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Global Reshuffle of Wildlife will have huge Impacts on Humanity

Posted on 15. Apr, 2017 by .

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Taken from theguardian.com –

Mass migration of species to cooler climes has profound implications for society, pushing disease-carrying insects, crop pests and crucial pollinators into new areas, says international team of scientists

Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.55.04 PMGlobal warming is reshuffling the ranges of animals and plants around the world with profound consequences for humanity, according to a major new analysis.

Rising temperatures on land and sea are increasingly forcing species to migrate to cooler climes, pushing disease-carrying insects into new areas, moving the pests that attack crops and shifting the pollinators that fertilise many of them, an international team of scientists has said.

They warn that some movements will damage important industries, such as forestry and tourism, and that tensions are emerging between nations over shifting natural resources, such as fish stocks. The mass migration of species now underway around the planet can also amplify climate change as, for example, darker vegetation grows to replace sun-reflecting snow fields Screen Shot 2017-04-14 at 10.55.15 PMin the Arctic.

“Human survival, for urban and rural communities, depends on other life on Earth,” the experts write in their analysis published in the journal Science. “Climate change is impelling a universal redistribution of life on Earth.”

This mass movement of species is the biggest for about 25,000 years, the peak of the last ice age, say the scientists, who represent more than 40 institutions around the world. “The shifts will leave ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ in their wake, radically reshaping the pattern of human wellbeing … and potentially leading to substantial conflict,” the team warn. “Human society has yet to appreciate the implications of unprecedented species redistribution for life on Earth, including for human lives.”

Climate change driven by human greenhouse gas emissions is not just increasing temperatures, but also raising sea levels, the acidity of the oceans and making extreme weather such as droughts and floods more frequent. All of these are forcing many species to migrate to survive.

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And Jesus Said Unto Paul of Ryan …

Posted on 02. Apr, 2017 by .

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16kristofWeb-master768A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.”

Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail them out! You must teach them personal responsibility!”

They were interrupted by 10 lepers who stood at a distance and shouted, “Jesus, have pity on us.”

“NO!” shouted Pious Paul. “Jesus! You don’t have time. We have a cocktail party fund-raiser in the temple. And don’t worry about them — they’ve already got health care access.”

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Protect the EPA

Posted on 18. Mar, 2017 by .

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Details are emerging about Donald Trump’s plan to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency — and the consequences are serious. It appears corporate interests are the only winners.

While the details are still emerging, it’s clear that Trump has declared war on our environment and he doesn’t care who suffers as a result. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will no doubt scale back enforcement of many critical laws, but Congress has to approve his proposal to slash the budget and severely debilitate the agency’s role in protecting American families. Tell your members of Congress to reject all attempts to slash EPA funding!

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2016: 3rd consecutive year of record warmth

Posted on 29. Jan, 2017 by .

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With a boost from El Nino, 2016 began with a bang. For eight consecutive months, January to August, the globe experienced record warm heat.  With this as a catalyst, the 2016 globally averaged surface temperature ended as the highest since record keeping began in 1880, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).

The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2016 was 58.69 degrees F or 1.69 degrees F above the 20th century average. This surpassed last year’s record by 0.07 degrees F. Since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016).

Despite the cooling influence of a weak La Nina in the latter part of the year, the year ended with the third warmest December on record for the globe, with an average temperature 1.42 degrees F above the 20th century average.

In a separate analysis of global temperature data released at the same time, scientists from NASA also found 2016 to be the warmest year on record.

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The Latest on the Pipelines

Posted on 29. Jan, 2017 by .

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Moving quickly to try to erase Barack Obama’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order this morning to move forward with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Keystone XL is the planned 1,200-mile-long pipeline that would carry 800,000 gallons of crude oil a day from the Canadian tar sands fields in Alberta to refineries in Texas. Dakota Access would stretch from North Dakota to Illinois and carry petroleum from the Bakken oil fields. It would cross beneath the Missouri River in North Dakota, the water source for the nearby Standing Rock Sioux reservation, which sparked fierce opposition from the tribe and its many Native American and environmental allies last fall.

“The Keystone pipeline was rejected because it was not in the country’s interest, and the environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline was ordered because of the threats it poses to the Standing Rock Sioux,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. “Nothing has changed. These pipelines were a bad idea then, and they’re a bad idea now.”

In terms of Keystone XL, Trump’s order “invites TransCanada [the pipeline’s builder] to resubmit its proposal and directs agencies to approve it without delay,” according to White House spokesperson Sean Spicer. In 2015, the State Department concluded that the project was not in the national interest. In regard to the Dakota Access Pipeline, the executive order is expected to rescind the environmental impact statement process ordered by then-president Obama that would explore new routes for the pipeline. That process was upheld in federal district court only last week after a judge rejected a request by attorneys for Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the pipeline, to put a temporary restraining order on the environmental review process. Trump at one time held stock in Energy Transfer Partners. His spokesperson has stated that he sold the stock, although no proof has yet been offered.

Environmentalists and Native American tribes vowed they would continue their opposition to both projects, which they say are incompatible with the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Standing Rock Sioux immediately declared that it would take legal action to try to block Trump’s order. “We will fight this with whatever we have, in the courts and in the streets,” said 350.org’s Bill McKibben.

“Anybody who saw and witnessed the first KXL project knows how much ranchers are opposed,” said Jane Kleeb of Bold Alliance, the Nebraska-based network of pipeline opponents. “We have an alliance with the tribes—the Cowboy and Indian Alliance—and Donald Trump is up for a big fight if he thinks he’s going to get any foreign steel and foreign oil through the Nebraska plains and the Ogallala Aquifer.” Kleeb said it would be very difficult for TransCanada to use eminent domain to clear the pipeline right of way since eminent domain requires that projects be in the public interest, a standard she said the project does not meet.

The fate of the Keystone XL Pipeline may rest on politics north of the border. When the project was first conceived, a stalwart fossil fuel ally, Stephen Harper, was prime minister of Canada. In 2015, Harper lost a reelection bid; the current prime minister, Justin Trudeau, is more of an environmentalist. His government signed the Paris climate accord and also banned offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. A new government in the province of Alberta is also moving to cut greenhouse gases by, among other things, moving to put a price on carbon.

“The Canadian public is widely opposed to any increase in pipeline capacity and anything that would compromise our emissions-reductions promises,” said Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence in Canada. “They [TransCanada] will have a hard time attracting the capital necessary for the pipeline to be built.”

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