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No water, no birds': Wood Buffalo National Park among most threatened, warn international scientists PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 09 February 2018 09:25

 

It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo'

 

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says low water levels are threatening Wood Buffalo National Park’s ecosystem. (Courtesy of Mikisew Cree First Nation) 

One of the world's largest groups of conservation scientists says Canada's biggest national park is among the most threatened World Heritage Sites in North America.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature says Wood Buffalo National Park, which straddles the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary, is significantly threatened by hydroelectric and oilsands development.

"This is quite embarrassing," said Melody Lepine of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Many First Nations members live alongside the park.

"It's not looking good for Canada avoiding an endangered listing for Wood Buffalo," says Lepine.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 February 2018 09:33
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Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 08:24

Nuclear Reactors, Bankrupting Their Owners, Closing Early

 

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/02/06/nuclear-reactors-bankrupting-their-owners-closing-early/

 

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On January 22, FirstEnergy Corporation announced that its faulty and nearly-self-destructed Davis-Besse power reactor east of Toledo, Ohio, will be closed well before its license expires. But the shutdown is not because the reactor represents reckless endangerment of public health and safety. FirseEnergy was fine with that. No, the old rattle trap can’t cover its costs any more, not with the electricity market dominated by cheaper natural gas, and renewable wind and solar.

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Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:41

Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached

"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in order to keep global warming under 1.5ºC or 2ºC could reduce the likelihood" of widespread drought, researchers concluded

alt"Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20-30 percent of the world’s land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2ºC," said Manoj Joshi, one of lead researchers of the study. (Photo: Joshua Tree National Park/Flickr/cc)

In a new study that adds to the lengthy and ever-growing list of potential consequences of global climate inaction, scientists warn that around a quarter of the Earth could end up in a permanent state of drought if the planet warms by two degrees Celsius by 2050.

"Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20-30 percent of the world's land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2ºC," said Manoj Joshi, one of lead researchers of the study, which was published on Monday in the journal Nature.

Scientists have for years linked widespread and more intense droughts to human-caused climate change. The only way to avoid these conditions is to limit global warming to 1.5ºC, Joshi concluded.

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Scientists Warn of Permanent Drought for 25% of Earth By 2050 If Paris Goals Not Reached PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:41

 

"Reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere in order to keep global warming under 1.5ºC or 2ºC could reduce the likelihood" of widespread drought, researchers concluded

althome to more than 20 percent of the world's population.

Though the Paris climate accord has long been criticized by environmentalists and researchers as wholly inadequate to the task of confronting the climate crisis already wreaking havoc across the globe, the agreement's central objective is keeping average global temperatures from rising 2°C by the end of the century. Meeting that mark by taking "early action" would substantially "constrain" the spread of drought, the study concluded.

The problem, of course, is that the world's second-largest emitter of carbon—the United States—has, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, withdrawn from the Paris accord and begun to move in the opposite direction that scientists have recommended. During his first year in office, Trump has moved at a rapid pace to gut even the most basic environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration and has shown little sign of slowing down.

Trump also appeared to indicate that he wouldn't mind a perpetually warming planet last week, when he tweeted that the U.S. "could use a little bit of that good old global warming" to combat the cold weather currently gripping eastern states.

"Please let someone preserve this tweet forever so that future generations at least know why the American government didn’t take action to deal with the climate change crisis that now afflicts them," concluded David Sirota of the International Business Times.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:53
 
“Only Our Youth Can Save the Planet” – Kumi Naidoo PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:32

“Only Our Youth Can Save the Planet” – Kumi Naidoo

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Kumi Naidoo

SUVA, Fiji, Dec 20 2017 (IPS) - “Today’s youth should think of new solutions for old problems like climate change and social injustice.”

That’s the strong message of the South African activist Kumi Naidoo. The former executive director of Greenpeace says young people need to be more innovative and visionary, “because the solutions of my generation have failed.”

After battling apartheid in South Africa, Kumi Naidoo led numerous global campaigns to protect
human rights.

Among other organizations, he headed CIVICUS, an alliance for citizen participation. It was at the International Civil Society Week (ICSW), organized by CIVICUS in Fiji in December, that Naidoo spoke out on youth and innovation.

“My advise for young people is: don’t put any faith in the current leaders. They are the biggest bunch of losers you are going to find. Because they are unwilling to accept that they have got us into this mess,” says Naidoo.

“Basically, we are using old solutions that have never worked in the past anyway,” Naidoo contin-ues.

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