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Exclusive Representative of the Art of Visual Artist -  F. A. Rodríguez

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Notice to our friends, the book titled: 'Twin Towers Remembered' by F. A. Rodríguez, has been published by the Outskirts Press and is available at: www.amazon.com  hard cover and kindle, also at: Barnes & Noble  www.bn.com in the Nook format and hard cover. www.outskirtspress.com/twintowersremembered in the hard cover edition and  ebook format. The book is a visual essay about the Twin Towers, starting in the early 1970's to the year 2000. Photographs of the Twin Towers from different angles and lighting conditions as well as years. On the 10th Anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001 we remember the World Trade Center. This book is dedicated to all the victims and their families. The book is now part of the permanent collection of National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Please, contribute to the Museum, let's never forget.

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The Associated Press reports on April 23, 2016

175 Nations sign landmark deal on climate change - United Nations

 Leaders from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his granddaughter, joined dozens of world leaders for a ceremony that set a record for international diplomacy: Never have so many countries signed an agreement on the first available day. States that didn't sign on Friday have a year to do so. "We are in a race against time", U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the gathering. "The era of consumption without consequences is over." Many now expect the climate agreement to enter into force long before the deadline of 2020. Some say it could happen this year.  Ban warned that the work ahead will be enormously expensive. "Far more than $100 billion-indeed, trillions of dollars is needed to realized a global, clean energy economy," he said. Already, states face pressure to do more. Scientific studies show the initial set of targets that countries pledged before Paris don't match the agreement's long-term goal to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. Global average temperatures have already climbed by almost 1 degree Celsius. Last year was the hottest on record. 

 

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The New York Times reports on Sunday, December 13, 2015

Nations Aprove Landmark Climate Deal

In France, Consensus on a Need to Lower Carbon Emissions 

LE BOURGET, France- With The sudden bang of a gavel Saturday night, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change. The deal, which was met with an eruption of cheers and ovations from thousands of delegates gathered from around the world, represents a history breakthrough on an issue that has foiled decades of international efforts to address climate change. The accord, which United Nations diplomats have been working towards for nine years, changes that dynamic by requiring action in some form from every country, rich or poor.    "This is truly a historic moment", the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said in an interview. "For the first time, we have a truly universal agreement on climate change, one of the most crucial problems on earth."

 

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Miami Herald reports on Friday, June 2, 2017

Trump withdraws U.S. from Paris climate accord

Washington. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would make good on a top campaign promise to withdraw from the so-called Paris climate agreement, a global pact to combat global warming. "One by one, we are keeping the promises I made during my run for president," Trump said. But Trump quickly said he would immediately begin to negotiate reentering the deal, which is supported by more than 190 nations.

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January 18, 2017  NASA - NOAA Report:  Global heat sets record for 3rd straight year.

Earth sweltered under the hottest temps in modern times for a third straight year in a row, raising concerns about the quickening pace of climate change. The main reason for the rise is the burning of fossil fuels like oil & gas, which send carbon dioxide methane and others pollutants known as greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and warm the planet. Glaciers and polar ice caps melt, accelerating sea level rise that will eventually swallow many of the globe's coastal communities, home to some one billion people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

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'The  Art of the 21st  Century  Must  Address  Our  Environmental  Challenges'

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F.A. Rodriguez - Athens, Greece-1973-Photo:Angeline Rodriguez

In the background, the Acropolis in Athens, ancient meeting place of the Greek philosophers and  intellectuals.
En la parte posterior el Acrópolis, el lugar de reunión de los antiguos filósofos Griegos.

The New York Times reports on Saturday, January 17, 2015

2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics

Last year was the hottest on Earth since record-keeping began in 1880, scientists reported on Friday, underscoring warnings abouth the risks of runaway green-house-gas emissions and under-mining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. Extreme heat blanketed Alaska and much of the Western United States last year. Records were set across large areas of every inhabited continent. And the ocean surface was unusually warm virtually everywhere except near Antarctica, the scientists said, providing the energy that fueled damaging Pacific storms. In the annals of climatology, 2014 surpassed 2010 as the warmest year. The 10 warmest years have all occurred since 1997, a reflection of the relentless planetary warming that scientist say is a consequence of human activity and poses profound long-term risks to civilization and nature.  Several scientist said the most remarkable thing about the 2014 record was that it had occurred in a year that did not feature a strong El Nino, a large weather pattern in which the Pacific Ocean pumps an enormous amount of heat into the atmosphere. Skeptics of climate change have long argued that global warming stopped aroung 1998, when an unusually powerful El Nino produced the hottest year of the 20th Century. Some politicians in Washington have seized on that claim to justify inaction on emissions'. 

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F. A. Rodríguez

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Selections from the series: 'From Death to Birth'
For the protection of our planet
 Obras selectas de la serie: 'De la Muerte al Nacimiento'
Por la protección de nuestro planeta

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Tribune Washington Bureau Reports: Climate Change  

2012 one of 10 warmest years on record. Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Temperatures are rising and the planet we know is transforming, according to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"The State of the Climate in 2012," released Tuesday, paints a sobering portrait of swaths of the planet transformed by rising temperatures. Artic sea ice reached record lows during the summer thaw. In Greenland, about 97 percent of its ice sheet melted in the summer, far greater than in years before.

'Greenhouse emissions continued to rise.  Heat-trapping greenhouse gases emitted by the burning of fossil fuels are the primary cause of higher global temperatures'. The NOAA report underscored the effect that oceans have on temperatures. Oceans store much of the planet's heat, but ocean heat storage is at near-record levels, the report said, and increases  were detected even in the ocean's depths.

 At the end of the page links to other exhibitions by F. A. Rodriguez   About the artist on link to 'Analysis In Variation'-  Note: the art on this site is not for sale.

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Dear Friends...

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.

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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 find donors. 

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Miami Herald Wire Services reports: Tuesday,  June 23, 2015

Climate Change

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.

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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.

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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 14, 2014

   Climate-                                                                                                                                                                                                            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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F.A.Rodriguez-June, 1974- NYC- Photo: Angeline Rodriguez

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.   

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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.'

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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, Wraithmill said.

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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. 

 

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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.'

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Environment- Cox Newspaper Reports on Thursday, May 15, 2014

Climate change 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.

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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.   

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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New York Times reports Friday, April 7, 2017

Nearly 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

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Miami Herald reports Thursday, March 2, 2017

White 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. 

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 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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Split Lizards 5-11-1998 Monoprint 19" x 24"

Miami Herald reports: Saturday, April 4, 2015

Environment: Study: Climate change may trigger coral bleaching sooner

A new study that sifted through data on sea temperatures suggest that the fatal change might happen 12 years earlier.

Parts 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 reefs." 

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AR2 Fine Arts, Inc. From Death to Birth 2

F. A. Rodríguez - Selected Sculptures 1967-2007

Circular Abstractions - Circulos Abstractos

Miniature Imaginary Landscapes - Paisajes Imaginarios

Link to: Analysis in Variation - Humberto & Silvano - Análisis en Variación

Link to: The Spirit of the Butterfly -El Espiritu de las Mariposas

For the preservation of the environment and the protection of wildlife. Those are our stated goals. Art is the medium that unites us all.
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LizardSkin-4-1-1998Etching10"x11"
AR2 Fine Arts, Inc.
Located in South Miami, Florida 
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arodri4@bellsouth.net

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AR2 Fine Arts, Inc. 
For the protection of our planet
Located in South Miami, Florida