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The catastrophic bushfire season we are currently experiencing in Australia is a clear example of the impacts of climate change playing out before our eyes.
Climate change means hotter temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and periods of low rainfall that can dry out vegetation, and an increased chance of lightning strikes. These all combine to create more dangerous and longer-lasting fire seasons - and this is what we are seeing now. The 2019-20 fires are not normal. This is climate change writ large. (Courtesy of @theclimatecouncil)
Repost IGTV from @bbcnews: Scientists in the Seychelles have started the world's first large-scale coral reef restoration project to help stop the impact of rising sea temperatures. More than half of the world's coral has succumbed to the effects of climate change so a team based in the Indian Ocean has been growing coral on land and planting them back in the sea to see if they are resilient to coral bleaching. The technique has been taken to countries including Colombia and the Maldives - with Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius to follow. #coral#climatechange#science#bbcnews
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#Regram#RG@motherjonesmag: One of the nation’s largest school districts has adopted a novel new policy: Each student in the seventh through 12th grades will be permitted to skip school one day per school year to protest. Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, home to 188,000 students, will implement its new “civic engagement activities” policy next month. “I think we’re setting the stage for the rest of the nation with this,” Fairfax School Board member Ryan McElveen, who introduced the policy, told the Post. “It’s a dawning of a new day in student activism, and school systems everywhere are going to have to be responsive to it.” The policy is already facing backlash from conservatives who believe it is coddling liberal students, according to the @washingtonpost. When a school district in Maryland considered, but ultimately abandoned, a similar policy, conservatives across the country expressed criticism to its sponsor, arguing that kids should be in school rather than out protesting. But it’s hardly a liberal victory either; in a world where students have made some impact on issues like climate change and gun violence, one day of demonstrating per school year will hardly be enough to foment radical change. The power of student activism is growing, as showcased in the last two years by the students in Parkland, Florida, who survived a mass shooting in their school, and the youth climate movement worldwide. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist-turned international celebrity, skipped school for weeks to urge action against climate change, and then helped establish a regular protest every Friday that spread among students throughout the world. The new policy may well encourage students who have never protested before to take a day off to march or sit-in. But as much as some parents and teachers may want to keep their kids in the classroom, the whole point of protesting is to be heard, and that may require breaking some rules. Click the link in @motherjonesmag bio to read more. (📸: @sam.vp/Mother Jones; Barbara Alper/Spencer Platt/Ronen Tivony/Erik McGregor/Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Getty)
#Regram#RG@gretathunberg: Australia is on fire. And the summer there has only just begun. 2019 was a year of record heat and record drought. Today the temperature outside Sydney was 48,9°C. 500 million (!!) animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires. Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The fires have spewed 2/3 of the nations national annual CO2 emissions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand (!) making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect.
And yet. All of this still has not resulted in any political action. Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the #AustraliaFires
That has to change.
And it has to change now. My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires. (Photo: Matthew Abbott for The New York Times)
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#Regram#RG@cnn: Deforestation has ravaged about 24,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest—the equivalent of 8.4 million soccer fields—over the past decade, according to a report by the Royal Statistical Society, a British organization that analyzed data from the Brazilian government. Farmers, loggers and miners in recent years have taken advantage of relaxed controls on deforestation in Brazil and seized miles and miles of land for commercial development.
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#Regram#RG@nowthisfuture: Extreme weather killed thousands in the U.S. and caused hundreds of billions in damage over the last 10 years.