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Guide: Why is plastic a problem?

February 7th, 2018|

Plastic is really useful and we use it every day.

But what happens after we throw it away is causing a big problem for our planet.

It’s thought more than five trillion pieces of plastic are in the world’s oceans and it can take years for it to break down.

From the BBC

Read the full story:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/42810179

Farm sunshine, not cancer: Replacing tobacco fields with solar arrays

February 7th, 2018|

Michigan Technological University

Summary:Researchers contend that tobacco farmers could increase profits by converting their land to solar farms, which in turn provides renewable energy generation.

Read the full article:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180205151540.htm

Viruses – Lots of Them – Are Falling From the Sky

February 7th, 2018|

From: University of British Columbia

An astonishing number of viruses are circulating around the Earth’s atmosphere – and falling from it – according to new research from scientists in Canada, Spain and the U.S.

“Every day, more than 800 million viruses are deposited per square metre above the planetary boundary layer—that’s 25 viruses for each person in Canada.”

Read the full article:

https://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/53830

President of Chile and CEO of Tompkins Conservation Sign Decrees Creating 10 Million Acres of New National Parks

February 1st, 2018|

This includes Tompkins Conservation’s two flagship parks, Patagonia and Pumalín

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins, President and CEO of Tompkins Conservation, recently signed the decrees creating Pumalín National Park and Patagonia National Park Chile. The one million acres and world-class infrastructure they contain have been billed as the largest donation of land from a private entity to a country. Read the full story.

Climate change: Sandwiches eaten in UK ‘have same environmental impact as eight million cars’

January 25th, 2018|

Pre-packaged bacon, sausage and egg sandwich has biggest carbon footprint, according to researchers at University of Manchester

From the Independent Online 01/25/2018

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/uks-consumption-of-sandwiches-has-same-environmental-impact-as-eight-million-cars-a8176936.html

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How climate change weakens coral ‘immune systems’

January 25th, 2018|

Stress upsets the natural bacterial balance that keeps them healthy

Researchers have demonstrated how two separate effects of climate change combine to destabilize different populations of coral microbes — that is, unbalance the natural coral ‘microbiome.’

Ohio State University. “How climate change weakens coral ‘immune systems’: Stress upsets the natural bacterial balance that keeps them healthy.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 January 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180122150021.htm>.

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Strong support for ocean protection: Study

January 10th, 2018|

People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180110101008.htm

Source: University of California – San Diego; Science Daily

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Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic

January 10th, 2018|

Scientists have found surprising evidence of rapid climate change in the Arctic: In the middle of the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole, they discovered that the levels of radium-228 have almost doubled over the last decade.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180103160202.htm

Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; Science Daily

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Here’s How You Can Help Get Solar Power to Puerto Rican Households Now

October 3rd, 2017|

A Call for Immediate Donations to the Puerto Rico Emergency Solar Energy Fund

IEEFA has never made a fundraising pitch on its website before, but times change, sometimes for the worse.

One million households in Puerto Rico do not have electricity today. In the wake of monumental damage from Hurricane Maria, power to most inhabitants of the islands is not likely to be restored for many weeks or months.

The only short-term prospect for getting electricity to people who desperately require it for their most basic household needs now is by dispatching small 1- or 2-kilowatt solar generators, solar […]

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CGBD is becoming the Biodiversity Funders Group!

September 30th, 2017|

You’re going to see some web and email address changes!

You’ve been hearing about the CGBD Rebranding for awhile. In an effort to be more streamlined and nimble, the CGBD has been through a reframing effort with the able help of Spitfire Communications and with the support of the Organizational Effectiveness Program of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

CGBD staff, foundation representatives, program co-chairs and the board, with humor and creativity, reaffirmed the organization’s liveliness, friendliness, relevancy and sense of integrity. All focused on the CGBD’s value in helping funders learn together, build strong relationships, and move […]

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