From @greenmatters: On a daily basis, we are exposed to a variety of toxins via air pollution. Fossil fuel-powered cars, heavy machinery, and factories are some of the leading emitters of these airborne particles, but a recent study shows that the most toxic type of air pollution may actually stem from a certain variety of natural disaster — most specifically, wildfires.
The study, which was published in the journal Nature Communications by @UCSanDiego's @scripps_ocean, showed that wildfire smoke has far more detrimental effects on human health than other kinds of air pollution — up to 10 times more than vehicular or industrial emissions.
"We know wildfires are going to become more extreme, due to climate change," said study author Rosana Aguilera, per @ecowatch. "And it's important that we start to reckon with the health effects of that."
For the full story, click the link in the @greenmatters bio.
A first-of-its-kind study in @nature.research reveals a blueprint for ramping up ocean protections by at least 30% by 2030, and shares how this level of protection would contribute to more abundant seafood and provide a cheap, natural solution to help solve climate change, alongside economic benefits.
Click the link my bio to find out more.
#30x30 #CampaignForNature @natgeopristineseas @insidenatgeo
Albania’s Vjosa River is the largest wild river in Europe. From the mountains of Greece to the Adriatic Sea in Albania, it spans 300 kilometers, completely free of artificial barriers, like hydropower dams. The rivers and streams that are tributaries of the Vjosa are home to more than 1,100 wildlife species, many of which are threatened.
The Vjosa is the crown of the #BlueHeartofEurope and people across Albania want to protect it forever. They are asking to government of Albania to create #VjosaNationalParkNow, which would be the very first wild river park in Europe.
Let’s stand with them. Click the link in bio to watch the film and sign the petition.
#Vjosa #VjosaRiver #SavetheBlueHeartofEurope #Albania #Balkans #WildRivers #ExintctionEndsHere #EarthOptimism #ConservationOptimism #Conservation #Wildlife #TheDamTruth #Europe
From the @nrdc_org: According to scientists, we must protect at least 30% of lands and waters to save the natural spaces that allow biodiversity to thrive and buffer against worsening impacts of climate change.
The Executive Order made by @potus in January put America on the path to 30x30.
During her confirmation hearing last week, @repdebhaaland spoke to the importance of this historic climate action:
“The 30x30 initiative the President Biden has embraced will be an opportunity for so many Americans to participate in conserving that amount of land and water. It’s not just relegated to public lands but private landowners, Indian Tribes, it’s an opportunity for everyone to work together.”
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#DebForInterior #ConfirmClimate #ConfirmHaaland #EnvironmentalJustice #30x30
The latest @UNClimateChange report shows that national climate plans - or NDCs - submitted to the UN so far do not put us on a path to meet the #ParisAgreement goals. But how do these climate plans work? And why is 2021 such a crucial year for the fight against the #ClimateEmergency?
Part of the answer is 5-year cycle of the Paris Agreement. After its adoption in 2015, countries agreed that parties must submit new and increasingly ambitious climate plans every 5 years. After delays caused by the #COVID19 pandemic in 2020, countries are asked to submit their new climate plans this year - before the crucial climate conference #COP26 in November.
However, many things have changed since 2015. New scientific analysis by the IPCC has shown that we must act even faster to keep the Paris Agreement goals within reach. That is why this year is so important: Countries are submitting their climate plans for the next years.
The new report shows: We are not there yet. We need more countries - especially big emitters - to submit their plans and we need these plans to be very ambitious. We still have time to act, but we need to act now. #ItsPossible
From the @UnitedNations: Pictured here is the Pahmung Krui Damar Forest, in #Indonesia.
Forests cover 30% of the Earth's surface and are home to some 80% of all terrestrial wild species. They help regulate the climate and for centuries they have provided livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people, particularly within indigenous and local communities with historic ties to forested areas.
Yet, the unsustainable exploitation of forests harms these communities and contributes to biodiversity loss and the climate crisis.
"I urge governments, businesses and people everywhere to scale up efforts to conserve forests and forest species, and to support and listen to the voices of forest communities," said #UnitedNations Secretary General @antonioguterres on Wednesday's #WorldWildlifeDay.
On this day and every day, help spread the word that forests, wildlife and biodiversity need protection!
????: UN International Forest Photo Contest / Eka Fendiaspara
From @NowThisNews: An iceberg approximately the size of Los Angeles broke off of Antarctica on February 26, according to the British Antarctic Survey. The 490-square-mile iceberg detached 10 days after a large crack was filmed in the ice. The rift, which formed earlier this year, ‘pushed northeast at up to 1 km per day’ until it eventually broke off into an iceberg. Director of BAS Professor Dame Jane Francis said, ‘our teams at BAS have been prepared for the calving of an iceberg from Brunt Ice Shelf for years. We monitor the ice shelf daily using an automated network of high-precision GPS instruments that surround the station. These measure how the ice shelf is deforming and moving.’
#news #antarctica #icecaps #iceberg #climate #climatechange
FOUND! After at more than 170 years, the ???? Black-browed Babbler has been rediscovered in Kalimantan, Borneo! It’s the first confirmed sighting of the small bird since it was first described by science around 1848.
The rediscovery was a stroke of unbelievable luck. Two local men accidentally caught a Black-browed babbler in Borneo in October 2020. Before releasing the bird unharmed back to the forest, they took some ???? photos of it because they didn’t recognize the bird. They sent the photos to BW Galeatus, a local bird-watching group, who suspected the mystery bird was the elusive Black-browed babbler and sent them to ornithologists at @birdpacker.
Ornithologists ???? compared the photos to a field guide description and the one and only Black-browed Babbler specimen in the world and it was a match!
Scientists know very little about the Black-browed Babbler. It has been an enigma shrouded in mystery since its initial discovery in the mid 19th century. Scientists were not even sure where the species was native to until nearly 50 years after it was first described. In 1895, they were able to determine that the only specimen in the world was likely collected in Borneo, not Java as they initially thought. It had been mistakenly described as being collected in Java, but the scientist who collected it, Carl A.LM. Schwarner, had not collected any birds from Java on his expedition.
The recent rediscovery finally confirmed that the bird is in fact from Borneo. The last time the species was seen the Great Auk and Passenger Pigeon were still alive! Ornithologists are now hoping to work with local government agencies in Indonesia to study the species and determine if it is threatened with extinction.
Follow the link in the @global_wildlife_conservation bio to read more
#BlackbrowedBabbler #Ornithology #SearchforLostSpecies #LostSpeciesFound #LostSpecies #Indonesia #Borneo #EarthOptimism #ConservationOptimism #ExtinctionEndsHere
From @Mongabay: Only 4% of the jaguar’s critical habitat is effectively protected across the Americas, and in Brazil’s Cerrado biome it’s just 2%. A survey in Emas National Park in the Cerrado biome concludes that the protected area isn’t large enough to sustain a viable jaguar population, and that jaguars moving in and out could be exposed to substantial extinction risk in the future. The study suggests that improving net immigration may be more important than increasing population sizes in small isolated populations, including by creating dispersal corridors. To ensure the corridors’ effectiveness, conservation efforts should focus on resolving the conflict between the jaguars and human communities.
Read about it on www.mongabay.com #jaguar #jaguars #bigcats #animals #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #biodiversity #conservation #cerrado #brazil #brasil #mammals #endangeredspecies #protectedareas #environment
Did you know? There are more than 18,000 types of freshwater fish. They are critical to the health of our rivers, lakes and wetlands. Swipe to learn about some of the world's most valuable species.
#FreshwaterFish #ProtectFish #OurPlanetDaily #ClimateChange #Pollution #UnsustainableFishing
From @NRDC_Org: The significance of an Indigenous person leading the 171-year-old @USInterior can hardly be overstated. Learn more about how Deb Haaland's appointment charts a new course for Indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice via the link in the NRDC’s bio.
#ConfirmDebHaaland #ConfirmClimate #ConfirmHaaland #EnvironmentalJustice #TimeToAct