Environment

Five Questions for IPCC Chairman On Future of Climate Change Action

Yale Environment 360 - 17 hours 18 min ago
The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this month issued a report on steps the world can take Rajendra Pachauri
to avoid the worst impacts of future climate change. It was the final interim report before the IPCC’s major Fifth Assessment Report due to be released in October. Yale Environment 360 asked Rajendra Pachauri, who has served as IPCC chairman since 2002, five questions about the latest report and about the prospects that the international community will finally take decisive action to address climate change at talks scheduled in Paris in 2015.
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“The Road to Ambler” Would Scar Alaska’s Brooks Range

The EnvironmentaList - 19 hours 51 min ago
Proposed route through wilderness area would pave way for new mines
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Run-of-River Hydropower Set For Big Gains, Turbine Maker Predicts

Yale Environment 360 - April 22, 2014
A type of hydroelectric technology known as "run-of-river" hydropower is set to grow 10-fold over the next decade, potentially becoming a $1.4 billion industry, Hugh Keenleyside Dam according to Dutch turbine maker Tocardo International BV. Run-of-river hydropower stations redirect part of a waterway through a diversion to spin turbines and generate electricity. Run-of-river is considered a more benign type of hydropower than large dam projects because it is a smaller-scale technology that doesn't create large upstream reservoirs that flood ecosystems and disrupt a river's natural flow. Some conservation groups are concerned that problems with migratory fish passage and other environmental issues could outweigh the power-generating potential of run-of-river hydro projects. The company implemented its first project to harness tidal streams at Den Oever, Holland, and it has been operating for five years.
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The outdoors shows girls "there are no limitations for them"

Girl Scouts of America - April 22, 2014
Today, the world celebrates Earth Day.
Girl Scouts has a long, proud history of giving back to the Earth—environmental stewardship has been a key part of Girl Scouting from the very beginning.
Anna Lloyd is one example of many Girl Scouts who makes the environment a priority her life.
Anna first saw the Teton mountain range from the window of a plane in 2005 on her way to attend the Wyoming Wildlife Wonders destination with a group of her fellow Girl Scouts. Through this program, held at the Teton Science Schools, Anna spent a week studying the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. (She also did some hiking, singing, camping, and new-friend-making, of course!)
Anna was so inspired by the trip that it changed the course of her life. 
Wyoming Wildlife WondersAfter receiving a degree in Biology and Outdoor Adventure and Sports Leadership from West Virginia University, she knew exactly where she wanted to go: back to those mountains in Wyoming.  
Today, Anna is a field instructor at the Teton Science Schools, where she works with Girl Scouts who take the very same trip that changed her life. She is passionate about the environment and wants to make sure more girls have the opportunity to study it in the same hands-on way she did.
“They need to experience the grandeur of the western mountains,” Anna says. “They need to feel a little sleep-deprived scouring Yellowstone for wildlife, and they need to be shown that as women they [can] be and do whatever they want in this life. There are no limitations for them.”
Do you know a 13-to-18-year-old girl looking to make the world a better place, who wants to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and explore unique ecosystems and their wildlife this summer? Click on the links below and apply now! There are still scholarships available for the following trips to help offset expenses. 
The Great Panda Adventure Channel Islands Adventure ExpeditionSan Juan Islands Kayaking
Costa Rica and Panama Service ChallengeScuba and Sea Turtle Adventure

Wyoming Wildlife Wonders and the five destinations featured above are funded in part by Girl Scouts of the USA’s Elliot Wildlife Values Project.

   
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Earth Day: Now about as Green as St. Patrick’s Day?

The EnvironmentaList - April 22, 2014
From epic day of citizen action to marketing gimmick in just 40-odd years
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Unsustainable Seafood: A New Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

Yale Environment 360 - April 22, 2014
A recent study shows that a surprisingly large amount of the seafood sold in U.S. markets is caught illegally. In a series of actions over the last few months, governments and international regulators have started taking aim at stopping this illicit trade in contraband fish. BY RICHARD CONNIFF
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"I'm a Leader Because...": #BanBossy empowers Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Girl Scouts of America - April 21, 2014

"I asked them, 'How many of you have been called bossy because you wanted to speak your mind or be the leader of the group? How many of you feel like you are not taken as seriously or are interrupted more by your male friends and classmates?' All eighteen girls raised their hands. 

A Special Girl Scout Blog post by
Marianna Campagna
Community Programs Coordinator
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland



        While every moment shared with the girls in Girl Scouts of Central Maryland’s community programs is worthwhile and meaningful, there are some that leave a lasting impression on my heart and the hearts of others. One of these moments happened recently, when the Girl Scouts at St. Thomas Aquinas School in Baltimore City gave real-life meaning to the “Ban Bossy” campaign that has been picking up momentum nationwide.

During our four-week introductory Girl Scout program, “Get Financially Fit,” girls in grades six through eight had a chance to learn about entrepreneurship, budgeting, marketing, and sales techniques, all while discovering potential careers through leadership-building activities. I opened up the floor for a discussion based on talking points from the Ban Bossy website in order to get a sense of the girls’ own experiences with the word “bossy.” I asked them, “How many of you have been called bossy because you wanted to speak your mind or be the leader of the group? How many of you feel like you are not taken as seriously or are interrupted more by your male friends and classmates?” All eighteen girls raised their hand. While some giggled at first, they quickly realized that this was not necessarily a good thing. You could feel the tone in the room change as they recognized this unfortunate societal norm was something we needed to discuss and do something about. It was one of those moments when you get that painful knot in the back of your throat as you hold back tears because you are both hurt and empowered by what you’ve just experienced.
The good news is that I was speaking to a room full of lively, passionate, and insightful young Girl Scouts who shared great ideas on what it means to be a leader.  We decided that Beyoncé said it best in her Ban Bossy video: “I’m not bossy, I’m THE BOSS.” Using the “I’m a leader because…” posters given to us by GSUSA and Lean In,  the girls took turns in pairs writing the reasons why they are leaders and posing for pictures during our mini-photo-shoot. Their answers were incredible, and hearing their different perspectives on what it means to be a leader was beyond gratifying.  Some of their answers included: “I have a strong will.” “I give good advice.”“I’m confident and adventurous.” “I am artistic and because I think at all times.” “I try hard, I’m creative, and I’m an intelligent person.” “I’m a friend.”  “I’m confident!” I have no doubt in my mind that these young ladies will become influential women of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place—both now and in their bright futures.

For more information on how you can #banbossy and encourage girls to lead, visit www.banbossy.com
For media inquiries, please contact media@girlscouts.org





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Massive Data Crunch Shows Steady Rise in Warmer Days

Yale Environment 360 - April 21, 2014
The proportion of days in the United States that are warmer than the long-term average increased from 42 percent in 1964 to 67 percent today, according to an analysis of 3.2 million temperature anomalies over the last

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U.S. temperature anomalies since 1964 50 years. Enigma.io, a New York City-based company that specializes in searches of information from public databases, examined data from 2,716 U.S. weather stations to track the temperature anomalies. The company found that since 1964, temperature anomalies characterized as warm or “strong warm” have increased by an average of .5 percent a year. Enigma’s data show, for example, that in 2012, 84 percent of temperature anomalies in the U.S. skewed on the warm side. The company forecast that by the 2030s more than 70 percent of anomalous temperatures in the U.S. are likely to be higher than the historical average, rather than colder.
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Oyster Beds Still Empty Four Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The EnvironmentaList - April 21, 2014
Gulf communities and wildlife still reeling from the damage, but BP ends cleanup efforts
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BULLETIN: Operation USA to Assess Relief Needs in Mexico Following Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake

Operation USA - April 18, 2014

Los Angeles, Calif., April 18, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is monitoring the situation in Mexico following a reported magnitude 7.2 earthquake on the southern Pacific coast. The earthquake struck north-northwest of Tecpan at 9:27 a.m. EST on Friday and was felt across the Southern region, including the resort towns of Acapulco and Zihuatanejo, and as far away as Mexico City, 170 miles to the northeast. Resulting damage from the quake is not yet known.

Operation USA recently provided aid in Mexico following floods in 2013, and is helping to rebuild a damaged school with local partner NGO Ninos En Alegria. Previously, OpUSA aided recovery in Mexico following a 1985 earthquake, sending seven airlifts containing medicines and shelter materials, and helping to build a permanent clinic for relocated quake victims as part of an integrated community development project co-sponsored by opera star Placido Domingo.

Operation USA will assess needs as the current situation develops and plans to respond with relief aid if requested. To donate to ongoing disaster relief around the world, visit donate.opusa.org.

About OPERATION USA:
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

Richard Walden, President, CEO and Founder of OpUSA, is available as an expert source on disaster preparedness and international relief aid.

Press Contact:
Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mdolan@opusa.org
323-413-2353

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Scale and Extent of China's Dam Rush Detailed in Map Project

Yale Environment 360 - April 18, 2014
China is planning to build at least 84 major dams in its southwest region, as shown in a map from the Wilson Center, eventually boosting its hydropower capacity by more than 160 gigawatts. By next year China's capacity

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Dam projects in China will surpass Europe's, and by 2020 it's projected to be larger than that of the U.S. and Europe combined. An interactive map shows the scale and number of major dams proposed, under construction, existing, and canceled. The dam rush is part of an ongoing effort by China to increase non-fossil energy sources to 11.4 percent of the country's total energy consumption — a goal that has gained urgency due to severe air pollution in many northern Chinese cities. However, the hydropower push is not without its own major environmental consequences, the Wilson Center notes. The cascades of planned dams will submerge important corridors connecting tropical rainforests to the Tibetan Plateau that allow wildlife to migrate as temperatures rise.
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Film Review: A Fierce Green Fire

The EnvironmentaList - April 18, 2014
Rousing PBS documentary covering 50 years of environmentalism to honor Earth Day
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Five Kamchatka Volcanoes Erupt Simultaneously, NASA Images Show

Yale Environment 360 - April 17, 2014
A NASA satellite passing over Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula this week photographed five simultaneous volcanic eruptions. The erupting volcanoes, from north

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Karymsky, most active of the five volcanoes to south, are Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya, Bezymianny, Kizimen, and Karymsky. Karymsky, a 1,536-meter (5,039-foot) peak that has erupted regularly since 1996, is the most active of the five. The tallest, Klyuchevskaya, is 4,750 meters (15,580 feet) high. Of the planet's roughly 1,550 volcanoes that have erupted in the recent geologic past, 113 are found on the Kamchatka Peninsula, in Russia's far northeast, according to NASA. Forty volcanoes on Kamchatka are active, meaning they are either erupting now or capable of erupting at any time. Kamchatka's fiery landscape is driven by plate tectonics: The Pacific Plate is slowly colliding with and sliding beneath the Okhotsk Plate. As the Pacific Plate melts, magma migrates up toward the surface, causing volcanic eruptions.
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UN Panel Looks to Renewables As the Key to Stabilizing Climate

Yale Environment 360 - April 17, 2014
In its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming. BY FRED PEARCE
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Actually, it IS rocket science. ...And Girl Scouts can do that, too!

Girl Scouts of America - April 17, 2014

Eleven-year-old Mahlia Schneck from Girl Scouts of Connecticut, a double amputee and all-around science guru, wins “Reach for the Stars” national rocket competition, proving that even the sky is no longer a limit for Girl Scouts

Photo by Kathy ColpasMahlia will tell you herself: her favorite school subject is science.
“We just finished up a section on phases of the moon and the effects they have on us. I think it is really interesting how everything affects something else. It is like a big puzzle.”
But Mahlia’s intergalactic wisdom and knowledge go far beyond the classroom and her time with Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
And the winner is…On October 5, 2013, Mahlia traveled to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to be recognized as a first-place winner in “Reach for the Stars,” a two-day national rocketry competition co-directed by husband-and-wife team Jack and Kathy Colpas.
Mahlia won first place when her rocket, which had to be built on-site during the competition, landed closest to the intended target.
“The whole competition was exciting!” Mahlia exclaimed. “Rockets kept going off and then up, up, up! It was a ‘blast,’” she said, using trusty air quotes with a smile.
Mahlia competed against 1200 other participants, all of whom had to build, prepare, and launch their own solid fuel-powered rocket and recover it by parachute.
Focus on the ability, not the disability.Mahlia’s hard-earned honor stands alone as an accomplishment worthy of the highest accolades.
But she is probably too busy being a humble, confident Girl Scout to tell you why her accomplishment is attracting so much attention (she’s extra busy recently: she and her friends in Troop 37145 just painted and donated a set of benches for their local community center).
Mahlia is a double-amputee. Photo by Kathy ColpasBut Mahlia won’t for a minute let you think that a physical disability can hold back a true Girl Scout.
“The people who know me do not think of me as the girl with prosthetic feet—they think of me as Mahlia.”
As an infant, Mahlia was involved in an accident she doesn’t remember. But she regards her feet with humor and grace, advising other kids who may have a disability to be themselves and just follow what makes them happy.
“Sometimes I tell people [my feet] got bit off by a shark. They didn’t, but it makes me laugh.”
Shooting for the Stars with STEM.Mahlia’s interest in science was no shark accident; it was written in the stars.
She was inspired to follow her interest in science after meeting Girl-Scout-turned-astronaut Cady Coleman at a Girl Scouts of Connecticut event devoted to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Girl Scouts’ STEM initiatives show girls the fun of these subjects in an all-girl setting and inspire them to explore STEM-related fields in which women have historically been vastly underrepresented.
“Meeting Cady Coleman was really fun!” Mahlia explains. “After talking to her, she showed me the flute that she took into space. I told her I also play the flute, and she let me play hers. Also, as if that wasn’t cool enough…she gave me a mission patch from her mission to the space station!”
A natural-born leader who thrives in Girl Scouting, Mahlia aspires to join the ranks of other female astronauts (all but one of whom just so happen to be Girl Scouts) and travel into space herself one day.
“When I grow up, I would like to be an astronaut because it would be very exciting to explore a new planet or work at mission control and be the person in charge of launching a rocket.”
A girl of courage, confidence, and character, who makes the world a better place.Girl Scouts of Connecticut CEO Mary Barneby admires Mahlia’s passion and perseverance.
“We are so proud of Mahlia Schneck,” Ms. Barneby said. “She is an inspiration to us all and a role model for all girls.”
Photo by Kathy ColpasMahlia’s parents, Kevin and Erienne, credit Girl Scouts’ volunteer opportunities for refining Mahlia’s natural self-confidence and self-esteem.
“We are very proud of Mahlia and love to watch her interact with the public on projects like Cookies for Heroes, where the girls virtually sell cookies to send overseas to US soliders, or when the girls collect supplies for our local animal shelter.”
Kevin and Erienne’s advice to other parents of children with disabilities is to simply breathe.
“Do not focus on the disability, focus on the ability,” they explain. “As parents, sometimes we focus more on the issue than the kids do. You have to let them guide you and follow their lead. A good shark joke once in a while never hurts, either!”
For more information on how your Girl Scout can 'reach for the stars' and become interested in STEM subjects, visit www.therocketman.net. Deadline for local competitions is July 31.

For more information on Girl Scouts of Connecticut, please visit www.gsofct.org
For more information on joining Girl Scouts, please visit www.girlscouts.org/join.
For press inquiries, please contact Girl Scouts of the USA Press Room at media@girlscouts.org
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Oregon’s Klamath River Basin One Step Closer to Historic Dam Removal

The EnvironmentaList - April 17, 2014
Deal among Native Americans, farmers, ranchers and fishermen marks a triumph for cooperation.
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Campaña por playas limpias: Semana Santa 2014

Costa Salvaje - April 17, 2014
Campaña por playas limpias: Semana Santa 2014
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Studying a Polar Menagerie on an Island in Arctic Russia

Yale Environment 360 - April 16, 2014
Ninety miles from the Russian mainland and 300 miles above the Arctic Circle, Wrangel Island is home to an eclectic assortment of fauna and flora — muskoxen,

Second in a series of blog posts from the Russian Arctic polar bears, wolves, reindeer, wolverines, walruses, Asia’s only population of snow geese, and 417 plant species. Joel Berger, a field biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Montana, spent several weeks on Wrangel Island this spring. In the second of three blog posts for e360, he describes the arduous conditions under which Russian and U.S. scientists collect data on the island’s odd assortment of creatures.
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California Game Commission to Consider Whether to Protect Gray Wolf

The EnvironmentaList - April 16, 2014
It is only a matter of time before wolves re-establish themselves in the Golden State
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Bulletin: Operation USA Partners with We-Care.com for Typhoon Recovery

Operation USA - April 15, 2014

Charitable shopping site pledges more than $10,000 in funding for education related projects in the Philippines

Los Angeles, Calif., April 15, 2014– Operation USA, a Los-Angeles based international relief agency, today announced that is will receive funds from partner company We-Care.com in sponsorship of the purchase of educational supplies in the Philippines as part of the organization’s typhoon recovery programs.

In February, thousands of We-Care.com users supported Operation USA’s work in the Philippines through a Cause of the Month campaign in which stories of the struggle and need that followed the typhoon were shared with the We-Care.com community. By shopping at online stores such as Target, Best Buy, Travelocity and thousands of other merchants, We-Care.com users generated $10,016.22 in funds to be donated to Operation USA.

“We’re blown away, proud, and excited,” said Dylan Nord, Partner Relations at We-Care.com. “We want to thank Operation USA for giving We-Care.com and its users the opportunity to be a part of this program.”

After Haiyan, the strongest typhoon to make landfall in recorded history, slammed into the Eastern Visayas and Eastern Samar regions of the Philippines in November 2013, Operation USA identified recovery needs in the coastal municipality of Guiuan. Much like Tacloban, its more urbanized neighbor to the North, Guiuan was leveled by Haiyan’s strong winds and equally destructive storm surge. Virtually every person, every family, every house and every building in the area was impacted. To date, OpUSA has sent sea shipments of much needed relief and recovery supplies. Now, as the emergency phase is waning, OpUSA is embarking on a multi-phased rebuilding project that will include a public school and a playground.

Funds generated by the We-Care.com community will be used to provide educational materials and/or other supplies to be determined as part of Operation USA’s rebuilding efforts.

About Operation USA
Founded in 1979, Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid throughout the world. The Los Angeles based non-government organization offers material and financial assistance to community-based organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education, health services, and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people. Operation USA is a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

About We-Care.com
We-Care.com empowers users to turn shopping, booking travel, and doing taxes online into a means to donate to a favorite organization. Launched in 2008, We-Care.com consists of a team of internet marketers and technologists who believe one can succeed while doing good for others. Partners Kevin Lee and Dave Pasternack are successful “serial entrepreneurs”, and the founders of the leading Search Engine Marketing (SEM) agency Didit – part of the 2007 Inc 500 fastest-growing privately held companies (#137) and Deloitte’s Fast 500 (#12). We-Care.com provides Dave and Kevin an opportunity to support organizations that improve our communities.

Press Contact:
Mary Dolan
Director, Social Media & Media Outreach Programs
Operation USA
323.413.2353
mdolan@opusa.org

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