Earth in Deep Trouble, Ignore Only If You are an Alien

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Earth is in deep trouble says an IPCC report, act now while we still have time—cut emissions now and invest in adaptation!   I am, ofcourse under the impression that most of those reading this are residents of the Eath so we should all be very concerned.  Otherwise, go on your merry ways since you may have another planet to go back to.  Read on if you are still with me . . .

A UN climate impact report, released last 31 March, gave the clearest and most comprehensive evidence yet that the earth we call home is in deep trouble. It reinforces the sobering view that climate change is real, it’s happening now and it’s affecting the lives and the livelihoods of people as well as the sensitive ecosystems that sustain life.

“This report tells us that we have two clear choices: cut emissions now and invest in adaption – and have a world that has challenging and just barely manageable risks; or do nothing and face a world of devastating and unmanageable risks and impacts.” Samantha Smith, leader of the WWF Global Climate & Energy Initiative says the report highlights, for the first time, the dramatic difference of impacts between a world where we act now to cut emissions, which now come mostly from using fossil fuels; and a world where we fail to act quickly and at scale.

”The report makes it clear that we still have time to act. We can limit climate instability and adapt to some of the changes we see now. But without immediate and specific action, we are in danger of going far beyond the limits of adaptation. With this risk posed so clearly, we have to hope that the next IPCC report which is being released in Berlin in April, will provide us with strong statements on the solutions that we know exist,” she says.

This is the second in a series of four reports being prepared by the world’s leading climate authorities in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It assesses the impacts, adaptation and vulnerability of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. 

Despite the warnings given by the IPCC in its reports over the past 20 years – reinforced by the release of the report today – the gap between the science and what governments are doing remains huge, says Sandeep Chamling Rai, head of the WWF delegation to the meeting.

“The science is clear and the debate is over. Climate change is happening and humans are the major cause of emissions, driven mainly by our dependence on fossil fuels. This is driving global warming. This report sets out the impacts we already see, the risks we face in the future, and the opportunities to act. It has been accepted by the member governments of the IPCC. Now it is up to people to hold their governments to account, to get them to act purposefully and immediately,” he says.

The risks of collective inaction are greatest for developing countries, says Chamling Rai. “All countries are vulnerable but developing countries have a greater sensitivity, with more people living in poverty and fewer resources to respond to climate disasters. We need to put in place those measures that will slow down warming and put us on a fair and just transition to a sustainable world. The report shows that ambitious emissions cuts now can reduce the risk of climate change in the second half of this century.”

And the regional assessments – given in depth in this report – show with a great degree of certainty what the impacts will be in the key regions of the world.

“”We now have a better understanding of how climate impacts will affect people and nature in different regions. International adaptation efforts need to be intensified to adequately respond to such varied impacts,” says Chamling Rai.

 

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Spiderman and Earth Hour Join Forces for an Amazing Rescue

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Spiderman and Earth Hour Join Forces! (1)Press Release:

Spidey comes to the rescue!  In a first of its kind partnership, Spider-Man will be the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour, the global movement organized by WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) driven by a message to inspire individuals to use their power to become superheroes for the planet.

Earth Hour Founder and CEO Andy Ridley plus Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Marketing and Distribution Chair Jeff Blake made the announcement in conjunction with the launch of Earth Hour Blue – a radical new digital crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for the planet, launched to engage people around the world and participants in the famous lights out event, which this year will be held on Saturday night, March the 29th, from8:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

This year, Earth Hour and the hero of the highly-anticipated motion picture The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – along with the film’s stars, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and director Marc Webb – are throwing their support behind Earth Hour Blue, which aims to harness the power of the crowd to raise funds for on-the-ground environmental projects from across the world.

“I’m proud Spider-Man is the first superhero ambassador for Earth Hour because he shows we can all be superheroes when we realize the power we all have,” says Andrew Garfield, who plays Spider-Man in the upcoming film.  “Earth Hour is a movement that has created massive impact around the world, so imagine what we can do this year with Spider-Man by our side.”

Crowdfunding for Yolanda Victims

The crowdfunding section of the new Earth Hour platform will allow participants to help deliver energy-efficient stoves to families in Madagascar, raise funds to expand and conserve the iconic Table Mountain National Park in South Africa and help communities in the Philippines build fibreglass boats to withstand climate impacts like Typhoon Yolanda, to be launched by WWF-Philippines on 19 February.

Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life across 7000 cities and towns and 154 countries and territories. The Philippines – one of the world’s most vulnerable nations to climate change – has been one of Earth Hour’s staunchest supporters since 2008 and has consistently topped town and city participation levels since 2009.

“Earth Hour gives you the power to inspire anyone, even if you’re just one person, and Earth Hour is much more than an hour. There are great projects from the crowd, for the planet, happening all over the world,” says Emma Stone.

Individuals can also use Earth Hour’s crowdsourcing platform for Earth Hour Blue, which will call for people to add their voice to some of the biggest environmental campaigns across the world; including an Instagram campaign for people to share their love of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, as part of WWF-Australia’s ‘Lights Out for The Reef’ theme for Earth Hour 2014. Jamie Foxx who plays the villain Electro in the film says, “Earth Hour isn’t just about lights off; it’s about people across the world coming together throughout the year to join forces to improve the planet.  Never underestimate your power, never underestimate what you can do.”

Global participants in the movement will also be able to sign the Shark Saver’s ‘I’m FINished with FINS’ pledge, which engages celebrities and public figures throughout Asia to help end shark finning in marine waters for the consumption of shark-fin soup.

“The idea of Earth Hour has grown beyond anything we could have dreamed of. With the help of Spider-Man, we are taking the movement to the next stage. We hope that Spider-Man will empower individuals to be superheroes for the planet, and use their voice or their dollars to support projects or campaigns around the world. It’s about harnessing the power of the crowd. That’s what Earth Hour Blue is all about,” says Earth Hour co-founder Andy Ridley.

Sony Pictures Entertainment will join by contributing to a WWF-China and Earth Hour Blue project that provides efficient cook-stoves to prevent deforestation in the habitat of the Giant Panda. Through its efforts, the studio will receive Gold Standard carbon offsets that render the entire physical production of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as well as its publicity tour, carbon-neutral.

Expanding on many sustainability efforts over the years, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became the most eco-friendly tent-pole production in the history of Columbia Pictures. These environmental efforts, on set and off, were supported at every level – from producers, studio executives, cast and crew – and began as soon as the film went into pre-production.

“Spider-Man’s always been a very relatable superhero. Peter Parker is a hero to all people, and an inspiration, so it seems very fitting that he should join forces with Earth Hour to empower every single individual to help save the planet,” Blake adds. “I’m also very proud of the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is entirely carbon-neutral.  We made a commitment to be as eco-conscious as possible during production itself, when we took a special effort to think green and avoid waste; now, completing that process with Earth Hour Blue is a wonderful testament to what we can achieve when we all work together.”

Earth Hour and its superhero ambassador Spider-Man remind us that anyone can be a superhero for the planet, so get involved and use your power atearthhour.org