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Today is Earth Day! Over one billion people in 192 countries are participating from London to Sao Paolo, Seoul to Babylon City, New Delhi to New York, Rome to Cairo; people everywhere are taking action in their communities and helping depict The Face of Climate Change. 50 Unbelievable Facts About Earth Infographic on the Earth Day 2013:
Australia’s temperatures has become so intense that the temperatures are rising off the charts – literally. The Bureau of Meteorology’s interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colors – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees! The range now extends to 54 degrees – well above the all-time record temperature of 50.7 degrees reached on January 2, 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in South Australia – and, “perhaps worrying”, the forecast outlook is starting to deploy the new colors.
Global temperatures have warmed significantly since 1880, the beginning of what scientists call the “modern record”. At this time, the coverage provided by weather stations allowed for essentially global temperature data. As greenhouse gas emissions from energy production, industry and vehicles have increased, temperatures have climbed, most notably since the late 1970s. In this animation of temperature data from 1880-2011, reds indicate temperatures higher than the average during a baseline period of 1951-1980, while blues indicate lower temperatures than the baseline average.
The main protected areas of Croatia are national parks, nature parks and strict reserves. There are 444 protected areas of Croatia, encompassing 9% of the country. Those include 8 national parks in Croatia, 2 strict reserves and 10 nature parks. The most famous protected area and the oldest national park in Croatia is the Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Velebit Nature Park is a part of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program. The strict and special reserves, as well as the national and nature parks, are managed and protected by the central government, while other protected areas are managed by counties. In 2005, the National Ecological Network was set up, as the first step in preparation of the EU accession and joining of the Natura 2000 network.
Risnjak (Croatian National Park since September 15, 1953) Brijuni (Croatian National Park since October 27, 1983) Plitvice Lakes (Croatian National Park since April 8, 1949) Sjeverni Velebit (Croatian National Park since June 2, 1999) Paklenica (Croatian National Park since October 19, 1949) Krka (Croatian National Park since January 24, 1985) Kornati (Croatian National Park since July 24, 1980) Mljet (Croatian National Park since November 12, 1960) National Park Risnjak – Risnjak (1528 m) is the second highest mountain in Gorski kotar. In 1953, it became the national park of the Republic of Croatia. Reasons for that are different, but can be summed up to the following: On the relatively small area, there is a great variety of the first class geographical, geological, and other natural phenomena, easily accessible for visitors. The natural beauties are almost untouched by man.National Park Risnjak is situated in the Mount Risnjak massif and its 1528 meter peak being the basis of the park. To enjoy the beauties of Risnjak, you need to have a special sense for the thrills of natural phenomena. National Park Brijuni – Brijuni consists of 14 islands and islets having a total surface area of 36.3 km². Thanks to itsRead More...
A new report by 22 international scientists published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature is stating we are nearing an age where we will have reached the “tipping point” on Earth that, once passed, will have “destructive consequences”. Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author for the study explained in a university press release that the research presents a combination of factors that lead to this tipping point. They include population growth, destruction of ecosystems and climate change as the factors. “It really will be a new world, biologically, at that point”, Barnosky said in a statement. “The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including, for example, fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean water. This could happen within just a few generations”. The report comes just before United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro later this month.
The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations – sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22. From its creation by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in 1993 until 2000, it was held on December 29 to celebrate the day the Convention on Biological Diversity went into effect. On December 20, 2000, the date was shifted to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on May 22, 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit , and partly to avoid the many other holidays that occur in late December. Activities: Coincided with the observance of International Day for Biological Diversity, on May 2011 Indonesian Forestry Minister inaugurated the Ciwalen Canopy Trail that is 120 meters long and 60 meters wide at an elevation of 30–40 meters above the ground at Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park , West Java to accommodate 5 to 10 people in one trip.