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US Senator Feinstein To Forest Service: Don’t Sell Wild Horses For Slaughter

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + :
Related: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/is-there-a-wild-horse-overpopulation-problem-mining-oil-gas-corps-cattle-on-public-land-over-600-rescued-wild-horses-endangered-by-uranium-mining/ “Senator Feinstein to Forest Service: Don’t Sell Horses for Slaughter Oct 09 2018 Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the Forest Service to halt the sale of wild horses in California until concerns over potential horse slaughter are addressed. “I write to request that you provide details as to the wild horse…

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Jupiter and Titan findings underpin troubling news about Earth methane emissions

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
New modelling suggests estimates for methane’s role in global warming are on the low side. Richard A Lovett reports. Donald Trump during a rally earlier this year, spruiking his intention to repeal Obama-era laws aimed at reducing methane emissions from fossil fuel extraction. MANDEL NGAN / AFP / GETTY IMAGES https://cosmosmagazine.com/climate/jupiter-and-titan-findings-underpin-troubling-news-about-earth-methane-emissions Scientists seeking to refine our understanding of global climate change have found that methane is a significantly stronger greenhouse gas than previously suspected. They have also discovered that it has particularly strong climate-warming effects on certain parts of the globe, including Australia’s deserts. The finding evolved, in part, from data collected by astronomers studying Jupiter and Saturn’s moon Titan. And it comes, ironically, just days after US President Donald Trump’s latest move to reduce regulations on methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas fields. Like carbon dioxide, methane has long been known to warm the atmosphere by absorbing infrared emissions from sun-warmed surfaces — emissions that would otherwise carry heat back into space. And while there is much more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than methane, the latter is a much more potent heat trapper. It is so potent, in fact, that increases in methane may have accounted for more than one-fifth of the Earth’s climate change over the past century. And that estimate might actually be too low, because it is based solely on methane’s ability to trap thermal, or “longwave”, infrared radiation. Thanks…

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Divine Elegance

Originally posted on Amras888:
? Namaste to all our readers. These beautiful, and colourful creatures grace the corners of the Stratford Butterfly Farm, in Warwickshire, England. Life, as we well know, expresses divine elegance through infinite diversity in infinite combinations. The fish know only water, while the snake belongs to earth. The frog can find a home on earth, and…

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Iceland’s Whooper Swans~

Whooper Swans are the Eurasian cousin of North American Trumpeter swans. They breed all over Iceland, and some overwinter in the thermally heated parts of Lake Myvatn. Interestingly, their North American Trumpeter Swan cousins do the same thing, spending winter in the thermally heated parts of the Yellowstone River. These beauties are aptly named as they certainly seem to enjoy…

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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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