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As the Biosphere Dies, So Do We: Using the Power of Nature to Heal the Planet

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
HEATHER, VIA FLICKR; EDITED: LW / TO https://truthout.org/articles/as-the-biosphere-dies-so-do-we-using-the-power-of-nature-to-heal-the-planet/ BY Dahr Jamail Truthout PUBLISHED September 17, 2018 PART OF THE TRUTHOUT SERIES Planet or Profit ? One only need look outside the window to understand that human-caused climate disruption is in overdrive. Record warm temperatures, floods, droughts, wildfires and increasing incidents of extreme weather events have run rampant across the Northern Hemisphere this summer. These events, at least in part, stem from a global temperature increase of “only” 1 degree Celsius (1°C) above preindustrial baseline temperatures. Harvard and MIT biogeochemist and climate and coral reef expert Dr. Thomas Goreau put this in stark perspective. “Today’s carbon dioxide levels at 400 parts per million (ppm) [are] akin to bringing about a steady state temperature of 7°C higher and sea levels 23 meters higher than they are today,” Goreau, who is also president of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and coordinator of the Soil Carbon Alliance, told Truthout. In other words, the last time there was this much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it increased the Earth’s temperature to a point 7°C higher than it is today, and increased sea levels 23 meters above their current level. Hence, we are now only waiting for the planet to catch up to what we’ve done to the atmosphere. More than three decades ago, Goreau and some of his colleagues were already pointing out that the only way runaway global…

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Jane Goodall and Alec Baldwin Discuss Importance of Plant-Based Diet at Global Climate Action Summit

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/jane-goodall-alec-baldwin-plant-based-diet-global-climate-action-summit/ Natasha Brooks  September 14, 2018 This year’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco got pretty heated (no pun intended). Between California Governor Jerry Brown calling President Donald Trump a “liar, criminal, fool” and protestors rallying outside against fossil fuel extraction, despite the governor signing into law the state’s commitment to 100 percent clean energy by 2045 this week, the event was certainly not lacking in high emotion. But on a cooler note, actors Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin and everyone’s favorite primatologist, Jane Goodall, were also present at the Summit, and Baldwin and Goodall sat down for a chat on the importance of plant-based diets in regards to forests and the fight against climate change. And although a primatologist and an actor may seemingly have little in common, the two celebrities have one very important commonality — they are advocates for the environment and promote ditching meat for the sake of the planet. ? ? Goodall and Baldwin both ditch meat from their diets and credit environmental concerns as reasoning for it. And they are absolutely right that eliminating animal products from your life has a humongous positive effect on not only your health and the livelihood of animals, but on the environment and world as a whole as well. Animal agriculture is a leading contributor to climate change, being responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector (cars, planes, trains, etc.) combined. In fact, a recent study revealed that animal agriculture is more harmful to…

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Monkeying Around

Originally posted on Jet Eliot:
Guatemalan Black Howler Monkey, Belize Monkeys  and humans are both primates — I think that’s why humans find monkeys so entertaining to watch. There are 260 species of monkeys currently living in the world, here are a few monkey species I have seen in the wild. ? Wikipedia Monkey ? Monkeys are generally divided into…

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California Blocks Trump’s Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Originally posted on Natural History Wanderings:
The LA Times reports Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed two bills that would block new offshore oil drilling in California by barring the construction of pipelines, piers, wharves or other infrastructure necessary to transport the oil and gas from federal waters to state land. This locks into law the vows of Brown and other state officials who declared earlier this year they would do whatever it takes to stop the Trump administration from opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale. inRead invented by Teads ADVERTISEMENT “Today, California’s message to the Trump administration is simple: Not here, not now,” Brown said in a statement. “We will not let the federal government pillage public lands and destroy our treasured coast.” Read full story at the LA Times:  Gov. Brown signs bills to block Trump’s offshore oil drilling plan

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U.N. makes a bold move to protect marine life on the high seas

Originally posted on The Secular Jurist:
The bluefin tuna is one of the biggest, fastest fishes in the ocean. Its streamlined body can sprint at up to 45 miles per hour in pursuit of its prey. Reaching some 500 pounds, this giant once dominated the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. But humans have hunted the bluefin for thousands of years. In the last century stocks have been decimated. The Pacific population is now just 2.6 percent of its original size. Many other species that live in the high seas — the two thirds of Earth’s oceans that lie beyond national waters — are suffering a similar fate. There is no universal law protecting biodiversity. “This is a massive gap, a literal hole in the middle of the ocean,” says Lance Morgan, president of the Marine Conservation Institute, a U.S. nonprofit focused on ocean protection. That is about to change. The United Nations is pushing to protect marine life on the high seas with a legally binding treaty by 2020. Delegates from 193 nations are working on it at U.N. headquarters in New York City, through September 17. Yet tension is already in the air. Continue reading:  U.N. makes a bold move to protect marine life on the high seas

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