State of the Modern World Address — November 2018

Global
Oceans Are Warming Up
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/31/we-have-less-time-we-thought-alarming-new-study-shows-oceans-have-retained-far-more
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0651-8
The Seafloor Is Dissolving
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3qaek/the-seafloor-is-dissolving-because-climate-change
Deadly Diseases Caused by Climate Change

The Warming Earth is Waking Up Dormant—and Deadly—Diseases


Many Critically Endangered Plants Can’t Be Saved By Seed Banks
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3qaek/the-seafloor-is-dissolving-because-climate-change
Massive loss of seagrass due to water pollution
https://www.popsci.com/oceans-losing-seagrass-carbon-sink
Global Warming Probably Causing Worse Cyclones and Hurricanes
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0673-2
Coastal Cities Around the Globe Are Sinking
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/charity-calls-for-major-investment-to-save-sinking-cities
Bees Are Being Exterminated by Shortsighted Human Activity
https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/pp-bda110118.php
 
Russo-world
Toxic Factory Emissions Afflict North Ossetia
https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/ekaterina-neroznikova/the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-heavy-metal-processing
Agroforestry is Productive in Tajikistan

Agroforestry saves soil and boosts livelihoods in Tajikistan


Tian Shan Glacier Mining Pollutes Water in Kyrgyzstan
https://www.opendemocracy.net/od-russia/editors-of-opendemocracy-russia/are-kyrgyzstans-glaciers-under-threat
 
North America
US Border Wall Will Harm Fragile Ecosystems, Environmental Groups Sue Government
https://qz.com/1455419/environmental-groups-say-trumps-border-wall-threatens-ecosystems/
https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/border_wall/pdfs/CentervDHS_Texas_18cv2396%20COMPLAINT.PDF
Bison Reintroduced to Wild in US
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bison-returns-wilds-america-180970547/
Global Warming Causes Unprecedented Wildfires
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/12/666951838/megafires-more-frequent-because-of-climate-change-and-forest-management
US Crab Fishermen Sue Fossil Fuel Companies for Changing Climate
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/West-Coast-crab-fisherman-sue-30-fossil-fuel-13392283.php
Canadian Senate Passes Bill to Ban Dolphin and Whale Captivity
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-whale-dolphin-captivity-canada-senate-bill-1.4876136?
 
Caribbean
Masses of Seaweed Afflict Caribbean Ecosystems
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/mysterious-masses-seaweed-assault-caribbean-islands
 
Latin America
Deforestation of Amazon Intensifies Under New President

Bolsonaro’s deforestation of the Amazon has already begun


Indigenous Amazonians Use Modern Technology to Fend Off Colonial Invaders (Donate Here)

https://www.cnet.com/features/in-the-amazon-rainforest-this-tribe-may-just-save-the-whole-world/
Latin America Increasingly Bans Plastic
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/blue-awakening-latin-america-and-caribbean-states-say-no-plastic
Guatemala to Use Bio-Fences to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Guatemala to Use Bio-fences to Reduce Plastic Pollution


14 Latin American Countries Sign Treaty Providing Enhanced Environmental Rights
https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/latin-american-and-caribbean-countries-sign-historic-treaty-giving
Ongoing Persecution and Murder of Environmental Activists in Latin America
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/the-deadly-cost-of-defending-the-environment/
 
Europe
Ongoing Rebellion Against Ecocide in UK and Elsewhere https://twitter.com/extinctionr
France Aims to Ban Deforestation Imports by 2030 http://www.climatechangenews.com/2018/11/14/france-aims-ban-deforestation-imports-2030/
 
Middle East and North Africa
Drought is Killing Off Israel’s Trees

Drought Is Killing Off Israel’s Trees, Says Groundbreaking Nationwide Study – Haaretz


Egyptian Government Buys Straw from Farmers to Prevent Harmful “Straw Clouds”

Egyptian pollution plan signals the last straw cloud – Environment and Development


Alexandria is Sinking
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ipcc-report-climate-change-sinking%20cities-overwhelm-middle-east-floods-alexandria-1950363986
 
Africa
Fish Vanishing from Senegal Coast
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3qaek/the-seafloor-is-dissolving-because-climate-change
Republic of Congo Opens New National Park

Republic of Congo names new national park, home to gorillas, elephants


Mountain Gorillas Doing Well
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6388701/Mountain-gorillas-slowly-coming-brink-extinction.html
Massive Gas Flaring in Nigeria Harms Environment
https://allafrica.com/stories/201811150160.html
Tree Hopping in Kenya
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-climatechange-trees/instant-forest-tree-hopping-takes-off-in-kenya-idUSKCN1NI0V2
Seychelles establishes $15M Blue Bond to support marine wildlife
http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/9976/Seychelles+launches++million+blue+bond+to+support+marine+projects
 
China
China Resumes Suspended Coal Power Projects
https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/10761-China-is-building-coal-power-again/en
Severe Smog in Northern China due to Economic Preoccupations
https://www.ft.com/content/983ad260-e88b-11e8-8a85-04b8afea6ea3
 
Mongolia
Mining Threatens Mongolian Environment
https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/8849-Mining-threatens-Mongolia-s-fragile-environmental-balance
National Socialists Defend the Environment
Mongolia’s most unlikely new environmentalists also happen to be neo-Nazis
 
Southeast Asia
China’s Ban on Trash Imports Creates Crisis for Southeast Asia
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/11/china-ban-plastic-trash-imports-shifts-waste-crisis-southeast-asia-malaysia/
 
Australia
Endangered Forests Being Robbed
 
Subcontinent
Environmental Crisis in Kashmir
https://www.thekashmirmonitor.net/deciphering-ecological-crisis-in-kashmir/
Pakistan goes wild for coal
https://phys.org/news/2018-11-pakistan-grain-coal-power-spree.html
Siddarth Singh Writes a Book About India’s Smog Which is the Worst in the World

 
Hawaii
Hawaiian Hawks No Longer Endangered
http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2018/10/31/conservationists-rejoice-hawaiian-hawks-are-no-longer-endangered/