leonardodicaprioMillions of baby turtles are racing into the sea from India's empty beaches.
A baby boom on India's shores. 📕 Read more by tapping the link in the @worldeconomicforum’s bio #turtles #india #sealife #oceans #animals
leonardodicaprioUlysses S. Grant was regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in United States history, and as the 18th President, he united a country that was divided during the Civil War. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we reflect back on our country’s history and how we unite together during trying times. As an Executive Producer, it was a great opportunity to help tell this story for #GRANT, an upcoming three-day event which premieres Monday May 25th on @HISTORY.
leonardodicaprioFrom @aljazeeraenglish: "When people say that COVID-19 has been good for nature it's true in some ways and it's not true in other ways." - Sarah Kessell, CEO of the WildLife Trust of South and West Wales.
Some of the United Kingdom’s most precious nature reserves are struggling to keep afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The lockdown restrictions are causing financial strain on reserves which are dependent on visitor revenue.
"We can keep going for a few months without help but beyond that we do need help," adds Kessell.
Studies have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the cultural shifts to avoid a climate catastrophe.
#Britain #UK #coronavirus #environment #economy #nature #wildlife #ecology
leonardodicaprioHarvard scientists say long-term residents of polluted areas are more likely to die from COVID-19. 📕 Read more by tapping the link in the @worldeconomicforum’s bio #COVID19 #coronavirus #environment #pollution #healthcare
leonardodicaprioFrom @nasaclimatechange: Greenland and Antarctica have lost 318 gigatons of ice per year since 2003, according to new ICESat-2 research. One gigaton of ice is enough to fill 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools or cover New York's Central Park in ice more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) thick.
📸: The Kangerdlugssup (pictured ☝️) and Jakobshavn glaciers in Greenland have lost roughly 14 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) of elevation per year over the past 16 years. Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel
#nasa #globalwarming #climatechange #sealevelrise #greenland #antarctica #ice #glacier #icemelt #iceloss #icesheet #science #earthscience #climatescience #gigaton #icesat #icesat2 #data
leonardodicaprio@markruffalo, @theellenshow , @eldannypino, and a handful of other celebrities and activists teamed up to help Navajo Nation amid COVID-19 — and they are asking you to help, too
Protect The Sacred is supported by @iwillharness
#news #PSA #covid19 #navajonation #activism
leonardodicaprioSome scientists say humans are the species responsible for coronavirus
Another reason why nature is vital to our future. 📕 Read more by tapping the link in the @worldeconomicforum bio #COVID19 #coronavirus #healthcare #environment #nature
leonardodicaprioCameroon’s #EboForest is home to gorillas, tool-wielding Chimpanzees, Forest Elephants, Presuss’ Red colobus, Drills and many other rare and endangered species. It is one half of the Yabassi #KeyBiodiversityArea, making it a site of global importance to the planet’s overall health. It is also the ancestral land of more than 40 communities that surround it. In a letter to the Cameroonian government, scientists from @global_wildlife_conservation, San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Research Institute, @kewgardens and IUCN Primate Specialist Group, asked the government to suspend plans to create 2 long-term logging concessions in Ebo Forest. They asked that the government develop an inclusive land-use plan with the local communities who would be most affected by logging. Let’s #ProtectEboForest.
leonardodicaprioKeep up the incredible work @chefjoseandres & @wckitchen. From @wckitchen: With incredible support from so many of you, WCK has served 3 million meals in the past 40 days. In this time of so much uncertainty, we will keep doing what we know: providing fresh, nutritious meals for those most in need. #ChefsForAmerica #AmericasFoodFund
leonardodicaprioThere’s still time to take part in the #AllinChallenge for a chance to join me, De Niro and Scorsese on the set of Killers of the Flower Moon. You’ll get a walk-on role, lunch with the three of us, and some acting tips from Scorsese himself. 100% of all money raised helps support America’s Food Fund, @NoKidHungry and @mealsonwheelsamerica. These organizations are on the front lines helping those most impacted by this crisis. To enter, go to allinchallenge.com or click the link in my bio.
leonardodicaprioThank you to everyone who has supported #AmericasFoodFund so far. After reaching our original $15 million goal, we have been able to increase our fundraising goal to $25 million and support additional organizations working tirelessly on the front lines, including @NoKidHungry, @savethechildren, and the Urban School Food Alliance.
Our most vulnerable populations — children who are out of school and rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and individuals facing job disruptions — face great barriers to receiving safe and consistent access to meals.
Let’s continue to come together to support our neighbors during this critical time of need. Thank you @WCKitchen, @FeedingAmerica, @NoKidHungry, @SavetheChildren and the Urban School Food Alliance for being great partners. If you can, please consider donating to the Fund at gofundme.com/americasfoodfund
leonardodicaprioThis is devastating. News from @VirungaNationalPark regarding the attack on the park’s rangers: Virunga National Park would like to extend our sincerest gratitude for the outpouring of love and positivity you have shown to us during this heart-wrenching time. We, along with the families of the rangers and the local community, are humbled and encouraged by your messages of and sympathy and support.
Several of you have inquired about what you can do. We are collecting donations to help with the funerals of the fallen rangers as well as to assist the devastated families they leave behind. General support is also needed to keep the torch of hope burning for the brave rangers and staff who continue to carry on with the park’s critical work of protecting its wildlife and communities. If you feel led to donate, you can do so here: www.virunga.org/donate (link in bio). As always, we thank you so very much.
#virunga #virunganationalpark #congo #drcongo #rangers #conservation
leonardodicaprioFrom The @Guardian: People can see the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas from Punjab, India after pollution levels dropped due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Locals say that it's the first time in 30 years that the mountain peaks have been visible nearly 125 miles away.
leonardodicaprioToday marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. This year there are two crises: One is the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The other is a slowly building disaster for our climate. The world was not prepared for the novel coronavirus but we still have time to prepare in every part of the world for the climate crisis. The urgency has never been greater, and the stakes have never been higher – we face mass extinction of species, catastrophic pollution of oceans, destruction of communities and displacement of millions. Join @EarthDayNetwork for a virtual day of action at earthday.org (see link in bio) 🌎 #EarthDay #EarthDay2020
leonardodicaprioWe recently launched #AmericasFoodFund to help make sure every family in need gets access to food at this critical time. Our most vulnerable communities need our support now more than ever. That’s why we’re asking you to help us with the #AllinChallenge.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be able to work with the great @martinscorsese_, Robert De Niro and myself, this is your chance. Robert and I are going to be starring in a new movie called Killers of the Flower Moon, directed by Martin Scorsese. We want to offer you a walk-on role, the opportunity to spend the day on the set with the three of us, and attend the premiere.
To take part, please go to allinchallenge.com and donate whatever you can.
100% of your donation will go to @MealsonWheelsAmerica, @NoKidHungry and #AmericasFoodFund (@wckitchen & @feedingamerica)
@officiallymcconaughey, @theellenshow and @iamjamiefoxx, will you go all in with us?
leonardodicaprioFrom @FeedingAmerica: Each and every one of the 200 member food banks are receiving initial funds to assist them as more people than ever reach out for help. Here are a few ways the COVID-19 Response Fund is helping food banks across the U.S.: ✅ Purchasing shelf-stable foods, household and personal care items and cleaning supplies to distribute to people in need. ✅ Expanding and modifying food pantries and meal programs to accommodate safe-distancing practices such as mobile and "drive-thru" food distributions. ✅ Paying for fuel for mobile distributions. ✅ Changing the processes for walk-in pantry pickups to reduce the risk to staff, volunteers and the people they serve. ✅ Purchasing safety equipment like gloves and masks.
Click the link in @feedingamerica’s bio to learn more about their response to COVID-19.
leonardodicaprioThank you to everyone who has supported #AmericasFoodFund so far. In the first 72 hours, we raised over $13m to help Americans most affected by this crisis. Your support enables @FeedingAmerica and @WCKitchen to continue mobilizing relief efforts to help those most in need. If you are able to, visit GoFundMe.com/AmericasFoodFund to donate (link in bio).
leonardodicaprioYesterday, we announced the launch of #AmericasFoodFund, a commitment to ensure that all Americans have reliable access to food, and support those most affected by this crisis. Thank you to everyone who has already supported.
America’s Food Fund supports two incredible organizations, @FeedingAmerica and @WCKitchen, who are on the front lines of this rapid-response effort.
They face new challenges every day, including responding to the vast number of people impacted who are in need of food, supply-chain disruptions, and access to product, along with the challenge of distributing meals in ways that maintain the health and safety of all involved.
If you are able to, please join me in supporting their efforts: GoFundMe.com/AmericasFoodFund (link in bio)
leonardodicaprioThank you for your incredible generosity, Oprah. #Repost @Oprah: #OprahTalks with America’s Food Fund: @chefjoseandres and Claire Babineaux-Fontenot have teamed up with @leonardodicaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and @Apple to launch America’s Food Fund to help feed local communities. I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone’s priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help. I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity. I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up. For more on this Fund and how everyone can be of service, tap the link in my bio to watch this free AppleTV+ conversation.
leonardodicaprioIn the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need. I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support.
Today, along with Laurene Powell Jobs, @Apple and the @fordfoundation, we helped launch America’s Food Fund. The Fund is designed to help our most vulnerable, including children who rely on school lunch programs, low-income families, the elderly, and individuals facing job disruptions.
100% of donations will go to @FeedingAmerica and @WCKitchen. We know that asking for monetary donations is challenging for many people right now, but if you are able, please join me in donating at: GoFundMe.com/AmericasFoodFund (see link in bio). #AmericasFoodFund #Coronavirus #FeedingAmerica #ChefsforAmerica #WorldCentralKitchen
leonardodicaprioFrom the @worldeconomicforum: 3 ways climate change and human exploitation is changing the Middle East’s environment with regular daytime temperatures of 122°f (50°c) #climatechange #environment #weather #middleeast #asia
leonardodicaprioWhen it comes to conserving the world’s oceans, we have work to do, a new study co-authored by @TheWCS in the journal One Earth says. 🌊🐢 According to the study, a full one-third of all marine species have less than 10% of their range protected. In addition, conserving a portion of habitat for all marine species would require an additional 3.2 million sq. miles of new conservation areas or an area about the size of Brazil. “The international community needs to rapidly increase the scale of marine conservation efforts if we are to maintain the health of our oceans,” said lead author Dr. Kendall Jones of WCS’s Conservation Solutions Program.
Read the full study via the link in @thewcs bio.
leonardodicaprioThere are less than 500 Hirola in the world and those that are left are understandably skittish. Hirola are among the most elusive and least known antelopes in the world, which makes this photo by @global_wildlife_conservation’s @robindmoore especially rare.
Their loss would represent the first extinction of a mammalian genus on mainland Africa in modern human history. @tsavotrust is among those groups making sure that this doesn’t happen on our watch by protecting and restoring the Hirola throughout its range in Kenya, including Tsavo East National Park, where this image was recently taken. #ExtinctionEndsHere #WildlifePhotography #ConservationOptimism #WildlifeConservation #EndExtinction #stopextinction
leonardodicaprioFrom @cnnclimate: Twice as much food as previously estimated is wasted, with people in wealthier countries wasting more, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS One. Climate experts have identified food waste as one of the top sustainability problems worldwide. "Globally, if food waste could be represented as its own country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter, behind China and the US," according to the United Nations environment program. The UN estimates annual global food waste at 1.3 billion tons. (📸: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)
leonardodicaprioScientists are warning that the Great Barrier Reef could be heading for major coral bleaching. From The @Guardian: If high ocean temperatures in the region do not drop in the next two weeks, the reef is set for a third major coral bleaching outbreak in the space of five years. “We are down to the wire,” said Prof Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.
Coral bleaching is a stress reaction caused when corals spend long periods in warmer than average water. Rising ocean temperatures are caused by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
In August 2019, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority downgraded the reef’s longterm outlook from “poor” to “very poor” for the first time.
leonardodicaprioFrom the @UNEP: An invasive species of seaweed blighting tourist beaches in Mexico 🇲🇽 has become more aggressive due to #climatechange. The Sargassum weed is spreading, filling coastal waters and blocking sunlight essential to the growth of indigenous sea grasses and other plants. There is some good news though. Efforts are underway to hold back its advance and protect local ecosystems. #biodiversity2020 📷: @UNDP Mexico
leonardodicaprioFrom @cnnclimate: The Colorado River — which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles — has seen its flow dwindle by 20% compared with the last century, and scientists found that the climate crisis is mainly to blame. Without any cuts to emissions, the report says the river's discharge could shrink by between 19% and 31% by the middle of this century. "Without this river, American cities in the Southwest would dry up and blow away," said Brad Udall, a senior climate scientist at Colorado State University. "The science is crystal clear — we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately." (📸: Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
leonardodicaprioFrom @yaleenvironment360: The economic and health costs of air pollution from burning fossil fuels totaled $2.9 trillion in 2018, calculated in the form of work absences, years of life lost, and premature deaths, according to a new report. The cost represents 3.3 percent of global GDP, or about $8 billion per day.
The study, the first of its kind to quantify the global impacts of air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels, focused on the health impacts of three specific types of pollutants: Nitrogen dioxide, ozone, and fine particulate matter. It also included a regional breakdown of air pollution impacts. The researchers found that the most premature deaths from fossil fuel-related air pollution in 2018 were in mainland China (1.8 million), India (1 million), and the United States (230,000). As a result, those three countries also faced the highest annual costs: $900 billion in China, $600 billion in the U.S., and $150 billion in India.
To learn more, click the link in @yaleenvironment360’s bio.
Photo credit: Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace
leonardodicaprioFrom @cnnclimate: Polar bears rely on sea ice for nearly every aspect of their survival, and with ice beginning to melt earlier in the season, these animals are becoming thinner and having fewer cubs, according to a new study. Polar bears “are an icon of climate change, but they're also an early indicator of climate change because they are so dependent on sea ice,” writes Kristin Laidre, the study’s author and a professor at the University of Washington. Polar bears are considered a vulnerable species, one level below "endangered." Their future, the researchers write in their findings, depends on scientists' ability to predict how climate change will continue to impact the bears. (📸:Paul Souders/Getty Images)
leonardodicaprioLast week @EarthAlliance shared updates from the #AustraliaWildlifeFund and how you have helped to make a difference. Watch some of these stories of hope and recovery unfold in this new video. Thank you to our partners on the ground @wireswildliferescue @aussieark and @bushheritageaus and to everyone who has made a difference by supporting the #AustraliaWildfireFund
leonardodicaprioFrom the @worldeconomicforum: MISSING: 77% of Antarctica's chinstrap penguins. Read more by tapping the link in the @worldeconomicforum’s bio #penguins #climatechange #ice #birds #antarctica
leonardodicaprioFrom The @WashingtonPost: Construction crews began blasting sites within Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as part of the construction of President Trump’s border barrier, and the affected areas include sites sacred to Native American groups, according to a congressman from Arizona and advocates. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is an internationally recognized biosphere reserve — meaning it has plants and animals so rare that the United Nations has given it a special designation. It includes about 330,000 acres of designated wilderness and is home to ancestral grounds sacred to the Tohono O’odham Nation, one of at least a dozen Native American groups that claim connections to grounds within the monument. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), whose district includes the reservation, said crews this week began blasting through parts of Monument Hill, which includes a burial site for the Tohono O’odham Nation. Click the link in the @WashingtonPost’s bio to read more. (Photo by @vanhoutenphoto/The Washington Post)
leonardodicaprioAhead of #WorldPangolinDay this Saturday, find out more about the critically endangered Sunda Pangolin, the most illegally trafficked animal in the world 🌍
Via @racingextinction, Artwork by @_undertheskin/undertheskin.co.uk
leonardodicaprioFrom @cnnclimate: 🐝 Bumblebee populations are rapidly declining across North America and Europe, according to a study from the University of Ottawa that examined 66 bumblebee species across the two continents. The study’s findings highlighted that as climate change causes temperatures and precipitation to rise beyond what bumblebees can tolerate, their risk for extinction increases. “The things [we] grew up with as kids are fading away very fast,” said a senior author of the study. “It’s not just that we’re looking at what our kids will experience; it’s that we are looking back not even a full generation, just to when we were kids, and saying, ‘Could we take our children to places we loved and find what we found?’ What our study says is that that answer is no across entire continents.” (📸:Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images)
leonardodicaprioXavante children from the Tsiba’adzatsi village in the Brazilian Amazon help plant seedlings at a nursery established to help with the recovery of degraded areas in the state of Mato Grosso.
This is a project led by @EarthAlliance Amazon Forest Fund recipient Operação Amazônia Nativa to help with food security for indigenous communities while reforesting places that have been damaged by fire and other threats. 🌱
leonardodicaprioFrom @yaleenvironment360: Using satellite data, scientists are documenting the inexorable melting of South America’s glaciers and ice fields. The findings are sobering: Ninety-eight percent of Andean glaciers have shrunk this century, losing an average of three feet in thickness a year since 2000.
The area covered by glaciers in Peru, for example, shrank by nearly a third from 2000 to 2016. In the southern Andes, particularly in Patagonia, some glaciers have retreated 5.5 miles in the past century.
This ice loss poses a threat to water supplies and agriculture from Bolivia to Chile. “The disappearance of glaciers will have an impact on the cities, but not just cities — locals, farmers, and people who do agriculture more broadly,” says one scientist.
To read the full story, click the link in @yaleenvironment360’s bio. Reporting by Jonathan Moens.
Photo credit: David Silverman/Getty Images
leonardodicaprioFrom the @washingtonpost: Antarctica has broken its warmest temperature ever recorded. A reading of 65 degrees was taken at Esperanza Base along Antarctica’s Trinity Peninsula on Thursday, making it the ordinarily frigid contingent’s highest measured temperature in history. It beats out the previous record of 63.5 degrees, which occurred on March 24, 2015. The Antarctic peninsula, on which Thursday’s anomaly was recorded, is one of the fastest-warming regions in the world. In just the past 50 years, temperatures have surged a staggering 5 degrees in response to earth’s swiftly-warming climate. Read more by clicking the link in the @washingtonpost bio.
leonardodicaprioFrom @cnnclimate: Rising temperatures triggering extreme weather events around the world could result in an increase in heat-related illnesses and deaths, as well as the threat of new infectious diseases, according to scientists at Johns Hopkins University. A paper published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation says that with climate change, we can expect cases of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and potentially fatal heat strokes to climb. Extreme heat will particularly impact children, older people, people who suffer from chronic conditions and those who live in underserved communities. (📸: Getty)
leonardodicaprioAn update from @aussieark and the recovery efforts for affected wildlife in Australia: Life Support for Endangered Brush-Tailed Rock Wallabies
In early January 2020, Aussie Ark was invited by the New South Wales State Government to assess the situation of Brush-tailed rock-wallabies, sadly what was found were numerous deceased wallabies. Several from starvation and dehydration, whilst others were struck by a vehicle in search for food, water and shelter, as the area is not preferred wallaby habitat. Encouragingly up to 30 were found residing near waterbodies. These wallabies are now receiving food drops and ongoing remote camera monitoring until the situation improves.
Regionally, all of the Brush-tailed rock-wallaby sites have been incinerated or are at imminent risk of fire. Coupled with the nation’s worst drought in recent decades, limited food and water supply is wreaking havoc on populations.
Aussie Ark has committed to doubling its species recovery projects to create a new facility for the northern population of the species. The Ark currently has 7 purpose-built facilities that provide home for up to 45 wallabies.
You can help Aussie Ark by donating today - see the link in their bio. #aussieark #conservation #australia #upperhunter #barringtontops #endangeredspecies #wildlife
leonardodicaprioFrom @thewcs: Live animal markets around the world that trade in wildlife provide the ideal conditions for new viruses to emerge. In the wake of the #Wuhan #coronavirus, we must close them. A large and growing number of people in China agree. Read more by clicking the link in @thewcs bio. Pictured: a civet in Vietnam. #WuhanFlu #WuhanCoronavirus #takeaction #globalhealth #vietnam #china #asia #civet #health #flu
leonardodicaprioThe relief efforts in Australia continue. Please join me in supporting the #KoalaComeback campaign from photographer @DavidYarrow and @wild.ark, with the aim to raise $2 million to support recovery efforts in Australia. 50% of the proceeds raised through the koala print campaign will be directed to the @EarthAlliance #AustraliaWildfireFund, with WildArk using the remaining donations to support local organizations working on wildlife rehabilitation and habitat restoration. To donate, please see the link in @DavidYarrow’s bio or visit koalacomeback.com
leonardodicaprioFrom The @Guardian: Native Australian fish are the most recent victims of the country's bushfires.
Since last month, hundreds of thousands of fish have suffocated as ash and sludge from the bushfires have fallen into the Macleay River, New South Wales.
Freshwater ecologist Prof Lee Baumgartner said it is likely to have an impact for decades, with Australian bass, freshwater mullet and eel-tailed catfish hit hardest.