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Kern River in Bakersfield, California

It’s sad to know that the government has to adamantly denied climate change / global warming – whatever you want to call it as an existing worldly issue that is immediate action is needed.

It’s even more sad to know an large number everyday humans aren’t aware of this issue or just don’t give a fck… What we do on a daily basis, at home, at work, while at the beach and what our government regulates or lack thee of directly effects the world.

Not only is there a drought in my home state of California, but as well as Africa and other regions. The climate rise means ice melting which means higher sea levels and this is not good for Earth and it’s inhabitants.

The image above is a place my parents took my sister and I to as children. My heart hurts to see that such a beautiful river gone. Drought conditions have hampered farming, increased water rates throughout California and created potentially dangerous conditions in areas prone to wildfires. 

On Monday, the L.A. Department of Water and Power (DWP) said it was increasing its staff of water-wasting inspectors from one to four in an effort to better patrol the city of four million. Even though the State Water Resources Control Board in California recently instituted statewide mandatory water restrictions that can result in fines of up to $500, the focus of these eight boots on the ground will be more education than punitive enforcement. This falls in line with the city’s policy to date: 1,400 reports of water violations have been reported this year through June and 863 warning letters handed out, but no fines given.

So what is with this “Ice Bucket Challenge” BS…? Are these people serious??

“Fresh water is one of our nation’s most precious resources,” Jim Gulliford, executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, told The Wire in an email interview. “It is a resource that should never be undervalued or wasted. This becomes even more important when areas of our country are suffering from drought.”

Let’s use the brain cells given to us so generously for good. There are critical issues that needs to be addressed, taught to the masses and regulated. There should be recycling for every house and apartment building along with climate change being talked in every classroom.

 

 

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Foretelling The Devastating Impact of Climate Change

A new report warns human-driven climate change is having dramatic health, ecological and financial impacts across United States. The White House’s “National Climate Assessment” details how the consequences of climate change are hitting on several fronts — rising sea levels along the coasts, droughts and fires in the Southwest, and extreme rainfall across the country. It warns that unless greenhouse emissions are curbed, U.S. temperatures could increase up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. Reportedly the largest, most comprehensive U.S.-focused climate change study ever produced, the report is being called a possible “game changer” for efforts to address climate change.

Democracy Now speaks w| Radley Horton, a climatologist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University, who co-wrote the Northeast region chapter of the National Climate Assessment. “This report really tells the story very succinctly about how all Americans will be impacted by climate change,” Horton says. “It’s a nonpartisan issue.”

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/5/7/foretelling_devastating_impact_will_white_house

Highlighted DOCUMENTARY:
“A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” goes through the history of the global environmental movement.
http://www.afiercegreenfire.com/

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State of California Drought

California is facing a major drought that is threatening water supplies across the state. At least 17 rural communities, home to around 40,000 people, are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days. California saw less rainfall last year than in any other since becoming a state in 1850.

Cattle ranchers have had to sell portions of their herd for lack of water. Sacramento and other municipalities have imposed severe water restrictions. Wildfires broke out this week in forests that are usually too wet to ignite. Ski resorts that normally open in December are still closed.

LET’S HOPE FOR EDUCATION, MEDIA ATTENTION AND MUCH NEEDED AWARENESS WHEN IT COMES TO CLIMATE CHANGE. OUR BELOVED EARTH WILL NOT FOREVER STAND MANKIND’S TORTURE OF IT’S NATURAL RESOURCES.

Sources: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/3/headlines#238
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/us/as-californias-drought-deepens-a-sense-of-dread-grows.html?_r=0

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Just before we went to air today, Somali youth climate activist Marian Osman addressed the main plenary at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland. “There’s a Somali proverb that goes: a mere finger can’t obscure the sun,” Osman said. “You cannot hide the truth by deception; as any one of the thousands whom are in need in Somalia and the Philippines this week could tell you, no amount of political stalling can hide the fact that a climate crisis is here.” Earlier this month, a deadly cyclone slammed the Puntland region of Somalia, wreaking havoc on an already vulnerable population.

One of the core solutions to reducing climate change proposed in the Kyoto Protocol has resurfaced at the latest U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland — the creation of a carbon market. However, climate activists here say it is a “false solution” pushed by bankers and bureaucrats. We speak with South African activist and professor Patrick Bond, who says negotiators should instead emphasize cutting emissions and paying climate debt.

Activists from around the world have been meeting in a convergence center in downtown Warsaw, holding their own meetings to strategize about how to address climate change. Many of them also attended the U.N. climate summit, but walked out in frustration for the first time in 19 years on Thursday. Democracy Now!’s Amy Littlefield and Hany Massoud visited the activist center to file this report. “This has been a beautiful, valuable space,” says Kenyan activist Ruth Nyambura. “If nothing comes out of this COP, what the youth constituency of the UNFCCC has done has really, really changed the game.”

See video here > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEv7JJzDxPI

via http://www.democracynow.org

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As Poor Countries Walk Out of Climate Talks, Venezuela Calls on Industrial Nations to Take Action

http://www.democracynow.org

A group of 133 developing nations have walked out of a key part of the climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, amidst a conflict over how countries who have historically emitted the most greenhouse gases should be held financially responsible for some of the damage caused by extreme weather in nations with low carbon emissions. The United States, Australia, Canada and other industrialized countries are pushing for the issue — known as loss and damage — to be put off until after the 2015 climate talks in Paris. “When you see developed countries being so bold to tell you that they are not even considering reducing their emissions, that they are not even considering paying for the costs that those inactions have on the life of others, that is really rude and hard to handle it politically,” says Claudia Salerno, the lead climate negotiator for Venezuela, which is a member of the G77+China group that walked out. “We are heading to a point in which countries are not ready to take responsibility for their acts, and in this case, even more pathetic, they are not wanting to be.” Salerno became famous at the 2009 U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen when she banged her hand against the table in an attempt to be heard, hitting it so vigorously that it began to bleed. Her country is set to host a ministerial meeting next year ahead of the 2014 U.N. climate summit in Peru, where it will welcome the input of civil society.

IT STARTS WITH US, THE PEOPLE. EVEN IF OUR GOVERNMENTS REFUSE TO WAKE THE FCK UP AND GET WITH THE PROGRAM. WE AS THE PEOPLE NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE IN OUR DAILY LIVES. RECYCLE, USE LESS EVERYTHING, SHARE, GIVE AND SPREAD THE WORD OF A GREEN SOCIETY. TEACH YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR BROTHERS, SISTERS AND FRIENDS… CLIMATE CHANGE IS EFFECTING US ALL.

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Climate Change – Typhoon Haiyan

Climate Change - Typhoon Haiyan

Via democracynow.org
One of the most intense storms in world history has hit the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan has already killed at least four people, injured several others and prompted millions to flee. President Benigno Aquino has warned the country faces “calamity.” With sustained winds of up to 199 miles per hour, it may be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall. On many islands, streets are flooded, communication is cut off, trees are down, and power is out. After battering the Philippines, Haiyan is on track to hit Vietnam and Laos over the weekend.

The science of climate change is complex, but everyone should know the basics: the Earth is heating up because gases produced from vehicles, power plants, deforestation, and other sources are building up in the atmosphere, acting like a thick blanket over our planet.

The Facts About Climate Change
• FACT: Average global temperatures increased by about 1 degree Celsius over the 20th century.
•FACT: The United States contains only 5 percent of the world’s population, but contributes 22 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
•FACT: 15 percent of carbon emissions come from deforestation and land use change.
•FACT: The Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes) is thought to be the first species to go extinct because of climate change.
•FACT: Personal cars and trucks in the United States emit 20 percent of the United States’ carbon emissions.
•FACT: Air conditioning and heating account for almost half of electricity use in the average American home.
•FACT: Climate change is linked to stronger hurricanes, more drought and increased coral deaths from bleaching.
•FACT: Climate change is linked to an increase in disease-carrying pests that lead to the increased spread of diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, lyme disease and West Nile virus.
http://www.nature.org

So, the next time you feel like taking a 30 minute shower, don’t! The next time you run your homes air conditioning system when you could just open a window, do so! The next time you can walk to the store instead of driving, get to stepping! The next time you decide not to turn off all the lights in your home while you are in another room or running a quick errand, turn those lights off!

If you want this beautiful place to be here for your children, your grandchildren and on, think consciously today!

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People to Live on Mars

More than 100,000 people are eager to make themselves at home on another planet. They’ve applied for a one-way trip to Mars, hoping to be chosen to spend the rest of their lives on uncharted territory, according to an organization planning the manned missions.

The Mars One project wants to colonize the red planet, beginning in 2022. There are financial and practical questions about this venture that haven’t been clarified. Will there be enough money? Will people really be able to survive on Mars? But these haven’t stopped some 30,000 Americans from signing up.

You can see some of the candidates on the project’s website, but they’re not the only ones who have applied, said Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder.

“There is also a very large number of people who are still working on their profile, so either they have decided not to pay the application fee, or they are still making their video or they’re still filling out the questionnaire or their resume. So the people that you can see online are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public,” Lansdorp said.

The entrepreneur did not specify how many have paid the fees, completed their profiles and configured them as private.

The application process

Anyone 18 or older may apply, but the fee depends on a user’s nationality. For Americans, it’s $38; if you’re in Mexico, however, it’s a mere $15.

The company said it sets the price based on the gross domestic product per capita of each nation. “We wanted it to be high enough for people to have to really think about it and low enough for anyone to be able to afford it,” Lansdorp said.

For the first crew, the Mars One mission will cost $6 billion, Lansdorp said. The idea is for it to be funded by sponsors and media that will pay for broadcasting rights of shows and movies documenting everything from the astronauts’ training on Earth to their deployment and colonization of Mars.

Out of the applicants, Mars One said it will select a multicontinental group of 40 astronauts this year. Four of them — two men and two women — are set to leave for Mars in September 2022, landing in April 2023.