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Center for Biological Diversity: Global warming vs. polar bears

After viewing the above dramatic, award-winning Public Service Announcement, please visit the Center for Biological Diversity’s polar bear website to learn more about what can be done to help save these special animals

Read about what you can do to help stop global warming. You can help. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Under: Global warming, Polar bears | No Comments »

Copenhagen Climate Talks: Candlelight Vigil for Mother Earth

Blue Sky. Photo by Flickr user Lilith Delilah used under a Creative Commons License
blue sky by Lilith Delilah

Dear Gary:
I would like to invite your readers to conduct candlelight vigils on the evenings of December 11 and 12.

World leaders in Copenhagen will be discussing measures to reduce the carbon dioxide composition of the atmosphere, which currently exceeds 380 parts per million. On October 24 citizens in 181 countries led 5,200 demonstrations urging their leaders to adopt 350 parts per million as a goal for reducing the affects of CO2 on climate. Local teens and adults conducted their demonstration by forming a necklace of human “beads” around the top of Mount Diablo.
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Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2009
Under: Climate, Global warming | 2 Comments »

Carbon Offsets: Report exposes carbon offsets as dangerous gimmick

Friends of the Earth warns that relying on carbon offsets can lead to climate disaster

I just received the following news release from Friends of the Earth. It’s very interesting. There’s a link to the report below. Please read it and let me know what you think. Thanks.
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Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2009
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Global warming is endangering the American pika

American pika

The Center for Biological Diversity (represented by Earthjustice) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today reached a settlement agreement that will bring the American pika — a small, alpine-dwelling relative of the rabbit that is highly imperiled by global warming — a step closer to receiving protections it urgently needs to survive.

View a video of a pika in its habitat:
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Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2009
Under: Endangered species, Global warming, Pika | 1 Comment »

Losing Wild Birds: Where did my sparrows, finches & other birds go?

Western bluebird by Joe Oliver, Walnut Creek, Calif.

A new Audubon California study released today (Feb. 10) finds that the state will lose significant numbers of its native birds as climate change quickly shrinks the range and habitat of more than 100 species.

You can read the whole news story here:
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Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
Under: Audubon Society, Birds, Climate, Global warming, Survey | 60 Comments »

Global Warming: Will 2008 be one of the 10 warmest years on record?

Adeli penguins in Antarctica. Photo by Karl Nielsen
antarctic2 penguins

Federal science agencies release annual temperature data, highlighting urgent need for action on global warming.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
Under: Antarctica, Global warming, Penguins | No Comments »

Alaska town sues oil & energy companies for destruction caused by global warming

Case seeks relocation of Native Alaskan village to protect it against total destruction.

I found the following press release in an e-mail from Matt Pawa, the main attorney for the case, when I got to work this morning:

“KIVALINA, Alaska — Kivalina, a tiny and impoverished Alaskan village of Inupiat Eskimos located in the Arctic Circle, has today filed a lawsuit against industrial corporations that emit large quantities of greenhouse gases.

“Kivalina faces imminent destruction from global warming due to the melting of sea ice that formerly protected the village from coastal storms during the fall and winter. The diminished sea ice due to global warming has caused a massive erosion problem that threatens the village’s existence and urgently requires the village be relocated.

“The native Village of Kivalina, which is a federally recognized Indian Tribe, and the City of Kivalina, which is an Alaskan municipality, filed the lawsuit today in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, located in San Francisco. They filed the case on their own behalf and on behalf of all tribal members, against defendants ExxonMobil Corp., Peabody Energy Corp., Southern Company, American Electric Power Co., Duke Energy Co., Chevron Corp., and Shell Oil Co., among others.

“In total there are nine oil company defendants, 14 electric power company defendants and one coal company defendant. The suit claims damages due to the defendant companies’ contributions to global warming and invokes the federal common law of public nuisance. The suit also alleges a conspiracy by some defendants to mislead the public regarding the causes and consequences of global warming. The residents of Kivalina are among the nation’s poorest people.

“Colleen Swan, Tribal Administrator of the Native Village of Kivalina, said ‘The campaign of deception and denial about global warming must stop.’ She added, ‘Global warming and its effects are a reality we have to deal with. Peoples’ lives are in danger because of it.’ Swan noted that “official reports from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Government Accountability Office have found that Kivalina is directly harmed by global warming and must relocate at an expense that could cost $400 million or more.’

“‘We need to relocate now before we lose lives,’ echoed Janet Mitchell, City Administrator for the City of Kivalina. ‘We are seeing accelerated erosion because of the loss of sea ice. We normally have ice starting in October, but now we have open water even into December so our island is not protected from the storms.’

“The village is represented in the case by two non-profit legal organizations and six law firms.”

When my wife Lois and I were in Alaska last year, we visited Prudhoe Bay, which is the start of the big oil pipeline about 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. While there, a young Eskimo woman who worked there told us her village was being washed away because the ice pack around it was melting. I wonder if Kivalina was the village she was talking about? Interesting.

Are we entering the next phase of global warming — i.e. lawsuits? What do you think? Things definitely appear to be heating up. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Under: Alaska, Eskimo, Global warming | No Comments »

Polar bears left out in the cold by Bush

Bush administration foot-dragging leaves polar bears without protection
Interior Department says it will not meet deadline … Select Committee Hearing to explore Interior’s decision-making process on polar bears, oil drilling …

On Monday (Jan. 7), the Bush administration announced it wouldn’t meet its statutorily required deadline to make a decision on the future of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Interior Department was required to make a decision on whether the polar bear should be listed as “threatened” under the ESA by Jan. 9, due to the effects of global warming on the bear’s habitat.

Meanwhile, the Interior Department recently announced that it will proceed with a lease sale early next month to open up polar bear habitats off of Alaska to new oil drilling.

“The Bush administration is once again putting the oil cart before the polar bear. On the one hand, the Interior Department is dragging its feet on protecting the polar bear, while opening up new oil and gas drilling in sensitive polar bear habitats on the other,” said Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “The administration’s own scientists are warning us that two-thirds of all polar bears may be gone by 2050 because of a warming Earth, yet rather than speed up protections for this iconic animal, the Bush administration is speeding up its giveaway of polar bear habitat to Big Oil.”

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming will hold a hearing later this month to:
** Take a look at the future of the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act.
** Take a look at the Interior Department’s plan to open up polar bear habitats in Alaska to new oil drilling.

Center for Biological Diversity:

Defenders of Wildlife:

Once again the Bush administration is going out of its way to show us where its priorities are by thumbing its nose at the environment … and us.

They’ve only got one year left in office to destroy this planet. I guess that’s why they’re in such a hurry. /gary

Posted on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
Under: Alaska oil drilling, Global warming, Polar bears | No Comments »