background preloader

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network

       Streaming Knowledge, Advancing Careers | science videos, tutorial, documents, courses, papers | free download  Bill Moyers: Ending the Silence on Climate Change Ending the Silence on Climate Change from on Vimeo. Remember climate change? The issue barely comes up with any substance in our current political dialogue. This week, in an encore broadcast, scientist Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, joins Bill to describe his efforts to galvanize communities over what’s arguably the greatest single threat facing humanity. “[A] pervasive sense up to now has been that climate change is distant — distant in time, and distant in space,” Leiserowitz tells Bill. The show also includes a short video portrait of photographic artist Chris Jordan, whose work helps us understand the scope of American consumerism and consumption. © 2013 Public Affairs Television Inc.

Midwestern US 16k Years Ago This mural by R.G. Larson in the Illinois State By 16,000 years ago the height of the last major glaciation The landscape of the Midwest was very different 16,000 years ago. Sixteen thousand years ago the climate was quite different in the area. Because of the cooler climate, many of the plants and animals that inhabited the area around 16,000 years ago were different than those found in the region today. The reconstruction shows several mastodons feeding in wetlands in a parkland dominated by spruce and balsam (poplar or aspen). Here ISM Curator of Geology Dr. Boney Spring is one of a series of spring deposits excavated by personnel from the Illinois State Museum, the University of Missouri, University of Arizona, and Southern Methodist University between 1965 and 1980.

Nuclear Information and Resource Service How Everything Works Optimum Population Trust Dahr Jamail | As Climate Disruption Advances, 26 Percent of Mammals Face Extinction (Image: Polar bear, air pollution via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) Two recently released studies brought bad news for those living near coastlines around the world. One published in the peer-reviewed Nature Climate Change, the other in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the studies showed that existing computer models might have severely underestimated the risk to the Greenland ice sheet from warming global temperatures. Bear in mind that if Greenland's entire ice sheet melts, 20 feet would be added to global sea levels. As if that isn't enough of an indicator of how fast anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is happening across the globe, two days after delegates from more than 190 countries had gathered in Peru at the annual climate summit, the World Meteorological Organization reported that 2014 was tied with 2010 as the hottest year on record, and rejected popular claims that global warming had "paused." To see more stories like this, visit "Planet or Profit?" Earth

How Stuff Works Why We Cant Clean Up the Pacific Gyre :: Fake Plastic Fish | Live Life With Less Plastic Over the next few years you are going to hear a lot of claims about programs to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The floating island of plastic garbage twice the size of Texas. The trash patch. The area Captain Charles Moore discovered ten years ago. Don’t be fooled! The Pacific Garbage Patch is not an island. First of all, it’s a misnomer to call it an island. There are several ocean gyres full of plastic. The problem is even bigger than cleaning up the North Pacific Gyre. We’re Dumping More Plastic Into the Ocean Than We Can Clean Up. How can we ever clean it up when every day, more and more single-use disposable products are manufactured, used, and disposed of? Focusing on Cleanup Misdirects Attention from the Real Issue. The Plastics Industry sponsors cleanup efforts without reducing the production of single-use disposable plastics in the first place. You are encouraged to implement the sections and steps that help achieve your company’s specific goals. What experts have to say

Loggers Accidentally Cut Down World’s Oldest Tree in Amazon Forest World News Daily Report Environment Illegal loggers at the frontier of the Peruvian and Brazilian border have mistakenly cut down what experts claim is the world’s oldest tree after allegedly not noticing they were logging deeply in Matsés Indigenous Reserve, an area where logging is illegal, infuriating local conservation organizations and native indigenous communities. The giant Samauma tree that is thought to be over 5,800 years old judging on its concentric rings and estimated to be close to 40 meters in height was a major part of the native tribes cultural landscape, countless generations of natives having witnessed the long duration of the tree and having included it in their own culture. «It is the Mother spirit of the rainforest, from this spirit-tree came the life force of all things living. They have destroyed Aotlcp-Awak, they have brought darkness upon not only our people, but the whole world» explains local tribesman leader Tahuactep of the Matsés tribe.

Engineers Edge

"Rainforest Group, un groupe d'écologiste qui ont des griffes" est leur slogan, affiché en dessous d'une photographie de panthère noire. Eux non plus n'hésitent pas à prendre des risques, mais restent discrets, et agissent plus par le biai de pétitions. by cpl_tsorgato Feb 26