Biodiversity: The Next Endangered Species

When I think of biodiversity I think of a man by the name of Lester R. Brown. The Worldwatch Institute under the direction of its founder Lester Brown pioneered sustainable development, receiving recognition above and beyond all others for raising awareness to the world about the preservation of biodiversity. Now serving as President at the Earth Policy Institute, which he also founded, Lester Brown has published his latest book “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization”. John Wear, Ph.D. Founding Director of the Center for the Environment At Catawba College introduces Lester Brown as guest speaker at the center’s environmental lecture to address this plan. As John Wear, Ph.D. introduces Lester Brown he notes that climate change is not limited to its traditional meaning. Climate change can be applied to many different aspects of life. Director Wear is proud to announce that Lester Brown is said to be “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post.

As Lester Brown takes the podium and begins to address the audience he is very charming and takes a moment to reminisce over the many years and experiences with his many colleagues. A most recent event is the start of his lecture. News of scientific phenomena had become the heightened topic of discussion that summer in the midst of Lester Brown and his staff finalizing the studies and publication of his book. The news was about melted ice. In seven days sea ice equivalent to the size of a large country vanished. No one had ever witnessed anything like this.

This short animation of ASCAT radar images shows the movement in 10 day intervals from January 1st onwards, compared to the previous three winters. The black dot represents the North Pole, the white mass below it is the northern part of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the brighter colors represent thicker multi-year ice that survived last year’s melting season.

[ Aside from the red circle showing the start of the cracking event, there is clearly another big difference with previous years (blue rectangles). ] –

Almost a month after that on the Greenland ice sheet when researching an outflow from glaciers a group of scientists announced what they had discovered. Greenland is blanketed with an approximately mile deep massive ice sheet. The Greenland ice sheet has a variety of glacier outflows which push the ice out to the Atlantic Ocean away from the land. Layer upon layer of ice is created with each year’s snow accumulation. The rate at which the glacier flowed astonished the researchers. Flow rates of 100 meters per year are usual for the Greenland ice sheet. Across the globe outflows commonly measured 200 meters per year from different glaciers. The Greenland ice sheet, more specifically, the Alussak glacier was visibly flowing rapidly. Scientists recorded its movement at the rate of 2 meters per hour. The glacier is a mile in depth and 3 miles in length. The superficial area of the ice sheet had begun melting. A flow was made down the glacier by the melted ice. This melted ice flow slicks the pace as it channels beneath the glacier and carries it out to the ocean.

Huge blocks of ice cracked away from the glacier and fell inside the ocean regularly because the glacier was traveling at the rate of 2 meters an hour. Catastrophic effects were the result. The backlash from these frequent occurrences is comparable to a small earthquake. Based on the mass’s abrupt discharging of ice blocks with a force that measured billions of tons. All of which until that date was completely foreign to science.

Greenland Cumulative Melt Days Comparison Chart

Fortunately, Lester Brown’s book outlines a strategy to combat the world’s environmental crisis. Civilization has been plagued by over population, oceanic conflict, rising issues with energy, hunger and more. Our planet is in need of rescue and Lester Brown has set out to put the world on a path to reverse the complications of the Greenhouse Effect. Plan B will be costly and hard work requiring raises in fuel taxation along with the need of carbon. –

Much of the Earth’s decline can be attributed to the functions of people. In the midst of the most notable group elimination, counting from the time of the dying out of dinosaurs 65 million years before now is where we have come to exist. The variety of life is plummeting due to the many hazards such as species home loss, extreme change in atmospheric weather and temperature and also transport and exchange of rare life forms being deposited into foreign habitat. Scientists are puzzled by cases of missing amphibious life, the primate’s accelerated decline, bird life decrease, all of which are under investigation by the Worldwatch Institute’s study on the absence of various life forms. Avenues leading to promise are Worldwatch’s present focal point in research. Open waters have become debased and diminished for quite some time now. Replenishing the woodlands is an extreme necessity. Researchers have targeted these areas and are examining the probability for renewal. –

Always at the forefront of equipping the world with directions to the road that leads from the present into the future, Earth Policy Institute has the potential for a sustainable course through its unwavering devotion to the plan. – Science faces the most complex challenge by attempting to learn about and acknowledge the exchange within all life on Earth. – Since the Earth Summit in 1992 it has become obvious that environmentalism cannot make a significant impact unless organizations, such as the EPI and National Wildlife Federation, come together on a global scale.

Uploaded on Jul 28, 2010

Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch Institute and current founder and president of Earth Policy Institute, was called “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” by the Washington Post.

Brown began his agricultural career growing tomatoes in southern New Jersey during high school and college. After earning a degree in agricultural science from Rutgers University in 1955, he lived six months in rural India where he learned about the food/population issue. He joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service in 1959.

In 1974 Brown founded Worldwatch Institute, the first research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental issues. He has authored or co-authored 50 books, and his works have been translated into 40 languages.

He founded the Earth Policy Institute in 2001 to provide “a vision and a road map for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy,” according to his biography. The same year he published Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth, which the renowned E. O. Wilson called “an instant classic.”



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