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Why Don’t We Grieve for Extinct Species? – November 25, 2016

An impassioned group of artists and activists is creating rituals for coping with extinction and environmental loss

In early 2010, artist, activist and mother, Persephone Pearl, headed to the Bristol Museum. Like many concerned about the fate of the planet, she was in despair over the failed climate talks in Copenhagen that winter. She sat on a bench and looked at a stuffed animal behind glass: a thylacine. Before then, she’d never heard of the marsupial carnivore that went extinct in 1936.

Passenger Pigeon Chalk Artphoto by University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment / FlickrA commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction at the University of Michigan.

“Here was this beautiful mysterious lost creature… more

by: The Guardian

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‘Extraordinarily Hot’ Arctic Temperatures Alarm Scientists – November 22, 2016

Researchers say warmer air and sea surface could lead to record lows of sea ice at north pole next year

The Arctic is experiencing extraordinarily hot sea surface and air temperatures, which are stopping ice forming and could lead to record lows of sea ice at the north pole next year, according to scientists.

photo of a arctic sea icephoto by Mike Beauregard Arctic sea-ice, Nunavut, Canada. Temperatures in the Arctic have been peaking 20 degrees Celsius higher than normal for this time of year.

Danish and US researchers monitoring satellites and Arctic weather stations are surprised and alarmed by air temperatures peaking at what they say is an unheard-of 20 Celsius higher than normal for the time of year. In… more

by: The Guardian

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Thousands of Chinese Ships Trawl the World, So How Can We Stop Overfishing? – November 15, 2016

The UN has pledge to ensure healthy, productive oceans, but demand for fish has never been higher

When I was in Senegal in 2003, the few Chinese vessels fishing along the coast from Mauritania to Liberia were unseaworthy rust-buckets, existing off what licenses they could cadge.

Then in the past five years shining new trawlers appeared on the horizon, churned out by subsidized Chinese shipyards, earning their owners handsome subsidies if they travel outside China, where they run on subsidized fuel and exploit subsidized freight rates to get their frozen cargo back home. There seem to be unlimited funds available to buy licenses to fish in ways that are far from transparent — and which have long been exploited by other Far East fleets and… more

by: The Guardian

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Paris Climate Deal Thrown into Uncertainty by US Election Result – November 9, 2016

Many fear Donald Trump will reverse the ambitious course set by Barack Obama and withdraw the US from the accord

Just days after the historic Paris agreement officially came into force, climate denier Donald Trump’s victory has thrown the global deal into uncertainty and raised fears that the US will reverse the ambitious environmental course charted under Barack Obama.

photo of coal plantphoto by Pembina InstituteAn oil sands facility in Canada. Environmental groups are worried about what a Trump presidency means for international climate action.

International environmental groups meeting at the UN climate talks in Morocco said it would be a catastrophe if Trump acted on his pledge to withdraw the US from the deal, which took 20 years to… more

by: The Guardian

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Army Corp of Engineers Ordered Police to Arrest Standing Rock Water Protectors – November 3, 2016

Police deployed pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets in 'standoff with protestors'

The US army corps of engineers ordered North Dakota police to arrest Native American protesters and destroy a bridge that activists built over a creek at the center of the increasingly tense Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations.

Woman in headdress holding up a fistPhoto by Sara Lefleur-VetterPaddlers arrive at the shore on the edge of the Standing Rock Reservation in September. On Wednesday, police deploted pepper spray and teargas on water protectors on the banks of Cantepata Creek.

The Morton County sheriff’s office announced on Wednesday that police were in a “standoff with protesters on the banks of the Cantapeta Creek” while activists said they… more

by: The Guardian

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