Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

ENV / The Bonn Climate Change Conference Daily Coverage for Wednesday, 17 May 2017, Bonn Germany

On Tuesday and Wednesday, 16-17 May 2017, the local communities and indigenous peoples platform met to discuss the structure and functions of the platform. This platform, established by the Paris Agreement, aims at strengthening the exchange of experiences and sharing of best practices on mitigation and adaptation. The platform will also bridge the gap between science and policy by ensuring transitional knowledge systems are taken into account.

Produced by Dorothy Wanja Nyingi PhD and filmed/edited by Nemo Allen.

Climate Change Has Changed the Geography of Honduras’ Caribbean Coast | Inter Press Service

By Thelma Mejía Reprint |

The sea is encroaching fast in the coastal area of Balfate, along Honduras’ Caribbean Coast, where natural barriers are disappearing and the sea is advancing many metres inland. Credit: Courtesy of Hugo Galeano to IPS

BALFATE, Honduras, May 15 2017 (IPS) – In Balfate, a rural municipality that includes fishing villages and small farms along Honduras’ Caribbean coast, the effects of climate change are already felt on its famous scenery and beaches. The sea is relentlessly approaching the houses, while the ecosystem is deteriorating.

“What was it like before? There used to be a coconut palm plantation before the beach, and a forest with howler monkeys. Today there are no palm trees and the howler monkeys have left,” environmental activist Hugo Galeano, who has been working in the area for over three decades, told IPS.

“Where the beach is now, which used to be 200 metres inland, there used to be a thick palm tree plantation and a beautiful forest. Today the geography has changed, the sea has swallowed up much of the vegetation and is getting closer and closer to the houses. The effects of climate change are palpable,” he said.

Galeano coordinates the Global Environment Facility’s Small Grants Programme (SGP) in Honduras, and is one of the top experts on climate change in the country. He also promotes climate change mitigation and reforestation projects, as well as community integration with environmentally friendly practices, in low-income areas.

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Ocean oxygen falling two to three times faster than predicted

Climate State

Published on May 11, 2017

The trend of oxygen falling is about two to three times faster than what we predicted from the decrease of solubility associated with the ocean warming.


Ocean oxygen decline greater than predicted (2017) http://climatenewsnetwork.net/ocean-o…

Ocean Deoxygenation: Our Ocean’s Oxygen Supply & Demand Issue (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrHGw…

Low Oxygen Hypoxia in Marine Waters (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6RJi…

Image https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas…

Video material from http://Pixabay.com

NASA Operation IceBridge Zig Zag East (Svalbard – Thule Air Base)

Climate State

Published on May 17, 2017

Operation IceBridge just completed 40 research flights over ten weeks, including three based out of the remote and beautiful islands of Svalbard, Norway. Here is the story of one of its most distinctive missions, called Zig Zag East. This flight started in the rugged fjords of Svalbard, passed over hundreds of miles of sea ice en route to the North Pole, flew through the narrow Nares Strait, and finally returned the team back to Thule Air Base in Greenland.

The video was narrated in flight on Apr. 7, 2017 by IceBridge Mission Scientist John Sonntag. IceBridge, an airborne mission that monitors changes at the Earth’s poles, concluded its 2017 spring Arctic campaign on May 12. This field campaign has been the most ambitious in IceBridge’s nine years of operations in the Arctic, greatly expanding the survey’s reach across the Arctic Basin.

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: We Should Be Considering Impeachment If Trump Obstructed FBI Probe

Democracy Now!

Published on May 17, 2017

http://democracynow.org – President Trump is facing yet another major scandal. The New York Times is reporting Trump personally asked FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The New York Times reports President Trump made the extraordinary request to James Comey during an Oval Office meeting on February 14—one day after Trump fired Flynn for lying both publicly and privately about his contacts with Russian officials. Trump reportedly asked Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to leave the room before making the request to Comey. After the meeting, Comey wrote a memo quoting the president saying, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” We speak to John Kiriakou, who spent 14 years at the CIA as an analyst and case officer. He was jailed for 23 months after he became the first CIA official to confirm publicly the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.

John Kiriakou on Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture & Why Trump’s Presidency Worries Him

Democracy Now!

Published on May 17, 2017

http://democracynow.org – The report on President Trump urging FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, came just a day after The Washington Post revealed President Trump had disclosed highly classified intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the White House. We talk to CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou about his own case and the significance of Trump divulging classified secrets to Russia.

Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach

Democracy Now!

Published on May 17, 2017

http://democracynow.org – Environmental activists in California are fighting plans to store 3.6 million pounds of highly radioactive nuclear waste on a popular beach in San Diego County. In 2012, a radioactive leak at the San Onofre nuclear power plant forced an emergency shutdown. The plant was fully closed by June 2013. Now residents are fighting the permit issued by the California Coastal Commission to store the millions of pounds of nuclear waste in thin, stainless steel canisters, within 100 feet of the ocean. We speak to Ray Lutz, founder of Citizens’ Oversight, which has filed a lawsuit challenging the expansion of the nuclear waste storage facility.