Baby turtles officially return to the beaches of Mumbai after largest beach clean up in history

March 19, 2019 by  
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Olive Ridley baby turtles have officially returned to the beaches of Mumbai, and it is all because one of the world’s largest beach clean-up efforts. Last summer, conservationists watched as over 80 baby turtles made their way across Mumbai’s Versova Beach, which was previously home to a massive garbage heap. “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean ,” Afroz Shah, an activist in Mumbai, shared. Related: Plastic pollution is causing reproductive problems for ocean wildlife It has been a few decades since the baby turtles have had access to the beach, which is an important part of their migratory journey to the Arabian Sea. Watching the turtles waddle towards the sea was confirmation that the clean-up efforts were well worth it and inspired volunteers to keep up the good work. It took a little over two years for volunteers to clean up the beach and remove the massive piles of trash . The mounds of plastic and other human waste was over five feet high, making it impossible for the baby turtles to make their journey to the sea. Following the clean-up effort, you can now play in the sand just like any beach in the world. The pristine condition of the beach is all thanks to the efforts of  hundreds volunteers who gathered over 11 million pounds of garbage over the course of two years. The volunteers, whom Shah helped organize, also cleaned up nearby river systems and initiated programs to prevent local residents from using the beach as a landfill . Shah also cleaned up over 52 public restrooms in the area and installed 50 coconut trees alongside the beach. Shah and his team plan to plant a grove of mangrove trees in the future, which he hopes will help with flooding and increase the quality of the water. Between the beach clean-up and the baby turtles returning to Mumbai , the United Nations gave Shah their Champion of the Earth Award and named the project the “world’s largest beach clean-up effort.” Via Global Citizen Image via skeeze

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Terrifying new report by James Hansen and leading climate scientists shows coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

July 22, 2015 by  
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A new study penned by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts suggests rates of glacial melt have been drastically underestimated and, with this new information, sea levels are projected to rise as much as 10 feet within the next 50 years. This would have an undeniable and irreversible effect on coastal cities like New York and Miami, where large numbers of people reside in the very areas that could be underwater within just a few decades. Read the rest of Terrifying new report by James Hansen and leading climate scientists shows coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

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Liberia has Lost 95 Percent of its Elephants to Poachers

January 25, 2011 by  
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Liberia is home to African forest elephants, like those seen here. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Since civil war broke out in Liberia in the 1980s, 19,000 elephants have been killed by poachers. Today, only 1,000 elephants remain, meaning the country has lost 95 percent of its elephants in only a few decades…

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NYC Apartment Has Recycled Subway Doors, Deli Counter Floors

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photos credit Sothebys Architect Adam Kushner was fortunate enough to be able to design his own New York apartment, and did so with some style. It is a bit eccentric, what with a jacuzzi in the middle of the ground floor living space and a glass floor in the bathroom above, but it does make clever reuse of the parts of New York subway cars

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TED Talk: Van Jones Links Plastics Pollution with Poverty

January 25, 2011 by  
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Image via TED video Van Jones gave a talk at a recent TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch event, and what he brought up about the correlation between plastic use and poverty was fascinating.

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Failed-State US Criticizes China for Clean Energy Subsidies

October 18, 2010 by  
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In an article in the New York Times, US to Investigate China’s Clean Energy Aid , Senator Schumer voiced a complaint that China is engaging in unfair trade practices by supporting clean energy development with government funds. Schumer is right.

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Yes Virginia, the Glaciers are Melting

January 27, 2010 by  
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Perito Moreno glacier in Patagonia The World Glacier Monitoring Service has jumped into the controversy about whether the glaciers are melting. And their answer is an emphatic yes.

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