Polar Bears Are Suffering Because Of Climate Change, And They Need Your Help

Polar Bears Are Suffering Because Of Climate Change, And They Need Your Help

Courtesy Explore.org This week, November 1–7, is Polar Bear Week. It’s when Explore.org teams up with Frontiers North Adventures and Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the dire straits the majestic, white bears are facing. Climate change is affecting the polar bear population at Earth’s southernmost point in a hugely negative way. While polar bears might not be the first thing on everyone’s mind on a daily basis, it’s important to give them the recognition they deserve for being truly beautiful, irreplaceable creatures. Here’s what you should know about how they’re being pushed towards extinction. Since satellite tracking began in 1979, the Arctic has lost roughly 40% of its summer sea ice. Giphy This is a loss slightly larger than all the land east of the Mississippi in the United States. Courtesy Explore.org Sea ice is a crucial part of the Arctic ecosystem. Courtesy Explore.org Polar bears rely on […]

This Huge Wildfire In Canada Is Surely What The End Of Days Will Look Like

This Huge Wildfire In Canada Is Surely What The End Of Days Will Look Like

If you haven’t heard already, a large swath of northwestern Canada, near Calgary, the energy heartland of the country, is currently in flames. A fast-advancing wildfire is threatening thousands of homes and lives. The images coming from the front line of the fire are absolutely devastating. This is what I imagine the apocalypse will look like… The fire, which started Sunday, has only grown in intensity. So far, it had consumed 18,500 acres and forced the evacuations of at least 88,000 people. The majority of those evacuations have taken place in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Getty Images That number of evacuees is expected to climb as fire conditions continue to worsen over the coming days. Thankfully, though, a break in the unusually hot and humid weather is expected over the weekend with a chance of rain. Destructive Fort McMurray wildfire fueled by global warming-related […]

Chinese Lake Three Times The Size Of Los Angeles Dries Up In Just Weeks

Chinese Lake Three Times The Size Of Los Angeles Dries Up In Just Weeks

China’s Poyang Lake is — or rather, was — the largest freshwater lake in the country. A drought began in September, and the lake has since dried up and become grassland that can be traveled across on foot. Once three times the size of Los Angeles, it’s now almost completely dry. Poyang Lake is connected to the Yangtze River and used to span over 1,737 miles. Full of life, it was home to freshwater fish and a large number of shrimp. Wikimedia Commons Now, the lake is nearly unrecognizable from above. Wikipedia There have always been fluctuations in the water level of the lake during the dry season, but the drought that the region is currently experiencing is unprecedented. Getty Images According to the Jiangxi Hydrology Bureau, Poyang Lake’s low-water period has been growing longer and longer since 1952. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/poyang-lake/

21 Gorgeous Natural Wonders Around The World You Should Visit Before It's Too Late

21 Gorgeous Natural Wonders Around The World You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

It’s November, I live in New York City, and I have yet to pull out my winter coat from my closet. Obviously, I’m not a scientist so I can’t speak with any real authority, but the barely breezy weather in my neck of the woods seems to be speaking volumes about the impact of global warming. Elsewhere around the planet, the situation is becoming more dire as we see our beautiful natural wonders disappearing before our eyes. If any of these are on your bucket list, you might want to book your ticket today. 1. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Flickr / National Park Service, Alaska Region The popularity of all-terrain vehicles has damaged several of the park’s trails and streams. You might be getting to the good views faster, but at the cost of the very place you’re admiring. 2. The Everglades Flickr / Texx Smith Urban devolpment […]

This Man Keeps Playing The Piano As The World Literally Falls Down Around Him

This Man Keeps Playing The Piano As The World Literally Falls Down Around Him

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’); }); No matter what your personal politics happen to be, denying the existence of climate change is pretty hard to do at this point. And that’s made even clearer when footage like this comes to light. Last month, composer Ludovico Einaudi created a piece called “Elegy for the Arctic” to raise awareness about the havoc climate change is wreaking on Earth’s northernmost point. To drive his message home, he simply set up a grand piano among towering glaciers and played as they fell around him. Through this project, Einaudi hopes to “turn into music the voices of the eight million people who ask for Arctic protection.” If you’d like to learn more about Greenpeace and how you can help, visit the organization’s website. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/glacier-piano/

The Prisoners Fighting California's Wildfires

The Prisoners Fighting California’s Wildfires

As climate change makes the role of inmate firefighters in California increasingly crucial, Americans are beginning to ask whether the type of low-level offenders who qualify for the program even deserve to be locked up. Demetrius Barr pressed his face to the window of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s van as it turned left off Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Instead of the sterile grays of the electrified fences, gravel, and metal detectors he had left behind earlier that morning, he saw the mellow greens of sage and laurel, and the toasty browns of dead brush and desert dust. As the former crack dealer stepped out onto the grounds of Holton Conservation Camp for the first time at the beginning of last November, taking in the smell of pine needles and the brisk mountain air, he could sense that this was the start of an entirely new life. As one of […]

Dana Perino blasts Obama’s plan to join UN’s climate ‘name & shame’

Dana Perino blasts Obama’s plan to join UN’s climate ‘name & shame’

http://twitter.com/#!/kesgardner/status/504457573169246208 The Obama administration is working with the United Nations on a climate change agreement and reportedly has no plans to keep Congress in the loop: In preparation for this agreement, to be signed at a United Nations summit meeting in 2015 in Paris, the negotiators are meeting with diplomats from other countries to broker a deal to commit some of the world’s largest economies to enact laws to reduce their carbon pollution. But under the Constitution, a president may enter into a legally binding treaty only if it is approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. Part of the agreement would allow the U.N. to publicly “call out” countries they deem threats to the environment, including the United States. Dana Perino doesn’t like the sound of that: http://twitter.com/#!/DanaPerino/status/504457179014127616 Incredible. http://twitter.com/#!/TinfoilTricorn/status/504459083106500608 http://twitter.com/#!/f480volt/status/504459452817620992 http://twitter.com/#!/GaryACarlo/status/504492330229829632 http://twitter.com/#!/kmecf/status/504466091708780544 The Obama administration’s plan to skirt Congress on a climate change agreement with the U.N. […]

Greenpeace Probe Of Climate Naysayer Implicates Exxon Mobil

Greenpeace Probe Of Climate Naysayer Implicates Exxon Mobil

Despite a 2007 pledge to stop funding climate naysayers, Exxon Mobil kept supporting at least one: Smithsonian astrophysicist Willie Soon, who is now under investigation for shady research practices. Just-released public records show how the oil industry helped bankroll climate skepticism. View this image › LM Otero / AP Photo / Via apimages.com Oil industry titan Exxon Mobil kept funding a prominent climate science naysayer for years after the world’s largest oil refiner claimed it had stopped supporting global warming denial, according to documents released Friday by Greenpeace and provided exclusively to BuzzFeed News. The researcher, Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is best known for testimony before United States Congress blaming global warming on the sun. Soon is now under investigation by his employer after Greenpeace released funding records that suggest he received more than $1 million in fossil fuel industry support […]

How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

Hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn’t — reacting says a lot about the future of agriculture. View this image › BuzzFeed “All the grapes were ripening at once,” Wendy Cameron recalls of the harvest that was the wake-up call. Cameron is head winemaker at Brown Brothers, one of Australia’s largest and oldest wine producers. In her 16 years there, Cameron had seen changes — hotter summers, harvest dates inching earlier. While heat waves aren’t unheard of in Australia, the one they had during the late summer of 2008 was unlike anything she’d ever seen: It was over 105 degrees for 10 days straight. You can’t just leave ripe grapes on the vine — their sugars will get too high, yielding wines that are too alcoholic. […]

Did they ‘pay the black guy?': GOP selfie at the Spurs game [pic]

Did they ‘pay the black guy?’: GOP selfie at the Spurs game [pic]

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnCornyn/status/478345235466960896 When you mix politics and sports, you’re usually not going to get tepid responses. http://twitter.com/#!/ErnieLies/status/478345879854669825 http://twitter.com/#!/Mr_Berman/status/478345885479219200 http://twitter.com/#!/JumpinJezebel/status/478349029538299904 “The black guy.” Facepalm. http://twitter.com/#!/BadtotheBohn/status/478349595487899648 Heh. Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/15/did-they-have-to-pay-the-black-guy-gop-selfie-at-the-san-antonio-spurs-game-pic/

Obama 'officially rejects' construction of Keystone pipeline (for predictable reason)

Obama ‘officially rejects’ construction of Keystone pipeline (for predictable reason)

Not unexpectedly, President Obama has rejected the construction of the Keystone pipeline: One of the offered reasons is, of course, that the pipeline would contribute to climate change: Obama will now wear the rejection of Keystone proudly at the U.N. Climate Summit: Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/11/06/obama-officially-rejects-construction-of-keystone-pipeline-for-predictable-reason/

‘Comedy gold’: AGW alarmist frets over ‘favorited’ Mark Steyn tweet

‘Comedy gold’: AGW alarmist frets over ‘favorited’ Mark Steyn tweet

http://twitter.com/#!/hugh_brice/status/518097160626515968 In which @gregladen is in the lead for the person with the thinnest skin in the #agw cult–> https://t.co/BbxLPXn3r2 #BlessHisHeart — cosmoscon (@gdthomp01) October 3, 2014 It seems Georgia Tech climate scientist Judith Curry offended climate change alarmist Greg Laden. How? It all started when Laden noticed that Curry “favorited” a Mark Steyn tweet. Laden wanted an apology — yes, an apology — from somebody for favoriting the tweet of another: I hope Judith Curry apologizes for this. http://t.co/8JHCuSKgzF via @Scienceblogs — Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 1, 2014 Laden wrote that Curry has become “increasingly aligned with those who are highly skeptical that global warming is real.” Favoriting this Mark Steyn tweet was the last straw: To sum that up: @gregladen @ScienceBlogs She's a scientist, but since you don't agree with her… she's a bad scientist. Got it. You're a child. — Sean (@goliathmeadow) October 1, 2014 Shorter @GregLaden: […]

After A Crack Opened Up In The Ground, This Entire River Disappeared

After A Crack Opened Up In The Ground, This Entire River Disappeared

Despite hundreds of years of research into how the Earth works, it still manages to surprise us fairly often. Sometimes these surprises are interesting and beneficial to life, other times though, they catch us off guard with devastating consequences. What recently happened in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz falls into the latter category. For hundreds of years, the Atoyac River has been a vital part of life for residents of Veracruz. But earlier this month, the entire body of water literally disappeared overnight. Flickr / Scott & Emily www.wegoslow.com It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but here are before and after photos of the river. Llaman a “salvar” el río Atoyac. Agustín Mollinedo dijo que aún se conserva el nacimiento https://t.co/Vkinen4dg2 pic.twitter.com/J5CdTkDGZG — El Universal (@El_Universal_Mx) March 3, 2016 The culprit? A large hole in the riverbed. On Sunday night, residents said they heard a […]