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The American Association for the Advancement of Science discussed climate change and drought’s effects on Southwestern tribes.

The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was at its lowest in 500 years during 2015, and that is bad news for tribes farther south of the mountain range that straddles California and Nevada.

Southwestern tribes were the focus of a recent symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C., with climate change, drought and water-distribution inequities at the fore.

“American Indian tribal communities who reside near the terminus of the Truckee-Carson River system in northern Nevada are especially vulnerable to declining water supplies,” the AAAS said in a statement summing up the meeting, which was held in mid-February. “In a region with such a fragile water system, uncertainty about the future of traditional life ways, hunting, fishing, and farming looms large.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/02/29/tribes-and-researchers-study-climate-using-science-and-traditional-knowledge-163574



INDIAN RURAL LIFE - A woman herding two cows.

A woman herding two cows. Credit: Vijayamurthy sadagopalan

With more than 800 million people living in extreme poverty and many more struggling to make an honest living, it is clear that the current global economic model isn’t working for everyone. Economic growth often comes at the expense of the majority, with short-term financial gains trumping long-term sustainability. The current global obsession with economic growth, alongside the enormous over-consumption enjoyed by the wealthiest people on the planet, has brought us all to the brink of catastrophic climate change.

Earthrise presenter Ndoni Khanyile travels to Burkina Faso where farmers are embracing agroecology as a means of feeding the most vulnerable and visits villagers in Uttar Pradesh in India, who are turning to solar microgrids for energy.

Watch the video at: Another Giant Leap – Al Jazeera English

Felled trees evoking the fate of the earth's rainforests as they are cut to make room for palm plantations

Palm oil tends to be in everything these days. Back before exploiting it was this profitable, palm oil used to be demonized as being unhealthy, filled with the “bad fats” people should avoid. Times have changed now that palm oil can be produced cheaply through bulldozing Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests.

Read more on why you should avoid palm oil: Say No To Palm Oil | Whats The Issue.

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day 2013 - Earth Day Network

Earth Day 2013 – Earth Day Network

via Citizen Yang: Latest on proposals for continuation of Kyoto Protocol QELROs beyond 2012.
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Latest on proposals for continuation of Kyoto Protocol QELROs beyond 2012

I just spent the last few hours digging through the documents that are available for the ongoing negotiations in Doha on the UNFCCC website.  Transparency is great, of course, and the amount of available information for such negotiations is a night-and-day difference from just a decade ago.  But it also provides a deluge of information and documents that can bury some of the more significant documents and processes.  I always wonder how some of the smaller nation (or those with lesser resources to focus on international environmental negotiations) can possibly keep up with the mountain of paperwork and meetings. 

I came across the latest draft (dated December 1) of negotiation proposals (as prepared by the chair of that workgroup) for the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, i.e. amendment of the the KP for a new commitment period (2013-2017 or 2020), emission reduction commitments, and related issues.

Unfortunately, the document shows lots of unresolved issues — all of the major ones, essentially.  And of course, stark acknowledgment that Russia, Japan, and Canada are out for the next commitment period (and apparently also New Zealand). 

Credit: Linda Schumacher

I’ve got two articles to share today about food waste from both sides of the Atlantic. Over in the Land of the Free™, a new paper released by the environmental action group, National Resource Defense Council,  examines the American food system that wastes 40% of all food in the country — equal to $165 billion a year. There’s a nod to some recent efforts in Europe to identify the causes and possible solutions, but the older republics have significant food waste, too. Some excerpts:

Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill

Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if the food is never eaten. Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of freshwater consumed in the United States. Yet, 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. [A]lmost all of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills where it accounts for almost 25 percent of U.S. methane emissions.

Nutrition is also lost in the mix — food saved by reducing losses by just 15 percent could feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans lack a secure supply of food to their tables.…The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia, up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s. This means there was once a time when we wasted far less, and we can get back there again. Doing so will ultimately require a suite of coordinated solutions, including changes in supply-chain operation, enhanced market incentives, increased public awareness and adjustments in consumer behavior.

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