Saturday, 31 December 2016

Canada May Move to Protect Declining Monarch Butterfly as Endangered Species

Centre for Food Safety
PinP photo.
 The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada released a report today recommending that the monarch butterfly be protected as an endangered species due to population decline and ongoing threats to the butterfly’s epic migration. Previously, in Canada, the monarch was classified as a species of special concern; now the minister of the Environment and the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council have nine months to decide whether to add the butterfly to the endangered species list. Story here.

In historic move, China announces ban on ivory trade by end of 2017

Nation of Change

More than 20,000 elephants were killed for their ivory last year, leaving only about 415,000 remaining. Story here.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Global Cheetah Population 'Crashing,' Raising Risk of Species Extinction

CommonDreams
Just 7,100 cheetahs remain around the world. Story here.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife photo.

Growing mega-cities will displace vast tracts of farmland by 2030, study says

theguardian

Cropland losses will have consequences especially for Asia and Africa, which will experience growing food insecurity as cities expand. Story here.

Scientists are trying to save the climate from toxic cow burps

The Washington Post
Earth has a cow problem. Story here.

USDA photo

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

El Niño on a warming planet may have sparked the Zika epidemic, scientists report

The Washington Post

In a world characterized by rising temperatures, deforestation and other human influences on the environment, the spread of infectious disease is a hot topic. Many recent studies suggest that environmental changes can affect the transmission of everything from malaria to the Zika virus — and it’s increasingly important to understand these links, scientists say. Story here.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Nearly 3,000 US Communities Have Lead Levels Higher Than Flint: Reuters

CommonDreams

Advocates hope new investigation will spur action from community leaders, as aid and attention have been slim. Story here.

UN: Huge emissions cuts needed to meet Paris climate goals

CTV News

The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN said Thursday in a sobering report that warned of a human tragedy unless governments stepped up efforts to fight global warming. Story here.

Arctic drilling ban reveals crucial difference between Obama and Trudeau on climate

Nation of Change

Prime Minister Trudeau continues to cling to an ideological and dangerous assertion that his government has no responsibility to restrict fossil fuel supply in the middle of a global climate crisis. Story here.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

My Latest Letter. Will it Make You Angry? I Hope So! (But Not at Me!)

by Larry Powell

It’s like a nightmare in slow-motion.

Just when you think Trump has made the worst possible choice for his cabinet, he announces another who’s even worse. 

'It's their backyard': Inuit voice essential in Arctic climate studies, scientists say

CBCnews

Residents' knowledge of the fastest warming place on Earth fills gaps in scientific data. Story here.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

California Forests Failing to Regrow After Intense Wildfires

 inside 
climate
 news

Huge, destructive fires are more common with climate change, and the loss of regeneration threatens to exacerbate global warming. Story here.

A Drive to Save Saharan Oases As Climate Change Takes a Toll

environment360

From Morocco to Libya, the desert oases of the Sahara's Maghreb region are disappearing as temperatures rise and rainfall decreases. Facing daunting odds, local residents are employing traditional water conservation techniques to try to save these ancient ecosystems. Story here.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Shameless: Public lands handed over to the coal industry

EarthJustice

This attack on wild forest land is just one example of the kind of threats 
we will face in the next four years.


Our public lands are under attack. Help us fight back!


Dear Larry,
Christmas came early for Arch Coal this year. On Monday, the Obama 
administration opened up 20,000 acres of wild Colorado forest to 
bulldozing for coal mining.
This was a shameful giveaway of our public lands, but we stand prepared to fight back. 

A Changing Climate Hits Coffee Harvest on The Slopes of Kilimanjaro.

environment360

Rising temperatures and changing precipitation are taking a toll on coffee farms worldwide, including the plantations around Mount Kilimanjaro. If the world hopes to sustain its two billion cup-a-day habit, scientists say, new climate-resilient species of coffee must be developed. Story here.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Snow in the Sahara? Desert hit with snowfall for the first time in 37 years

comonews.com
It's not the first place that comes to mind when you think of having a white Christmas. Story here.


North Pole to warm to near melting point this week: 50 degrees above normal

Mashable

It's happening again: The temperature at the North Pole is projected to spike to around the melting point, or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, on Wednesday into Thursday, despite the complete lack of sunshine that far north in December. Story here.

Killer Whales Pose Newest Threat to Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline

Bloomberg
Kinder Morgan Inc. will have to address the fate of one more group before completing its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion: killer whales. Story here.

A pod of killer whales off Vancouver Island. Photo by Winky.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

U.S., Canada ban offshore drilling in Arctic waters

CBCnews

U.S. President Barack Obama uses 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf Act. Story here.

Monday, 19 December 2016

More than 700 factories temporarily shut as Beijing grapples with smog

CBCnews

Country's 1st pollution alert of winter lasts until Wednesday. Story here.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

NOAA Issues 'Jaw-Dropping' Assessment on 'Unprecedented' Arctic Warming

Common Dreams

Latest Arctic Report Card finds that region's temperatures continue upward climb twice as fast as global temperature increase. Story here.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Antibiotic resistance will hit a terrible tipping point in 2017


NewScientist


A major menace looms over us. In 2017, many more people could begin dying from common bacterial infections. Story here.

A "confined animal feeding operation." 
Wikimedia Commons photo.

Friday, 16 December 2016

THE 3RD GLOBAL CORAL BLEACHING EVENT – 2014/2016

SEAVIEW
NOW PREDICTED TO LAST UNTIL AT LEAST THE END OF 2016 – BY FAR THE LONGEST EVENT IN RECORDED HISTORY. Story here.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Humans have now carved up the Earth’s wilderness into 600,000 little pieces


The Washington Post

Scientists Thursday provided a global quantification of one of the most pervasive, but least recognized, ways that humans are marring the coherence of the natural world — by building endless numbers of roads. Story here.

A logging road in the UK. Richard Webb

Aimed at Refugees, Fences Are Threatening European Wildlife

environment360

A flood of migrants from the Middle East and Africa has prompted governments in the Balkans to erect hundreds of miles of border fences. Scientists say the expanding network of barriers poses a serious threat to wildlife, especially wide-ranging animals such as bears and wolves. Story here.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

First Nations chief at heart of oilsands resistance says he's no environmentalist


NATIONAL               
OBSERVER
First Nations chief at heart of oilsands resistance says he's no environmentalist. Story here.



Monday, 12 December 2016

Rare Arabian leopards forced out by frankincense harvesters

New
Scientist

The habitat of one of the world’s rarest and most elusive big cats is shrinking fast, with the latest pressure coming from frankincense collectors. Story here.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Mounting Evidence Shows Eating Less Meat = Healthy People, Healthy Planet

EcoWatch

A new systematic review of dietary patterns and sustainability published in the latest edition of Advances in Nutrition provides additional evidence that diets lower in animal-based foods and higher in plant-based foods are better for the health of people and the planet. STORY HERE.

Australia's epically stupid plan

AVAAZ

They're trying to put a toxic coal complex next to the magical Great Barrier Reef! It’s a crazy plan, but we’ve got a chance to stop it. PLEASE SIGN PETITION!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Corals tie stronger El Niños to climate change

Science

Over the last 7000 years, El Niños waxed and waned. Then, during the 20th century, with global warming taking hold, their intensity began to climb. The trend is likely to continue, boding ever more destructive El Niños. Story here.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Don't let Scott Pruitt rip up our environmental protections!

Friends of
the Earth

Pruitt's record on the environment is terrible. And as head of the EPA, he'll be able to roll back our protections for the planet -- from the Clean Power Plan to rules on pollutants like methane. Please Donate!

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water

theguardian

Huge flock of migratory birds landed on acidic waters of an open pit mine where employees attempted to scare them off. Story here.

Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives

theguardian

EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign. Story here.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Extreme tornado outbreaks are getting worse, but why?

SCIENCE:

The number of tornadoes pounding the United States during the most extreme outbreaks has roughly doubled over the past 50 years, a new analysis shows. But the study also yields a big surprise: The increased severity of such tornado outbreaks, at least at first glance, doesn’t seem to be related to climate change. STORY HERE.

Health Canada Will Take Dangerous Bee-Killing Pesticide Off The Market

Friends of the Earth

Health Canada’s PMRA has announced imidacloprid, one of the oldest and most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides, is being taken off the market



A Manitoba honeybee colony. PinP photo. 
It’s been found in just about every water body and it’s considered harmful to aquatic species and to creatures such as birds dependent on the aquatic species. Unfortunately, the PMRA is proposing a long 3-year phase-out. With your help, we want to accelerate this phase-out.

PinP: Oddly enough,  Health Canada did not even consider risks to pollinators in this re-evaluation. That will happen in a separate "risk assessment."  

Health Canada Release

The environmental assessment showed that, in aquatic environments in Canada, imidacloprid is being measured at levels that are harmful to aquatic insects. These insects are an important part of the ecosystem, including as a food source for fish, birds and other animals. Based on currently available information, the continued high volume use of imidacloprid in agricultural areas is not sustainable.


The environmental assessment also found that there is a potential risk to birds and small mammals from feeding on seeds that are treated with imidacloprid, however, it is expected that good agricultural practices and equipment could reduce this type of exposure.

The health assessment did not identify human health concerns from any exposure route when used according to current label standards.

RELATED: New Studies Show Farm Chemicals Are Affecting More Than Bees. Bird Populations are Declining, Too. Is modern agriculture’s toxic hold on nature becoming a death grip?



Thursday, 1 December 2016

Over 2,000 scientists urge Trump to respect ‘scientific integrity and independence’

The Washington Post

Call it the opening shot in a brewing war over scientific integrity in the future Trump administration. Story here.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Fusarium-Glyphosate Connection - How an Amazingly Successful Weedkiller May Have Yet Another Dark Side. (Video)

Corporate Giants' "Sustainable" Palm Oil Revealed as Sham

CommonDreams


Nestlé, Kellogg's, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are linked to child labor and forced labor in Indonesia. Story here.

A vast palm oil plantation in Indonesia. 
Photo by Achmad Rabin Taim.

Prime Minister Trudeau, We Will Do What It Takes To Stop New Pipelines

350.org
Make Trudeau Listen; go here.

First Nations, environmentalists vow 'long battle' on approved Kinder Morgan pipeline

CBCnews

Kinder Morgan, business groups cheer announcement as 'defining moment' for Canada's energy industry. Story here.

Join the fight against Donald Trump's attacks on our environment.

Friends of the Earth

President Trump will be the greatest threat to the environment in living memory. To stop him from destroying the planet, we must join together and fight back. PLEASE DONATE NOW!

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Loss of sea ice, changes to tundra: Study says Arctic faces 19 tipping points

NATIONALOBSERVER

An international report says the Arctic is perched on the edge of fundamental social and environmental change as it faces 19 tipping points ranging from loss of summer sea ice to the slow creep of shrubs and trees across the tundra. Story here.

Grassy Narrows residents eating fish with highest mercury levels in province

thestar.com

New analysis using provincial data reveals that mercury in an average meal of walleye from Clay Lake is 15 times the daily intake limit for adults. Story here.

'We are in shock': historic Bolivia drought hammers homes and crops

theguardian

The country’s worst drought in 25 years, spurred by poor management, El Niño and climate change, has reservoirs drying up and hospitals struggling. Story here.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Species On The Move

Inside Climate News
As climate change impacts habitats around the world, species are on the move, trying to adapt — and survive. Story here.

Wild turkey. Photo by MONGO

An Open Letter to the Premier of Manitoba.



Dear Premier Pallister: from John Fefchak.

I have concerns and am speaking out for the despair of Lake Winnipeg and our precious water sources in Manitoba.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

A Portrait of a Man Who Knows Nothing About Climate Change

New York

In his interview with the New York Times, Donald Trump expressed more flexibility on climate change, which he has previously called a hoax created by China. That is the good news. The bad news is that Trump’s lack of commitment to the cause of climate-science denial is rooted in a comprehensive failure to grasp the issue. Story here.

ALUS Canada to launch New Acre Project

Manitoba Co-Operator
Donor dollars will be matched with individual projects they choose. Story here.

Building a greener future

nature climate change
The built environment will play a key role in determining future emissions, so it is essential that low-carbon infrastructure and design are implemented. Story here.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

'Shockingly Stupid' Attack on Science: Trump to Eliminate NASA Climate Research

CommonDreams
President-elect plans to entirely slash climate science in favor of deep space exploration. Story here.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Global sea ice has reached a record low – should we be worried?

NewScientist

It’s an internet sensation. An alarming graph showing the global area of sea ice falling to unprecedented lows for this time of year has gone viral. Story here.

Friday, 18 November 2016

The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends

The Washington Post

Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. Story here.

Monday, 14 November 2016

The tragic reason seabirds keep mistaking ocean plastic for food

The Washington Post

Each year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean, where it often goes straight into the bellies of hungry birds, sea turtles and other marine animals. This is a big concern for scientists, who are still investigating the possible consequences for the marine ecosystem — but until now, researchers weren’t completely sure why so many animals were mistaking the plastic for food in the first place. Story here.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Thousands of Dead Orangutans

Orangutans are being shot, starved, and burned into extinction by ruthless palm oil plantation expansion. We’re demanding that PepsiCo stop fuelling the demand for irresponsibly sourced palm oil, which is killing the orangutans. Will you chip in CA$2?




Dear Larry,
Thousands of orangutans in Borneo are killed every year -- shot, starved, and burned to death as their rainforest home is destroyed. Unless action is taken to protect them, they will likely be extinct in ten years.
It's all because of a ruthless effort by the palm oil industry to deforest as much of the island as possible to make room for their destructive palm oil plantations.
As their habitat burns, orangutans go hungry. Many starve, while others leave the forest in a desperate search for food and are then often shot by palm oil plantation workers.
The only way that orangutans will be saved is if big food corporations like PepsiCo stop buying palm oil from producers that are destroying the orangutans' habitat. Will you chip in CA$2 to help turn up the pressure on PepsiCo before it's too late?
Already, almost half of Borneo's forests have been destroyed, as industrial palm oil has taken over the island. And this summer, the Bornean orangutan was designated as critically endangered--that means it's just short of complete extinction.


Tell President Obama: Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Dear Larry,
As you read this, thousands of Indigenous Peoples are camped along the banks of the Missouri River in North Dakota. They’re fighting to protect their land and water from the construction of the Dakota Access oil and gas pipeline. And it’s up to the President to decide.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Protect the Bees! PLEASE SIGN!