Wednesday, April 22, 2020

9th Environmental Documentary Series Scheduled


All films will start Wednesdays 7:00 PM on the Adrian Campus in the Science Building, Room SCI 131 and are free and open for everybody. This faculty-led program and any related discussion is for educational benefit only. A campus map can be found at:
sienaheights.edu/About/Campus-Map-Parking

The tentative schedule can be found at:
http://sustainability.sienaheights.edu/environmental-documentaries.html


Come and bring a friend – the more the merrier – feel free to forward widely.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Environmental Documentary Series: Tonight: Waters of the U.S., From Standing Rock to the Swamp, and The Forever Chemicals

9th Environmental Documentary Series Winter Semester 2020.
Tonight: Waters of the U.S.,
From Standing Rock to the Swamp, and The Forever Chemicals
Info on URLs below
All films start Wednesdays 7:00 PM in the Science Building, Room SCI 131 and are free and open for everybody. This faculty-led program and any related discussion is for educational benefit only.

Week
Date
Film
Runtime
Topic
2
15-Jan
21+24+27
Water pollution, environmental law, activism
http://sustainability.sienaheights.edu/environmental-docume…

AG - Michigan Files Lawsuit Against 3M, DuPont and others for PFAS Contamination

AG - Michigan Files Lawsuit Against 3M, DuPont and others for PFAS Contamination

Monday, January 13, 2020

Joaquin Phoenix Urges Celebrities to Forgo Private Jets in Golden Globe Speech

Well done Joaquin!

Actor Joaquin Phoenix called on the audience at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday to make personal changes to their own lives to send a message that they’re serious about climate change.
“Hopefully we can be united and make some changes,” he said during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama. “It’s great to vote but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make sacrifices changes in our own lives and I hope we can do that.

Read more at: Joaquin Phoenix Urges Celebrities to Forgo Private Jets in Golden Globe Speech

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tipping Point Identified for Deforestation That Leads to Rapid Forest Loss

Global satellite imagery shows transitions occur quickly after blocks of forest are cut in half.

University of Cincinnati geography researchers have identified a tipping point for deforestation that leads to rapid forest loss.
Geography professor Tomasz Stepinski used high-resolution satellite images from the European Space Agency to study landscapes in 9-kilometer-wide blocks across every inch of the planet between 1992 and 2015. He found that deforestation occurs comparatively slowly in these blocks until about half of the forest is gone. Then the remaining forest disappears very quickly.
Deforestation
The study was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Continue reading at: Tipping Point Identified for Deforestation That Leads to Rapid Forest Loss

Why climate models disagree on Earth's worst-case scenarios | Science News

Scientists still aren’t sure what the worst-case scenario for Earth’s future climate looks like

Earth’s climatic future is uncertain, but the world needs to prepare for change.
Enter climate simulations, which re-create the physical interactions between land, sea and sky using well-known physical laws and equations. Such models can look into the past and reconstruct ancient ice ages or hothouse worlds with the help of data gleaned from rocks and ice cores.

Image result for French climate models consistently predict a pronounced global warming"

But climate scientists also use these simulations to envision a range of different possible futures, particularly in response to climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. These Choose Your Own Adventure–type scenarios aim to predict what’s to come as a result of different emissions levels over the next few decades. That means putting upper and lower boundaries on answers to questions such as: How hot will it get? How high will the seas rise?


Continue reading at: Why climate models disagree on Earth's worst-case scenarios | Science News

Mapping the Coal Ash Contamination | Earthjustice

Do you live near a coal plant? The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to allow companies to delay closing unlined, hazardous coal ash ponds.

President Trump's attempt to weaken coal ash pollution safeguards is nothing more than a total giveaway to the coal industry and must be rejected.

Tell the EPA to reject this harmful rollback.

The Ligurian Bees of Kangaroo Island - Features Journal - Native Food and Wine

The Ligurian Bees of Kangaroo Island - Features Journal - Native Food and Wine

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Australia: Like a Furnace – Incredible Satellite Images Reveal Ferocious Bushfires

More trees lost means faster into the climate catastrophe, more human misery, more wildlife suffering and death, more and faster loss of biodiversity and more of this planet's beauty gone - and who is to blame for all of this?




THE COPERNICUS SENTINEL-2 MISSION HAS BEEN USED TO IMAGE THE FIRES. THE SENTINEL-2 SATELLITES EACH CARRY JUST ONE INSTRUMENT – A HIGH-RESOLUTION MULTISPECTRAL IMAGER WITH 13 SPECTRAL BANDS. THE SMOKE, FLAMES AND BURN SCARS CAN BE SEEN CLEARLY IN THE IMAGE SHOWN HERE, WHICH WAS CAPTURED ON 31 DECEMBER 2019. THE LARGE BROWNISH AREAS DEPICT BURNED VEGETATION AND PROVIDE AN IDEA OF THE SIZE OF THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE FIRES HERE – THE BROWN ‘STRIP’ RUNNING THROUGH THE IMAGE HAS A WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 50 KM AND STRETCHES FOR AT LEAST 100 KM ALONG THE AUSTRALIAN EAST COAST. CREDIT: CONTAINS MODIFIED COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA (2019), PROCESSED BY ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO



Continue reading at: Australia: Like a Furnace – Incredible Satellite Images Reveal Ferocious Bushfires

Michigan PFAS Drinking Water Standard

Please consider posting a citizen comment to demand that everything is done to protect our water from these dangerous pollutants!


Michigan PFAS Drinking Water Standard