Climate change is no longer a challenge of the distant future. Increased coastal flooding, changing precipitation patterns, and record high temperatures are just some of the climate impacts that communities around the world are facing today.
Through the Games for Change Climate Challenge, Autodesk, the PoLAR Partnership, and Games for Change aim to inspire more people to tackle this problem at the local, regional, and global level.
Monterey Bay is home to an astonishing array of marine life, from kelp forests to sea otters to migrating whales. The secret to its productivity: the California Current.
Monterey Bay’s rich ecosystem naturally varies in response to physical changes in the environment. But human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are driving long-term shifts that could impact fisheries and vulnerable marine species in ways we’ve never seen before.
Scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have been studying and documenting the lives of pteropods, swimming snails of the sea that play a critical role in ocean food webs. They’re delicate and beautiful animals, sometimes called “sea butterflies”, with interesting ways of finding food in the deep ocean. They’re also particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification, the change in chemistry that occurs as the ocean absorbs more of the rampant carbon dioxide produced when we burn fossil fuels.
In a few weeks, airy puffs of ocean spray from gray whales will start decorating the Monterey Bay horizon. In summer, they gorge on millions of small crustaceans and worms in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. As winter nears, they leave their frigid Arctic feeding grounds for the warm lagoons of Baja California.
Gray whale breaches off the Monterey County coast. Photo courtesy NOAA.
Delegates at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP21, have spent the past two weeks negotiating an international agreement to slow the pace of climate change, which threatens the health of the global ocean – and our survival. Now nearly 200 nations have agreed to address the underlying cause: carbon dioxide emitted by human activities.
Here is a link to the text of the agreement: http://unfccc.int/documentation/documents/advanced_search/items/6911.php...
Here is a link to an article on this moment in history: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/12/paris-climate-deal-20...
Delegates at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP21, have spent the past two weeks negotiating an international agreement to slow the pace of climate change, which threatens the health of the global ocean– and our survival. With just one day left before the conference closes, we shine a spotlight on these Hollywood climate activists.
From Nov. 30-Dec. 11, leaders from more than 190 nations are gathering in Paris for the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change, or COP21. The conference aims to achieve a binding international agreement to slow the pace of climate change. If we as a global community take bold and meaningful action in Paris, we can change course and leave our heirs a better world.