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Climate Change This Week: Coral Collapse Presages Our Own, Fascinating Facts, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Hickory Horned Devil that occurs in US Forests, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source www.buzzle.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon An Increasing Rarity – Beautiful Southern Forests Source mybeautifuladventures.com OO Aggressive Forest Protection Needed To Meet US Climate Goals Takeaways: critical to meet climate goals, US forest protection is not a US climate priority; some government and forestry industry actors even promote increased logging as a climate change solution; Forest disturbance from logging in the Southern U.S. occurs at four times the rate that it does in the rainforests of South America, reducing the ability of US forests to act as carbon sinks by at least 35 %. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. * * REQUIEM FOR A REEF @@ Climate Change Is Killing The Great Barrier Reef – Takeaways: Coral reefs are bleaching and dying worldwide due to warming oceans: 90% of coral nutrition comes from algae living within them; As corals heat, the algae photosynthesize faster, And produce a toxin, ultimately forcing corals to expel them. Deprived of colorful algae, corals turn white and starts starving. Once dead, corals are rapidly covered with brown algae. Seascapes of Bleached Coral are spectres of mass starvation. […]

Climate Change This Week: Trump Blocks Climate Information, Resistance Grows, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly […]

Climate Change This Week: Trumped By Climate, Record Solar Surge, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. And the chances of Donald Trump’s family and fortune surviving climate change are small, dwindling daily and irreversibly. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in these Red-necked Tanagers in Brazil, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source mostbeautifullworld.blogspot.com Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon OO Eliminating Deforestation From Palm Oil Supply Chain: Industry, NGOs Agree To Single Approach – a first. Death By Fire happens to too much forest in Brazil, and fuels global warming. Credit Dado Galdieri at AP OO Deforestation Forces Up Brazil’s Carbon Emissions despite Brazil’s attempts last year to drastically cut emissions. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. * * FOSSIL FUEL FOLLIES Our Children’s Future will be more like this, under current conditions and Trump’s plans. OO Air Pollution: The Next Generation Carries The Burden Of Our Inaction – adults who grew up in less polluted days can cope with pollution. […]

COP22 — Taking Stock Of The Action

COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco, was a COP of action, or as Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All put it: “COP22 is the kind of COP where people need to leave with action-points and to-do’s.” The Marrakech Action Proclamation is an important signal, as the global community reaffirms its commitment to the full implementation of the Paris Agreement. Now we must accelerate the work of cities, regions, businesses and investors, which is already ongoing, to drive the implementation of concrete climate solutions, which are ever more important. While the seemingly endless talks in Paris a year ago resulted in handshakes, tears of joy and an overall historic agreement, moving from talk to action was top of the agenda for this year’s COP in Marrakesh. And with 112 countries having ratified the Paris agreement, ambitious commitments have already been made. This indicates a promising start to the post-COP21 era, but how do we maintain momentum and secure a successful transition to a low-carbon economy in as fast, smooth, and cost-efficient a way as possible? We need to accelerate. The backbone for a low-carbon energy system in cities is based on surplus energy. […]

Climate Change This Week: Looming Health Disaster, Clean Power Kites, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this asian pangolin, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Pangolins everywhere are endangered. These prehistoric creatures are being vigorously hunted due to false rumors of their scales’ healing powers. Source www.edgeofexistence.org OO Warning To Forest Destroyers: This Scientist Will Catch You With his satellites that spot deforestation as it happens. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon A Rarity That Could Soon Disappear Forever – the Saola of the mountain forests of Vietnam and Laos is extremely rare and unique, and was discovered from a skull found in a hunter’s home […]

Climate Change This Week: Vital Food Crops Threatened, Going Organic Solar, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this leaping mangrove mudskipper, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests of all kinds, including mangroves. Source pinterest Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Saving a Very Special Forest that is a nursery for all sorts of commercial seafood species, mangroves protect coasts from storm erosion, and store carbon. OO Kenya: Protecting Mangroves, Fishermen Net Cash – And More Fish Felling mangrove trees to make boats has been a long tradition, but traditions are shifting, as communities become aware of a new benefit from keeping the trees standing: cash payments for carbon storage. OO Brazil Pledges To Cut Carbon, But Government Policies Say Otherwise pushing for new laws that will increase deforestation, and carbon emissions. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves […]

Climate Change This Week: Megadroughts, Virtual Clean Power Plants, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Amazonian ant-mimic treehopper, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Credit Andreas Kay at flickr Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon A Key Preserver of Carbon Storage in Rainforests – are tapirs, which help disperse the seeds of the largest carbon-storing trees. OO The Surprising Link Between The Tapirs Of Costa Rica And Climate Change – They disperse seeds of the largest trees that store the most carbon, suggest new studies. Protecting tapirs and other large seed-eating mammals is key to preserving carbon storage capability in rainforests. <> OO The Alarming Number Of Fires In The Brazilian Amazon is an undeniable sign that predatory exploration in the Brazilian Amazon has not yet been properly tackled. OO Humans Have Destroyed A Tenth Of Earth’s Wilderness In 25 Years and there may be none left within a century if trends continue, says an authoritative new study […]