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Why should I care about rising sea levels? – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Price Reduced Waterfront Property

Price Reduced Waterfront Property – East Coast USA
Photo Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) June 2018 Report

On September 14th, Hurricane Florence hit the North Carolina coast. With warmer oceans driven by climate change, the massive, slow-moving storm dumped more than 20 inches of rain on its arrival. The storm surge reached levels of 9 to 13 feet. Hundreds of inundated home owners may never recover from the damages.

Ten years ago, on September 15, 2008, another kind of disaster struck our nation with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the insurance giant AIG. The worst financial crisis since the Great Depression sent rogue waves across our nation and worldwide. The fallout—foreclosures, shrinking home values, and millions of job losses—battered Americans.

With rising sea levels—the result of ongoing heating of our oceans and atmosphere—another massive, slow-moving crisis is brewing. Hundreds of thousands of coastal properties will increasingly face chronic…

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Guyana: Sakaika Falls – Ekereku River, Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region. 

Sakaika Falls – Ekereku River, Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region. 

Our country’s educational system needs improvement, especially in the area of Geography. We as a people need to learn more about our own country. There are so many beautiful things, like this majestic Sakaika Falls, that the average Guyanese may not know about. For many Guyanese especially in remote areas, education is restricted due to poverty and accessibility. Most of the people who live in urban areas may not have any insight about the life in the remote regions in Guyana. That is unfortunate.

Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake

Venezuela hit by 7.3-magnitude earthquake

August 21. 2018 – The Guardian. UK.

Venezuela – Click to enlarge

Buildings in the capital Caracas have been evacuated and shaking has been felt across the Caribbean

Venezuela’s northern coast has been rocked by a powerful earthquake that was felt across the Caribbean and sent people rushing out into the streets hundreds of kilometres away in the capital, Caracas.

The United States Geological Survey said a 7.3-magnitude earthquake had struck off the South American country’s northern coast at 5.31pm local time on Tuesday, east of the city of Carúpano at a depth of 123km (76 miles). The Colombian Geological Service said it was a 7.0-magnitude quake.

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Report from Trinidad:

No Severe Injuries, Fatalities Or Major Damage After 6.8M Earthquake

“Hothouse Earth” – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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Mendocino Complex Fire August 2018 - Northern California - USA

Mendocino Complex Fire now largest fire in California history – August 2018 – California/USA
Photo Credit: ABC News (Noah Berger/AFP)

In Southern California, we’re experiencing temperatures of 88 to 98 degrees Fahrenheit. At our local garden center two Saturdays ago, around ten o’clock, I had to seek shelter from the Sun. Heat stress aborted my fun-time outdoors while selecting succulent plants. Then, the following week, I suffered another episode of heat stress at the hair salon. The air-condition system in the one-story, flat-roof building wasn’t up to the task.

The danger is far greater in areas where firefighters battle to contain ferocious wildfires. The Carr and Mendocino Complex Fires in Northern California have together burned more than 486,000 acres of land and destroyed 1,828 structures. Hundreds more structures are damaged or under threat. Only 51 percent of the wildfires is contained. The California Fire Department expects to contain the Mendocino…

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WATER: Waste not, Want not! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

WATER: Waste not, Want not!  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Water, and not oil, will be the source of future world conflicts.  It will be the biggest threat to world peace.

It is New Year’s Eve. Thousands are in Manhattan to watch the ball drop. By the time the clock strikes midnight, until lunch the following day, New York would have consumed enough energy to supply the Caribbean for a year and millions of liters of water would be wasted.

It is lunchtime in a New York City Public School. By the time the session is over gallons of milk and sandwiches and fruit will go to waste. They will be dumped without being touched. When we waste food we waste energy. We waste water. Food on the table involves a complex chain, from land preparation to production, transportation, storage, marketing and packaging and finally consumption.

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ExxonMobil Foundation Invests US$10M in Guyana for Research, Sustainable Employment and Conservation

ExxonMobil Foundation Invests US$10 Million in Guyana for Research, Sustainable Employment and Conservation

  • New collaboration established between ExxonMobil Foundation, Conservation International and University of Guyana
  • Program to advance Guyana’s sustainable economy through investments in education, research, sustainable management and conservation of the country’s vast ecosystems
  • Part of ExxonMobil’s long-term investment in supporting local priorities in Guyana

July 02, 2018 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

IRVING, Texas & GEORGETOWN, Guyana–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ExxonMobil Foundation said today that it will contribute US$10 million to a new collaboration with Conservation International and the University of Guyana to train Guyanese for sustainable job opportunities and to expand community-supported conservation.     Continue reading

Social Interaction and ‘Phubbing’ – and How smartphones change you – 2 videos

Video #1: Phubbing: A Word is Born

Smartphones: ‘Phubbing’ – A Word is Born

Published on Oct 7, 2013

Ever wondered how words come to be? Language is always changing. Update your dictionary.

Video #2: How Is Your Phone Changing You?

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Extreme Weather and the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know – By Rosaliene Bacchus

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US 2017 Billion-Dollar Disaster Map - NOAA

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters
Photo Credit: NOAA

Earlier this month, while the Trump administration quietly cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), concentrations of carbon dioxide at the Mauna Loa Observatory averaged above 410 parts per million (ppm) throughout April. With such irresponsible action, we-the-people must prepare ourselves for more extreme weather.

Extreme Weather & the Climate Crisis: What You Need to Know, published by the Climate Reality Project (March 2018), helps us to understand the challenges we now face. As the captioned NOAA chart shows, climate-related and other natural disasters are costly. Total damages in 2017 left the U.S. with a bill of $306 billion. Families who were hit are still recovering from their loss. Families in poor communities may never recover.

Here’s what we need to know about our extreme weather and the climate crisis. Bear in mind that weather refers to short-term atmospheric…

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Environmental Racism: Black Americans Three Times More Likely to Die from Pollution

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Without a touch of irony, the EPA celebrated Black History Month by publishing a report that finds black communities face dangerously high levels of pollution. African Americans are more likely to live near landfills and industrial plants that pollute water and air and erode quality of life. Because of this, more than half of the 9 million people living near hazardous waste sites are people of color, and black Americans are three times more likely to die from exposure to air pollutants than their white counterparts. . .

via Environmental racism has left black Americans three times more likely to die from pollution — Quartz

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Electric cars will come of age in 2018 | Oil Markets could be wrecked – 2 videos

The Economist – October 18, 2017

Electric cars will come of age in 2018 | The Economist

Electric cars will come of age in 2018. For the first time they will compete in price and performance with petrol and diesel cars. But in the year ahead we will also be confronted with some uncomfortable truths about going electric.

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