Mother Nature's Warriors | Web Series

Current State of the Earth

images-101If we look at the current state of the Earth the list goes something like this…remember this is only the tip of the ice berg of what we’ve caused.

Thus Mother Natures Warriors purpose in showing positive actions ones are taking to set the example for our generation and future generations so they can enjoy Mother Natures greatest gifts.

Here are a few of the issues that our world faces today, and links to organizations that adress them.

images-100 Green House Gases above threshold that can potentially cause dangerous climate change; it is not next year or the next decade– it is now.

Sierra Club Green Peace

Idle No More

Union of Concerned Scientists

350 Org

images-102 Air pollution  can have an adverse effect on humans and the ecosystem according to the 2014 World Health Organization’s report, and in 2012 air pollution caused the deaths of around 7 million people worldwide.

Natural Resource Defense Council

Clean Air Watch

Clean Air World

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images-104Fresh water supplies in the world are running out. Already one person in five has no access to safe drinking water. As farmers in Texan High Plains pump ground water faster than rain replenishes it, the water tables are dropping.

North Americas largest aquifer, the Ogallala, is being depleted at a rate of 12 billion cubic meters a year. Total depletion to date amounts to some 325 bcm, a volume equal to the annual flow of 18 Colorado Rivers.

Fresh Water Watch

A lovely update from our FreshWater Watch kayakers who will be paddling the continent to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Action and taking FreshWater Watch to countries where we've never tested water before! ...

Happy New Year everyone! I spent New Year's Eve in a bothy in Wales with some fab company and no phone signal (or electricity or running water), followed by a blustery and wet day out in Snowdonia - starting my year as I mean to go on... Outside, on adventures, and with great people. 2018 is a big year for my friend Kate and I. In less than four months we're heading off on our Kayaking the Continent expedition, raising money for Pancreatic Cancer Action and collecting data for FreshWater Watch. If you haven't had a chance to yet, why not head over to our website to read a little more about what we're doing: kayakingthecontinent.com Hope you have all had a good start to your year 🙂

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images-106The Ocean:  According to International Program on the State of the Ocean, consequences of current rates of negative change already matching those predicted under the “worst case scenario”. This includes the rate of decrease in Arctic Sea Ice, the accelerated melting of both the Greenland ice sheet and Antarctic ice sheets, seal level rise and release of trapped methane from seabed.

Other individual stressors include over fishing, physical disturbance, nutrient runoff, introduction of non-native species, increased temperature and acidification increasing the susceptibility of corals to bleaching, impacting the reproduction of marine invertebrates and increased bio-availability of pollutants through absorption onto the surface of micro-plastic particles.

Oceana

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Oceanic Preservation Society

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images-109Wetlands: Half of the world wetlands have disappeared since 1900. Wetlands are among the most productive habitats on earth providing shelter and nursery for commercially and recreationally important animals like fish and shellfish as well as wintering grounds for migrating birds. A major threat is the draining of wetlands for commercial development, including tourism facilities, or agricultural land.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of wetlands have been drained for agriculture. Pollution in wetlands is growing, affecting drinking water sources and biological diversity. Drainage and run-off from fertilized crops and pesticides used in industry introduce nitrogen and phosphorous nutrients and other toxins like mercury to to water sources. These chemicals can affect the health and reproduction of species, posing a serious threat to biological diversity.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Happy #SkipTheStrawDay! Straws are one of the many plastics that wind up in the ocean, causing harm to wildlife and marine environments. Find out more ways to reduce #MarineDebris at www.marinedebris.noaa.gov ...

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared NASA Goddard's A New Duo of Advanced Weather Satellites. ...

The U.S. will soon have two of the most advanced weather satellites ever, operating in tandem. On Thursday, March 1, NASA will launch NOAA's newest weather satellite, GOES-S, the second of NOAA's new series of geostationary weather satellites. This dynamic duo will provide unprecedented coverage across the entire U.S. and most of the Western Hemisphere. Join Jamese Sims of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Joel McCorkel of NASA to learn how GOES-S and the NOAA Satellite and Information Service will help forecasters predict and emergency officials plan for future extreme weather and natural disasters. Put your questions and comments below and we'll try to answer them during our live broadcast. More on Facebook about GOES-R (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite - R Series)

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images-113 Deforestation and Rain Forests: According to the Global Forest Resources Assessment conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land continues at a high rate. 13 million hectares of forest were converted annually up to 2010. Rain forests. often described as the Earth’s Lungs covering only 2% of the earth’s surface take in vast quantities of carbon dioxide and through the process of photosynthesis converts it into clean breathable air. In fact tropical rain forests are the single greatest terrestrial source of air that we breathe.

The world’s oldest continuous ecosystems with over a 1000 species per square kilometer. Tragically the tropical rain forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. According to Rainforest Action Network more than an acre and a half is lost every second of every day.

Rainforest Action Network

Amazon Watch

Rainforest Alliance