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World Renowned Climate Scientists Provide Heartfelt Message About the Future of Our Planet
Last month we reported on the launch of the More Than Scientists campaign, which brings together climate scientists, advocacy organizations and the public in an innovative campaign that offers a unique glimpse into the real life stories, personal views and feelings of the experts on climate change.
Now in its second month, the campaign has grown to include more than 40 climate scientists and has reached millions of people with their heartfelt message of why climate change matters—what it will mean for our children and grandchildren.
One contributing scientist, Dr. Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres Institute, recently submitted his video from the Antarctic while on expedition with polar explorer Robert Swan. Two of Eriksen’s videos are now featured on MoreThanScientists.org—one of him giving the gift of penguins to his 2 and a half year old daughter and the other explaining the connection between millions of plastic particles swimming in our oceans and climate change.
“I’m here in beautiful Antarctica and I’m studying plastic pollution,” says Eriksen in his video. “It’s important to me that we mitigate the impact of climate change. I’m not just a scientist, I’m also a husband and a father. It’s my responsibility to leave this legacy of a cleaner place, a cleaner environment, a healthier habitat for my daughter and her generation.”
With more than 30 partnering nonprofits and extensive media coverage of the launch, More Than Scientists is leading the charge in providing access to the climate experts that fully understand the reality our planet is facing.
Another new video uploaded to MoreThanScientists.org is from Mauri Pelto, professor of Environmental Science at the Nichols College and director of the North Cascade Glacier Climate Project. The video footage is of him and his three kids traversing the North Cascade range in Washington state and assessing different glaciers to see how climate change has impacted them. Pelto brought his kids because he “wanted them to see how climate change is impacting our world firsthand.”
The More Than Scientists on-going campaign now boasts more than 250 videos with the goal of engaging millions more to get involved and focus on solutions. Check out the many other video here.
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A powerful volcano on Monday rocked an uninhabited island frequented by tourists about 30 miles off New Zealand's coast. Authorities have confirmed that five people died. They expect that number to rise as some are missing and police officials issued a statement that flights around the islands revealed "no signs of life had been seen at any point,", as The Guardian reported.
"Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island," the police said in their official statement. "Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already."
The eruption happened on New Zealand's Whakaari/White Island, an islet jutting out of the Bay of Plenty, off the country's North Island. The island is privately owned and is typically visited for day-trips by thousands of tourists every year, according to The New York Times.
My god, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001. My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable. #whiteisland pic.twitter.com/QJwWi12Tvt— Michael Schade (@sch) December 9, 2019
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At the time of the eruption on Monday, about 50 passengers from the Ovation of Seas were on the island, including more than 30 who were part of a Royal Caribbean cruise trip, according to CNN. Twenty-three people, including the five dead, were evacuated from the island.
The eruption occurred at 2:11 pm local time on Monday, as footage from a crater camera owned and operated by GeoNet, New Zealand's geological hazards agency, shows. The camera also shows dozens of people walking near the rim as white smoke billows just before the eruption, according to Reuters.
Police were unable to reach the island because searing white ash posed imminent danger to rescue workers, said John Tims, New Zealand's deputy police commissioner, as he stood next to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a press conference, as The New York Times reported. Tims said rescue workers would assess the safety of approaching the island on Tuesday morning. "We know the urgency to go back to the island," he told reporters.
"The physical environment is unsafe for us to return to the island," Tims added, as CNN reported. "It's important that we consider the health and safety of rescuers, so we're taking advice from experts going forward."
Authorities have had no communication with anyone on the island. They are frantically working to identify how many people remain and who they are, according to CNN.
Geologists said the eruption is not unexpected and some questioned why the island is open to tourism.
"The volcano has been restless for a few weeks, resulting in the raising of the alert level, so that this eruption is not really a surprise," said Bill McGuire, emeritus professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London, as The Guardian reported.
"White Island has been a disaster waiting to happen for many years," said Raymond Cas, emeritus professor at Monash University's school of earth, atmosphere and environment, as The Guardian reported. "Having visited it twice, I have always felt that it was too dangerous to allow the daily tour groups that visit the uninhabited island volcano by boat and helicopter."
The prime minister arrived Monday night in Whakatane, the town closest to the eruption, where day boats visiting the island are docked. Whakatane has a large Maori population.
Ardern met with local council leaders on Monday. She is scheduled to meet with search and rescue teams and will speak to the media at 7 a.m. local time (1 p.m. EST), after drones survey the island, as CNN reported.
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