191) New!! Pet.: The Climate petition to save the Planet http://action.earthday.net/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=17339 Scientists warn us that Climate Change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival & everything we love. We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. You must urgently forge realistic global, national & local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies & economies to 100% clean energy by 2050. Our world is worth saving & now is our moment to act. But to change everything, we need everyone. Join us. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3873448
190) New!! Pet.: The most important petition we’ve ever done https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final/?cleFlhb I Signed with all my and my family mails!! Michela. They can sincerely say this is the most important petition they've ever done. One top scientist just warned that we are all "f*cked" if Global Warming releases gigantic amounts of methane gas from the arctic tundra. The UN knows this is one of several catastrophic climate threats we're facing, & is bringing world leaders to New York for a major summit on this global emergency. Hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March just before the summit. Let’s make sure that on that day we deliver the largest Avaaz petition ever, for the only solution: mobilize the world to shift to 100% clean energy. Sign & tell everyone!! Volker B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/142025907/3802749
188) New!! Pet.: Protect Small Island States from Rising Sea Levels http://forcechange.com/132303/protect-small-island-states-from-rising-sea-levels/#.VAWWNxFRqt4.care2 Target: Pres. Barack Obama; Goal: Support clean energy in the USA to protect small island states from rising sea levels. Small Island States (Sids) face a greater threat from rising sea levels, as the populace needs to be evacuated to the mainland & the biodiversity of the land will be completely lost if the ocean swallows up these islands. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3800603
186) New!! Pet.: Support Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent to People's Climate March http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5502/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18247 On Sept. 21, 2014, we will make history. Help make the Sept. 21 People's Climate March in NYC the largest, most visible anti-nuclear statement in decades! The People's Climate March promises to be the largest call to action on Climate ever. And the Nuclear-Free, Carbon-Free Contingent will play a key role in this effort, with a vibrant, visible presence declaring that nuclear power is not a climate solution. Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3794685
185) New!! Pet.: Applaud Community Efforts to Combat Climate Change and Poaching http://forcechange.com/130074/applaud-community-efforts-to-combat-climate-change-and-poaching/#.U9UJIhOidyQ.care2 Goal: Praise project that reduces Deforestation & wildlife poaching while supporting the local community. In the Kasigau area of S. Kenya, one of the few places where hundreds of Elephants still roam, Wildlife Works Carbon’s pilot project seeks to halt both Climate Change & poaching of Endangered Elephants. In keeping with the concept of selling carbon credits, outlined in the U.N.’s 2005 Kyoto Protocol on global Climate Change, the project receives credits for conducting anti-climate change activities. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3791192
184) New!! Pet.: The Global People's Climate March https://secure.avaaz.org/en/join_to_change_everything_rb/?slideshow Join the global day of action on September 21st for a clean future --To change everything, it takes everyone -- let's get started! Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3783635
183) New!! Pet.: Sign on to be a Climate Voter http://www.climatevoter.org.nz/ Make your vote count in the biggest challenge of our time! Being a Climate Voter means you care about Climate Change & you want all political parties to do something about it. It means you want real action on Climate Change & you’re prepared to use your vote to get it. It says you support strategies to rapidly phase out fossil fuels & grow New Zealand’s clean energy & low-carbon potential. Climate Voter is a non-partisan initiative powered by an alliance of New Zealand organisations. It aims to empower climate concerned citizens to use their vote in the Sept. 2014 election to make a difference for the good of present & future generations. Source: Sara P.
182) New!! Pet.: Support Climate Change Awareness Initiative http://forcechange.com/128017/support-climate-change-awareness-initiative/ Goal: Support initiative to affix warning labels to gas pumps to remind consumers of the dangers of CO2 emissions. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3782687
177) New!! Pet.: Tell the Environmental Protection Agency to Take Action to Fight Climate Change http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12419 Power plants are the country's largest stationary source of carbon dioxide. In 2009, the EPA found that by causing Climate Change, carbon emissions endanger both public health & the welfare of current & future generations. Robert T. http://www.care2.com/news/member/631213065/3742785
176) New!! Pet.: Ocean Acidification: The "Hidden Side" of Climate Change http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/trs/petition/OceanAcidification?adId=112567&placementId=353042 As oceans absorb carbon dioxide, the gas alters the water's basic chemistry, increasing acidity & threatening marine life. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3714260
174) New!! Pet.: Protect Deep-Sea Creatures From Climate Change http://forcechange.com/98889/protect-deep-sea-creatures-from-climate-change/#.Us6D9dmyrxQ.care2 Target: President Obama; Goal: Save deep-sea creatures by persuading our leaders to take more serious measures to slow Global Warming. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3697847
167) New!! Pet.: Address Climate Change in the Wake of Disastrous Typhoon Goal: Cut carbon emissions that are raising the risk of increasingly catastrophic extreme weather! Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines with devastating winds & a massive storm surge, is one of the most powerful storms in modern history, also one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to strike the Philippines, believed to have killed thousands of people. At least as many as 10,000 people may have lost their lives. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3670912
166) New!! Pet.: Stop Biofuel Project from Destroying Endangered Rainforests http://forcechange.com/89439/stop-biofuel-project-from-destroying-endangered-rainforests/ Stop a Biofuel Refinery from destroying Indonesian & Malaysian Rainforests, incl. critical wildlife habitat. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3668423
Watch Video: Stop the ROCs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDo-aT-bLWI&feature=youtu.be
Source: Col N.
154) New!! Pet.: End Ecocide in Europe http://www.endecocide.eu/?lang=en Make Ecocide a crime, to protect our future! The destruction of our Environment is a crime, for which those responsible should be held accountable! This crime has a name:ECOCIDE – SIGN & SHARE Source: Waltraud U.; Annamaria R. http://www.care2.com/news/member/118608005/3656692?cid=email_na#
Watch Video: End Ecocide in Europe in a Nutshell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1uTDE5tayQ
151) New: Pet. Applaud Vatican’s Rainforest Conservation Efforts http://forcechange.com/70814/applaud-vaticans-rainforest-conservation-efforts/#gf_1 Target: Pope Francis Goal: Support the Vatican’s new efforts to conserve Brazilian Amazon & promote peace in the region. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3626469
Goal: Do not use fuel subsidies to fund Palm Oil energy in the UK
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 Dept. for Energy & Climate Change. Palm oil is inexpensive, much more so than other biofuels. Developers hope to create a demand for the cheap product, paradoxically marketing it as a form of “green” energy. The amount of land needed to produce palm oil far exceeds the amount of electricity it provides for a grid of the same area. In no way is a resource sustainable if it destroys land and communities in the wake of its progress. Ask members of Parliament not to use fuel subsidies to fund palm oil energy in the UK.
Source: Dianne C.
05/10/13: New research reveals that Deforestation is leading to a decrease in rainfall in the region, i.e.: as Brazil clears more Rainforest to make room for agriculture, productivity in those same fields has dropped due to reduced rainfall & rising temperatures, a direct result of the lost Rainforest. If Brazil doesn't reverse course, they risk the region's economic health as well as environmental health -- a true no-win scenario. Sign below!
Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3583375
The Brazilian Congress, influenced by the agribusiness sector, seeks to change the Forest Code in Brazil to open more of the Amazon Rainforest to be cleared. Not only will this destroy forested areas in the Amazon no longer protected by the Forest Code…
Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3583378
Many of us hear about the deforestation of the tropical Amazon rainforest, a natural paradise, but not many of us do much to stop it's destruction, but by signing this petition, to ask world leaders not to buy products from the Amazon rainforest, you can save this natural paradise & change the world from your desktop, so please sign this petition to persude world leaders to stop buying or heavily tax the use products that are from the Amazon Rainforest, & please tell your friends & family about this petition, thank you!
Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3583382
140) New!! Pet.: Call out Climate deniers in Congress https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/combat-climate-deniers-now?source=site_20130425_cc_call_out_climate_deniers-now_hqb&utm_medium=site&utm_source=hqb&utm_campaign=site_20130425_cc_call_out_climate_deniers-now_hqb
My signature was accepted (Italian) even if it seems for US only
The science on Climate Change is clear. But many members of Congress are in complete denial, & they're standing in the way of progress. We need to call them out.
Beverly M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/904222254/3573753
Permanently ban ConocoPhillips from conducting offshore drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean.
We want European politicians to vote in the coming weeks to reduce pollution from new cars by…
Target: The Tribune Co. - The bankrupt Tribune Company is selling its daily newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Charles and David Koch — billionaire brothers notorious for their extreme politics — may be the buyers. According to the New York Times, the Koch brothers want to buy these media properties to push their anti-environment, anti-labor & anti-democracy agenda. We don't need more corporate control of our media & our politics. We need journalism that fights corruption — not hack writing that covers it up.
Source: David K.
News: Forests & Global Warming
Forests can play a big role in the fight to stop climate change. Their role in the regulation of climate & water cycles is both important & unique. Forests & wild lands store vast reserves of carbon, shielding us from Global Warming. Most of the increases in atmospheric CO2 concentrations come from the use of fossil fuels (coal, oil, & natural gas) for energy, but few realize that about 25% of all Global emissions come from Deforestation & Clearing of Forests. When Forests are cleared & cultivated: the carbon stored in trees & soils is released to the atmosphere. When forests regrow, they take back carbon from the atmosphere & store it again in trees and soils.By protecting existing Forests & better land management decisions we can conserve & enhance existing carbon stores & prevent future greenhouse gas emissions.
Please join with the Center for Biological Diversity in signing our pledge to stop Keystone XL and stand with thousands of people rising up for future that preserves the animals and the wild places we all love.
National news networks play a critical role in informing the public of today’s most pressing issues. However, in 2012 ABC, CBS and NBC’s nightly news programs devoted only twelve segments on climate change throughout the entire year. Given the urgency of addressing the climate crisis, we urge you to give adequate coverage of climate change in 2013.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3563696
Commend NASA scientist James Hansen for his decision to leave NASA to dedicate himself to the fight against climate change.
Unmitigated climate change will cost Canada approximately $5 billion per year by 2020, and between $21 billion and $43 billion per year by 2050. Adapting to climate change makes economic sense. It can lower the cost of climate impacts by preventing damage, saving money & lives. We call on the Government of Canada to live up to its promise of ensuring Canada's long-term prosperity, recognizing the central role that a stable climate must inevitably play in achieving this goal and, to this end, adopt a National Climate StrategyCher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3564783
As oceans absorb carbon dioxide, the gas alters the water's basic chemistry, increasing acidity & threatening marine life. In recent weeks, unprecedented numbers of Sealions have washed up along California's shores, malnourished & dehydrated. Rescue organizations are at max capacity & have declared a "state of emergency" as they race to secure the resources necessary to rehabilitate these stranded animals. These recent developments only emphasize the urgent need for immediate action to protect our oceans. Sign the petition & explore "more about this issue" below.
Over the past 250 years, humans have pumped increasing amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. While science &industry scramble to understand the full impact, oceans continue to absorb as much as a quarter — approximately 530 billion tons — of this excess gas. Extra CO2 increases acidity, reducing the amount of calcium carbonate in the water. Shell fish & coral reef, which rely on this mineral to build their shells & skeletons, are especially vulnerable to this process. Many larger fish rely on tiny marine snails & coral for food &shelter, so the effects of ocean acidification reverberate up the food chain, further depleting already struggling fish stocks.
Source: SJ J.
Target: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Goal: Stop plans to construct the environmentally destructive Northern Gateway Pipelines
Enbridge Oil Company has proposed building twin pipelines that would extend from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia. The pipeline would cross many traditional lands, displacing several aboriginal communities. Neighboring cities & towns would face health risks & disruptions to their lives. The pipelines would also have a horrific impact on the Environment. The westbound pipeline would export crude oil & the eastbound pipeline would import natural gas. The pipelines would ruin wildlife habitats, including wild salmon that indigenous populations have relied on for years. Oil pipelines also release huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the Environment. Once greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere the negative impact on our environment is global. Don’t allow Enbridge Oil Company to ruin lives & destroy the Environment to make a profit. Demand that Prime Minister Stephen Harper end the plans to build the N. Gateway Pipelines.
Source: Dianne C.
Sign the Petition to join the millions who believe in protecting the Arctic. We want to create a global sanctuary around the North Pole, & ban offshore drilling & destructive industry in the Arctic.The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast. In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as 3/4 of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its smallest, has shrunk so fast that scientists say it’s now in a ‘death spiral’.
For over 800,000 years, ice has been a permanent feature of the Arctic ocean. It’s melting because of our use of dirty fossil fuel energy, & in the near future it could be ice free for the 1st time since humans walked the Earth. This would be not only devastating for the People, Polar Bears, Narwhals, Walruses & other Species that live there - but for the rest of us too. The ice at the top of the world reflects much of the sun’s heat back into space & keeps our whole planet cool, stabilising the weather systems that we depend on to grow our food. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.
Each share will help protect one square foot of Rainforest!! It only take a minute to visit www.facebook.com/therainforestsite & share the video!!
What You Can Do & The Rainforest Site are teaming up this Earth Day to help protect the Rainforest.
Source: Kazimierz K.
The internat.l nongovernmental organization Global Witness is reporting a serious uptick in the number of environmental activists being assassinated across the world. This comes as natural resources dwindle & the stakes rise for protecting the Environment. These killings are extremely troublesome, because they bespeak a growing viciousness on the part of environmental profiteers.
Signed and up to date. I have seen climate change. Those who don't agree should look at my pictures. I went to Ocean City, Maryland in 1981 and returned in 2002. I could not believe my eyes.. the beach was almost gone. When I went years ago there was a lot of beach before the ocean now it's so close it's shocking. Thanks my Dear, Michela. Keep up the great work.
Target: House Science, Space and Technology Committee
Goal: Remove chairman who does not believe in Global Warming
The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has named a Congressman who denies global warming as the new chairman of the subcommittee responsible for Climate Change issues. Despite the fact that 97% of climate scientists believe that global warming is a real & imminent threat, Representative Chris Stewart denies its effects. Ask the House Science, Space and Technology Committee to reconsider their decision & nominate a more qualified chairman.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3554780
Oh, my God! The plight of polar bears and their cute little cubs is terrible. Something must be done urgently. Signed petition 117, of course.
Goal: To demonstrate support for a newly proposed plan to reduce Oil Companies’ carbon emissions, a major cause of Climate Change.
A new piece of legislation on reducing harmful carbon emissions will soon be introduced in Congress. The bill targets the country’s largest polluters, such as Exxon & Shell, by forcing them to pay a fee for their carbon & methane emissions, & the revenues of the tax will go to American families as a way to offset the possibility of higher prices on the companies’ products.
Signed petitions 1-16 the others will sign later.
Michela,I agree with you as you said above that the major companies destroy our planet,and they do it just for greed.
What only a few people around the globe realize is that this material world will come to an end by the earth itselfs.The earth will fight back because of natural desasters and kill almost all humans.
A new heaven and earth will arise where some people lives,who are in perfect harmony with the nature,the plants,minerals and of course all animals.
This informative comes from Isaiah,who had lived 700 years before Jesus Christ.
Signed all I could. I am a member of the Sierra Club. We have to make them see. I have seen change with my own eyes'. This is so important to our future and the next generation..
The chief of all U.S. forces in the Pacific region, responsible for operations from California to the Indian Ocean, recently told the press that Climate Change is the greatest security threat to the Pacific region for the future.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3549249
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.
Institute a carbon cap-and-trade system for U.S. power plants.
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.
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...)
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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:
Robert Redford: Help Stop Shell
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
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.
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.
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.
The future looks terrible. And I really feel sorry for polar bears.
I agree with you, Michela. It might be more difficult to convince Romney.
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
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
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
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.
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……
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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&
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
FAO Newsroom: Deforestation causes Global Warming http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000385/index.html
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#!
I had read an article that global warming has stopt 16 years ago.
Please see in the link.
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'm glad to read that most Americans believe in climate change. They still have to convince big polluters ...
Noted. If those people are middle-aged and have a good memory, they should not be climate skeptics.
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.
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: 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
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
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.
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
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: 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: 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.
Not a good candidate for President, that's for sure.
....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......
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.
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…
"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."
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
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
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: 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: 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
…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: 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
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.
What a beautiful family of polar bears. This mother polar bear obviously loves her cubs, which love their mum, too. How tender they look.
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
Scary, indeed :( We desperately need changes before it's not too late. Thank you dear Monika for all you do, your committment is amazing!
TY for the article. It's pretty scary. But not surprising, though.
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.
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
Thanks for all the new information. Change the climate and you will change nature, animals and people.
Those videos are interesting but absolutely alarming.
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.
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?
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.
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
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: 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: 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: 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
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 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.
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
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: 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: 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
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.
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
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:
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/
Signed everything I could and put a lot on FB and will share. Thanks everyone for all your hard work.
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"
Frightening. And to make things worse, Shell is allowed to drill.
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.
Noted, signed and up to date. Thanks Michela for all your hard work and updating us on all the latest news. Unfortunately very sad.
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.
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
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.
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
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'm glad our garden is surrounded by walls: it's not too hot in summer and less cold in winter.
Leave it to human beings to destroy what they will!
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.
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.
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.
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!
on my stupid smartphone,just have forgotten to post.
thanks Mic and Cher,"my heroes"
Sad news but what can be done in the immediate future if local people are not even heard in their own country?
How proud you must be! I can understnad you!
The rising ocean acid levels are no surprise, but we are now beginning to see their consequences.
Long live the two beautiful hyacinth macaws.
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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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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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.
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 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.
The Worlds worst environmental Disasters Caused by Companies!! Noted Michela :-0
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.
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 ) ) )
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thanks michela,you are a environmental rock star! On behalf of our Mother Earth,you rule!!!
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.
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.
THANK YOU MICHELA -- NOTED THE INFO FROM GOULD'S LTR RE DONATING EVERY TIME WE SHOP! THANK YOU AGAIN
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.
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.
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.
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my town did participate to the event like many other places on earth by switching off the electric power down town for 1 hour
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, ‘passing the panda’, inviting their fans & general public to change their bad habits&‘team up’ for a more sustainable world.
Source: Marianne P.
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
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.
Signed & posted to FB. Thank you, Michela.
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.
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!
Thank you very much for posting the link with THINK ABOUT IT.
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!!!!!!!!
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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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.
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!
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'm all for alternative energy sources like water and wind energy but no alternative energy like bio-fuel should alter habitats.
So I signed
New petition to tell palm oil industry that Orangutans are not pests and need respected lives
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
All gladly signed and thank you Michela for all that you do my dear friend. World of hugs to you!
Wowie, all signed!!! Loved all of the information, videos, etc. Outstanding and so happy I stopped by! Thank you again! Mm
Signed and pledged and FB. Thanks
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???
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.
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.
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.: 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.
MAGNIFIQUE!! SO BEAUTYFUL I SHARED IN FACEBOOK FOR FRIENDS!
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...
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.
Signed and Fb. Thanks
Save this Mother's Love !!!!
Signed,FB and voted. Thanks
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 & 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.
signed and shared on facebook
Signed this one. Thanks again Michela for bringing this important petition to my attention!
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....