World leaders outline forest vision at climate change talks

“World leaders at the climate summit today presented a joint statement in support of new partnerships for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from deforestation while promoting forest restoration and sustainable rural development.”

GR:  Until we achieve effective population control, deforestation will continue.

Partnerships, Progress to Protect & Restore Forest

“Leaders in the global drive to protect and restore forests met on Tuesday to announce a new focus on implementing partnerships with additional resources to ensure healthy forests and the sustainable farming and livelihoods that depend on them.”

GR:  Until we achieve effective population control, deforestation will continue.

New Platform Reveals How Much Carbon is Locked in Tropical Forests – and How Much Was Lost « Global Forest Watch

“Between 2001 and 2013, greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation across the world’s tropical forests were, on average, larger than Russia’s economy-wide emissions in 2012. That’s 2,270 million metric tons (Mt) of carbon dioxide every year.

“Emissions from tropical deforestation have significant implications for implementation of the new national climate plans (INDCs), as well as international initiatives like the New York Declaration on Forests, whose signatories aim to cut global deforestation in half by 2020.”

Great graphics!


Paris Climate Conference ‘At the Limits of Suicide,’ Commitments Nowhere Near Enough to Miss 2 C


It must be the disinformation team; never in my knowledge has everyone remained so indifferent to an impending disaster. How can we pull Congress out of it’s a** and get some help with this?

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

We have a serious global problem. If we continue burning fossil fuels as we are, and if the fossil fuel industry continues to grow along its projected path, the world will see a catastrophic rate of warming between 3 and 7 degrees Celsius above 1880s values by the end of this Century. So much warming would likely mean a very bad end. A bad end for much of global civilization as we know it. A bad end for many of the innocent living creatures who inhabit our world. And a bad end for many of our children — those now being born today who will face the climate troubles we are locking in.

As the Pope succinctly noted in a recent statement seen here in Rueters:

“I am not sure, but I can say to you ‘now or never.’ Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at…

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bernie sanders | climate change quote

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on Wednesday explained that Al Gore and the United Nations get most of the blame for what he called a global warming “hoax,” but …

GR:  Sanders lays it on the line.

Doomsday revisited: will warming deprive us of oxygen?

“Global warming has triggered an array of apocalyptic scenarios for future generations, from worsening drought, storms and floods to melted icesheets and rising seas.”  From:

GR:  According to the article, greenhouse emissions continuing without reduction or a sudden release of methane could eliminate the phytoplankton that produces most of our oxygen. Curtains.

Brazil’s Great Amazon Rainforest Burns as Parched Megacities Fall Under Existential Threat

“One need only look at today’s satellite image of Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest to notice something’s terribly wrong. A vast 1,000 mile swath of what should be some of the wettest lands on the globe running south of the world’s largest river is covered by a dense pall of smoke. Scores of plumes boil up out of the burning and sweltering forest. Pumping dark clouds into the sky, the fires’ tell-tale streaks out over a drought-parched Brazil, across the Atlantic, and over to Africa where the plume is again thickened by yet more wildfires.”  From:

GR:  AFTER THE FIRES:  Lightning-caused or human-caused forest fires destroy natural ecosystems when these occur:

  1. Soil-damaging land use (farming, grazing, recreation) begins immediately after the fire
  2. New fires occur before the original vegetation has time to recover
  3. Invasive plants are introduced
  4. OR, climate has changed to a regime more suited to a different vegetation (grassland or shrubland)

Any of these might lead to more or less permanent decline in biodiversity, productivity, and stability.  Combinations of two or more are highly likely to cause permanent decline.  (#desertification, #fire, #vegetation-change, and see:

See on Scoop.itGarryRogers Biosphere News

Demonstrate for an End to Global Warming

Climate-change demonstrations show our leaders that we want them to take steps to stop global warming. We must also ask our leaders to change the human activities that are causing climate change.

  1. We want them to block corporate control over our government and the decisions it makes.
  2. We want them to end international sales of weapons and begin to encourage peace and a focus on life style and resource use.
  3. We want them to discourage unsustainable resource harvests.
  4. We want them to encourage human rights and equality.
  5. We want them to speak out for wild animals and natural ecosystems.
  6. We want them to call for restoring the damaged lands and seas.
  7. And finally, we want them to oppose gender inequality and overpopulation.

Even if we stopped burning fossil fuels today, activities causing climate change would continue. Farming, deforestation, industrial fishing, desertification, construction, and growth of the human population would continue to waste the Earth and release CO2 and other greenhouse gases.



Deforestation in Colombia up nearly 20 percent last year

“A total of 140,356 hectares (346,827 acres) of forest cover was lost in Colombia in 2014 versus 120,934 hectares (298,834 acres) in 2013, per IDEAM, a division of Colombia’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

“Illegal logging, mining, and coca cultivation, as well as conversion for other agricultural purposes and ranching, were reported to be the largest drivers of deforestation in Colombia last year.”  From:

GR:  I don’t think we can find a single forested area in the world that is not threatened by human impacts.  If it’s not outright clearcutting, it’s livestock grazing, invasive species, energy mining and transmission, roads and recreation, and climate-change associated drought.

Education the path to more support for shark conservation

“The data also revealed that many recreational anglers are supportive of marine protected areas for threatened shark species, however that climate change is a larger perceived threat to sharks than recreational fishing.

“The findings are encouraging in that many anglers care about shark conservation, but they don’t always know what they can do, including simply changing some fishing techniques to improve shark survival.”  From:

GR:  It is certainly true that individual sport fisherman have almost no impact on marine ecosystems.  It’s the commercial fishing industry that is driving species toward extinction.