Human Beings and Their War With the Earth
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Human Beings and Their War With the Earth
Various articles revealing human atrocities against the earth and its inhabitants. How far will our solipsism, avarice, and ignorance take us, and what kind of future will emerge as a result?
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Gulf of Mexico / BP oil spill seriously harmed deep-sea corals, scientists warn

Gulf of Mexico / BP oil spill seriously harmed deep-sea corals, scientists warn | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

26/03/2012 The Guardian

 

Deep sea corals appear to have been seriously harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to scientists.

A survey of one site near the well in the Gulf of Mexico uncovered "compelling evidence" of pollution damage. Coral communities more than 1,220 metres (4,000ft) below the surface of the ocean appeared stressed and discoloured.

Tests showed that oil from the site bore Deepwater Horizon's chemical "fingerprint".

Determining the impact of oil spills at the bottom of the ocean can be difficult because oil seeps naturally from cracks in sea floor.

The explosion, in April 2010, poured an estimated 405m litres (160m gallons) of oil into the Gulf, causing a major environmental disaster.


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Infographic: deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions

Infographic: deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Because trees help absorb greenhouse gases, forest preservation plays an important role in controlling climate change. When forests are destroyed or degraded that harms our ability to control climate change. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says there are three big challenges: building capacity to better document forest absorbtion capacity and its loss; improving governance in countries where the problem is most pronounced; and calibrating policy responses so they’re effective on a global scale. The study is titled “Deforestation and Greenhouse gases.”

A related CBO infographic helps tell the story...


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