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Ocean guardians - Earthrace joins Sea Shepherd to stop whale slaughter. Global community's tried but so far failed

Inset: [Left] Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd leader. [Right] Pete Bethune, skipper of Earthrace (Ady Gil). [Center] Endangered white whale, migaloo. Bottom: Japanese fisherman butchering captured whale

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Ady Gil, formerly Earthrace, joins Sea Shepherd fleet

Thanks to a $1 million donation from its namesake, US multi-millionaire Ady Gil, formerly known as Earthrace, the Ady Gil has become the latest addition to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's protest fleet. The Ady Gil will bear down on whalers at 40 knots, blaring Maori-inspired war cries through a 9000W speaker system. "They're going to think 'what the f..k have we got here?' " laughed Ady Gil's skipper Pete Bethune.

"It deflects radar signals, so it's very hard for radar systems to pick us up. It's effectively a stealth boat. Made of carbon, with carbon flecks in the paint you can have a big boat with a 20kW radar 400m away and they won't see you. In the past, the Steve Irwin has only been fast enough to keep up with the processing ship, the Nissan Maru, but not the harpooners. We can keep up with the harpoon vessels.” "The point of conflict will shift to include the harpoon vessels now, so it gives us a chance to stop the whales being harpooned." The boat holds the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe.  read more »

Ocean pollution. Climate change. Man-made disaster or nature's "myth"? Seeing's believing: shocking evident photos

*update* 06 August 2014
Humans have tripled mercury levels in upper ocean

dead fish floating belly-up in polluted waters

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There are several causes of ocean pollution including oil pollution, marine debris, toxic materials, and ocean dumping and mining. Oil pollution is not only caused by large devastating tanker spills, it is also caused through runoff from land and industrial wastes which find their way to the ocean through drains. Other causes include intensive farming, septic tank, pesticide, animal dung, household waste, water table, waste water, nuclear waste...

The cycle of the Earth’s waters is continuous, carrying and spreading pollutants introduced by human activity all around the planet. Intensive farming, septic tank, pesticide, oil spill, animal dung, industrial waste, household waste, water table, waste water, nuclear waste, oil pollution...

Ocean Pollution - Ocean Garbage - Marine Debris  read more »

CO2 in atmosphere has been up 24% in 50 years from 310 to 384 (1958 – 2009); upper limit is 350 ppm, realtime evident indicator

Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

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To see whether enough is being done at the moment to solve these global problems, there is no single indicator as complete and current as the monthly updates for atmospheric CO2 from the Mauna Loa Observatory. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the chief greenhouse gas that results from human activities & CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere causes global warming and climate change. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating. Climate scientists say we have YEARs, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases. To help the world succeed, CO2Now.org makes it easy to see the most current CO2 level and what it means. So, use Earth's CO2 Home Page & keep an eye on CO2.

To signal that time is running out for a warming planet, French activists clutched alarm clocks and mobile phones at a protest at the Bourse, the former stock exchange in central Paris.  read more »

Copenhagen. Protest & climate call... "We're heading toward catastrophic consequences that'll be irreversible," Kofi Annan

Right: Kofi Atta Annan, the 7th Secretary-General of United Nations from 1997 to 2007, and the UN were co-recipients of 2001 Nobel Peace Prize; Left: Overflowing dam in Dindi, India, Oct. 1, 2009. Torrential rains destroyed hundreds of homes and caused heavy flooding, forcing thousands to flee to higher ground. The late monsoon flooding also damaged roads and inundated rice crops over an area of nearly 120 square miles.

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Unless we take steps to arrest climate change, we are heading toward catastrophic consequences that will be irreversible. With changing rain patterns, we have a serious problem of food production. Diseases are moving faster and farther. How do we get governments to act cooperatively in the common interest? We saw a bit of that during the financial crisis. Now that some people are rushing ahead and saying we are out of the crisis, we are falling back on the old habits of protecting our national interests.

in the United Kingdom capital London, 20,000 people took to the streets calling for climate action  read more »

Faster than predicted: Himalayan glacier'll disappear..endanger water resource. Nepal: world highest Cabinet meeting at Everest

Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal raises his hand in support of a document highlighting the negative impacts of global warming on Nepal's Himalayas during a special cabinet meeting in Kalapathar, a flat area at an altitude of 17,192 feet (5,250 meters) next to Everest base camp, in Nepal, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009

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Faster than predicted: Himalayan glacier decapitated, endangers water resources

Energy companies remove the tops of entire mountains. Now it turns out humanity’s use of that coal is removing the tops of entire glaciers. Climate models have repeatedly underestimated the speed and scale of major climate change impacts. That is why climate scientists - and indeed everyone but the blinkered deniers - are increasingly desperate that the we cut emissions sharply and quickly.

Mount Everest: The rise in global temperatures could result in the Himalayan glaciers disappearing within 30 years. UN experts say glaciers in the Himalayas could all be gone by 2035.  read more »

Leader's vision & commitment. Oscar Arias & Costa Rica: planted 6.5 million trees by 2008 while spending $0 on military

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias shoveled dirt onto the roots of an oak tree planted in the grounds of his offices, reaching the milestone in the Central American nation's efforts to ward off what some experts say are the first signs of climate change.

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Costa Rican President Oscar Arias planted the 5 millionth tree of the year near his office in the capital San Jose, By the end of 2007, Costa Rica has planted nearly 6.5 million trees, which should absorb 111,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. The goal for 2008 was to plant 7 million trees as part of the newly launched project in order to make the biodiversity nation carbon neutral. Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949.

Left: ’Vines had grown up and over a dead tree to form a heart shape.  I realized then that this heart is a symbol of Costa Rica.  Costa Ricans have put so much effort into saving their rainforest and their land.  Preservation is one of the main focuses for the Costa Rican people.  The rainforest really is where their heart is.’; Right: Arenal volcano spits lava on a regular basis.  read more »

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