Image Credit: I found this image by doing a Google search for environment and using the labeled for reuse filter. I thought it was a powerful image. All credit to Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter.

Published March 7th, 2011

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Location is very important when the Air Force chooses where to conduct operations. Maintaining the integrity of the air, land, water and overall ecosystem on and around Air Force installations is vital to mission success. Compliance in environmental management takes a total effort, and it’s up to all of us to make it happen. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter)

Extinction – from
There are now 41,415 species on the IUCN Red List, and 16,306 of them are endangered species threatened with extinction. This is up from 16,118 last year. This includes both endangered animals and endangered plants.

The species endangered include one in four mammals, one in eight birds, one third of all amphibians and 70% of the world’s assessed plants on the 2007 IUCN Red List are in jeopardy of extinction. The total number of extinct species has reached 785 and a further 65 are only found in captivity or in cultivation. In the last 500 years, human activity has forced over 800 species into extinction.

400 part​s per million – from
The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2)​​​​​​​ in our atmosphere, as of 2016, is the highest in 3 million years.

2016 ​was warmest year on record.
NASA and NOAA data show that global averages were 1.78 degrees F (0.99 degrees C) warmer than the mid-20th century average, making 2016 the third year in a row with record-setting surface temperatures.

11% of emissions.
Eleven percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans can be blamed on deforestation – comparable to the emissions from all of the cars and trucks on the planet.

The Amazon is a carbon-storing powerhouse.
In the Amazon, 1% of tree species sequester 50% of the region’s carbon.

11% of the world’s population.
Some 800 million people are currently vulnerable to climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, heat waves, extreme weather events and sea-level rise.

Coastal ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems are critical.
Just 0.7% of the world’s forests are coastal mangroves, y​​​​​​et they store up to 5 times as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests.

Nearly 1 million hectares — lost.
An area of coastal ecosystems larger than New York City is destroyed every year, removing an important buffer from extreme weather for coastal communities and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Save nature. It’s cheaper.
Saving ecosystems is ​often more cost-effective than human-made interventions. In the Maldives, building a sea wall for coastal protection cost about US$ 2.2 billion. Even after 10 years of maintenance costs, it is still four times cheaper to preserve the natural reef.

Nature is an untapped solution.
Tropical forests are incredibly effective at storing carbon – providing up to 30% of the solution towards climate change. Despite this, nature-based solutions only receive 2% of all funding devoted to climate solutions.

194 nations, on board.
In 2016, 194 countries signed the Paris Agreement, agreeing to limit global warming and adapt to climate change, in part through the use of nature-based solutions.

In 2015 – from
Canadian shelters took in more than 82,000 cats and 35,000 dogs. 48% of dogs and 57% of cats were adopted. 2,820 dogs and 15,341 cats were euthanized.

With regard to euthanasia of healthy animals, the fraction of cats euthanized who were healthy was slightly higher than in recent years, while the fraction of dogs euthanized who were healthy remained similar to previous years.

News Article – from
Our report on the sector shows that 93 per cent of Canada’s humane societies and SPCAs operate animal shelters, and these organizations spent an estimated $118.4 million sheltering more than 278,000 animals in 2014. Sixty-seven per cent of responding humane societies and SPCAs indicated that they also deliver humane education programs in their communities. On the enforcement side, an estimated 103,000 animal cruelty investigations were completed across Canada in 2014. That may not sound like a lot until you hear that there are only an estimated 142 enforcement officers doing this investigative work in all of Canada, which means they are extremely overworked.

Despite our sector’s mandate to enforce animal cruelty laws, humane societies and SPCAs in Canada are not adequately funded to carry out that work. In fact, less than 50 per cent of the costs of enforcing provincial or federal animal cruelty legislation are covered by government funding. The sector as a whole spent $10.8 million per year on enforcement and received only $4.5 million in funding from all levels of government combined. When you consider that seven of our 13 provinces and territories empower humane societies and SPCAs to enforce both federal and provincial animal cruelty law, that is a troubling picture.

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