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U.N. Climate Summit Sets Stage For New National Emissions Promises

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Photo source: ©© André Solnik

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Leaders from nearly 200 countries are attending a special United Nations Summit on climate change today as they face increasing pressure from citizens around the world to cut global greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.

Currently, global emissions are on track to cause potentially catastrophic climate change in the coming decades…

Read Full Article; NPR (09-23-2019)

‘It can kill you in seconds’: the deadly algae on Brittany’s beaches


Green algae invasion, Brittany, France. Photo source: ©© Cristina Barroca

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For decades, potentially lethal green algae have amassed in shallow bays on Brittany’s beautiful north-western coast. Environmentalists say the blossoming of unusually large amounts of green algae are linked to nitrates in fertilisers and waste from the region’s intensive pig, poultry and dairy farming flowing into the river system and entering the sea…

Read Full Article; Guardian UK (09-08-2019)

Wave of Toxic Green Beaches, France; By Sharlene Pilkey (10-2009)
With beaches and coastlines all over the world already under attack from sea level rise, pollution, mining, driving, seawall construction and human development encroachment, another menace is mounting an assault…

Green And Golden Seaweed Tides On The Rise, By Victor Smetacek & Adriana Zinging (08-2014)
Green, brown and red seaweeds lying on the beach are part and parcel of life in many coastal regions. The amount of beached seaweed biomass started to increase along the shores of industrialized countries in the 1970s, and by the 1990s had become a nuisance along many beaches when mass-stranding events of macroalgae became known as green tides…

Climate change: Impacts ‘accelerating’ as leaders gather for UN talks


Beach erosion, Manzanillo, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

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The data, compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), says the five-year period from 2014 to 2019 is the warmest on record.

Sea-level rise has accelerated significantly over the same period, as CO2 emissions have hit new highs.

The WMO says carbon-cutting efforts have to be intensified immediately…

Read Full Article; BBC News (09-22-2019)

How big was the global climate strike? 4 million people, activists estimate.

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Photo source: ©© Muha

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Friday was a truly historic day for the potent new social movement committed to sounding a global alarm about the climate crisis. The Global Climate Strikes, inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, age 16, may end up being the largest mass protest for action on global warming in history…

Read Full Article; VOX (09-21-2019)

How big was the global climate strike? Here’s the best city-by-city estimate; Quartz (09-21-2019)
On Sept. 20, the world likely saw its biggest single-day climate protest in history.
Either figure would eclipse prior protests over climate change, including the People’s Climate March in 2014, which had an estimated 600,000 protestors and the school climate strikes in March this year, which had an estimated 1.4 million in attendance…

Global climate strikes start Friday. Here’s what you should know


Photograph courtesy of: ©JP

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On Friday, people all over the world are expected to walk out of their schools and workplaces to demand action to address the global climate crisis…

Read Full Article; CNN (09-19-2019)

GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE → SEP. 20–27 (09-19-2019)
This week will be historic. In over 150 countries, people are stepping up to support young climate strikers and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The climate crisis won’t wait, so neither will we…

These businesses are closing for Friday’s climate strike; CBS News (09-19-2019)
Thousands of people are planning to walk out of work or school on Friday to press global leaders for solutions to rapidly escalating . And while it was students who started the movement, more and more workers—and even companies—are joining them in support…

Poll: Millennials care about climate change; Axios (02-26-2018)
The nonprofit Alliance for Market Solutions released new polling on millennial attitudes about the reality of human-induced climate change and efforts to combat it. Millennials are broadly convinced human-induced climate change is real and deserves action…

Lawsuit could put U.S. government’s role in climate change on trial; CBS News (03-02-2019)
A lawsuit filed on behalf of 21 kids alleges the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change. If the plaintiffs win, it could mean massive changes for the use of fossil fuels…

California lawmakers fail to pass sweeping plastic pollution plan


White stripes of decomposed styrofoam on the beach.
Captions and Photo: © SAF — Coastal Care

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In a setback for environmental groups, California lawmakers early Saturday morning ended the 2019 legislative session without passing two bills that would have been the most ambitious effort in the nation to reduce the massive amounts of plastic pollution that are washing into oceans, rivers and lakes around the world…

Read Full Article; The Mercury News (09-14-2019)

How plastic waste moves in the environment; Science Daily (11-27-2018)

These 10 companies are flooding the planet with throwaway plastic; Greenpeace (10-09-2018)
Nine months, six continents, 239 cleanup events, and more than 187,000 pieces of trash later, we now have the most comprehensive snapshot to date of how corporations are contributing to the global plastic pollution problem…

Plastic pollution: When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care – ©2009
” Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has become a combination of lethal nature…
The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”

Major Oil Spill on Grand Bahama Reaches the Ocean, Damages Coastline


Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian. Photo source: Coast Guards

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An oil spill caused by Cat 5 Hurricane Dorian has been spotted in the ocean and has damaged the Bahamas coastline, the Norwegian energy company that owns the oil storage facility, Equinor, confirmed on Wednesday, a week and a half after the hurricane blew the lids off of six massive crude oil tanks…

Read Full Article; Weather Channel (09-12-2019)

Fukushima: Japan will dump radioactive water into Pacific

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Water tanks holding contaminated water in front of the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi. February 11th, 2015. Captions And Photo source: ©© IAEA Imagebank

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The operator of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will have to dump huge quantities of contaminated water from the site directly into the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s environment minister has said – a move that would enrage local fishermen…

Read Full Article; The Guardian UK (09-10-2019)