Climate Change Refugees


The link below is to an article that looks at the coming issue of climate change refugees.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/17/climate-change-refugees-dignity-migration

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Volunteers picked up 10 million pounds of beach trash last year, including 2,117,931 cigarette butts


Grist

Back in 2012, 561,633 very nice people went out on beaches around the world and picked up the trash that other people had thrown there. They picked up an astounding 10 million pounds. That’s the weight of 5,000 cars. It’s heavier than the Capitol dome.

What’s even more astounding is that this isn’t even the most trash the Ocean Conservancy has collected in the 27 years this challenge has been going. Twice before, volunteers collected more than this amount of trash, measured in weight, and once before, they collected more total items.

The volunteers found a lot of what you might expect: 2,117,931 cigarette butts, 1,140,222 food wrappers/containers, 1,065,171 plastic bottles, and 958,893 caps and lids.

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Australia: Queensland – Land Clearing


The link below is to an article that reports on land clearing activities in Queensland and offers you a way to participate in protests against it.

For more visit:
http://support.wwf.org.au/landclearing.html

USA: Alaska – Izembek National Wildlife Refuge


The link below is to an article concerning the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

For more visit:
via http://www.defendersblog.org/2013/05/izembek-the-saga-continues/

97 out of 100 climate scientists agree: Humans are responsible for warming


Grist

The Earth revolves around the sun. Also, it’s overheating because we’re burning fossil fuels.

Can you guess which of those two long-established facts just received an additional jolt of publicized near unanimity among scientists?

It was, of course, the latter. (The oil industry has no economic interest in attempting to debunk the former, and you can no longer be persecuted for claiming it.)

An international team of scientists analyzed the abstracts of 11,944 peer-reviewed papers published between 1991 and 2011 dealing with climate change and global warming. That’s right — we’re talking about 20 years of papers, many published long before Superstorm Sandy, last year’s epic Greenland melt, or Australia’s “angry summer.”

About two-thirds of the authors of those studies refrained from stating in their abstracts whether human activity was responsible for climate change. But in those papers where a position on the claim was staked out, 97.1 percent endorsed…

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Tundra and Climate Change


The link below is to an article that reports on concerns of carbon stored in the Tundra regions of the north once it thaws with climate change.

For more visit:
http://www.enn.com/climate/article/45987