Not all storms and other natural hazards need to turn in to disasters. That is a core message of the just released 2012 World Risk Report, led by the Alliance for Development Works, United Nations University, and The Nature Conservancy.
Posts Tagged ‘coral reefs’
In the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Continue reading to delve into all that we find interesting this week and to watch a fun and informative video on coral reefs.
In the News is a Planet Change selection of the latest news on climate change, nature, our environment and the impacts of a changing planet. Continue reading to delve into all that we find interesting this week and to count down the top 20 cities with billions at risk from climate change (in U.S. #19 Virginia Beach, #12 New Orleans, #3 New York City and Newark and #1 Miami).
A Nature Conservancy marine scientist has co-authored a new study that isolates the effects of human-generated carbon pollution from seasonal and regional variations in ocean chemistry. The findings indicate that the oceans are rapidly becoming more acidic, and in some regions, the man-made rate of change since the Industrial Revolution is 100 times greater than the natural variations since the last ice age.
As people in the United States seem intent on arguing whether or not climate change is real, islanders are seeing sea levels rise and land disappear.
Coral reefs are in big trouble worldwide — and that’s not just bad news for snorkelers. It could mean death instead of life for millions of people … maybe even you.
Check out this 3-minute video, which tells the story of Arden O’Conner, a cancer survivor from Boston, Massachusetts, who says, “coral reefs saved my life.”
The severe degrading of our planet’s coral reefs is an issue that needs to be quickly taken seriously, or one of the wonders that make our lives so beautiful will be gone forever. Recently in DC, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force held its annual meeting and the “Reefs at Risk Revisited” report was launched at the National Press Club, bringing more attention to the issue.
In these English and Spanish-language videos, Fernando Secaira of The Nature Conservancy discusses a new “climate vulnerability” anaylsis of the Mesoamerican Reef in Central America.
That night we heard the stories of fishermen who have struggled to maintain their way of life as fish populations drop and development up the coast pollutes the sea and degrades the reef, so important to the health of marine life.
Movie star Daryl Hannah tells The Nature Conservancy, in a short film, that people around the world can heighten their awareness about the critical state of our oceans and climate.
A Southeast Mexican fisherman notices subtle weather changes, like fewer days when the sea is flat and calm and more summer days when the mangrove canals are warm as soup. A 100-foot beach where he used to play as a child is no longer there – washed away by tides and marine currents.
Father Andrew Roache, a Catholic priest and reef manager from St. Vincent and the Grenadines discusses climate change, the effect on the coral reefs of his island nation.