Jul 23, 2021

Climate: The Amazon is Now Spewing More Carbon Than It Sucks In, New Report Warns

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In California's Klamath Basin, drought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred. So when the government cut off access to water for irrigation this summer, it reignited a decades-old feud between the groups over who gets to use what water remains. Is there a solution? Not long ago, one was on the table. Why did it vanish?

Also this week, a new study published in the scientific journal Nature confirmed the fear that many climate scientists had long been warning about: That the Amazon rainforest is now starting to release more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the trees can suck up, thanks to deforestation and fires. "There is no doubt," the Amazon is now a "source" of planet-warming emissions, the lead author of the study told Inside Climate News.

The Government Cut Off Water to Farmers in the Klamath Basin. It Reignited a Decades-Old War Over Water and Fish
Drought has long fueled tensions between growers, who depend on the water for irrigation, and the Klamath Tribes, who hold two protected fish species as sacred.
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Planes Sampling Air Above the Amazon Find the Rainforest is Releasing More Carbon Than it Stores
The study, which found greater depletion of carbon storage in the heavily deforested eastern Amazon, confirmed previous research that used satellites or hands-on measuring techniques.
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Thawing Permafrost has Damaged the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and Poses an Ongoing Threat
The pipeline operator is repairing damage to its supports caused by a sliding slope of permafrost, and installing chillers to keep the ground around it frozen.
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A Delta in Distress
Global warming endangers the viability of the most crucial water resource for California's cities and agricultural industry, state officials warn.
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Many Nations Receive Failing Scores on Climate Change and Health
A new report says the European Union and the United States, among others, need to go much farther in addressing human health impacts in their national climate change commitments.
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EPA Struggles to Track Methane Emissions From Landfills. Here's Why It Matters
Amid reports of "super emitters," experts say getting the emissions numbers right is essential to curbing a potent climate pollutant.
Houston's Mayor Asks EPA to Probe Contaminants at Rail Site Associated With Nearby Cancer Clusters
Sylvester Turner's request comes after Texas health officials found elevated incidences of leukemia and numerous cancers in the city's predominantly Black Fifth Ward.
Inside Clean Energy: Lawsuit Recalls How Elon Musk Was King of Rooftop Solar and then Lost It
Tesla's 2016 purchase of SolarCity helped to set the stage for today's U.S. rooftop solar market.
A Colorado Home Wins the Solar Decathlon, But Still Helps Cook the Planet
Air-source heat pumps perform well in cold climates. Why do they rely on a potent greenhouse gas?
For Farmworkers, Heat Too Often Means Needless Death
Advocates say the case of an undocumented Oregon worker during the record-breaking Pacific Northwest heatwave exposes the deadly toll of failed U.S. immigration law.
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Germany's Worst Rainfall in a Century Leaves Over 100 Dead and Many More Missing

Oregon Wildfire Displaces 2,000 Residents as Blazes Flare Across the American West

EU's Sweeping Climate Plan Includes a Gasoline Car Ban, a Carbon Border Tax and More

Biden to Restore Protections for Tongass National Forest in Alaska
(The New York Times)

Extreme Heat Could Kill Nearly All Young Salmon in the Sacramento River, Officials Say
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Jul 4, 2021

USA: Please reject the use of fireworks


In a variety of ways, fireworks are seriously harmful to all #earthlings . All #fireworks are made in #China and prices are higher this year because #pandemic reduced production. Furthermore, shipping is more expensive which cost is passed onto customers. 

See Tweet by Animal-Ethics for how fireworks hurt animals: 

Jun 24, 2021

#Abbotsford #BritishColumbia #Canada above Sumas River: SOS #Peregrinefalcon parents and two newborn chicks in peril

Peregrine adult and two chicks as seen by Kate Paton 6/23/21
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#Abbotsford ​#BritishColumbia #Canada above the Sumas River: Partial Victory for #PeregrineFalcon family, a protected species. Please keep the pressure on to cancel the blasts altogether. Legislation exists to be followed! I signed the Change.org petition. Anyone can sign, contact media, friends, NGOs and please do continue pressure on the government officials and mining company to cease their non-compliance and get with nature. Here are links to experts and some details on the issue. Please share vigorously and advocate for wildlife and habitat, especially for species already protected by legislation!

June 22, 2021 update by Dawn Walker on Change.org petition

Petition update Partial victory re petition "Mountainside Quarries STOP work/blasting until the Peregrine Falcon Chicks leave the Nest!"

Christian Sasse is an expert in many fields and hosts the Raptor Resource forum

Another view of blast broadcast by Christian Sasse:


Please follow Advocate Melissa Hafting's outstanding blog Dare to Bird, for example this December post with fabulous photos of the Peregrines:

Wildlife Advocate Kate Paton describes events of 5/18 and 6/22 on Youtube

Mine blast 💥explosion 💥Friday 18 June 2021This is what Kate writes in her description at above link:
Friday 18 June 2021 and I went back out to Abbotsford as I was notified by other concerned naturalists and birders that a Mine blast was scheduled for Friday afternoon. Here is my video. I narrate what is going on. This should not be happening - peregrine falcons are protected by law - but the Mine has full permission from the BC Government to go ahead. No buffer zone - no nets - no mats. This is an abomination Despite thousands of signatures in the petition to save the site, hundreds of letters of support to the court of appeals - total disregard by the BC Govt. Remember this next election please - British Columbia and Canada should be ashamed! Our BC wildlife Act section 34 is meant to protect peregrine falcons. Please like, (even though it’s hard to watch) please comment, share with as many people as you can and subscribe.

Tuesday June 22, 2021
Another blast was permitted supposedly for safety reasons

Very important!
Follow @Savebcfalcons on Instagram

Please see clear, comprehensive info at Save Peregrine Falcons and Cliff Swallows at Quadling Quarry website including news coverage and contact info for provincial and city officials:

Jun 19, 2021

Massachusetts & beyond: Join The Natural Lawn Care for Healthy Soils Competition Today

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From: Rob Moir, Ocean River Institute <rob@oceanriver.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 18, 2021, 8:01 PM
Subject: The Natural Lawn Care for Healthy Soils Competition Starts Today

Volume 205, June 18, 2021
The Natural Lawn Care for Healthy Soils Competition 

Announcing a challenge to restore the ecological function of our grass lawns with healthy soils and a myriad of life in the rhizosphere beneath the turf.

Natural lawns build soil, draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, stop harmful algal blooms, restore local water cycles to slow sea level rise, better protect homes from extreme weather events, and provide flowers for 93 species of Massachusetts bees.

The Natural Lawn Care for Healthy Soils Competition Virtual Forum

Monday, June 28th, 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 29th, 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 30th, 12:00pm
Attend an interactive forum to learn about an exciting competition to reduce nutrient pollution from lawns, build healthy soils, restore local water cycles, flowers for 93 species of bees, and tackle climate change.

The "Natural Lawn Care for Healthy Soils Competition" will be a friendly contest in which group teams, watershed teams and town teams across Massachusetts go head to head. 

Ocean River Institute Summer Interns Susanna Buckley, Jacklyn Norris and Adibah Shaikh will explain what it takes to have a winning team. You may join one of their teams or form your own team. 

In the spirit of high school football, we will keep score of players divided by households, the percent of towns and watersheds pledging to ditch fertilizer, or make the switch to slow-release fertilizer, all the while combating climate change by going natural with established lawns.

Teams may be outside of Massachusetts. We'll display your scores, too.
Please R.S.V.P. info@oceanriver.org for a link to the forum.

If you are interested in forming a green team but cannot attend a forum, we'd be happy to help you get it together. Write to us at info@oceanriver.org.

To victorious lawns go the worms.
Join a Natural Lawns Team

Let your lawn be. The grass will strengthen symbiotic relationships below, pull down more carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, and push out as root exudate carbohydrates (liquid carbon) to build soil.

Grass can create an inch of soil a year, about 150 tons of soil per acre of lawn. With every ton of liquid carbon added to the ground, grass pulls from the atmosphere more than 4 tons of carbon dioxide. For the average Massachusetts yard (about 14,871 square feet) that could be a reduction of 138 tons of CO2 that is no longer smothering us as carbon in the atmosphere.
Fight climate change with grass lawns, naturally. Save money while making life better for robins, rabbits and wildlife. 

Join a Natural Lawns Watershed Team

Winning watershed teams are those with the highest percentage of households pledging natural lawns, to not put quick release fertilizer or harsh chemicals on established lawns.

Join a Natural Lawns Town Team

Winning town teams are those with the highest percentage of households pledging natural lawns, to not put quick release fertilizer or harsh chemicals on established lawns.

Wellesley Team (8,449 households)
Needham Team (10,801 households)
Lincoln Sudbury Team (9,095 households)
Acton Boxborough Team (11,061 households)
Concord Carlisle Team (8,511 households)

Milton (8,875 households) 

Quincy (41,187 households)

Join with the Ocean River Institute to practice responsible stewardship, slow climate change,
eliminate harmful algal blooms, restore ecosystems,
and put a stop to the death of wildlife.
Make waves to slow rising seas
Practice better stewardship – Act to take better care.

Cleaning the Waters, Greening the Land with
Healthy Soils.
Ocean River Institute | 12 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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