#Regram#RG@unfoundation: This photo was taken by photographer @jasonbhouston as part of our ongoing #EyeOnClimate series—a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of climate change impacts and solutions around the @UnitedNations’ Annual Meeting on Climate Change, #COP23. "Because of unpredictable flow levels and more and more rapid changes in the river courses, river travel, which is essential for regional trade around Puerto Breu, Peru, is becoming increasingly difficult. Human habitation of the Amazon can be traced back over 10,000 years, and over that time the indigenous tribes who live there have become intimately adapted to the predictable, well-established seasonality that defines these forests. The effects and impacts of #climatechange including rising temperatures and unstable hydrological cycles is leading to a laundry list of threats to those living in the Amazon, including more frequent drought, decreasing fish stocks, increasing prevalence of malaria and other diseases, crop failures, and forest fire.” -@jasonbhouston
"How someone could want to shoot such an intelligent, empathetic animal as an elephant is beyond me…But what is most concerning for elephants is that renewed imports of trophy ivory into the US might undermine the all-important ivory trade bans put in place by America and China.” -Frank Pope, CEO of @SavetheElephants, a grantee of the @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn with the @ElephantCrisisFund on Trump’s decision to reverse the ban on imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe into the US. Link in bio to learn more.
Photo Credit: Peter Pham, 2011
#Regram#RG@nrdc_org: From November 6 to 17, world leaders will gather in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd U.N. climate change conference (#COP23) to discuss next steps in the fight against climate change. Just one year into the historic Paris climate agreement, countries are plowing forward to fight climate change, including China, India, Mexico, and Canada.
With President Trump’s reckless announcement of withdrawal from the agreement, the United States has a lot of work to do, and we must continue to urge Congress to stop jeopardizing our progress on tackling climate change. Take action in our bio link!
#Regram#RG@wwf: Exciting news! 2 million hectares of land in Bhutan will be protected forever through an innovative project called #BhutanforLife! Today is a day of celebration in Bhutan! The Royal Government of Bhutan and WWF officially announced the commitment by donors from around the world to create the US$ 43 million fund called Bhutan for Life, which will permanently protect 2 million hectares, most of which is forests, allowing Bhutan to sustain its commitment to conservation for eternity.
#Regram#RG@paulnicklen: Climate change is real. It’s time to stop debating this inconvenient truth, and instead direct our collective energy towards good decisions for the planet. Big change comes from small adjustments. Some ways to #doyourpart include avoiding plastics, choosing certified fish, and volunteering your time to a cause for change. Visit @AnInconvenientTruth and check out @ZariaLynn to see what others are doing.
#Regram#RG@dailyoverview: Palm tree plantations surround the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The trees are cultivated in terraces cut into the contours of hills, to avoid erosion caused by streaming water. Malaysia is now one of the world’s largest exporters of palm oil – used primarily as a cooking ingredient – shipping nearly 18 million tonnes per year. The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in the world’s tropical regions is becoming an increasingly significant source of carbon emissions. Clearing the native trees to make space for the palms is projected to add more than 558 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by 2020 – an amount greater than all of Canada’s current fossil fuel emissions. /// Created by @benjaminrgrant, source imagery: @digitalglobe
#Regram#RG@oceana: #DidYouKnow that corals may look like rocks, but they're actually made up of tiny individual animals? Reefs grow slowly and can take thousands of years to form, but they are the foundation of healthy ocean ecosystems. Fish hide and hunt among the coral, and reefs also protect shorelines from damage during strong storms. Today, coral reefs are stressed, and as a result, are expelling their color. To stop coral bleaching, we must embrace renewable energy - and fast. : OCEANA / Eduardo Sorensen #corals#coralreef#coralbleaching#climatechange#oceans#globalwarming#marinelife#StandForOceans
#Regram#RG@bertiegregory: A lettuce coral covered in anthias in the Northern Red Sea. The diversity (the number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. It is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! Coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? Well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation.
#Regram#RG@paulnicklen: “Charismatic megafauna” is a term often used in conservation circles. It essentially means giant, majestic animals that make people emotional. Think humpback whales, polar bears and tigers—the all-stars. Obviously, I love working with these big, beautiful animals as much as the next guy—if not more—but I’m still attracted to the little ones. Like this sunflower starfish in the Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas). When the canopy of macrocystis kelp is pierced by afternoon light and lights up the seafloor, the small creatures have the same power to make us emotional. That’s why I believe it’s important to ask people to get outside more often. Conservation is about a connection to the land and water, and it’s hard to connect with something you’re unfamiliar with. Go outside, get under the water, climb a mountain, or just walk in the park. Any time outside is good for us, and for the earth. #TurningTheTide for @sea_legacy
Shifting the protein in your diet from animal meat to the plant-based proteins developed by Beyond Meat is one of the most powerful measures someone can take to reduce their impact on our climate. Proud to be an investor in @BeyondMeat to help combat climate change. Learn more via link in bio.
Thank you @EPN for your continued efforts to protect our oceans. #Regram#RG@leonardodicapriofdn: Great work by the Mexican Government following the announcement of its intent to create a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, the largest protected area of its kind in North America. The massive planned expansion of the #Revillagigedo#marine park was announced at the #OurOcean conference in Malta. Follow the link in bio to learn more.
Photo credit: Creative Commons, Lwp Kommunikáció
#Regram#RG@franslanting: Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. It straddles the border of Brazil and Argentina and attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Yet this magnificent expression of wild water on an epic scale is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. A few years ago a severe drought impacted the two rivers that feed Iguazu Falls so dramatically that the thundering falls were reduced to trickles for months. The water did rebound when rain returned to the region upstream, but it is sobering to realize that even the most powerful phenomena in nature are affected by our collective impact on the planet. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories about our changing earth.
The island nation of #Niue has announced the protection of 40% of its waters. The protected area will include deep ocean seamounts and the biodiversity-rich Beveridge Reef, home to the highest density of grey reef sharks in the world. As the global community comes together at #OurOcean 2017 to address the challenges facing the ocean, this South Pacific island is taking an extraordinary leadership role by establishing a park of this magnitude. @natgeopristineseas
The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the world’s most indispensable environmental laws, essential to saving imperiled #wildlife around the globe. But despite the ESA’s undeniable success in protecting wildlife and #ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad, some powerful members of Congress and special interest groups are trying to dismantle it. We need your help to save this landmark Act before it’s too late. Join us and IFAW in taking #OneActForAll. Link in bio.
#Regram#RG@nasaclimatechange: Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its yearly lowest extent for 2017, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. Observations indicate that on Sept. 13, 2017, ice extent shrunk to the eighth lowest in the satellite record, at 4.64 million square kilometers, or 1.79 million square miles.
Visit the link in our bio for the full story.
Video credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Helen-Nicole Kostis.
#Regram#RG@time: "Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) stopped by the Yale Climate Conference in New Haven, appearing onstage for a discussion with former Secretary of State John Kerry about climate change. The actor, environmentalist and 'Before the Flood' producer drew a substantial crowd of 2,500, making pointed statements about the Trump administration's stance on and recalling his attempt to sway the then-President-Elect when he visited Trump Tower in December. "We should not have people in office who do not believe in facts and truths and modern science that are able to manipulate and risk the entire future of this entire generation," DiCaprio said. "We are at that turning point right now, and we are going to look back at this point in history, and frankly this administration, and certain people are going to be vilified for not taking action. They really are. And it's up to this generation, it's up to all of you to get involved and make a difference." Video source: Yale University"
#Regram#RG@wwf: Have you heard? Kazakhstan will be the 1st country to bring wild tigers back to Central Asia, where they have gone extinct for nearly half a century!
Wild tigers once prowled from eastern Turkey to the island of Bali - but their home range has since shrunk by over 90%. Kazakhstan’s plan to reintroduce tigers will help protect an important habitat for wildlife ＋ people and contribute to the Tx2 goal to #doubletigers