Melting permafrost increases threat of tsunamis in Alaska

November 4, 2020 by  
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Scientists have warned that Alaska and other cold, mountainous places worldwide could experience tsunamis due to the melting of permafrost . As the permafrost melts, it can no longer hold the mountains together, leading to risk of collapse. Scientists warn that if the collapsing mountains slide into the sea, they could lead to devastating tsunamis. In Alaska, the Barry Arm fjord has been observed as a possible hotspot for tsunamis. Although the creeping on the fjord was only discovered this year, evidence shows that it started collapsing in the previous century. If this mountain collapses into the ocean, a resulting tsunami could hit any ships in the vicinity. Given that Barry Arm is a popular cruise ship destination, such an occurrence could be disastrous. The tsunami would also impact the nearby town of Whittier. Related: Climate change has transformed much of Alaska over the past 3 decades According to a recent report produced by a team of geologists , there is a likelihood of a slide happening within the next 20 years and a possibility of one happening within a year. The effects of landslides can be quite devastating, especially if they happen abruptly. In 2015, a landslide in Alaska resulted in a tsunami that cleared forests 193 meters up the slopes of Taan Fiord, according to The Guardian . Geologist Brentwood Higman explained that climate change can affect the landscape. Higman noted that the abrupt retreat of glaciers could bring the surrounding slopes down quickly, too, rather than in a gradual movement. If these slopes collapse into the water, the chance of a tsunami increases. Scientists have found a link between mountain collapses and tsunamis and the warmest years recorded in Alaska . Geologist Erin Bessette-Kirton has found a correlation between landslides in the Saint Elias Mountains and Glacier Bay and years with higher-than-average temperatures . “We don’t have a good handle on the mechanism,” Bessette-Kirton said. “We have correlations, but we don’t know the driving force. What conditions the landslide, and what triggers it?” To make matters worse, global warming has led more areas of ice to become water. Now, more slopes are situated above water rather than ice, meaning a landslide in these areas has a better chance of leading to a tsunami. Via The Guardian Image via Frank Kovalchek

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Retailers drop coconut milk brand over animal exploitation allegations

November 4, 2020 by  
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Coconut has been touted as a superfood the last few years. But now something even more alarming than its sky-high saturated fat content has come to light — some companies may be using forced monkey labor to pick the coconuts. “PETA Asia’s investigators found cruelty to monkeys on every farm, at every monkey-training facility, and in every coconut-picking contest that used monkey labor,” PETA claimed in a press release. “When not being forced to pick coconuts or perform in circus-style shows for tourists, the animals were kept tethered, chained to old tires, or confined to cages barely larger than their bodies.” Related: Is our coconut demand making slaves of monkeys? A video on the PETA site shows monkeys kept in cages or on barren patches of dirt when they’re not being forced to harvest coconuts. It describes their abduction from nature, where they live in large social groups, and how they often go insane from being deprived of companionship with fellow monkeys. Sometimes farmers remove their teeth so the monkeys give them less trouble. The video ends with the message, “If you see a product made with Thai coconuts such as coconut milk, oil or yogurt please leave it on the shelf to avoid supporting this life of misery.” Chaokoh brand coconut milk, manufactured by Thailand -based Theppadungporn Coconut Co., has especially come under fire. American retailers are listening. Costco, Walgreens, Stop & Shop, Food Lion and Giant Food have all dropped the brand due to animal abuse claims. Theppadungporn denies the allegation. “Following the recent news about the use of ‘monkey labor’ in Thailand’s coconut industry, Chaokoh, one of the world’s leaders in coconut milk production, reassures that we do not engage the use of monkey labor in our coconut plantations,” the company said in a statement. Other companies are also feeling the repercussions. Portland-based health food brand Edward & Sons sent out a letter to retailers and consumers claiming that not all coconuts are harvested by monkeys. “Coconuts are picked from tall trees by human workers using sharp saws or sickles attached to very long poles,” the letter read. “All work to plant, care for, harvest and process Edward & Sons food products is performed by human professionals, who are fairly paid for their labor.” Via People Image via Zibik

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A holiday talk about the climate crisis? Yes, please.

December 17, 2019 by  
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Why a holiday discussion about climate change has a better chance of success, and less chance of conflict, than you might think.

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SF Green Festival 09 – Elephant Poo Paper Saves Pachyderms

November 16, 2009 by  
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A familiar face at San Francisco’s Green Festival was Mr. Ellie Pooh , a company that makes paper from elephant dung. Elephants in Sri Lanka are killed for their interference with agriculture, but they interfere with agriculture simply because they’re running out of space of their own.

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SF Green Festival 09 – Cute Green Christmas Cards Give The Gift of Trees You Can Track As They Grow

November 16, 2009 by  
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Treenex offers up some holiday cards that are certainly not cheap, but are a gift within themselves. When you buy a card, you plant a tree. A whole tree for a single gift card…not a bad trade! And, Treenex is more than just a gift card company – it’s really more a group of avid tree planters who also have some adorable gift cards to sell

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