U.S Appointed Diplomat will Lead Paris Climate Talks

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The official who will lead the US delegation at the first major climate meeting of the Trump presidency will be under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas Shannon, a career diplomat.

The state department confirmed to Climate Home News that Obama appointee Shannon would represent the US at the high-level segment of the UN COP23 talks in Bonn, Germany next month.

 In an emotional speech, Kerry said: “No-one, no-one should doubt the overwhelming majority of citizens of the United States who know climate change is happening and who are determined to keep our commitments that were made in Paris.”

 In 2015, Shannon called climate change“one of the world’s great challenges”. In 2016, he gave interviews in the Indian press in which he called for the south Asian nation to speedily ratify the Paris deal.

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What Fish to Buy

Little species like anchovies and sardines are some of the best choices to keep your body — and the ocean — happy. These fish are packed with an outsized dose of vitamins and nutrients. They’re low on the food chain, so they take less resources than predators, to make the same amount of protein. And you’re in good company: Whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds all love little fish too.

Conscious cuisine

If you wrinkle your nose at anchovy pizza, or flinch at fishy Caesar salad, relax. You don’t have to eat little fish from a tin. Around the world, coastal cultures prepare snack-sized species in all kinds of ways.


Humans Destroy Earth | Near Future

Meanwhile, another 3 billion people are going to need somewhere to live. By 2050, 70% of us are going to be living in cities. This century will see the rapid expansion of cities, as well as the emergence of entirely new cities that do not yet exist. It’s worth mentioning that of the 19 Brazilian cities that have doubled in population in the past decade, 10 are in the Amazon. All this is going to use yet more land

We currently have no known means of being able to feed 10 billion of us at our current rate of consumption and with our current agricultural system. Indeed, simply to feed ourselves in the next 40 years, we will need to produce more food than the entire agricultural output of the past 10,000 years combined. Yet food productivity is set to decline, possibly very sharply, over the coming decades due to: climate change; soil degradation and desertification – both of which are increasing rapidly in many parts of the world; and water stress. By the end of this century, large parts of the planet will not have any usable water.

At the same time, the global shipping and airline sectors are projected to continue to expand rapidly every year, transporting more of us, and more of the stuff we want to consume, around the planet year on year. That is going to cause enormous problems for us in terms of more CO2 emissions, more black carbon, and more pollution from mining and processing to make all this stuff.

But think about this. In transporting us and our stuff all over the planet, we are also creating a highly efficient network for the global spread of potentially catastrophic diseases. There was a global pandemic just 95 years ago – the Spanish flu pandemic, which is now estimated to have killed up to 100 million people. And that’s before one of our more questionable innovations – the budget airline – was invented. The combination of millions of people travelling around the world every day, plus millions more people living in extremely close proximity to pigs and poultry – often in the same room, making a new virus jumping the species barrier more likely – means we are increasing, significantly, the probability of a new global pandemic. So no wonder then that epidemiologists increasingly agree that a new global pandemic is now a matter of “when”


The nuclear fuel in three of the plant’s six reactors melted down and released radioactive plumes that contaminated land downwind. Japan declared 1100 square kilometers uninhabitable and relocated 88,000 people. (Almost as many left voluntarily.) After the meltdowns, officials feared that spent fuel stored in pools in the reactor halls would catch fire and send radioactive smoke across a much wider swath of eastern Japan, including Tokyo. By a stroke of luck, that did not happen.

List of hydro generating stations in Ontario,including fossil fuel,nuclear and biomass.



Larsen Ice Shelf Wiki


The Larsen disintegration events were unusual by past standards. Typically, ice shelves lose mass by icebergcalving and by melting at their upper and lower surfaces. The disintegration events were linked by The Independent newspaper in 2005 to ongoing climate warming in the Antarctic Peninsula, about 0.5 degrees C (0.9 degrees F) per decade since the late 1940s.[10]According to a paper published in Journal of Climate in 2006, the peninsula at Faraday station warmed by 2.94 degrees C (5.3 degrees F) from 1951 to 2004, much faster than Antarctica as a whole and faster than the global trend; this localized warming is caused by anthropogenic global warming, through a strengthening of the winds circling the Antarctic.[11]

The IceBridge scientists measured the Larsen C fracture to be about 70 miles long, more than 300 feet wide and about a third of a mile deep. The crack completely cuts through the ice shelf but it does not go all the way across it – once it does, it will produce an iceberg roughly the size of the state of Delaware.

The mission of Operation IceBridge is to collect data on changing polar land and sea ice and maintain continuity of measurements between NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) missions. The original ICESat mission ended in 2009, and its successor, ICESat-2, is scheduled for launch in 2018. Operation IceBridge, which began in 2009, is currently funded until 2019. The planned overlap with ICESat-2 will help scientists validate the satellite’s measurements.

More: NASA Nears Finish Line of Annual Study of Changing Antarctic Ice
NASA’s Earth Observatory: Close Look at a Crack on Larsen C

Good News ♡ The Great Bear Rainforest ♡

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Canada’s Trudeau warns world leaders can’t ‘turn back the clock’ on progress

G7 Summit brief,The Globe       Rome,Italy May 30,2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waded into escalating tensions between Germany and the United States on Tuesday, chiding world leaders who believe they can ignore climate change or “turn back the clock” in the age of globalization and automation.

On the final day of a week-long trip to Europe, Mr. Trudeau was lauded by Italian lawmakers for standing with his European allies at the G7 summit in support of free trade, migration and the Paris climate-change treaty.

In his speech, the Prime Minister spoke about curbing greenhouse gases, accepting refugees who flee famine and war, and supporting progressive free trade – ideas opposed by the “America First” Trump administration.