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A picture is worth 1,000 words.


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A picture of one of the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Rising sea levels threaten areas like this, as well as coastal cities in the U.S.

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 Penguins such as these are some of the first to be effected by melting ice glaziers. Their friends, the polar bears, are also experiencing the same. Their numbers are decreasing to an all-time low.

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 Animals aren’t the only ones being effected by climate change. Inhabitants like this Inuit in Alaska worry about their future, and their children. Fishing patterns, for instance, are shifting and making living that much more difficult.

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 A hurricans rips through a small town. Changing climate patterns have brought on some sudden weather patterns, some of them ending in catastrophe.

 

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Students find a seat

At University of California, instead of focusing on normal college things (sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll), they’re thinking about the environment (namely, trees).

 Who says we’re not the generation that will change the world?

 Students at UC-Berkley are protesting the potential athletic center that is heading for right smack-dab in the middle of an oak grove.

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They’re not monkeys, but the students are spending up to a week literally sitting on the tall branches of the oak trees. Their friends come by and hoist water and food up to them. This, believe it or not, has been going on for a year!

Last month a judge ruled that they had the legal write to remove the protestors. The thought has brought on a rampage of online-suggestions for their removal: tranquilizers, skunk spray and fire hoses. So far, the University has only put up a chain-link fence.

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The students wear masks and provide fake names to authorities and journalists. In fact, one tree-sitting student “Dumpster Muffin” said she feels “awesome.”

Saving the environment is not all fun and games, however. Two students have broken several bones from falls.

Broken bones? It’s all relative when it comes to preserving the future, right?

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the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement

This is NOT a joke.

There is a Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, and they are serious. You want to join? Well,  all they ask is that you don’t produce children.

VHEMT, as they are called, find it morally wrong to produce offspring. Why? Well, because according to them wildlife species are going extinct and 40,000 children die each day. They say the Earth is overpopulated and by one infant (or lack thereof) we can save the world.

Although the movement sounds like a suicide mission (they assure us, it is not), their overall thinking might be headed in the right direction. Overpopulation contributes to everything from traffic to global warming, and it’s causing a lot of problems.

So if your contribution to the environment is to not have children, I say right on!

However, for those of us who dream of the perfect nuclear family, I would suggest atleast driving the kids to soccer practice in a hybrid?

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Finding Nemo just got a lot more difficult…

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I’ve always hated fishing. You can stand there forever–watching, waiting, waiting, waiting– and at the end of the day, you’ve still caught nothing.

  Well soon I might not be the ONLY one with that problem.

A study shows that seafood as we know it may not exist by the year 2048. A lack of biodiversity, caused by everything from overfishing to poor water quality, may threaten your Fish & Chips dinner, leaving you with a plate full of chips.

  Scientists believe that already 29% of our seafood supply has already diminished. The solution, they say, is to meet the interests of commercial fishermen with logical conservation policies. Simply put, it’s probably a better idea to leave some fish swimming now, so we’ll still have something to catch later.  

Those who propose that areas of the ocean be “off-limits” to humans say we’ve been doing the same thing with land for years– and it works.  With proper human action the biodiversity problem can be reversed.

As for your decision to attend next year’s family reunion clam bake? Boris Worm, one of the lead researchers for the project, seems to think there’s a lot more to worry about than the awkward encounter with your old Aunt Betty.

“All of these species end up in our bellies somewhere, so of course we have a lot of control over what is caught and how it is caught. We need to make informed choices on the fish we eat.”

-Boris Worm, marine researcher.

SOURCE: National Geographic News

 

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