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News Report #1

May. 25th, 2019

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Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction

People easily forget “last of” stories about individual species, but the loss of nature also threatens our existence.

Climate Change and the New Age of Extinction
May 13 - By Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

To keep nearly eight billion people fed, not to mention housed, clothed, and hooked on YouTube, humans have transformed most of the earth’s surface. Seventy-five per cent of the land is “significantly altered,” the I.P.B.E.S. noted in a summary of its report, which was released last week in Paris. In addition, “66 per cent of the ocean area is experiencing increasing cumulative impacts, and over 85 per cent of wetlands (area) has been lost.” Approximately half the world’s coral cover is gone. In the past ten years alone, at least seventy-five million acres of “primary or recovering forest” have been destroyed...

So far, it could be argued, the casualties haven’t slowed us down. The I.P.B.E.S. report cautions, however, against assuming that this pattern will continue. Nature, it succinctly observes, “is essential for human existence.” The report points to pollinators as one group of organisms that humans can’t readily do without. Ninety per cent of flowering plants and seventy-five per cent of all types of food crops rely on pollination by animals—birds, bats, and (mostly) insects. Cash crops including coffee, cocoa, and almonds are pollinator-dependent. In many regions, important pollinators, like native bees, are in decline. It’s not clear exactly why, but probably one of the major factors is an increasing reliance on synthetic pesticides, which don’t distinguish between insects that are useful and those that are unwanted. These chemicals are supposed to prevent crop failures; the danger is that they may end up causing them.

See full article at: THE NEW YORKER


Elizabeth Kolbert - 2009 - The Sixth Extinction?

Bill McKibben - (May 1) - Notes from a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change

Bill McKibben - (May 08) - The U.N. Report on Extinction vs. Mike Pompeo at the Arctic Council

Humans Have 30 Years To Stave Off Climate Catastrophe, 'Uninhabitable Earth' (I think this is part 1 of the great interview, so search site for part 2).

Often Overlooked, Declining Plant Biodiversity Sows Trouble For Humans

Widespread permafrost degradation seen in high Arctic terrain (or try http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/scienceblogrssfeed/~3/S63zlux1UUY/)

Better understanding of the effect of melting ice sheets: Experts weigh in

New method to predict the vulnerability of ecosystems

Could Air-Conditioning Fix Climate Change?

Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger animals die off

NOTE to members: You are welcomed to peruse the (comprehensive) mega-tag over at my own journal, named, "all * climate change". It currently holds 125 posts, (which is 16 more than my tag for 'Donald Trump').

Welcome to new members!

I am going to open up the tags in this community so anyone can add whatever tags they choose. From time to time, i will go back and edit tags tags into some kind of system).

Everyone is encouraged to sway their own friends to join this community, even if it means they need to start their own LiveJournals, because current climate change, (no matter who or what has been causing it)t, is the most important issue on Earth. Also, if you know of any other LJ people who seem like they'd like to join, you can just leave me their user names, and I will send them out official requests to join w_a_r_m_i_n_g! Thanks. Take care and be cool!

"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve." - Max Planck - Physicist (1858 - 1947)

May. 22nd, 2019

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Forests for People and the Planet

Trees for the Future!

Trees for the Future is dedicated to ending hunger and poverty for impoverished farming families by revitalizing degraded lands.

Trees for the Future (TREES) is an international development 501(c)(3) nonprofit that meets a triple bottom line through planting trees: poverty alleviation, hunger eradication, and revitalizing landscapes. Through our Forest Garden Approach, we train farmers to plant and manage Forest Gardens that sustainably feed families, raise their incomes by 400 percent, and end deforestation. TREES receives donations to implement our work in areas where we can have the greatest impact. We currently work across 6 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa: Cameroon, Guinea, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Since 1989, TREES has planted over 155 million trees.


May. 21st, 2019

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Rising Sea Levels: Predictions Now Double of What Was Expected

The News: Sea level rise could be larger than expected - LISTEN (BBC)

Scientists have warned that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to an acceleration of the rate that ice is melting in Greenland and Antarctica.

Their new study projects that if the global temperature rises by more than two degrees, this would submerge one point eight million square kilometres of land.

LISTENGlobal sea levels could rise far more than predicted

Nearly two million square kilometres of land, including much of Bangladesh and Egypt's Nile Valley, and cities like London, New York and Shanghai are endangered by rising sea levels.

READ: Rise in global sea levels could have 'profound consequences'

Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica.

The long-held view has been that the world's seas would rise by a maximum of just under a metre by 2100.

This new study, based on expert opinions, projects that the real level may be around double that figure.

This could lead to the displacement of hundreds of millions of people, the authors say.

Climate change ice warning
Rising rate of ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica

LISTEN: Threat to major cities by rising sea levels

Also of interest: BBC Environmental History, (various)

May. 20th, 2019

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The other day, the (near-Chicago) temps ranged from about 85 down to 45.  These are abnormal extremes. However, if you look at the average temp., one might say that it was close to a normal day, (compared to the past for this calendar day).  A climate denier would certainly say this.  That's because we are only looking at grades on a linear scale - where, (therefore), not a lot of additional factors are added into the calculation.

A new kind of, 'Mean World View'...Collapse )

It is all because we can't measure and calculate everything, because, contrary to popular assumptions, we are not, "God."

Apr. 25th, 2019


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There is nothing in this world more annoying than a Dipshit who thinks he's some kind of Deep Thinker.

Feb. 4th, 2019


Koalas and Climate Change

In Australia's top universities this week, scientist are now investigating why Koalas are in need of water. Seen drinking from water bowls and in swimming pools across Australian backyards this month. However, Scientist are now very concerned about observing them drink water.

Koalas usually get all of their water from their diet, as the green vegetation is rich in moisture as well as nutrients. Seeing a koala drink water is quite concerning as they may no longer have everything they need in order to survive in their normal remote habitats. Often they do not have running water, which is of our greatest concern. As it poses complications for these animals in the future scenarios where they will have to find new ways to endure these extream and long lasting heatwaves.

With last months record-breaking summer heatwaves with days above 50 in some areas, and most towns above 40. It is no wonder that even hardened wildlife are seeking water and encroaching within urban areas. However, it raises significant concerns about how climate change will effect our ecosystems. How it will affect Australian native animal and plant populations, and indicate often sharp shifts in climatic patterns.

Jan. 16th, 2019


Australia is cooking!

It has been about a week so far; if not longer, where it has been hot enough to kill a person.

Temperatures have climbed above 45deg celsius during the day. At night there has been little relief below 30 degrees. Making it very concerning as we now have broken the hottest day on record in many areas. With the record high temperatures being broken almost every day for a week.

The hot air blowing in from the desert will remain until a weather system takes over and provides relief. However, it certainly seems a lot hotter than ever before.


Dec. 5th, 2018

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'Save millions of lives by tackling climate change'

Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

Global warming and fossil fuel pollution already killing many, UN climate summit told

Tackling climate change would save at least a million lives a year, the World Health Organization has told the UN climate summit in Poland, making it a moral imperative.

Cutting fossil fuel burning not only slows global warming but slashes air pollution, which causes millions of early deaths a year, the WHO says. In a report requested by UN climate summit leaders, the WHO outlines the economic benefits of improved health are more than double the costs of cutting emissions, and even higher in India and China, which are plagued by toxic air.

Continue reading...

Dec. 4th, 2018

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Can Venus Teach Us to Take Climate Change Seriously?

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