Help Stop Crucial Tiger Habitat from being Turned into a Coal Plant

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Plans are underway to build a coal-fired plant inside the Sundarbans mangrove forest, home to tigers like this cub. Tiger Cub | Sunderban Tiger Reserve by Arindam Bhattacharya. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Plans are underway to build a coal-fired plant inside the Sundarbans mangrove forest, home to tigers like this cub. Tiger Cub | Sunderban Tiger Reserve by Arindam Bhattacharya. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

There is a new threat that could inflict serious damage to the Sundarbans: a UNESCO world heritage site and the largest mangrove forest in the world (UNESCO, 2016). The Bangladeshi company The Orion Group wants to build a coal-fired plant inside this irreplaceable ecosystem.

Such an act would have far-reaching consequences. First of all, 106 Royal Bengal Tigers currently reside within the Bangladesh Sundarbans (Inskip, Carter, Riley, Roberts, & MacMillan, 2016). The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the most threatened of all big cats (Hunter, 2015), numbering only 3,890 wild individuals and occupying just 4% of their historic range (Howard, 2016; Panthera, 2015c). Damaging the Sundarbans, one of…

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The Earth is warming at scary rates, and this GIF proves it | Grist


The Earth is warming at scary rates, and this GIF proves it
By Andrea Thompson on May 9, 2016 7:19 pm
Cross-posted from Climate Central

The steady rise of Earth’s temperature as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and trap more and more heat is sending the planet spiraling closer to the point where warming’s catastrophic consequences may be all but assured.

That metaphoric spiral has become a literal one in a new graphic drawn up by Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. The animated graphic features a rainbow-colored record of global temperatures spinning outward from the late 19th century to the present as the Earth heats up.
Monthly global temperatures from 1850-2016. Monthly global temperatures from 1850-2016. Ed Hawkins

“The pace of change is immediately obvious, especially over the past few decades,” Hawkins, who has previously worked with Climate Central’s extreme weather attribution team, wrote in an email.

The graphic is part of Hawkins’s effort to explore new ways to present global temperature data in a way that clearly telegraphs the warming trend. Another climate scientist, Jan Fuglestvedt of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research in Oslo, suggested the spiral presentation.


The graphic displays monthly global temperature data from the U.K. Met Office and charts how each month compares to the average for the same period from 1850-1900, the same baselines used in the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

At first, the years vacillate inward and outward, showing that a clear warming signal had yet to emerge from the natural fluctuations that happen from year to year. But clear warming trends are present in the early and late 20th century.

In the late 20th century, it is clear how much closer temperatures have come to the target the international community has set to keep warming within 2 degrees C (4 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels by the end of the 21st century. An even more ambitious target of 1.5 degrees C (3 degrees F) has increasingly become a topic of discussion, and is also visible on the graphic Follow Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State who created the famous “hockey stick” graph of global temperature records going back hundreds of years, said that the spiral graphic was “an interesting and worthwhile approach to representing the data graphically.”

He said that using an earlier baseline period would have better captured all the warming that has occurred, as there was some small amount already in the late 19th century.

Just how much temperatures have risen is clear in the first few months of data from 2016, its line clearly separated from 2015 — which was the hottest year on record — and edging in on the 1.5 degrees C mark.

Every month of 2016 so far has been the warmest such month on record; in fact, the past 11 months have all set records, the longest such streak in the temperature data kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Each agency that keeps such a temperature record handles the data slightly differently, which can lead to small differences in monthly and yearly values, though the overall trend is in broad agreement for all such agencies.)

The record-setting temperatures of 2016 have seen a small push from an exceptionally strong El Niño, but they are largely the result of the heat that has built up in the atmosphere over decades of unabated greenhouse gas emissions — as the spiral graphic makes clear.

“Turns out that this version [of temperature records] particularly appeals, maybe because it doesn’t require much interpretation,” Hawkins said.

These Are The Last 3 Animals Of Their Kind Left In The Wild


                                                 These Are The Last 3 Animals Of Their Kind Left In The Wild

By Stephen Messenger
May. 08, 2016

Addax, with their distinctive twisting horns, were once a common sight throughout North African Sahara — but their existence in the wild today is perilously close to being just a memory.

Thomas Rabeil/Sahara Conservation Fund

The endangered desert-going antelope, numbering in the hundreds less than a decade ago, have been pushed to “imminent extinction,” say researchers.

According to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an extensive survey across the species’ main habitat in Niger turned up a group of just three remaining individuals.

The IUCN describes those survivors as being “very nervous” — and for good reason.

In recent years, new oil installations have caused significant disruption in the region where addax migrate. That, coupled with a spike in poaching by soldiers guarding those facilities, is said to be the primary factor which have led species’ rapid decline.

“We are witnessing in real time the extinction of this iconic and once plentiful species — without immediate intervention, the addax will lose its battle for survival in the face of illegal, uncontrolled poaching and the loss of its habitat,” Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of the IUCN’s Global Species Programme, said in the release.

Though there is hope that more addax remain uncounted, their population in the wild is still likely too small to recover on its own. There are a few thousand of these animals held in captivity throughout the world, however, some of whom could be reintroduced to North Africa.

Ironically, as Scientific America points out, addax can still be found by the hundreds on private ranches in Texas — where they are still being raised to be killed for sport.
Stephen Messenger

Join me to stop Big Coal’s attacks on climate action

Peabody Energy, America’s largest coal company, declared bankruptcy last month — but is still trying to derail the Clean Power Plan in court. Urge Peabody and its Big Coal allies to drop their legal case against climate action!

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Demand Zimbabwe Stop Selling Wild Animals

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing an extreme drought and in response, the country plans on selling some of its wild animals. These animals will be taken away from their families and the only home they’ve ever known to be held in captivity. Demand Zimbabwe keeps its animals wild.

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Punish Person Responsible for Mass Poisoning of Stray Dogs

Over 20 dogs were recently found dead, with more running erratically and struggling to breathe in what authorities are calling a mass poisoning. Demand that the person responsible is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

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Increase Protections for Threatened African Elephants

African elephants are disappearing at an alarming rate due to malicious human activities like poaching and trophy hunting. Currently, they are listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give them more protection by upgrading their status to endangered.

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Free Bears From Horrific “Bile Farms”

Bears are being stolen from the wild, strapped down on tables and painfully injected with catheters for the purpose of forcibly extracting their bile. Demand the Laos government shut down these bear bile farms and release the poor abused animals to proper sanctuaries.

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