The courage displayed by Larry Gibson, Ken Ward, Jay O’Hara and a growing number of others is absent in our political leaders. In the United States, both political parties kowtow to the fossil fuel industry. One party simply denies the reality of human-caused climate change. The other party feigns concern, advocating ineffectual costly policies such as renewable portfolio standards for utilities, while simultaneously approving development of dirty unconventional fossil fuels and continuation and expansion of drilling and mining of every fossil fuel that can be found.
Nearly half the bird species in North America are threatened by climate change, according to a new report. The report, published Monday by the National Audubon Society, found that as the the climate of North America changes, 126 bird species will lose more than half — with some at risk of losing 100 percent — of their current ranges by 2050, and will have no possibility of colonizing new areas if warming continues unabated. That’s about 21 percent of North America’s 650 or so bird species. On top of that, 188 species are also threatened by a 50 percent or more loss in their ranges by 2080, but may be able to find new areas to colonize. (via Almost Half Of North American Bird Species Are Threatened By Climate Change | ThinkProgress)

Nearly half the bird species in North America are threatened by climate change, according to a new report. The report, published Monday by the National Audubon Society, found that as the the climate of North America changes, 126 bird species will lose more than half — with some at risk of losing 100 percent — of their current ranges by 2050, and will have no possibility of colonizing new areas if warming continues unabated. That’s about 21 percent of North America’s 650 or so bird species. On top of that, 188 species are also threatened by a 50 percent or more loss in their ranges by 2080, but may be able to find new areas to colonize. (via Almost Half Of North American Bird Species Are Threatened By Climate Change | ThinkProgress)

An outlook report by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), the government agency tasked with overseeing the reef’s health, declines to mince its words. The reef is an “icon under pressure” that has suffered a dip in health since the last major analysis of its condition in 2009.

Climate change, which is causing the oceans to warm, is cited as the leading threat to the reef, followed by pollution running off the land into the sea, coastal development and direct impacts such as fishing.