Saturday, 4 January 2020

Lethal algae blooms – an ecosystem out of balance



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The Guardian
Toxic formations across the US and the Baltic are part of a worrying trend linked to the climate crisis and farming methods Story here.
Lk. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with Reindeer Is. in the lower right.
Photo credit - European Space Agency.


Mekong Turns from Brown to Blue-Green

In late 2019, the river started to turn colours due 
to a reduced sediment load and algae blooms.
NASA Earth Observatory.
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Monday, 30 December 2019

Australia's vulnerable species hit hard by fires


Science
The grim toll on many helpless wild creatures from that countries epic infernos is slowly coming to light. Story here.

Below are some of the species at risk, possibly trapped in the flames.
The beautiful Regent Honeyeater, already in diminishing numbers,
living in an area threatened by the flames. Photo by Derek Keats, South Africa.
The pouched frog (Assa darlingtoni), a small,
terrestrial frog 
found in rainforests in mountain
areas of south-eastern Queensland &
 northern
New South Wales. Photo credit - Wikipedia.

The endangered Blue Mountains Water Skink. 
Taken a month after a bushfire. Photo by Sarshag7

Onward, Christian Fascists


truthdig - by Chris Hedges

The greatest moral failing of the liberal Christian church was its refusal, justified in the name of tolerance and dialogue, to denounce the followers of the Christian right as heretics. By tolerating the intolerant it ceded religious legitimacy to an array of con artists, charlatans and demagogues and their cultish supporters. It stood by as the core Gospel message—concern for the poor and the oppressed—was perverted into a magical world where God and Jesus showered believers with material wealth and power. The white race, especially in the United States, became God’s chosen agent. Imperialism and war became divine instruments for purging the world of infidels and barbarians, evil itself. Details here.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Canada’s reindeer ‘at risk of extinction’


The Narwhal

As governments drag their feet on caribou habitat protections, the iconic species engraved on the Canadian quarter is winking out across the country. The year 2019 saw alarming declines and local extinctions of a species Indigenous peoples hold sacred. Story here.
"Santa's reindeer" flee a logging truck, somewhere in the boreal
forests of Canada. 
Please read my own, related story and watch my video, below...Larry Powell.

Even our national bird - the Canada jay - is not immune from the ravages of manmade climate change.


Sunday, 22 December 2019

Downstream of Alberta's tar sands, death by cancer comes too often


Canada's National Observer
Ft. Chipewyan from the air. Photo by Mark S. Elliott.
It’s been more than a dozen years since the metaphorical alarm was first sounded, and yet the residents of Fort Chipewyan still don’t know what’s killing them. Story here.

Friday, 20 December 2019

2019 – A Devastating Year in Review

IPS - INTER PRESS SERVICE

By any measure this has been a devastating year: fires across the Amazon, the Arctic and beyond; floods and drought in Africa; rising temperatures, carbon emissions and sea levels; accelerating loss of species, and mass forced migrations of people. Story here.
Fires in the Brazilian Amazon - 2018. Photo by Ibama from Brasil.

Beyond Covid 19. Are we risking yet another pandemic if we continue to embrace "assembly-line" livestock production into the future?

by Larry Powell No one would argue that Covid 19 demands our undivided attention. Surely,  defeating this "beast" has to be &...