Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達
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More places around the globe you see, more you become aware of needs for protecting animals & environment. 旅行をすればするほど環境や動物愛護に敏感になります.
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Global Threat: Climate Change - Guy McPherson -- Episode 2

Guy McPherson has a profound message that all should hear. Many negate the effect we have on the planet and our role in causing the 6th great mas
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By 2020 Two-Thirds Of Wild Animals Will Have Been Wiped Out Over A 50 Year Period As Mass Die-Offs Accelerate All Over The Planet

By 2020 Two-Thirds Of Wild Animals Will Have Been Wiped Out Over A 50 Year Period As Mass Die-Offs Accelerate All Over The Planet | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
It has been called “the long extinction”.  Our planet is in the process of dying, and as you will see below, this process of death and destruction appears to be accelerating.  According to a report that was put out by the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, the number of wild animals around the globe appears to be decreasing at a rate of about 2 percent a year.  2 percent may not sound like a lot to you, but over 10 years that would mean that 20 percent of all wild animals in the world would be gone.  And according to that same report, it is being projected that the total loss of wildlife during the 50 year period from 1970 to 2020 will be a staggering 67 percent…
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2017:MARINE ANIMAL DEATHS CONTINUE WORLDWIDE

2017:MARINE ANIMAL DEATHS CONTINUE WORLDWIDE | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
UPDATE: APRIL 15, 2017
JUST SINCE I PUBLISHED THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE ON FEB. 19, 2017, ALL OF THESE HAVE BEEN REPORTED...IT'S SIMPLY MIND-BOGGLING AND HEART-BREAKING.
NOT LISTED, INLAND DEATHS, OR DEATHS DUE TO DROUGHT AND EXCESSIVE HEAT.

SOME OF THE LINKS LEAD TO ARTICLES THAT MAY NEED TO BE TRANSLATED.

SOMEONE SAID I SHOULD HAVE WARNED READERS ABOUT THE GRAPHIC 'DISTURBING' NATURE OF SOME OF THE MANY PHOTOS BELOW THIS UPDATE...CONSIDER THAT WARNING ISSUED NOW.

~ 4th April 2017 - Thousands of birds are dying in Atlanta, America. Link

~ 1st April 2017 - 38 dead dolphins found washed up along Sundays River coast, South Africa. 38 carcasses wash up on Sundays River coast in sixth stranding in same area.  Link

~ 31st March 2017 - Thousands of fish and shrimp dead in the waters of Dewantara, Indonesia. Link

~ 30th March 2017 - Tons of dead fish washing up everyday along a river in Preah Vihear, Cambodia. Link

~ 27th March 2017 - 70+ dead turtles found in a lagoon in Managua, Nicaragua. Link

~ 23rd March 2017 - Thousands of dead fish wash up in a lagoon in San Luis, Argentina. Link

~ 23rd March 2017 - Hundreds of dead birds found along a beach in Costa Grande, Mexico. Link

~ 22nd March 2017 - Thousands of monkeys dead from disease is 'unprecedented' in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Link

~ 22nd March 2017 - Thousands of dead fish washing up on beaches in Victoria and NSW, Australia. Link

~ 21st March 2017 - 30,000 dead fish found in a lake in Idaho, America. Link

~ 20th March 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found washed up along a river in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Link

~ 18th March 2017 - Masses of dead cockles, dead fish and a dolphin washed ashore in Miri, Malaysia. Link

~ 17th March 2017 - Millions of dead shellfish wash up in Waihi Beach, New Zealand. Link

~ 17th March 2017 - Thousands of dead fish wash up in the waters of Thirthahalli, India. Link

~ 17th March 2017 - Mass die off of fish found washed up on the shores of Los Santos, Panama. Link

~ 14th March 2017 - 5,000 goldfish found dead in a lagoon in Western Australia. Link

~ 14th March 2017 - Thousands of dead fish found in a canal in Tainan, Taiwan. Link

~ 11th March 2017 - 40 dead turtles found since January along the coast of Uruguay.This weekend two more were found in Punta Colorada. Link

~ 8th March 2017 - Several dead leopard sharks found washed ashore on a beach in California, America. Link

~ 7th March 2017 - 3 more dead dolphins found washed up on beaches in Southern England. Link

~ 3rd March 2017 - Massive die off of fish found in a lagoon in Cordoba, Spain. Link

~ 2nd March 2017 - Large die off of fish in a river in Vaxjo, Sweden. Link

~ 1st March 2017 - Massive die off of fish in a lake in Afyonkarahisar Province, Turkey. Link

~ 28th February 2017 - 9 TONS of dead fish found floating in the sea by fishermen in Zhejiang, China. Link

~ 28th February 2017 - TONS of dead fish found washed up along the beaches of Apetlon, Austria. Link

~ 28th February 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish found along beaches in Huatulco, Mexico. Link

~ 28th February 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in New South Wales, Australia. Link

~ 28th February 2017 - 4 dead whales have washed ashore during the past month in Virginia, America. Link

~ 27th February 2017 - Thousands of fish have died in the Magdalena River in Colombia. Link

~ 25th February 2017 - Hundreds of dead fish wash up on beaches in Montevideo, Uruguay. Link

~ 23rd February 2017 - Massive die off of fish in a river in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam. Link

~ 22nd February 2017 - 100 dead dolphins washed up during past 8 weeks, 'IT's A MASSACRE', in Cornwall, England. "It takes 20 minutes for them to die, and it's an appalling death."   Link

~ 22nd February 2017 - 56 dead whales and dolphins wash up this year, 'WORST ON RECORD', in Ireland. DEATHS RISE FIVE-FOLD. Link

~ 22nd February 2017 - 6 TONS of fish die in a lake in South Cotabato, Philippines. Link

~22nd February 2017 - Massive die off of fish in lake Eber in Afyon Province, Turkey. Link

~21st February 2017 - Dozens of dead sea birds, plus dead sea lions found along the coast in Puerto Natales, Chile. Link

THIS ENDS THE UPDATE.
I HADN'T CHECKED THE LIST IN 2 MONTHS...JUST TWO MONTHS AND ALL THESE DEATHS. THE PHOTOS...I JUST COULDN'T UPLOAD THEM...IT WAS A BIT TOO MUCH. THE ONES BELOW ARE BA
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Indonesia's colossus Mount Sinabung erupts ash and steam 3 kilometers into the sky causing evacuation of thousands

Indonesia's colossus Mount Sinabung erupts ash and steam 3 kilometers into the sky causing evacuation of thousands | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
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A volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island spewed hot smoke and ash high into the air Wednesday, in its latest violent eruptions.
Mount Sinabung has erupted repeatedly in recent days, pumping hot gas clouds up to three kilometers (1.8 miles) into the sky, the local disaster agency said.
The clouds of smoke shrouded the sky above a school in North Sumatra province but children continued to play outside in the yard in the shadow of the volcano.
Local authorities insist the school is safe as it is outside a seven-kilometre (four-mile) restricted area around the volcano, which has been erupting almost continuously since 2013.
Villagers also continue their precarious existences despite the eruptions, putting on masks to go shopping as ash falls from the sky, and tending to their crops.
Over 2,000 families have been evacuated from around the rumbling volcano in recent years, and many will soon be relocated to new villages after lengthy stays in temporary shelters.
Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years.
After another period of inactivity, it began erupting again three years later.
In May last year, seven people were killed in one of Sinabung's eruptions, while in February 2014 an eruption left 16 people dead.
Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position on the "Ring of Fire", a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.
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Greenland's Coastal Ice Caps Have Melted Past The Point Of No Return

Greenland's Coastal Ice Caps Have Melted Past The Point Of No Return | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

Even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to deny the urgency of climate change, an international team of researchers has revealed how global warming has already melted Greenland’s coastal glaciers and ice caps past the point of no return.

In a study published in Nature Communications on Friday, scientists based in Europe and the U.S. describe how the glaciers and ice caps that cover tens of thousands of square miles along the coast of Greenland have reached a critical “tipping point,” beyond which further melting is unavoidable.

Troublingly, the ice had already surpassed this tipping point 20 years ago, the researchers said — only the technology to confirm this hadn’t existed until now.

“These peripheral glaciers and ice caps can be thought of as colonies of ice that are in rapid decline, many of which will likely disappear in the near future,” said Ian Howat, study co-author and glaciologist at Ohio State University, in a statement last week. “In that sense, you could say that they’re ‘doomed.’”


The complete melting of Greenland’s coastal ice could raise global sea levels by about 1.5 inches, researchers said. It’s an increase that could impact some islands and low-lying coastal areas through flooding, erosion and other effects. But according to the study’s authors, there’s much more at stake than even that. “The [1.5 inch figure] does not sound like much,” lead author Brice Noël told The Huffington Post on Thursday from Utrecht University in The Netherlands, where he’s a doctoral researcher. “But these ice caps are an alarm signal of what will happen on the Greenland ice sheet if temperatures continue to increase.” The Greenland ice sheet, which covers about 80 percent of the island’s surface, is the second-largest ice body in the world after the Antarctic ice sheet. The same processes that have caused the accelerated melting of Greenland’s coastal ice bodies could also influence the island’s massive ice sheet — with devastating results, Noël said...   

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The Indian Hot Season Began Two Months Early This Year — And the Worst is Yet to Come

The Indian Hot Season Began Two Months Early This Year — And the Worst is Yet to Come | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

Simulations indicate an all-round warming, associated with increasing greenhouse gas concentrations, over the Indian subcontinent… — Climate Change and India ***** In India, it was still February. The hot season was supposed to begin two months later in April. But temperatures in some coastal provinces had already rocketed to above 100 degrees F (38 C). Late February temperatures for Konkan hit as high as 104 F (40 C) even as Mumbai and Ratnagiri hit 100 F (38 C). According to Indian meteorological sources, there are no weather records of temperatures hitting such high marks so fast at any time in at least the past 20 years. Temperatures in late February and March for this region hit a range that is more typical of the height of the hot season from April to May. And when one considers the fact that India has experienced extreme heat and drought for at least the past two years running, the present context is notably disturbing.


(For India, a heatwave that came two months early has already reached an extreme intensity. Yesterday, most of the country saw temperatures above 104 F [40 C] with some locations hitting as high as 113 F [45 C]. Over the coming weeks, this heat is likely to become even more intense. Image source: Earth Nullschool.) If temperatures started out hot, they’ve only grown hotter. By late March, Nagpur had hit as high as 109 F (43 C ) on Tuesday of last week — its thirteenth straight day of highs above 104 F (40 C). Last week New Dehli saw the end of an 8 day streak of 100 F (38 C) + readings. And places like Bhira were already imposing noon curfews to protect residents from the heat. By April 5, most of the country was experiencing above 100 F (38 C) readings (see above graphic). Worst Still To Come Despite precautions to prevent death and injury that began as early as March 8, heat mortality is already a problem. As of March 30th, two deaths had already been reported. And though the mortality is now no-where near the tragedies of past years as 2,000 souls were lost to heat during 2015 and 700 were lost during 2016, the early appearance of killing heat in 2017 does not bode well.


(Predicted temperature anomalies for April through June of 2017 shows that a severe heatwave is on the way. Image source: Hindustan Times.) According to meteorological reports, this early heat has set the stage for very extreme conditions from June through April: The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) seasonal forecast shows the worst is yet to come, as vast swathes of the country are set to reel under scorching heat from April to June before the monsoon arrives…The forecast is a reflection of the searing heat in most parts of India, including the national capital, since March. New Delhi endured its hottest March in seven years this season, and the mercury is refusing to relent. As with recent years, and with El Nino emerging in the Equatorial Pacific, there is also now some risk that the Indian Monsoon will again be delayed. So we could end up with a situation where the hot season starts early, becomes very intense in April-June, and ends late...

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When You See This on a Clothing Label, Run as Far and Fast as You Can - Health Nut News

When You See This on a Clothing Label, Run as Far and Fast as You Can - Health Nut News | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
Cotton clothing has a longstanding history of being all-natural and wholesome. Unfortunately, times have changed, and once you delve behind-the-scenes of the cotton industry, its wholesome image quickly frays around the edges.

Most people forget that a vast majority — about 90 to 95 percent — of non-organic cotton clothing is made from Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) cotton. Organic cotton, grown in a sustainable, non-toxic manner, accounts for a mere 1 percent of the global cotton production.

You may be boycotting genetically modified organisms (GMOs), but if you’re still buying non-organic cotton clothes and other items made from cotton, be it towels, drapes or tampons, you’re still feeding the beast.

You’re also exposing yourself to potentially heavy doses of toxins, contributing to ever-worsening environmental destruction, and enabling human rights violations.
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Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima Meltdown Could Last 250,000+ Years

Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima Meltdown Could Last 250,000+ Years | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
Nuclear Engineer: Fukushima Meltdown Could Last 250,000+ Years by Voice of Reason



f there’s one thing that we can trust governments everywhere to do, it’s to obscure and obfuscate the truth to make themselves look good. Massive global debt-fueled bubble? No problem! Dangerous radiation levels still present from the Fukushima incident? Fake news! Our government has been proven time and time again to be guilty of covering up the truth, and the Japanese government is no different.

In the following video, Right Wing News looks at something that the Japanese government and the American government are desperately trying to downplay – the full severity of the Fukushima incident. Until today, the location of the nuclear cores is still unknown and the Pacific ocean continues to be contaminated by radiation. One nuclear engineer estimates that the effects of this disaster could last for 250,000 years. And what are the world governments doing about it? Nothing of course, but then again since when were they overly worried about the plight of the common citizen.

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Klyuchevskoy volcano (Kamchatka): new strombolian-type eruption

Klyuchevskoy volcano (Kamchatka): new strombolian-type eruption | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

The activity of the volcano has again increased into a new eruptive phase. KVERT raised the Aviation Color Code to orange.
After more than a month of relative calm, with only degassing and sporadic weak ash emissions, the volcano began a more sustained phase of strombolian activity shortly after midnight (local time) between yesterday and today (1-2 March). So far, this activity has been accompanied by mild to moderate ash emissions, but no lava flow (as typical for most eruptions at the volcano). This could change quickly if the effusion rate increases.
The most recent eruptive phase from Klyuchevskoy took place between April-November last year and was characterized by both lava flows and mild to moderate explosive activity at the summit, at fluctuating intensity. It was followed by a period with sporadic weak ash emissions followed during December and January, showing that the activity at the volcano never really stopped completely...

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What’s worse, burning plastic or sending it to a landfill?

What’s worse, burning plastic or sending it to a landfill? | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

As anyone who has ever witnessed someone toss an errant water bottle or crinkly wrapper into a campfire can attest, burning plastic is a nasty business. It stinks; it spews oddly colored flames; and the smoke makes you want to reach for the nearest gas mask. I distinctly recall one such instance in particular, in high school, when a perfectly lovely beach bonfire was ruined because a doofus classmate threw our life-size stuffed mascot into the fire (thanks, Dwayne). Willy the Wombat sustained serious scorch injuries, and everybody else had to flee in search of more breathable air...

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The great Greenland meltdown

The great Greenland meltdown | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

From a helicopter clattering over Greenland's interior on a bright July day, the ice sheet below tells a tale of disintegration. Long, roughly parallel cracks score the surface, formed by water and pressure; impossibly blue lakes of meltwater fill depressions; and veiny networks of azure streams meander west, flowing to the edge of the ice sheet and eventually out to sea.

The scientists flying over the world's largest thawing chunk of ice have selected a particularly auspicious summer to be studying the melt. The edges of Greenland's 1.7-million-km2 ice sheet regularly melt in summer, even in years when the ice sheet as a whole grows because of snowfall in its higher, colder center. But in 2016, the melting started early and spread inland fast. By April, 12% of the ice sheet's surface was melting; in an average year the melt doesn't reach 10% until June. And just before the scientists' journey, a violent river of meltwater, one of hundreds coursing out from the ice sheet, swept away a sensor, bolted to a bridge to measure the water's turbidity. It was the second time in 4 years such a device had fallen victim to the liquid fury of the glaciers. "I've been doing these trips for years, but I've never seen so much water," the helicopter pilot told the researchers.

In Greenland, the great melt is on. The decline of Greenland's ice sheet is a familiar story, but until recently, massive calving glaciers that carry ice from the interior and crumble into the sea got most of the attention. Between 2000 and 2008, such "dynamic" changes accounted for about as much mass loss as surface melting and shifts in snowfall. But the balance tipped dramatically between 2011 and 2014, when satellite data and modeling suggested that 70% of the annual 269 billion tons of snow and ice shed by Greenland was lost through surface melt, not calving. The accelerating surface melt has doubled Greenland's contribution to global sea level rise since 1992–2011, to 0.74 mm per year. "Nobody expected the ice sheet to lose so much mass so quickly," says geophysicist Isabella Velicogna of the University of California, Irvine. "Things are happening a lot faster than we expected..."

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Has There Been A “Nuclear Incident” In The Arctic?

Has There Been A “Nuclear Incident” In The Arctic? | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

There have been increased levels of radioactive iodine isotopes detected across Europe and now the deployment of the Air Force’s WC-135 “Constant Phoenix” atmosphere-sniffing jet has deepened the mystery.

There have been rumblings regarding some sort of nuclear incident—or possibly incidents—in the Arctic over the last month. Multiple reports, some of them from official monitoring organizations, have reported iodine 131—a radioactive isotope often associated with nuclear fission—has been detected via air sampling stations throughout the region.

The first detection of the isotope came during the second week of January, via an air sampling station located in Svanhovd, on Norway’s border with Russia’s Kola Peninsula. Within days, air sampling stations as far south as Spain also detected the presence of small amounts of the isotope. The fact that iodine-131 has a half-life of just eight days would point to the release occurring just days earlier, and not being a remnant of a past nuclear event.

Because of the low levels of concentration, there is no health risk to the public or the environment, at least on a wide scale. By comparison, these recent measurements are roughly 1/1000th the size of what was detected during the Fukushima incident and 1/1,000,000th the concentration found in the nuclear tainted cloud that washed across Europe following the Chernobyl disaster...  

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Humans could be extinct in 9 years – scientists

The Arctic Ocean is heating up faster than the rest of the Earth, scientists say. Temperatures over parts of it will increase by as much as 54 degree
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Sinking Solomon Islands, Costing the Earth - Stunning images of a drowning nation - BBC Radio 4

Sinking Solomon Islands, Costing the Earth - Stunning images of a drowning nation - BBC Radio 4 | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
How are the people of the Solomon Islands coping with a rising sea level?
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The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world’s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia.

In 2013, as part of a seven-month circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean, scientists aboard the research vessel Tara documented a profusion of tiny pieces of plastic in the Greenland and Barents seas, where the final limb of the Gulf Stream system delivers Atlantic waters northward. The researchers dub this region the “dead end for floating plastics” after their long surf of the world’s oceans.

The researchers say this is just the beginning of the plastic migration to Arctic waters.
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Florida brush fires, wildfires lead to emergency declaration

Florida brush fires, wildfires lead to emergency declaration | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
Governor Rick Scott Tuesday declared a state of emergency because of the number of wildfires burning in Florida.

Officials say wildfires in the state have already burned 250 percent more terrain in the first three months of 2017 than during the same period last year. There are more than 100 active wildfires across more than 20,000 acres in Florida, according to Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

The state of emergency declaration allows the governor to deploy and use any firefighting forces or resources needed to help distribute supplies and materials.

South Florida has been very dry and breezy in recent month, fostering ideal conditions to make even small fires expand into a big threat. It can be the tiniest flicker from an all-terrain vehicle or a carelessly tossed cigarette butt.

Not much is needed to start a raging brush fire like the one that consumed over 6,800 acres in Southwest Broward County before it was put out Sunday.

Human causes have been behind most of the 68 fires so far this year in South Florida, with only 98 days marked off the 2017 calendar. That’s a dramatic increase over last year, when there were just 20 through April 9, according to statistics from the Florida Forest Service.
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JENNIFER HYNES INTERVIEW WITH DAHR JAMAIL APRIL 2017

FROM APRIL 2017 INTERVIEW ON EXTINCTION RADIO.NET
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Live statistics about our environment

Live statistics about our environment | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

Find shocking environmental facts and statistics on everything from child labor and slavery to toxic waste and climate change. We give you “environmental awareness facts” on the current state of the world and how it is affected by our choice of products.

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Analysis | Japan’s cherry blossoms signal warmest climate in more than 1,000 years

Analysis | Japan’s cherry blossoms signal warmest climate in more than 1,000 years | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

For more than 1,000 years, emperors, aristocrats, governors and monks have chronicled the flowering of Japan’s famed cherry trees in the city of Kyoto. But bloom dates have shifted radically earlier in recent decades, a sure sign that the region’s climate is warming and warming fast. Yasuyuki Aono, a professor of environmental sciences at Osaka Prefecture University, has assembled a data set that compiles blossom-flowering dates in Kyoto all the way back to 800 A.D. It shows a sudden and remarkable change in the past 150 to 200 years. From roughly 800 to 1850, the blossom flowering time was fairly stable. While the bloom dates bounced around quite a bit from year to year during April, the long-term average hovered between April 10 and April 17 (the 100th to 107th day of the year).


But from 1850 to present day, the flowering has surged toward earlier dates at the rate of about one week per century. Consider that in 1850, the average flowering date was around April 17; now, it’s closer to April 6. The bloom dates have advanced as March temperatures in Kyoto have rapidly risen. While there are different environmental factors that influence the flowering dates, usually the warmer it is in March, the earlier the cherry blossoms bloom. Aono said the estimated temperature had warmed 6.1 degrees (3.4 Celsius) in Kyoto since 1820. In his temperature reconstructions dating back as far as 800 A.D. posted online, no other period was as consistently warm as the present. The shape of the trend line through the blossom flowering dates resembles a hockey stick — with a flat handle but sharply sloping blade. Indeed, multiple studies documenting temperature changes over the past 1,000 to 2,000 years have taken on a similar shape, reflecting a relatively stable climate through the mid-1800s, and a quickly warming one ever since. Perhaps no long-term temperature reconstruction is more famous than the original “hockey stick” chart published by Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann nearly two decades ago. It showed that temperatures in the 20th century were warmer than any time in at least the past 1,000 years.


Mann was not the least surprised when presented with the Kyoto data. “Kyoto is just one location on the planet,” he said in an email. “But the large-scale warming of the past century is so distinct and widespread that it is increasingly evident from diverse records all around the globe.” Both Kyoto’s cherry tree flowering and temperature data suggest that its climate is warmer than it has been in at least a millennium. Interestingly, recent trends in Kyoto’s cherry blossom flowering dates are very similar to those in D.C. In 1912, Japan gifted Washington 3,000 cherry trees and, since 1921, the National Park Service has kept a record of their peak flowering dates...

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Lismore under water as 20,000 people evacuated in flood emergency

Lismore under water as 20,000 people evacuated in flood emergency | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
About 20,000 people are evacuated, while 10,000 are without power and safe water supply as northern New South Wales is inundated by severe flooding.
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Fukushima Radiation, What Prospects for Humanity

Fukushima Radiation, What Prospects for Humanity | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

“Do not go to Japan. Do not under any circumstances take your children to Japan, because you don’t know what you’re eating and where the food is sourced…

And the Japanese are trying now to export their radioactive food to London and elsewhere. Taiwan has refused to receive it. But, it’s dangerous and it’s going to continue to be dangerous for the rest of time. It’s sad.” Dr. Helen Caldicott (from this week’s interview.)...

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Southern Ocean plankton faces extinction from global warming: Aussie study

The impact of climate change has made the future of plankton unique to the Southern Ocean uncertain, an Australian study has found.

The research, published by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Thursday, revealed that single-celled phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean, which plays a key role in reducing atmospheric carbon, face extinction.

Stacy Deppeler, a PhD student at IMAS, found that a clear trend of how the phytoplankton is affected by global warming will not be available for decades, by which point it may be too late to save the plankton.

"While a fundamental part of the ecosystem is changing in ways that could have global implications, there's uncertainty about exactly what the changes and their impact will be," Deppeler said in a media release on Thursday.

"It's unlikely that we'll be able to identify clear trends until around 2050, by which time some big changes in phytoplankton communities will probably already have occurred and it will to be too late to consider mitigating them.

"Phytoplankton are important because all marine life in the Southern Ocean rely on them ultimately as a food source."

Deppeler said that the extinction of the phytoplankton would have significant consequences for the Southern Ocean habitat.

"They draw down carbon as they photosynthesize, and capture it in the deep ocean when they sink to the seafloor. The level of atmospheric carbon would be around 50 percent higher without the uptake provided by Southern Ocean phytoplankton," she said.

"Changes to phytoplankton communities therefore could have significant implications for our environment and climate.

"Changes in the ability of phytoplankton to photosynthesize and grow, or changes in the structure of the phytoplankton community from large cells that contain a lot of carbon to smaller cells that don't have so much, will affect the amount of carbon that sinks into the deep ocean...

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Shell made a film about climate change in 1991 (then neglected to heed its own warning)

Shell made a film about climate change in 1991 (then neglected to heed its own warning) | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
Confidential documents show that Shell sounded the alarm about global warming as early as 1986. But despite this clear-eyed view of the risks, the oil giant has lobbied against strong climate legislation for decades. Today we make Shell’s 1991 film, Climate of Concern, public again.
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50,000 flee in worst flooding to hit San Jose for 100 years

50,000 flee in worst flooding to hit San Jose for 100 years | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
50,000 people were told to flee their homes dramatically after evacuation warnings were issued in the early hours of the morning.
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Another fish Catastrophe! Millions of dead sardines wash up along kilometers of beach on Gulf of Nicoya Costa Rica

Another fish Catastrophe! Millions of dead sardines wash up along kilometers of beach on Gulf of Nicoya Costa Rica | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it
More than two kilometers of beach near Manzanillo, on the Gulf of Nicoya, were filled with dead fish Wednesday morning, authoritie
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Bay of Bengal: depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping point

Bay of Bengal: depleted fish stocks and huge dead zone signal tipping point | Our environment & animal friends 環境と野生の友達 | Scoop.it

Long treated as a bottomless resource pit, economic over-exploitation of the ocean, pollution and rising sea levels are having a catastrophic impact on life in the bay.

Approximately 200 million people live along the Bay of Bengal’s coasts and of these a major proportion are partially or wholly dependent on its fisheries2. For the majority of those who depend on it, the Bay of Bengal can provide no more than a meagre living: 61% of India’s fisherfolk already live below the poverty line. Yet the numbers dependent on fisheries are only likely to grow in years to come, partly because of climate change. In southern India drought and water scarcity have already induced tens of thousands of farmers to join the fishing fleet3. Rising sea levels are also likely to drive many displaced people into the fishing industry...

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