Our cover this week focuses on the oil industry. In a year blighted by wildfires and polar freezes, climate change is becoming hard to ignore. Yet demand for oil is rising and the energy industry is planning multi-trillion-dollar investments to satisfy it. No firm embodies this strategy better than ExxonMobil, the giant that rivals admire and green activists love to hate. It plans to pump 25% more oil and gas in 2025 than in 2017. If the rest of the industry pursues even modest growth, the consequences for the climate could be grave. #TheEconomist
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Illegal traffickers want animals by any means necessary, even if they are endangered or if they suffer in transit. More than 380 wildlife species (211 birds, 101 mammals, 47 reptiles, seven amphibians and 17 invertebrates) were illegally traded from across Peru to meet worldwide demand between year 2000 and 2015. The drivers of this trade vary: people want these animals for companionship, for their beauty or for scientific or ornamental purposes, among other reasons. Read about it on www.mongabay.com #animals#wildlife#wildlifetrafficking#endangeredspecies#conservation#biodiversity#environment#nature
377,2502,23022 February, 2019
@youthvgov continues to break new ground. Link in bio to learn more. #JoinJuliana#youthvgov
. #Regram#RG@nowthisnews: 'They said we could never win. And then we started winning.' — These young people from all around the U.S. are taking legal action in the fight against climate change. To learn more, click the link in our bio 🌏
120,8431,15821 February, 2019
#Regram#RG@gretathunberg: This picture is from Brighton. This week well over 100 000 school children were on strike for the climate!! British PM says that the children on school strike are “wasting lesson time”. That may well be the case. But then again, political leaders have wasted 30 yrs of inaction. And that is slightly worse.... #schoolstrike4climate#FridaysForFuture#ClimateStrike
411,6862,73420 February, 2019
In a clear sign of continuing long-term climate change associated with record atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 have been confirmed as the four warmest years on record. A consolidated analysis by WMO of five leading international datasets showed that the global average surface temperature in 2018 was approximately 1.0° Celsius above the pre-industrial baseline (1850-1900). It ranks as the fourth warmest year on record. The year 2016, which was influenced by a strong El-Niño event, remains the warmest year on record, followed by 2017 and 2015. “The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one, “ said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years. The degree of warming during the past four years has been exceptional, both on land and in the ocean.” “Temperatures are only part of the story. Extreme and high impact weather affected many countries and millions of people, with devastating repercussions for economies and ecosystems in 2018,” he said. “Greenhouse gas emission reduction and climate adaptation measures should be a top global priority,” said Mr Taalas. #climatechange#climatechangeisreal#climateaction#parisagreement#greenhousegases
373,8214,35918 February, 2019
Good news from China where Beijing has agreed to ban all auctions of ivory cultural relics this year. China’s third largest city has developed an ivory policy stronger than that of national government by completely eliminating the cultural relics loophole left behind following China’s 2017 ivory trade ban. ECF partner, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), has been working tirelessly to ensure effective implementation of China’s ivory trade ban and says the move by Beijing is a ‘notable development’ and shows other large Chinese cities that such a decision is possible. #ivoryban#China#NaturalResourcesDefenseCouncil#ElephantCrisisFund .
231,9311,39316 February, 2019
Ensuring clean water for future generations of the Amazon is an ongoing dream we share with our indigenous partner Alianza Ceibo.
Working towards this dream, we've already installed 1164 rainwater harvesting systems in over 80 communities - achieving to provide a reliable and safe water supply for families affected by the impacts of nearly half a century of oil exploitation on their ancestral territories. This year, our efforts will be focused on providing maintenance workshops in the communities to ensure the sustainability of this solution and families' autonomy in caring for and repairing their systems over time. Find out more: www.amazonfrontlines.org . #water#amazon#ecuador#colombia#peru#waterislife#indigenous#indigenousresistance#tribes#secoya#waorani#kofan#siona#amazonia
332,1381,58815 February, 2019
The salmon that got away. I sat in this blind for two weeks, waiting for one decisive moment to happen. I could hear the wolves back in the forest but I rarely got a glimpse of them. I would enter the blind in the dark at 5am and sit there everyday until dark. To move my hands in the blind was too much movement. I literally could not move a muscle. My goal was to get a shot of a wolf catching a large salmon. If we want to protect coastal wolves then we need to protect salmon which in turn feed on herring. In the coming weeks, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are encouraging and “mismanaging” the removal of 40 million pounds of herring out of the Strait of Georgia. Most of this herring ends up as chicken feed, fish farm feed and feed for captive marine mammals. We are devastated by the loss of our salmon on this coast, we are devastated by the fact that our orca populations are starving and yet, we allow the removal of the last of the foundation fish that fuels this entire ecosystem. When are we going to stand up and call DFO out? They managed the Atlantic Cod fishery to a complete collapse. They have mismanaged our salmon populations and now they literally driving our herring populations to complete collapse. Please follow along all week as @cristinamittermeier@sealegacy@pacificwild and myself post on this incredibly pressing issue. #biglittlefish#foundationfish#wolf#speakout
464,9641,91215 February, 2019
Morocco is home to the world's largest concentrated solar farm. Built on an area the size of more than 3,500 soccer fields, the Noor-Ouarzazate complex produces enough electricity to power a city the size of Prague, or twice the size of Marrakesh, and saves the planet from more than 760,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. Morocco aims to have 42% of its power come from renewable sources by 2020.
132,8712,17813 February, 2019
Every year, fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the shark fin trade. Shark finning is a gruesome practice that involves chopping off a shark’s fins and dumping the body back into the ocean to slowly drown or bleed to death. Many are plucked from the ocean, maimed for their fins and tossed back to sea to die. While shark finning is illegal in the U.S., the demand for fins drives this horrible practice, and the U.S. participates in this demand by allowing the buying and selling of shark fins. DO YOUR PART! Tell your representative in Congress to ban the sale of shark fin products in the U.S. to help protect sharks by following the link in our bio. #FinBanNow . 📸: OCEANA / LX
#Regram#RG@cnn: A massive hole two-thirds the size of Manhattan has been discovered growing in an Antarctic glacier, signaling rapid ice decay that has shocked scientists. The cavity — measuring almost 1,000 feet tall — is big enough to have contained 14 billion tons of ice, and “most of that ice melted over the last three years,” NASA said. (📸: NASA/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck)