Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

The country lost most of its trees long ago. Despite years of replanting, it isn’t making much progress.

The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change.

No one expects that one-quarter of Iceland will ever be covered in forests again. But given slow growth rates and the enormity of the task, even more modest gains will take a long time, Mr. Thorvaldsson said.

“The aim now is that in the next 50 years we might go up to 5 percent,” he said. “But at the speed we’re at now, it would take 150 years to do that.”

It certainly sounds like a daunting task but given the severity of the depletion and the break taking beauty of the landscape there’s not you can do put take one step at a time forward in a positive direction.

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#forestrestoration #ClimateChange #OneWorldBracelet #EnvironmentalProtection

A reforestation site in Southern Iceland. The amount of land in the country covered in forest is still tiny.

A reforestation site in Southern Iceland. The amount of land in the country covered in forest is still tiny.

Loss of Federal Protections May Imperil Pacific Reefs, Scientists Warn

Fisheries officials call the marine national monuments unnecessary, and their boundaries are said to be under review by the Trump administration.

HONOLULU — Terry Kerby has been piloting deep-sea submarines for four decades, but nothing prepared him for the devastation he observed recently on several underwater mountains called seamounts in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

“It was a biological desert,” he said. Where normally fish and crabs dart about forests of coral and sponges, “all we could can see was a parking lot full of nets and lines, with no life at all.”

The Trump administration is considering rolling back federal protections for 10 national monuments, including two in the central Pacific. The Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument and the Rose Atoll National Marine Monument protect the waters around a handful of islands, most uninhabited, to the south of the Hawaiian Islands.

Here we go again. This administration is doing the exact opposite of what we need to help save our few remaining natural resources. So sad.

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Antarctic Dispatches: Looming Floods, Threatened Cities

More than 60 percent of the freshwater on Earth is locked in Antarctica’s ice sheets.

The risk is clear: Antarctica’s collapse has the very real potential to inundate coastal cities across the globe. If the Antarctic ice sheets were to disintegrate, it could raise the level of the sea by more than 160 feet - a potential apocalypse, depending on exactly how fast it happened. Recent research suggests that if society burns all the fossil fuels known to exist, the collapse of the ice sheet will become inevitable.

Wake up, people. We do not need to ‘bring coal back’. We need to reduce carbon emissions and focus on clean, renewable energy to help save the ice sheets before it’s too late!

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#ClimateChange #FossilFuels #OneWorldBracelet #EnvironmentalProtection #RenewableEnergy

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We Just Dumped 11 Million Pounds of Plastic in the Ocean

For the first time, a new study from the Ocean Cleanup quantifies how much plastic the world’s rivers are pumping into the sea.

World Oceans Day took place last Thursday. Today, there are about 5,000 more metric tons of plastic waste in the ocean than there were yesterday. That’s about the equivalent of every San Franciscan heading down to Ocean Beach and chucking a 13-pound trash bag full of plastic into the surf every day. Worse, this is only the amount of plastic coming from the world’s ocean-bound rivers, not total output. (Add other outflow sources, like aquaculture, shipping, and direct dumping, and those trash bags get much heavier.)

This is all according to a new peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Nature Communications by Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation that has been on a mission to eliminate half of the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch by 2020.

#oceancleanup #worldoceansday #greatpacificgarbagepatch


Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes a Global Force

Despite President Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, California sets itself as a model to the rest of the world in how to fight climate change.

 “We may not represent Washington, but we will represent the wide swath of American people who will keep the faith on this.” Governor Jerry Brown.

We salute Governor Brown for his leadership on this issue and hope other Governors will take note and more importantly take action on the critical issue of climate change!

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#ParisClimateAgreement #ClimateChange #California #Politics #Represent #Climate #FossilFuels #Trump #PresidentTrump #United #Unity #OneWorldBracelet #Paris #EnvironmentalProtection #StandAgainstHate #RenewableEnergy #WeAreOn #WearTheWorldOnYourWrist

The Doomsday Glacier Is In The Works

The Doomsday Glacier is in the works as the ice cliffs of West Antarctica break off into the ever-warming oceans. 

Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is so remote that only 28 human beings have ever set foot on it. As the world warms, determining exactly how quickly ice melts and seas rise may be one of the most important questions of our time. Half the world's population lives within 50 miles of a coastline. Trillions of dollars of real estate is perched on beaches and clustered in low-lying cities like Miami and New York. A long, slow rise of the waters in the coming decades may be manageable. A more abrupt rise would not be. "If there is going to be a climate catastrophe," says Ohio State glaciologist Ian Howat, "it's probably going to start at Thwaites."

#climatechange #globalwarming

War & Parkour: Teens in Syria are turning to the risky sport as an escape

The Syrian civil war has hit Inkhil hard. Just an hour's drive from Daraa, where protests six years ago sparked the ongoing conflict, this ramshackle, rebel-held town bears the trappings of relentless battle: devastated buildings, caved-in windows, and roads turned to rubble.

But a group of local teenagers have devised a daring way to reclaim Inkhil's ruins. On quiet days when the fighting has paused, they take to the streets, mount the decimated rooftops, and take a leap.

Inspiring resilience in the face of such a devastating war! Read the full article here:

Ibrahim al-Kadiri and another parkour practitioner demonstrate their skills on damaged buildings in Inkhil, Syria. 

Ibrahim al-Kadiri and another parkour practitioner demonstrate their skills on damaged buildings in Inkhil, Syria. 

This amazing iceberg in Newfoundland comes courtesy of some terrible weather

A towering iceberg, about the same size as the one that brought down the Titanic, is wowing residents and tourists off the coast of Newfoundland. Amazingly, 90% of this behemoth iceberg is submerged beneath the water and is not visible to spectators.

Icebergs are nothing new in Newfoundland, which lies in what is known as “iceberg alley.” But this iceberg has occurred at an odd time of year in an unusual place.

With #globalwarming and #climatechange come more iceberg calving events in the western ice sheets of Greenland. And with these calving events, more and more large icebergs will get picked up by the Labrador Current and pushed south to places like Newfoundland. Get ready for more Big ‘Bergs!

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14 Jaw-Dropping Pictures of Whales

These photos are truly awe-inspiring and remind us how many different kinds of whales there are out there!

A southern right whale encounters a diver on the sandy sea bottom off the Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Adults can reach lengths of 55 feet and weigh up to 60 tons.

A southern right whale encounters a diver on the sandy sea bottom off the Auckland Islands, New Zealand. Adults can reach lengths of 55 feet and weigh up to 60 tons.

And after you check out all those amazing whale photos click this link to learn about 10 ridiculously weird facts about whales: Beluga whales love music??? Sperm whales sleep standing up???

These 6 Maps Show How Americans Really Think About Climate Change. It’s Scary, Short-sighted, And Depressing.

Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion on global warming.

In every congressional district, a majority of adults supports limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. But many Republicans in Congress (and some Democrats) agree with President Trump, who this week may move to kill an Obama administration plan that would have scaled back the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Nationally, about seven in 10 Americans support regulating carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants — and 75 percent support regulating CO2 as a pollutant more generally. But lawmakers are unlikely to change direction soon.

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The Maps below show that while a vast majority of Americans believe climate change is real and will harm our country and citizens, they don't think it will happen to them. It is very short-sighted for so many people to believe that if they don't live on a coast with rising sea levels, they are somehow isolated from the negative effects of #globalwarming and #climatechange. As Trump would say, "Sad"!