The threatened Great Barrier Reef is estimated to be worth $42 billion

June 26, 2017 by  
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Our unsustainable habits are propelling climate change , and as a result, the Great Barrier Reef is under immense environmental stress.  Coral bleaching has reached record levels and no one knows if or when the coral will ever recover. This is concerning not just from an environmental perspective, but, as a new report by Deloitte Access Economics shows, that loss of the reef would represent an “economic catastrophe” as it is estimated to be worth $56 billion (AUS), or $42 billion (USD). As water temperatures rise, the coral expels algae living within, causing it to turn ghostly white (a phenomenon known as coral bleaching). Though consumers everywhere are changing their habits to reduce greenhouse emissions and prevent global warming from worsening, no one knows for sure how long it will take — or even if — the bleached portions will bounce back. To determine that the Great Barrier Reef’s economic worth, the report took into consideration a few factors. All in all, it was concluded that $29 Billion (AUS) is generated from the tourism industry — including the creation of 64,000 jobs, $24 billion (AUS) to indirect or non-use value (describing people who have heard of the reef but haven’t yet visited) and $3 billion (AUS) from recreational use, such as boating. Commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the report is the first in the world to calculate the economic value of the reef.   Survey answers from 1,500 Australian and international respondents from 10 countries were taken into account and ended up revealing the extent to which some people have come to depend on the Unesco World Heritage Site. Said U.S. politician and environmentalist Al Gore in the report , “This timely report is a much needed, holistic view of the incredible economic value and opportunities provided by the Great Barrier Reef. Any failure to protect this indispensable natural resource would have profound impacts not only to Australia but around the world.” Related: Rising ocean temperatures are cooking the Great Barrier Reef to death According to Great Barrier Reef Foundation director Steve Sargent, the report “sends a clear message that the Great Barrier Reef—as an ecosystem , as an economic driver, as a global treasure—is too big to fail.” He added that at $42 billion (USD), “the reef is valued at more than 12 Sydney Opera Houses.” Located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, the largest coral reef system in the world isn’t just affected by warming waters. As Gizmodo reports, farming runoff, urban development. cyclic outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish and boating accidents are also damaging the reef at an increasing rate. Experts are presently collaborating to find solutions which will preserve the Great Barrier Reef. Ideas so far include the construction of coral nurseries, increasing the efficiency of starfish culls and cutting greenhouse gas emissions to prevent a further increase in sea surface temperatures. + Deloitte Via Gizmodo Images via Pixabay  ( 1 , 2 )

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China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust

August 5, 2013 by  
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While US lawmakers continue to debate whether climate change even exists , sweeping climate change reforms are starting to emerge from a surprising source—the People’s Republic of China. From massive investments in clean energy to sweeping environmental legislation, China undertook swift action in the wake of this year’s record-breaking smog . And these actions provide a clear message: the rest of the world isn’t willing to keep waiting for the US to lead the charge against global warming. Read the rest of China’s Climate Change Initiatives Are Leaving the US in the Dust Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Carbon Tax , china , China air quality , china pollution regulations , Climate Change , emissions trading        

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Crochet Queen Olek Yarn Bombs Entire Train in Just Two Days

August 5, 2013 by  
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12,000 Tar Sands Protesters Wrap White House in Human Chain

November 7, 2011 by  
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At a major rally in Washington D.C. today, thousands of protesters encircled Obama’s home with a clear message: Stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

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How to Cook Pasta Faster, With Less Energy and Less Water (Video)

November 7, 2011 by  
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This simple pasta cooking tip speeds up cooking times, and reduces both water and energy use in the process.

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Man Single-Handedly Saves a Species of Snail

November 7, 2011 by  
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Magnificent ramshorn snails aren’t one of those high-profile endangered species that the conservationists community love to rally behind — so thank goodness there are folks like Andy Wood.

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The Good Egg

March 7, 2010 by  
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With Easter just around the bend, let’s take a moment to consider the delicious egg.  We’re not talking chocolate but the ones that hens go to so much trouble to lay.  The generous egg offers up loads of protein, vitamins, omegas and healthy fat.  Unfortunately, not all eggs are created equal.

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Mother Earth News

March 7, 2010 by  
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Mother Earth News is a monthly magazine that deems itself “the original guide to living wisely”.  Taking a peek inside, one can see why.  The pages are full of smart ideas on how to make your life more sustainable and have fun doing it.  Whether you’re looking to do simple stuff like baking your own bread or more complicated like building a bicycle that runs your power tools, this mag has the means to show you how.

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