Lost…and found! The Silver-backed #Chevrotain , a miniature fanged ‘deer’ from Vietnam, has been lost to science for over 25 years, but thanks to @global_wildlife_conservation , the Southern Institute of Ecology and @leibnizizw , we now have camera trap photos of the Chevrotain from Vietnam’s coastal forests. This is the critical first step in preventing the extinction of the species, which is about the size of a soccer ball and is one of a number of fascinating species that live in the diverse tropical forests of Southeast Asia—a region ravaged by poaching from snares.
#Regram #RG @aussieark : Officials have issued a warning of "catastrophic fire danger" as firefighters battle over 60 blazes raging across the Australian state of New South Wales, which has caused the tragic loss of lives and livelihoods. There have already been significant harmful impacts to wildlife, with entire ecosystems up in smoke and individual species affected, including around 350 Koalas presumed dead – all before the fires reach their peak.
Our hearts go out to the victims of the current fires, which we know have been exacerbated by the decline of native biodiversity. Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate on Earth, and the country is amongst the worst 7 countries worldwide for biodiversity loss. Australian conservation efforts need a radical overhaul. Mitigating the intensity of these fires, mostly set by humans and their activities, can be achieved by restoring our native ecosystem engineers, such as bandicoots, bettongs and potoroos. These species help to maintain healthy forests by continually turning over and breaking down forest leaf litter, thereby drastically reducing fuel load. In their absence, fires are more intense, often reaching the treetops, which can affect populations of species already on the brink, like the Koala. Slow growing and ancient Australian East coast temperate forests are of global significance, as these forests have some of the highest carbon storage on the planet. Fires of this intensity threaten their very existence but managing wildlife to reduce fire intensity and protect forests is underappreciated for its importance in reducing the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
Aussie Ark works with Australia’s most threatened and imperiled wildlife, several of which are extinct on the mainland. Native wildlife conservation sanctuaries provide refuge, as well as source populations for rewilding and restoring Australia’s native ecosystems.
Our sincere well wishes go out to all those affected by these devastating fires. If you encounter any injured wildlife, please contact your local animal authorities for rescue and rehabilitation.
Ghana’s #Atewa Forest Reserve provides drinking water to 5 million+ people & harbors 100+ wildlife species at risk of extinction. We must prioritize the protection of these irreplaceable places for a healthy planet. Read more @washingtonpost : wapo.st/2oDUBFi @arochaghana #SaveAtewaForestNow
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Rising seas will be much worse and more expensive to deal with than previously thought, new research finds. Even under a scenario of very modest climate change, 150 million people worldwide will live below the high-tide level by 2050 and 190 million will by 2100. If climate change and sea level rise follow a worse path, as many as 340 million people living below the high-tide level could be in peril, to say nothing of how many could be affected by floods and extreme events. Such figures are three times — or more — higher than earlier estimates. Read more by clicking the link in the @washingtonpost ’s bio.
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October 2019 was the warmest October ever, according to data from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, an organization that tracks global temperatures. This year has seen several hottest-month records, including July, which Copernicus said was the warmest month of all on record, replacing the record set in July 2016. Copernicus has been tracking temperatures the planet’s temperatures since 1979. (📸:Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
#Regram #RG @apnews : How do you help endangered gorillas? With lots of human help.
The Associated Press traveled deep into Rwanda’s rainforest where mountain gorillas are making a rare comeback. It wouldn’t have happened without an intervention known as “extreme conservation” that includes monitoring every single gorilla, occasionally intervening with veterinary care and funding forest protection by sending money into communities.
Read the full story at apnews.com
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Actor and activist Jane Fonda tells CNN’s Don Lemon that civil disobedience is the “new normal” in order to enact change and address the climate crisis. Fonda has said she wants to get arrested every Friday to raise awareness about the devastating challenges that are facing the Earth, calling these protests “Fire Drill Fridays.” Repost from @cnnclimate
Today 8/7c #Regram #RG @motherjonesmag : To understand the stakes in the next year’s election, The Weather Channel and the Climate Desk are bringing the climate crisis to your living room in a one-hour special, “2020: Race to Save the Planet,” which airs next Thursday, November 7 at 8 p.m. ET.⠀ ⠀ Climate change is quickly becoming the defining issue of the 2020 presidential election. How the next U.S. world leader confronts that threat will define where we live, what we eat, how nations will survive. Despite the urgency of the issue, there hasn’t been a true forum for presidential candidates of both parties to thoughtfully discuss their plans to face the current climate challenge. That changes on Thursday night.⠀ ⠀ With a year until we select our next president, The Weather Channel has teamed up with the Climate Desk, a partnership of 18 media organizations working together on covering climate change, to deliver an hour of climate conversations with nine candidates— five Democrats and three Republicans. Hurricane expert Dr. Rick Knabb will host “2020: Race to Save the Planet,” which features interview segments where meteorologists and science journalists meet the candidates in communities from Paradise, California, to Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss how they came to understand the threat of climate change and their visions for how to address this crisis as president.⠀ ⠀ @berniesanders , @elizabethwarren , @pete.buttigieg , @kamalaharris , @corybooker , former Governors William Weld and @marksanford , and former Congressman @joewalshofficial will all appear in the special.⠀ ⠀ Following the special, Climate Desk reporter @jamilahking will join Dr. Knabb for an hour-long audience Q/A. Viewers can keep in the loop on social media with #RaceToSaveThePlanet .
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More than 4000 people marched last night on the streets of Bucharest, demanding the Romanian Ministry of Forest to put an end to illegal logging and real protection for Europe's last virgin forests. Similar protests took place in several cities across the country.
Each year, 38 million cubic meters of wood disappear from Romania’s forests. Most of the trees are cut down illegally. .
There have also been hundreds of attacks on forest rangers, including two who have been brutally murdered, for protecting these forests.
From the Amazon to Romania, attacks against forest defenders are increasing. We need to protect the forests and the people who protect them. 🌲🌲🌲 . .
#StopIllegalLogging . 📸 Cătălin Georgescu / @greenpeace_romania . . #greenpeace #forests #forestsarelife #amazon #nature #conservation #trees #treesofinstagram 🎄 #romania
#Regram #RG @cnnclimate : The Trump administration announced that it will begin formally withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, the first step in a year-long process to leave the landmark agreement to reduce emissions of planet-warming gases. After President Trump said in 2017 that he intended to pull the US out of the agreement, the latest move is a procedural step that would lead to a complete withdrawal just after the 2020 presidential election.