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Frontlines of Climate Change: Deforestation

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 30, 2014 12:27:10 PM

Ever since plants and fungi colonized the land 500 million years ago, forests have provided essential habitat for countless living creatures. For humans, forests initially represented shelter, sustenance, and protection. The moment we discovered that we could make fire, the value of forests transformed. When we learned how to clear forests to cultivate crops and feed our livestock, their value proposition changed again.

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Frontlines of Climate Change: Mass Extinction

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2014 3:50:10 PM

To quote American nature writer Kenneth Brower, “A living planet is a rare thing, perhaps the rarest thing in the universe, and a very tenuous experiment at best.” A living planet is comprised of complex ecosystems that nourish myriad species, each one interdependent, relying on the others to play their role to such perfection that only exists in nature.

When ecosystems fall out of balance, chaos ensues. The cycle of life is interrupted, and species perish. Without sustainable natural systems, there is no provision for communities, no sustenance for societies, no nourishment for economies.

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Climate Change: A Military Imperative

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 16, 2014 10:57:00 AM

For many years, the Pentagon has issued reports about climate change, highlighting the future possible threats our nation may face from increased temperatures, extreme weather, drought, flooding, and rising sea levels. This week marked a notable change in the Pentagon’s approach—instead of addressing climate change as a distant danger, the Pentagon issued a report that clearly recognizes it as present-day threat to national and global security, requiring immediate and drastic action.

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A Massive People's March to Confront Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 25, 2014 12:16:00 PM

It has been a big week for climate awareness. On Tuesday, the United Nations hosted a landmark Climate Summit in New York City, attended by over 125 world leaders. While the Summit didn’t result in a definitive plan for international carbon emission reductions, it was a clear indication of the growing urgency for a comprehensive global climate action strategy.

It wasn’t just world leaders that converged to confront climate change. On Sunday (prior to the UN summit), millions of people took to the streets to participate in the People’s Climate March, the largest climate action rally in history. 2,646 marches took place in 162 countries

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Frontline of Climate Change: Drought

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 19, 2014 10:55:36 AM

Water: it is a common agenda for all of us, for every walk of life. It’s our planet’s most valuable resource. Nations are powered by it. Life depends on it. And soon, we’ll be fighting over it.

We think of water as infinite and inexhaustible, but the hard truth is that we’re depleting, polluting, and wasting water from aquifers and other fresh water sources in such vast quantities that we’re not allowing these sources to renew themselves, resulting in drastic drought conditions across the globe.

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