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  • From the @worldeconomicforum: 3 ways climate change and human exploitation is changing the Middle East’s environment with regular daytime temperatures of 122°f (50°c) #climatechange #environment #weather #middleeast #asia
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  • When it comes to conserving the world’s oceans, we have work to do, a new study co-authored by @TheWCS in the journal One Earth says. 🌊🐢 According to the study, a full one-third of all marine species have less than 10% of their range protected. In addition, conserving a portion of habitat for all marine species would require an additional 3.2 million sq. miles of new conservation areas or an area about the size of Brazil. “The international community needs to rapidly increase the scale of marine conservation efforts if we are to maintain the health of our oceans,” said lead author Dr. Kendall Jones of WCS’s Conservation Solutions Program.

    Read the full study via the link in @thewcs bio.
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  • @presidenciaperu @martinvizcarraperu, creating the Nazca Ridge Marine Protected Area will be your powerful legacy and secure the future of the Peru’s ocean abundance for generations to come.
    Right now, less than 0.5% of Peru’s maritime territory is under legal protection, far from the 10% goal to which the government committed to achieve by this year. More than 1,000 species can be found in the Nazca Ridge, including blue whales, humpback whales, orcas, marine turtles, sharks and tuna. It is also home to deep-sea species such as cold-water corals and cod. By protecting this area, we can help maintain its abundance for generations to come and in turn, ensure neighboring fisheries thrive.
    Join @Oceana @oceana_peru in urging Peru’s President Vizcarra to create the Nazca Ridge Marine Protected Area and have his action celebrated at the UN Ocean Conference in June. Visit OCEANA.ORG/NazcaNow. #NazcaNow #NascaYa #30x30
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  • There are less than 500 Hirola in the world and those that are left are understandably skittish. Hirola are among the most elusive and least known antelopes in the world, which makes this photo by @global_wildlife_conservation’s @robindmoore especially rare.

    Their loss would represent the first extinction of a mammalian genus on mainland Africa in modern human history. @tsavotrust is among those groups making sure that this doesn’t happen on our watch by protecting and restoring the Hirola throughout its range in Kenya, including Tsavo East National Park, where this image was recently taken. #ExtinctionEndsHere #WildlifePhotography #ConservationOptimism #WildlifeConservation #EndExtinction #stopextinction
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  • From the @guardian: Did you take part in Friday’s #FridaysForFuture strike?

    @gretathunberg made an appearance at the march in Bristol, UK. She addressed a crowd of about 25,000 people and praised the way climate activists in the city had managed to delay plans for a new airport.

    Protests were staged in other parts of the world, from Australia to Nigeria. Swipe right for highlights.

    Photos: Dylan Martinez/Reuters +@fff_Sydney + @FridayNigeria + @Fri4FutureSea + @fff_tui + @lizwathuti + @MakichyanA & @brothadestin via Twitter
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  • From @cnnclimate: Twice as much food as previously estimated is wasted, with people in wealthier countries wasting more, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS One. Climate experts have identified food waste as one of the top sustainability problems worldwide. "Globally, if food waste could be represented as its own country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the US," according to the United Nations environment program. The UN estimates annual global food waste at 1.3 billion tons. (📸: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • Scientists are warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be heading for major coral bleaching. From The @Guardian: If high ocean temperatures in the region do not drop in the next two weeks, the reef is set for a third major coral bleaching outbreak in the space of five years. “We are down to the wire,” said Prof Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.

    Coral bleaching is a stress reaction caused when corals spend long periods in warmer than average water. Rising ocean temperatures are caused by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

    In August 2019, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority downgraded the reef’s longterm outlook from “poor” to “very poor” for the first time.
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  • From the @UNEP: An invasive species of seaweed blighting tourist beaches in Mexico 🇲🇽 has become more aggressive due to #climatechange. The Sargassum weed is spreading, filling coastal waters and blocking sunlight essential to the growth of indigenous sea grasses and other plants. There is some good news though. Efforts are underway to hold back its advance and protect local ecosystems. #biodiversity2020 📷: @UNDP Mexico
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  • From @cnnclimate: The Colorado River — which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles — has seen its flow dwindle by 20% compared with the last century, and scientists found that the climate crisis is mainly to blame. Without any cuts to emissions, the report says the river's discharge could shrink by between 19% and 31% by the middle of this century. "Without this river, American cities in the Southwest would dry up and blow away," said Brad Udall, a senior climate scientist at Colorado State University. "The science is crystal clear — we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately." (📸: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
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  • @nowthisnews takes a look at how divers are restoring Florida's coral reefs in this underwater nursery 🌊
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  • From @yaleenvironment360: The economic and health costs of air pollution from burning fossil fuels totaled $2.9 trillion in 2018, calculated in the form of work absences, years of life lost, and premature deaths, according to a new report. The cost represents 3.3 percent of global GDP, or about $8 billion per day.

    The study, the first of its kind to quantify the global impacts of air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels, focused on the health impacts of three specific types of pollutants: Nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and fine particulate matter. It also included a regional breakdown of air pollution impacts. The researchers found that the most premature deaths from fossil fuel-related air pollution in 2018 were in mainland China (1.8 million), India (1 million), and the United States (230,000). As a result, those three countries also faced the highest annual costs: $900 billion in China, $600 billion in the U.S., and $150 billion in India.

    To learn more, click the link in @yaleenvironment360’s bio.

    Photo credit: Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
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  • From @cnnclimate: Polar bears rely on sea ice for nearly every aspect of their survival, and with ice beginning to melt earlier in the season, these animals are becoming thinner and having fewer cubs, according to a new study. Polar bears “are an icon of climate change, but they're also an early indicator of climate change because they are so dependent on sea ice,” writes Kristin Laidre, the study’s author and a professor at the University of Washington. Polar bears are considered a vulnerable species, one level below "endangered." Their future, the researchers write in their findings, depends on scientists' ability to predict how climate change will continue to impact the bears. (📸:Paul Souders/Getty Images)
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  • Last week @EarthAlliance shared updates from the #AustraliaWildlifeFund and how you have helped to make a difference. Watch some of these stories of hope and recovery unfold in this new video. Thank you to our partners on the ground @wireswildliferescue @aussieark and @bushheritageaus and to everyone who has made a difference by supporting the #AustraliaWildfireFund
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  • From @cnnclimate: In these “very dark times,” Jane Goodall explains to CNN’s Becky Anderson why she is still hopeful. To watch the full interview, tap the link in their bio.
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  • From the @worldeconomicforum: MISSING: 77% of Antarctica's chinstrap penguins. Read more by tapping the link in the @worldeconomicforum’s bio #penguins #climatechange #ice #birds #antarctica
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  • From The @WashingtonPost: Construction crews began blasting sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as part of the construction of President Trump’s border barrier, and the affected areas include sites sacred to Native American groups, according to a congressman from Arizona and advocates. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an internationally recognized biosphere reserve — meaning it has plants and animals so rare that the United Nations has given it a special designation. It includes about 330,000 acres of designated wilderness and is home to ancestral grounds sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation, one of at least a dozen Native American groups that claim connections to grounds within the monument. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), whose district includes the reservation, said crews this week began blasting through parts of Monument Hill, which includes a burial site for the Tohono O’odham Nation. Click the link in the @WashingtonPost’s bio to read more. (Photo by @vanhoutenphoto/The Washington Post)
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  • A pangolin’s natural defense is to roll into a ball when threatened, which is why they’re such easy targets for wildlife traffickers. Today on #WorldPangolinDay, I'm supporting the @PangolinCrisis team with their #RollWithUs campaign to protect these gentle creatures from the trafficking crisis that is putting them at risk of extinction. Share this post to help raise awareness for pangolins and follow @PangolinCrisis for more information.
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  • Amidst the devastation wreaked by the recent bushfires in Australia are inspiring stories of compassion and solidarity. These photos from @global_wildlife_conservation capture some of the incredible stories made possible with support from the @EarthAlliance #AustraliaWildfireFund. From rescuing and rehabilitating kangaroos whose homes have burnt to the ground to providing food for Critically Endangered Brush-tailed Rock Wallabies, from resettling turtles whose pools have dried up to building a sanctuary for wild koalas, the tireless work of @wireswildliferescue @aussieark and @bushheritageaus in the field is inspiring. To lend your support to Australia, please click link in bio. @earthalliance @global_wildlife_conservation @oxygenseven
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  • Ahead of #WorldPangolinDay this Saturday, find out more about the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin, the most illegally trafficked animal in the world 🌍
    Via @racingextinction, Artwork by @_undertheskin/undertheskin.co.uk
    #IllegalWildlifeTrade #RacingExtinction
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  • From @cnnclimate: 🐝 Bumblebee populations are rapidly declining across North America and Europe, according to a study from the University of Ottawa that examined 66 bumblebee species across the two continents. The study’s findings highlighted that as climate change causes temperatures and precipitation to rise beyond what bumblebees can tolerate, their risk for extinction increases. “The things [we] grew up with as kids are fading away very fast,” said a senior author of the study. “It’s not just that we’re looking at what our kids will experience; it’s that we are looking back not even a full generation, just to when we were kids, and saying, ‘Could we take our children to places we loved and find what we found?’ What our study says is that that answer is no across entire continents.” (📸:Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)
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  • Xavante children from the Tsiba’adzatsi village in the Brazilian Amazon help plant seedlings at a nursery established to help with the recovery of degraded areas in the state of Mato Grosso.
    This is a project led by @EarthAlliance Amazon Forest Fund recipient Operação Amazônia Nativa to help with food security for indigenous communities while reforesting places that have been damaged by fire and other threats. 🌱
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  • From @yaleenvironment360: Using satellite data, scientists are documenting the inexorable melting of South America’s glaciers and ice fields. The findings are sobering: Ninety-eight percent of Andean glaciers have shrunk this century, losing an average of three feet in thickness a year since 2000.
    The area covered by glaciers in Peru, for example, shrank by nearly a third from 2000 to 2016. In the southern Andes, particularly in Patagonia, some glaciers have retreated 5.5 miles in the past century.

    This ice loss poses a threat to water supplies and agriculture from Bolivia to Chile. “The disappearance of glaciers will have an impact on the cities, but not just cities — locals, farmers, and people who do agriculture more broadly,” says one scientist.

    To read the full story, click the link in @yaleenvironment360’s bio. Reporting by Jonathan Moens.

    Photo credit: David Silverman/Getty Images
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  • From the @washingtonpost: Antarctica has broken its warmest temperature ever recorded. A reading of 65 degrees was taken at Esperanza Base along Antarctica’s Trinity Peninsula on Thursday, making it the ordinarily frigid contingent’s highest measured temperature in history. It beats out the previous record of 63.5 degrees, which occurred on March 24, 2015. The Antarctic peninsula, on which Thursday’s anomaly was recorded, is one of the fastest-warming regions in the world. In just the past 50 years, temperatures have surged a staggering 5 degrees in response to earth’s swiftly-warming climate. Read more by clicking the link in the @washingtonpost bio.
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  • From the @worldeconomicforum: Green isn't always good. #arctic #environment #climatechange #nature #ice
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  • From @cnnclimate: Rising temperatures triggering extreme weather events around the world could result in an increase in heat-related illnesses and deaths, as well as the threat of new infectious diseases, according to scientists at Johns Hopkins University. A paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation says that with climate change, we can expect cases of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and potentially fatal heat strokes to climb. Extreme heat will particularly impact children, older people, people who suffer from chronic conditions and those who live in underserved communities. (📸: Getty)
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  • An update from @aussieark and the recovery efforts for affected wildlife in Australia: Life Support for Endangered Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies
    In early January 2020, Aussie Ark was invited by the New South Wales State Government to assess the situation of Brush-tailed rock-wallabies, sadly what was found were numerous deceased wallabies. Several from starvation and dehydration, whilst others were struck by a vehicle in search for food, water and shelter, as the area is not preferred wallaby habitat. Encouragingly up to 30 were found residing near waterbodies. These wallabies are now receiving food drops and ongoing remote camera monitoring until the situation improves.
    Regionally, all of the Brush-tailed rock-wallaby sites have been incinerated or are at imminent risk of fire. Coupled with the nation’s worst drought in recent decades, limited food and water supply is wreaking havoc on populations.
    Aussie Ark has committed to doubling its species recovery projects to create a new facility for the northern population of the species. The Ark currently has 7 purpose-built facilities that provide home for up to 45 wallabies.
    You can help Aussie Ark by donating today - see the link in their bio. #aussieark #conservation #australia #upperhunter #barringtontops #endangeredspecies #wildlife
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  • From @thewcs: Live animal markets around the world that trade in wildlife provide the ideal conditions for new viruses to emerge. In the wake of the #Wuhan #coronavirus, we must close them. A large and growing number of people in China agree. Read more by clicking the link in @thewcs bio. Pictured: a civet in Vietnam. #WuhanFlu #WuhanCoronavirus #takeaction #globalhealth #vietnam #china #asia #civet #health #flu
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  • From the @worldeconomicforum: A swarm the size of a city. Tap the link in our bio to read more #africa #food #sustainability #climatechange #environment
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  • A positive step forward from The @Guardian 👏 | #Regram #RG @guardian: We have decided that we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extracting companies.

    We are the first major global news organisation to institute this outright ban and hope others will join us soon.

    Environmental groups have long argued that energy companies use expensive advertising campaigns to “greenwash” their activities, paying to highlight relatively small investments in renewable energy while continuing to make the vast majority of their revenue from extracting fossil fuels.
    Advertising makes up 40% of our revenue, so it remains a key way to fund our journalism.

    Our acting chief executive, Anna Bateson, and chief revenue officer, Hamish Nicklin, said "it’s true that rejecting some adverts might make our lives a tiny bit tougher in the very short term. Nonetheless, we believe building a more purposeful organisation and remaining financially sustainable have to go hand in hand.” They acknowledged that some readers would like us to turn down advertising for any product with a significant carbon footprint, such as cars or holidays, but explained that this isn't financially sustainable while the media industry’s business model remained in crisis.

    @Greenpeace welcomed the move, calling it “a watershed moment".
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  • The relief efforts in Australia continue. Please join me in supporting the #KoalaComeback campaign from photographer @DavidYarrow and @wild.ark, with the aim to raise $2 million to support recovery efforts in Australia. 50% of the proceeds raised through the koala print campaign will be directed to the @EarthAlliance #AustraliaWildfireFund, with WildArk using the remaining donations to support local organizations working on wildlife rehabilitation and habitat restoration. To donate, please see the link in @DavidYarrow’s bio or visit koalacomeback.com
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  • An update from @earthalliance: For this beautiful photographic tribute, Amazon Forest Fund recipient @wataniba commissioned a photographer to capture routine moments in the lives of the elders of two indigenous communities from the Venezuelan Amazon: the Ye'kwana and Uwottüja.

    Wataniba—a name that means “community boat”—is a socio-environmental organization that works with the indigenous peoples of the Venezuelan Amazon to promote and defend their rights, protect the forest, map and address threats such as gold mining, and lobby for public policy consistent with the social and environmental rights widely recognized in Venezuelan legislation.

    Photos by Wataniba/Jesús-Chucho-Sosa
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