Plastic Pollution: Scientists’ plea on threat to ocean giants

“Scientists say there needs to be more research into the impact of plastic pollution on sharks, whales, and rays.

A study, in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution, says the creatures may be swallowing hundreds of tiny bits of plastic a day.

Microplastic pollution has the potential to further reduce the population sizes of the large filter feeders, they say.”

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Image result for noaa logo“This page is based on a brief synopsis of the 2007 Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as NCEI’s own data resources. It was prepared by David Easterling and Tom Karl, National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, N.C. 28801.

One of the most vigorously debated topics on Earth is the issue of climate change, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) data centers are central to answering some of the most pressing global change questions that remain unresolved. The National Centers for Environmental Information contains the instrumental and paleoclimatic records that can precisely define the nature of climatic fluctuations at time scales of a century and longer. Among the diverse kinds of data platforms whose data contribute to NCEI’s resources are: Ships, buoys, weather stations, weather balloons, satellites, radar and many climate proxy records such as tree rings and ice cores. The National Oceanographic Data Center contains the subsurface ocean data which reveal the ways that heat is distributed and redistributed over the planet. Knowing how these systems are changing and how they have changed in the past is crucial to understanding how they will change in the future. And, for climate information that extends from hundreds to thousands of years, paleoclimatology data, also available from the National Centers for Environmental Information, helps to provide longer term perspectives.”


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Image result for forterra logo“Forterra secures places—urban, rural and wild—that are keystones of a sustainable future for all.

Keystone places with a vital role in our region’s long-run livability, sustainability and equity. These include wildlands, working farms and forests, as well as places in the city for affordable housing, parks and the arts. We work simultaneously across these landscapes because they, and the people who rely on them, are interdependent.

We secure keystone lands in three ways to make sure this place we all live stays a place we all love.”


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World View of Global Warming

world view of global warming“World View of Global Warming, which began in 1999 with an assignment to Antarctica, is the only dedicated climate change science and action documentation project independently undertaken by a photojournalist. It is funded by donations, grants, image and book sales and assignments; donations and grants are accepted as tax-deductible contributions through Blue Earth Alliance which passes through 96 percent of all funds.

When I designed the project in 1998, my mission was defined to tell the story of rapid climate change –- and the actions it makes necessary — with scientifically accurate and compelling photographs that reached the public world wide. I knew as a photojournalist the power of a picture, and that people needed to see images of the changing climate’s impact on this planet. Seeing is believing. The images and on-scene reporting have been widely used, published and honored in magazines, books, films, museums, scientific displays, apps and public forums and classrooms. This work was first of its kind, has been widely influential and remains a leader.”


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Rainforest Action Network

Image result for rainforest action network logoRainforest Action Network preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.

RAN works toward a world where the rights and dignity of all communities are respected and where healthy forests, a stable climate, and wild biodiversity are protected and celebrated.


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Rainforest Alliance

HomeThe Rainforest Alliance’s ambitious mission is to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior.

All of us depend on the Earth’s land surface to provide us with nourishment, drinking water, and the wood we need for shelter and warmth; billions of us depend on the land directly for our livelihoods.


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineThe National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy. The institutions served by the NAP are unique in their ability to attract leading experts in many fields to join panels and committees charged with providing policy advice on some of the nation’s most pressing scientific, technical, and health-related issues.


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