Let me be clear: The report plainly states the world is warming, the climate is changing, and we already see the impacts today. Now. It also goes into detail on projections for the future, and the great majority of them are grim.New IPCC report: The planet is warming, and it’s going to get worse. (via greenpeace)
This April 1st, Friends of the Earth is recognizing Fossil Fools’ Day. We’re shedding some light on the wildcard corporations and elected officials who are stacking the decking against the environment.
For today’s Newsweek Rewind, we feature the Exxon Valdez oil spill, which occurred twenty-five years ago, on March 24, 1989. One of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, Exxon Valdez released over 10.8 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, contaminating 1,300 miles of the coastline and killing thousands of birds, eagles, otters, and other native animals. Despite over a billion dollars being spent on cleanup, the region still hasn’t fully recovered, even a quarter of a century later.
The spill was covered extensively in Newsweek’s September 18, 1989 issue, with reporting by Harry Hurt III, Lynda Wright, Pamela Abramson in articles by Jerry Adler and Sharon Begley. The feature What Exxon Leaves Behind paints a grim picture. “Nearly six months after one of its giant tankers spilled millions of gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound, Exxon is preparing to end its cleanup operation. It has been a colossal and humbling effort: Exxon has found that what man has defaced not even the world’s largest oil company can repair.”
Monarch butterfly populations are at the lowest level on record. This sharp decline has been linked to the rise of GMO crops and Monsanto’s Roundup™ herbicide, which has virtually wiped out the only food their young eat — milkweed. Tell the USDA and EPA to save the monarchs: stop approving the pesticide-resistant GMO crops and their toxic pesticides. www.foe.org/monarchs