oil prices plunge

Published on Dec 14, 2015 The Russian economy, which is heavily reliant on oil prices, is bearing the brunt of the low oil prices. For more on the falling oil and what it means for the Russian and Saudi economies … Continue reading

Published on Dec 14, 2015
The Russian economy, which is heavily reliant on oil prices, is bearing the brunt of the low oil prices. For more on the falling oil and what it means for the Russian and Saudi economies – RT is joined by Michael Klare, an expert on natural resources, and author of ‘Resource Wars, Blood and Oil’

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

02 November 2015 Bugs collected on rooftop for 18 years reveal climate change effects CLIMATE A volunteer registration of insects for 18 consecutive years on the roof of the Natural History Museum of Denmark has revealed local insect community turnover due to climate change. The research suggests a pattern of specialised species being more sensitive […]

02 November 2015

Bugs collected on rooftop for 18 years reveal climate change effects

CLIMATE

A volunteer registration of insects for 18 consecutive years on the roof of the Natural History Museum of Denmark has revealed local insect community turnover due to climate change. The research suggests a pattern of specialised species being more sensitive to climate change.

1543 different species of moths and beetles and more than 250.000 individuals have been registered on a single urban rooftop in Copenhagen over 18 years of monitoring. That corresponds to 42 % of all the species of moths in Denmark and 12 % of the beetles. More interestingly, the insect community has changed significantly during that period. The results are published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology led by researchers from the Center for GeoGenetics and the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate at the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen.

“We are likely to lose some specialist species as they retreat north, but more new specialist species will arrive from the south. This trend is theoretically expected but extremely rare to confirm with observations across this many species. Insects are often over-looked and under prioritised for long term studies” says the other lead authorPeter Søgaard Jørgensen, PhD from the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate.

open data

Sean Hargrave Friday 20 November 2015 10.03 GMT At the end of the month, world governments will convene at the UN COP21 conference in Paris for the next round of binding emission commitments aimed at restricting global warming to no more than two degrees by the end of the century. When it comes to agreeing potentially […]

At the end of the month, world governments will convene at the UN COP21 conference in Paris for the next round of binding emission commitments aimed at restricting global warming to no more than two degrees by the end of the century.

When it comes to agreeing potentially tougher targets, both policymakers and members of the public will now be armed with the COP21 climate change calculator, developed by the Climate-KIC, the EU’s main climate innovation research centre, in collaboration with Imperial College, London and FT.com.

Using data on the emission reduction pledges made to date and scientific forecasts on future warming, it aims to inform the public and policymakers on the impact a variety of choices by individual countries would have on overall global warming.

stop harassing climate scientists

Representative Lamar Smith is using his bully pulpit as head of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology to subpoena National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists’ emails, peer review comments, and other private information. He’s upset with a paper NOAA scientists published in Science refuting claims of a global warming slowdown, so […]

Representative Lamar Smith is using his bully pulpit as head of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology to subpoena National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate scientists’ emails, peer review comments, and other private information. He’s upset with a paper NOAA scientists published in Science refuting claims of a global warming slowdown, so he’s smearing the scientists who wrote it.

Sign our letter urging Chairman Smith to withdraw the subpoena and stop harassing climate scientists.

NOAA scientists met several times with committee staff to explain the research. But Chairman Smith continues to manufacture a controversy by insisting that NOAA turn over the scientists’ correspondence—and now, deposing NOAA employees.

We need to make sure the public knows that these actions can create a chilling effect on research and make NOAA scientists less effective. This affects all experts who work and correspond with federal scientists. The American Meteorological Society said it best in a letter to Chairman Smith: “The advancement of science depends on investigators having the freedom to carry out research objectively and without the fear of threats or intimidation whether or not their results are expedient or popular.”

This abuse of power has to stop. Sign our letter today.

Sincerely,
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Michael Halpern
Manager of Strategy and Innovation
Center for Science and Democracy
Union of Concerned Scientists

a luxury

Dear Friends, Next week the Senate is planning to vote on H.R. 4038, a bill that would slam the door in the face of Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victimized by ISIS and Assad.  Please write to your … Continue reading

Dear Friends,

Next week the Senate is planning to vote on H.R. 4038, a bill that would slam the door in the face of Iraqi and Syrian refugees who have been victimized by ISIS and Assad.  Please write to your Members of Congress and tell them that our country should be a place of safety for those fleeing violence.

Fear and cowardice are not the way forward.  ISIS has done terrible things but our reaction to them should not be to punish their victims.  Refugees already face an intense, often multi-year screening process to ensure that they are not a threat.  We should not make it harder for them.  Instead our country should protect victims of torture, abuse, and other forms of violence.  Please write to your Members of Congress today and tell them that you oppose H.R. 4038.

Sincerely,

Matt Hawthorne
Policy Director

P.S. You can also extend a hand of welcome to refugees in your local community.  We encourage you to think of ways you can also help local refugee families – whether by raising money, contributing time or goods, or making clear to your local elected leaders that you believe your community should be a welcoming one.

Uploaded on Nov 15, 2010
Trailer from the multi-award winning documentary Climate Refugees

for documentary filmmaker and immigration expert Sheila Murray, the Syrian refugee crisis is only a prelude.

Her film on international refugee law, No Place to Go, was made for Amnesty International Canada’s refugee program.

In a 2010 report in Refuge magazine, Murray predicted that by 2050, the world could see a mass exodus of 200 million environmental refugees fleeing homelands rendered uninhabitable by extreme weather, rising sea levels, and mega-droughts.

Published on Oct 27, 2015
This drone footage filmed near the Croatian border shows thousands of migrants and refugees crossing through farmland on foot.


People are outraged to see refugees with smartphones. They shouldn’t be.

By: Lloyd Alter

September 8, 2015, 4:16 p.m.

Read more: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/gadgets-electronics/blogs/people-are-outraged-see-refugees-smartphones-they-shouldnt-be?utm_content=buffer7fb4f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=planetgreen#ixzz3mW69xuMR

Bring the Global Climate March home

Wow! — Avaazers are planning over 1,500 Global Climate March events across the world, but there isn’t one near you yet! Bring the Global Climate March home — start an event now and join this massive day of action. ——- … Continue reading

Wow! — Avaazers are planning over 1,500 Global Climate March events across the world, but there isn’t one near you yet! Bring the Global Climate March home — start an event now and join this massive day of action.

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Dear friends,

Something magical is happening… All across the world we’re coming together to hit the streets on November 29th — hours before the most important climate summit this decade!

This is a day of action not to be missed — click on the map to start an event in your area:

This is going to be mega! Last year almost 700,000 people took to their streets and created the largest mobilisation on climate change in history. This year we are going even bigger!

If hundreds of thousands of us join events in cities and towns everywhere, we’ll show our leaders meeting in Paris that our movement cannot be ignored and we will accept nothing less than an ambitious climate deal, with a global commitment to 100% clean energy!

Click the link to join in:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/new_toolkit_create/?cl=8829500839&v=66659

Let’s seize this moment, for our future, our kids’ futures, and everything we love.

With hope,

Oli, Alice, Morgan, Iain and the rest of the Avaaz team

More Information:

No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/06/no-plan-b-if-paris-climate-summit-ends-in-failure-says-eu-climate-chief

‘Climate deception dossiers’ expose oil industry lobbying (RTCC)
http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/08/climate-deception-dossiers-expose-oil-industry-lobbying

Taking a call for climate change to the streets (NYTimes)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/nyregion/new-york-city-climate-change-march.html

People’s Climate March: the revolution starts here (article on The Guardian by Avaaz founder Ricken Patel)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/29/peoples-climate-march-the-revolution-starts-here

Bring the Global Climate March home

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 will be held in Paris,[1] from November 30 to December 11.[2] It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United … Continue reading

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 will be held in Paris,[1] from November 30 to December 11.[2] It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.[3] The conference objective is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. Leadership of the negotiations is yet to be determined.

Wow! — Avaazers are planning over 1,500 Global Climate March events across the world, but there isn’t one near you yet! Bring the Global Climate March home — start an event now and join this massive day of action.

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Scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by midcentury and still have some reasonable hope of staying below two degrees. (“Reasonable,” in this case, means four chances in five, or somewhat worse odds than playing Russian roulette with a six-shooter.) The fossil fuel we’re currently planning to burn – 2,795 – is higher than 565. Five times higher.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719#ixzz3rua4W7kG
Follow us: @rollingstone on Twitter | RollingStone on Facebook

Dear friends,

Something magical is happening… All across the world we’re coming together to hit the streets on November 29th — hours before the most important climate summit this decade!

This is a day of action not to be missed — click on the map to start an event in your area:

This is going to be mega! Last year almost 700,000 people took to their streets and created the largest mobilisation on climate change in history. This year we are going even bigger!

If hundreds of thousands of us join events in cities and towns everywhere, we’ll show our leaders meeting in Paris that our movement cannot be ignored and we will accept nothing less than an ambitious climate deal, with a global commitment to 100% clean energy!

Click the link to join in:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/new_toolkit_create/?cl=8829500839&v=66659

Let’s seize this moment, for our future, our kids’ futures, and everything we love.

With hope,

Oli, Alice, Morgan, Iain and the rest of the Avaaz team

More Information:

No plan B if Paris climate summit ends in failure, says EU climate chief (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/06/no-plan-b-if-paris-climate-summit-ends-in-failure-says-eu-climate-chief

‘Climate deception dossiers’ expose oil industry lobbying (RTCC)
http://www.rtcc.org/2015/07/08/climate-deception-dossiers-expose-oil-industry-lobbying

Taking a call for climate change to the streets (NYTimes)
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/22/nyregion/new-york-city-climate-change-march.html

People’s Climate March: the revolution starts here (article on The Guardian by Avaaz founder Ricken Patel)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/29/peoples-climate-march-the-revolution-starts-here

Natural resources in Vietnam

Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011Forest-dependent people are largely missing out on new wealth generated through Vietnam’s increased economic development. The Centre for Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas (CSDM) is promoting allocation of mountain areas …

Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011
Forest-dependent people are largely missing out on new wealth generated through Vietnam’s increased economic development. The Centre for Sustainable Development of Mountain Areas (CSDM) is promoting allocation of mountain areas to local people, helping local authorities and people address the issue of conflict in forest management. RECOFTC — The Center for People and Forests partners with CSDM to translate findings of research on forests rights into practical recommendations for communities and policymakers. The two organizations are working together to help local people allocate forestland to households following their own recommendations. The communities in Lang Son seek to manage their forest resources in ways that will be beneficial to them now and their children in the future.

Produced and directed by:
RECOFTC — The Center for People and Forests

Uploaded on Oct 19, 2011
Tram Chim National Park is one of two wetland preservation areas in a richly biodiverse part of Vietnam called the Plain of Reeds. In an effort to balance the difficult work of conservation with the demands of poor communities in the surrounding areas that depend on the park’s resources for their livelihoods, Tram Chim is working on innovative ways to involve the local people in the conservation process. Community based sustainable use of natural resources is one approach the Park has begun to explore.

The park has been working with poor groups that demonstrate an interest in and commitment to resource conservation. The groups develop resource management plans that are reviewed and approved by park officials, granting the local people permission to enter the national park and gather sanctioned resources for their livelihoods. Since the inception of this system, park officials find their conservation and regulation work is much easier, and local people have greater incomes to provide more stability for their family. Villagers recognize the value of conserving resources today to ensure the abundance of resources will remain for future generations.

This project has been implemented by the park in cooperation with World Wildlife Fund funded by Coca-Cola and permitted by Dong Thap Provincial People Committee between 2008-2001. This film was produced by Institute of Tropical Biology in collaboration with Tram Chim National Park, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests, and The University of East Anglia, with financial support from the British Economic and Social Research Council.

Tram Chim National Park, Tam Nong district, Dong Thap province, Vietnam

Desafio do plantio de arvore

Published on Jan 12, 2015

Desafio do plantio de arvore: Vamos fazer nossa parte para melhorar o mundo. Desafio o Anderson Lopes, Waldomiro Dantas Cortez Neto e Ícaro Lochetti Leal. Vamos manter a corrente e desafiem mais três pessoas. Conto com vcs para mudarem o mundo. Abraços!

Published on Jan 12, 2015

Desafio do plantio de arvore: Vamos fazer nossa parte para melhorar o mundo. Desafio o Anderson Lopes, Waldomiro Dantas Cortez Neto e Ícaro Lochetti Leal. Vamos manter a corrente e desafiem mais três pessoas. Conto com vcs para mudarem o mundo. Abraços!