PLANET EARTH NEWSLETTER blog

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SIERRA CLUB — MASSIVE MILKWEED RESTORATION COULD HELP SAVE THE MONARCH BUTTERFLY — PLANET EARTH MACRO WORLD group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH MACRO WORLD has over 1,600 members and over 92,000 photos and videos. 

MILKWEED RESTORATION

Common milkweed isn’t a particularly finicky plant—it has “weed” in its name for a reason and can be found growing on roadsides, empty lots, and old fields. But over the last two decades, Asclepias syriaca, which is primarily found in the Midwest and eastern United States, has disappeared from most agricultural landscapes. Along with it, the population of the iconic migratory monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus plexippus, which relies on the plant for reproduction, has also crashed, so much so that it is being considered for endangered status.

According to researchers, 1.3 billion stems of milkweed have disappeared from Midwestern farmlands over the last 20 years. This has led to an 80 percent crash in the migratory monarch, which winters in the mountains of Mexico and breeds in the central and eastern United States during the spring and summer. Since hitting an estimated high of 682 million monarchs in 1997, the species dropped to just 42 million in 2015. According to another study, milkweed in and near cropland in Illinois, prime monarch habitat, has dropped by 95 percent over the same period—representing a 50 percent drop in the total milkweed population.

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BIRD OF THE WEEK — RED-BREASTED MERGANSER — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD has over 1,500 members and over 112,000 photos and videos.

BIRD OF THE WORK

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Mergus serrator
POPULATION: 370,000
TREND: Stable
HABITAT: Breeds on wooded lakes and tundra ponds; winters mainly on salt water.

The handsome Red-breasted Merganser is a welcome sight along coastlines during the winter. This sea-going duck is notable for its long, red, serrated bill, which gives it the species name serrator.

One of the Red-breasted Merganser’s notable features is a shaggy-looking double crest, which reminds some of a bad case of “bed head.” The colorful male sports a metallic-green head, white neck band and wing patches, a red bill and eyes, and a reddish, black-speckled breast, for which the bird is named. The female is mostly gray with an orange-brown head.

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Red Avadavat - with the pearl necklace ((flower stem with seeds embedded) for the chicks.

House finch in the grass

Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)

Ruff in the mud Dundalk Docks

Black oystercatcher couple chasing off seagulls that were getting too close to their nest on Bandon Beach, Southern Oregon

Sunday Photo Magazine — 12/8/2019

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH FLOWERS
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PLANET EARTH LANDSCAPES
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PLANET EARTH IN BLACK AND WHITE
Shoebox 8: The street at night
PLANET EARTH OUR HOME
Taken away by the winds
PLANET EARTH BUTTERFLIES, BEES, BUGS, AND INSECTS
Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina)
PLANET EARTH ARCHITECTURE
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PLANET EARTH ANIMALS/BIRDS
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PLANET EARTH SUNRISE SUNSETS
Air flicker (Luftflirren)
PLANET EARTH UNDERWATER
Sweetlips
PLANET EARTH REFLECTIONS
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PLANET EARTH BACK IN THE DAY
Authentique chalet Haut-Alpin
PLANET EARTH VINTAGE ADVERTISING
1954 advertisement for ''Strips of 1954'' at Theatre Royal
PLANET EARTH IN PANORAMA
Ramstein castle ruin
PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD
Pyrrhula pyrrhula
PLANET EARTH VINTAGE ARCHITECTURE
Marbourg, le chateau
PLANET EARTH IN BOKEH AND DOF
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PLANET EARTH URBAN LANDSCAPES
Night view of Tromso, Norway-3a
PLANET EARTH MOUNTAINS
Beautiful reflections of buildings along the harbor of Narvik, Norway-62a
PLANET EARTH WEATHER
Pattaya Sunset. Thailand
PLANET EARTH AGRICULTURE
Sheep gathering, Ullswater, Cumbria
PLANET EARTH TRAINS AND RAILROADS
Trains de l'Aigle Sepey Diablerets (Suisse)
PLANET EARTH WILDLIFE AND NATURE
Tiliqua scincoides
PLANET EARTH MACRO WORLD
Common Bark Louse [Cerastipsocus venosus]
PLANET EARTH 100 YEAR CLUB
Harley-Davidson 18-JD 1918 + sidecar (6648)
PLANET EARTH IN SILHOUETTES
Reggia di Colorno
PLANET EARTH IN SEPIA
Cabin in Cades Cove
PLANET EARTH IN HDR
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PLANET EARTH NIGHT LIGHTS
MALECON 2000 GUAYAQUIL - ECUADOR.
PLANET EARTH FIELD GUIDE TO AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE
Windows arched with narrow brickwork, 169 West 12th Street (1922), Greenwich Village, New York
PLANET EARTH HORSES
Ania & Wanfuczin
PLANET EARTH ON BLACK
Pine Siskin, Spinus pinus
PLANET EARTH TRANSPORTATION
Princess street Edinburgh

SIERRA CLUB — — CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENS TWO THIRDS OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS — LOCOMOTIVES — PLANET EARTH BACK IN THE DAY group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH BACK IN THE DAY has over 7,200 members and over 420,000 photos and videos.

A new report from the National Audubon Society shows that two-thirds of North America’s birds face major challenges including extinction if global temperatures are allowed to increase 3 degrees Celsius by 2100. However, if temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees, the majority of those disruptions can be stopped. 

The report, Society Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink, is a major update of Audubon’s influential 2014 Birds and Climate Change Report, which examined the impacts and range shift of 588 birds in North America under various climate scenarios. In the new report, researchers looked at data for 604 species collected from 70 sources including over 140 million individual records of birds. They were able to overlay this information with data on human land use, agriculture, and urbanization trends that were not available in 2014. The researchers were able to model this data at a resolution of one square kilometer, 10 times finer than the scale used in the 2014 report. 

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SIERRA CLUB — WE’RE ON TRACK TO MOVE BEYOND COAL — MICROBIOLOGY — PLANET EARTH MACRO WORLD group

All PLANET EARTH groups supports:

Sierra Club* United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) * American Bird Conservancy

PLANET EARTH MACRO WORLD has over 1,600 members and over 90,000 photos and videos.

Cause for Hope: We’re On Track to Move Beyond Coal:

If you’re alarmed or distressed by the major new climate findings released this week, I have good news to restore your hope and pull you back from the edge of despair. But first, in case you missed the headlines, the major scientific analysis released this weekend by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a staggering wake-up call to action on climate.

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When we do that, we will not only maintain America’s leadership in the world but also continue the shift in the marketplace toward clean, renewable energy, which is already accessible and cheaper than coal in places all over the country and the globe. Getting off of coal and fossil fuels doesn’t just help curb the climate crisis, it saves lives and saves money by cutting toxic pollution from coal plants that makes people sick and drives up medical costs.

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John Horstman (itchydogimages, SINOBUG)deta kIn Memoriam: Ecuador Megadiversoorb1806Hugo von Schreck
S.O.S. LAGO DE SANABRIA, HUMO DE UN INCENDIO BAJO EL AGUA, SPONDYLOSIUM PLANUM

LA LUZ EN UN INSTANTE ETERNO, MICRASTERIAS DENTICULATA, TURBERAS DE HOYO MAYOR, SIERRA DE CEBOLLERA

LAS PINCELADAS ONDULANTES DE DRAPARNALDIA, TURBERAS DE HOYO MAYOR, SIERRA DE CEBOLLERA.

LOS REFLEJOS DE SOL DE NUCLEARIA, REAL JARDÍN BOTÁNICO DE MADRID

EL MENSAJE DEL FRASCO DE CRISTAL, NEBELA PENARDIANA, LLANOS DEL JUNCAL