Millions Of Shade Balls Help Combat Evaporation In Los Angeles Reservoirs

September 14, 2015, blog.therainforestsite.com | “The City of Los Angeles has released 96 million black plastic balls into its reservoirs in an effort to protect the remaining potable water during one of the worst droughts on record. The polyethylene balls, which are 4 inches in diameter, float on the surface of the water and cast shade below, reducing losses from evaporation. According to the Washington Post, the project is expected to reduce water loss by around 300 million gallons a year.”

The City of Los Angeles has released 96 million black plastic balls into its reservoirs in an effort to protect the remaining potable water during one of the worst droughts…
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4 undeniable signs we’re making progress on climate change

September 10, 2015 www.edf.org | “Seven months ago, I made a strong statement that may have left some people shaking their heads. I said that we can turn the corner on climate change – end the centuries-long rise in greenhouse gas emissions and see them peak and begin to decline – in just five short years.  As it turns out, 2015 is shaping up to be a year of giant steps toward that goal.”

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The momentum is growing as top greenhouse gas emitters curb pollution, clean energy investments soar and world leaders demand change.
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The California Assembly Passed a Bill Wednesday that Prompts the State’s Public Employee Pension Funds to Divest From Coal

September 3, 2015 | “The California Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that prompts the state’s public employee pension funds to divest from coal. The bill passed the Assemby with a vote of 43 to 27, and will require the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) — which combined are responsible for $476 billion in assets — to remove all holdings in companies that get at least half of their revenue from coal mining. The divestment would have to be completed by July 2017. If signed into law, the measure would be the first of its kind in the United States.”

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If signed into law, the measure would be the first of its kind in the country.
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Chimpanzees Could Be Treated As ‘Legal Persons’ For First Time [UPDATED]

April 20, 2015, www.thedodo.com | “The move is significant because it’s the first time that a motion to recognize chimps as legal persons — and therefore to allow them to benefit from legally protected bodily autonomy — has been acknowledged so directly in a court.” The Nonhuman Rights Project filled a petition to give the two chimpanzees, being held at Stony Brook University, bodily liberty.

 

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President Obama designates Berryessa Snow Mountain region a national monument

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July 11, 2015, www.lakeconews.com | “On Friday President Barack Obama signed a proclamation giving the Berryessa Snow Mountain region national monument status, a designation that proponents say will aid the region’s economy through tourism and recreation opportunities.  The new national monument region covers approximately 330,780 acres managed by federal agencies across seven counties – Lake, Colusa, Glenn, Mendocino, Napa, Yolo and Solano – and extends from Berryessa Peak to the eastern boundary of the Yuki Wilderness in Mendocino County. It does not include Lake Berryessa itself.”

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3 New National Monuments Are Established by Obama

July 10, 2015, www.nytimes.com | “President Obama announced on Friday that he was designating new national monuments covering more than a million acres in California, Texas and Nevada, his latest use of executive power to preserve public land. Mr. Obama designated Berryessa Snow Mountain in California; a paleontological site in Texas known as Waco Mammoth; and the Basin and Range in Nevada, which includes rock art dating back 4,000 years, the White House said in a statement.”

New national monuments —
Republicans have criticized the president for using the law that allows the designation of such sites more than any of his predecessors.
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American Medical Association Calls for Public Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

June 11, 2015, boldnebraska.org | “The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. association of physicians with over 210,000 members, this week called for full public disclosure of the toxic mix of chemicals used in the process of fracking.  Concerned about the inability to effectively monitor and track possible long term public health and environmental changes associated hydraulic fracturing, physicians today voted to adopt policy supporting the full disclosure of chemicals placed into the environment during the petroleum, oil and natural gas exploration and extraction process.”

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The American Medical Association, the largest U.S. association of physicians with over 210,000 members, this week called for full public disclosure of the toxic mix of…
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Victory! Australia Says No to Lion Hunting Trophies Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-australia-says-no-to-lion-hunting-trophies.html#ixzz3bEVlWQWv

Victory! Australia Says No to Lion Hunting Trophies

March 18, 2015, www.care2.com | “According to the Department of the Environment, the measure was introduced in response to growing public concern about canned hunting, or “captive hunting,” where lions and other big game animals are bred specifically to be killed in an enclosure where they have no opportunity to escape. Animal advocates and conservationists have also raised concerns that lions and animals are often drugged and baited before being killed.”

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“According to a coalition of wildlife advocacy organizations that recently petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to get African lions endangered species protection, in the past three decades their population in the wild has dropped by more than 50 percent, leaving potentially fewer than 32,000 remaining in the wild today.”

Even though hunter claim that canned hunting takes the pressure off of lions in the wild, numbers of wild lions continues to decrees.

 

Oil And Gas Giant BP Cuts Ties With Conservative Group ALEC

March 24, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “BP did not point to any particular issues behind its defection. In recent years ALEC, whose members include Republican politicians as well as businesses, has been behind ‘model legislation’ to limit renewable energy in states. The group has also condemned the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, and fought against the Affordable Care Act.”

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It is not sure whether BP broke ties because of ALEC’s views on denial of global warming or not, but it is becoming increasinly unpopular to back companies that are climate change deniers.
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Global Carbon Emissions Flatlined in 2014 Even as Economy Grew

March 13, 2015, http://time.com | “Global carbon emissions did not increase in 2014, marking the first time on record that carbon levels have not grown without a concurrent decline in global demand.”

 

  Robert Brothers

THIS IS REAL PROGRESS -> SO LET”S INCREASE THE PRESSURE!
Please share this widely. Hope based on reality is hope leading to action.

Thanks to Polly Howells for sharing this to our Timeline at GoodNews FortheEarth

The global carbon emissions did not increase in the year of 2014, which gives hope that people can still come together to fight against climate change.

 

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