Redwood forests are carbon storing champions!
Researchers find ancient redwood forests can store up to 3 times more carbon above ground than non-redwood forests worldwide…
The study, called the Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative (RCCI), is a collaborative research program that began in 2009. It is led by Save the Redwoods League and top scientific researchers from UC Berkeley, Humboldt State University, the Marine Conservation Institute and other organizations to study past, present and future impacts of climate change on coast redwoods and giant sequoia forests. Save the Redwoods League is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range.
—Save the Redwoods League (Aug. 14, 2013); photo credit: Julie Martin
Denial for Dollars
After 341 straight months of warmer-than-average global temperatures, 55 percent of Republicans in the 113th Congress still deny climate change. Among the party’s leadership, 90 percent are deniers. Whether it’s cause or effect, large donations from the dirty energy industry flow accordingly. Think Progress maintains an up-to-date rundown of the deniers and their donations at thinkprogress.org/climate-denier-caucus.
—Paul Rauber writing for SierraClub.org (Nov./Dec. 2013)
watch the video and read the article there^^
It’s a step in the right direction, im really starting to like this Bloom person- ‘"There is no justification for the continued captive display of orcas for entertainment purposes,” Bloom stated. “These beautiful creatures are much too large and far too intelligent to be confined in small, concrete tanks for their entire lives.”’
so heres what the bill would change:
everyone come celebrate with me!!!
with the help of john quigley, sdsu protests the keystone pipeline project
Originalmente designado “Dia Internacional da Mulher Trabalhadora”, o 8 de Março é marcado pela consciência política e social das lutas das mulheres em todo o mundo. A sua celebração foi - e ainda é - inseparável da história e lutas das mulheres trabalhadoras.
Originally called “International Working Women’s Day”, March 8th is marked by a political and social awareness of the struggles of women around the world. Its celebration was – and still is – inseparable from women workers’ own history and struggles.
Feb. 27 2014
Air pollution in parts of China is now so extreme it could lead to conditions similar to a “nuclear winter,” scientists say. The smog that covers the country has become so thick it is impeding photosynthesis, potentially disrupting China’s food supply.
China’s pollution problem is reaching crisis point, with acrid smog covering six southern provinces for the past week. Over the last few days a total of 19 cities have recorded levels of pollution drastically exceeding the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safety levels.
Beijing’s concentration of micro-particles small enough to enter into people’s lungs and trigger serious health issues reached 505 micrograms per cubic meter Tuesday. The WHO’s safe level is 25 micrograms per meter.
The toxic smog is having severe consequences, with aircraft being grounded across the country because of poor visibility, roads closing and a significant reduction in tourist numbers. An associate professor at China Agricultural University, He Dongxian, told the South China Morning Post that if these conditions continued, China will experience something akin to a “nuclear winter.”
Furthermore, she said an experiment in Beijing in recent months had shown a significant slowdown in photosynthesis (the process by which plants turn light into chemical energy). According to He Dongxian’s tests, chili and tomato seeds that usually take 20 days to sprout could take over two months to grow into seedlings.
"They will be lucky to live at all. Now almost every farm is caught in a smog panic," He Dongxian said, adding that the poor seedling quality would have a severe effect on agricultural output this year.
Beijing authorities have come under fire from environmental organizations this week for failing to activate a red alert – which requires schools to close to minimize the impact of the smog on the public.
"The officials are not proactive enough. They should listen to public opinion when setting the conditions [for the alerts],” said Greenpeace campaigner Huang Wei, adding that the authorities had not met the public’s expectations.
China’s smog problem has begun to affect its neighbors overseas. On Wednesday officials in Kumamoto prefecture in southwestern Japan issued a health warning to residents after a dramatic rise in air pollution levels. Authorities advised people to stay indoors and not to exercise outside.
Ministers from China, Japan and South Korea are set to meet in May to discuss ways to mitigate the rising levels of pollution in the region. China has been criticized by its neighbors for its excessive use of coal-burning power stations.