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U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Releases Most Up to Date Climate Report – 2 Nov 2014

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Concluding instalment of the Fifth Assessment Report:
Climate change threatens irreversible and dangerous impacts, but options exist to limit its effects

syrcover“Human influence on the climate system is clear and growing, with impacts observed on all continents. If left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. However, options are available to adapt to climate change and implementing stringent mitigations activities can ensure that the impacts of climate change remain within a manageable range, creating a brighter and more sustainable future. ” From November 2, press release.

Full press release here

General information

Summary of report for policy makers (40 pages)

Synthesis Report (116 pages)


Take a survey to protect coral reefs

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

, October 27, 2014

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

“Do you fish, dive or boat in the Atlantic Ocean? The state of Florida wants anyone who engages in any sort of coastal activity from Miami-Dade to Martin counties to fill out an online survey to help better manage and protect the state’s coral reefs.

“The information will be used to create maps that show where people are visiting the reefs, what they’re doing and how often they’re doing it. The ultimate goal is to “better balance resource use and protection,” according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.”

Full Article.

Link to Survey.


Henrietta Bridge Farm Project

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

image5Want to help out at a community farm (almost) right in your backyard? Volunteers are welcome every Saturday from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Henrietta Bridge Farm at 1400 Henrietta Ave, West Palm Beach, or email Bosley at bosley@urbangrowerscommunityfarm.com

So far, 1200 pots filled with soil and planted seedlings have installed. They will be growing Cherry Tomatoes, Standard Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Beans, Squash, Carrots…And later, Leafy vegetables like Greens, Kale and Cabbage.

 

 

 


40 Years of Safe Drinking Water

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

US EPAsecondbanner2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The Act was passed to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking water supply. We have made great progress over the past 40 years, but many challenges remain. EPA is committed to working with states, tribes, water sector partners and the public to meet the challenges ahead and protect public health.

Visit the EPA’s website to learn more about how the Safe Drinking Water Act came into being as well as to find educational resources and more!

http://www2.epa.gov/safedrinkingwater40


King Tide – October 8

Monday, October 6th, 2014

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“Extreme high tides, or “king tides”, occur at a few specific times during the year when the moon is closest to the Earth. During these high water events, we can see what the average water levels might look like in the future, given projected sea level rise.”  from The King Tides Project

Since the sea level has risen about 9 inches since the turn of the last century this is adding to this phenomenon. We are seeing flooding in certain areas unrelated to rain events, simply because of these high tides.

October 8th is the King Tide for the fall.

The King Tides Project invites people to visit the shoreline and capture images of important places threatened by sea level rise. If you take pictures of the king tide near you, please upload them to assist scientists in understanding better how sea level rise will affect specific areas. http://kingtides.net/participate/test-submit-form/

Learn more about king tides at kingtides.net