Credits: @greenmattersRecently Boston made the decision to invest in a network of waterfront parks that will add 67 acres of green space to the coast and restore 122 tidal acres rather than spending $11.8B on a four-mile barrier around the Boston Harbor that UMass researches warned against. Sea walls are a short-term solution to a long-term problem and many of them crumble and break down within a few decades.
Rebuilding wetlands and implementing water front parks is central to the Dutch approach to flood management. The Netherlands has long preached living with — rather than fighting — water, but the concept is now catching on in America. City planners like the idea because it gives them a better opportunity to divert the flooding wherever they want it to go, all while avoiding some of the issues that are typically attached to sea walls: coastal erosion, soaring costs, and interference with marine life.
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Biodiversity is being lost at up to 1,000 times the natural rate. Storms, hurricanes, droughts, rising sea level and record breaking temperatures caused by climate change increase the vulnerability of ecosystems and communities. But we can improve our resilience to climate change and combat biodiversity loss by restoring and protecting ecosystems.
When lives are incinerated, homes go up in smoke, and acres of trees are blown out like candles, most people would send condolences, send help in the form of food, shelter, or supplies. Our President @realdonaldtrump chose none of those. This is not a Blue or Red issue. This is a human tragedy. Instead, our President chose to threaten the victims with lack of financial support, lay blame, and insult the many professionals in various Fire Departments by labeling this a product of Forrest “mismanagement.” In fact, Mr. President, the best managing we can do to combat the rising temperatures and dry conditions seen in California, is to address climate change. The decision to leave the #parisclimateagreement was one of the worst pieces of mismanagement we have seen in regards to protecting our land, air, and water. How the department of interior and various agencies work together will determine if we ever see one of these monsters like the #campfire run all the way into an urban area like Sacramento, LA, or even the greater Bay Area. It’s time to demand more of your representatives. It’s time to acknowledge climate change. It’s time to call out lies and disinformation. But most importantly, it’s time to care about the human cost of events like these and ask yourself “What can I do”
As of Tuesday, over 8,000 firefighters were risking their lives to combat a fire that has left at least 44 dead, 200＋ missing, burned more than 125,000 acres, and wiped entire towns off the face of the map. The President took to Twitter on Saturday to lay blame for the fires on mismanagement and threatened to pull federal emergency support. Three days later he released a statement acknowledging the human tragedy and suffering.
People always get upset about those who eat dogs, but there's no difference between the cruelty involved when it comes to meat, whether it be dogs, chickens, pigs or cows.
Please sign our petition about how the animal agriculture industry is responsible for climate change.
Do you know ? Plastic waste impact climate change.
The published research of @sarahjroyer from University of Hawaii, demonstrates a previously unreported source of greenhouse gas pollution : #plastic « We found that the degradation and breakdown of plastic represents a previously unrecognized source of greenhouse gas pollution that is expected to increase - especially as more plastic is produced and accumulated in the environment.
My research shows that as the surface area of the plastic increases due to weathering and break-down in the ocean, there is a tremendous increase in methane and ethylene off-gassing; for example LDPE powders off-gases methane 488 times more than when the same weight of LDPE is in pellet form.
Greenhouse gases directly influence climate change -affecting sea level, global temperatures, ecosystem health on land and in the ocean, and storms, which increase flooding, drought, and erosion. Considering the amounts of plastic washing ashore on our coastlines and the amount of plastic exposed to ambient conditions, the findings provide further evidence that to protect against climate change, we need to stop plastic production.
A newly published study in “Science” magazine revealed that increased levels of PCBs could lead to the extinction of half the orca population over the next 30-50 years. PCB’s were largely used in the electrical industry for insulation during the 1930’s until they started to become phased out in the 70’s and 80’s due to environmental concerns. Today, PCBs still exist in our waters and are making their way up the marine food chain. As a result, PCB concentrations in orcas can be over 100 times the safe amount, resulting in severe damage to their reproductive organs, cancer or harming their immune systems. Climate change has accelerated the presence of PCB concentrations in these mammals by shifting the abundance of these chemicals in different groups of organisms. The orcas eat these organisms and the chemicals pass to their calves through nursing. It has been recorded that the orca population has been cut in half in highly industrialized and contaminated areas of the world such as Brazil, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Northeast Pacific and the UK. Considering that orcas take 20 years to reach sexual maturity and are slow to reproduce, the need for action is even more urgent. Who do you think should be responsible to eliminate the effects of PCBs?
Sermilik is a fjord in eastern Greenland and currently an important place for scientists researching climate change and the ice sheet that covers 80% of the island. As 10% of the world's fresh water is frozen here and it's melting faster than predicted, the race is on to discover why.
NASA’s Operation IceBridge 🛩 spotted a massive iceberg three times the size of Manhattan that broke from Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.
The IceBridge flight took the team over the glacier as part of the long-running campaign to collect year-over-year measurements of sea ice, glaciers and critical regions of Earth's ice sheets. ❄
Ice shelves, floating glacial ice areas that surround much of Antarctica, calve icebergs as part of the natural process of ice flowing out to sea. But scientists are also watching closely to see if the frequency of calving events is changing over time.
Pine Island and nearby Thwaites Glacier alone are contributing about 1 millimeter 📏 per decade to global sea 🌊 level rise, as their flow of ice to the sea has accelerated in recent years, according to NASA research.
Did you know ciggerettes account for 38% of all litter found? .
Not only are they detrimental for those using them but they are also extremely harmful for the environment. Once discarded they begin leaching chemicals into there surroundings, having the capability to pollute more than 200 litres of water each!
Our natural environment is a priceless part of our heritage: plants and soils help to purify water and forests act as natural carbon sinks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A healthy natural environment is vitally important for all eco-systems and it is our responsibility to protect it. It’s up to each of us to do our part to help protect the environment. 🌿
Any time you can reduce the amount of water you use, save on using gasoline, reduce the use of electricity, consume consciously, use less amount of plastic, prevent items from going into landfills or save on natural resources, you help protect and conserve the environment in important ways for the next generation ! 💚♻ Credit 📷 @katiedaisy_artist