An ongoing debate between evangelical groups on whether eliminating pollution and providing clean electricity over fossil fuels can be considered a "pro-life issue" has reached North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's doorstep.
Groups such as the Evangelical Environmental Network and Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, along with 15,000 pro-life Christians in North Carolina, have petitioned to McCrory and other elected officials, urging them to aim for achieving 100 percent clean electricity in the state by 2030 as part of its Pro-Life Clean Energy Campaign.
However, E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., founder and national spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, told CP in a separate interview, that the Pro-Life Clean Energy plan is a "deceptive campaign" that has been been criticized by a number of pro-life leaders. more >>
Industrial development is a positive thing, right? For the most part, it is. A new report from the WWF says that because of industries growing rapidly in literally all parts of the world, half of what are called as World Heritage Sites are now being threatened.
The sites which are particularly in danger of major damage include the Grand Canyon in the United States, Szechuan giant panda sanctuaries in China, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Although these sites are supposedly given protection by the status given to them by the United Nations, they no longer are safe from the invasion and intrusion of specific industries such as fossil fuel exploration, illegal logging, and others, WWF said.
According to the chief executive of WWF-UK, David Nussbaum, the fact that even a very tiny portion of the planet isn't getting the protection it needs is so unfortunate. It seems like countries and corporations are more concerned about protecting their business and industry interests instead of the world's natural resources and the ecosystem. more >>
The unprecedented effects of global warming may eventually give us enough reason to be worried, sooner than later. News from a group of scientists from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center says that the Arctic sea ice set a record low during wintertime due to global warming. They described the scene in the Arctic as a "warm, crazy winter."
NASA also said that the temperatures in the area this winter achieved a 15-degree increase compared to the average, which basically implies that sea ice is melting faster than usual. Well, the frozen ocean water isn't even supposed to melt because it only does during summer and supposedly will refreeze in the winter. But that's no longer happening right now.
There is reason why everyone on Earth should be worried about the state of sea ice, particularly in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The ice is responsible for influencing weather in literally all parts of the world. But not only that, it also affects wildlife and habitat of plants and animals. more >>
Recently released scientific data by the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed that the month of February registered the highest global temperature average so far in the 20th century. According to the NOAA website, the average temperature recorded in February was 2.18 F higher than the average temperature for the 20th century. Notably, the December 2015 to February 2016 average temperature also posted a 2.03 F difference above the 20th century average, which covers the period 1880-2016.
The NOAA report noted that the rise of temperatures across the globe was also influenced by the El Nino phenomenon which was said to have reached its peak during the winter.
In comparison to the average temperature for the month of February from 1880-2016, February 2016 was recorded as the highest so far, with a 2.18 F difference. According to the report, the month of February also "marks the 10th consecutive month a monthly global temperature has been broken." more >>
A new scientific study that was released recently reveals that white storks in Europe are no longer taking their annual winter trip to warmer continents, such as Africa because of the abundance of food found in Europe's massive landfills. According to a report in The Guardian, the study that was done by a group of scientists from the University of East Anglia was able to track the movements of 48 white storks as they were flying back and forth from their breeding grounds to the landfills, where they apparently get their "junk food fix."
The report said that the group outfitted 48 white storks with GPS locators in order to study their movement. The study found out that the storks were travelling from their nesting grounds to the landfills and back, indicating that they were using their nesting grounds more frequently than before.
White storks normally take a migratory trip to warmer continents during winter time, flying from Europe to Africa. The report however cited that since the 1980s, many storks have skipped their migration altogether – in Spain and Portugal, for example, over 14,000 storks stay for the winter. more >>
A recently released set of scientific papers on global sea level rise warns that the phenomenon of rising sea levels is accelerating and if unchecked, will have devastating effects on coastal communities all over the world, including the United States. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, up to 13.1 million U.S. residents living in the country's coastal areas will be forced to move to higher ground if mitigating and protective measures are not taken to slow down the already alarming rate of rising sea levels.
The report cites a set of research studies released by the notable Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S. which looked at several factors that contribute to sea level rise, such as the changes in the Antartic ice sheet through time; the sources of sea level rise which include the melting of ice sheets, the melting of glaciers, the movement of continents; a historical study of the relationship between temperature and sea level and lastly, a study that uses historical information in order to predict sea levels in the next 100 years or so. According to another report in The Guardian, the study predicts that "unless societies make significant changes," sea level is expected to rise by as much as three feet by the year 2100.
The Guardian also presented a summary of the report and its relevance in the wake of the issues of climate change, which was shared by the lead author of the report, Matthew Hauer. He pointed to human activities or influence that affected the "equilibrium" of the world's oceans, glaciers and ice sheet, which has contributed to sea level rise. Their model was able to "make probabilistic projections of sea level rise incorporating the main uncertainties." He added, "While stopping sea level rise within this century is unlikely, our projections confirm that the world can still choose from a spectrum of sea level futures. It mainly depends on how much heat-trapping gases will be emitted. To avoid the risk of 1.3 meter higher seas in 2100, mankind needs to cut its carbon emissions." more >>