Photo @edkashi/@viiphoto: Forests on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Humboldt, Callifornia in 2003. A recent article in the New York Times, explains how President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is in danger, as it’s being challenged by 28 states, and a bipartisan group of senators who want burning wood from forests for fuel to be considered carbon neutral. The article states, "As long as forests that have been cleared are regrown...senators [argue] that the EPA and the Agriculture Department should recognize the wood and other organic matter pulled from a forest “as a renewable energy source.” If they succeed, from next year to 2030 they will have added a cumulative total of at least 830 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the air...That amounts to 64 million additional tons of carbon dioxide a year, on average, about the same amount that was produced by forest fires in the lower 48 states in 2013. It makes for a big hole in a plan that is supposed to cut annual emissions from the power sector by some 250 million tons between now and 2030.” The NY Times continues on to show there are a few problems with this kind of thinking. "Wood is not very efficient. In fact, burning trees to generate electricity generates more carbon per unit of power than using coal….And there is the problem of timing. Sure forests regrow. But it takes many decades for seedlings to grow into trees and recapture all the carbon emitted...The world simply does not have that kind of time.” #everydayclimatechange#cleanpowerplan#deforestation#actonclimate#climatechange
Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @natgeo. Mothers and daughters enjoy an outing in Weligama, a popular beach resort on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Almost 10 percent of Sri Lankans are Muslims, most of whom speak Tamil. Some trace their ancestry to Arab traders, while others are descended from immigrants who came from Indonesia and the Malay Peninsula.
I worked over the course of two years for National Geographic covering the political upheaval and aftermath of the thirty-year war in Sri Lanka. Read the @natgeo story in the November issue and online through the link in my profile. Follow @amivitale for more stories from around the world!
I am speaking at @TEDxWanChai this weekend - see you there and look for it online! #tedxwanchai@natgeo@natgeocreative @thephotosociety#srilanka#asia#everydaysrilanka#photooftheday#photography#topshot#amivitale
#Regram#RG@everydayclimatechange: Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange.
Empusel, the name the Maasai call the salty, dusty plains and from which the word ‘Amboseli’ is derived, is about to relish in the first of the rains. The Amboseli basin, a semi-arid, open savannah area of southern Kenya, has experienced extensive changes in habitat since the early 1960's with daily temperatures increasing dramatically at a greater rate than that attributed to global warming. Amboseli has experienced an extensive loss of the trees due to a rising water table and the related rise of the salt layer in the soil, to grazing patterns, to a natural ageing of the woodlands, and to damage from an increasingly resident elephant population now unable to move the distances they used to due to growing human population around the reserve. The temperature changes here are now causing the landscape changes, and to confuse matters the temperature pattern may itself have been caused by the landscape changes. The climate change discussion is as dynamic and as important as ever.
Video @edkashi/@viiphoto: Nana Acheampong and some of his family work on processing #cocoa on their farm in Bonsaaso, Ghana on Oct. 3, 2015. Ghana is among the world’s leading producers of chocolate, but this production is predicted to be greatly impacted by global warming. An article on climate.gov explains cocoa producing countries like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Indonesia will experience a 3.8°F temperature increase by 2050, reducing suitable cultivation areas by a significant amount. “Rising temperatures alone won’t necessesarily hurt #cacao production…the danger to chocolate comes from an increase in evapotranspiration, especially since the higher temperatures projected for West Africa by 2050 are unlikely to be accompanied by an increase in rainfall, according to business-as-usual carbon dioxide emissions scenarios. In other words, as higher temperatures squeeze more water out of soil and plants, it’s unlikely that rainfall will increase enough to offset the moisture loss.” #globalwarming#everydayclimatechange#cocoa#ghana#actonclimate