All the news and satellite photographs are showing a very fast melting of the poles, north and south. We were glad
when Vice President Al Gore released to the public his documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth'. It was well received and has been
very helpful in calling to the attention of the world this very eminent disaster, which will happen sooner than predicted
if we don't do anything about it. We must help to protect the oceans and the forests.
Miami Herald wire services report: Sunday,
May 10, 2015
Climate Change-Hollande Touts Green Fund
French President Francois Hollande
told Caribbean leaders on Saturday that a planned international fund could help the vulnerable, tourism-dependent region
mitigate the effects of climate change. Hollande headline the Caribbean Climate Summit, which drew about 40 leaders or top
officials from regional nations including the Bahamas, Trinidad and Cuba, as well as experts talking about renewable energy,
waste and water management. The summit was held in Martinique. The meeting came ahead of a global climate conference
in Paris that activists hope will mark the first time that all countries take collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
globally. Hollande said the Paris session would highlight the importance of the U.N. climate fund, which is struggling to
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Miami Herald Wire Services reports: Tuesday,
June 23, 2015
Failure to act on climate change could cause an estimated 57,000 deaths a year in the United States
from poor air quality by 2100, the Obama administration argued in a report. The report also said inaction could cost billions
of dollars a year in damage from rising seas, increased wildfires and drought, as well as higher costs for electricity
to cool homes and businesses due to hotter temperatures.
Information about F. A. Rodriguez award winning documentary:
'Freewheeling, Bicycling in New York City', on link to The Spirit of the Butterfly.
The exhibition we are bringing to you is part of the series
'From Death to Birth', this segment represents the surface section of the series and it is comprised of: prints, etchings,
monoprints, digital photographs, relief prints and drawings. The series is divided in two parts, the surface which is represented
by the lizard, and the underwater section which is represented by the fish. The underwater segment is a series of watercolors
and oil paintings on canvas; they are studies in abstract form of the colors of fish from different parts of the world. These
incredible color combinations and existing documentation is all that is left of many species of animals and trees, which shared
this planet with us in the endless universe.
New York Times reports on Thursday, July 17, 2014
White House unveils climate change initiatives
President Barack Obama announced a series of climate change initiatives Wednesday aimed at guarding the electricity
supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks as
sea levels rise and storms and droughts intensify. The actions, involving a variety of federal agencies, were among the recommendations
of the president's State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, a group of 26 officials who have
worked since November to develop the proposals. The plan takes direct aim at coal-fired plants, the nation's largest
source of carbon pollution, and lawmakers from coal-dependent states have called it a "war on coal." The plan is
expected to curb demand for coal, shutter coal plants and reduce coal mining jobs.
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The New York Times reports Tuesday, October
Pentagon: Global warming security issue
Washington- The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting that climate
change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty,
and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more humanitarian
crisis. The reportlays out a road map for how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms, and widespread
droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate-change risks across all of its operations. If
the Pentagon requests funding from Congress for its initiatives, it will clash directly with congressional Republicans, many
of whom question the established scientific evidence that human activities are causing climate change.
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Miami Herald reports on Friday,
September 26, 2014 - Science-
Some Water Is Older
Than The Sun-
Some of the water molecules in your drinking glass were created
more than 4.5 billion years ago, according to new research. That makes them older than the Earth, older than the solar system-even
older than the sun itself. In a study published Thursday in Science, researches say this primordial water makes up 30 percent to 50 percent of the water on
Earth. The discovery bolsters hopes of finding life on other planets.
On April 20, 2007 ABC News reported that: '50.000.000
acres of rainforest is destroyed every year on planet earth.'
El 20 de Abril, 2007 la cadena de televisión ABC reporta que:
'50.000.000 de acres de selvas tropicales estan siendo destruidos anualmente.'
The Washington Post reports Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Environment: Obama: Climate change is a 'serious threat' to national security
President Barack Obama warned Wednesday that climate
change is a growing and "serious threat" to national security, tying severe weather to the rise of the extremist
group Boko Haram in Nigeria and the civil war in Syria. Obama challenged 218 newly commissioned officers at the U.S. Coast
Guard Academy to take the threats of climate change as seriously as they would a cutter in peril. "You don't sit back;
you take steps to protect your ship," Obama said. "Anything less is a dereliction of duty. The same is true for
climate change". "Climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national
security," he told the graduates. "And, make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. And
so we need to act now."
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Associated Press reports: Tuesday,
February 18, 2014 - Climate
Melting Arctic ice warming Earth
The Arctic isn't as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice
melting in the ocean, and that's turning out to be a global problem, a new study says. With more dark, open water in
the summer instead of ice, less of the sun heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat
than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Arctic grew
8 percent darker between 1979 and 2011, measuring how much sunlight is reflected back into space. The North Pole region
is an ocean that mostly is crusted at the top with ice that shrinks in the summer and grows back in the fall. At its peak
melt in September, the ice has shrunk on average by 35,000 square miles- about the size of Maine- per year since 1979.
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Miami Herald reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Florida critical to birds at risk from climate change
Climate change will likely threaten the survival of half of North America's birds in the coming decades
and no place will play a more crucial role in saving them than Florida, the National Audubon Society said Monday after releasing
a seven-year study. Rising temperatures and changes in rainfalls could shrink ranges for about 21 percent of the continent's
birds by as much as half by 2050, the report found. Of the 588 species examined, Audubon scientists found 314 risked sharp
declines in populations. That puts Florida, the continent's great way station for many migrating birds, in a unique position,
said Julie Wraithmell, director of wildlife conservation for Audubon Florida. Because Florida gets a combination of birds
nesting, breeding and migrating, saving conservation land is important not just to native birds, but the hemisphere's birds,
2015 the hottest year in recorder history. NOAA
New York Times reports Sunday October 16, 2016
170 nations agree to cut use of harmful coolant
Kigali, Rwanda - Negotiators from more than 170 countries Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change
by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. The talks in
Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, did not draw the same spotlight as the climate change accord forged in Paris last year. But
the outcome could have an equal or even greater impact on efforts to slow the heating of the planet. The new Kigali deal has
a single target: chemical coolants called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. So,
narrow as it is, the new accord may be more likely to yield climate-shielding actions by industry and governments, negotiators
say. And given the heat-trapping power of HFCs, scientists say that the Kigali accord will stave off an increase of atmospheric
temperatures of nearly 1 degree Fahrenheit. Overall, the deal is expected to lead to the reduction of the equivalent of 70
billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere about two times the carbon pollution produced annually by the entire world.
Associated Press reports on Tuesday, Feb. 26,2008
'Norway is opening a
'doomsday' vault burrowed deep in the Arctic to protect millions of seeds from disasters.' 'It's been dubbed a Noah's Ark
for plant life and built to withstand an earthquake or a nuclear attack.' All the seeds are kept at: 'Just below zero,
a temperature at which experts say many seeds could survive for 1,000 years.'
Newspaper Reports on Thursday, May 15, 2014
poses national-security risk
In a CNA Corp. report. titled " National Security and the Accelerating
Risks of Climate Change", a military advisory board of 16 former admirals and generals for the nonprofit research group
concluded the impact of climate change is already being felt and in some cases faster than expected. The former military leaders
called on the United States to take a more leading role on an international response to the problem. They compared the challenge
of climate change to facing the Soviet nuclear threat in the Cold War and to terrorism in recent years. "The national
security risks of projected climate change are as serious as any challenges we have faced", they said in a signed letter
in the report. Former Air Force Materiel Command leader and retired Gen. Donald J. Hoffman was among those who signed the
document and is a member of the federally funded research and development center's military advisory board. But Michael Breen,
executive director of the Truman National Security Project and the Center for National Policy, said climate change is a threat
to national and global security and that the United States should take a stronger leadership role to address that threat.
He said "This is a real thing in the real world and there's no political difference of opinion here. It's happening whether
you believe in it or not."
June 07, 2008 - The Caribbean Monk Seal becomes extinct from human causes. NOAA's Fisheries
Services southeast region confirmed.
Miami Herald reports Friday, October 28, 2016
Wildlife Populations, on average, have been halved since 1970, report says
London. Global wildlife populations have fallen an average of 58 percent from 1970 levels,
with human activity reducing the numbers of elephants in Tanzania maned wolves in Brazil, salamanders in the United States,
and orcas in the waters of Europe, reasearches say. Deforestation, pollution, overfishing and the illegal wildlife trade,
together with climate change, "are pushing species populations to the edge," according to the Living Planet
report released Thursday by WWF and the Zoological Society of London. "For the first time since the demise of the
dinosaurs 65 million years ago, we face a global mass extinction of wildlife," said Mike Barret, director of science
and policy at WWF-UK. "We ignore the decline of other species at our peril- for they are the barometer that reveals
our impact on the world that sutains us." The assessment predicts that by 2020, populations of vertebrate species
could have fallen by 67 percent from 1970 levels unless action is taken to reverse the damaging impacts of human activity.
One of the actions pushing the decline is the growing number of humans, which is driving overfishing, hunting and the destruction
of habitats. The report detailed the strain that agriculture places on freshwater systems. "Human behavior continues
to drive the decline of wildlife populations globally, with particular impact on freshwater habitats," said Ken Norris,
director of science at ZSL.
Associated Press - Reports Wed. March1, 2017
Washington - Trump orders review of Obama rule protecting small streams
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed
at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution, fulfilling a campaign promise while earning the ire
of environmental groups.The order, signed at the White House on Tuesday, instructs the Environmental Protection Agency and
Army Corps of Engineers to review a rule that redefined "waters of the United States" protected under the Clean
Water Act to included smaller creeks and wetlands. At a White House signing ceremony, the president called the rule, which
has never been implemented because of a series of lawsuits, "one of the worst examples of federal regulation" that
he said "has truly run amok." But Democrats have argued that it safeguards drinking water for millions of Americans
and clarifies confusion about which streams, tributaries, and wetlands should be protected in the wake of decades long uncertainty
despite two Supreme Court rulings. Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club have said they will sue to fight any attempt
by the Trump administration to roll back the rule.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 -
The McClatchy News Service reports: 'Global Warming: Mass extinctions
forecast if eco crisis isn't tackled.' The answer from the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was
jaw dropping: 'More than 40 percent of known plant and animal species could become extinct by the end of this century.' Last
month (january), 600 scientists wrote to congress saying that it's time to act.
La exhibición que les traemos es parte de la serie 'De la Muerte al Nacimiento', la cual esta dividida
en dos partes, la superficie del planeta y la submarina. La sección de la superficie esta compuesta de trabajos impresos
y dibujos, y esta representada por el lagarto. La parte submarina esta representada por el pescado, es una serie de acuarelas
y pinturas al óleo sobre lienzo. Son estudios en forma abstracta de los colores de peces de diferentes partes del mundo.
Estos colores y la documentación existente, es lo único que queda de muchas especies de animales y árboles
que han cohabitado con nosotros en este planeta, viajando en el infinito universo.
New York Times reports Friday, April 7, 2017
two million acres of the Brazilian amazon were destroyed between August 2015 and July 2016, according to estimates by the
National Institute for Space Research in Brazil.
Miami Herald reports Thursday, March 2, 2017
House proposes cutting EPA staff by 20% and eliminating key programs
Washington: The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental
Protection Agency's budge that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs,
according to details of a document reviewed by The Washington Post. The proposal also dictates cutting the agency's grants
to states, including its air and water programs, by 30 percent, and eliminationg 38 separate programs in their entirety. Programs
designated for zero include grants to clean up brownfields, or abandoned industrial sites; a national electronic manifest
system for hazardous waste; environmental justice programs; climate-change initiatives; and funding for native Alaskan villages.
The document eliminates funding altogether for the office's "contribution to the U.S. Global Change Research Program,"
a climate initiative that then-President George H.W. Bush launched in 1989. S. William Becker, executive director of the National
Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), said in an email that the proposed cuts would devastate critical federal
financial support for communities across the country. "These cuts, if enacted by Congress, will rip the heart and soul
out of the national air pollution control program and jeopardize the health and welfare of tens of millions of people around
the country," Becker said.
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The New York Times
reports Friday, September 26, 2014 Washington- Obama to Expand Marine Preserve
In Pacific, Making It World's Largest
President Obama is carving out a wide swath of the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the
waters off limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life. The expanded Pacific Remote Islands
Marine National Monument will cover 490,000 square miles, an area roughly three times the size of California, an become the
largest marine preserve in the world. Millions of seabirds, sea turtles and marine mammals live in the biologically rich expanse
covered by the new monument. It will also add protections for more than 130 seamounts, underwater mountains where rare or
undiscovered species are frequently found.
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The Washington Post reports: Sunday, April 16, 2017
The Arctic sets record for low levels of sea ice
Floating sea ice at the top of the world has set another troubling record
for its low spatial extent, shattering a prior record set just two years ago for this key component of the planet's climate
system. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the sheet of Artic sea ice,which expands and contracts
in an annual cycle, probably reached its maximum size this year on March 7, when it spanned 14.42 million square kilometers
or 5.57 million square miles atop the Artic ocean. And this is part of a trend, notes NASA, which funds the National Snow
and Ice Data Center and also hailed the record. "The Artics's sea ice maximum extent has dropped by an average of 2.8
percent per decade since 1979," noted the agency.
Associated Press reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014
UN says CO2 pollution levels at a record high
Carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution
transform the planet, the UN weather agency said Tuesday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming
rose to global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades, the World
Meteorological Organization said in a annual report. That's an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year and is 42 percent
higher than before the Industrial Age, when levels were about 280 parts per million. CO2 emissions are growing mainly in China
and other large developing countries as their economies expand. Top climate scientists are now becoming increasingly skeptical
that countries across the globe will meet the voluntary goals they set at the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit of limiting global
warming to about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) above preindustrial levels.
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Miami Herald reports: Saturday, April
Environment: Study: Climate change may trigger coral
A new study that sifted through data on sea temperatures
suggest that the fatal change might happen 12 years earlier.
of Florida's vast coral reefs, including a pristine tract in the Dry Tortugas, might get seared by climate change as
early as 2030- about a dozen years sooner than scientists previously projected. And that could mean that coral bleaching-
a whitening that can be damaging and potentially deadly to colorful corals- migh become an annual event in the Tortugas west
of Key West but also in the middle Keys and reefs south of Turkey Point popular with divers. The findings are important because
scientists consider reefs an important indicator of more serious trouble. More information could also improve existing conservation
programs and heighten awareness about the dangers of coral bleaching, which is already a leading killer of Florida's
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