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A bright speck of climate news was quickly overshadowed by the presidential election this week—America’s children have officially won the right to sue their government over global warming.

Yesterday, a lawsuit filed by 21 youth plaintiffs was ruled valid by US District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon. A group of citizens, whose ages range from nine to 20, charged President Obama, the fossil fuel industry, and other federal agencies with violating their constitutional rights by declining to take action against climate change.

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Humans are destroying the planet 170x faster than natural forces, scientists say

  • Surprise! Humans are turning the earth into a garbage fire a lot quicker than previously thought.
  • According to Australian National University researchers, humans are speeding up climate change 170 times faster than natural forces.
  • “Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions over the past 45 years have increased the rate of temperature rise to 1.7 degrees Celsius per century, dwarfing the natural background rate,” ANU climate professor Will Steffen said in a statement on the university’s news page. Read more (2/13/17 3:31 PM)

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NYC Prayer March for #StandingRock: Indigenous people and allies gathered in front of the National Museum of the American Indian in downtown Manhattan to show their support and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. #NoDAPL #StandwithStandingRock #NativeLivesMatter 

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Why ‘Planet Earth II’ is required viewing now more than ever

  • Since the last Planet Earth series aired, we’ve had to face a tremendous amount of discouraging news on the environmental front.
  • We’ve seen several international climate-change accords come and go without much consequence;
  • We’ve lived through three of the hottest years on record back-to-back-to-back
  • And we’re witnessing the rise of a president who believes climate change — alongside his tie line — is manufactured in China.
  • The stakes have been raised, and the tone of Planet Earth II has taken on a gravity to match them. Read more

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“Global temperatures have continued to rise, making 2016 the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say. Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000.”

Read more from the NYTimes, here. 

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Climate science isn’t political. Lying about it is.

“Our politicians may deny it. Our corporations may deny it. And even the secretary of state and the president may deny it. But denying it doesn’t change reality. The Earth is warming; we are the cause; the consequences are severe and increasing; it’s up to all of us to do something about it. Even with La Niña in place for 2017, global temperature levels are likely to never sink back to the 20th century average, not for a single year in the 21st century. The Earth belongs to us all, including all the humans who’ll come after us. If we have any hope of taking care of it, it has to start with accepting the truth. Even if it’s inconvenient.”

The latest climate science results are out, and 2016 was the hottest year on record. Again. Breaking the previous record… from 2015. Which broke the previous record of 2014. In fact, of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 of them have occurred in the 21st century. The question isn’t whether the Earth is warming (it is), whether it’s human-caused (it is), whether burning fossil fuels is the major contributor (it is), or whether we need to do something about it (we do). The question is whether we will. And that begins with accepting the scientific truth.

It’s easy to dupe you if you want to be duped, but the science doesn’t lie. Come learn it, and what the arguments you’re likely to encounter are. Arm yourselves. We’re in for a hell of a fight.

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Google Earth updates time-lapse feature to highlight  climate change 

  • Google Earth Timelapse just got a makeover and it is showing users exactly how humans are slowly, but steadily, killing the planet.
  • With the upgrade — additional data from the past and more high-resolution images from two new satellites were added to the interactive — the new and improved zoomable video shows how Earth’s landscape has changed from 1984 to 2016
  • It also spotlights the effects of climate change in several parts of the world over the past three decades.
  • But will this make a difference? Read more

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For the Bees Masterpost

Hey y’all! As I am sure most of you have heard, we seem to be witnessing an alarming decline in our little buzzing friends. As of right now, seven species of bees in other countries have been added to the Endangered Species List. However, the bumblebees were officially announced as being Endangered around two weeks ago. This, my dear friends, is especially scary because these little fuzzy friends are very close to home. 

Leading causes to the destruction of bees is the use of pesticides on crops, bee-feeding parasites, and a global decline in wildflowers. Meaning: bees LOVE wildflowers.

If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, mankind would have no more than four years to live. 

So what can we do to help our pollinating pals? 

Enter here this masterpost!

-Set up a bee bath! This little trick can literally just be a bird bath with sugar water instead of normal water and stones! (Do not forget the stones, as the bees rest on them when drinking to prevent drowning) Honey bees can travel very far just to find nectar and water. They usually go as far as a radius of 4 miles covering 32,166 archers around their hives, but some bees have been known to go as far as 17 miles or even 30 to find what their hive needs. At 30 miles the honey bees will start to lose more ‘weight’. (-8.6 pounds of honey) Sugar water will help keep these bees healthy and happy! PSA: if you see a rather slow moving bee, give the little one some sugar water and they’ll perk right up!

-Build a bee hotel! The truth is, many species of bees are solitary - they do not live in hives but instead construct their own nest. This is because in these certain species every female is fertile and this would not make for comfortable communal living in a hive. 

-IF you get stung - Bee stings are acidic on the pH scale. If you add baking soda to them, it neutralizes the sting! #SCIENCE

-Flowers that our bumblebabies fancy: Thyme, lilac, snapdragons, goldenrod, wildflowers, sweet william, English lavender, bergamot,lilac, sage, ivy cilantro, burage, fennel, hollyhock, crocus, buttercup, snowdrop, geranium, aster, calendula, sweet asylum, poppy, zinnia, sunflower, heliotrope. Okay, bumblebees LOVE goldenrod. When goldenrod goes into full bloom, the pollination from the flowers ACTUALLY contains chemicals that make the bees drunk off their little bee butts. It’s amazing.

-Fruit trees are great too! 

I could go on and on about the bees, but this post is already a lot longer than I originally attended. 

If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask me at any time! I’m a licensed beekeeper and I love my bees very much. We need the bees, guys. If they go, they’re taking us down with them. 

Educate yourselves, educate your friends and family. 

Have an absolute wonderful day! 

washingtonpost.com
CDC abruptly cancels long-planned conference on climate change and health
The agency decided to cancel the summit after the election of Donald Trump, raising concerns about government agencies silencing their own work.

Another science disaster.

Shame on the CDC. The people who made this decision should both be utterly ashamed of themselves and they should also resign from their position.

I will quote my friend xray (who got a dedication in a Dance with Dragons - she famous I know) directly. She was talking about the "rule # 1 of resisting authoritarianism”:

Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.

The fact that the Trump administration prioritized the removal of scientific information from the public White House website in the first few hours on the job should be deeply disturbing to every American.
—  U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee

Glacier blanketed for summer.

This incongruous image is of the Rhone glacier cave in Switzerland, a popular tourist site. Increased melting due to climate change has forced authorities to protect their natural monument during the year’s hot months, so as to try and preserve it for future generations of visitors.

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Image credit: Oliver Maire/EPA