Earth Talk: Have any wildlife species gone extinct already as a result of global warming?

Dear EarthTalk: Have any wildlife species gone extinct already as a result of global warming, and which are most at risk moving forward?  — M.Z.

Global warming is definitely already taking its toll on wildlife around the world. Rising temperatures are changing weather and vegetation patterns from pole to pole, forcing animals of just about every stripe to migrate to new areas in order to survive. But not every species is able to just get up and go, with animals dependent on narrow temperature ranges or specific habitats at most risk.

 

“The rapid nature of climate change is likely to exceed the ability of many species to migrate or adjust,” reports the non-profit Nature Conservancy. “Experts predict that one-fourth of Earth’s species will be headed for extinction by 2050 if the warming trend continues at its current rate.”

 

A recent study from researchers at the University of Connecticut found that one in six species could go extinct if global warming continues unabated. If the world can keep its emissions to limits agreed upon last year at the Paris climate summit, one in 20 species could go extinct.

 

And the purge has already begun. The death of the last Golden Toad in Central America in 1999 marked the first documented extinction as a result of climate change. And more recently researchers in Australia reported the disappearance of the first mammalian species, the Bramble Cay melomy, as a direct result of global warming. This rat-like mammal, endemic to one small island off of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, was last seen in 2009. In the interim, 97 percent of the melomy’s habitat has been lost to rising sea level. An extensive survey of the small island it inhabited in 2014 turned up no more of them, leading researchers to declare the species extinct.

 

Biologists believe that unchecked warming will likely cause the polar bear to lose its battle with existence within a century, while coral reefs across the tropics might not even last that long. Fish and other marine wildlife dependent on coral reefs, such as the orange-spotted filefish, will likely go the way of the dodo as well. Researchers are also worried about everything from North Atlantic cod to Antarctica’s Adélie penguins to Africa’s Quiver tree to Hawaii’s Haleakalā silversword, among thousands of other animal and plant species at risk. Wildlife native to Australia and New Zealand remain particularly vulnerable, given they have less room to roam as temperatures continue to rise.

 

“The risk if we continue on our current trajectory is very high. If you look out your window and count six species and think that one of those will potentially disappear, that’s quite profound,” says Mark Urban, a co-author on the University of Connecticut study. “Those losses would affect our economy, our cultures, our food security, our health. It really compels us to act.”

 

“This isn’t just doom and gloom. We still have time. Extinctions can take a long time. There are processes that could be important in mediating these effects, for example evolution, but we really need to very quickly start to understand these risks in a much more sophisticated way,” concludes Urban.

 

CONTACTS: Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org; “Accelerating extinction risk from climate change,” science.sciencemag.org/content/348/6234/571.

 

 

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Jul 16,2016: African World Peace Fest and 5K Run/Walk

Start Time: 5K 7:15 pm Race Description: The 2nd Annual African World Peace 5K Road Race is part of the morning festivities of the African World Peace Festival bringing you lots of new and never seeing entertainment in the City of Fayetteville, the actual Festival take off at 2 pm ending at  pm with lots of music and cultural dancers.

Awards: 5K: Age Categories 10 Under 11-14 15-18 19-24 25-29 30-34 35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69  70 Above 
Adult Civilians/Military/Kids $30 After July 5th

Festival is FREE to the Public

Event News: This event is a fund raiser for the Loving Hands International and cultural Heritage Alliance proudly presents African World Peace Festival.

A Parade and concert poised at celebrating the rich diversity of the African culture.
Fun parts of the celebration includes a parade highlighting the different cultures, fashions, music, drumming and dancing performers, arts/craft displays, special African cuisine, Health and wellness (Free Screening), as well as family oriented activities and education.

The event is a Rain or Shine

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Jul 03,2016: Blood On The Dance Floor, Brokencyde and more

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Jul 12,2016: July Lupus Foundation Support Group– Cumberland County

The following is information about the July support group meeting that the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC) will be hosting for those living with lupus, their family and caregivers.

This group meets the second Tuesday of each month. There is no charge to attend the meeting, and drop-ins are welcome.

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Jul 15,2016: I Love The 90’s

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Aug 26,2016: Fairy and Action-Figure Fort Fest

Miniature gardens are all the rage, and can be used as “forts” for everything from small dolls to trolls, fairies, animals and action figures! The idea for this festival is for groups (or individuals) to attend some how-to workshops on Thurs. and then to spend time on Fri. constructing their forts in the cool of the forest on the Clark Park trails. Guests will vote on the best forts in several categories. Call to register your group for participation.

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Aug 25,2016: Fairy and Action-Figure Fort Fest

Miniature gardens are all the rage, and can be used as “forts” for everything from small dolls to trolls, fairies, animals and action figures! The idea for this festival is for groups (or individuals) to attend some how-to workshops on Thurs. and then to spend time on Fri. constructing their forts in the cool of the forest on the Clark Park trails. Guests will vote on the best forts in several categories. Call to register your group for participation.

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Honor Vietnam Veterans at LZ Maryland

A special weekend is planned for Vietnam Veterans who live in the Maryland area. LZ Maryland is an effort to create a Landing Zone or safe space where veterans can come to relax. Ceremonies and events are also planned to salute veterans, honor their service and sacrifice and remember those who did not make it home. 

LZ Maryland takes place June 18th and 19th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, MD and will include a Tribute Ceremony where the public can salute Maryland’s Vietnam-era veterans, a Memorial Chair Ceremony to pay tribute to 1,017 Maryland veterans killed or listed as missing in action and an Honor Ride with participation from numerous veterans motorcycle organizations. 

A replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial will be on site and a unique virtual display of photos of those from the Maryland area whose names appear on the wall. 

An art gallery will showcase the work of veterans who have found art to be therapeutic and art will also be available for sale. Spaces have been created for veterans to gather for discussions and for them to meet with authors who have written about their shared experiences, view movies that detail their ordeals and even spend time exploring a gigantic “Tour of Duty” map of SouthEast Asia. 

All of these structures and activities will be combined with places where the veterans and their families can find fun as well as counselors and information about access to help and services, including legal aid, job placement and housing assistance. 

If you live near the Maryland State Fairgrounds come out to salute Vietnam Veterans at LZ Maryland

Do you know someone or an organization that works to honor and support our nation’s veterans? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes. 

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Aug 21,2016: Left Behind, Malfunction and more

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Earth Talk: Which current bands are leading lights when it comes to reducing their environmental footprints?

Dear EarthTalk: Which current artists, bands and music festivals are leading lights when it comes to reducing their environmental footprints and spreading awareness about sustainability? — Jim Greenville, Brewster, NY

The music industry has indeed come under fire in recent years for the huge amount of plastic waste it generates at outdoor concerts and festivals each summer. The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, for one, generated some 679 tons of waste over just four days. Aside from their irresponsible disposal after the fact, these single-use plastics are also fossil fuel-intensive to produce to begin with. But recent acknowledgement of this issue by the industry has resulted in actions by fans, bands and entire festivals.

 

 

Musician Jack Johnson has led the charge on this initiative, championing the elimination of disposable plastics on his tour, as well as partnering with several environmental groups to found the Sustainable Concerts Working Group. This organization created a blueprint for making tours more sustainable, listing actions to take by both the band and the fans. Their website has a long list of goals, followed by specific actions to achieve them—for example, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by switching to renewable energy sources, more efficient lighting and biofuel-powered transportation.

 

 

Many other musicians are also working to green up their industry. The Dave Matthews Band has taken significant steps to neutralize its environmental impact via its Bama Green Project, which educates fans around the world about paths toward sustainability. The band travels in a biodiesel tour bus and eats locally. Pop icon Adele has publicly championed the charity, Drop4Drop, which provides local, clean water to impoverished areas of the world. Rock band Phish founded the group WaterWheel in 1997 to focus on clean water and urban gardening. Meanwhile, U2 has worked closely with Greenpeace since the 1990s, helping them with protest campaigns from nuclear reprocessing in England to the destruction of forests in Russia. And punk rockers Green Day live up to their name by partnering with the Natural Resources defense Council (NRDC) to raise awareness about American dependence on foreign oil.

 

 

While individual musicians have found success in mitigating environmental impact, some have also taken larger-scale actions. Dave Matthews, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Sheryl Crow and others founded the Green Music Group (GMG) in 2004 to help change the industry as a whole. The group has four core principles with which they hope to incur a paradigm shift: create a community of environmentally conscious musicians and fans; facilitate “large-scale greening” of the music industry through touring, development and public service campaigns; give environmental nonprofits a megaphone for their cause; and position musical leaders as voices for change. GMG has already made 80 major tours sustainable while reaching over 10 million fans in just over 10 years.

 

 

Music festivals are also starting to follow suit. Bonnaroo recently partnered with the Plastic Pollution Coalition to encourage attendees to bring their own reusable containers, rather than giving out thousands of plastic cups. The Outside Lands Music Festival only uses biodegradable containers. Other festivals have completely eliminated the use of plastics; instead offering discounted products in return for reusable stainless steel containers. With this trend gaining momentum every year, music fans around the world can be optimistic that the music industry will continue on this road to sustainability.

 

CONTACTS: Bonnaroo Festival, www.bonnaroo.com; Bama Green Project, www.bamagreen.org; Drop4Drop, www.drop4drop.org; Green Music Group, www.greenmusicgroup.org; WaterWheel Foundation, phish.com/waterwheel/; Outside Lands Music Festival, www.sfoutsidelands.com.

 

 

 

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