NOAA report shows climate change is killing Floridas coral reefs

November 20, 2020 by  
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A status report released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) shows that overall, coral reefs in the U.S. are currently in fair condition, but these reefs are vulnerable to severe decline in the near future. This threat is the worst along the Florida coast, where few corals remain, and about 98% of the dead corals in this area were lost because of climate change. Prepared in collaboration with the Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the report provides a clear picture on the status of the country’s reefs. The report looks at the coral reefs along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and is the first of its kind to take a comprehensive look at major coral reefs in the U.S., including around the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and Hawaii. Researchers analyzed reef data collected between 2012 and 2018. Related: The Great Barrier Reef has lost 50% of its corals to climate change The main threats to the coral reefs in the U.S. include disease, fishing and ocean warming and acidification . NOAA officials say that although the corals are in a fair condition as a whole, their future looks dire. The state of ocean warming and acidification is on the rise in most coastal regions. At the same time, other threats, such as coral disease, are also worsening. To retain and revive the country’s corals, measures need to be put in place to curb the threats. Jennifer Koss, director of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program, said that the threats to coral reefs have increased due to climate change. “It used to be mostly water quality … but now it’s pretty well accepted that it’s predominantly climate change ,” Koss said. Coral reefs are biologically rich zones and account for about 25% of all marine life. They also help protect shorelines from hurricanes and storms. Reefs are even economically beneficial, because they are a rich source of fish and serve as vibrant tourist attractions. NOAA researchers have now expressed their concerns about the future of corals in the U.S. Following the report, experts are urging agencies, individuals and the federal government to take actions that will protect the remaining coral reefs before it’s too late. + NOAA Via The Guardian Image via NOAA

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How the military is proving that America doesn’t need coal for grid security

November 28, 2018 by  
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Defense bases are using wind, solar and battery storage to face the threats of extreme weather or attack.

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Better forest management won’t end wildfires, but it can reduce the risks — here’s how

November 28, 2018 by  
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Facing unprecedented conditions, it is more critical now than ever to fund fireproof investments, increase partnerships and improve policies.

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Calling all corporate leaders at Davos: Embrace a low-carbon economy

January 18, 2017 by  
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It is up to directors of corporations to convey the threats of climate change to their shareholders, and to the world.

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UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

January 21, 2015 by  
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A policy paper released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that climate change is posing a very real threat to the diversity of food crops. Researchers are concerned that many of the most commonly raised crops and livestock animals will not be able to adapt to rising global temperatures and volatile weather patterns. Without drastic conservation measures, the FAO fears some crops could become extinct. Read the rest of UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Biodiversity , Climate Change , crops , endangered , farming , food , global warming , hunger , resources , threats , United Nations

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

January 21, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architect , Architecture , home studio , locally sourced materials , locally sourced pine , Locally-sourced , max pritchard , pine wood , Pritchard , Pritchard tubular studio , round studio , self-built , self-designed , small , studio , sustainable structure , sustainable wood , tiny , treehouse , treetop , tubular studio , Wood

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It’s Humanitarian Day at Copenhagen: How Will the Developed Countries Honor It?

December 15, 2009 by  
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CNN/Youtube Debate Streaming from Copenhagen Now A day after African nations suspended talks to protest the death of Kyoto, the threats that global warming poses to the poorest countries is back in the spotlight on humanitarian day . But in the plenary room and in high level back rooms, a number of lingering rifts and questions continue to pollute the atmosphere in Copenhagen.

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Cleaning China’s "Natural" Cotton

December 15, 2009 by  
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Credit: Niosh , CC. China ‘s cotton production has wreaked havoc on its landscape: farming in the western Xinjiang province has been associated with the advance of the Taklamaken Deserts–whose dunes have overtaken towns–and as the world’s leading producer and biggest importer of the commodity, the pollution has invariably effected their economy. China’s State Council has sought advice from international researchers to curb the ecological cost of their trade

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