First-of-its-Kind Map Details Extent of Plastic in Five Ocean Gyres
When a research team set sail on a nine-month, worldwide expedition in 2010 to study the impact of global warming on Earth’s oceans, one of their projects was to locate the accumulations of plastic.
Studies consistently demonstrate that spending time in nature improves people’s mental and physical condition. So says an academic literature review by Deakin University and Parks Victoria in Australia. The review cites three studies showing that exposure to natural environments such as parks enhances the ability to cope with and recover from stress, illness and injury.
Most urbanites can only experience nature by visiting parks, and most of them are unaware of parks and their potential health benefits, the review says. Making people healthier is a great reason for the League to connect more people with redwood parks.
—Save the Redwoods League (Aug. 12, 2014)
This Wednesday (Aug. 13): Coastal Commission - Fracking demo!
The Coastal Commission will be holding its next regular weeklong meeting in San Diego. Although there are now no oil and gas relevant actions on the agenda, we want to continue to let them know that we demand that offshore fracking be halted.
The rally will take place outside on the sidewalk in front of the Catamaran Resort. We will stand with signs and have hazmat suits, snorkels and masks for folks to wear. If you have a wetsuit and longboard you are encouraged to bring those as well with signs “Surfers Against Fracking”.
Parking is difficult in this area. We plan on convening on the sidewalk out front of the resort around 8:30 am so those arriving for the conference see our “displays” - however, the actual rally itself will be from 10 to 11 am. Please give yourself lots of time to find parking if needed. Carpooling is always encouraged. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 at the latest.
This landscape testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity - huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks lie side-by-side in the southern Sierra Nevada, east of the San Joaquin Valley. Visitor activities vary by season and elevation (1,370 to 14,494 feet).
Photo: Cliff LaPlant (www.sharetheexperience.org)
Check out the recreation.gov feature article about Organ Mountains—Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico.
The 496,330 acre Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument was established on May 21, 2014, by Presidential Proclamation. The BLM-managed national monument includes four distinct areas: the Organ Mountains, Desert Peaks, Potrillo Mountains, and Doña Ana Mountains.
While all four areas offer unique recreational opportunities, the most developed portion of the monument is the Organ Mountains which is the location of the Visitor Center at Dripping Springs. The Organ Mountains are a steep, angular mountain range with rocky spires that jut majestically above the Chihuahuan Desert floor to an elevation of 9,000 feet. It is so named because the needle-like spires resemble the pipes of an organ. This picturesque area of rocky peaks, narrow canyons, and open woodlands ranges from Chihuahuan Desert habitat to ponderosa pine in the highest elevations. Located adjacent to and on the east side of Las Cruces, this part of the Monument provides many opportunities for photography, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, camping, and wildlife viewing. There are several recreation areas within the Monument including the Dripping Springs Natural Area, the Aguirre Spring Campground, four National Recreation Trails, and many miles of hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking trails.
CLICK HERE to plan your visit and #SeeBLM.
Photos by Lisa Phillips, BLM New Mexico
from Hashem AL-ghaili
We’re in the early days of Earth’s sixth great extinction, say biologists
An international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet’s sixth mass biological extinction event.
Since 1500, more than 320 terrestrial vertebrates have become extinct. Populations of the remaining species show a 25 percent average decline in abundance. The situation is similarly dire for invertebrate animal life…
—EarthSky.org (July 29, 2014)