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Biggest ever Climate Demos as Deadly Feedback Loops may be Triggered

Global warming has skyrocketed with every month breaking the record for the hottest ever in history. Evidence grows that one of the 10 deadly tipping points has been reached, which could detonate all of the rest. help save climate HEREextinxtion is forever
This is what the largest civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement looks like in Europe

These days, we’re witnessing the largest civil disobedience in the history of the environmental movement. People around the world are joining together in an unprecedented wave of escalated mass actions targeting the world’s most dangerous coal, oil and gas projects, under the banner of Break Free from fossil fuels.

The UK kicked off Break Free last week with three hundred people halting operations at the country’s largest opencast coal mine at Ffos-y-fran in South Wales for a day. The peaceful occupation and blockade ended with no arrests.

300 people shut down the UK's largest opencast coal mine Photographer: Kristian Buus

300 people shut down the UK’s largest opencast coal mine Photographer: Kristian Buus

The following day, 10,000 marched in the Philippines calling for an end to coal — in a country where a month ago, police opened fire on farmers demanding relief for farm communities who have been hit heavily by a climate-change-exacerbated drought. Over the weekend, 2,000 Australians gathered in Newcastle to block the world’s largest coal port for a day.


Tipping Points – the Facts….- an irreversible moment when the dreaded feedback loop begins.  This is now the central issue for the scientific community: we may now be helpless to stop abrupt and runaway global warming.   These ten major tipping points may right at this moment be being triggered.

RECLAIM THE POWER: WHY I JOINED HUNDREDS TO SHUT DOWN THE UK’S LARGEST OPENCAST COAL MINE

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26216360443_38848d3e6b_kby Benjamin Brown     On Tuesday  May 3rd, there was an aberration from my normal routine. Rather than dragging myself reluctantly out of bed, I was up at dawn, tense and excited. Rather than preparing for a day of work, I was zipping myself up in a bright red jumpsuit and scrawling a contact number for legal support onto my arm with permanent marker. Today was the day I would join with over three hundred other protesters and take part in an act of mass civil disobedience against Ffos-y-Fran, the UK’s largest opencast coal mine.

Continue reading RECLAIM THE POWER: WHY I JOINED HUNDREDS TO SHUT DOWN THE UK’S LARGEST OPENCAST COAL MINE

US forcing and bribing Europe to accept Frack Gas

   frack USANot just France but all Europe should ban US Frack Gas.. The US frackers are EXEMPT from clean water laws and get all kinds of hidden subsidies with all opposition steamrollered, while permanently poisoning acuifers, releasing mega amounts of methane which isn’t even measured, destroying people’s health causing cancers and deformities with total impunity, killing animals, insects, fish, birds, etc and abandoning wells right, left and center to frack new ones, leaving toxic ponds….. etc etc.Fracking Orphaned WellsWhy should we accept their ecocidal Frack Gas?? We have far too much already, there’s a glut of gas, and it’s just adding to Climate Chaos.. Is it just to give the  US more profits and help them screw the Russians? Why should we help NATO lunatic morons surround and provoke Russia with more and more bases and nuclear missiles? Continue reading US forcing and bribing Europe to accept Frack Gas

Kew Report: Extinction of Quarter of the World’s Plants

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New report marking first-ever assessment of global flora calls for radical action to protect world’s plants.  by  Nick Clark

From the threatened extinction of nearly a quarter of the world’s plants, to the Facebook discovery of an unknown giant carnivorous specimen, the first-ever evaluation of the world’s flora is complete.

Darlingtonia_californica_-top 10-amazing-beautiful-carnivorous -plantsIt’s staggering and somehow gratifying to find that every year around 2,000 new species of plants are discovered. But it’s troublesome and deeply worrying to learn that more than 10 percent of the world’s landcover type has changed in just 10 years, mostly from forest to farmland.

The State of the World’s Plants report took 80 scientists from the prestigious laboratories and archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in west London a year to complete.

ca2be54e2464d761748e8250ede35c3eIt was unveiled by Kew’s director of science, Professor Kathy Willis.

“We’ve had no end of the state of the world reports on everything from sea turtles to antibiotics,” Willis said. “But never plants.

“And I find this remarkable because plants are fundamental to the lives we lead. They underpin almost everything we know – from food, to clothing, to regulating the climate. They make living possible.”

And when you factor in how climate change appears to be turning the natural world upside down, threatening crop production and fuelling fears of food insecurity, never has the time been more apposite for such an assessment.

“Someone had to take the lead and shove plants to the top of the agenda,” Willis said.

Throughout years of domestication, traits have been bred into crops to create, say, the perfect banana or coffee plant. But these traits will not necessarily protect them from the ravages of climate change.

So the Kew scientists say we need to go back to the wild relatives of Amazing-Healing-Plantsthe crops and tap that pool of genetic variation.

These relatives have evolved over thousands of years and have huge climate resilience, which could then be bred back into our crops.

The problem is many of those wild populations are under considerable threat, due to deforestation and change of land use.no plants

“We need to become global landscape planners to really understand which of the most important areas to preserve because of the plant diversity they contain,” Willis said.

Kew has a botanical pedigree second to none. It was established in 1759 and now boasts more than eight million specimens, many dating back to Victorian times.


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Among the stars are cuttings taken by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the Beagle as he gathered evidence for his seminal work On the Origin of the Species.

I examined a sheet on which was pinned the fern-like Henslovianum, browned with age but surprisingly intact, its date and place of collection painstakingly recorded – September 3, 1835, Galapagos.

Adiantum Henslovianum, part of Charles Darwin’s collection from Galapagos in 1835, is displayed in the herbarium [Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP]
Alongside lay a specimen collected by David Livingstone, another famous Victorian Briton, while on expedition in South Africa. The old, greying paper is stained, you imagine with the sweat of the man himself.

Dr Timothy Utteridge is Kew’s head of plant identification and says that such detailed records are an invaluable resource.

“We can look at a specimen taken from say, Malaysia in the 1830s and know precisely where, when and by whom it was taken,” 235-cactus-species-extinctUttteridge said.

“We can then refer to Google Earth and see what’s there today. We might find no original trees at all – maybe a palm oil plantation instead. But it’s a good baseline to assess where we’re at today.”

Just like in Victorian times Kew still sends out botanists to far-flung corners of the Earth in search of new discoveries. And they frequently come home flush with success.

But there was that one that came from the unexpected direction of social media.

Apparently Brazilian amateur botanist Reginaldo Vasconcelos posted a photo on Facebook of a large carnivorous sundew plant in 2013, while exploring the mountains near his home.magnifica3

A year later it was spotted by a plant expert, who checked it out and yes, there it was, Drosera Magnifica, a new discovery.

The wonders of the plant kingdom it seems, still have the ability to surprise, but deep within this most important element of the planet’s biodiversity, there lies a warning to humankind, which we ignore at our peril.WOW-Amazing-FI-Plant-Forms

Underwater plants like these are among the most imperilled due to ocean acidification, pollution and climate change..amazing_ocean_plants_by_andrea1981g-d4y9z5z

Spain: Why We Defend the Earth

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We defend the Earth from those who want to privatize it; we defend the Earth from those who think it belongs to them; we defend the Earth from those who want to destroy it!   from Contra Madriz  translated by Earth First! Journal

We are sick of watching the land where we live get destroyed; where there used to be mountains now there are now quarries. We do not want to continue being indifferent before the destruction of rivers, forests, mountains, and animals; this is why we use action to defend the Earth. Continue reading Spain: Why We Defend the Earth

Is Climate Chaos triggering Earthquake Disasters?

Last week we heard that the Earth’s wobble has changed due to massive ice-melt already in April. This week 5 massive earthquakes have struck in 2 days…

EARTHQUAKE AND CLIMATE

Climate change will shake the Earth

  A changing climate isn’t just about floods, droughts and heatwaves. It brings erupting volcanoes and catastrophic earthquakes too.

As the Earth’s crust buckles, volcanic activity will increase.

reblogged from The Guardian  The idea that a changing climate can persuade the ground to shake, volcanoes to rumble and tsunamis to crash on to unsuspecting coastlines seems, at first, to be bordering on the insane. How can what happens in the thin envelope of gas that shrouds and protects our world possibly influence the potentially Earth-shattering processes that operate deep beneath the surface?images

The fact that it does reflects a failure of our imagination and a limited understanding of the manner in which the different physical components of our planet – the atmosphere, the oceans, and the solid Earth, or geosphere – intertwine and interact.


‘GPS measurements reveal that the crust beneath the Greenland ice sheet is already rebounding in response to rapid melting, providing the potential – according to researchers – for future earthquakes, as faults beneath the ice are relieved of their confining load.’

If we think about climate change at all, most of us do so in a very simplistic way: so, the weather might get a bit warmer; floods and droughts may become more of a problem and sea levels will slowly creep upwards. Continue reading Is Climate Chaos triggering Earthquake Disasters?

Shock: Monsanto could lose Europe Glyphosate Battle

”All in all this is adding up to a refreshing popular revolt against the GMO death industry. Hooray for those of us who wish to live”.
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by  F. William Engdahl       Last month three EU member states unexpectedly refused to go along with the decision of the EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to re-approve the world’s most widely used weed killing chemical, Glyphosate.
This dramatic and encouraging developments suggest that for the first time the power of GMO agrochemical giants like Monsanto and Syngenta, Dow and DuPont, BASF, Bayer could undergo a devastating defeat.
Were this to happen, it could well be the death knell for the misbegotten Rockefeller Foundation Genetic Manipulation project that has destroyed much of Western farmland and poisoned hundreds of millions of GMO fed farm animals and humans.

monsanto-death-logosee also:  Will Monsanto’s Cancer Chemicals be approved? Glyphosate banned in 50 Spanish Cities

Continue reading Shock: Monsanto could lose Europe Glyphosate Battle

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