Music for Relief (@musicforrelief) — Dedicated to disaster relief & recovery, MFR was founded by Linkin Park and is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation
Nearly two years after Hurricane Maria made landfall, claiming the lives of almo
Nearly two years after Hurricane Maria made landfall, claiming the lives of almost 3,000 people, Music for Relief in partnership with Somos Una Voz remains invested in empowering and rebuilding the local communities of Puerto Rico that were hardest hit by the catastrophe. Deemed the worst natural disaster in recorded history to hit the Dominica, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as well as the deadliest Atlantic hurricane since Mitch in 1998, it caused catastrophic destruction that ranks as the third-costliest tropical cyclone on record. The storm caused the worst electrical blackout in US history as thousands remained without power for months as strong winds uprooted trees, knocked down homes and flooded neighborhoods. Pic: @iamroops
19.08.2019 15:18:06
Extreme disparities in climate predominantly affect women in Senegal, as they co
Extreme disparities in climate predominantly affect women in Senegal, as they compromise 70% of the agricultural workforce, with responsibilities to produce 80% of its yield. This makes them highly dependent on rainfall in order to avoid food and water shortages. Climate change here adds additional burdens for women as they head water collections for the family and oversee commercial production of food produced on farmlands. They work under grueling labor conditions, lacking access to modern technology used for agriculture and are forced to find solutions to an ever-changing climate that wreaks havoc on the environment. In order to avoid land degradation, the women built a nursery to regrow trees and engaged local communities in nearby villages to help with regeneration of the local biodiversity. The network of women also put systems in place to regulate firewood collection, building community composts for vegetable growth via soil fertility. Undoubtedly the women of Senegal have risen as natural leaders who are paving the way towards agricultural enrichment and climate change activism. Pic:NYTimes
08.08.2019 14:00:12
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About 550,000 acres of land is submerged in the rural Yazoo backwater area of th
About 550,000 acres of land is submerged in the rural Yazoo backwater area of the lower Mississippi delta, half of which is farmland. This has negatively impacted a region that relies on agriculture for its livelihood. Though flooding is a common occurrence in the region, this year’s floodwater has remained near of above the flood stage for longer periods of time, matching a 1927 record. Efforts to prevent flooding have failed as drainage pumps that push out floodwaters from backwater areas back into the Mississippi River have not been installed. This now poses a major threat to wetlands, wildlife and rural communities, creating environmental disasters for all. Pic/Source: Rory Doyle/The Guardian
05.08.2019 14:54:53
Vast swaths of the planet are burning up - including the Arctic, from Alaska to
Vast swaths of the planet are burning up - including the Arctic, from Alaska to Siberia, causing alarm due to the severity of the fires. In Arctic Alaska and Siberia, more than 13,000 square miles of land burned to a crisp this past week, prompting military forces in Russia to battle the fires. These unprecedented fires in the Arctic have been supercharged due to the heat, as its been marked that June was the hottest month on record globally, exceeding averages by 15-18 degrees Fahrenheit (8-10 degrees Celsius). Rising temperatures are causing vast changes in the Arctic as hotter/drier summers continue to intensify fires, causing trees/shrubs to migrate north. Shrubs tend to easily take root on burned landscapes, thus absorbing additional heat, triggering higher levels of warming. Pic: Mats Andersson
02.08.2019 14:31:30
Actress, advocate and environmentalist Emma Watson is a huge advocate for sustai
Actress, advocate and environmentalist Emma Watson is a huge advocate for sustainable living and the environment. Joining forces with People Tree (a fair trade fashion brand) she helped designed a line of eco-friendly clothing. Watson states: “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the Met Gala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together. Conventional cotton is one of the highest impact crops, using more chemicals than any other crop in the world. Organic cotton on the other hand, is grown without the use of the most harmful chemicals and is therefore better for the environment and people working with cotton. The organic silk used in the lining of my gown is certified to a standard that guarantees the highest environmental and social standards throughout production.” She walks the talk by wearing dresses made from recycled plastic bottles, recycled fabrics and organically produced silk on the red carpet. Pic: asia.be.com
01.08.2019 15:26:15
People are dying from climate-related incidents such as heat stress caused by hi
People are dying from climate-related incidents such as heat stress caused by high temperatures and raging wildfires. In 2009, the Black Saturday fires in Victoria claimed several lives and in the days following, nearly 400 additional deaths took place as a result of extreme heat that caused heat strokes. It is predicted that 75% of people globally will be exposed to intense heatwaves that will lead to death by the year 2100. Severe weather fluctuations that instigate natural disasters will also lead to widespread diseases that will be especially fatal for young children whose immune systems are vulnerable. Rising global temperatures will not spare the ecosystems as mosquito habitats multiply to spread malaria and other diseases. Pic:Rhys Smith
31.07.2019 19:21:50
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One year after Greece’s deadliest wildfire blazed through coastal towns near Ath
One year after Greece’s deadliest wildfire blazed through coastal towns near Athens, claiming the lives of 102 people, remnants of scorched homes and barren land remain on its landscape. The fire destroyed more than a thousand homes, trapping people in vast flames as they tried to escape the uncontrollable inferno. Many drowned in the sea as they attempted to flee from the thick clouds of smoke. Pic: Reuters
29.07.2019 19:26:06
Environmentalist fashion designer Stella McCartney teams up with Extinction Rebe
Environmentalist fashion designer Stella McCartney teams up with Extinction Rebellion (ER) to model her winter collection, vowing to use her platform and voice to honor the legacy left behind by her activist mother Linda McCartney. She takes her commitment to ethical and sustainable fashion practice to heart and has formed a partnership with ER to fight for greener fashion. Members of the group stood by landscapes that are in danger of falling victim to the impending threat of climate change in an intense photo shoot that aimed to bring this tragic reality to life. McCartney’s campaign for her winter collection will be highlighted as part of a social media series called “How to Save the World” by sharing tips on ways to fight the global climate crisis. Growing up as a vegetarian, she states "In order to encourage people to have better practice in their business, to have better product for the planet and the animals who inhabit us with us, then there absolutely should be some laws in place to make it harder for people to screw the planet up." Pic:Flipboard
26.07.2019 14:34:33
The two biggest threats to wildlife habitats are climate change and development,
The two biggest threats to wildlife habitats are climate change and development, with lack of water being a great concern for thriving ecosystems. It has been stated that beavers are a simple solution to building resiliency for ecosystems, as they create natural water storage during dry seasons, thereby restoring wetlands. Beaver dams hold significant amounts of carbon and once a beaver is forced out of its habitat, it dries up and pushes carbon into the air, thus contributing to global warming. The health of a river ecosystem increases once beavers are present, as willows grow at a rapid pace and food is vastly available for other wildlife. Beavers filter out water pollutants and slow flooding by keeping water on land. As climate change persists, beavers can come to the rescue to mitigate droughts. Pic:Wordpress
25.07.2019 16:22:10
Shelters located in slum areas of Manila, Philippine are often flooded due to ex
Shelters located in slum areas of Manila, Philippine are often flooded due to excessive rainfall, as one third of the 15 million population lives in these regions. Most of the shelters are located near the water, thus causing constant fear of flooding. This fear is accelerated immediately following typhoons that are becoming the norm, as climate change renders weather patterns unpredictable. Adding to the issue is massive amounts of trash discarded that clogs the drains, while shelters tend to block the waterways. Pic:greanvillepost
24.07.2019 14:18:26
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Cloudseeding induces rain as salt flares are sent into passing clouds in an atte
Cloudseeding induces rain as salt flares are sent into passing clouds in an attempt to cause dissipation. Salt is a natural attractor for water and as the particles become saturated and heavier, they fall from the sky as raindrops. This phenomena has been utilized to fight fire-related haze and reduce flooding by forcing clouds to release rain above the ocean before reaching an urban populated area. The concept of cloud seeding was introduced in the 1940s and is becoming increasingly popular. Countries like Indonesia have utilized it to fight drought, though with little success. It has been stated that more than 50 countries currently use cloud seeding to alter weather. Pic:iStock
23.07.2019 14:40:15
Chances of an encounter with snakes increase 5-6 days after heavy rainfall in ar
Chances of an encounter with snakes increase 5-6 days after heavy rainfall in areas where wildlife exists alongside homes. During the aftermath of a storm or hurricane, one danger that appears is the proliferation of snakes, as they are ectothermic reptiles that are unable to regulate body temperatures. The body temperature of a snake is affected by the temperature of its environment. As such, snake habitats are found in underground dens where soil acts as an insulation against extreme cold or heat. During a heavy storm, water floods these dens, forcing snakes to evacuate in search of safer shelter under large piles of debris, sheds, barns or even in foundations or cracks around a home. Immediately following a storm, it’s essential to clear away debris and check for snakes in or around the house. Pic:Pinterest
22.07.2019 15:09:59
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