More bad environmental news: Global cactus traffickers are cleaning out the deserts
I wasn’t even aware that this was a “thing”, but this makes profits for the traffickers, so yeah, it’s very prevalent as it turns out. If humans can exploit it, they’ll traffic in it.
You can find out a lot more here: Illegal wildlife trade and the persistence of “plant blindness”
The Arctic Climate Change Update 2021 Report is out and as expected and predicted (here) it’s worse then ever. The Arctic is heating up 3 times faster then the rest of the planet and is 3 .1°C degrees higher already. “Key indicators such as temperature, precipitation, snow cover, sea ice thickness and extent, and permafrost thaw show rapid and widespread changes” with extreme events including ice loss, melt events and wildfires.
Based on modeling: “The newest generation of coupled global climate model projections (CMIP6) show that annual mean surface air temperatures in the Arctic will rise to 3.3–10°C above the 1985–2014 average by 2100, depending on the course of future emissions. Under most emission scenarios, the vast majority of CMIP6 models project the fi rst instance of a largely sea-ice-free Arctic in September occurring before 2050. The probability of an ice-free Arctic summer is 10 times greater under a 2°C global warming scenario compared with a 1.5°C scenario.”
Rainfall is increasing, permafrost is warming and snow cover is rapidly declining. They didn’t mention C02 levels rising, but it’s there – you can’t lose the permafrost without an increase in C02 (along with methane). Dangerous and deadly changes occurring, irreversible on human time-scales, leading to an extinction-level event.
Meanwhile, utterly stupid shit dominates the daily snooze cycle, none of which I will post. Nothing to see here, the planet is in meltdown, humans are wreaking the biosphere and the future is as always, more bleak then yesterday was. Those are the facts.