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A place to talk about environmental and ecological issues - past, present & future - whether on a local, national or global scale…

 

Climate change: How 1.5C of global warming could affect the world’:-

Research by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C - twice the recommended rate of warming.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/science-environment-45792362/climate-change-how-15c-of-global-warming-could-affect-the-world

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Five countries hold 70% of world’s last wildernesses, map reveals’:-

First map of Earth’s intact ecosystems shows just five nations are responsible for most of them – but it will require global action to protect them.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/31/five-countries-hold-70-of-worlds-last-wildernesses-map-reveals

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This is the ‘last generation’ that can save nature, WWF says’:-

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60% in just over four decades, as accelerating pollution, deforestation, climate change and other manmade factors have created a “mindblowing” crisis, the World Wildlife Fund has warned in a damning new report.

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/29/health/wwf-wildlife-population-report-intl/

 


 

Some other environmental related threads from around the OriginalTrilogy•com:-

Warming to Cause Catastrophic Rise in Sea Level? - a 2004 thread

Global Warming - a 2007 thread

Colony Collapse - Why are the bees dying and what is the impact? - a 2007 thread

Celebrate Global Warming - a 2007 thread

Nothing Matters Anymore. Climate Change/Global Warming Will Drive Humans To Extinction In A Matter Of Decades - a 2015 thread
 

Some useful links for info etc…

IPCC website links page - full of informative links to many Govts & Depts within.
World Health Organisation
UN Environment website
BBC Science & Enviroment section
Guardian’s Environment section
NPR Environment section
PBS / Frontline’s Environment section
National Geographic’s Environment website
NASA’s Climate Change portal
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Greenpeace
Friends Of The Earth
The Encyclopedia of Earth
Treehugger
Common Dreams - thanks flametitan
Freecycle
US National Parks Service
The National Trust (UK)
 

Please let me know if I’ve overlooked any other threads for inclusion here, or if anyone had any useful links to add as well - thank you.
 

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Chile to become first South American country to ban plastic bags’…

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/chile-plastic-bag-ban-illegal-south-america-a8377816.html

 


 

Ocean cleanup system sets sail for “Great Pacific garbage patch”’… (with video)

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/ocean-cleanup-system-pacific/

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Scientists get ready to begin Great Pacific Garbage Patch cleanup’…

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/08/scientists-get-ready-to-begin-great-pacific-garbage-patch-cleanup
 

More info can be found at https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

 


 

Drainage Nets Cleaning up Henley Reserve’…

https://www.kwinana.wa.gov.au/our-city/news/Pages/-Drainage-Nets-Cleaning-up-Henley-Reserve-.aspx

 


 

‘NASA Releases Stunning Snapshot Of The World On Fire’…

https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/08/27/nasa-releases-stunning-snapshot-of-the-world-on-fire/#4ce9a7a2e218

https://twitter.com/NASA

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/just-another-day-on-aerosol-earth

 


 

Border Collies In Special Backpacks Are Restoring Forests That Were Devastated By Fire’…

https://www.sunnyskyz.com/blog/2476/Border-Collies-In-Special-Backpacks-Are-Restoring-Forests-That-Were-Devastated-By-Fire

 


 

Fighting marine debris: the dustcarts of the sea’…

https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2009/06/fighting-marine-debris-the-dustcarts-of-the-sea.html

 

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^ Same here mate.

 

Some good news re the environment…

Earth’s ozone layer is healing, UN report says

… the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely repaired in the 2030s and the gaping Antarctic ozone hole should disappear in the 2060s, according to a scientific assessment released Monday at a conference in Quito, Ecuador. The Southern Hemisphere lags a bit and its ozone layer should be healed by mid-century.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/earths-ozone-layer-is-healing-un-report-says

 

Edit: quality links, flametitan - nice one, enjoyed reading them.
 

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oojason said:

^ Same here mate.

 

Some good news re the environment…

Earth’s ozone layer is healing, UN report says

… the upper ozone layer above the Northern Hemisphere should be completely repaired in the 2030s and the gaping Antarctic ozone hole should disappear in the 2060s, according to a scientific assessment released Monday at a conference in Quito, Ecuador. The Southern Hemisphere lags a bit and its ozone layer should be healed by mid-century.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/earths-ozone-layer-is-healing-un-report-says

This is good news, but not surprising. The Ozone layer’s depletion was caused by relatively specific compounds, and limiting/outlawing them meant they’re not added to the atmosphere to ruin the Ozone layer. It helps that the Ozone layer appears to be self regenerating.

Edit: quality links, flametitan - nice one, enjoyed reading them.

Glad you enjoyed those links. I feel they help show the problem with Climate Change: There are large powers invested in ignoring it, and there’s only so much we as individuals can do to stop it without radical change.

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flametitan said:

Glad you enjoyed those links. I feel they help show the problem with Climate Change: There are large powers invested in ignoring it, and there’s only so much we as individuals can do to stop it without radical change.

Fully agree, I hope that at the personal and local levels there is enough happening (and publicity and awareness) to help make that pressure count on the larger powers - if not now, then for the next generation - or hopefully sooner.

 


 

Remarkable decline in fertility rates’:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46118103

 

and on a happier more uplifting note…

Miami just broke ground on a new, High Line-inspired 10-mile park under its train tracks’:-

http://happyeconews.com/2018/11/08/miami-just-broke-ground-on-a-new-high-line-inspired-10-mile-park-under-its-train-tracks/
 

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oojason said:
Remarkable decline in fertility rates’:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46118103

I feel like it’s missing another point as to why there’s a lower birth rate, at least for people my age: It’s just not really feasible in this economy. Raising children, even one, is expensive, and young people are finding it harder to meet those costs.

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^ 'Tis indeed a good point that.

 

 

Hard to believe this advert for Iceland Food Stores was banned in the UK as ‘the advert wasn’t approved by advertising regulators as it was seen to be in support of a political issue.’…

https://twitter.com/IcelandFoods/status/1060774234266484737

'You won’t see our Christmas advert on TV this year, because it was banned. But we want to share Rang-tan’s story with you…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdpspllWI2o
 

^ Not a big fan of Christmas tv adverts anyway - yet banning that above seems utterly ridiculous.
 

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Climate change: EU aims to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050’…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46360212

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https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/climate-change-eu-carbon-neutral-european-commission-global-warming-a8656051.html

 

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Climate change: Warming threatens Himalayan glaciers’…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47122641
 

Just a little excerpt… ‘The impacts that the scientists are worried about will hit not just those living in the mountains, but also the 1.65 billion people living in the river valleys below - all are vulnerable to flooding and the destruction of crops.’
 

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’Almost certain extinction’: 1,200 species under severe threat across world:-

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/13/almost-certain-extinction-1200-species-under-severe-threat-across-world

‘Scientists map out threats faced by thousands of species of birds, mammals and amphibians’

‘More than 1,200 species globally face threats to their survival in more than 90% of their habitat and “will almost certainly face extinction” without conservation intervention, according to new research.’
 

I’ll try and find some good news or uplifting articles for in here - as the last few posts in here make for bloody depressing reading.
 

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How Greta Thunberg’s school strike went global:-

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2019/mar/14/greta-thunberg-how-her-school-strike-went-global-podcast

‘Greta Thunberg’s school strike against climate change has spread to 71 countries, and this Friday’s action could be one of the largest global climate change protests ever. Now nominated for the Nobel peace prize, she tells our environment editor Jonathan Watts how it all began.’

^ 25 minute podcast.

 

Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel peace prize’:-

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/14/greta-thunberg-nominated-nobel-peace-prize

‘Climate strike founder put up for award ahead of global strikes planned in more than 105 countries’

 

If children don’t join the climate strike, their schools are underachieving’:-

‘Activism is more important than grades. Any responsible teacher should be encouraging their pupils to walk out’

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/14/children-climate-strike-schools-activism-pupils (an Opinion piece)
 

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That is so great someone so young has inspired countless others, often without a voice, to be heard.
I hope there is more to come from her and others like her.

Tighten Up and then turn it all the way up to 11!

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^ It certainly seems there is - and good on her 😃

 


 

Climate change: Greenland’s ice faces melting ‘death sentence’’:-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49483580

^ an insightful and comprehensive article on the impact of this - on the locals and their community and also for the more far reaching effects around the world too.
 

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That article is deeply concerning, to the point of horrifying, especially for the future generations.

Tighten Up and then turn it all the way up to 11!

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Revealed: the 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions’:-

New data shows how fossil fuel companies have driven climate crisis despite industry knowing dangers

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/09/revealed-20-firms-third-carbon-emissions

 

Half a century of dither and denial – a climate crisis timeline’:-

Fossil fuel companies have been aware of their impact on the planet since at least the 1950s

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2019/oct/09/half-century-dither-denial-climate-crisis-timeline

 

The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me’, by George Monbiot:-

Fossil fuel giants have known the harm they do for decades. But they created a system that absolves them of responsibility

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/09/polluters-climate-crisis-fossil-fuel

 

More information and articles available at https://www.theguardian.com/uk/environment
 

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With the global Coronavirus outbreak there are a lot of questions being raised about international travel and there is also many environmentalists cheering on airlines collapsing whilst people are about to be quarantined at home all spending their own energy bills, cooking most of their own food whilst communal activities subside.

To have a lot of people sitting about at home spending their own energy bills and doing little communal activity is the “WORST” possible thing for the environment.

If people have to resort to driving to get to another country with say 1-6 people in a car it will still be much “WORSE” for the environment than an airline carrying 300 - 600 people.

Whilst also a health emergency that is probably linked in some way to how we treat our world… It has started to raise a lot of questions about what we need and what we don’t need and what we can do without and what we should keep and how things should change.

It presents an opportunity to do things differently in the world we live in, but we also must be careful that we don’t go too far and destroy social interaction completely and deny the opportunity to meet others around the world.

We all still share this world and we are all connected and whatever it is, by our nature we pass things on to others weather that be a virus (Health) economic issues (I don’t buy something making someone else poorer) and social (anger and fear are dangerous also for the environment).

We must remember that none of us are truly alone and we are all connected and are all affected by things no matter if it is good or bad or just is.

There is no doubt we must change the world we live in for the better of the environment but it is a case of how much is actually good and how much is actually bad.

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Let’s hope none of those people ever need a donated heart or kidney rushed to them or a loved one by jet.

It’s just getting crazy out there. Subway stopped using trays, and give you your sandwich wrapped to go even if you’re eating it there. I saw a line at one local supermarket just to get in. A special Wookiee wagging finger of shame™ to the jackhole in front of line smoking when nobody behind him can flee his cancer stick emissions.
Why the hell are people hoarding toilet paper? Makes even less here as there’s a Proctor & Gamble plant in my town that makes the stuff 24/7. What I find really odd is the local CVS pharmacy is also sold out of E-cigs and vaping supplies. Figure that one out!

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I think it is a serious problem this virus… The major problem with it is that you can have contracted it and not even know you have got it. Then it can spread to elderly and if they have pre-existing condition like COPD, Diabetes, cancer or some other serious illness it can kill those people very quickly they can not fight it and also the virus is very contagious.

Then before you know it the hospitals are over run. People are in panic mode and a lot of people are losing work due to no demand for social interaction Sports, conferences, exhibitions, travel and tourism and restaurants. It’s not just a Health problem it is a hammer blow to the economy which now simply is not functioning as it should because of Banned activity and little demand.

Although the first reported cases were in February in the UK there are people that think they had it already in December and early January going by the symptoms and a lot of my colleages work in Events where potentially Chinease will show up to exhibit or even tourism in London so it could have been around far sooner than is being reported. So it could be that the journalism now spreading panic might be a bit late and slow if this is the case and although they are masqurading as purveyors of what you need to know they actually were asleep when we already had the problem; But it’s also the nature of the virus.