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September 23rd 2016

Hello SCI friends and welcome to this weeks Climate for Peace Newsletter...We shed light on Norway as a major player in hydropower. Exactly how does alternative energy work? Should ocean acidification be regulated?...and the illegal logging problem in Cambodia we follow the story of the journalists who are fighting it! Looking for ways to get active on climate justice with SCI check out our website sci.ngo and workcamps.info! Enjoy!

Norway's most stunning hydropower plant is now a tourist destation
Alternative energy: How does it work?
Why hasn't ocean acidification been regulated yet?
Cambodian journalists are dying trying to save the country's forests
Climate change explained in one simple comic

Norway’s most stunning hydropower plant is now a tourist destination

Even though Norway is already powered almost entirely by renewable sources, the country is continuing to build more power plants to further increase production of clean energy. Some of those new additions are a boon not only to the nation’s energy plan, but also in terms of curb appeal. The Øvre Forsland power station is one example of how the country is pairing stunningly attractive architecture with clean, green energy plants to benefit generations of future residents and visitors.Read more here

Alternative energy:How does it work?
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Alternative energy is gaining real momentum across the world. As the world sees the devestating effects of looting the earth of it's natural resources. The world is waking up to the unsustainable methods we currently use to drive our society forward. We can only stand up for whaty we know is the right thing for all of humanity. If we are to survive as a species then it is clear and obvious to a sane person we must transition to renewable sources. Our consumer culture is not slowing down. By 2050 the human population is expected to exceed 9 billion. This could be a huge problem especially in overcrowded cities. Here is a wonderful infographic to illustrate the wonders of alternative energy. Read more here

Why hasn't ocean acidification been regulated yet?

Imagine that a recently discovered pollutant prevented trees from forming leaves. Every April, buds would spring from the branches, and kids on their way to school would point to the tiny shoots of green and pink. But as the leaves fleshed out further and began to photosynthesize, an invisible vapor would choke and corrode them. The tree would eventually just wear away, its bark falling off in chunks.It is not an exaggeration to say that something similar is happening right now—yet in Earth’s oceans, and so outside of most Americans’ daily view. A fundamental chemical change in the oceans has made marine waters less hospitable to any animal that builds a hard shell or a skeleton. In some places, hatcheries report that oyster larvae are dying by the billions, corroded away before they can grow. The chemistry is already affecting corals, clams, and the zooplankton that form the basis of the marine food chain.Read more here

Cambodian journalists are dying trying to save the country's forests

The origins of Cambodia's current boom in illegal lumber can be traced to 1978, when a Vietnamese army crossed the border and routed the armies of the Khmer Rouge, the hardcore Communist rebels who had spent the previous four years in a fantastically bloody attempt to re-create Cambodian society from top to bottom. The Khmer Rouge fell back from the Cambodian heartland to the forested mountains by the Thai border, a region rich in gems and rare lumber. As the Vietnamese exercised power in the capital of Phnom Penh through Hun Sen, a one-eyed Khmer Rouge defector, the remaining Khmer Rouge commanders retired to the mountains, where they grew fat off illegal mining and logging.Read more here

Climate Change, Explained in One Simple Comic

Do you like nerdy web comics and climate change real talk? Of course you do. Randall Munroe, creator of the tri-weekly web comic xkcd, has combined the two into an epic timeline of earth’s climate. It shows just how radical the recent changes are and puts to bed the trope “the climate has changed before.” The two hottest months the world has ever recorded just happened back-to-back. And we’re about to have back-to-back-to-back hottest years. Sea levels are also rising, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is at its highest levels in eons, and a host of other signs show that humans are altering the climate in ways unseen in millenia. Yet “the climate has changed before” line is often trotted out to essentially say ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.Read more here



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