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“A massive amount of death is plaguing the world’s oceans,” writes VICE News’ Aaron Cantú.

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The WWF attributes the death to a “network of interrelated human behaviors”: overfishing, aquafarming, island- and ocean-based tourism, pollution, climate change, and offshore drilling in the oceans—read more about offshore arctic drilling here. As all of these factors accelerate—largely due to an increased standard of living rather than new human needs—the unprecedented levels of carnage in our oceans will not cease to exist (“29 percent of the world’s fish stocks classified as overfished and 61 percent as ‘fully exploited,’ meaning they have no ability to produce greater harvests”).

However, the oceans are not a lost hope: “‘If you stop taking the pieces out of these ocean civilizations, they can begin to rebuild themselves,’ he told VICE News. ‘It’s never going to regrow itself the way it was 50 years ago […] but we have to do what we can to stop the carnage and allow these systems the space to regrow.'”

Marine species have declined by almost half over the last forty-five years, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Index, and leading marine scientists tell VICE News that the only hope of stopping mass death in the oceans is to radically and quickly transform human behavior.

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Fish were the most threatened, in large part because of human overfishing: Over a third of fish consumed by humans measured by the Living Planet Index are under threat of extinction, with one family of tuna and mackerel falling 74 percent between 1970 and 2010.

Other animals that recorded massive and ongoing losses were sharks and rays, of which one in four species is threatened with extinction, and some species of turtles, which declined by 97 percent in the Eastern Pacific.

The mass death of larger animals is tied to the decimation of habitats that are critical to the ocean’s biosphere. The WWF also noted that coral reefs — which support 25 percent of all marine life — could go extinct by 2050, and global surface areas of seagrass and mangroves, which provide spawning grounds, nutrients, and shelter for many animals, have declined precipitously.

Read more here (https://news.vice.com/article/a-massive-amount-of-death-is-plaguing-the-worlds-oceans)!

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A 10,000-year-old ice shelf in Antarctica is disintegrating:

What’s left of Antarctica’s Larsen B Ice Shelf, at least 10,000 years old and 27 times the size of Manhattan, is weakening quickly and likely to disintegrate within five years, according to a new NASA study, says VICE News.

“‘Our study shows that the remaining parts will be gone soon, in the blink of an eye,’ Khazendar told VICE News. ‘A lot of these changes that we are witnessing in the polar regions, amongst others, are probably already set in motion. There is no turning back.'”

Read the entire article here (https://news.vice.com/article/a-10000-year-old-ice-shelf-in-antarctica-is-disintegrating).

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As carbon pollution hits record level, Senator James Inhofe says Climate Change is greening the planet, according to VICE News.

“‘People don’t realize you can’t grow things without CO2,” Inhofe, the Republican chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said on the chamber’s floor Wednesday. “CO2 is a fertilizer. It’s something you can’t do without. No one ever talks about the benefits that people are inducing from that as a fertilizer.” That buildup has led “to a greening of the planet and contributed to increasing agricultural productivity,’ he said.

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists, however, warn that the increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases — a byproduct of burning coal, oil, and natural gas — are changing the Earth’s climate at an unnaturally rapid rate. The warming that results is likely to bring a future of rising seas and more intense storms and droughts, with the world’s poor bearing the brunt of the effects.”

As people in power constantly dispute scientific findings and allow big corporations to contribute to global warming, our planet—and its inhabitants—finds itself in a dire predicament.

Read the full article here (https://news.vice.com/article/as-carbon-pollution-hits-record-level-senator-james-inhofe-says-climate-change-is-greening-the-planet?utm_source=vicenewsfb).

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Shell plans to drill in the Arctic this summer and it’s already failed a Coast Guard inspection, according to VICE News.

“A drill ship at the heart of Shell’s hunt for Arctic oil flunked a Coast Guard inspection last month when a piece of anti-pollution gear that already cost its owner millions in fines failed again. […] And the company is betting that the Arctic will be more hospitable this year. Carbon emissions from fossil fuels, which scientists blame for driving global temperatures upward, are warming the region roughly twice as fast as lower latitudes. The decline of sea ice cover has opened new opportunities to tap into the nearly 90 billion barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas that geologists estimate lies beneath.”

VICE News is closely tracking global environmental change. Check out the Tipping Point blog here.

Read the article in its entirety here (https://news.vice.com/article/shell-plans-to-drill-in-the-arctic-this-summer-and-its-already-failed-a-coast-guard-inspection)!

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VICE News questions how many animals could go extinct due to climate change:

“That’s right: If human greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced, and warming continues along its current trajectory, about one in six species could vanish from the face of the Earth, according to Urban.”

Read more here (https://news.vice.com/article/heres-how-many-animals-could-go-extinct-because-of-climate-change?utm_source=vicenewsfb) and help donate to save Earth, its climate, and its inhabitants here (http://wwf.worldwildlife.org/goto/savethenarwhal)!

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Pope Francis is holding a climate change conference at the vatican, according to VICE News.

“‘We have a profound responsibility to the fragile web of life on this Earth, and to this generation and those that will follow,’ Ban said in remarks carried by the official Vatican news service. ‘That is why it is so important that the world’s faith groups are clear on this issue — and in harmony with science.'”

An expected statement from the Pope may soon put the full support of the Roman Catholic Church behind the fight against Climate Change.

Read the entire article here (https://news.vice.com/article/pope-francis-is-holding-a-climate-change-conference-at-the-vatican).

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Dear Future Generations: Sorry.

“See, you can ignore [climate change], but the thing about truth is, it can be denied—not avoided. So I’m sorry future generations: I’m sorry our footprint became a sinkhole, and not a garden; I’m sorry that we paid so much attention to ISIS, and very little to how fast the ice is melting in the Arctic. […] We are not apart form nature, we are a part OF nature; and to betray nature is to betray us, to save nature is to save us.”

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The U.S. is taking the helm regarding climate change and its alarming rate in the arctic, and, at the Arctic Council Friday, tried to make climate change a priority of the utmost importance, according to the Globe and Mail.

“‘This is not a future challenge, this is happening right now,’ Mr. Kerry said as he outlined the rapid retreat of Arctic ice cover, the collapse of permafrost with resulting massive releases of the potent greenhouse gas methane as well as dire coastal erosion and the acidification of the Arctic Ocean.”

Read more of the fascinating article here (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/arctic-council-to-focus-on-climate-change-under-us-leadership/article24126137/).

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McDonald's Goes Green

You can now have a little less regret while eating McDonald’s, according to VICE News. In a recent article, VICE went in depth about McDonald’s pledge to the environment.

“‘Making this pledge is the right thing to do for our company, the planet, and the communities in which our supply chain operates,’ McDonald’s vice president of supply chain and sustainability Francesca DeBiase said in a statement. ‘We’re excited to continue collaborating with our supplier partners to achieve our goals.'”

It is important to recognize that McDonald’s is one of the first major fast food chains—and one of the largest companies—to make such a commitment on its entire product line.

Read more here (https://news.vice.com/article/mcdonalds-says-it-will-stop-destroying-the-worlds-forests).

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The US Economy Grew in 2014 — Carbon Pollution, Not So Much.

VICE News explores the intricate relationship—and lack thereof—between economies and carbon emissions.

Annual Changes In Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions

“If new US government figures are any indication, addressing climate change doesn’t have to mean curtailing economic growth. […] The agency said on Monday the US economy expanded by 2.4 percent in 2014, while greenhouse gas emissions increased 0.7 percent.”

Read more here (https://news.vice.com/article/the-us-economy-grew-in-2014-carbon-pollution-not-so-much).

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