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

Great water testing slideshow from ACProject 'GB' - thanks for sharing 😀 keep on water testing! ...

Lat 51.5155459 Lon -0.7101918 Maidenhead ACProject 'GB' sampling local river with FreshWater Watch & personal Process Engineer @Joanna Ślicner Thank you 😘 Testing for Nitrate (NO3) & Phosphates (PO4). Testujemy rzeke! Tak my spedzamy wolny czas 😉 'Sampling is allowing us to better understand ponds or lakes, or stretches of flowing water that are consistently clean or consistently polluted highlighting where potential pollution sources may be located' - FreshWaterWatch Post with results to follow - Now it is time to enter the data into the FreshWater Watch website! #lesneskrzaty

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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

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shared NOAA Satellite and Information Service's Full Disk Infrared Satellite Imagery - Hurricane Irma Sept. 5,.... ...

You've seen the Earth in geocolor, but have you seen a full disk image in infrared before? See more unique views: goo.gl/8hK8A1 Infrared satellite imagery, which detects heat radiating off of clouds and the surface of the Earth, can be "colorized" or "color-enhanced" to bring out certain aspects of the data. These color enhancements are useful to meteorologists because the colors enable them to pinpoint items of interest, such as cloud-top height. In this imagery, the darker areas signify taller clouds, which correlate with more intense areas of the storm. The animation is from September 5, 2017 and shows Hurricane Irma on its approach to the United States. Irma was a powerful and devastating storm which reached Category 5 Major Hurricane status. This loop was created with Band-13, one of the new spectral bands offered by GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager. Band-13, the so-called "clean" longwave infrared band, is primarily used to monitor clouds and storm intensity. As shown here, the imagery produced by this band offers detailed views of meteorological phenomena, such as the colder cloud tops (shown in green/yellow/red), which are associated with more intense storm activity.

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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