Environment

Guest Blog Post: My Experience at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

Girl Scouts of America - December 12, 2014
Guest Blogger Sophia, Girl Scout SeniorOn December 4, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the President’s Park in Washington, D.C. Through Google’s Made with Code program, girls like me had the opportunity, for the first time in history, to code the lights that appear on the 56 state and territory trees in front of the White House. At the event, it was fascinating to see all the beautiful, sparkling lights in person. I also couldn’t believe how close we were to President Obama and the First Family. This is one of the most memorable experiences I’ve ever had!
Before the event, I made sure to check out the Made with Code website. Although I had not tried coding before, I know how important of a skill it is. When I attended the Virginia Girls Summit, held annually at George Mason University, one of the exhibitors told me, “Everyone needs to take a class about coding. It will help you prepare for the future.” The world around us is changing and us girls need to be as prepared for the job market as we can. On the Made with Code site, I ended up trying all three activities: coding a Christmas tree, monster and snow flake. I had a lot of fun, making each image my own by changing the code specifications and then seeing my image become animated. I think my mom, who tried the activities with me, had just as much fun on the website as I did!
Everything at the President’s Park was so elegant, which set the stage for the rest of the program. It was so thrilling to see Tom Hanks, the host for the concert, along with all the other amazing artists. The best part of the program was seeing President Obama dance with all the singers and Santa at the end of the concert!
After it ended, I had the opportunity to attend the Made with Code reception. Everything was so surreal during the reception because me and my Girl Scout buddy had a chance to meet some of the celebrities, including Fifth Harmony, Afro-Norwegian singing/songwriting duo Nico and Vinz, and singer Ne-Yo.
After my experience, I was encouraged to try an Hour of Codewith the website Khan Academy. I am grateful to Google and Girl Scouts for providing me with this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Categories: Environment

Majority of Americans Support Climate Change Actions and Negotiations, Poll Says

Yale Environment 360 - December 12, 2014
Most Americans want the United States to be a world leader in combating global warming and to be participating in international climate negotiations, according to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Sixty-one percent of Americans think the U.S. should lead other nations on climate change, even if it means taking action when other countries do not. A majority of both Democrats and Republicans support some specific policies intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., the poll found, such as funding research for clean energy and regulating CO2 emissions. Less than 20 percent of people polled think such protections would harm the economy long-term, while 60 percent say they would improve economic growth and provide jobs.
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Baja’s Iconic Surf Spot is Under Threat

The EnvironmentaList - December 12, 2014
Surfers and environmentalists have launched a campaign to have the San Miguel beach and watershed protected as a state park
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India and Australia Are Focus of Attention in Lima Climate Talks

Yale Environment 360 - December 11, 2014
As United Nations climate talks in Lima, Peru, near an end, negotiators and observers are looking at India and Australia to see whether they will support a draft agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With China and the U.S. having agreed last month to reduce carbon emissions, India — the world’s third largest emitter of CO2 — has said its emissions will continue to rise as it pulls its people out of poverty. But India’s environment minister said in Lima yesterday that the country would spend $100 billion on clean energy and climate adaptation projects and would play its part in cutting CO2 emissions. Australia — whose Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has weakened the country’s climate laws — is playing a constructive role at the talks and may support a draft emissions-reduction agreement that could be ratified next December in Paris, observers said. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Abbott said that any climate agreement “must [move] past the developed-developing country divide that puts a brake on real action.”
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Will New Technologies Give Critical Boost to Solar Power?

Yale Environment 360 - December 11, 2014
Promising new technologies, including more efficient photovoltaic cells that can harvest energy across the light spectrum, have the potential to dramatically increase solar power generation in the next two decades. But major hurdles remain. BY CHERYL KATZ
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The Lone Green Warrior

The EnvironmentaList - December 11, 2014
How one man transformed an isolated, barren sandbar in northeastern India into a lush, wildlife sanctuary
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Draft Agreement in Lima Climate Talks Calls for Emissions Cuts by Every Nation

Yale Environment 360 - December 10, 2014
A draft agreement calling for all nations to commit to greenhouse gas emissions cuts is circulating among climate negotiators in Lima, Peru, The New York Times reports. The proposed text calls for each of the 196 countries involved in negotiations to publicly commit to its own plan for reducing emissions. Those individual plans, however, will be driven by national politics and economic concerns, rather than by what scientists say is needed to curb the worst effects of climate change, critics say. Historic pledges by the U.S. and China last month to cut emissions catalyzed the new draft text, negotiators say, because the two nations — the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters — had been spoilers in previous climate talks. “It’s a breakthrough, because it gives meaning to the idea that every country will make cuts,” said Yvo de Boer, the former executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. The goal for the Lima talks is to settle on a draft text, which could become the basis for a deal signed by world leaders in Paris next December.
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Girl Scouts Celebrates Human Rights Day!

Girl Scouts of America - December 10, 2014
Every December 10th, the world celebrates Human Rights Day. Created in 1950, the mission is to bring attention to the need for basic human rights for all people. This year’s slogan, Human Rights 365, encompasses the idea that every day is Human Rights Day.


Today for Human Rights Day, Girl Scouts is focusing on the importance of diversity in our movement. Diversity has been a core value of Girl Scouts since its founding in 1912. At a time of segregation and before laws promoting civil rights were passed, our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, ensured that African-American, American Indian and Hispanic girls were able to become Girl Scouts. She led efforts to make Girl Scouting available to girls who lived in rural and urban areas, to girls who were rich, middle class and poor, and to girls who were born in this country as well as immigrants.

TheXfoundation of diversity that Juliette Gordon Low established runs throughout Girl Scouts to this day. Our mission to build "girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place" extends to all girls of this nation. Our volunteers work every day to ensure that our outreach, volunteer systems and resources work toward making Girl Scouting available to every girl who is willing to embrace the Promise and Law. Today, Girl Scouts reaches girls in urban, rural, low-income and public housing communities, and girls whose mothers are in prison or who are themselves living in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, foster care and domestic violence shelters. We have a long history of adapting activities to girls who have disabilities, special needs, and chronic illnesses.
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Where Public Tap Water Begets Wilderness

The EnvironmentaList - December 10, 2014
New York City and Boston’s watershed management programs preserve rural landscapes while providing clean water to urban areas
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As Ministers Arrive, Lima Climate Talks Face High Hurdles

Yale Environment 360 - December 09, 2014
With government ministers and UN secretary General Ban Ki-moon arriving at climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, large gaps remained between developed and developing countries over the issues of formalizing aid to poorer countries to adapt to climate change. Climate negotiators in Lima are drafting a negotiating outline for key climate talks in Paris next December, which many governments hope will lead to a binding global treaty to slash carbon emissions. The U.S. and the European Union want the focus of any treaty to be on emissions cuts, or mitigation, while developing nations are seeking written guarantees from wealthy nations to provide financing and other assistance to developing countries for climate adaptation. Ban Ki-moon has said he is confident that this divide can be bridged before the Lima talks end on Friday. Delegates from the Philippines, a country hit hard recently by typhoons and other weather-related disasters, said in Lima that they will push hard for a new deal requiring all nations, including developing countries, to slash emissions.
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After Steep Decline, Signs of Hope for World’s Sea Turtles

Yale Environment 360 - December 09, 2014
Nearly all sea turtle species have been classified as endangered, with precipitous declines in many populations in recent decades. But new protections, particularly in the U.S. and Central America, are demonstrating that dramatic recovery for these remarkable reptiles is possible. BY TED WILLIAMS
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Protesters Continue to Block Gates to Methane Storage Facility in Upstate NY

The EnvironmentaList - December 09, 2014
With 92 arrests to date, We Are Seneca Lake campaign is gaining momentum
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Where Nothing is Sacred: House Votes to Transfer Native Sites to Mining Corporations

The EnvironmentaList - December 08, 2014
The Senate may consider the bill as soon as Tuesday. Take action!
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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in the Philippines Following Typhoon Ruby

Operation USA - December 08, 2014

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency assessing recovery needs in wake of major storm

Los Angeles, Calif., December 8, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, confirmed today that it will aid communities in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby), which made landfall over the weekend in areas still recovering from the typhoon that ravaged the country one year ago. The organization will bolster ongoing efforts in the community of Guiuan, where a school is currently being reconstructed.

The NGO is calling for donations to aid in recovery efforts and is primarily seeking corporate partners across the healthcare, transportation, water purification, shelter construction and power generation categories to provide in-kind supplies of which there will be high need in areas affected by the typhoon, which are still vulnerable since Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the country in November of last year. Monetary donations to supplement relief efforts and to support grants to local partner agencies are also being sought at this time.

In-kind materials already stored at Operation USA’s warehouse are currently being prepped for shipment to the affected areas.

“It is disheartening to see our partner communities once again damaged by such a major storm after working so hard to overcome the devastation resulting from last year’s typhoon” said Richard Walden, CEO and President, Operation USA. “We need the generosity of our supporters now more than ever to help the affected communities keep recovery efforts on target and to avoid further setbacks in Guiuan, where we’ve focused our partnership this past year.”

Typhoon Ruby, which swept the country’s eastern shoreline over the weekend, has exacerbated conditions in already vulnerable communities where residents have struggled to repair infrastructure and livelihoods over the past 12 months.

Operation USA has worked in the Philippines since 1986, providing water purification chemicals, shelter materials, medicines and medical equipment. The organization provided both immediate relief and long term recovery aid to the country following last November’s storm, with a special commitment to the city of Guiuan, in Eastern Samar. There, OpUSA and Honeywell reconstructed the Ngolos Elementary School, serving 250 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The school is set to officially open early in 2015. It is not yet known how this latest storm has affected the direct area where our partnership has been implemented.

HOW TO HELP:
Donations to Operation USA for this campaign will be allocated directly to relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines.

Donate online at donate.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188. Donations can also be made via text message: text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Text donations are collected for the benefit of Operation USA by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.org/t.

Corporate donations supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts — bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies, transportation and shipping services, shelter, power generation, water purification and medical supplies — are also being requested.

United and Continental air miles can be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at www.united.com.

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. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

Richard Walden is available as an expert source on Filipino affairs and international relief aid.

PRESS CONTACT:
Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mdolan@opusa.org
323-413-2353

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Lessons in Leadership: Girls See Themselves in Politics

Girl Scouts of America - December 08, 2014
Girl Scouts of the USA is honored to release a video series titled Portraits in Leadership, in which Girl Scouts interview women Members of Congress.
In a series of interviews with female members of the United States Congress, Girl Scouts across the country sat down with their congresswomen to learn about their individual leadership journeys and discover what inspired them to take on leadership roles.

The interviews gave Girl Scouts an opportunity to ask these accomplished women for advice about the skills and the character girls will need to develop in order to lead our world in the twenty-first century. Seventy percent of the women in the U.S. Senate and 57 percent of the women in the House of Representatives are Girl Scout alumnae; but regardless of whether or not they were Girl Scouts, each congresswoman spoke of the value of having an organization such as Girl Scouts to help girls develop leadership qualities.
Anyone who works regularly with girls knows how insightful and determined they can be, and if you’re an alumna, troop leader, or current Girl Scout, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that GSUSA’s recent study Running for a Change: Girls and Politics (Girl Scout Research Institute, 2014) confirms that their determination and interest extends into politics: 67 percent of girls express an interest in politics, with 22 percent describing themselves as “very interested.” An astounding 93 percent of girls have been engaged in some kind of political work, civic engagement, or leadership activity. And a vast majority (83 percent) of girls have participated in a cause, campaign, or organization they believe in strongly.
So the message is clear: girls are politically savvy and motivated. They see problems in the world and they want to be a part of the solution. And they believe in standing up, taking action, and working to make things better in their communities. Therefore, it seems safe to assume that this interest in political action translates into an interest in seeking higher office.
Sadly, it doesn’t. In fact, only 37 percent of girls say they’re interested in becoming a politician one day—and only 9 percent are “very interested.” At some point along the way, something happens to cause girls to opt out of politics as a career choice.
Girl Scouts is all about helping girls realize their true leadership potential. Not every girl, of course, will aspire to political office, and leadership can take many forms. But surely the fact that over a quarter (28 percent) of girls describe themselves as being at least “somewhat interested” in becoming a politician should translate into more than the 18 percent of women we see in Congress today.
Girls want to be engaged. They want to be involved. They want opportunities to lead. It’s time that we as a society stop causing them to turn away from politics and start changing our national dialogue about female politicians, so that girls can bring their talents to bear in the political arena. Ultimately, politics and governance need to become another space where girls are inspired and empowered to take action to change the world.
As the adults in their lives, we need to establish a culture that lifts up women in politics rather than pushes them down, so that girls—and all of us—can know a world where men and women are seen as equally qualified decision makers and ambassadors for change.
Categories: Environment

Latin American and Caribbean Nations Pledge Major Forest Restoration Efforts

Yale Environment 360 - December 08, 2014
Latin American and Caribbean countries yesterday launched Initiative 20x20, an effort to begin restoring

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Forest restoration commitments 20 million hectares of degraded land — an area larger than Uruguay — by 2020. The initiative has secured $365 million in funds, its leaders announced, which will be used to restore forests, avoid deforestation, and improve the use of trees and livestock in agriculture — practices known as agroforestry and silvopasture. This restoration is expected to provide extensive economic, social, and environmental benefits through improved local livelihoods and ecosystem services such as erosion prevention, water purification, and carbon storage, organizers say. Restoration commitments totaling just over 20 million hectares were announced yesterday, with Mexico and Peru making the largest pledges. The initiative was launched in Lima, Peru, alongside international climate talks.
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We Need to Talk About Meat Consumption and Climate Change

The EnvironmentaList - December 08, 2014
Government indifference is matched by widespread public ignorance about the climate impact of high levels of meat-eating
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BULLETIN: Operation USA Preparing for Recovery Efforts in the Philippines as Typhoon Gains Strength

Operation USA - December 05, 2014

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency assessing recovery needs as new storm makes landfall

Los Angeles, Calif., December 5, 2014– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is assessing needs and preparing to aid communities in the Philippines as the country braces for the impact of Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby). The organization will call on long standing partnerships with local Filipino agencies to effectively aid recovery efforts.

The NGO is calling for donations to aid in recovery efforts and is primarily seeking corporate partners across the healthcare, transportation, water purification, shelter construction and power generation categories to provide in-kind supplies of which there will be high need in areas affected by the typhoon, which are still vulnerable since Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the country in November of last year. Monetary donations to supplement relief efforts and to support grants to local partner agencies are also being sought at this time.

“It is heartbreaking to see another storm of this magnitude bearing down on the Philippines after the country saw such massive destruction and suffering last year,” said Susan Fassig, Operation USA Programs Director. “We have developed a sincere friendship with the people of Guiuan this past year, and our commitment to the people in that community and the surrounding areas is now more important than ever.”

Such a major typhoon–with winds estimated to be upwards of 150mph and on track to reach the country’s eastern coastline by Saturday evening–hitting the country this week will exacerbate conditions in already vulnerable communities damaged in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, as residents have struggled to repair infrastructure and livelihoods over the past 12 months.

Operation USA has worked in the Philippines since 1986, providing water purification chemicals, shelter materials, medicines and medical equipment. The organization provided both immediate relief and long term recovery aid to the country following last November’s storm, with a special commitment to the city of Guiuan, in Eastern Samar. There, OpUSA and Honeywell reconstructed the Ngolos Elementary School, serving 250 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The school is set to officially open early in 2015. It is not yet known how this latest storm will affect the direct area where our partnership has been implemented.

HOW TO HELP:
Donations to Operation USA for this campaign will be allocated directly to relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines.

Donate online at donate.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, PO BOX 36188, Los Angeles, CA 90036-0188. Donations can also be made via text message: text AID to 50555 to donate $10. Text donations are collected for the benefit of Operation USA by the mGive Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mGive.org/t.

Corporate donations supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts — bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies, transportation and shipping services, shelter, power generation, water purification and medical supplies — are also being requested.

United and Continental air miles can be donated to Operation USA through United Airlines Charity Miles program at www.united.com.

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. Learn more at www.opusa.org.

Richard Walden is available as an expert source on Filipino affairs and international relief aid.

PRESS CONTACT:
Mary Dolan
Operation USA
mdolan@opusa.org
323-413-2353

Categories: Environment

U.S. Natural Gas Fracking Boom May Be Shorter Than Predicted, Study Says

Yale Environment 360 - December 05, 2014
Estimates of the amount of natural gas that can be extracted from U.S. reserves is much too high and the boom may last just half as long as predicted, says a new report in the journal Nature. Official government estimates by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggest that peak natural gas production, driven by the rapid growth of hydraulic fracturing, will likely last until 2040 before tapering off. The new analysis suggests that that estimate is too high. Instead, researchers say, the peak will likely come in 2020, and after that production will fall off dramatically. The findings are based on higher-resolution, finer-scale estimates of oil and gas reserves — in units of a single square mile — compared to the EIA's method, which lumps together all land within a single county. The EIA's method also fails to account for the realities of economics, the reseachers say: Fracking companies tend to look for "sweet spots," which they quickly abandon as soon as the reserves become depleted and extraction costs rise.
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