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World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice

World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice. WILLIAM J. RIPPLE, CHRISTOPHER WOLF, THOMAS M. NEWSOME, MAURO GALETTI, MOHAMMED ALAMGIR, EILEEN CRIST, MAHMOUD I. MAHMOUD, WILLIAM F. LAURANCE, and 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries. November 13, 2017. Vol. XX, No. X BioScience. [Alliance of World Scientists]

“Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”. These concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and the life on it is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided.” In their manifesto, they showed that humans were on a collision course with the natural world. They expressed concern about current, impending, or potential damage on planet Earth involving ozone depletion, freshwater availability, marine life depletion, ocean dead zones, forest loss, biodiversity destruction, climate change, and continued human population growth. They proclaimed that fundamental changes were urgently needed to avoid the consequences our present course would bring…On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data. Since 1992, with the exception of stabilizing the stratospheric ozone layer, humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse. Especially troubling is the current trajectory of potentially catastrophic climate change due to rising GHGs from burning fossil fuels (Hansen et al. 2013), deforestation (Keenan et al. 2015), and agricultural production—particularly from farming ruminants for meat consumption (Ripple et al. 2014). Moreover, we have unleashed a mass extinction event, the sixth in roughly 540 million years, wherein many current life forms could be annihilated or at least committed to extinction by the end of this century…”

UK environment secretary will back total ban on bee-harming pesticides

theguardian: Research leads environment secretary to overturn government’s previous opposition, making total EU ban much more likely – “The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed. The decision reverses the government’s previous position and is justified by recent new evidence showing neonicotinoids… Continue Reading

Google partners with Aclima in mapping out air pollution levels on Google Earth

TNW: “Google has undertaken yet another initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. The company has teamed up with envirotech firm Aclima to measure air pollution levels in California and map out the findings on its Earth platform. The effort will see the two companies release hyperlocal air quality… Continue Reading

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, Part II

Alan Taylor via The Atlantic – “National Geographic’s annual photo competition is still open, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 17. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $7,500, publication in National Geographic Magazine, and a feature on National Geographic’s Instagram account. Contest runners have allowed me to choose a few more of… Continue Reading

Massive Government Report Says Climate Change Caused by Humans

NPR: “It is “extremely likely” that human activities are the “dominant cause” of global warming, according to the most comprehensive study ever of climate science by U.S. government researchers. The climate report, obtained by NPR, notes that the past 115 years are “the warmest in the history of modern civilization.” The global average temperature has… Continue Reading

One-Stop Environmentalism: Plant a Native Tree

Plant Nova Natives: “If you only have time to do one thing to support wildlife in your yard, let it be to plant a native tree. The benefits of trees in general are obvious: in addition to providing shade and year-round beauty, they cool the environment, soak up greenhouse gases, and provide fruits and shelter… Continue Reading

Climate change subject matter scrubbed from Interior Dept. planning

So…the Interior No Longer Cares About Climate Change? – “A leaked five-year strategic plan has zero mention of “climate change” or “diversity,” marking a major pivot away from its predecessor.” Continue Reading

Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure

Climate Change: Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Fiscal Exposure, GAO-17-720: Published: Sep 28, 2017. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2017. “Climate-related impacts, such as coastal property damage, have already cost the federal government billions of dollars, and these costs will likely rise in the future. We found that information… Continue Reading

Zillow – Climate Change and Homes: Who Would Lose the Most to a Rising Tide?

From an article by Lauren Bretz, October 18, 2017: One-third (32 percent) of underwater homes would be valued in the bottom third nationally, meaning $123 billion in losses. Two in five (39 percent) underwater homes would be valued in the top third nationally, translating to $597 billion in lost high-end real estate. In rural and… Continue Reading

U.S. Winter Outlook: NOAA forecasters predict cooler, wetter North and warmer, drier South

“Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook today, with La Nina potentially emerging for the second year in a row as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. La Nina has a 55- to 65-percent chance of developing before winter sets in. NOAA produces seasonal outlooks to… Continue Reading

NOAA, NASA team up again to investigate the atmosphere over Antarctica

NOAA: “Thirty years after NASA and NOAA launched a groundbreaking airborne campaign to study the Antarctic ozone hole, the two federal science agencies have once again joined forces over the world’s highest, driest and coldest continent to sniff out the secrets of the atmosphere. On Oct. 14, NASA’s heavily instrumented DC-8 flew over Antarctica as… Continue Reading

Outside – Joel Clement on Why He Quit the Dept. of the Interior

“The longtime DOI employee says he was forced out because he spoke up about the risk climate change poses to Alaskans. We caught up with him to talk the state of the Interior, how his colleagues are faring…” “…Until June 2017, Clement was in charge of the Office of Policy Analysis, where he worked primarily… Continue Reading