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Safecast: Now More Than Ever

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Holding a bGeigie Nano above Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. I measured over 45,000 CPM in this spot. An average city is 30–50 CPM. Last week I visited the Fukushima exclusion zone with several other volunteers from the Safecast team for a tour we’ve been trying to organize for quite some time. This is the area directly impacted by the earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear meltdown in March, 2011. I’ve been there before , but this was the first time we’d gotten official access to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as well. I’ve seen photos and videos of these buildings hundreds, maybe thousands of times over the last 7 years but nothing prepared me for standing there in front of them, and seeing how much work there is still to be done. I’m still processing it to be honest. It’s one thing to say these events killed over fifteen thousand...
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UN poised to move ahead with landmark treaty to protect high seas

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The world’s oceans are set for a long overdue boost in the coming days as the United Nations votes for the first time on a planned treaty to protect and regulate the high seas. The waters outside national maritime boundaries – which cover half of the planet’s surface – are currently a free-for-all that has led to devastating overfishing and pollution. But after more than five years of negotiations, UN members are poised to agree to draw up a new rulebook by 2020, which could establish conservation areas, catch quotas and scientific monitoring. “This is the biggest opportunity to change the status quo we have ever had,” said Will McCallum, the head of oceans at Greenpeace. “It could change everything.” A debate on whether to move ahead with a High Seas Treaty has been tabled before the end of the year at the UN headquarters in New York. The motion...
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Wishing for a low-waste Christmas and a sustainable new year

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Updated December 25, 2017 15:14:55 Photo: These Christmas hampers come without any plastic wrapping. (ABC News: Hayley Roman) Whether it's food, alcohol or gifts, the holiday season is typically a time of excess. But there is a growing appetite for a low-waste Christmas. Perth's malls have been packed with last-minute shoppers, yet among them was change. "No wrapping paper this year," one shopper said. She planned to give people their gifts simply as purchased. Another shopper said he was trying to limit plastic bags, and any Christmas leftovers would go into his compost pile. "I don't like buying things we already have so they have to wait until they break," said another. Outside supermarkets, trolleys were filled with a mix of plastic and reusable bags, while some customers walked out with items in their arms. Photo: Retailers say reusable coffee cups are high on wish lists this year. (ABC News:...
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Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can't Explain Climate Change Today

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One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in temperature over its 4.5-billion-year lifespan, so it doesn't make sense to start freaking out about it now.   But while Boston was once covered in almost a mile (1.6 km) of ice, and the Arctic Circle was once so warm , palm trees and crocodiles populated it instead of ice and polar bears, what's been going on over the past century is unprecedented. Not convinced? Just check out the infographic below by Randall Munroe of XKCD fame. Illustrating the rise in global temperatures from 20000 BCE right up to 2016, nothing makes it more clear just how insane things have gotten during the fraction of Earth's timeline that humans have been dominating. As you can see below, in 20000 BCE, Earth was at the peak of the last ice age ,...
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Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can't Explain Climate Change Today

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One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in temperature over its 4.5-billion-year lifespan, so it doesn't make sense to start freaking out about it now.   But while Boston was once covered in almost a mile (1.6 km) of ice, and the Arctic Circle was once so warm , palm trees and crocodiles populated it instead of ice and polar bears, what's been going on over the past century is unprecedented. Not convinced? Just check out the infographic below by Randall Munroe of XKCD fame. Illustrating the rise in global temperatures from 20000 BCE right up to 2016, nothing makes it more clear just how insane things have gotten during the fraction of Earth's timeline that humans have been dominating. As you can see below, in 20000 BCE, Earth was at the peak of the last ice age ,...
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Sea Lion Attacks Shut Popular Swimming Spot In San Francisco

Officials have closed a popular swimming area in San Francisco Bay after a third swimmer was attacked within in a week by what’s believed to be a sea lion. A man was bitten near the groin area by the animal early Friday as he swam in Aquatic Park Cove on the city’s north coast that’s used by dedicated swimmers who brave the cold waters. Other swimmers helped the man to shore and to an ambulance. The swimmer, identified as Rick Mulvihill, suffered a “severe bite,” a fire department official told the San Francisco Chronicle.   “I’ve been here 50 years and I’ve never heard of anything like this,” swimmer Bob Roper told the San Chronicle. “You have a lot of very, very nervous swimmers now and I don’t blame them.” He said Mulvihill was bitten on the upper thigh, “close to the family jewels,” and that it was “a pretty deep gash.” Another...
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Stress-induced ‘cardiac freeze’ response puts narwhals in peril amid warming, more trafficked waters

The heartbeats of most species, when frightened or stressed, tend to quicken. That is not so, however, for narwhals. When the marine mammals encounter stress, their heartbeats tend to, yes, lower — in spite of the fact that the creatures already have a staggeringly slow heartbeat of 10 beats per minute when in the act of diving down into icy waters to conserve oxygen and hold their breath for extended periods of time. This phenomenon finds itself at the center of research conducted by a team of scientists that was recently published in Science , in which heart-monitoring electrodes were attached via specialized suction cups to observe the behavioral and physiological responses of narwhals. Findings from the team’s study could pose a serious threat to the species given the increased human activity (namely the rise in oil and gas exploration and shipping) and melting sea ice in the narwhal’s native...
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Three Florida men who laughed as they dragged a shark behind a motorboat could go to prison

Three Florida men were arrested Tuesday and accused of making Snapchat videos in which a shark is shot with a revolver, then tied to the back of a motorboat and dragged through the waves to its death. A 10-second clip of the shark’s dragging revolted hundreds of thousands of people when it emerged in the summer, and exposed an online subculture in which fishermen brutalize and degrade their catches for sport. And yet the clip – as described by Florida Fish and Wildlife investigators in an arrest affidavit – showed only a small part of the carnage that took place on a motorboat in the Gulf of Mexico on that summer afternoon. Michael Wenzel, 21, and three friends set off from his waterfront home in Palmetto on June 26. They were all avid fishermen, according to the arrest affidavit, and had brought with them on that expedition a spear gun,...
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Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

What’s the point of inheriting the Earth if it’s only going to burn (or drown)? Kids around the world are asking governments this question and demanding answers in court. For example, on Dec. 11, Juliana v. US pitted the president and American lawmakers against the very children whose future they so often invoke when seeking votes. The kids argued that the government’s negligence in caring for the planet impedes on their rights, and it must remedy this by adopting policies that mitigate climate change. The case is currently set to go to trial in February. The government is fighting fiercely to dismiss the matter as fast as possible—the Dec. 11 court date was to decide whether the government’s dismissal argument has any merit. But in some senses, whatever happens, it’s already a win for the 21 young Americans who are plaintiffs and their global movement. In bringing the case to...
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A new report finds ‘we have created a new climate’

  This article was originally published on  Mother Jones   and is republished here as part of the   Climate Desk   collaboration. For the first time in the six years the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society has published its annual extreme event  report,  it has found that certain events could not have happened without human-caused climate warming. Weather researchers say that in 2016, climate change led to record   global heat , extreme temperatures across Asia, and a marine heat wave off the coast of Alaska called “ the blob. “ “These are not just new odds, these are new weather extremes made possible by a new climate,” said Jeff Rosenfeld, the bulletin’s editor-in-chief, during a press conference at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in New Orleans. “W e have created a new climate.” The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the Beaufort Sea, northeast of Barrow, Alaska, on a research mission to collect ice...
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5 biggest #threats to our #oceans - and what we can do about them #oceanprotection
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#Marine #Etiquette ever heard of it? Here a friendly reminder Knowing how to #interact with #ocean #wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk.Knowing how to interact with ocean wildlife can help you make the right decisions when you encounter wildlife. Without paying attention to how you interact in the marine environment, you are running the chance of putting endangered species, federally protected species and thousands of other species' lives at risk. #THEOCEANROAMER #NOOA
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#Madagascar: No more fish? We'll farm seaweed instead The changing #climate is a major pressure on communities across Madagascar #nofish #climatechange Add to the equation that coastal communities like Tampolove are experiencing changing weather patterns. "We are well into the rainy season, but have yet to receive rain," said Richard Badouraly, president of the aquaculture community in Tampolove. "Both farmers and fishers are in trouble."
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Way to go scottie! Scotland plans to #ban #plasticstraws by end of 2019