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Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin

Shrinking ice caps forced National Geographic to make the biggest change in its atlas since the Soviet Union broke apart.”

Barack Obama, President of the United States, in his speech unveiling a plan to combat climate change

A series of semaphores I’ve come across on climate change in the last few weeks and months put me in the mind of collecting a few into a blog post. Many of them were moving maps which showed clearly the climate-change strikes against us. This map, for example, that Obama was speaking of:

From the National Geographic Atlas

From the National Geographic Atlas

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Of shrimp and storms and carbon sinks, of mangroves and slaves …

Mangroves are murky, beautiful worlds of shifting margins. They’re neither land nor water. Neither river nor sea. They’re everything at once, yet not any one thing at any time. And these silty fringes of green are more important in the fight against climate change than any other ecosystem.

Mangroves sequester as much as 50 times more carbon than do tropical forests of the same area.

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