The latest from @virunganationalpark: 🇨🇩🦍🎉New year, new baby! 🦍🎉🇨🇩 We’re so excited to announce Virunga’s first mountain gorilla birth of 2020. Sub-adult female Seminane gave birth to her very first offspring, a baby girl, earlier this week. 8 year old Seminane is part of the Munyanga group and this new birth marks her passage from sub-adult female to adult female. The new addition makes 10 individuals for the Munyanga family. #virunga #virunganationalpark #mountaingorilla #babygorilla #conservation #congo #drcongo #visitvirunga
🐢 News via The @WashingtonPost: The Española giant tortoise was once considered beyond saving. After decades in decline, just over a dozen were left on the Galapagos island by the 1970s, most of them female. Their numbers were so sparse that some probably had gone decades without encountering another tortoise. Extinction seemed inevitable. Then Diego came along. Flown in from the San Diego Zoo in 1976, the extremely sexually active tortoise went on to father upward of 800 offspring. His considerable effort helped his species, known scientifically as Chelonoidis hoodensis, rebound to a population of 2,000. It also turned him into a star, his sexual prowess the subject of articles in newspapers across the globe. Now, the ancient tortoise is headed for retirement. Officials with the Galapagos National Park announced Friday that the breeding program has been so successful that it is being terminated. Diego, believed to be more than 100 years old, will be released from captivity and returned to the wild. Go to the link in the @washingtonpost bio to read more. (Photo by Galapagos National Park Handout/EPA-EFE; iStock)
Shrubs and grasses are springing up around Mount Everest and across the Himalayas, one of the most rapidly heating regions of the planet. The impact on water supplies of the small but significant increase in vegetation is unknown but could increase flooding in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, which supplies 1.4 billion people with water. The melting of Himalayan glaciers has doubled since the turn of the century and research has suggested that its ecosystems are highly vulnerable to climate-induced shifts in vegetation. Studies of increased vegetation in the Arctic found that they delivered a warming effect in the surrounding landscape, with the plants absorbing more light and warming the soil. But Dr Karen Anderson from the Environment and Sustainability Institute says more vegetation might not increase warming and flooding. A previous study in the Tibet region found that the water in the plants, that is evaporated through their leaf surface, became a cooling influence. (Via The @Guardian)
The catastrophic bushfire season we are currently experiencing in Australia is a clear example of the impacts of climate change playing out before our eyes. Climate change means hotter temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and periods of low rainfall that can dry out vegetation, and an increased chance of lightning strikes. These all combine to create more dangerous and longer-lasting fire seasons - and this is what we are seeing now. The 2019-20 fires are not normal. This is climate change writ large. (Courtesy of @theclimatecouncil)
@action4ifaw’s koala detection dog Bear is trained to detect live koalas through the scent of their fur, which makes him an important asset in the response to AustraliaBushfires.⠀ ⠀ @TysonTravel met Bear and his handler Rianna from @usc_detection_dogs to take a look inside @action4ifaw’s work in Australia. Video courtesy of IFAW
Yesterday, @EarthAlliance announced the AustraliaWildfireFund, a $3 million commitment to support organizations on the front lines in Australia combating the devastating bushfires, and helping to support recovery and restoration projects for affected wildlife. Please see the link in my bio to find out more and to donate. @aussieark @bushheritageaus @wireswildliferescue @emersoncollective @global_wildlife_conservation @oxygenseven
#Regram RG @earthalliance: Earth Alliance, created in 2019 by @LeonardoDiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Brian Sheth, has launched the AustraliaWildfireFund, a $3 million commitment to assist critical firefighting efforts, aid local communities most affected by the wildfires, enable wildlife rescue and recovery, and support the long term restoration of unique ecosystems, with partners @aussieark @bushheritageaus @wireswildliferescue @emersoncollective @global_wildlife_conservation @oxygenseven. Join Earth Alliance in supporting these critical efforts - please see the link in my bio to donate. AustraliaFires Photos by Brad Fleet, Wolter Peeters/The Sydney Morning Herald
#Regram RG @ajplus: This 10-year-old is leading the fight against climate change in Colombia - on the streets and in the Senate. Like @GretaThunberg - Francisco protests for immediate climate action every Friday. #Climate #GretaThunberg #ClimateChange #Environment #Youth #ClimateCrisis #ClimateEmergency #Greta #Activist #Activism #ClimateAction #ClimateStrike #ClimateActivist #ClimateActivism #FridaysForFuture #Colombia
Repost IGTV from @bbcnews: Scientists in the Seychelles have started the world's first large-scale coral reef restoration project to help stop the impact of rising sea temperatures. More than half of the world's coral has succumbed to the effects of climate change so a team based in the Indian Ocean has been growing coral on land and planting them back in the sea to see if they are resilient to coral bleaching. The technique has been taken to countries including Colombia and the Maldives - with Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius to follow. #coral #climatechange #science #bbcnews
#Regram RG @motherjonesmag: One of the nation’s largest school districts has adopted a novel new policy: Each student in the seventh through 12th grades will be permitted to skip school one day per school year to protest. Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, home to 188,000 students, will implement its new “civic engagement activities” policy next month. “I think we’re setting the stage for the rest of the nation with this,” Fairfax School Board member Ryan McElveen, who introduced the policy, told the Post. “It’s a dawning of a new day in student activism, and school systems everywhere are going to have to be responsive to it.” The policy is already facing backlash from conservatives who believe it is coddling liberal students, according to the @washingtonpost. When a school district in Maryland considered, but ultimately abandoned, a similar policy, conservatives across the country expressed criticism to its sponsor, arguing that kids should be in school rather than out protesting. But it’s hardly a liberal victory either; in a world where students have made some impact on issues like climate change and gun violence, one day of demonstrating per school year will hardly be enough to foment radical change. The power of student activism is growing, as showcased in the last two years by the students in Parkland, Florida, who survived a mass shooting in their school, and the youth climate movement worldwide. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist-turned international celebrity, skipped school for weeks to urge action against climate change, and then helped establish a regular protest every Friday that spread among students throughout the world. The new policy may well encourage students who have never protested before to take a day off to march or sit-in. But as much as some parents and teachers may want to keep their kids in the classroom, the whole point of protesting is to be heard, and that may require breaking some rules. Click the link in @motherjonesmag bio to read more. (📸: @sam.vp/Mother Jones; Barbara Alper/Spencer Platt/Ronen Tivony/Erik McGregor/Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Getty)
#Regram RG @gretathunberg: Australia is on fire. And the summer there has only just begun. 2019 was a year of record heat and record drought. Today the temperature outside Sydney was 48,9°C. 500 million (!!) animals are estimated dead because of the bushfires. Over 20 people have died and thousands of homes have burned to ground. The fires have spewed 2/3 of the nations national annual CO2 emissions, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The smoke has covered glaciers in distant New Zealand (!) making them warm and melt faster because of the albedo effect. And yet. All of this still has not resulted in any political action. Because we still fail to make the connection between the climate crisis and increased extreme weather events and nature disasters like the AustraliaFires That has to change. And it has to change now. My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires. (Photo: Matthew Abbott for The New York Times)
#Regram RG @cnn: Deforestation has ravaged about 24,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest—the equivalent of 8.4 million soccer fields—over the past decade, according to a report by the Royal Statistical Society, a British organization that analyzed data from the Brazilian government. Farmers, loggers and miners in recent years have taken advantage of relaxed controls on deforestation in Brazil and seized miles and miles of land for commercial development. (📸: @natalielgallon)
#Regram RG @nowthisfuture: Extreme weather killed thousands in the U.S. and caused hundreds of billions in damage over the last 10 years.
Water Frogs hunted for their legs for food. Parrots and macaws stolen from their nests to become pets…but rarely actually making it to their final destination alive. The extraction of river turtle eggs for human consumption. Jaguars trafficked for their various parts. Caiman skinned for their hides. In a new project called Family Portraits, @danielalarconparquesnacionales captures striking images of the animals in Bolivia that have been victims of pet trafficking and poaching, with the hopes of inspiring conservation action. Worldwide, animal trafficking moves nearly as much money as human trafficking, between $20-$30 billion per year, according to @cites.
#Regram RG @cnnclimate: Emergency teams in the Galapagos Islands are working to contain a 600-gallon oil spill after a cargo vessel overturned while being loaded with containers early Sunday, local officials said on Twitter. The Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are home to some of the most unique and scientifically significant ecosystems on earth. It is part of Ecuador and located hundreds of miles off the country’s coast. (📸: Parque Galapagos Twitter)
#Regram RG @guardian: Greenland’s ice sheet is melting much faster than previously thought. This means sea level rises are likely to reach 67cm by 2100, about 7cm more than what was predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This will put 400 million people at risk of flooding every year, while sea level rises also add to the risk of storm surges, when the fiercer storms made more likely by global heating batter coastal regions. These impacts are likely to strike coastal areas all around the world. The IPCC is the gold standard for climate science, but some experts are concerned that its findings don't take into account the potential for “tipping points” - thresholds beyond which climate breakdown accelerates and becomes catastrophic and irreversible.
#Regram RG @virunganationalpark: 🦍🇨🇩🇺🇬 🇷🇼Recent survey shows continued growth among the world’s last remaining population of mountain gorillas 🦍🇨🇩🇺🇬 🇷🇼 The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) has published the results of its survey on the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) population of the Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem, one of the two remaining habitats where this endangered great ape still survives today. The survey documented 459 individuals, marking the highest ever recorded population in this area. Together with recent figures published from the Virunga Massif survey, which recorded 604 individuals, the global population of mountain gorillas now stands at 1,063. The Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem straddles the borders of Uganda and the DR Congo and together with the Virunga Massif, is home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. The GVTC survey also included research on other key mammals in the area, including the eastern common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), both of which are listed as endangered. Data collected indicates no decline in the populations of these animals since the last survey conducted in 2011. For more info, click the link in their bio. #virunga #virunganationalpark #gvtc #greatervirunga #mountaingorilla #bwindi #sarambwe #conservation #collaboration #congo #uganda
"No more mining" -- a powerful message from the Yanomami and Ye'kwana peoples of northern Brazil to the world. Despite Brazilian laws that make mining on Yanomami Indigenous land illegal, thousands of goldminers have recently entered Yanomami Park, one of Brazil’s biggest indigenous reserves, spreading malaria and contaminating rivers with mercury. The invasion comes after the budget for Amazon law enforcement operations in Brazil was slashed, leaving protected areas vulnerable to exploitation. The last time there was an invasion of this scale was during the 1980s, when around one-fifth of the indigenous population died from violence, malaria, malnutrition, mercury poisoning and other causes. At a recent Yanomami and Ye'kwana Leadership Forum, the tribe leaders issued a letter to the main authorities of the Brazilian Executive and Judiciary. "We do not want to repeat this story of massacre," reads the manifesto. Photo supplied by @socioambiental #foragarimpo #standwiththeyanomami
#Regram RG @cnnclimate: It wasn’t your imagination — 2019 was a historically warm year. Warmer-than-usual weather dominated forecasts around the globe, and June, July and September ended up breaking or tying high temperature records, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A United Nations report published in November painted a bleak picture of the planet’s warming climate, noting that the commitments countries pledged to limit the climate crisis are nowhere near enough to stave off record-high temperatures. The time for “rapid and transformational” change to limit global warming is now, the report said. (📸: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Repost IGTV from @theclimatecouncil: “I’ve been watching the California situation get worse and worse… This is climate change writ large. We’re facing the same in Australia. I hope we don’t see the same losses but that’s where I fear we’re going.” Greg Mullins, former Commissioner of Fire and Rescue NSW and Climate Councillor, travelled to California to learn more about climate change and escalating bushfire risk. His fears that Australia would experience a similar bushfire crisis have now been realised. Climate change is super-charging these megafires.
#Regram RG @aljazeeraenglish: Bangladesh is one of the world's most vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change. Millions of people in its southern coastal region face displacement due to rising sea levels and erratic weather conditions.⠀ .⠀ The South Asian nation of 160 million has endured 70 major storms between 1990 and 2018, making it one of the regions worst affected by tropical storms.⠀ .⠀ Rural households across Bangladesh are spending a staggering 158 billion taka ($2bn) a year on repairing the damage caused by climate change and on preventive measures, according to a new report.⠀ .⠀ 🔗 Tap the link in @aljazeeraenglish profile for the full story. ⠀ .⠀ #Bangladesh #Environment #ClimateChange #SouthAsia #Poverty migration⠀ .⠀ |📸 Photos: @auniket for Al Jazeera English |
#Regram RG @apnews: Global warming is threatening reindeer herding in Sweden’s arctic region as unusual weather patterns jeopardize the migrating animals’ grazing grounds. Rainfall during the winter has led to thick layers of ice that block access to food. Already pressured by the mining and forestry industry, and other development that encroaches on grazing land, Sami herding communities fear climate change could mean the end of their traditional lifestyle. A collaboration between reindeer herders and scientists from Stockholm University is attempting to shed light on the dramatic weather changes in the arctic and develop tools to better predict weather events and their effects. Click the link in @apnews bio to read more.⠀ APVideo by David Keyton @davidkeyton
Repost IGTV from @cnnclimate: “You’ve been negotiating for the last 25 years. Even before I was born,” Hilda Nakabuye, climate activist from Uganda, told leaders at COP25 conference in Madrid. “I am the voice of the dying children, displaced women and people suffering at the hands of climate crisis created by rich countries.” @arwaCNN spoke with children, some too small to reach the podium, who are demanding leaders address the climate crisis.
A message of hope from Indigenous Women of the Amazon in the wake of the devastating Amazon fires! Indigenous women of the Ecuadorian Amazon on the frontlines of their people's resistance movements against extractivism share their perspectives on the importance of the Amazon and its future. Across the region, indigenous peoples are fighting tirelessly to protect their homes against extractive interests and governments. It is thanks to their way of life and their struggles that the Amazon - a forest we all depend upon for life - is still standing. Watch and share this video by our allies @amazonfrontlines
At COP25 in Madrid, Central American governments, indigenous peoples, local communities, and NGOs joined together in an alliance to protect the five great forests of Mesoamerica. The alliance highlighted the critical leadership role of indigenous peoples in forest conservation and announced governmental climate commitments of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador. This is the model we need during this climate crisis: a movement in which governments, civil society, and indigenous peoples communicate effectively and work side by side to save the planet. #5GreatForests Mesoamerica @thewcs @global_wildlife_conservation @ccadsica
#Regram RG @yaleenvironment360: New research warns that the earth may be approaching several key tipping points that could fundamentally disrupt the global climate system. The troubling changes come in three forms: the runaway loss of ice sheets, changes to forests and other natural carbon stores, and the disabling of the ocean circulation system. For years, scientists have thought these dangers would only arise when global warming exceeded 5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But the new study shows some tipping points may already have been breached at the current 1-degree C of warming. To read the full story, visit their website. Link @yaleenvironment360 bio. Reporting by Fred Pearce. Photo credit: C. Yakiwcheck/ESA
#Regram RG @cnnclimate: Carbon dioxide emissions are expected to reach another record high this year, a new report said, with scientists warning the world is losing time to make the drastic reductions needed to avert a climate catastrophe. The report from the Global Carbon project, a research organization that tracks greenhouse gas emissions, expects a 0.6% increase in emissions in 2019 from the previous year. Bright spots in the report came from the US and Europe, which both cut their carbon emissions by 1.7% this year, mainly from significantly reducing their use of coal. (📸: Getty Images)
#Regram RG @earthalliance: Today’s news about the ‘rediscovery’ of the Starry Night Harlequin Toad is a testament not only to the incredible knowledge of indigenous people about the natural world, but to their critical role in protecting wildlife and wildlands. Thanks to the Arhuaco people of the Sogrome community in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, for the first time since 1991 biologists have documented this stunning toad. Now the community’s spiritual leaders and authorities will work with biologists from @fundacionatelopus to bring together both the scientific and spiritual perspectives to best continue protecting the amphibians. @global_wildlife_conservation @amaslasierra Photo courtesy of Fundacion Atelopus
Congratulations @GretaThunberg #Regram RG @TIME: Just over a year ago, a quiet and mostly friendless teenager woke up, put on her blue hoodie, and sat by herself for hours in an act of singular defiance. Fourteen months later, she had become the voice of millions, a symbol of a rising global rebellion. The politics of climate action are as entrenched and complex as the phenomenon itself, and @gretathunberg has no magic solution. But she has succeeded in creating a global attitudinal shift, transforming millions of vague, middle-of-the-night anxieties into a worldwide movement calling for urgent change. @gretathunberg is TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year. Read the cover story by @charlottealter, @suyinsays and @justinworland—and watch the full video—at the link in the @time bio. TIMEPOY | Video by @robson.alexandra, @juliamarielull, @arpane and @maxim_arbugaev for TIME
#Regram RG @aljazeeraenglish: “‘Food security is national security.’ Never has this been truer than in today’s Zimbabwe.” - UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver. . The worst drought in a century has slowed the iconic Victoria Falls to a trickle, raising fears that climate change could kill the tourist attraction on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. . A series of heatwaves has dried most of the vegetation surrounding the UNESCO world heritage site.⠀ .⠀ We recently reported that nearly half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger and starvation. 🎞️ Tap the link in our bio to watch more on this. . #zimbabwe #zambia #VictoriaFalls #waterfalls #insecurity #drought hunger . | 📸 Photos: Staff, @reuters / Zinyange Auntony, @afpphoto |
#Regram RG @unitednations: @gretathunberg joined other youth activists calling for urgent ClimateAction at the UnitedNations Climate Conference COP25, in Madrid, Spain. "Joined in solidarity we stand. Fight for climate justice!" the young people sang as they gathered. Youth have come together with innovators and influencers to demand that all countries address the climate emergency and equally share the benefits of climate action. They are pushing world leaders to show greater ambition as they discuss the next critical steps to save our planet and our future. 📷: @unfccc / Silvia Pascual
#Regram RG @fridaysforfuture: WEAREUNSTOPPABLE On December 6 more than 500 000 people marched through the streets of Madrid demanding climate action from all the politicians at COP25. 🌍 Earlier in the day FridaysForFuture activists staged a silent sit in inside the COP25 building to show solidarity with those who could not attend and make their voices heard. Especially with the people in Chile and South America who could no longer attend after the summit changed host-city. The sit-in resulted in the UNFCC having to ban press from two of its halls from all of the media attention it caused. ActivismWorks 🌎 #FridaysForFutureSpain #Activism #ClimateStrike #schoolstrike4climate #climatechange
#Regram RG @yaleenvironment360: One-third of — or more 7,000 — plant species in tropical Africa could be at risk of extinction due to climate change and human activities like logging, deforestation from agriculture, and mining, according to a new study. Another third are likely rare, meaning they could be threatened with extinction in the near future. According to scientists, the four regions in tropical Africa where plant species are most at risk are Ethiopia, central Tanzania, the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the West African tropical rainforests. To read the full story, visit the @yaleenvironment360 website. Link in their bio. Photo credit: Olliver Girard/CIFOR
#Regram RG @guardian: The European parliament has declared a global “climate and environmental emergency” ahead of the latest UN global crisis summit. The vote came as scientists warned that the world may have already crossed a series of climate tipping points. In a separate vote on Thursday, MEPs backed a resolution stating that current EU climate targets were “not in line” with the 2015 Paris climate agreement and backed a tougher target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. While this is an improvement on the current 40% target, environmental campaigners said the EU's declaration wasn't backed by sufficient action. The Brexit party voted against both climate resolutions. . . . . . . #StateofEmergency #climatecrisis #Europe #EuropeanParliament #Environment #climateemergency
#Regram RG @aljazeeraenglish: “This is climate chaos - what it actually looks like.” - Tim Gore, Oxfam’s climate policy leader.⠀ .⠀ Oxfam has found that people were three times more likely to be displaced by cyclones, floods or fires than by conflicts.⠀ .⠀ Here are some facts that show how it's mostly poor nations that are paying the price for climate chaos:⠀ .⠀ 1. In Cuba 🇨🇺, nearly 5% of the population has been displaced annually by extreme weather | 📸: Adalberto Roque, @afpphoto⠀ .⠀ 2. In Guatemala 🇬🇹, a six-year drought has devastated crops, bringing poverty and hunger | 📸: Marvin Recinos, @afpphoto⠀ .⠀ 3. In 2018, 3.6% of Somalia’s 🇸🇴 population were newly displaced by extreme weather events and 3.9% were newly displaced by conflict | 📸: Feisal Omar, @reuters⠀ .⠀ 4. The Philippines 🇵🇭 tops the list of countries where people are most at risk of displacement as a result of conflict and extreme weather disasters | 📸: Erik de Castro, @reuters⠀ .⠀ 5. In Pakistan 🇵🇰, repeated droughts and cyclones between 1999 and 2012 resulted in the forced displacement of entire communities. | 📸: Muhammed Muheisen, @apnews⠀ .⠀ 6. After the cyclone in Mozambique 🇲🇿, displaced women often lacked information on their legal rights | 📸: Zohra Bensemra, @reuters⠀ .⠀ 7. Small island developing states such as Tuvalu 🇹🇻 face the highest risk of internal displacement as a result of extreme weather events | 📸: Dave Hunt-Pool, @gettyimages⠀ .⠀ 8. The vast majority – around 80% – of those displaced live in Asia. A single event, Cyclone Fani, triggered the displacement of nearly 3.5 million people in Bangladesh 🇧🇩 and India 🇮🇳 in May 2019 | 📸: @apnews⠀ .⠀ 9. Storms - regular in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 - are becoming more destructive as warmer waters contribute to higher maximum wind speeds and more rainfall | 📸: Ishara S. Kodikara, @afpphoto⠀ .⠀ 10. Cyclone Idai, which hit Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 this year, mostly affected communities in rural areas with poor road infrastructure and housing. | 📸: Zinyange Aunthony, @afpphoto⠀ .⠀ Read our article with more of Oxfam’s findings in the link in our bio.⠀ .⠀ #weather #climate
Please watch this important message from @MarkRuffalo. His latest film @DarkWatersMovie takes on the reckless chemical companies that have been poisoning our communities with #foreverchemicals. DarkWaters releases this weekend.
#Regram RG @cnnclimate: In the past decade, climate-fueled disasters have forced about 20 million people a year to leave their homes — equivalent to one every two seconds — according to a new report from Oxfam. People are seven times more likely to be displaced by floods, cyclones and wildfires than volcanic eruptions and earthquakes, and three times more likely than by conflict, according to the report released Monday. Oxfam, a nonprofit that is working to end poverty, is calling on world leaders to reduce emissions as fast as possible, and asking the international community to do more to fund recovery programs for poorer countries affected by the climate emergency. (📸: Barcroft Media/Getty)
#Regram RG @nowthisnews: These farmers want to lead America’s agriculture industry into a profitable and sustainable future after seeing firsthand how the climate crisis is impacting their livelihoods. Click the link in @nowthisnews bio to watch the full report 🔗 (In partnership with @emersoncollective)
#Regram RG @wmo_omm: Levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached a new record high. This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems. Today we released the Greenhouse Gas Bulletin which showed that globally averaged concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017.
At this time of crisis for the Amazon, I support the people of Brazil working to save their natural and cultural heritage. They are an amazing, moving and humbling example of the commitment and passion needed to save the environment. The future of these irreplaceable ecosystems is at stake and I am proud to stand with the groups protecting them. While worthy of support, we did not fund the organizations targeted. I remain committed to supporting the Brazilian indigenous communities, local governments, scientists, educators and general public who are working tirelessly to secure the Amazon for the future of all Brazilians.
#Regram RG @cnnclimate: The amount of land affected by an oil spill in North Dakota is almost 10 times larger than initially reported, officials say. TC Energy, the company that owns the Keystone 1 Pipeline, shut it down on October 29 after discovering more than 383,000 gallons of oil had leaked from the pipe into surrounding wetlands. Initial reports from TC Energy and and North Dakota’s Department of Environmental Quality estimated about 2,500 square yards of land were affected — now they say it’s more than 23,000 square yards. (📸: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Fresh hope for the Critically Endangered Cuban Crocodile, as @global_wildlife_conservation joins @TheWCS and Cuban partners to release 10 young captive Cuban Crocodiles into the wild. For thousands of years, Cuban Crocodiles thrived in the Zapata Swamp, the largest coastal wetland in the Caribbean Islands, but unchecked hunting decimated their numbers to some 3,000 in the wild today. Not only are these top predators vital for keeping the food chain in check, but they are also important ecosystem engineers that shape and maintain mangrove ecosystems by excavating underwater caves and canals. Today they are threatened by hunting, habitat destruction, and hybridization with American Crocodiles in areas where the two species have been forced into closer proximity. Losing the Cuban Crocodile would have significant repercussions both ecologically and culturally. Fortunately, a captive breeding sanctuary was established in Zapata Swamp in 1959, providing an important reservoir for reestablishing the crocodile in the wild. A dedicated team is now working to bring the Cuban Crocodile back from the brink through a program of reintroduction, monitoring, and education. Follow @global_wildlife_conservation to learn how you can join these efforts. Photos by @robindmoore