Endangered Chimp habitat under threat from Climate Change Climate Change could make life more difficult for the world’s rarest Chimpanzee subspecies, reported a team of scientists in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The range of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes ellioti) spans the border of its namesake countries, & it inhabits mountain Rainforests as well as the transition zone between the forest & the savanna – what scientists call an “ecotone.” About half of the 6,000 remaining Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzees live in the Rainforests in NW Cameroon & E Nigeria, & the other half inhabit the ecotone in central Cameroon. A team of scientists led by ecologist Paul Sesink Clee used models produced by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to predict how these habitats might change through the year 2080. They found that for part of the population, changes to the Chimpanzees’ environment resulting from Climate Change could happen as soon as early as 2020. “When Climate Change happens & habitat is lost, the options are to adapt to your new climate, to migrate to suitable habitats or to go extinct.” Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3841711
A female Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) with a growth on her face
Angelina Jolie is a Member of this Group!! I am really proud and sincerely honored!!
Hottest Year Ever: 5 Places Where 2014 Temps Really Cooked Data from 3 major climate-tracking groups agree: Earth's combined land and ocean surface temperatures hit new highs this year! Source: Helga S.; Dave C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/267569599/3835861
10 Animal Species That Could Vanish in 2015 if We Don’t Act Now In the zoos are the charts depicting how this or that animal’s habitat has shrunk, thanks to human encroachment, Climate Change or both. And while some animal rights activists oppose zoos and animal captivity, if we don’t address the disappearance of their territory, many animals themselves could disappear from the face of the Earth—many of them as early as this year. Center for Biological Diversity: “Our planet is now in the midst of its 6th mass extinction of plants & animals—the 6th wave of extinctions in the past half-billion years”“We’re currently experiencing the worst spate of Species die-offs since the oss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago”. Some are dealt in this Group:
2. Javan Rhino Indonesia’s Javan Rhino is even more threatened than the black rhino, with possibly only 35 remaining. They’re dying of disease & an invasive species that has destroyed their food source. Poaching already wiped out a subspecies of this Rhino in Vietnam in 2010 & threatens this one as well. They also face threats from reduced genetic diversity & natural disasters such as volcanos & tsunamis.
7. Western Lowland Gorilla This small Gorilla, found in the dense Rainforests of W. Africa, was once one of the most numerous but its population has been decimated by ebola. And while hunting them for bushmeat is illegal, timber & other companies making forays into distant forests have also made poaching & bushmeat trade easier—& facilitated the transfer of ebola to humans.
9. Sumatran Elephant There are only 2,400-2,800 Sumatran Elephants left on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, with half their population gone in 1 generation due to habitat loss through deforestation by the paper, pulp & Palm Oil industries. They’re often killed in “human-elephant conflict” when they trample homes & crops—another result of destroying their natural feeding grounds.
10. Mountain Gorilla This Gorilla, which lives in the mountainous forests of central Africa, is jeopardized by human encroachment forcing them into more dangerous territory, as well as by poaching & civil conflicts. They number less than 1,000. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3835733
Pope Francis's New Year's Resolution: Tackle Climate Change Pope Francis has rocked both the religious & secular worlds this year by eschewing papal security, embracing the poor & reaching out to gay & lesbian people. And it won’t end there. For 2015 he’s got a whopping New Year’s resolution: Tackle climate change. His goal, according to the Guardian, is to influence the climate talks in Paris next year. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3834461
Deforestation puts cultural survival of forest-dependent peoples at risk Forest-dependent peoples face grave threats from deforestation & other depredations, warns a new report that urges greater recognition of traditional land use & support of community-led initiatives to fight forest loss. The report, published Monday during climate talks in Lima, is based on research by dozens of indigenous & forest communities from Africa, Asia & Latin America, which convened this past March in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province. It documents a litany of transgressions against forest-dependent people, ranging from land invasions by Corporations to denial of basic human rights by Gov.ts. The report includes case studies from 9 tropical countries — Indonesia, Malaysia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, & Peru — all of which have an increasing share of deforestation & forest degradation driven by industrial actors like ranchers, loggers, miners, & plantation developers. "Gov.ts & Companies must recognize, respect & restitute the rights of communities. Gov.ts must also terminate & suspend permits allocated to unjust development projects that violate communities' rights & damage & destroy the forest. Only by guaranteeing & protecting rights & recognizing the communities that manage forests can deforestation truly be curbed & the well-being of forest peoples be secured." Deforestation accounts for roughly a 10th of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, making it a high priority in efforts to slow Climate Change. Rights advocates point out that since community-managed forests have lower rates of forest loss than unprotected lands, local & indigenous communities have a critical role in helping mitigate global warming. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3829451
FAQ: Palm Oil, Forests and Climate Change … Is this just a problem for Indonesia? No, it's a global problem. The Int.l trade in Palm Oil means companies in the UK can have a huge influence on how suppliers operate, & by refusing to deal with those they know to be destroying forest areas they can change industry practices. Gov.ts need to wake up to the relationship between deforestation & climate change, & provide funding to prevent deforestation, as Forest Destruction is responsible for a 5th of all Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Watch!!: What’s your connection to Rainforest Destruction?
Mitigation and Emissions Reduction Is Our Key to Survival, Scientists Say The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the Fifth Assessment Report states that fossil fuels that cause greenhouse gases have to go & alternative sources of energy need to be implemented. This needs to happen rapidly. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3821001
Video: Mitigation and Emissions Reduction Is Our Key to Survival http://vimeo.com/99942073
Canadian Environmentalist, David Suzuki On The War On Climate Scientists David Suzuki, Canadian Zoologist and "Television Scientist" details the War on Climate Scientists by the Climate Change Deniers. He names the names & then we see pictures of the rogues themselves. Suzuki focus is on oceans, sustainable fishing, Climate Change & clean energy. Betsy Bee http://www.care2.com/news/member/444864297/3808460
Video: The War on Climate Scientists https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnSicq6Y1lY
New York Climate March draws hundreds of thousands An international day of action on Climate Change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history. Organizers estimated that some 310,000 people, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, actor Leonardo DiCaprio & elected officials from the United States & abroad joined the People's Climate March, ahead of Tuesday's United Nations hosted summit in the city to discuss reducing carbon emissions that threaten the environment. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3806070
Video: Help stop Global Warming - A plea on behalf of Polar Bears! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9eyK3QC7wE&feature=player_embedded#!
“This music video takes a look at the effect that Global Warming / Climate Change is having on Polar Bears. I don't want to write too much here... because to be honest with you, my disgust at the human race is such, that I'd likely write something that won't be nice! I truly don't like being critical of the Human Race, of which I too am a member... but it often seems to me, that the only 'Race' we humans are in, is a 'Race' to destroy this beautiful planet on which we need to live! We humans are insane!!! If it's not bad enough that we repeatedly allow ourselves to be sucked-in to Wars that serve no purpose other than to feed the greed of War Mongering Profiteers... we shamefully put the future of the world's children at risk, & contribute toward an ever increasing number of other species of the planet 'being made extinct'! What is it with us 'humans'??? The fact that we may speak different languages; have different coloured skin; follow different religions... doesn't mean we come from different planets! It may be news to some people... but this is the only planet we humans have got... & if we don't suddenly change our ways, & come together as one human family…it will be we humans who are next to become 'extinct'!!!“ Source: Terry V.
we MUST fight against Global Warming!!!
“The fossil fuel Industry is causing the climate crisis, leading to more extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy” “We’re calling on Big Oil to stop spending millions to influence this election & donate the money to disaster relief instead” The scientists who predicted this kind of megastorm have issued another stark warning: if we stay on our current path, our children will live on a super-heated planet that’s 4or5 degrees warmer than it is right now”. Global warming is caused mainly by human activities such as burning fossil fuels like coal. This leads to higher concentrations of greenhouse gasses that raise the temperatures of both the Oceans & the Earth’s atmosphere. Cal:http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3479393
Facebook Bans Ad Criticizing Mark Zuckerberg’s Pro-Keystone XL Stance it emerged that Facebook has rejected an advertisement by CREDO Mobile criticizing the actions of Fwd.us, the political group started by Zuckerberg and others in the tech industry. Source: Jeanne S.
The Toxic 100: Top Corporate Air Polluters Identified "The Toxic 100 Air Polluters informs consumers & shareholders which large Corporations release the most toxic pollutants into our air"
The top 5 air polluters among large Corporations are:
- The German-owned Bayer Group,
- Textron Inc.,
- General Electric Co.,
- Precision Castparts,
- Koch Industries.
Full list of Toxic 100 Air Polluters http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxicair2012/
Emissions from an Exxon Mobil Oil refinery in Torrance, CA, Sept.2010
Melting Arctic ice could poison ecosystem Arctic sea ice that's been melting at a dramatic rate in the last few decades is releasing a chemical soup that could poison the food chain with mercury and other dangerous chemicals.
When the salt in sea ice, frigid temperatures & sunlight interact a chemical reaction releases bromine atoms into the atmosphere, which then mix with a gaseous form of mercury creating a pollutant that falls back to Earth. Over the last 30 years, the amount ice that survives the summer melt & grows again in the winter is becoming significantly smaller (12 % per decade), resulting in a much thinner & more salty form of ice. When the "new" ice melts, it releases a higher concentration of the chemicals into the air that create the mercury. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3147105
Climate Change report: time to start preparing for the worst It's time to start protecting people from the impact of severe-weather events, a panel says. The report offers further evidence of how the Climate Change conversation is shifting. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3173917
Fearing that Climate Change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji. Photo of Kiribati's Tarawa atoll
Entire Pacific Nation could one day move to Fiji Some scientists estimated the current level of sea rise in the Pacific at about 2 millimeters (0.1 inches) per year. Many scientists expect that rate to accelerate due to Climate Change. Fearing that Climate Change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji. Kiribati, which straddles the Equator near the International date line, has found itself at the leading edge of the debate on Climate Change because many of its atolls rise just a few feet above sea level.
Fiji, home to ab.850,000 people, is ab.1,400 miles S of Kiribati: what people there think about potentially providing a home for thousands of their neighbors remains unclear. Jae:http://www.care2.com/news/member/228509130/3132687
The low-lying Pacific nation of Kiribati is negotiating to buy land in Fiji so it can relocate islanders under threat from rising sea levels. The archipelago, home to a population of 103,000, is already feeling the effects of climate change. Several people lost their homes to rising seas and the need for action is urgent. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3130046
The complete melt of the Greenland ice sheet could occur at lower global temperatures than previously thought, increasing the threat & severity of a rise in sea level. Substantial melting of land ice could contribute to long-term sea level rise of several meters, potentially threatening the lives of millions of people. Temperature threshold for melting the (ice sheet) exists & that this threshold has been overestimated until now.
A complete ice sheet melt could happen if global temperatures rose between 0.8 & 3.2 degrees C. above pre-industrial levels, with a best estimate of 1.6 degrees. Previous research suggested the ice sheet could melt in a range of a 1.9 to 5.1 degree temperature rise, with a best estimate of 3.1 degrees. 1/20 of the world's ice is in Greenland, which is 1/4 of the size of the USA & about 80% of it is covered by the ice sheet. If it all melted it would be equivalent to a 6.4 meter global sea level rise, previous research has shown. If the global temperature significantly overshoots the threshold for a long time, the ice will continue melting & not regrow - even if the climate would, after many thousand years, return to its pre-industrial state. Today, Global Warming of 0.8 degrees has already been recorded. The more we exceed the threshold, the faster it melts. If the world takes no action to limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the Earth could warm by 8 degrees Celsius. This would result in 1/5 of the ice sheet melting within 500 years & a complete loss in 2,000 years. If temperature rise is limited to 2 degrees C., a complete melt of the ice sheet could happen in 50,000 years.
Polar bear cubs face many dangers during their 1st year. At an early age, cubs are taught by their mother to stay close. Females with cubs generally avoid adult male bears who sometimes attack the young & eat them. Highly protective female bears often drive off much larger male bears. Females are known to fight to the death to protect their cubs.
Sea ice loss has kept the bears coming in large numbers. With sea ice offshore melting in June - a month earlier than what was typical 30 years ago, when sea ice persisted well into the summer months - more than 300 of the region’s Polar Bears came early to the town & its environs. Stuck onshore for a longer period, the Bears increasingly came into conflict with Churchill’s roughly 1,000 residents. The population of Western Hudson Bay Polar Bears has declined from 1,200 in 1987 to roughly 900 today, as the Bears lose body mass & produce fewer cubs. Scientists are wondering how long this population of animals will survive if it continues to spend more time on shore, where there is almost nothing to eat. Cal M.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3110646
1. A tranquilized Polar Bear is removed from the polar bear “jail” outside of Churchill
2. Manitoba Adult males socializing while waiting for the ice to re-form, Hudson Bay
3. A Polar Bear alert warning sign posted inside the town of Churchill
News: Climate Change could push 100 to 2,500 tropical Birds into EXTINCTION
Climate Change, in combination with Deforestation, could send between 100 and 2,500 tropical birds to EXTINCTION before the end of century. The wide range depends on the extent of Climate & how much Habitat is lost, but researchers say the most likely range of extinctions is between 600 & 900 Species, meaning about 10-14 % of tropical birds, excluding migratory Species.Cal M.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3109134
News: NASA Finds 2011 9th-Warmest Year on Record
The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000.
In this animation of temperature data from 1880-2011,reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average. Global temperatures have warmed significantly since 1880, the beginning of what scientists call the "modern record." At this time, the coverage provided by weather stations allowed for essentially global temperature data. As greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, industry & vehicles have increased, temperatures have climbed, most notably since the late 1970s. Nancy: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3097432
Video: HUMAN PLANET
Indigenous Peoples at Forefront of Historic People’s Climate March in New York City The weekend before the U.N. summit, the rank-and-file are descending upon New York City to demand action in the People's Climate March, to be held on Sunday, Sept. 21. With Climate Change a no-brainer in the credible scientific world, & more & more people—indigenous & non-Native alike—experiencing firsthand its effects on the ground, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has summoned world leaders for a one-day summit to work toward an agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3802230
What the People’s Climate March Can Teach Our Children About Being Leaders for the Planet On September 21st hundreds of thousands of people across the globe -- from London to Istanbul to New York City -- will take part in the People's Climate March which is expected to be the largest Climate march in history. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3805448
Video: Michael Jackson-Earth Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlfBkY4py3M
Earth is in the early stages of a 6th Mass Extinction EARTH’S 6th great extinction event has already begun. Now science is calling for urgent action to prevent life as we know it going the way of the dinosaurs. The 1st 5 “events” destroyed more than 75% of this planet’s life. Animals. Plants. Entire ecosystems. The fossil record reveals all were smashed by natural disasters such as asteroids. It’s happening again: But this time we are the cause. Life on Earth is dying at an unprecedented rate. More than 320 animal & bird Species alone have vanished since the 1500s. Most other animal populations from among the more than 5 million species on our planet have declined by an average 28%. How long do we have? A study published by Nature in 2011 says we have just a century to change our ways before the “tipping point” is reached that will guarantee mass extinction. Victoria O. http://www.care2.com/news/member/271353204/3792212
Maine Is the New Florida What will summer be like in your city by the end of the century? American cities will see temperature increases between 7 & 10 degrees.
What Does 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise Look Like?
Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3788817
Climate Change or Global Warming? Americans Interpret the Words Differently A nationally representative survey finds that the terms "Global Warming" & "Climate Change" often mean different things to Americans -- & activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, & behaviors, as well as different degrees of urgency about the need to respond. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3781250
Video: Jane Goodall asks politicians: Do you really not care about the future of your great-grandchildren? One of the most eminent conservationists in the world has condemned Australia for its lack of response to Climate Change & said the country ''needs a wake-up call''. Dame Jane Goodall, regarded as the 1st lady of conservation & a UN Messenger of Peace who has made a lifetime study of Chimpanzees, accused politicians of having more concern for their immediate political careers than for future generations. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3775583
Watch Video: Dr. David Suzuki: It’s Time to Get Real on Climate Change http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/11/david-suzuki-bill-moyers-climate-change/ “Our politicians should be thrown in the slammer for willful blindness” “I think that we are being willfully blind to the consequences for our children & grandchildren.“It’s an intergenerational crime” Ruth Ann W. http://www.care2.com/news/member/290441275/3769524
Video: Part Two: David Suzuki and Bill Moyers Getting Real on Climate Change http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-the-war-on-climate-scientists/ Many loved part 1 of this interview, here is part 2. Ruth Ann W. http://www.care2.com/news/member/290441275/3772022
10 New Charts That Will Make You Want To Stop Global Warming Today the Obama administration released its comprehensive Nat.l Climate Assessment in both digital & PDF form. It's packed with hard data on how much Global Warming we've already suffered, how it has hurt us & how much worse it could get. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3767969
Will Global Warming Produce More Tornadoes? In the wake of a devastating series of twister strikes, here's what the latest science has to say. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3767348
How Climate Change Is Destroying the Earth [Infographic] Thanks to extensive research & noticeable changes in weather & storm prevalence, it's getting harder to turn a blind eye to the reality of Climate Change. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3752252
Pentagon warns of Climate Change 'devastation' A threat to civilization - Some members of the US Congress still deny the existence of Climate Change, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But the Pentagon's assessment is that Global Warming is not only real, but also a civilizational threat. Unlike many US politicians the Pentagon is a firm believer in Climate Science. But although it foretells Climate devastation on a global scale, it has no credible plan to cut its own gigantic fossil fuel burn."Climate Change poses another significant challenge for the U.S. & the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, & severe weather patterns are accelerating." Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3749570
The US military is the world's single largest consumer of fossil fuels
New Mapping Tool Reveals Thousands of Record-Breaking Extreme Weather Events in 2011
An interactive online map developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) allows Americans to draw the connections between Climate Change & extreme weather in the cities and towns where they live. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3747051
Is Weird Winter Weather Related to Climate Change? Scientists remain uncertain about how the major features of world’s weather will respond to Global Warming. Climatologist J. Francis links 'this bizarre winter' to changes in the jet stream caused by a warming Arctic.This winter’s weather has been weird across much of the Northern Hemisphere. Record storms in Europe; record drought in California; record heat in parts of the Arctic, incl. Alaska & parts of Scandinavia; but record freezes too, as polar air blew south over Canada & the U.S., causing near-record ice cover on the Great Lakes, sending the mercury as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius in Minnesota, & bringing sharp chills to Texas. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3746616
The polar jet stream may be driving a "hemispheric pattern of severe weather"
Changing the Climate Conversation According to the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there is overwhelming evidence that Climate Change is real, we are to blame, & unless we undertake actions to drastically reduce carbon emissions, we are dooming ourselves to a warming of more than 2 degrees, & accompanying terrifying impacts. The Report is a monumental undertaking, with inputs from more than 200 lead authors & over 600 contributors from 32 different Countries. The science community’s best assessment on Climate Change & yet despite the report’s resounding warnings, there is still little being done in the way of real climate action. If we know that Climate Change is happening, why aren’t we doing anything about it? Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3710185
You MUST watch this Video!!!!
The Sustainability Lie: a short film on Borneo's Palm Oil Industry http://www.rainforest-rescue.org/news/3195/the-sustainability-lie-a-film-about-the-dirty-palm-oil-business
Environment, Animals, Indigenous People, Climate DISASTER!!! Because of Big Corporations, the "PalmOil Mafia"’s GREED!!! Indigenous People arrested and treated like criminals because they don't want to leave their own land!!!!!!
Temperature Rising-With Deaths of Forests, a Loss of Key Climate Protectors http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/science/earth/01forest.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&hp
Save our Forests http://www.greencupboards.com/blog/2011/10/04/save-our-forests/ The concern of modern day environmentalist: it’s not the hole in the ozone layer, or the chemical runoff that flows to our rivers & oceans; it’s not melting ice caps, three eyed tadpoles, or birds caught by plastic six pack pop rings. According to New York Times, Mother Nature is currently crying out for the rescue of her Forests.
Saving the Forests, & the Climate http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/08/opinion/saving-the-forests-and-the-climate.html?ref=earthplanetDeforestation is releasing globally about 1.6 BillionTons of carbon a year. That is 25to30% of the 4to5 BillionTons of carbon accumulating a year in the atmosphere from the total of all human activities. Stopping further Deforestation globally is an obvious first step in stabilizing global Climates. Conversely, allowing the further destruction of Forests feeds the further destabilization of climates!!
Cause & Effect: The damage humans have done in Earth’s history http://www.greenerideal.com/science/1204-the-damage-humans-have-done-in-earths-history/
Video: The Evolution of Life on Earth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2_6cqa2cP4&feature=player_embeddedThe significance of this video, apart from being informative in a short span of time, lies in the realization that if we really are such a small fragment of Earth’s 4.5 billion years of life, then how are we doing so much damage. In our “few seconds” of recorded history, we have manages to destroy the environment both directly and indirectly. Directly, we are responsible for environmental disasters incl. causing ecological trauma in the Gulf of Mexico dead zone, the Tennessee Coal Ash Spill in 2008, the Al-Mishraq Fire in 2003 & the ecocide in Vietnam in the 1960s & 1970s.
Indirectly (using the word ‘indirectly’ is generous in this context), we have been responsible for far worse. The loss of arctic sea ice is, at the very least, 70% man-made. And that’s just the low ball estimate–Climate Change could be up to 95% due to human-induced climate change! This research, (online in the journal Environmental Research Letters), stands apart from previous research which only attribute half the loss to man-made climate change & the other half to nature taking its course. Cher C http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3495931
News: Although North America’s Deep Freeze Looks Cute From Space, It’s a Bad, Bad Sign Believe it or not, Global Warming may be to blame for the deep freeze. What is a sign of Global Warming is the depth of the polar vortex, how it has expanded past the polar areas & centered around Hudson’s Bay according to recent weather imagery. Warmer temperatures in the Arctic in the summer weaken the circulation of cold arctic air at lower altitudes. As with most things in nature, the planet has to balance itself out eventually, so we get a colder polar vortex in winter. This occurred during the 2009-2010 winter, when a similar larger than normal polar vortex covered Northern Europe, Eastern Asia, & the North-East coast of North America, dropping temperatures to deadly levels.So, due to a warming planet in summer, the Earth’s cold air circulation system weakens. To counter balance this, in winter that system becomes larger, forcing us into a deep chill, which is what much of North America is currently in. And we’re seeing how Climate Change affects us more than just at the shock to our systems when we venture outdoors. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3697880
News: Is the ‘Polar Vortex’ Caused by Global Warming? Jan. 8, 2014: A dangerous cold that could break decades-old records. All of which begs the question — if Climate Change is real, then how did it get so cold? The recent record-cold temperatures indicate that the Arctic’s cold air is expanding, engulfing other countries. This would be a perfect argument for a “global cooling” theory. The Arctic’s coldness is growing. How can such a thing happen with global warming?” The answer is that the Arctic air that usually sits on top of our planet is “taking an excursion” south for a couple of days, leaving the North Pole “relatively warm” & our temperate region not-so-temperate. “The Polar Vortex, a huge system of moving swirling air that normally contains the polar cold air, has shifted so it is not sitting right on the pole as it usually does”“We are not seeing an expansion of cold, an ice age, or an anti-Global Warming phenomenon. We are seeing the usual cold polar air taking an excursion. So, this cold weather we are having does not disprove Global Warming” “All weather events are affected by Climate Change because the environment in which they occur is warmer & moister than it used to be.” Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3697396
News: Climate Change Worse Than We Thought, Likely To Be 'Catastrophic Rather Than Simply Dangerous' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/31/climate-change-worse_n_4523828.html?utm_hp_ref=green Climate Change may be far worse than scientists thought, causing global temperatures to rise by at least 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, or about 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a new study. The research found that as the planet heats, fewer sunlight-reflecting clouds form, causing temperatures to rise further in an upward spiral. That number is double what many Gov.ts agree is the threshold for dangerous warming. Aside from dramatic environmental shifts like melting sea ice, many of the ills of the modern world -- starvation, poverty, war & disease -- are likely to get worse as the planet warms. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3694582
News: Cloud-Watching Scientists Say Global Warming Will Be Catastrophic in 86 Years http://www.greenerideal.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/clouds.jpg Some scientists have recently found our cloud cover may lead to far more dangerous & catastrophic increases in Global Warming than previously predicted. Average global temperatures will rise by at least 4 degrees celsius by the year 2100 & possibly, by over 8 degrees celsius by 2200, if current carbon dioxide levels are not reduced, because of the way clouds form to cool our planet. As we pump more carbon dioxide into the air by the burning of fossil fuels to heat our homes & power our cars, that noxious gas decreases the amount of sun-reflecting clouds naturally forming, which help cool our planet. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3695163
News: Can Global Warming Be Contained? [Infographic] http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/12/20/climate-change/can-global-warming-be-contained-infographic/ The infographic is fun, but read the text for details. It starts with a succinct description of Global Warming, & provides many interesting & alarming facts. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3689662
How can you help? SPREAD AWARENESS!!! michela
Video: Can Global Warming Be Contained? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVnWKPjtL3s
News: A Tale of Two Cities: America's Bipolar Climate Future http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/contradictory-climate-change-planning-in-new-york-city-and-new-bern-a-938704.html New York City & New Bern, North Carolina both face the same projected rise in sea levels, but while one is preparing for the worst, the other is doing nothing on principle. A glimpse into America's contradictory Climate Change planning. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3687511
A parking lot in Hoboken, New York filled with flooded yellow cabs after Hurricane Sandy. In New York City alone, the storm killed 44 people, destroyed thousands of buildings & hundreds of thousands of cars, & caused $19 billion in total damage
Video: How the Media Cover, or Don’t Cover, Climate Change http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/12/04/video/media-cover-dont-cover-climate-change/
Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3681899
Watch Video: Shell Oil - The Awful Truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ejym4mKelhM "I am SHOCKED since this is older and the sad issue that they yet again are heading to Alaska to DRILL without any regard for our Environment or creatures. This is A NIGHTMARE!" Mm M.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/301527819/3416209
News: Resource Wars Connect an Amazon Massacre & Shell’s Arctic Drilling http://www.alternet.org/environment/resource-wars-connect-amazon-massacre-and-shells-arctic-drilling Small illegal groups or Big Corporations supported by Gov.ts are destroying human & nonhuman communities to extract resources. “A massacre of up to 80 Yanomami Indians took place in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas. Local testimonies: an armed group [illegal gold miners] flew over in a helicopter, opening fire with guns & launching explosives into Irotatheri settlement in the High Ocamo area” it’s a tragic case of resource wars, gold, in this case. Such events will likely increase in the coming decades because much of the last remaining natural resources left on Earth are in lands inhabited by Indigenous communities, or underneath Oceans on which indigenous communities depend on: Amazon, Arctic, Forests of India
Amazon tribe massacre alleged in Venezuela http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/30/amazon-tribe-massacre-alleged-venezuela Village of 80 people firebombed from the air by illegal gold miners based in neighbouring Brazil. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3447496
News: Shell gets preliminary go-ahead for new Arctic Oil Drilling in Alaska http://www.greenerideal.com/politics/0831-shell-gets-preliminary-go-ahead-for-new-arctic-oil-drilling-in-alaska/ Aug. 31, 2012 The U.S. Gov.t has announced that Royal Dutch Shell has been given a permit to begin preparation work at exploratory drilling sites in the Arctic. The work will be done while the Co. awaits certification for its oil spill response barge. The announcement was made by U.S. Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar. Cher http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3444371
News: Obama Ignores Huge Dangers in Approving Arctic Drilling Permit for Shell http://biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/arctic-drilling-08-30-2012.html Alaska Aug.30, 2012 -The Obama Adm. gave Shell Oil the initial approval to begin controversial & dangerous Oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska, despite the fact that a critical oil-spill containment vessel is still awaiting certification in Bellingham, Wash. Until now, the Arctic Ocean has largely been off limits to offshore drilling. Shell Oil is expected to begin the initial phases of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea as soon as it can get its drillship in place, in the heart of Habitat critical to the survival of Polar Bears. “By opening the Arctic to offshore oil drilling, Pres.Obama has made a monumental mistake that puts Human life, Wildlife & the Environment in terrible danger. The harsh & frozen conditions of the Arctic make drilling risky, & an oil spill would be impossible to clean up”. “Scariest of all, the Obama Adm. is allowing Shell to go forward without even having the promised oil-spill containment equipment in place.” Nancy C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3443330
News: Melting sea ice could lead to massive methane release in Antarctic http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0831-melting-sea-ice-massive-methane-release-in-antarctic/ A new study says large volumes of the greenhouse gas methane may have been produced under the Antarctic Ice Sheet over millions of years. But what is more troublesome is that researchers suggests this could add to Global Warming if released into the atmosphere by a thaw. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3444819
News: Large Methane Reservoirs Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120829131621.htm The Antarctic Ice Sheet could be an overlooked but important source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, according to Aug.30 issue of Nature by an Int.l team of scientists: 50% of the W. Antarctic Ice Sheet (1 million sq. km) & 25% of the E. Antarctic Ice Sheet (2.5 million sq. km) overlies pre-glacial sedimentary basins containing about 21,000 billion metric tons of organic carbon. "Our study highlights the need for continued scientific exploration of remote sub-ice environments in Antarctica, because they may have far greater impact on Earth's Climate system than we have appreciated in the past" Nancy M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/399268490/3443139
News: Methane’s Contribution to Global Warming Is Worse than You Thought http://www.alternet.org/environment/methanes-contribution-global-warming-worse-you-thought?akid=9276.136153.2gG48R&rd=1&src=newsletter699502&t=15&paging=off Aug.21, 2012 To tackle Climate Change, we need more honest accounting of this potent greenhouse gas. Methane is 21 times more heat-trapping that carbon dioxide” If you’re a frequent reader of environmental websites, no doubt you’ve seen some version of that sentence many times. The “20-times” figure is the most common way of explaining how methane (or CH4, or uncombusted natural gas) reacts in the atmosphere. Actually, any CH4 released today is at least 56 times more heat-trapping than a molecule of C02 also released today. Because of the way it reacts in the atmosphere, the number is probably even higher. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3441287
News: How One U.S. Coastal City Is Facing the Hard Fact that the Waters Are Rising http://www.alternet.org/environment/how-one-us-coastal-city-facing-hard-fact-waters-are-rising?akid=9276.136153.2gG48R&rd=1&src=newsletter699502&t=17&paging=off Aug.23, 2012 Virginia has no state policy on Climate Change. But on the coast – where rising seas threaten military bases, ports, homes & beaches – flooding is on everyone's mind. -The Nat. Resources Defense Council ranked Virginia as one of 29 states that were "largely unprepared & lagging behind" on planning for Climate Change at the state level. The problem is already upon Norfolk. The Atlantic Ocean off Virginia's coast is rising a quarter of an inch annually, equivalent to 2 feet in 100 years – faster than anywhere else in the USA except for coastal Louisiana. The ocean at Sewells Point, site of the Norfolk Naval Station, rose 14.5 inches between 1930 & 2010, & that's likely to accelerate. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that sea levels are rising more quickly along the Atlantic coast from N. Carolina to Massachusetts than globally, possibly as a result of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation patterns. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3441335
News: 'Signature' achievement on Forests at UN Climate talks http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25060843 Nations meeting in Warsaw at UN talks have agreed a significant step forward towards curbing emissions from Deforestation. "The biggest issue is that developed countries still need to ante up the $20-$35bn a year necessary for a global Redd+ programme. But, in the meantime, developing countries can get started now. We couldn't be more thrilled with this outcome" Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3677706
News & Video: Rain or Shine, Climate Change Pushes Farmers to the Brink http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/08/were-all-in-this-together-farmers-talk-about-climate-change.html Nancy C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/830372471/3439981
News: Climate Change driving Australian fish South http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/climate-change-driving-australian-fish-south Scientists have found 'striking evidence' of extensive southward migration of tropical fish & declines in other Species due to Climate Change. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3436316
News: Not even a spoonful of sugar could help http://transitionvoice.com/2012/08/not-even-a-spoonful-of-sugar-could-help/ By June2012: the US witnessed its hottest 12months&hottest half year on record. July 2012: the hottest month in US history(records dating to 1895). Extreme events have arrived: The kind of blistering heat we used to experience once every 20yrs, occur every 2. Even as the sun cools, record high temperatures exceeded record low temperatures by a ratio of 2:1 in the last decade, relative to an expected ratio of 1:1. The ratio hit 9:1 in 2012. We know Earth’s temperature is nearly 1degree Centigrade higher than it was at the beginning of the industrial revolution. 1C is catastrophic. We’ve triggered several positive feedbacks, none of which were expected to occur by mainstream scientists until we reached 2C above baseline global average temperature. The situation is far worse than indicated by recent data & models. Earth’s temperature is already nearly 2 C higher than the industrial-revolution baseline. 2C leads directly & rapidly to 6C, acidification-induced death of the world’s oceans & the near-term demise of Homo sapiens. That would be people. Us. You & me. Your kid. & your little dog, too. Every day, we have more reliable knowledge about the abyss into which we’ve plunged. Consider the Int.l Energy Agency’s forecast of business-as-usual leading to a 6C warmer planet by 2035. This process of methane release will accelerate exponentially, release huge quantities of methane into the atmosphere & lead to the demise of all life on earth before the middle of this century. Forecasts by the Int.l EnergyAgency & the ArcticMethaneEmergency group match the recent trend of increasingly dire assessments based on collection & interpretation of more data. If these forecasts are close to accurate, we’ve only a requiem to write for human beings on Earth. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3435845
News: The Arctic Ice Crisis Greenland’s glaciers are melting far faster than scientists expected http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-arctic-ice-crisis-20120816 There's no place on Earth that's changing faster, & no place where that change matters more, than Greenland. NASA reported that ice all across the vast glacial interior of the world's largest island was melting, a "freak event" that hadn't occurred for at least 150 years. Scientists weren't baffled, a paper predicted that an abrupt, islandwide melt was imminent. The rapid loss of ice is only the latest in a chain of events that have upended conventional understanding of how the Earth's "Cryosphere" (its frozen places) behave. The events offer new insight into how fast the world's seas are likely to rise as a result of Global Warming & the fate of major cities like NewYork, Miami & Mumbai. Beginning in 2002, researchers using GPS found that melting on the ice's surface can cause large sections of the ice sheet to break free of its moorings in hours, not millennia. In 2006: ice was suddenly pouring into the ocean at twice the rate previously measured. In 2 separate instances, Box correctly predicted which sections of a glacier would soon break off – sections, in each case, many times larger than the island of Manhattan. Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3435890
Pools of water form as ice melts atop Jakobshavn Glacier, Greenland
News: Study shows widespread Climate Changes underway in B.C’s Oceans http://cpaws.org/news/study-shows-widespread-climate-changes-underway-in-b.cs-oceans Vancouver, BC - A report by CPAWS & WWF Canada reveals that the effects of Climate Change are reducing fish habitat on B.C.’s coast, threatening the province’s lucrative groundfish & shellfish fisheries. The Pacific Coast‘s deep sea diversity is threatened & B.C. is losing 2 to 3 metres of deepwater habitat every year from oxygen depletion. “These oxygen depleted conditions are displacing fish & likely suffocating other sedentary species”. “This ought to be a significant concern to the groundfish fishery”. Ocean acidification, likened to “osteoporosis of the sea” by the head of the Nat.l Oceanic & Atmospheric Adm., is another threat. Increased intrusions of acidic water from deeper oceans are further expected to affect deep sea biodiversity such as deep sea corals, as well as more coastal species such as shellfish. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3434477
News: Higher temperatures means more support for ClimateChange http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0723-higher-temperatures-climate-change/ -USA: more&more people starting to believe in CChange. US-wide poll from the U.ofTexas: 70%believe CChange is happening, 15%did not. Party affiliations? 87%Democrats-53%Republicans believe in CChange. Rep.Party: traditionally preferred business growth to sustainable development, many state repr.questioning the validity of environm. Research, preferring self-interest to the interest of the whole. USA first must break down its ideological differences. CC is not something that can be argued–it is happening: disputes slow down progressive action. If we follow the graphs, soon everyone will believe in CC, but by then, it will already be too late. USGov.t moving at a slow&cautionary pace about CC; more&more Scientists stepp out of the lab&into the spotlight, they must educate the masses ab. the importance of their discoveries. The higher acceptance nos=clear correlation bet. higher temp=moreCChange supporters.
Video: Could Climate Change be wildfire cause? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nfsQhtEvH7g
News: Top 10 Things Climate Change Is Making Worse Right Now http://truth-out.org/news/item/10465-top-ten-things-climate-change-is-making-worse-right-now The onslaught of extreme weather & record temperatures this year have had an impact on people globally, directly through drought and temperature, and more indirectly impacting food prices and public transportation. Here are 10 impacts we're seeing right now that Climate Change is very likely worsening, in some cases playing a major role: Rising Food Prices; Goodbye Glaciers, Sea Ice; Landslides; Massive Dust Storms; Toxic Algae Pollute Drinking Supply, Lakes; $1.5 Billion Hail Damage; Wildfire Causes $450 Million Damage In Colorado; Greater Terrors For Mountain Climbers; More Drilling In The Arctic, Taxpayers Pay For Risks; Blackouts. Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3416899
News: 90 Companies responsible for 2/3 of Global Warming Emissions http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/21/2977001/companies-responsible-thirds-greenhouse-gas-emissions/ Just 90 Cos. caused 2/3 of man-made Global Warming emissions. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3676450
Less than 100 Cos. creating 2/3 of emissions http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2013/11/20/Report-Less-than-100-companies-creating-two-thirds-of-emissions/UPI-16621384985668/ Cos. include investor-owned firms such as Chevron, Exxon, BP, & state-owned & Gov.t-run Cos. The vast majority of the emitting Cos. produce Oil, Gas, Coal. Many of the Cos. possess huge reserves of fossil fuel that, if consumed, would expose the worl
Video: Mapping Deforestation with Google Earth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqiyP5Xv_PM
Watch the World's Forests Disappear on Google Earth http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/11/watch-mapping-deforestation-google-earth Some 650,000 images taken by NASA satellites over the last decade. The result is a stunning series of time-lapse maps, along with an interactive mapping tool, that reveal the Earth lost about 888,000 sq. miles of Forest between 2000 & 2012, roughly the area of the US east of the Mississippi River. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/19369
News: Global Deforestation:10 hot spots on Google Earth in pics http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/nov/15/global-deforestation-10-hot-spots-on-google-earth-in-pictures Earth lost more than 500,000sq.miles of Forest bet. 2000&2012. Satellites reveal loss: Brazil’s Amazon success offset by Deforestation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay,Bolivia,Zambia,Angola. Green: forest cover, Red: lost forest. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3673849
1.Indonesia: The most infamous Deforestation spot on the Planet. PalmOil plantations largely blamed for Indonesia's Deforestation=1 of the world's biggest carbon emitters, losing the same amount of Forest as Brazil annually, despite being only 1/4 of the size!!
2. Brazil: Amazon Deforestation: decreases bet.2004&2012, but 28% increases bet.2012&2013.
News: NASA Earth Observatory shows Arctic sea ice retreating http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0813-arctic-sea-ice-retreats/ Aug.13,2012 New images by NASA show: Arctic sea ice is melting at an astounding pace – particularly in the ParryChannel, in the famous NWPassage. The recent photos have many scientists scrutinizing the environmental&geopolitical impacts of ClimateChange in the region. Images show significant changes over a 2week period. The 1st image: ParryChannel on July 17, 2012: ice filled the channel. The 2nd image: same region on Aug.3: some ice still clinging to the shores of Victoria&Melville Isl. Open water otherwise dominate the region. Walt Meier (Nat.l Snow&Ice Data Center) warns: while the Parry Channel appears mostly free of ice, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily open for navigational purposes. Sea ice: often thin enough to avoid detection via satellite-yet still thick enough to get in the way of ships. Recent studies suggest: certain objects now taking advantage of the open waters. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3433106
1: July 17, 2012; 2: Aug. 13, 2012
News: NASA Scientist Confirms Heat Waves Caused By Global Warming http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0809-nasa-scientist-confirms-heave-waves-caused-by-global-warming/ Surprise, surprise! A NASA scientist has confirmed based on a new statistical analysis that the heat waves seen around the world in the recent years are, in fact, so rare that there is no other plausible cause besides man-made Global Warming. NASA scientist James Hansen shares, from a statistical point of view, that the odds of a heat wave have increased–from the 1950s to the 1980s the odds of a wave were 1 in 300 & presently the odds are 1 in 10–& these weather changes are neither random nor normal. Hansen (the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in NewYork & Professor at Columbia University), shared his findings online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He blames the following heat waves on global warming: the 2003 European heat wave that took 35,000 lives, the 2010 heave wave in Russia & the MiddleEast that claimed over 10,000, & the 2011 Texas-Oklahoma drought.
News: Extreme Heat Events Connected to Climate Change http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/08/james-hansen-extreme-heat-events-connected-to-climate-change.html Dr. James Hansen of NASA, one of the world's most outspoken scientists on the topic of Climate Change says there is now enough evidence to connect Global Warming to some of the extreme weather events of the recent past. Hansen says that the climate dice are loaded with a greater chance that we will experience hotter summers, but also that there is a 1 in 10 chance of extreme heat events during summers across the planet such as the 2011 droughts in Texas, the 2010 heat wave in Russia & possibly even the heat wave scorching crops the Midwest now. Dave C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/267569599/3426982
Video: James Hansen: Extreme Heat Events Connected to Climate Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX2KyF0p-xU&feature=player_embedded
News: Drought, Blistering Temperatures and Raging Fires: Are We Screwed? 5 Facts You Should Know http://www.alternet.org/environment/drought-blistering-temperatures-and-raging-fires-are-we-screwed-5-facts-you-should-know?akid=9154.136153.lFo294&rd=1&src=newsletter685235&t=1&paging=off If we combine our knowledge with action, we may have a fighting chance. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3424195
News: Global Warming's Terrifying New Math Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - & that make clear who the real enemy is http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719 July2012- If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill, here are some hard numbers about Climate Change: June broke or tied 3,215 high-temperature records across the USA; the warmest May on record for the Northern Hemisphere: the 327th consecutive month in which the temperature of the entire Globe exceeded the 20th-century average. This Spring: the warmest ever recorded for USA– in fact, it crushed the old record by so much that it represented the "largest temperature departure from average of any season on record." The same week, Saudi authorities reported that it had rained in Mecca despite a temperature of 109 degrees, the hottest downpour in the planet's history. Source: Ewoud K.; J.L.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/663679641/3414657
News: Climate Emergency Action Plan: 5 Ways We Can Still Avert Catastrophe http://truth-out.org/news/item/10503-climate-emergency-action-plan The extreme heat, storms, & drought sweeping most of the nation are finally convincing a large majority of Americans that Climate Change is upon us. According to Bloomberg News, 70% of Americans now believe the Climate is changing. It's late to be getting to solutions, but now, perhaps, we're finally ready to take on the challenge. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3418607
Record Heat Wave Pushes U.S. Belief in Climate Change to 70% http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-18/record-heat-wave-pushes-u-dot-s-dot-belief-in-climate-change-to-70%
News: Iceberg breaks off from Greenland's Petermann Glacier http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18896770
19 July 2012 An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan has broken away from the Petermann Glacier in Northern Greenland. Images from a NASA satellite show the island breaking off a tongue of ice that extends at the end of the glacier. In 2010 an ice island measuring 250 square km (100 square miles) broke off the same glacier. Scientists have raised concerns in recent years about the Greenland ice shelf, saying that it is thinning extensively amid warm temperatures. No single event of this type can be ascribed to changes in the climate. But they are surprised by the extent of the changes to the Petermann Glacier in recent years. "It's dramatic. It's disturbing. We have data for 150 years & we see changes that we have not seen before". The calving is not expected have an impact on sea levels as the ice was already floating. Icebergs from the Petermann Glacier sometimes reach the waters off Newfoundland in Canada, posing a danger to shipping & navigation. Floating "ice tongues" in front of land-based glaciers tend to block the ice flow headed for the sea. When ice chunks break loose, the land-based glaciers behind them often move more quickly. Dave C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/267569599/3416711
Watch Video: Yes, Virginia, Sea Level Really is Rising http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmW_EQzU_qI&feature=player_embedded#! Most Recent action on NorthCarolina Sea Level Planning document June 29, 2012 Elle B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/832313123/3412468
Watch Video: Welcome to the Rest of Our Lives http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b0NrS2L6KcE The latest installment of Peter Sinclair's Climate Denial Crock of the Week series connects the dots between extreme weather & Climate Science. Elle B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/832313123/3412476
News: Experts: sustainable Logging in Rainforests impossible http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0718-hance-sustainable-logging.htmlIndustrial logging in primary tropical Forests that is both sustainable & profitable is impossible-Bioscience. The ecology of tropical hardwoods makes logging with truly sustainable practices not only impractical, but completely unprofitable. The researchers recommend industrial logging subsidies be dropped from the UN's Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation (REDD+) program. This, adding to the growing debate about the role of logging in tropical forests, counters recent research making the case that well-managed logging in old-growth Rainforests could provide a "middle way" between conservation & outright conversion of Forests to monocultures or pasture. Often logged Forests are then converted to plantations or pastures. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3414826 Deforestation for Palm Oil in Sabah, Malaysia; Giant Rainforest tree in Sumatra
News: Africa Plants Great Green Wall for Climate Change http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0717-africa-great-green-wall/ http://www.theecologist.org/investigations/climate_change/1470663/the_great_green_wall.html If you live in North America, then you’ve probably felt the effects of Climate Change firsthand. The sun is beating down harder than ever, melting asphalt, causing freak wildfires, & threatening to destroy entire fields of fruits & vegetables. Africa’s answer to Climate Change is a proposed 4,000-mile, 9-foot wide wall of trees stretching from Senegal to Djibouti. Designed to stop encroaching Desertification, the project is now taking root in Senegal where they have already planted 50,000 acres of trees.
Thousands of Acacia trees are being planted in Senegal in an attempt to curb Desertification
Photos: The damage Typhoon Haiyan left in the Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/photo-galleries/planet-pic 3 days after Super Typhoon Haiyan flattened entire towns across the central Philippines & left countless bodies scattered across wastelands, desperation was building with devastated communities devoid of food, water & medicine. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3670926
News: Report on Climate Change depicts a planet in peril http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-climate-change-20131112,0,6958165.story#axzz2kQcxzDSG Climate Change will disrupt not only the natural world but society, posing risks to resources and fomenting conflict.. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3671109
Video: Is Climate Change Causing Extreme Weather? http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-climate-change-20131112,0,6958165.story#axzz2kQcxzDSG
Fire burning in Oil Palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo
News: Borneo's Forests face dire future from Global Warming http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0718-borneo-global-warming.html Already wracked by extensive Deforestation & Forest Degradation, the future looks grim for Borneo's tropical Rainforests. Combining historical records with field observations & Global Climate models, a sharp increase in drought conditions — a product of warmer temperatures in the Indian Ocean & higher frequency of el Niño events — will make it more difficult for Borneo's Rainforest tree species to survive. "As El Niño events become more frequent in the future in response to warming in the tropical Oceans, even the Species of trees that can adapt to drought conditions will be at increased risk of dying off". "The small number of Species that cannot adapt well to drought conditions will be at even greater risk of dying off." Similar findings have been reported in parts of the Amazon where trees are poorly adapted to drought & fire. Climate models also forecast an increase in drought & fire across large extents of the Amazon Rainforest. The growing risk to Rainforests from the effects of Climate Change are a worrying sign for efforts to curtail Global Warming. Tropical Forests are currently an important carbon sink. But as they burn or die off from drought, the carbon they store is released, contributing further to Climate Change. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3414174
Video: Angelina Jolie & Jane Goodall Interview 'Jane's Journey ' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnSctuR4xHo&feature=player_embedded
Angelina Jolie in an interview about great Jane Goodall. Joint meeting, Jane's Journey - the journey of life of Jane Goodall. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote her entire energy to saving our Endangered Planet. Since then she's been spending 300 days a year scouring the globe on her mission to spread hope for future generations. She has taken on the responsibilities of a UN Messenger of Peace, has been honoured with countless awards, was appointed "Dame of the British Empire" & was even admitted to the "Légion d'Honneur", the highest decoration of France.
News: Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate Change http://ecowatch.com/2013/10/27/women-call-for-urgent-action-climate-change/ The conference was yet another reminder that the U.S. is inextricably bound by Multinational Corporations. Many Corporations appropriate the Earth’s limited resources without real accountability to any Nation, people or law. “They used to be contained by the rules of democracy & they have knocked off those rules—bit by bit” Dr. Jane Goodall said. Apart from those imprisoned in a fortress of science denial, 69% of Americans give credence to the 95% of climate scientists who agree on the reality & trajectory of human-induced Climate Change. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3663553
Dr. Vandana Shiva, left, & Dr. Jane Goodall, both are delegates to the Int.l Women’s Earth & Climate Summit, talk before the opening of the Summit
News: Why the media has gone silent on Climate Change http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/10/why-media-has-gone-silent-climate-change-20131081204138506.html Climate Change deniers have been waging a PR war on scientists who promote a path towards a post carbon economy. Col N. http://www.care2.com/news/member/550673189/3656786
"While climate sceptics are attacking the IPCC report for being alarmist... environmentalists are complaining that the panel was too intimidated by the deniers, & understated the dangers"
News: Is Palm Oil one of the largest sources on man made aerosols? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/27/is-palm-oil-one-of-the-largest-sources-on-man-made-aerosols/ Illegal Fires Set in Indonesia Cause Smog Problem Widespread wildfires are lighting up Indonesia, fires were set deliberately to clear land for Palm Oil Cos. This type of “slash-&-burn” agricultural has been used for centuries to clear land for new planting, however, the setting of such fires is now illegal in Indonesia. That doesn’t seem to be stopping plantation owners from continuing this practice. “Widespread, illegal burning to clear rainforests & peatlands for Palm Oil & Pulp & Paper plantation expansion is unfortunately a well-established yearly ritual in Sumatra.” Col N. http://www.care2.com/news/member/550673189/3661179
Video: Last Hours: The Perils of Climate Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRGVTK-AAvw#t=184 Last Hours" is the 1st in a series of short films that explore the perils of Climate Change & the solutions to avert climate disaster. Each subsequent film will highlight fact-based challenges facing the human race, & offer solutions. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3656052
News: Forget Polar Bears: Global Warming will hit the tropics first http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/climate-weather/stories/forget-polar-bears-global-warming-will-hit-the-tropics-first In the next decade, the tropics will suffer unprecedented Climate Change effects, long before the Arctic & its Polar Bears see big shifts. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3656007
News: Why It's So Difficult to Face the Frightening Climate Change Reality http://www.alternet.org/media/why-its-so-difficult-face-frightening-climate-change-reality The corporate media aren't exactly helping. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3653652
News: What Leading Scientists Want You to Know About Today's Frightening Climate Report http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/09/leading-scientists-IPCC-climate-report The polar icecaps are melting faster than we thought they would; seas are rising faster than we thought they would; extreme weather events are increasing. Have a nice day! That’s a less than scientifically rigorous summary of the findings of the 5th Intergov-tal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released this morning in Stockholm. Pledging further action to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, U.S. Secr.of State J. Kerry: "This isn’t a run of the mill report to be dumped in a filing cabinet. This isn’t a political document produced by politicians... It’s science." And that science needs to be communicated to the public, loudly & clearly. The point at which "humans lose control … may be sooner than expected." Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3651436
Arctic sea ice on Sept.13, 2013, as measured by satellite microwave sensors on NASA’s cloudless Blue Marble satellite imagery
News: Have the Media Failed Us on Climate Change? http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/09/have-media-failed-us-reporting-climate-change Journalists from Slate, the Guardian, the Atlantic Cities, the Huffington Post, & Mother Jones meet up at SXSW Eco in Austin, Texas, next week to hold the press to account. Kit B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3651430
News: Almost Too Horrible to Contemplate: Global Warming Could Destroy the Lives of 750 Million People in the Short Future http://www.alternet.org/environment/global-warming-could-potentially-destroy-lives-750-million-people-next-three-decades Sept. 26, 2013 - It means wars. It means famines. It means raging forest fires & the death of grasslands. Three quarters of a billion people is a lot of people. And that's how many people, within the next 22 years, will almost certainly run low on water – a necessity of life – in just the regions whose rivers are supplied with water from the glaciers in the Himalayas. To put that in perspective, 750 million people is more than twice the current population of United States. It's about the population of all of Europe. In the year 1900 there were only 500 million people on the entire planet. 750 million people is a lot of people. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3649406
Video: Ecosystems, Animal Adaptation & Climate Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5tZXH5G12FI Mm M.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/301527819/3411747
1. White coral syndrome afflicts a section of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The US's Nat-l Oceanic & Atmospheric Administr. (NOAA) stated that rising Ocean acid levels are emerging as one of the greatest threats to coral reefs, describing them as the 'osteoporosis of the sea'
2. Endangerd Hyacinth Macaws, Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus, in a tree, Brazil
News: Animal Deaths are Rubbish http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art16833.asp By Deb Duxbury BellaOnline's Animal Life Editor - Several Western civilizations live in a disposable society were products are purchased, used, & thrown in the garbage. The side effect to this lifestyle is an excessive amount of non-biodegradable litter. As product waste increases with larger human populations, available landfill space shrinks. In an attempt to resolve the issue in a way that does not impede consumerism, rubbish is tossed into the oceans. The most notable is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is the largest dump-site in the world…Deb: http://www.care2.com/news/member/571583704/3408530
News: Climate Change, Extreme Weather Linked In Studies Examining Texas Drought and U.K. Heat http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/10/climate-change-extreme-weather_n_1663014.html?utm_campaign=071012&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-green&utm_content=FullStory 7/10/2012 * 2011 was among 15 warmest years globally -U.S. agency; * Extreme weather events show influence of Climate Change; * Greenhouse Gas levels in atmosphere reaches new high - In the 22nd annual "State of the Climate" report, experts also found the Arctic was warming ab. twice as fast as the rest of the planet, on average, with Arctic sea ice shrinking to its 2nd-smallest recorded size.
Video: The Pentagon & Climate Change http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NN8M8Onnngk
News: Climate Change & National Security: Pentagon Says Global Warming Is Real & Is Planning for the Worst http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/07/04/climate-change/climate-change-and-national-security-pentagon-says-global-warming-is-real-and-is-planning-for-the-worst/ July 4, 2012 News for anyone who thinks that Global Warming is a myth & that Climate Change is a hoax: The U.S. military, the CIA, & enough Nat.l Security Experts are pretty sure you’re wrong-& that listening to you could cost lives. Seriously. In 2010, the U.S. Dept. of Defense presented to Congress its 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review: the Pentagon will officially identify Climate Change as a national security threat: it will prepare contingency plans to deal with its consequences, such as droughts, floods, & violent storms that can lead to food & water shortages, pandemic diseases, & mass migrations of displaced people—in our backyard & around the Planet. The report will also acknowledge the conclusions of the Intergov.l Panel on ClimateChange (IPCC), the UN Int.l organization that works with the World Meteorological Organ. to gather world Climate data. That’s the group that won the Nobel Prize along with former V.Pres. Al Gore for their scientific evidence of Global Warming. Other agencies: responding to the repercussions of Climate Change on people & Gov.ts. The State Dept. will address the ClimateChange issue in its new Quadrennial Diplomacy&Develop.Review. The CIA established a new Center for the Study of ClimateChange. President Barack Obama made the effects of ClimateChange on Nat.l Security a central policy focus. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3405246
News: The Climate Post (July 5, 2012) http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/07/06/climate-change/the-climate-post-july-5-2012/ A poll says Climate Change is no longer 1st on Americans’ list of the most critical environmental problems. About 3 in 10 people, or 29%, believe water & air pollution to be the top issue. Meanwhile, 19% saw Climate Change as a threat, down from 33% in 2007. Even with the decline, 3/4 of those polled thought the Earth was getting warmer. Some scientists are connecting events such as the record heat & Colorado wildfires—suggesting warming is a real threat. The proof, according to scientists such as Princeton Univ. is right outside. “What we’re seeing really is a window into what Global Warming really looks like” “It looks like heat. It looks like fires. It looks like this kind of environmental disasters.” A study of media headlines from April 1 to June 30 didn’t quite reflect these scientists’ views. Coverage barely mentions Climate Change or Global Warming. Of more than 350 broadcasts & print articles, just 3% linked the wildfires to Climate Change. Cher C.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3406426
News: How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/09/18/people-solutions/how-to-talk-to-a-climate-skeptic/ Who here might be able to imagine the psychology of someone--Climate Change skeptic or not--who feels overwhelmed & incapacitated by the thought of Climate Change? Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3646949
News: Transcending Climate Catastrophe: Hopeful Answers from the Great Spiritual Traditions http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/09/19/people-solutions/transcending-climate-catastrophe-hopeful-answers-from-the-great-spiritual-traditions/ This year’s droughts, floods, & horrific wildfires all come after a mere 1 degree Fahrenheit of global warming over the 20thcentury. With a projected 9 degrees of warming by 2100, how do we deal with the potential extinction of civilization? Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3646952
News: Incredible Photos illustrate the importance of Climate Change http://www.greenerideal.com/lifestyle/0917-incredible-photos-illustrate-the-importance-of-climate-change/ An Indonesian graphic artist has created a series of realistic photos that illustrate the importance & severity of Climate Change & the current state of our planet. Cher C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3643950
News: The New York Times -Science Nov. 3, 2011 Global Warming Global warming has become perhaps the most complicated issue facing world leaders. On the one hand, warnings from the scientific community are becoming louder, as an increasing body of science points to rising dangers from the ongoing buildup of human-related greenhouse gases produced mainly by the burning of fossil fuels and Forests.
News by: The Climate Post http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/06/29/climate-change/the-climate-post-june-28-2012/ June 28, 2012 - Sea Levels Rise Globally, East Coast to Take Hardest Hit Around the world, sea levels are rising. Nowhere are they rising faster than the US East Coast. When compared to global averages since 1990, the Atlantic Ocean is rising, annually, 4 to 4 times faster than in other areas of the world. Several cities along the 600-mile stretch running from N.Carolina to MA are experiencing significant jumps, incl. Norfolk, VA., & Philadelphia, with spikes of 4.8 inches & 3.7 inches, respectively. N.Carolina-which was considering a bill forbidding the use of models that include accelerating sea level rise-would experience an even higher sea level threat than the 39-inch increase by 2100 a panel of state experts predicted in 2010. Lawmakers continue to work on another version. New studies are not just threatening the E.Coast-they reflect changes on the W.Coast as well. A Nat.l Research Council report describes a rise of several inches over the next 2 decades, & more as the years go on. S.&Central CA will be the hardest hit, with a rise of 6 inches by 2030. Oregon & Washington will see less dramatic changes of 4 inches in the same window, then 2 feet by 2100. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3402472
News: Fifty Years After Silent Spring, Assault on Science Continues http://e360.yale.edu/feature/fifty_years_after_rachel_carsons_silent_spring_assacult_on_science_continues/2544/ More than 150yrs after Darwin’s On the Origin of Species appeared, nearly half the adults in the USA still don’t believe that evolution happens. 50 years after the 1962 publication of Silent Spring, naysayers still rage from long-entrenched positions of ignorance at Rachel Carson & her ground-breaking critique of pesticide use. Those attacks find a troubling parallel today in the campaigns against Climate Scientists who point to evidence of a rapidly warming world. Such vitriol is much in evidence today as Global Warming skeptics & deniers ridicule, harass, & even threaten prominent Climate Scientists. The scientifically groundless, magical thinking exhibited by Carson’s critics is repeated by the likes of the NCarolina State Senate, which recently passed a coastal management bill that prohibits even considering the possibility of future sea level rise: Shoot the Messenger: Carolina’s Costly Mistake on Sea Level Rise http://e360.yale.edu/feature/north_carolina_costly_mistake_on_climate_change/2543/ The N. Carolina Senate approved legislation that would prohibit the state from considering projected sea level increases in its coastal management strategy.
News: The World’s Worst Environmental Disasters Caused by Companies http://www.businesspundit.com/the-worlds-worst-environmental-disasters-caused-by-companies/?utm_source=scribol.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=scribol.com The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is one of the worst company-created environmental disasters in history. Water and wetlands are sullied. People are dead. We're still waiting on wildlife casualties and strange illnesses. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3397758
News: Spending Choices Impact the Planet: A Sustainable Lifestyle Infographic http://livinggreenmag.com/2012/06/22/green-business/spending-choices-impact-the-planet-a-sustainable-lifestyle-infographic/ People are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues. Unfortunately, we cannot undo all the harm done to our planet from the 1st industrial revolution onwards. What we can do, however, is try not to aggravate the situation. Even minor changes can yield positive results in the long run.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3397964
Video: HOME - The Environment
HOME has a very clear message. We have a greater impact on the Earth than it can bear. We over-consume and are depleting the Earth's resources. From the air, it's easy to see the Earth's wounds. So, HOME simply sets out our current situation, while saying that a solution exists.
Video: HOME a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, & HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.
News: Sea rise faster on US East than rest of globe http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/global-warming/sea-rise-faster-on-us-east-than-rest-of-globe/articleshow/14386447.cms 25 Jun, 2012 - Washington: Sea levels are rising much faster along the US East Coast than they are around the globe, putting one of the world's most costly coasts in danger of flooding. US Geological Survey Scientists call the 600-mile (965-kilometer) swath a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by GlobalWarming, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate 3 times to 4 times faster than the global average since 1990 -The journal Nature Climate Change.It's not just a faster rate, but at a faster pace, like a car on a highway "jamming on the accelerator," said an oceanographer. He looked at sea levels starting in 1950, & noticed a change beginning in 1990. Since then, sea levels have gone up globally about 2 inches (5 centimeters). But in Norfolk, VA, where officials are scrambling to fight more frequent flooding, sea level has jumped a total of 4.8 inches (12.19 centimeters), the research showed. For Philadelphia, levels went up 3.7 inches (9.4 centimeters), & in New York City, it was 2.8 inches (7.11 centimeters). Climate Change pushes up sea levels by melting ice sheets in Greenland & west Antarctica, & because warmer water expands. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/33
Watch Video: Global Warming & Wildlife http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ped4A94LZJs&feature=player_detailpage You hear about Global Warming all over, but what about its effect on Wildlife? I made this PSA to inform viewers on just that. It includes ways in which YOU can help to slow down its progression. This is not only our Earth; it's the Animal's Earth too. Let's all be considerate of current & future populations, & all pitch in to help slow down the progression of this unusually quick warming trend. 1 million Species are in danger of being driven to Extinction by the year 2050. Just one of the many things that the future might hold. Mm M.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/301527819/3406640
1 year ago News: At least 30 deaths blamed on heat wave http://news.yahoo.com/people-seek-relief-water-air-conditioning-unrelenting-us-224015501.html PHILADELPHIA - Americans dipped into the water, went to the movies & rode the subway just to be in air conditioning Saturday for relief from unrelenting heat that has killed at least 30 people across half the country.The heat sent temperatures soaring over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees C) in several cities, including a record 105 F (40.5 C) in Washington, St. Louis (106 F, 41 C), & Indianapolis (104 F, 40 C), buckled highways & derailed a Washington-area train even as another round of summer storms threatened. The heat sent temperatures soaring in more than 20 States to 105 F (40.5 C) in Louisville, Kentucky, 101 F (38.5 C) in Philadelphia, & 95 F (35 C) in NewYork; besides Washington, a record of 104 F (40 C) was set in SiouxFalls, S.Dakota, & Baltimore set a record at 102 F (39 C).At least 30 deaths were blamed on the heat, 9 in Maryland & 10 in Chicago, mostly among the elderly. 3 elderly people found dead in their houses in Ohio had heart disease, but died of high temperatures in homes lacking power because of recent outages; 3 deaths in Wisconsin, 2 in Tennessee & 3 in Pennsylvania…Dee C. http://www.care2.com/news/member/501829960/3406662
News: Obama’s Biggest Climate Decision Of The Year May Be … Palm Oil? http://www.care2.com/causes/obamas-biggest-climate-decision-of-the-year-may-be-palm-oil.html May17, 2012 - The Obama administration is poised to make one of the biggest climate policy decisions of its entire administration – & it’s not about coal, oil, or gas, but rainforests. EPA is deciding whether or not Palm Oil should be included in the Renewable Fuel Standard, which mandates that American motorists use 36 billion gallons of biofuel in their cars & trucks by 2022. In order to qualify for inclusion, Palm Oil would have to cut greenhouse gas pollution by at least 20% compared to gasoline.
Scientists or Lobbyists: Who Do You Trust to Act For The Rainforest? http://www.care2.com/causes/scientists-or-lobbyists-who-do-you-trust-to-act-for-the-rainforest.html June16, 2012 In what has been called the biggest climate decision of the year for the Obama Administration, the Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil industries are flexing their lobbying muscle to overturn a crucial, science-based decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Source: Dianne C.
News: Nation on Fire: Climate Change & the Burning of America http://www.alternet.org/environment/nation-fire-climate-change-and-burning-america Since 2006, more than 9 Million acres have burned; the equivalent of Maryland & Rhode Island!! Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3619591
News: Destroying The Rainforest to make Biodiesel Fuel http://www.savetherainforest.com/community/index.php?do=/blog/2625/destroying-the-rainforest-to-make-biodiesel-fuel/ Indonesia’s Rainforests have been heavily deforested to make room for PalmOil plantations. Today only 50% of the original forest cover remains. Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of PalmOil which is not only a common cooking & vegetable oil but can also be converted into biodiesel fuel. PalmOil plantations have an extremely negative environmental impact because they replace pristine Indonesian Rainforests. By 2006 10million acres of Rainforest had been wiped away & replaced by PalmOil plantations. Every year hundreds of thousands of acres are burned down to make room for PalmOil.The PalmOil industry accounts for an estim. 2.057million tons of carbon dioxide emissions/year. In addition to the loss of rainforest & additional carbon dioxide emissions, a horrible side effect of PalmOil plantations is the drying out & oxidizing of the countries rich & moist peatlands, swampy wetlands full of rich organic material responsible for storing approx.37.8Billion tons of carbon dioxide. As the peatlands dry up, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. 84% of Indonesia’s carbon dioxide emissions come from Deforestation, forest fires & peatland degradation. Selena S. http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/3574099
Watch 30 Years of Rainforest Vanish in 30 Seconds http://www.care2.com/causes/watch-30-years-rain-forest-vanish-in-30-seconds.html Drawing on millions of images taken by 8 NASA Landsat satellites, Google has created a “global, zoomable time lapse of Earth’s surface” that show us the changes - shocking & scary - that have occurred around the world as a result of Global Warming & urbanization. Source: Sime V.
Video: Monitoring Forests From the Ground to the Cloud http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/tools/earthengine.html#tab=monitoring-deforestation-from-the-ground-to-the-cloud
Video: Amazon Deforestation: Timelapse http://www.google.com/earth/outreach/tools/earthengine.html#tab=amazon-deforestation-timelapse
Video: Global Warming is Turning The North Pole Into The North Pool
To THOSE who clearly STATE that WE CAN DO NOTHING about Climate Change:
Yes, WE are only one single DROP, but ALL together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Being still PASSIVE & PESSIMISTIC doesn’t HELP HUMANITY, nor WILDLIFE, nor OUR CHILDREN or GRANDCHILDREN!!! WE NEED to REACT & ACT!!! We must NOT REMAIN PASSIVE!! WE MUST NOT GIVE UP!!! Being ACTIVE & not PASSIVE CAN STILL HELP US!! MAKING Governments UNDERSTAND that WE are FED UP of the BIG CORPORATION CONTROL (i.e.= MONEY&GREED) that is taking ALL SPECIES & LIFE on EARTH in general, to DISAPPEAR!!! WE OWE THIS TO OUR CHILDREN!!! -Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world-Margaret Mead (Anthroplologist)
How can STILL certain people DENY GLOBAL WARMING?? It seems as if THOSE people DON'T HAVE CHILDREN, DON'T WANT GRANDCHILDREN, HAVE NO CONSIDERATION of MEN’s FUTURE as a LIVING SPECIES!!! I am sincerely preoccupied for my 2 daughters and for their eventual children, I am not so selfish to think: "By the way, by the end of the Century I will not be here anymore, then...IT'S NOT MY PROBLEM… WHO CARES...” Michela
News: Mankind To Blame For Ocean Warming http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0612-ocean-warming/ June 12, 2012 In the big picture of the Global Warming epidemic, we often forget that greenhouse gases hurt more than just our atmosphere temperatures, Global Warming includes Ocean warming – that can alter the marine food chain, results in Ocean acidification & threatens Antarctic wildlife by potentially endangering populations of penguins, whales, seals & smaller creatures within a few decades. While mankind may not want to accept blame for what goes on under the sea, the scientific evidence suggests otherwise. Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3389358
The Future Of Extreme Weather http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0510-the-future-of-extreme-weather/ First & foremost, it is generally accepted by the scientific community (& in the general population as well) that extreme weather is a direct result of Global Warming. A recent study, published in Science, analyzed data from the past 50years to find one unsettling finding: there’s more extreme weather on our way. In the past 50 years the water cycle accelerated by 4%–nearly double the estimated predictions. Fresh water became fresher & salt water became saltier due to stronger evaporation & precipitation. If the water cycle continues at this rate, the next 50 years could lead to more droughts & floods.
Ocean Salinities Reveal Strong Global Water Cycle Intensification During 1950 to 2000 http://www.sciencemag.org/content/336/6080/455
News: Warming nears point of no return, scientists say http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/06/MN1T1OT26G.DTL&feed=rss.pageone June7, 2012 The Earth is reaching a "tipping point" in Climate Change that will lead to increasingly rapid & irreversible destruction of the Global Environment unless its forces are controlled by concerted Int.l action. "The science tells us that we are heading toward major changes in the biosphere, & given all the pressures we are putting on the world, if we do nothing different, we are looking at a time scale of a century or even a few decades for a tipping point to arrive"
--World's human population rapid growth, to 9billion or more by2050 & possibly 27billion by the end of the century: quickly consuming available resources.
--Fossil fuels: burned at a rapidly increasing rate, increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 35% since the industrial revolution began.
--Ocean acidity risen by 5% in the past 20 yrs; Ocean productivity: diminished by vast "dead zones" where no fish swim, while 40% of Earth's land mass that was once "Biodiverse" now contains far fewer species of crop plants & domestic animals.
--More animal Species than ever are becoming extinct; many Plant&Animal Species forced by Global Warming to seek new ranges that could place them at risk of extinction.
--Within the next 60years, the average Global temperature "will be higher than it has been since the Human Species evolved" Mm: http://www.care2.com/news/member/301527819/3386182
News: Loss of Biodiversity an equal threat to Climate Change http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/SciTech/20120607/biodiversity-research-climate-change-120607/ Jun.7 2012 The accelerating loss of Planet’s plant & animal Species is becoming as great a threat to global health & prosperity as Climate Change. We should be just as worried about biodiversity loss, biodiversity loss consequences are the same magnitude as Climate Change. Scientists from 5 Countries, poured over the results of more than 600 experiments done over 2 decades: assessed how the loss of biodiversity will impact human societies. As human populations grow in both size & expectation, plants & animals are becoming extinct at a rate not seen in eons. Ab. ¼ of the earth's mammal species will be gone in 20 years. Oceans: lost ab. 90% of their large fish. 80% of our endangered freshwater Species will not be covered any more. Now: 17,000 Endangered Species in the world. That's a massive underestimate because we don't even know how many species there are in the world. The rate of Environmental degradation accelerates as Species disappear. Losing species at the top of a food web, such as large predators, reduces productivity all the way down. The positive effects of biodiversity become more apparent when considered over longer time scales & larger areas, but time is running short. To explore how human activities are altering biodiversity is now urgent. The gains from simplifying ecosystems: often local & short term, whereas the costs: transmitted to people in other locations, or to future generations." Biodiversity losses usually occur through small-scale, local projects: an industrial project here, a drained wetland there. Canada is headed in the wrong direction: legislative changes planned by the Conserv.Gov.t would shift legislative protections from ecosystems & habitats to specific species. Estimates have put an annual value of $33 Trillion on the ecological services provided through diverse, healthy ecosystems. Those benefits are not being accounted for in current policy debate. Cher http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3397233
News: Environmental Activists "Being Killed at Rate of 1 a Week" http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/06/environmental-activists-being-killed-one-week-global-witness-rio20 June2012 Environmental activists were killed at the rate of 1 a week in 2011: the struggle for the world's remaining natural resources is becoming more murderous. The death toll of advocates, community leaders, & journalists involved in the protection of Forests, Rivers, & Land has risen dramatically in the past 3 years.
Brazil, the host of the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development, has the worst record for danger in a decade, with the deaths of more than 365 defenders. The leaders at Rio to have to set up systems to monitor & counter the rising violence, which in many cases involves Governments & Foreign corporations, & to reduce the consumption pressures that are driving development into remote areas. This trend points to the increasingly fierce global battle for resources, & represents the sharpest of wake-up calls for delegates in Rio. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3395544
News: Earth may be near tipping point, scientists warn http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0607-global-tipping-20120607,0,4125302.story June7, 2012 A group of International Scientists is sounding a Global alarm, warning that Population Growth, Climate Change & Environmental Destruction are pushing Earth toward calamitous — & irreversible — biological changes. Cal: http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3386485
The Conoco Phillips refinery in Wilmington, CA. pumps out emissions in the process of producing gasoline
News: Warming nears point of no return, scientists say http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/06/MN1T1OT26G.DTL&feed=rss.pageone June7, 2012 The Earth is reaching a "tipping point" in Climate Change that will lead to increasingly rapid & irreversible destruction of the Global Environment unless its forces are controlled by concerted International action, an International group of Scientists warns. "The science tells us that we are heading toward major changes in the biosphere, & given all the pressures we are putting on the world, if we do nothing different, we are looking at a time scale of a century or even a few decades for a tipping point to arrive"
-World's human population rapid growth, to 9billion or more by 2050 & possibly 27billion by the end of the century: quickly consuming available resources.
-Fossil fuels: being burned at a rapidly increasing rate, increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 35% since the industrial revolution began.
-Ocean acidity risen by 5% in the past 20years; Ocean productivity: being diminished by vast "dead zones" where no fish swim, while 40% of Earth's land mass that was once "Biodiverse" now contains far fewer species of crop plants & domestic animals.
-More animal Species than ever are becoming extinct; many Plant&Animal Species are being forced by Global Warming to seek new ranges that could place them at risk of extinction.
-Within the next 60years, the average Global temperature "will be higher than it has been since the Human Species evolved" Mm: http://www.care2.com/news/member/301527819/3386182
News: Republican Meteorologist Calls for Drastic Changes in Order to Combat Frightening ClimateChange http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0607-republican-meteorologist-calls-for-drastic-changes/
June7, 2012 Meteorologists are not known for being green, let alone Republican ones. However, Paul Douglas offered his thoughts on ClimateChange & proved both stereotypes wrong in this case. “Bizarre weather extremes that used to occur rarely, now happen with increasing frequency such as intense drought or dangerous wildfires. New statistics that previously would never have occurred at all, now do happen such as the 15,000 new U.S. temperature records in March alone. Meteorological reasoning simply cannot explain these frightening facts. The changes are tiny pieces of a much larger puzzle, when pieced together one can see the full puzzle. There is simply more heat & moisture in the atmosphere, & our emissions are largely responsible for keeping it there. This millennium’s first decade was the warmest on record. Amazingly, it included 9 out of 10 of the hottest years to date. Greenhouse Gas levels are at their highest in 800,000 years. Clearly, there are far too many coincidences not to take this seriously. There is a large & growing body of evidence. The way nature works applies the same to Republican & Democrat, Christian & Muslim, animal, tree & stone.”
US Meteorologists Not Qualified To Make Long Term Assessments On ClimateChange http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0221-us-meteorologists-not-qualified-to-make-long-term-assessments-on-climate-change/
More than 150 new dams planned across the Amazon basin could significantly disrupt the Ecological connectivity of the Amazon River to the Andes with substantial impacts for fish populations, nutrient cycling, & the health of Earth's largest rainforest. The hydroelectric projects would also have social impacts: 40 dams would be constructed "immediately upstream or downstream" on an indigenous territory.
Construction of a canal for the Belo Monte Dam project, near Altamira. Once completed, the Belo Monte Dam will be the 3rd largest in the world. It will submerge up to 400,000 hectares & displace 20,000 people.
Lake Balbina, a man-made reservoir created to supply hydroelectric power to the city of Manaus in Brazil.
News: Melting Arctic 'blooms' with algae http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/10/world/phytoplankton-mega-bloom-eco-solutions/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
June 11, 2012 (CNN) - Scientists in the Arctic have discovered the largest ever under-ice bloom of phytoplankton, likening the discovery to "finding the Amazon rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert." Researchers were amazed to discover a colossal 100 kilometer (62 miles) stretch of phytoplankton blooming under Arctic ice, north of Alaska, in July last year. Undiscovered until the 1970s, the ocean's phytoplankton is now understood to be responsible for about as much of the oxygen in our atmosphere as plants on land.
The ecological consequences of the polar bloom are not yet fully understood but given phytoplankton's position at the base of the food chain, it is expected to have implications for ocean animals that feed in the area. The type of phytoplankton found near coasts can bloom rapidly when there are changes to the amounts of light & nutrients available. Some blooms are toxic for humans & marine life. If the Arctic sea ice continues to thin, blooms might become more widespread & appear earlier, which could pose problems for migrating birds & whales.
A satellite image of the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska & Russia, shows phytoplankton bloom (in green)
How long will we be able to keep our heads above the rising waters of Climate Change?
Hey deniers, can you see the trend?
News: The ticking Climate Bomb http://acre.com/news/article/2013/06/the-ticking-climate-bomb?goback=.gde_2414449_member_253439824 Huge quantities of the chemical hydrofluorocarbon-23 (HFC-23) are expected to be released into the atmosphere by China & India, which is nearly 15,000 times more damaging than carbon dioxide, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3604131
News: Calif.'s Sierra a 'living lab' for Climate Change http://news.yahoo.com/calif-sierra-living-lab-climate-change-132607224.html In parts of California's Sierra Nevada, marshy meadows are going dry, wildflowers are blooming earlier & glaciers are melting into ice fields. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3602957
News: Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1973697/healing_the_earth_indigenous_peoples_and_climate_change.html For Indigenous peoples Climate Change is not a political slogan but an inescapable reality of their daily life. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3606787
News: Research flags devastating Climate Change impacts on Barrier Reef http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-05/research-flags-devastating-climate-change-impacts-on-barrier-re/4801166 A new study examining the effects of Climate Change on the Great Barrier Reef shows corals could start dissolving into the ocean within 100 years if nothing is done. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3605550
News: 5 Gorgeous Landmarks Threatened by Rising Seas http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/07/top-five-historic-sites-threatened-climate-change Keep your historical buzz going for a moment to contemplate 5 sites the Nat.l Trust for Historic Preservation—the country's preserver-in-chief—thinks are most vulnerable to flooding caused by sea level rise. Cal M. http://www.care2.com/news/member/193692282/3609299
33,000 sq. miles (85,500 sq. kilometers) or 2.8% of the Amazon Rainforest burned between 1999-2010 finds new NASA-led research that measured the extent of fires that smolder under the forest canopy.
Source: Sheila Stevens
Researchers for the first time mapped the extent & frequency of understory fires across a study area (green) spanning 1.2 million sq. miles (3 million sq. kilometers) in the Southern Amazon Forest. Fires were widespread across the forest frontier during the study period from 1999-2010. Recurrent fires, however, are concentrated in areas favored by the confluence of climate conditions suitable for burning & ignition sources from humans.
News: Climate Change to halve Habitat for over 10,000 common Species http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0513-hance-climate-habitat.html
May 13, 2013 Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the 1st time in human history last week, a new study in Nature Climate Change warns that thousands of the world's common species will suffer grave habitat loss under Climate Change. "While there has been much research on the effect of Climate Change on rare & endangered species, little has been known about how an increase in global temperature will affect more common species" 34% of animals & 57% of plants will see over half of their habitat lost by 2080 if temperatures rise 4 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average. Plants, reptiles, & amphibians are the most vulnerable, while the Amazon, Central America, Sub-Saharan Africa, & Australia are expected to be the hardest hit. Even worse, the estimates are "probably conservative" since they didn't take into account rising extreme weather, disease, & pests, adding that "animals in particular may decline more as our predictions will be compounded by a loss of food from plants." Such catastrophic losses would have a major impact on humans as "these species are important for things like water & air purification, flood control, nutrient cycling, & eco-tourism".
Unidentified red caterpillar in the Amazon. Amazonian wildlife will be hit especially hard by Climate Change
Over half of Americans believe extreme weather will likely cause a natural disaster in their community in the coming year. Furious wildfires in California, massive droughts across the Plains states, & flooding in the Midwest. All are happening right now, earlier & more dangerously than any time in recent history. All are examples of Climate Change in America.
This is what Climate Change in America looks like. A home destroyed during the landfall of Superstorm Sandy is pictured in Mantoloking, New Jersey, on March 22, 2013. The Jersey shore, a 127-mile stretch of beaches, small communities & kitschy icons, remains largely in shambles
News: Extreme weather a sign of Climate Change, says NASA http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0807-extreme-weather-a-sign-of-climate-change-says-nasa/
Dr. James Hansen, a 71-year-old world-renowned climate scientist, says heat waves, droughts & wildfires are a direct result of climate change. Many researchers use prediction models to study climate science. But he’s based his work on recorded temperature data instead. His research suggests that temperature extremes are becoming a lot more frequent, & a lot more intense. The findings don’t rule out the possibility of cooler-than-average summers in the future. However, it does mean that the chances of unusually warm summers have risen dramatically. The study looked at temperature records spanning a total of 60 years. Hansen’s team says: temperature extremes have increased from affecting less than 1% of global land area to an estimated 10%. They say greenhouse gas emissions “load the dice”, or make the occurrence of these extreme temperature events much more likely.
News: Burning Forests in SEAsia increases mortality rates in the region http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0813-hance-fires-pollution-health.html
Aug13,2012 Clearing Forests & other Vegetation with fire in SEAsia can kill –A New Study in Nature ClimateChange. Fire-induced air pollution, incl. fine particulates & a rise in ozone, could be linked to thousands of deaths during El Nino yrs as dry conditions worsen human-set fires. Pollution: worst over Malaysia&Indonesia, where the vast majority of the fires are set. "Deforestation&Degradation enhance the susceptibility of peatland Forests (with carbon-rich peat deposits) to human-ignited fire during droughts". Peatlands in Indonesia have long been a target of Environmentalists, since their destruction releases significant amounts of carbon, but now the New Research: also poses a health risk to millions. Using satellite imagery from 1997&2006, land-clearing fires with pollutants in the atmosphere were compared. During El Nino yrs, burning Forests&Peatlands pushed air quality levels 300% past WorldHealthOrganization(WHO) limits for 200 days of the year. This could result in the deaths of some 15,000 people. A conservative number, especially since the impacts of the pollution on infants&children was not incorporated. During El Nino, anywhere bet. 5.4 to 60 million people were exposed to particulate matter & ozone above WHO recommendations: placing additional strain on the hearts & lungs, posing particular risk to the elderly & vulnerable. "Previous work in Borneo emphasizes the value of avoided Deforestation for carbon emissions, it is also important to account for health. With the direct link bet. ClimateVariability&Health Impacts: additional support for policies that use Climate forecasts to restrict burning during high fire-risk seasons"
"The climate talks in Bonn this week produced an atmosphere of good feeling among delegates, but not enough clarity about how countries will respond more aggressively to the urgent threat of Climate Change."
News: What you can do to fight Climate Change http://www.worldwildlife.org/what/globalmarkets/Climate%20Change/whatyoucando-individuals.html
Did you know that the USA is the world's single largest contributor to Global Warming, with average annual emissions of 19.6 tons per person? That is nearly 5 times the world average of 3.9 tons per person. The impacts of Climate Change are too great to ignore, & we must do everything in our power to protect our future. It clearly is time for all Americans to roll up their sleeves, to take steps to reduce emissions, to prepare for Climate Change, & to encourage others to do the same. Start with a few quick & easy steps… Walking or riding a bike can reduce emissions by 20 pounds for every gallon of gasoline used.
May 22, 2012 To find the vanguard of climate education in the USA, keep an eye on 4 teachers in Maryland's Wicomico County public school district. Using field trips, editorial cartoons, even parent objections, they're taking Climate Change far from the Science classroom.
Kit B.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/3382227
News: Climate Change Led to Collapse of Ancient Indus Civilization - May 28, 2012 - A study combining the latest archaeological evidence with state-of-the-art geoscience technologies provides evidence that Climate Change was a key ingredient in the collapse of the great Indus or Harappan Civilization almost 4000 years ago. The study also resolves a long-standing debate over the source & fate of the Sarasvati, the sacred river of Hindu mythology. This study suggests that the decline in monsoon rains led to weakened river dynamics, and played a critical role both in the development & the collapse of the Harappan culture, which relied on river floods to fuel their agricultural surpluses. A compelling picture of 10,000 years of changing landscapes emerges. Before the plain was massively settled, the wild & forceful Indus & its tributaries flowing from the Himalaya cut valleys into their own deposits & left high "interfluvial" stretches of land between them. In the east, reliable monsoon rains sustained perennial rivers that crisscrossed the desert leaving behind their sedimentary deposits across a broad region. The research argues that these crucial differences prove that the Sarasvati (Ghaggar-Hakra) was not Himalayan-fed, but a perennial monsoon-supported watercourse, & that aridification reduced it to short seasonal flows. By 3900 years ago, their rivers drying, the Harappans had an escape route to the east toward the Ganges basin, where monsoon rains remained reliable. We now see landscape dynamics as the crucial link between Climate Change & people""Today the Indus system feeds the largest irrigation scheme in the world, immobilizing the river in channels & behind dams. If the monsoon were to increase in a warming world, as some predict, catastrophic floods such as the humanitarian disaster of 2010, would turn the current irrigation system, designed for a tamer river, obsolete."
Maria D.: http://www.care2.com/news/member/949017879/3380651
News: Climate Change 'Biggest Threat' to Food Security Jun 5, 2012 Colombo - When it comes to expressing the threat to food security posed by changing climate patterns & extreme weather events in Asia & the Pacific, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) does not mince its words
News: Climate Change Endangers Food Climate Change is a major contributing factor in the battle to provide food security in Asia & the Pacific. Growing pressure on Ecosystems to produce food, as well as changing temperature & precipitation patterns, will have unpredictable and deleterious effects on existing food-producing resources. The continued or increased occurrence of extreme weather events will further exacerbate vulnerabilities of communities and natural systems.
Peru’s Congress is about to approve a highly controversial road that will slash in half the territory of at least 2 uncontacted tribes. Three highly important protected areas lie in its path, including the Madre de Dios Reserve for uncontacted Indians.
The proposed road will run across the Southeast of Peru’s Amazon from Puerto Esperanza in the Purus region near Brazil, to Iñapari. Congressmen are considering a law that could declare the project a ‘public necessity’, & consequently bypass huge indigenous opposition.
News: THINK ABOUT IT
Author: Jürgen Friedrich
Since years it is well known: Survival of mankind depends more of safe water supply then of oil/coal/gas.
Surprised 'beyond measurement' I noticed, that the 'official water discussion' does not refer to ancient water positions from the Bible. I have done some research in the field of modern meteorology. The result follows here in short and in expectation of an answer.
"According to an U.N. report, the Global Warming outlook is much worse than originally predicted. Which is pretty bad when they originally predicted it would destroy the planet." (Jay Leno)
London (Westminster) in 2020 A.D. - according to James Lovelock
Jan-Dec Global Mean temperature over Land & Ocean (1901-2000)
Climate Change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists & even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves.
News: Rising seas clearly evident along SC coast http://news.yahoo.com/rising-seas-clearly-evident-along-161913044.html
Rising sea level clearly evident along undeveloped stretch of South Carolina coast
News: 6 months after Sandy, thousands homeless in NY, NJ http://news.yahoo.com/6-months-sandy-thousands-homeless-ny-nj-154507020.html
Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism &coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation -- & hurricane -- seasons almost here again.
Wind, water and solar technologies can provide 100 percent of the world's energy, eliminating all fossil fuels. Here's how
In Dec. leaders from around the world will meet in Copenhagen to try to agree on cutting back greenhouse gas emissions for decades to come. The most effective step to implement that goal would be a massive shift away from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources. If leaders can have confidence that such a transformation is possible, they might commit to an historic agreement. We think they can.
Source: Alice C.
A recent Deutsche Bank report concludes that solar power has now reached grid parity, meaning that it costs the same as electricity from the power grid, in Italy & India (where the Gov.t’s goal is 20GW of solar by 2022), & that by next year even more countries will reach parity. The German bank has also increased its solar demand forecast for this year by 20% because of strong demand in places like India, the U.S., China (around 7 to 10 GW), the U.K. (around 1 to 2 GW), Germany & Italy (around 2 GW).Source: Alice C.
The world is likely days away from a "sobering milestone" in our planetary history. Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will likely reach 400 parts per million (ppm) for first time in human history, and unless drastic action is taken, we're on track to hit 450 ppm in the near future. "I wish it weren't true, but it looks like the world is going to blow through the 400-ppm level without losing a beat," The last time the greenhouse gases were at 400 ppm was likely the Pliocene epoch, between 3.2 million & 5 million years ago.
The current reading is at 399.72 ppm -- far past the 350 ppm level many have warned is the upper safe limit before the planet hits a tipping point.
"At this pace we'll hit 450 ppm within a few decades" Indeed, the rate of rise of CO2 over the past century is "unprecedented."
The figure should serve as a call to act on the deadly emissions caused by our fossil fuel addiction. "The 400-ppm threshold is a sobering milestone, & should serve as a wake up call for all of us to support clean energy technology & reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, before it's too late for our children & grandchildren".
The rainforests are often referred to as “Earth’s Lungs” because of the importance they play in our global ecosystem. However the trees and animal life that call the rainforests home are in serious danger. Check out the infographic below to discover interesting facts about rainforests, & find some inspiration for how you can make a difference in saving them.
In a Word: Awful - A soybean farming area in the outskirts of Vilhena is photographed in Sept.2009 as existing within the 'Legal Amazon,' a name given to an area originally covered by a portion of the Brazilian Rainforest. Beef & soy are the 2 main drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon. Shockingly, a total of 2.7 billion tons of CO2—or 30 percent of the carbon emissions associated with deforestation in the last decade—were exported from Brazil. Of this, 29% were due to soybean production & 71% due to cattle ranching.
Earth Day — the 43rd year of this national focus on the state of our Globe. So, how is Earth doing? Should we be weeping ... or cheering? Both.
According to a recent study by Australian & British researchers, as initially reported by Reuters, the rate at which ice is melting in Antarctica during the summer is at the highest level in 1,000 years. The researchers—from the Australian Nat.l University & the British Antarctic Survey—found from data taken at the ice core that summer ice melt has been 10 times more intense over the past 50 years than they were 600 years.
Strong scientific evidence links climate change with increasing heat waves, coastal flooding, and other extreme weather events..Frans B. http://www.care2.com/news/member/774550352/3561342
from Liz G.: HAPPY EARTH DAY dear Michela ~ YOU are a truly beautiful friend who appreciates our wonderful world and do ALL you can to preserve all who live in her...THANK YOU!!! Enjoy your visit to Sweden and may you have time for YOU to rest and relax. Love and hugs always to you for your very caring heart. Hugs Liz Xx
The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Meet the New Green Heroes
Americans got to see some of this movement spread out across the Mall in Washington, D.C., on a bitter-cold day in Feb. Press accounts put the crowd upward of 40,000 – by far the largest climate rally in the country's history. They were there to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run down from Canada's tar sands, south to the Gulf of Mexico, a fight that Time magazine recently referred to as the Selma and the Stonewall of the environmental movement. But there were thousands in the crowd also working to block fracking wells across the Appalachians and proposed Pacific coast deep-water ports that would send coal to China.
As the world burns, a new movement to reverse Climate Change is emerging - fiercely, loudly & right next door It got so hot in Australia in January that the weather service had to add two new colors to its charts. A few weeks later, at the other end of the planet, new data from the CryoSat-2 satellite showed 80% of Arctic sea ice has disappeared. We're not breaking records anymore; we're breaking the planet. In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis. They'll just ask, "So the Arctic melted, & then what did you do?"
News: Even Doubters Want to Prepare for Global Warming http://www.livescience.com/28345-doubters-prepare-climate-change.html
Some still insist that Climate Change is a hoax, but the vast majority of Americans believe the globe is warming — & they want to prepare for the worst. In fact, even 60% of Climate-Change doubters favored preparations. Researchers collected opinions between March 3 & March 18 via an online questionnaire, using a nationally representative sample of 1,174 American adults, both English & Spanish speaking.
The survey asked about Climate-Change beliefs & support for adaptation strategies to help coastal areas cope with the rising sea levels & frequent, intense storms that a warmer world could bring. The results showed that 82% of Americans are in favor of preparation.
News: America’s Addiction to Oil – Infographic http://www.greenerideal.com/vehicles/0407-americas-addiction-to-oil-in/
Everyone knows about America’s addiction to oil, but many may not realize the severity of the issue. Check out the infographic for stats on just how serious America’s oil dependence is compared to the rest of the world & what we can do to begin lessening our reliance.
News: Andes Ice Melted in 25 Years Took 1,600 Years To Form http://www.greenerideal.com/science/0406-andes-ice-melted-in-25-years-took-1600-years-to-form-study-says/
We reported earlier this year that the Andes is melting at a record rate: A new study, reported by BBC, the glaciers in the tropical Andes have shrunk by 30-50% since the 1970s.Cher: http://www.care2.com/news/member/100041282/3560319
from Debbie W.: This big bear hug is for you! xoxo
News: Will Climate Change Send These 5 Islands to a Watery Grave? http://www.takepart.com/photos/islands-disappear-climate-change
Tuvalu, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Seychelles
Isolated in the middle of unforgiving bodies of water, how will these dots of land fare when rising waters come knocking at their shores? Climate Change continues to crank up the heat on our planet, the ice sheets in Greenland & Antarctica are melting at increasingly rapid rates. In the USA, for example, parts of Miami could be underwater by 2040.
News: Taking Our Foot Off the Global Warming Accelerator http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/15402-taking-our-foot-off-the-global-warming-accelerator
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama said, in reference to the climate crisis, "If Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of Climate Change, & speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."
Last month, 70 environmental groups signed a letter to President Obama urging him to bypass Congress & use his executive authority to address the climate crisis in multiple ways. Key among those recommendations was yet another call to reject the Keystone Pipeline. As important as that is, there is even lower-hanging fruit that so far is being overlooked by the President and apparently forgotten by the environmental community. The President specifically urged Americans to cut in half the energy wasted in homes & business over the next 20 years. One of the easiest & most benign ways to cut energy waste & reduce the nation's emissions of greenhouse gases is very simple, relatively painless & would actually save consumers money immediately, with no upfront costs - restore a lower national freeway speed limit of 55 mph. It requires no technological innovation, merely a societal acceptance of the imperative to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
News: Surprising Depth to Global Warming's Effects http://www.livescience.com/28248-deep-ocean-warming.html
Knowing how much heat the ocean absorbs is vital to understanding sea level rise (the oceans expand as they warm), & predicting how much, & how fast, the atmosphere will warm.