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Climate change film features Salish Sea, US-Canada border

Added: 25.03.2017 7:02 | 14 views | 0 comments


PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) - Former Port Townsend, Washington, resident Ian Hinkle hopes his film "Reaching Blue" stirs discussion on climate change.
"For a lot of people, discussions of climate change are theoretical, but we're seeing changes right now in our own backyard," Hinkle said. "I hope this allows people ...

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Climate change driving away Florida Bay's iconic spoonbills

Added: 25.03.2017 7:01 | 15 views | 0 comments


SOUTH NEST KEY, Fla. (AP) - Of the many ways used to diagnosis the health of the Everglades, the most bizarrely beautiful by far, with red beady eyes and bald greenish head, is the scarlet-plumed roseate spoonbill nearly wiped off the planet by feather hunters a century ago.
On a ...

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'Rogue' national park Twitter account wasn't so rogue after all, emails show

Added: 25.03.2017 6:43 | 4 views | 0 comments


Ever since the National Park Service's main Twitter account appeared to "go rogue" on President Donald Trump's inauguration day, people have been using the department and its various park-specific social media accounts as a rallying point in the anti-Trump resistance.  However, according to emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, that's not the full story. SEE ALSO: Twitter users finding hope in 'badass' national parks The emails show that staff at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area were actually coloring inside the lines of their guidance from the Trump administration when the park's official Twitter account tweeted climate change facts on Jan. 23, three days after the inauguration.  2016 was the hottest year on record for the 3rd year in a row. Check out this @NASA & @NOAA report: https://t.co/rLJUC56xqi pic.twitter.com/AKhFzYw6l6 — Golden Gate NPS (@GoldenGateNPS) January 23, 2017 Based on a review of Park Service emails concerning social media policies during the presidential transition, at the time the tweets were sent, there didn't appear to be specific guidance directing the park not to tweet about this subject.  "As far as I know, there hasn't been any guidance related to avoiding that subject sent out from us or NRSS [the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate]," National Park Service public affairs specialist Amber Smigiel wrote in an email sent on Jan. 23. Users on Twitter didn't know that at the time, however. The tweets came amid news of a social media gag order imposed at the Environmental Protection Agency and rumors of similar communication bans at other agencies as the Trump team moved in.  In addition, the Trump administration's new White House website had omitted climate change from its list of priorities, which made the Park Service tweets stand out even more. @GoldenGateNPS @Only1marcia @NASA @NOAA We need to preserve and get these out quickly before they are deleted. Employees are risking jobs! — Thomas Almirall (@DRUMR48) January 24, 2017 @GoldenGateNPS @NASA @NOAA pic.twitter.com/Lx1YApG5yH — NastyWoman (@outdoorgirl_27) January 24, 2017 @GoldenGateNPS @NASA @NOAA Thank you for your service. We will fight for you. — Greg van Eekhout (@gregvaneekhout) January 24, 2017 Thanks to its tweets on climate change, Golden Gate was hailed as a beacon of resistance shining from within the federal government itself alongside Badlands National Park's Twitter account. Rallying around the Park Service makes sense, too, considering other concurrent events.  The service itself was on-edge after the department's main Twitter account retweeted two seemingly anti-Trump posts related to the size of the crowd attending the inauguration.  Those tweets sparked a full investigation into the matter and a sweeping order to stop tweeting from official accounts across the agency. The Park Service's crowd size estimate of the inauguration even prompted a highly unusual call from Trump himself to the agency's acting director the morning after the inauguration. But things didn't quite calm down for the service after those initial retweets were deleted and the Twitter moratorium was lifted on Jan 21.  Effectively, the floodgates opened and Twitter users across the social network started reading intent into tweets that would have been relatively innocuous if not for Trump's inauguration. Twitter users were also primed for this kind of reaction thanks to the reported gag orders at other government agencies. Using tweets to peek inside government While the tweets sent by Golden Gate do appear to be in line with other posts sent out from the account before the inauguration, under the current administration, they appeared to troll a new president who has famously claimed that climate change is a hoax.  Plus, to make matters worse, the Badlands National Park Twitter account also tweeted out information about climate change, yet its tweets were deleted on Jan. 24.  Deleted tweets from Badlands National Park on Jan. 24. Image: twitter It's unclear exactly what separated the tweets from Badlands from Golden Gate and why the Badlands tweets were removed. We might get more clarity on that in the coming weeks when a set of Badlands-specific emails are expected to be released.  But emails released this week make it clear that even people in the agency weren't exactly sure what to expect of the new administration. One exchange between National Park Service employee Matt Holly and Smigiel is indicative of the fraught transition between administrations.  In an email sent on Jan. 23, Holly, who works in the NRSS, explained that going forward, Park Service staff would need to be even more diligent about shying away from advocacy on topics like climate change. "There were a couple times I knew I was pushing it but felt like we had that support for wiggle room in the past," Holly wrote. "Now we know we just have to play it slightly safer."  A drastic change in the political climate Holly was right to expect a shift on climate change with the new administration.  Trump's proposed budget guts climate research across the federal government and reduces the Park Service's budget as well, including the agency's climate change programs.  In fact, when the budget was rolled out on March 16, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters that the administration won't spend money on climate anymore. "Regarding the question as to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward," Mulvaney told reporters on March 16. "We're not spending money on that anymore. We consider that to be a waste of your money." Our national parks represent some of the places in the United States that are most vulnerable to the worst effects of human-caused climate change. As glaciers retreat and sea levels rise, they threaten the national parks and other areas maintained by the National Park Service. For example, Glacier National Park in Montana is not expected to contain actual glaciers by the middle to end of this century, due to increasing temperatures. WATCH: Mick Mulvaney on climate change.

Climate change and an 'overlooked' nutrient: Silica

Added: 24.03.2017 22:40 | 4 views | 0 comments

Sugar maples may have far greater silica pumping power than expected, and also may be more profoundly affected by climate change as warmer winters damage their vulnerable roots.

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Hopeful combo: World economy grows, carbon emissions stay flat

Added: 24.03.2017 22:10 | 6 views | 0 comments


Recommended: Climate change: Is your opinion informed by science? No sooner had the IEA trumpeted its latest findings on CO2 emissions last week than it came up with a new study warning that meeting the 2 degree target will take “an energy transition of exceptional depth, scope and speed” unlike anything we have ever seen. Flattening energy-related emissions (which make up two-thirds of all human-generated greenhouse gases) is “very, very good news,” says Laura Cozzi, an IEA official, because they have leveled out even as the world economy grew by 3.1 percent.

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Fair Game: Shareholder Proxies Could Be the New Regulators

Added: 24.03.2017 19:27 | 1 views | 0 comments

With a new administration relaxing oversight, the prospect of curbing executive pay or forcing climate change accountability may fall to investors.

From: www.nytimes.com

You Won't Believe How Scientists Want to Fix the Bee Problem

Added: 24.03.2017 17:30 | 1 views | 0 comments

The world's bees are in big trouble — even more than you might have realized. Their extinction would affect the food supply, cosmetics, crops, and climate change, but scientists are hopeful they can save these important insects.

From: www.nbcnews.com

Donald Trump is 'He Who Must Not Be Named' at UN climate change meeting

Added: 24.03.2017 15:19 | 9 views | 0 comments

Delegates seem reluctant to say the US President's name, much like Harry Potter avoided saying Voldemort, who according to JK Rowling was 'nowhere near as bad'

From: www.independent.co.uk

Huge coral bleaching event in South China Sea warns of global devastation triggered by climate change, suggests study

Added: 24.03.2017 14:49 | 7 views | 0 comments

Temperature rises in South China Sea have decimated coral at an unexpected rate

From: www.independent.co.uk

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