Tweet of the Week: Eric Holthaus on the courage to take action

Often there seems to be very little good news when it comes to the state of our planet and this week’s release of the UN biodiversity report confirmed that human activity might be responsible for the extinction of 1 million species. We have relatively little time to act and we are the last generation that can likely avoid the worst ramifications of climate change and species loss. Grist’s straight-shooting columnist Eric Holthaus tweeted a good reminder that the UN report is not our destiny and that we must use it as motivation to keep fighting, voting, volunteering, and demanding action from our leader.

Why This Matters: Sometimes you just need some encouragement and a reminder that you’re part of a huge community of people who care about the fate of our planet. We don’t have to accept dire scientific predictions if we don’t want to, our collective action can make the difference.

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The Link Between Climate Change and Biodiversity

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Climate change has emerged as a leading cause of biodiversity loss. As Scientific American noted, it will be the fastest-growing cause of species loss in the Americas by midcentury and in Africa it could cause some animals to decline by as much as 50 percent by the end of the century, and up to 90 […]

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Venice Floods Again — What to Do When You Can’t Move to Higher Ground?

Venice Floods Again — What to Do When You Can’t Move to Higher Ground?

The historic city of Venice (a UNESCO world heritage site) flooded for the third time in a week, with Piazza St. Mark closed to tourists again on Sunday, and in Pisa and Florence torrential rains threaten to flood there too as the President of the region warned of a “flood wave” on the Arno that threads through both cities. 

Why This Matters:  Venice is a world treasure — it’s a city that floods with millions of tourists each year and is home to about 50,000 residents who depend on them. Its future is very much in doubt given the repeated and devastating floods — its residents are beginning to believe they are fighting a losing battle.

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We Need To Expand the National Weather Service To Provide More Climate Services

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