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Climate In The News: The Numbers Don't Lie

Climate In The News: The Numbers Don't Lie

1) That Moment When China Thinks Our Green Policies Are Too Weak...

⚡️ 1 in 5 people lack electricity. This has severe repercussions on public health-the WHO found that 4.3m deaths in 2012 resulted from inadequate household cooking stoves. Moving to electric stoves would significantly improve this, but for the health of our planet, developing nations cannot choose coal as the source to deliver electricity. * * * Burning coal is scientifically proven to cause water, carbon, and air pollution. These factors will continuing hurting our environment-and poor countries are most at risk. * India and Bangladesh are planning to build Rampal, a coal power plant near the world's largest mangrove forest. Mercury emissions, coal ash containing toxic metals, and at least 7.9m tons of carbon dioxide per year are expected to be released. * Many Western banks-Citigroup, MS, BAML, JPMorgan-have publically stated they are no longer financing new coal-fired power plants in wealthy countries. They have, nonetheless, made no such commitments in poor nations. The Rampal plant is just one example, which will use foreign capital for 70% of its loans. * India has to find a way to give 300m people electricity-if coal remains cheap and western banks continue to fund these environmentally-harmful projects abroad, we will not mitigate global warming. We cannot continue funneling large amounts of money to technologies of the past; we must bring public and private partnerships together to collectively move towards renewable energy. #sustainabledirections #voteourplanet

Palm oil production is one of the main causes of deforestation. It is threatening forests around the world, particularly the Leuser Ecosystem. These lands are the last place where elephants, rhinos, tigers, and orangutans coexist. #BeforeTheFlood shed light on a community in Aceh Sumatra, Indonesia that has spent a year fighting to protect this sacred ecosystem. With a court case pending, please consider signing the petition - link in comment. || A report by the Rights and Resources Initiative, Woods Hole Research Center, and World Resources Institute highlights why protecting indigenous rights is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change. Today's satellite surveys have found that community-claimed lands in 37 tropical countries sequester 4x the world's annual carbon emissions (around 55,000m tons). Nonetheless, governments are slow to recognize land rights and indigenous perspectives when analyzing climate change-particularly Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, home to some of the biggest forests. Written in hopes of mobilizing change in Marrakech's Climate Change Conference next week, the paper makes a strong case to secure forest rights because forests would: 1) reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 20-30%, 2) produce large benefits to clean water, pollution, flood control, and biodiversity, and 3) increase Latin America's tourism industry to gain between $50 billion to $1 trillion in certain countries over the next 20 years. #sustainabledirections #climateaction #noDAPL #voteourplanet

5) Historic Antarctic Agreement Developed in Time for COP 22 - Huge Amounts of Land Conserved!

“The Last Ocean” off Antarctica’s coast || 598,000 mi2 of water became an international marine reserve thanks to last Friday’s treaty. Known for its pristine, nutrient-rich water, the Ross Sea provides the world with the last largely untouched oasis for animals. The 16,000 species living in these waters will continue living free of harmful man-made activities. This is particularly significant because marine life—and all wildlife—is at an all-time low, as #sustainabledirections previously explained. Allowing wildlife to flourish, free of pollution, overfishing, and invasive species, will 1) help rebuild our ecosystem, and 2) allow scientists to continue gathering accurate data to propose conclusions on climate and ecology. Recently, deeming this land a Marine Protected Area became more imperative because commercial fishing companies began toying with the idea of exploring this remote area. In light of the Great Barrier Reef’s continued degradation, this treaty hopes to prevent toxic algal blooms, dead zones from oxygen deprivation, and jellyfish invasion. 

6) The Numbers Don't Lie - Vote For the World This Tuesday

“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” – Ansel Adams, 1983 || What’s even sadder is this is still the case decades later. Here are some facts:

· In 2014, the NYT reported that only 8 of 278 Republican Congressman made on-the-record comments accepting climate change is man-made.

· In 2015, Florida state officials, led by Marco Rubio, banned the use of the terms “climate change” or “global warming.” 

· On Thursday, the Rolling Stones wrote that Republicans are the only major political body in the world that deny #climatechange is real. Senator Ted Cruz continues to state that climate change is a liberal conspiracy to institute large-scale government control. 

· Right now, our country has chosen a Republican presidential nominee who (1) calls climate change a “hoax,” (2) will cancel the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the US Rule, (3) who will take the US out of the Paris Agreement, (4) who wants to de-fund all aspects of the EPA, including its ability to regulate carbon dioxide, (5) who will build the Keystone XL pipeline, (6) who will outlaw a carbon tax, (7) who will stop all fracking regulations, (8) who will cancel any commitments in international funds to help poor nations adapt to climate change and reduce carbon pollution, (9) who cares so little about our planet that his website doesn’t even have an “Environment” tab. 

· There is no issue more pressing—no moment more crucial—than November 8th in determining the path of our planet. Voting on climate change should be a priority for the young and the old alike. 

A Statement In Regards to Our President-Elect

A Statement In Regards to Our President-Elect

The DAPL: What You Need To Know

The DAPL: What You Need To Know