Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.
It’s Pretty Black and White: Saving BUB, Beautiful Unique Biodiversity, as in this Amazon treehopper and its child, is another reason to preserve carbon storing forests. Source Pinterest
Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon
Credit Mario Tama at Getty Images
OO More Diversity Helps Amazon Forests adapt to climate change a new study indicates – BUT overall adaptation remains low – there is low recovery in most scenarios.
Cutting Down A Rainforest Stops The Rain – and ultimately has caused drought in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and elsewhere. Source Greenpeace
OO Watersheds Lost Up To 22% Of Their Forests In 14 Years –
Here’s How It Affects Your Water Supply – Forest degradation has caused:
Credit jarO at flickr
Because upstream forests, wetlands and other “natural infrastructure” play critical roles in:
OO Burning Paradise: Conglomerate Accused Of Destroying Indonesia’s Last Forests – one of Indonesia’s few remaining expanses of pristine rainforest is at imminent risk of destruction by Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo, says a new report.
The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship if climate change doesn’t spoil the fungal communication between these two infant trees, imbedded in the furry fungal networks surrounding their roots. Source www.nature.com
OO Clearcutting, Climate Change Can Disrupt
Critical Networks Among Forest Trees – trees use a network of soil fungi to communicate their needs and aid neighboring plants. A network vulnerable to disruption. Among trees, these fungal networks:
Soil fungi are underground traders, exploring and harvesting nutrients and water that they trade with plants for sugar or other photosynthetic products.
When we harm forests, we harm ourselves.
OO Hottest Temperature Ever Measured In September For Europe – with a record high of 114.3 F in Spain, and amazingly hot Kuwait recently clocked in at 124.2 F, which would be the second hottest September temperature ever recorded worldwide.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
@@ Weather, or Climate Change? An excellent short on the intersection of climate change with the weather, from the best experts in the field today.
Follow the Dotted Line … go to the webpage for the full sequence, a looong timeline scroll. Credit xkcd.com (Randall Munroe)
Love how the comment “[After setting your car on fire], Listen, your car’s temperature has changed before.” follows my cursor as it explores the timeline. And then comes the very real punchline:
@@ A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature – love it, love it, LOVE IT! Gives you a great sense of where we’ve been, and headed, temperature-wise, touched with humor along the way.
If you’re a stickler for prehistory and nitty gritty analytical details, you might get miffed, but he’s nailed the general picture. No room for the entire scroll here, so check it out!
FIXING CLIMATE CHANGE
@@ A Simple And Smart Way To Fix Climate Change given by Dan Miller in 2014 at a Ted talk suggests a way to profit as we tackle climate change, by finally charging those who sell and use fossil fuels – and distributing the revenues back to all of us.
The strategy is sure to speed transition to clean renewable energy. What’s not to like? Check it out!
OO Smoke Signals: Teasing Out Adverse Health Effects Of Wildfire Emissions that can include a range of smoky harmful pollutants.
OO New York City: Flooding Of Coast, Caused By Global Warming, Has Already Begun – huge vertical rulers are sprouting beside low spots in the streets here, so people can judge if the tidal floods that increasingly inundate their roads are too deep to drive through.
OO Connecticut Fishermen Struggle To Hang On – As climate changes, so do fish populations, but not the rules for catching them.
Her Land, Her Future
OO North Dakota Oil Pipeline Protesters Stand Their Ground:
‘This Is Sacred Land’ – it could also endanger community drinking water.
OO Dakota Pipeline Was Approved By Army Corps
Over Objections Of 3 Fed Agencies including the EPA, which echoed Sioux tribe’s concerns.
OO Insurers Call On Top 20 Global Economies
To Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies By 2020 – at the recent G20 meeting. The insurers have $1.2 trillion under management.
*such as feeding the hungry and visiting the sick.
OO Pope Urges Christians To Save Planet From ‘Debris, Desolation And Filth’ with concerted action against environmental degradation and climate change. Consumerism and financial greed, he said, were threatening the planet. How about too many people?
OO Baltimore, MD: Green Jobs Helping Ex-Cons Turn Over A New Leaf – the city is quietly hiring formerly incarcerated men to work on environmental restoration projects.
OO Experts Call For A Unified National Conservation Network say agency scientists and conservation leaders.
OO Nature Conservancy Touts Conserving Ecosystems As Best Climate Change Solution says the director of carbon finance with the Nature Conservancy…