digging into Climate Change, U.S. Students Find More Than Science http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=digging-into-climate-change-us-students-find-more-than-science Using field trips, editorial cartoons & even parental objections, 4 innovative teachers are bringing Global Warming out of the Science classroom.
The unit represents the vanguard of a nationwide effort, pushed by education & science groups, to broaden Climate Change education into a variety of physical & social science classes in public school curricula. Yet even here, in one the most sophisticated Climate Change education units in the nation, teachers still feel the need to balance what the world's Scientific bodies know about Climate Change with what is represented in the public dialogue: avoiding terms like "Global Warming" & including a lesson questioning humanity's impact on the problem.Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3461064
52 petitions signed -- will return to earlier posts of Dianne where she listed several sites that i'd like to visit -- thank you to -- ALL of you who contribute so much to this group
"So bleak is the picture...that the bulldozer and not the atomic bomb may turn out to be the most destructive invention of the 20th century!!"
- Philip Shabecoff, American environmental journalist
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover You cannot eat money.
Jimi Hendrix - "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace."
Albert Einstein - "We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive."
News: Southwest US Forests could suffer greatly as climate warms http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/45025 Combine the tree-ring growth record with historical information, climate records, & computer-model projections of future climate trends, & you get a grim picture for the future of trees in the SW USA -a team of Scientists from Los Alamos Nat.l Laboratory. If the SW is warmer & drier in the near future, widespread tree death is likely & would cause substantial changes in the distribution of Forests & of Species –the journal Nature Climate Change.
Still, although we’re figuring out Ocean acidification faster than we did Climate Change, what we’re learning isn’t happy news…
News: The Climate Post - September 6 http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/09/07/climate-change/the-climate-post-september-6/
Presidential Candidates: about Climate Change - As campaigning for the November presidential election moves forward, President Barack Obama & his Republican challenger Mitt Romney spelled out their interpretations on one issue in a bit more detail than usual. To Science Debate, Obama identifies ClimateChange as one of the most pressing concerns of the era & lists the steps he has taken during his term to mitigate the effects Climate Change. Mitt Romney agrees that “human activity contributes to that warming, & that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences.” But Romney offers a caveat: “However, there remains a lack of scientific consensus on the issue — on the extent of the warming, the extent of the human contribution, & the severity of the risk.”
More than 20,000 high-temperature records have been broken so far this year in the U.S. A new study indicates that the number of species grew when global temperatures increased during periods in the geologic past. The timescales involved, roughly 500 million years, may cancel out any benefits from the rising temperatures. Weather events linked to Climate Change could affect agricultural production significantly & cause dramatic food-price spikes within two decades.
....a lack of scientific consensus on the issue (????) - does he read all the scientific warnings?
....the severity of the risk (????) - does he have children?
....the extent of the human contribution (????) - obviously CORPORATIONS & LOBBIES involved!!
is Romney joking??? or does he think that WE ALL ARE STUPID!!
This is a real offence to our intellectual capabilities......
Not a good candidate for President, that's for sure.
News: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Brink of Collapse http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/10/australias-great-barrier-reef-on-brink-of-collapse/ Storms, crown of thorns starfish outbreaks & coral bleaching are responsible for decimating the world’s biggest coral reef, the AIMS. Powerful cyclones like Cyclone Yasi in 2011 damaged the reef with powerful waves. A bigger impact is the torrential rainfall on land that results in big floods that wash enormous amounts of fertilizers, pesticides, animal waste & sediments off the land onto the reef. That run-off affects the reef directly & also creates perfect conditions for outbreaks of coral-eating crown of thorns starfish. Storms & subsequent runoff directly account for 48% of the coral deaths. Crown of thorns starfish are responsible for 42%, with bleaching from too warm waters accounting for 10%. Only 3 out of the 3,000 reefs surveyed were unaffected. “A single crown of thorns starfish can lay 60million eggs & their larvae thrive on the plankton blooms that result from high levels of nutrients coming off the land”. Those nutrients are largely from agricultural sources – sugar cane & grazing mainly. Most of the GBR is found off the coast of the state of Queensland, which is Australia’s largest agricultural region.
News: As Arctic Melts, Inuit Face Tensions with Outside World http://e360.yale.edu/feature/as_arctic_melts_inuit_face_tensions_with_outside_world/2577/ With Arctic Summer sea ice rapidly disappearing, the native Inuit of Canada are encountering not only unsettling changes in their subsistence way of life, but also a growing number of outsiders who will further transform their once-isolated homeland.
At right is part of the Northwest Passage, the legendary sea route whose ice-choked waters thwarted mariners for more than 500 yrs, but which are increasingly ice-free as the Arctic rapidly warms
News: Aug. 15,2012 Greenland Melt Sets Record Weeks Before Summer Ends http://www.climatecentral.org/news/greenland-melt-sets-record-weeks-before-the-summer-ends-14814/
“The record for Greenland surface melt came in 2010, while the record melting for sea ice came in 2007. But 2007 was also a huge melting year for Greenland.” Combined with the faster slippage of glaciers toward the sea over the past decade or so, the prospects for rising seas over the next century & beyond are not encouraging. Even as the sea ice on the Arctic Ocean looks to be headed for a possible record meltback this year, scientists reported that the land-based ice sitting atop Greenland has already melted more than any time in the past 30 yrs -& that’s with another 4 weeks left in the melting season. The study, based on satellite observations, expands on a report in July that showed a record 97% of Greenland’s icy surface had undergone at least some melting during the summer season. The most straightforward reason is that air temperatures in the Arctic have been rising. Even at the highest altitudes on Greenland, where melting normally happens only for a few days each summer, it now lasts for weeks. Another factor is that when snow melts & refreezes, it becomes darker overall, so it absorbs sunlight more efficiently. When it melts completely, the ice underneath is darker still.
News: Climate Change & Fall Foliage: Not a Good Match http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/10/05/mother-nature/climate-change-and-fall-foliage-not-a-good-match/
It’s admittedly not on a par with the direct threats posed by rising seas or melting icecaps or extreme weather, but with autumn now upon us, it’s worth noting that Climate Change could also affect the brilliant foliage that paints forests from the Ozarks to the Appalachians with vibrant color every fall. The damage isn’t just esthetic, either: national statistics are hard to come by, but officials in New Hampshire estimate that leaf-peeping tourists pump up the state economy by about $1 billion each year. The estimate is about the same for North Carolina, & if you project those revenues onto New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine & other prime fall-foliage destinations, you’re talking about real money.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3464607
WATCH: Chasing Ice OFFICIAL TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIZTMVNBjc4&feature=player_embedded Our Planet Is Literally Falling Apart - Chasing Ice is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that 1st trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. As the debate polarizes America & the intensity of natural disasters ramps up globally, Balog finds himself at the end of his tether. Battling untested technology in subzero conditions, he comes face to face with his own mortality. It takes years for Balog to see the fruits of his labor. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds & capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. A photographer trying to deliver evidence & hope to our carbon-powered planet. Some of the most compelling visual evidence of Climate Change to date, with batteries of time-lapse cameras recording entire Glaciers melting over a span of 3 years.
Ice in the Arctic is increasingly melting, exposing dark waters below
Arctic sea ice coverage in Sept. has dropped 50% since 1980, & the drop appears to be accelerating
News: What Will Ice-Free Arctic Summers Bring? http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/10/03/mother-nature/what-will-ice-free-arctic-summers-bring/ All told, since 1979: Arctic sea ice minimum extent has shrunk by more than 50% & even greater amounts of ice lost in the corresponding thinning of the ice -the US Nat.l Snow&Ice Data Center(NSIDC). “Much more open Ocean than there used to be, the volume is decreasing even faster than the extent of surface area as best as we can tell” based on new satellite measurements & thickness estim.by submarines. Once sea ice becomes thin enough, most or all of it may melt in a single summer. Ice scientists began to think the Arctic might be ice-free in summer at the end of this decade-leaving darker, heat-absorbing Ocean waters to replace bright white heat-reflecting sea ice. Then what happens? http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=arctic-sea-ice-loss-implications Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3465365
News: The Climate Post: October 4, 2012 http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/10/05/climate-change/the-climate-post-october-4-2012/ No debate about energy policy, green product labels, post-farm bill, & “liquid air”. Presidential Candidates Give Little Focus to Energy Policy in First Debate. Regardless of whether or not the candidates are talking about the issue, UN’s top ClimateChange official C.Figueres said whoever wins in November will be forced to confront Global Warming.
UN official: Climate skeptics are losing http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/259525-un-official-sees-climate-skepticism-falling
News: How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/10/11/people-solutions/how-to-talk-to-a-climate-skeptic/
News: The Climate Post Oct.11, 2012 http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/10/12/climate-change/the-climate-post-october-11-2012/ This week: exploring the connection between Climate Change & extreme weather, trade sanctions against Chinese solar panels, & Iraq’s oil.
Noted. If those people are middle-aged and have a good memory, they should not be climate skeptics.
I'm glad to read that most Americans believe in climate change. They still have to convince big polluters ...
A Summer of Extremes Signifies the New Normal http://e360.yale.edu/feature/mckibben_summer_of_weather_extremes_signifies_new_climate_normal/2568/ This Summer: record heat waves & wildfires in the U.S; droughts devastated the U.S. corn crop & led India to set up “refugee camps” for livestock; the worst flooding in Beijing’s modern history; U.K. endured the worst flooding in modern history: these extreme events were not freak occurrences — this is how the Earth works now.U.S. Drought Monitor
I had read an article that global warming has stopt 16 years ago.
Please see in the link.
Confronting Climate Change, with Al Gore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPGrzYsVBRs&feature=player_embedded#!
Climate Action in California, with Scharzenegger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q6b_Yd5ars&feature=player_embedded#!
Projecting Future Climate Change, with Steve Schneider http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMNmTa0V87k&feature=player_embedded#!
Protecting the Arctic Ocean, with Ted Danson & Oceana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98zs9gUdqNg&feature=player_embedded#!
FAO Newsroom: Deforestation causes Global Warming http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000385/index.html
Trees are one of the human race’s most valuable resources, & yet we cut & consume them at the rate of 3-6 billion a year. What other thing, natural or man-made, can absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, clean the soil, prevent erosion & control noise pollution, using only free solar energy? Somewhere in our quest for industrialization, we decided that we needed quilted toilet paper & daily newspapers more than we needed these free oxygen factories. Deforestation is one of the planet’s most dire Environmental issues, & few people realize that by eliminating our Forests, we’re actually signing our own death sentence.
News: Colbert Decrys World War 3-Ply! America Flushing Last Old Growth Forests Down the Toilet http://www.care2.com/causes/colbert-decrys-world-war-3-ply-america-flushing-last-old-growth-forests-down-the-toilet.html
56) New!! Pet.: Reject Romney's Big Oil Agenda! https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/SPageNavigator/clean_energy_jobs.html
Mitt Romney's energy plan reads like an Oil Industry wish list. He opposes: investing in Clean Energy, cutting Big Oil's special tax breaks & limiting harmful Global Warming pollution. Enough! Say no to the Romney Big Oil agenda. Oppose Mitt Romney's plan to line the pockets of his Big Oil backers at the expense of a Clean Energy future.
Video: TV Ad: Wind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cupkzBwdYrQ&
Reduce your Impact Locally, Nationally & Internationally http://climatecrisis.net/take_action/get_involved.php
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Our generation faces the greatest moral and political crisis in human history. Will we take the steps necessary to avert catastrophic global warming or will we doom our children to a new Dark Ages in a world that is biologically and economically impoverished and defined by ever diminishing quality of life.
Had that so true Cree Prophecy 'When all the tree's are cut down.......' stuck on my fridge for over 8years now. Each time I move it goes on the fridge before I unpack.
Union of Concerned Scientists investigations have found that some federal agencies are, in effect, censoring scientists. Many Government researchers fear retaliation if they publicly express concerns about their agency’s work. And many report being discouraged from sharing their research with the public. It’s as simple as this: Censoring scientists puts people at risk.
The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed its controversial Citizens United decision, allowing Corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections. This Citizens United decision, coupled with loopholes in current law, means that currently there's no requirement that Corporations report their unlimited political spending. How are we supposed to hold Corporations & elected officials accountable when we don't have information about which Companies are pulling the strings when it comes to Global Warming, or Clean Energy, or other critical Science policy issues? The DISCLOSE Act would require Corporations & other private groups to disclose their political spending to their shareholders & the public—increasing transparency & making them publicly accountable for their actions. Pls urge your congressional representative to co-sponsor this critical legislation today. Make your letter personal by adding in your own thoughts & concerns, customized letters have the greatest effect!
Read more how corporations corrupt science at the public's expense. Summary or the full text of the: DISCLOSE Act
63) New!! Pet.: Let's End The Climate Silence http://act.engagementlab.org/act/climate_silence_act/
From record heat waves to increasingly powerful storms, crushing droughts to unprecedented flooding, the impacts of Climate Change are now squarely being felt by all Americans. Yet, amazingly, the clear & present danger of carbon-poisoned weather remains thelargely absent from this year's presidential election. Demand that the candidates tell us how they plan to address the climate crisis!Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3473804 Climate change is here - & worse than we thought http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-is-here--and-worse-than-we-thought/2012/08/03/6ae604c2-dd90-11e1-8e43-4a3c4375504a_story.html
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719
(Sept 5, 2009) Is Palm Oil ‘biofuel’ a complete waste & are Big Oil companies just incapable of getting it right? It’s like they just can’t resist doing the wrong thing. As is the case with tobacco companies & arms dealers, a conscience must be a liability in the energy industry if there is a lot of money to be made, especially if the money is quick. So paint this poison Green, sell it to the world & call it biofuel. The Palm Oil biofuel debacle is turning out to be a partly intentional scam where Big Oil Companies act like they’re doing something Green when they’re actually doing more environmental harm (& socioeconomic – see the food vs. fuel controversy) than they do by producing traditional fossil fuels.
Indonesia has the fastest rate of deforestation, losing an area the size of Wales every year. The expansion of plantations has pushed the Orang-utan to the brink of extinction. What’s causing this reckless Deforestation, Orangutan slaughter & planting of palms? Palm Oil is used for all kinds of things, including food, pharmaceuticals, household products & shaving cream. But those things have been around for years. The international biofuel revolution is just beginning. “Last year British motorists used 27 million litres of palm oil from Indonesia & 64 million litres from Malaysia”
Palm oil is the cheapest source for biofuel & therefore the least expensive (& most attractive) for large fuel Cos. Many of the Palm Oil plantations are unregulated & illegal, but most Oil Corporations don’t want to hear that. Ironically, Palm Oil is also used to make napalm, used as a method of Deforestation & a very direct way of killing plants, animals & people. Remember the famous photo from the Vietnam War of a naked girl running with her back on fire? Her village had been bombed with napalm, a horrific burning jelly made in part from Palm Oil.
News: Asian biofuels: Greenhouse gasses & food vs fuel http://asiancorrespondent.com/90839/asian-biofuels-greenhouse-gasses-and-food-vs-fuel/
Although biofuels emit less greenhouse gasses when burned, the Deforestation resulting from growing, for example, biofuel plants like Oil Palm in Indonesia, can result in more emissions than those that result from using fossil fuels. Corn & soya are also nasty culprits when it comes to global markets & Gov.t subsidies interacting & fuelling Deforestation.
Then there is the issue of food vs. fuel: crops used to produce biofuels are also important food sources. If money is the deciding factor, all too often starvation in poor countries can result from an ill-thought out, even if sometimes well-intentioned, scheme to reduce emissions.
After the European Union embraced biofuels as a solution to curbing greenhouse gas emissions back in 2008, reports surfaced on how the growth of the biofuel industry contributed to global food shortages & how clearing rainforests to grow biofuels (particularly in Indonesia) actually releases more ghgs than the fossil fuels they replace. Now the EU is changing its policy regarding first generation biofuels like Palm Oil & Rape Seed.
Palm Oil plantation, Indonesia
Another scary piece of evidence that Global Climate could be in deep trouble......A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast has destabilized frozen methane deposits trapped under nearly 4,000 square miles of seafloor, scientists reported Wednesday. And since methane is even more potent than carbon dioxide as a Global Warming gas, the researchers said, any large-scale release could have significant climate impacts.
Temperature changes in the Gulf Stream are "rapidly destabilizing methane hydrate along a broad swathe of the North American margin," the experts said in a study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature.Dave C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/267569599/3474874
Just come back to Rome this afternoon from Goteborg, Sweden.
Now it’s 6:15 a.m. here in Rome... but I still have to go to bed, still WORKING at my computer, sharing all these news…
VERY VERY SADLY……
Noted. Whenever man interferes, he seems to do more harm to the climate and the planet. It's difficult to take the good decisions because he never knows all the ins and outs until it's too late.
65 storm-related death toll across the Caribbean, with 51 of those coming in Haiti, pelted by 3 days of constant rains that ended only on Friday. As the rains stopped & rivers began to recede, authorities were getting a fuller idea of how much damage Sandy brought on Haiti. Bridges collapsed. Banana crops were ruined. Homes were underwater. Officials said the death toll might still rise. "This is a disaster of major proportions" "The whole South is under water." The country's ramshackle housing & denuded hillsides are especially vulnerable to flooding. The bulk of the deaths were in the southern part of the country & the area around Port-au-Prince, the capital, which holds most of the 370,000 Haitians who are still living in flimsy shelters as a result of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
Residents walk through the rubble from homes that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Oct. 26, 2012
Carrie B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/827551733/3477341
Wading through water after retrieving some of his belongings from his flooded trailer at an RV Park in Kitty Hawk, N.C., Oct. 29, 2012. Flooding from storms like Hurricane Sandy are increasingly likely as the planet warms
NOAA Nat.l Hurricane Center: Global Warming has been raising sea surface temperatures around the world. The water off New England set record highs this year, meaning that Sandy will have more energy to feed from than usual as she churns North. Sandy will draw energy from the abnormally warm ocean just off the Atlantic coast. Note this is in Celsius.
The water off NJ is about 5°F higher than average, & set record highs in 2012. Let's consider what exactly makes Hurricane Sandy so "freak", & whether this freakiness may be a harbinger of the new normal.
There are at least 3 factors making Hurricane Sandy such a threat: 1) Warmer Oceans, warmer sea surface temperatures, 2) A "blocking pattern" shoving the storm back on shore, 3) A merger with a winter storm.
This freak storm certainly seems to match the warnings we've gotten over the past decade.
Science paper, 2010: Fewer but fiercer & more-destructive hurricanes will sweep the Atlantic Basin in the 21st century as Climate Change continues, by a new modeling study by U.S. Gov.t researchers.
Nat.l Research Council, 2010: the destructive energy of Atlantic hurricanes is likely to increase in this century as sea surface temperature rises -"America's Climate Choices: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change". Nat.l Research Council, Nat.l Academies of Sciences, 2010
Angelina Jolie is a Member of this Group!! I'm really proud & sincerely honored!! Famous faces at the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthpicturegalleries/8916283/Famous-faces-expected-at-the-2011-UN-Climate-Change-Conference-in-Durban.html
66) New!! Pet.: Thank MTV for Helping to Break the Silence http://act.engagementlab.org/sign/climate_MTVthanks/?akid=270.62845.i7Eddb&rd=1&t=2
Climate Change is affecting Americans already, & it will continue to threaten future generations if something is not done. The entire series of presidential debates went by without a single mention of climate change by the moderators or the candidates--the 1st time that has happened since 1984. Finally, last Friday, MTV's Sway Calloway asked President Obama about the urgent threat of Global Warming.
Watch President Obama's response below, & sign our thank you to Sway Calloway for doing his part to break the Climate Silence.
Watch VIDEO!! Watch President Obama's response http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWbwsuk3-cI&feature=player_embedded
Video: Climate Silence In The Debates: 2012 Is The New 1984 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Tm8fpqM6MA&feature=player_embedded
I agree with you, Michela. It might be more difficult to convince Romney.
The future looks terrible. And I really feel sorry for polar bears.
I signed and shared on Facebook all the petitions. I also joined the anti-Global Warming movement. And I truly hope Mitt Romney will not win the today's elections in U.S.A..
And I thank you Michela, for all the great information on your posts.
Way over here in Africa I breathed a sigh of relief when Obama was re-elected. There is hope for the world yet! The Ubuntu/caring that people showed during and after the Sandy deluge was heart warming.
Noted. What's happening now is scary but has been predictable for years. In 1969 (as far as I can remember) we had the last cold Easter holidays. Only 7 years later, in 1976, we had the hottest summer we had ever seen. Now, we can't ignore global warming any more. But I wonder how the measures taken here and there could be sufficiently effective. On the other hand, there are still people whose only objective is to keep on looting the planet to make money, and to contribute to global warming without the slightest scruple. If things don't change drastically, I'm afraid we are doomed.
71) New!! Pet.: Tell President Obama to suspend Shell's Arctic drilling permits https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=1241&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=39kkfe2c03.app331a
Shell finally got its chance to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska this fall. It didn’t go so well. A series of equipment, permit & weather-related mishaps along with general incompetence prevented the company from drilling as planned. The failure was 6 years & $4.5 billion in the making & only confirmed what experts have been saying all along — that drilling for oil in the Arctic will never be safe. But Shell isn’t stopping. The company intends to try again in 2013 & the decision about whether or not it gets that opportunity is being made right now. This is our chance to stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic next year & beyond. Tell President Obama to call for a ‘timeout’ from Arctic drilling & suspend Shell’s permits.
Source: Ann P.
Oct. 18, 2010 UN officials gathered at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Japan have issued a global warning that the rapid loss of animal & plant Species that has characterized the past century must end if humans are to survive.
Delegates in Nagoya plan to set a new target for 2020 for curbing Species Loss, & will discuss boosting medium-term financial help for poor countries to help them protect their wildlife & habitats.
Michela M.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/738959919/2574035
80) New!! Pet.: Tell President Obama to get Shell out of the Arctic https://secure.wilderness.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2511&autologin=trueThe Obama Administration has just given Shell a tentative go-ahead to begin drilling this summer off the coastline of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — the Polar Bear's most important onshore denning ground in Alaska. According to the Gov.t’s own estimates, there's a very real danger of at least one major oil spill if Shell moves forward with full-scale production. Even worse, the oil industry has no proven method for cleaning up oil in the Arctic's ice-filled waters. So the death toll of oil-soaked and poisoned polar bears, whales and seals would be unimaginable.
Robert Redford: Help Stop Shell
I don't know if this is the right place to post this, but I would appreciate it if everyone would sign and share these:
Real, dangerous.....thanks for keeping this thread going.....I hope Mr. Obama's call for action would be followed, but worried after lack of filibuster reform....keep signing petitions, care2ing, reducing, reusing, recycling, eating vegetarian, composting, offsetting and planting trees.
84) New!! Pet.: Thank President Obama for Prioritizing Climate Action https://secure2.edf.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=2061&autologin=true&utm_source=EDF%20action%20network&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=advocacy
In his second Inaugural Address, President Obama promised strong climate action. Over the last four years, America has taken great strides toward cleaner air, a smaller carbon footprint, and a healthier environment — but we've also seen the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events that destroy communities and ruin people's lives. Take Action: Thank President Obama for promising climate action, & ask him to follow through as soon as possible.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3519561
Video: Stop Shell from Drilling Off the Coast of the Arctic Refuge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71WDslhh6wE&feature=player_embedded Shell is supposed to start drilling in the Polar Bear Seas this summer—but they’re still nowhere near ready. The Coast Guard has found safety problems on Shell’s spill response barge, & the Co. still lacks proper equipment to limit air pollution or clean up a potential spill. Ask President Obama to stop Shell’s rash effort to drill in the Beaufort & Chukchi Seas without meeting the administration’s safety standards for this fragile Environment!
Last year, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest level in recorded history & if current trends continue, there could be no summer sea ice at all within the next decade. Imagine the consequences of a North Pole without ice. And to make matters worse, Shell has now been issued drilling permits to exploit the low Arctic sea ice levels.Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3520156
By signing the petition below, you will help push President Obama to take meaningful action in Gov.t to fight Climate Change and show leadership on the issue.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3522429
Belo Monte will destroy vast areas of pristine Amazon rainforest & biodiversity, causing the extinction of many rare species of animals & plants, affect the global environment & contribute to Climate Change. The dam will cause a mass flooding of the already endangered Amazon Rainforest, it will destroy thousands of natives homes, innocent people will die, lose their land, their rights & way of life, animals will lose their homes & many will die & massive section of what many including myself call the lungs of the world will be destroyed forever & for what ?... Money, Power, Greed, it seems that is all that man cares about & needs, more money, more control & will slaughter for greed, I ask you all to Sign this petition & send it to everyone you know, mail it, post it, tweet it & push it all over... The company will tell you it’s in the name of progress & that it’s for the people, the facts are it’s not for the people most of the power generated is for more mining, for exports & 30% to shareholders. so the people get nothing, greed, power &control for the money men, destruction death & loss for the people, animals & the planet, is it worth it? NO!
Source: May H.
The Wolverine might be as tough as its larger namesake but the Species is still struggling to survive. After being nearly exterminated last century through uncontrolled persecution, these carnivores are also vulnerable to the new threat of Climate Change because of their snowy Habitat.
Completing signing on the climate and related topics. I'm delighted to see the breadth of topics in the group. Shell and the Arctic are huge for me. Thanks for the opportunities to sign, Jude
The horrific consequences of the European agrofuel policy can be seen in Malaysia & elsewhere. On Borneo, a state-owned company is clearing 70,000 hectares of Rainforest to make room for Oil Palms. 14 of Borneo's endangered pygmy elephants were poisoned in recent weeks, because they inconvenienced the plantation companies. These plantations are certified by the “Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)”. The Palm Oil they produce is thus classified as “sustainable” by the EU & can be added to biodiesel.Sergio P.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/503872592/3534739
The 2 feet of snow covering New England this weekend is not just another nor’easter. It’s also further evidence of what global warming is doing to our weather. The big question is: will the media connect the dots? We're teaming with our friends at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to make sure they do. Please sign the petition now to let the news networks know you want the full story to be told.Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3528836
To the Congress & the President: The time is now to stop fueling climate disaster on US taxpayers' dime. We demand Congress & the President work together to eliminate ALL subsidies to fossil fuels. We, & our children, cannot afford the $10 billion or more per year in handouts from the US Gov.t to Big Oil, Gas & Coal.Source: RANA A.
The rainforests are a habitat for thousands of Species. Many loggers are cutting down the rainforest!! If the rainforest is destroyed, many creatures will become extinct, & the whole ecosystem will suffer.
Any day now, the U.S. government will approve or reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta to refineries in Texas. President Barack Obama needs to hear from you now.He needs to know that Canadians support bold action to fight climate change. Some U.S. leaders fear that rejecting the pipeline will put relations with Canada at risk. Let them know that Canadians will applaud bold action to fight Climate Change. Every leader, in every country, has a global responsibility to create a cleaner, safer future.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3535865
British Petroleum’s 2010 oil spill catastrophe is finally coming to court, & although the accident was as disastrous as it was avoidable, the slippery corporation at fault is prepared to deny as many claims as it can. Urge presiding judge to exact the well-deserved maximum penalties & fines on BP.
Goal: To ensure that BP be forced to pay the highest fines allowed by law due to its responsibility for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Target: Director of the UN Envir.t Programme, Goal: Stop the illegal logging & sale of wood from Madagascar’s Endangered Forests.
The forests of Madagascar constitute one of the rarest, most endangered environments on the planet. Three quarters of the 200,000 species found in the country do not exist anywhere else. Due to deforestation & illegal logging, a number of large species are now extinct & more than 80% of the original forest cover has disappeared.
Signed up to date, tx! (Isn't it TERRIIC that Shell's backed out of the Arctic for 2013?! Hopefully, enough will have occured by 2014 that they won't even reconsider...)
The State Department has just issued a terribly flawed environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that papers over its far-reaching impacts on climate and our environment. Send a message asking President Obama to reject the review, send the State Dep.t back to the drawing board & fulfill his promise to address Climate Change.
Institute a carbon cap-and-trade system for U.S. power plants.
President Obama is right: "For the sake of our children & our future, we must do more to combat Climate Change." It's time for Republicans to stop denying the overwhelming scientific evidence & start doing something to solve this critical problem. Tell House Republicans to take action on Climate Change before it's too late. Help us reach 100,000 strong saying it's time to take action on Climate Change.
Secretary Kerry can advance President Obama's mission to create solutions that mitigate Climate Change & ultimately keep our environment safe. Please tell Secretary Kerry to act now.
In the UK, Members of Parliament may soon vote to use subsidies on fuel bought by citizens to fund Palm Oil power development. This would destroy the Habitats of Tigers, Rhinos, Orangutans, & Elephants. The proposal was introduced by the Department for Energy & Climate Change.