Since 1980, the average annual temperature in the U.S. has risen quickly and “recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.” The draft report is by scientists from 13 federal agencies. The report notes that thousands of studies by tens of thousands of scientists all report that human activities are primarily responsible for climate change. The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the report.
2. Shortfin Mako Sharks Are Threatened by Overfishing
3. First Genetically Engineered Salmon Sold in Canada
4. How Will Animals React to the 2017 Solar Eclipse?
5. Only 100 Companies Are Responsible for 71% of Global Emissions
The Carbon Majors Reports states that only 100 companies are responsible for 71% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. This “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions. ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are identified as among the highest emitting investor-owned companies since 1988.” Not all news is bad, as companies like Apple, Facebook and Google have committed to 100% renewable power.
6. Genetically Engineering a Super Coral
7. Salmon in Danger of Losing Federal Protection
The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association is calling the cost of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to the Trump administration to sidestep endangered species laws. The group is encouraged by recent Trump decisions that favor development over threatened and endangered animals. The irrigators association is frustrated with court rulings they believe favor fish over people and Trump could bring stability for irrigators, power generators and other businesses that rely on the water.
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