Amazon Tribe Stands Up for Their Survival
Any chance Western society will protect indigenous rights and save what remains of the Planet's last remnant rainforests? The world’s fourth-largest dam will flood some of the land that indigenous tribes have lived on for centuries. National Geographic
How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canal
The Rama community’s efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaire. Smithsonian
The Threat Facing Isolated Indigenous Groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Yasuní National Park and the Tagaeri-Taromenane Intangible Zone, home to isolated indigenous groups, have become hotspots of illegal logging and hunting. Pacific Standard
Can Borneo's Tribes Survive 'Biggest Environmental Crime of Our Times'?
More than 90 percent of Borneo’s primary forest has been destroyed.
How Dakota Pipeline Protest Became a Native American Cry for Justice
Keystone XL may have been a prelude, but the success of the Standing Rock 'water protectors' was more about environmental justice than just another pipeline.
By Michelle Nijhuis
Different facets of biodiversity other than species numbers are increasingly appreciated as critical for maintaining the function of ecosystems and their services to humans. While new international policy and assessment processes such as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recognize the importance of an increasingly global, quantitative and comprehensive approach to biodiversity protection, most insights are still focused on a single facet of biodiversity—species. Here we broaden the focus and provide an evaluation of how much of the world’s species, functional and phylogenetic diversity of birds and mammals is currently protected and the scope for improvement. We show that the large existing gaps in the coverage for each facet of diversity could be remedied by a slight expansion of protected areas: an additional 5% of the land has the potential to more than triple the protected range of species or phylogenetic or functional units. Further, the same areas are often priorities for multiple diversity facets and for both taxa. However, we find that the choice of conservation strategy has a fundamental effect on outcomes. It is more difficult (that is, requires more land) to maximize basic representation of the global biodiversity pool than to maximize local diversity. Overall, species and phylogenetic priorities are more similar to each other than they are to functional priorities, and priorities for the different bird biodiversity facets are more similar than those of mammals. Our work shows that large gains in biodiversity protection are possible, while also highlighting the need to explicitly link desired conservation objectives and biodiversity metrics. We provide a framework and quantitative tools to advance these goals for multi-faceted biodiversity conservation.
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Seven Simple Guidelines for Thinking About Carbon Emissions
By JOSH KATZ and JENNIFER DANIEL
Global climate: it’s complicated. Any long-term solution will require profound changes in how we generate energy. At the same time, there are everyday things that you can do to reduce your personal contribution to a warming planet. Here are seven simple guidelines on how your choices today affect the climate tomorrow.
You’re better off eating vegetables from Argentina than red meat from a local farm.
Full Article at NYTimes: What You Can Do About Climate Change
I know many sane, intelligent, and environmentally conscious people are distraught about the US withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement. We all should be. And there will be a reckoning for all those politicians that supported the President and his misguided policy on climate change. But in the meantime, I'd like to offer some solace.
First, recent surveys suggest the vast majority of people support our involvement - regardless of political party. So clearly this is just a deranged lunatic trying to support his own financial interests and nothing to do with the reality of the people's will. This will clearly be a major campaign point in the mid-term elections. Article: Majorities of Americans in Every State Support Participation in the Paris Agreement
Second, I've seen multiple pieces suggest that the largest US cities, the most populated states, and the richest companies are all planning on meeting the same regulatory requirements set by the agreement. Article: Climate Mayors commit to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals.
To ensure that this is the case, contact your local and state politicians, and continue to minimize your carbon footprint by buying only from those companies that produce sustainable goods. See 25 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
One last point. It will take the country four years to complete the withdrawal process. This means that the exit will be finalized after the next presidential election in 2020. Which means, you have plenty of time to campaign for a candidate who will back climate change policy.