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U.S. Senate to Consider Issue for the First Time

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(Washington, D.C., Oct. 6, 2017) The U.S. Senate will have an opportunity to act to make all new federal buildings safer for birds. This week, Sen. Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act (S. 1920) — the first time such a bill has been proposed in the Senate. A version of the legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA).

https://abcbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Wood-Thrush_Ryan-Sanderson_U_PR.jpgAmerican Bird Conservancy (ABC) thanks Sen. Booker and Reps. Quigley and Griffith for encouraging the federal government to lead by example in addressing one of the biggest human-caused threats to birds. As many as a billion birds a year are killed in the United States when they collide with glass on all kind of structures, from skyscrapers and office buildings to homes and bus shelters.

Many existing federal buildings already feature bird-friendly design. Both the House and Senate versions of the bill call for the General Services Administration to require new federal buildings to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features.

“While this legislation is limited to federal buildings, it’s a very good start that could lead to more widespread applications of bird-friendly designs elsewhere,” said Christine Sheppard, Director of ABC’s Glass Collisions Program.

“Now is the time to proactively avoid continued impacts to bird populations from building strikes, which only compounds losses from other threats such as habitat loss and climate change,” said Eric Stiles, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Audubon. “We applaud Cory Booker for introducing the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act.”

Many species of birds fall victim to collisions. The species most commonly reported as building kills in the United States include White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Ovenbird, and Song Sparrow. Several other species of national conservation concern suffer disproportionate casualties, including Painted Bunting, Canada Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, and Wood Thrush. Learn more about bird collisions and bird-friendly building design here.

(Photo: Wood Thrush by Ryan Sanderson)

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American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

Paramount Pictures, Actual Films and Participant Media present a 98 minute, Documentary directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk with a theater release date of August 4, 2017.

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 25, 2017) Its not just a movie, it’s a movement. Paramount Pictures and Participant Media have partnered with Snap Inc. for a first-to-market Snapchat promotion to give moviegoers under 18 a chance to see “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” in theaters for free when it opens on July 28, 2017.

Starting Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Snapchat users 18 and under will see the promotion populate in their Snapchat feed and be able to swipe up to redeem a code for free movie tickets. Each code is good for two tickets and will be active for 30 days. Offer valid until August 3, 2017, while supplies last.

“We strongly support Former Vice President Gore’s vision to inform people of all ages about climate change, and Snapchat presented a unique opportunity for us to reach a crucial audience in an organic way. We’re excited to be able to share this film with young moviegoers who are passionate about this issue,” said Paramount Pictures SVP Shannon Petranoff.

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant   as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Produced by Richard Berge, Diane Weyermann & Jeff Skoll. Directed by Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk. Executive Producers Davis Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Lesley Chilcott, Laurie Lennard and Scott Z. Burns.

“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” is in theaters in limited release on July 28, 2017 and will expand on August 4, 2017.

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(Washington, D.C., June 1, 2017) American Bird Conservancy (ABC) condemns President Donald J. Trump’s decision, announced today, to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The reversal increases the dangers that a changing climate creates for migratory birds like Red Knot and many other species, including humans.

“This is another indication of a backward-looking energy policy that would plunder America’s remaining wildlife sanctuaries in the Arctic, offshore, and in the grasslands and forests,” said Steve Holmer, ABC’s Vice President of Policy. “We can develop a smart energy policy that responds to the climate challenge while still protecting birds and other wildlife and conserving their habitats.”

ABC remains strongly committed to combating the threats, including climate change and habitat loss, which face birds throughout the Americas. Together with partners, we have planted more than 5 million trees and protected vital habitat in North, Central, and South America.

Red Knots are one of many species affected by a changing climate. Photo by Mike Parr

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American Bird Conservancy  is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Oceanites Discloses Data That Implicates Climate Change

 

NEW YORK – April 25, 2017 [12:01 am EDT] - The inaugural "State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017" (SOAP) report is releasing today for World Penguin Day, and the findings indicate at least two species of Antarctic penguin, Adélie and chinstrap, have declined significantly where vast warming has occurred on the Antarctic Peninsula. Oceanites, a leading international science-based NGO studying penguins and other Antarctic seabirds and analyzing impacts on these species, reveals these findings and identifies other important trends about the keystone Antarctic penguin species—Adélie, chinstrap, emperor, and gentoo—noting future concerns about these populations. The groundbreaking report summarizes for the first time in more than two decades the best available, up-to-date Antarctic penguin population data--aggregating data from 660 or more sites across the entire Antarctic continent and drawing on current scientific data, including 3,176 records from 101 sources of on-the-ground colony counts and satellite photo analyses.Downloadable “SOAP 2017” report and press assets:
A full copy of the "State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017" report is available online for free at the Oceanites website: <<https://oceanites.org/soap/>>. A PDF copy of the report, along with photographs, maps, graphics, and videos available for use in connection with today’s announcement, are available for download here.The results of the first-of-its-kind report are both significant and alarming, according to Oceanites founder and president Ron Naveen, who will present the findings with key collaborative research partner Heather Lynch at a Press Conference in New York City on World Penguin Day, to be held at Cinema Village from 3:00-5:00 pm EDT. (See event details here.)“In one generation, I have personally witnessed the precipitous decline of once abundant Adélie and chinstrap penguin populations,” said Ron Naveen. “These iconic birds are literally canaries in the coal mine. They provide critical insights into the dramatic changes taking place in the Antarctic. What’s happening to penguin populations can have important implications for all of us.”“We can now use advanced satellite technology and data analyses to better understand how these penguin populations are changing,” said associate professor Heather Lynch, who directs The Lynch Lab for Quantitative Ecology at Stony Brook University, which provides critical scientific expertise for the report. “By integrating expert biological field surveys, satellite imagery analyses, and citizen science, we can further enhance our ability to understand the changes taking place in an incredibly important world we are just learning about.”With NASA, Dr. Lynch and her lab developed for Oceanites the Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics (MAPPPD), a unique open-ended scientific support tool intended to provide “one-stop shopping” for scientists studying penguin populations in the Antarctic.The SOAP report establishes new baselines to monitor these penguin populations in the future, utilizing Oceanites’ new MAPPPD tool, and incorporates advances in satellite imagery analytical techniques. The report presents findings both continent-wide and per key Antarctic fishing areas designated by Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).Oceanites, through MAPPPD, now has available more on-the-ground censuses than ever before and, importantly, the rapidly developing satellite photo analytical techniques have greatly increased our knowledge and revealed even more colonies. The “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017” report carefully sets forth numbers about Antarctic penguin populations as they now stand, based mostly on what is in Oceanites’ MAPPPD database. The new satellite analyses are providing new baselines and MAPPPD will have peer-reviewed predictive models available for Oceanites to describe more particularly what the trends will be for the SOAP 2018 report and beyond.Key findings outlined in “State of Antarctic Penguins 2017” report:
• Over the past 60+ years in the vastly warmed Antarctic Peninsula, gentoo populations have increased significantly; Adélie penguin populations have, in general, declined significantly; and chinstrap penguin populations have declined -- at some locations significantly.• By contrast, in East Antarctica and the Ross Sea, regions that have not experienced a warming trend, Adélie penguin populations appear to be increasing.• The SOAP 2017 report notes various concerns, all related to climate, potentially affecting these penguin populations--most importantly, perhaps, ice sheet collapse both in West and East Antarctica.
Key implications combining “SOAP 2017” report findings with other realities
• Clearly, in the vastly warmed Antarctic Peninsula, there are “winners” (rising numbers of gentoos) and “losers” (decreasing numbers of Adélies and chinstraps), foreboding concerns on whether humans will be able to adapt to warming trends.• Limiting warming to no more than 2°C. has become the de facto target for global climate policy; yet the Antarctic Peninsula already has warmed by more than that over the last 60 years — by 3°C. / 5°F. year-round and by 5°C. / 9°F. in the austral winter. • Ongoing studies are underway to ascertain whether penguins can maintain “the four vitals” necessary for adaptation and survival: food, habitat, health (disease-free environment), and reproduction (future generations).• Two species are in decline in the Antarctic Peninsula and another is adapting. “Food” might be an explanation; all the penguins can eat both krill and fish, but gentoos, at this point in time, appear to have adapted better to reduced krill availability by eating more fish.Funding to assist in the design, production, and dissemination of “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017” report has graciously been provided by: The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, The Elissa and Herbert Epstein Foundation, and The Pew Charitable Trusts.For more information on penguins, Antarctica, climate change or the data and research of the Antarctic Site Inventory, please visit the Oceanites website (www.oceanites.org). To interact on social media, go to Facebook.com/oceanites, connect on Twitter @Oceanites, or follow the conversation using #StandWithPenguins.Ron Naveen and the team of Oceanites' biologists are the subject of a new documentary, The Penguin Counters, which follows the group on its vigorous scientific quest to monitor and map penguin colonies in the frozen Antarctic. Directed and produced by Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon, the award-winning film is providing video clips for media use in conjunction with the SOAP 2017 report announcement to coincide with the theatrical release of the film in New York City by First Run Features for World Penguin Day, and there will be a special screening with filmmakers following the press conference. To learn more information about The Penguin Counters, visit www.penguincountersmovie.com.###About Oceanites
Oceanites has been the leading NGO research organization for over 23 years studying penguins and other Antarctic seabirds and analyzing the impacts of climate change. Oceanites and the Antarctic Site Inventory are the only non-governmental science project working in Antarctica and the only project monitoring and analyzing change across the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula and effects on penguins, wildlife, land, ice, and surrounding Southern Ocean. Oceanites is an invited expert group invited to meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and regularly contributes papers to Antarctic Treaty Commission Meetings. Oceanites founder Ron Naveen is a “reformed” lawyer turned researcher and frequent author who has been to the Antarctic for 31 of the last 34 years, working with key international governmental, scientific and private sector organizations. Oceanites is the subject of the award-winning documentary, The Penguin Counters, released in New York City in April 2017 to coincide with the first “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017” report and World Penguin Day. For more information, visit
www.oceanites.org.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power premiered this evening at the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival! The film was introduced by Robert Redford and directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. Former Vice President Al Gore and the filmmakers participated in a post-screening Q&A moderated by the Sundance Film Festival Director, John Cooper. 

Watch the Facebook live stream of the Q&A: https://www.facebook.com/AnInconvenientTruth/videos/847378348738496

 

 

AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER opens in theaters on July 28, 2017. 

A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant -- as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of  climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

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Climate Change Policy Failures:

Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed

By Howard A. Latin

 

“Not only presents a compelling overview of current climate change debates and the policies recommended to address the problems at hand, but it serves as a radical critique of these discussions and approaches, providing alternatives to mainstream viewpoints.”

Jean-Marc Coicaud, Former Director, United Nations University Office
at the UN Headquarters, New York City

 

Global climate change is already here and has caused many deaths and many billions of dollars of property destruction in the past few years. Nearly every prediction of imminent harm made by scientists a decade ago has turned out to be more severe and more rapid than expected.

Even if it had broad political support, the currently accepted approach to climate change mitigation would take too long to accomplish too little, and is bound to fail consistently.

Distinguished Professor of Law, Howard A. Latin, addresses the critical U.S. and global climate-policy errors in his new book, Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed.

“Virtually all conventional mitigation programs share the same fundamental policy mistakes,” says Latin, “and have no chance of achieving genuine climate change progress.”
Climate Change Policy Failures describes a dozen major emissions-reduction programs or proposals and their common faults, which include a graduated multi-decade, emissions-reduction strategy that would postpone substantial greenhouse gas cutbacks until 2050 or later, when they would be too late to prevent worsening climate change dangers. The book also questions the unrealistic expectations for economic incentive mechanisms and market forces to control the degradation of climate conditions; and it describes how conventional mitigation efforts have reinforced the international negotiations stalemate on climate mitigation between developed and developing nations.

Climate Change Policy Failures shows that currently accepted emissions-reduction programs, ranging from American congressional bills and cap-and-trade schemes to the Kyoto Protocol and other international treaties, would prove “too little, too late” to stem rapidly deteriorating climate conditions. Instead, Professor Latin recommends a progressive de-carbonization strategy that would replace long-term emissions-reduction programs with “clean” CO2-free alternative technologies and processes.

This “clean” technology-replacement process would eliminate large quantities of heat-trapping greenhouse gas discharges, while allowing developed and developing nations to meet their economic objectives without causing further damage to our global climate. Rather than ineffectual, multi-decade emissions-reduction programs that cannot limit the cumulative concentration of greenhouse gases in the air, Climate Change Policy Failures proposes a shift to a technology-replacement strategy that could support current lifestyles and expanding economic development without further damaging the climate.
The book addresses a number of crucial topics including:

· Challenging the mitigation consensus using a “stocks and flows” analysis

· Reducing greenhouse gas discharges while increasing climate change risks

· Economic incentive programs in contrast to direct government regulation

· The on-going stalemate in international climate negotiations

· The need for multiple institutions with overlapping mitigation responsibilities

“The only way to reduce the greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere enough to decrease climate change risks,” adds Professor Latin, “is to replace large greenhouse gas pollution sources as rapidly as feasible in as many industrial sectors and geographic regions as possible with “clean” alternative technologies, processes and methods.”

Howard A. Latin earned a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In his 37 years as a law professor, he has published many highly-regarded articles on environmental law, toxic substances, torts, and products liability. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia during 1992 and in South Africa during 1997, and has traveled to more than 40 countries in the past three decades while conducting research on biodiversity conservation and climate change issues. In addition to the Fulbright visits, Professor Latin has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the UCLA School of Law; a visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Bellagio Study Center in Lake Como, Italy, the University of California Law School at Berkeley, and the Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; and he was the Distinguished Environmental Law Visiting Scholar at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Professor Latin is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has served as a consultant on environmental law and product safety to several government agencies and public advocacy groups.

Web site: http://www.ecovitality.org

Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot
Succeed
may be purchased from the publisher’s web site, ecovitality.org,
from www.amazon.com, and through all major booksellers.

 

Warner Bros. Pictures, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, Dr. D Studios and Village Roadshow Pictures present a PG rated, approximately 90 minute animation, 3D, family, comedy directed by George Miller, written by George Miller and Warren Coleman with a theatrical release date of November 18, 2011.