News Update

November 18, 2015


Here you can see the Iceland Ice sheets.  In this news article you can read that the winter of 2015 so far has lead to a net increase in mass in one of the Glacier. This is important since 1993 there has not been  an increase in the amount of ice.  This could be a good sign in the war on climate change.  This would have to be proven over more years and this whole winter but it seems to be that we will have increase in Icelandic ice sheet masses.

Cuban (Environmental) Crisis

November 18, 2015

Jk, it was bad play on words.  But huge news between the US and Cuba this week, both countries signed an agreement to join forces in protecting the coral and vast array of fish that live in the shared ocean between the two.  It is the first environmental diplomatic agreement since the US decided to reopen relations with Cuba.

The agreement allows scientists and researchers from both countries to collaborate on preserving similar marine ecosystem reserves.  “Fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, birds and other marine life exist in ecosystems that rarely fall within maps drawn by man,” said Jonathan Jarvis, director of the U.S. National Park Service.

Cuba has some of the largest untouched coral and marine ecosystem reserves, but they could be in danger with an increase in tourism to the country.  Havana will host the 10th Ocean Sciences Conference this week where scientists from the US and the rest of the world will meet to talk about climate change.

For more info click here

EU paying loads to fight olive tree killer

November 16, 2015


Described as “one of the most dangerous plant pathogens worldwide,” Xylella fastidiosa is attacking olive trees. Besides olive trees being super cool, the EU needs them because the EU is the largest global consumer and producer of olive oil. There was a workshop in Brussels to brainstorm how to get rid of the pathogen, and that’s when the EU announced that they would spend 7 million euros ($7.5 million) to fund research.

More on Eating Animals

November 15, 2015

IFL Science published an article that goes back to the books Eating Animals and Placing Animals that we read in class. The article goes over why and how some people find it easier to eat animals; it talks about the “meat paradox”, or the conflict between enjoying meat and feeling guilty about it. It also talks about cognitive dissonance, which is how most people deal with moral dilemmas or contradictory beliefs. The article goes over many things talked about in the two books, including how we ignore the processes behind meat production, and how we “dumb down” livestock. I thought it was neat to read this article with the viewpoints I gained from reading Eating Animals and Placing Animals. 

Article here.

New Article On Mt Saint Helens

November 11, 2015

This week  I found this article and it deals with one of the larger volcanos in the US.  It released that the pluming of the volcano  Mt Saint Helen has now been understood.  The magma chambers under it have been expanded to two chamber one deeper than the other and this has help them understand more about its precious eruption.  Here is the article and the eruption alert has been raised on the volcano as well.

Floating Mountains on Pluto!?!?

November 11, 2015

That’s right, fellow humans, new data hints at Pluto having ice mountains buoyant enough to float on seas of nitrogen ice. There might also be ice volcanoes, a buried ocean, and four super fast moving small moons! What a weird little planet…

Current Environmental Article: Fine Against Lumber Liquidators

November 11, 2015

The company Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty to buying illegally-harvested wood from Russia and agreed to pay a more than $13 million fine,  the largest fine ever issued under the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act bans trafficking in illegal wildlife and “specifically prohibits the important of wood taken in violation of U.S. state or foreign law… It’s the first time a U.S. company has been convicted of a felony related to timber under the Lacey Act.” I’m glad about this crackdown on illegal logging, partly because the deforestation threatens big kitties like the Siberian tiger and my very very favorite big kitty, the Amur leopard (which is the rarest big cat species in the world; there are only about 60 individuals left in the wild). The issue is that corrupt companies strip resources for profit, and they do so faster than those resources can be replenished. This disrupts the local ecosystem and makes other areas targets for deforestation as the companies move on to reap more material. Hopefully this crackdown signals a zero-tolerance attitude towards illegal logging, and is the step towards more environmentally sustainable practices.

Article here.

Kitty :D

Kitty :D


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