On Monday, the UN and the WMO came out with the global monthly mean of CO2 concentration finally breaking the 400 ppm. By Wednesday, the US was driven to reporting the event, via NOAA and their own 40 sites with quite a global spread. There must be hundreds of schemes to attempt to stem the rise, listed in many carbon stories here (if you have the time.) Speed is of the essence, if we are to achieve what we want this year. – (Read More)
The publication last week of the Worldwide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Living Blue Planet report painted a bleak picture of the state of the world’s oceans: marine populations, including reef ecosystems, have halved in size since 1970 and some species are teetering on the brink of extinction. Coral reef cover has declined by 50% in the last 30 years and reefs could disappear by as early as 2050, the report says, if current rates of ocean warming and acidification continue. WWF estimates that 850 million people depend directly on coral reefs for their food security – a mass die-off could trigger conflict and human migration on a massive scale. (Read More)
Microsoft at Climate Week 2015: Taking Action Today for a More Sustainable Future – Microsoft Green Blog – Site Home – MSDN Blogs
In my role as Chief Environmental Strategist for Microsoft, I am excited to be in New York this week as we take part in the activities of Climate Week 2015. Climate Week is a great opportunity to meet with policymakers, corporate leaders and individuals to explore new opportunities to drive meaningful action by working together.
This year, I’m honored to represent Microsoft as we stand alongside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to help launch and support an important new program: the Climate Neutral Now Initiative. This initiative will make it easier for organizations, governments and individuals to measure, reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions through an online platform. Voluntary approaches like these have huge potential to drive change – in reducing carbon emissions and accelerating the availability of renewable energy, and also in improving the lives of people around the world. (Read More)
Uranium Awareness Training Course Empowers over 90 Navajo Community Health Representatives | Your Health – Your Environment BlogYour Health – Your Environment Blog | Blogs | CDC
How much do you know about uranium? Do you know that it is naturally present in nearly all rocks, soils, and air? Or that nearly everyone is exposed to low amounts of uranium in food and water?
For much of the U.S. population, uranium exposure stays at these low levels. But in the 1940s, federal surveyors found large deposits of uranium on the lands of the Navajo Nation, which covers 27,000 square miles in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. In fact, from 1944 to 1986, uranium mines on Navajo lands yielded almost four million tons of uranium ore.
mages from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft were used to create this flyover video of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. The “flight” starts with the informally named Mordor (dark) region near Charon’s north pole. The camera then moves south to a vast chasm, descending from 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) to just 40 miles (60 kilometers) above the surface to fly through the canyon system. From there it’s a turn to the south to view the plains and “moat mountain,” informally named Kubrick Mons, a prominent peak surrounded by a topographic depression. (Read More)
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