27 Jun This Week in Environmentalism
2015 The Most Dangerous Year for Activism
In 2015 185 environmental activists were reportedly killed. Within the activism community, members such as Berta Caceres Flores, Nelson Garcia, and many others are remembered. A number of these killings were related to protests against mining and logging. Many fear that the police and government have not done enough to guarantee protection to people demanding civil rights.
Brazil and the Philippines were among the most dangerous, but Central and South America seem to be especially adverse to environmentalists.
Crude Oil Spill in California
At most 210,000 gallons of crude oil spilled out of a pipeline in Ventura, California. The pipeline was said to have been corroded. There are no further reports on the impacts this will have, however, there are projected to be costly and dangerous consequences.
Fires in Central California Could Be Made Worse by Climate
The Bakersfield wildfire in California has been mostly contained, though few are allowed to return to their homes. 150 homes have been destroyed so far, and though the majority of the fire has been dealt with, another heat wave this weekend could worsen conditions or allow for another fire to start. Without enough humidity to mitigate the dryness, another fire is not unlikely. That and projected thunderstorms may cause lightning-endued fires.
Methane Emissions Stable Despite Melting Permafrost
After collecting over three decades worth of air samples, scientists in Alaska have discovered that there has been little long-term change in methane emissions despite significant permafrost melt. This may have been due to methane eating bacteria, however, carbon and carbon dioxide have still escaped. More research will be critical to understanding how the arctic will react to warming global temperatures.
North Dakota Bee Grounds May Be in Serious Trouble
North Dakota’s vast prairies, safe from pesticides and with plentiful flowers, has been a safe haven for bee populations and apiculture. Sadly, over half of the land set aside for conservation has been lost to soybean farmers. This makes it hard to feed the bees and ultimately keep them alive, largely because of excessive pesticide use. New programs are being made to reclaim land for the bees and bee keepers.
Wow, not the happiest week for the climate.