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It's Earth Day! I know, every day should be Earth Day, but this is still an opportune time to highlight some of the great eco-diarists on Daily Kos.

With that in mind:

Welcome to the official Earth Day @ DKos Blogathon Mothership diary. I will keep an updated table with links to eco-diaries beneath the fold. Feel free to treat this as an Earth Day open thread, and pimp any diaries that I may have missed.
I have also compiled some good, bad, and ugly environmental factoids that caught my eye. I hope they give some insight into the ecological dangers we still face on our Pale Blue Dot this Earth Day, in 2010.
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This diary is part of the Earth Day @ DKos Blogathon! Many excellent diaries have already been posted, with more to come:

(All times Eastern!)

Author Status Diary
solilokwee posted "Remembering Stewart Udall ~ Earth Day 2010"
A Siegel posted "A day like any other..."
WarrenS posted "Four Months of Climate Letters: Greatest Hits Edition"
patrickz posted "Earth Day @ DKos Blogathon Mothership"
veritas curat posted "Justice and Population Biology"
Earthfire posted "Earth Day 1970: that was then, this is now.  A photo montage & notes of hope and despair."
cskendrick posted "How We Ended"
rserven posted "Earth Day Enlightenment"
BorderJumpers posted "“Re-Greening” the Sahel Through Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration"
Bruce Nilles posted "Earth Day: Profiling Coal's Eco Heroes"
eugene posted "He Has a Confession To Make"
Patric Juillet posted "Tales from the Larder: Seafood Diaries, part 4"
mark louis posted "Alternative Energy Round-Up"
Valatius posted "Earth Day at one small toxic dump"
Nhavey posted "5 Earth Day Actions You Can Take In 10 Minutes Flat"
alpolitics posted "Photo Diary:Earth Day Celebration and Parade (AL-07)"
PaulLoeb posted "Jesus And Climate Change -- The Journey Of Evangelical Leader Rich Cizik"
Winter Rabbit posted "Back to the Artificial Environment & Back Again"
PrometheusUnbound posted "Sextillions of Infidels! Earth Day 2010"
FishOutofWater posted "E Antarctic Ice Unstable, 200ft Sea Level Rise Possible - DK Greenroots"
RLMiller posted "A Bedtime Story About Peat and Rooty."
Eric Zencey posted "The Other Road to Serfdom"
Ellinorianne posted "DK Greenroots: Spring comes Early"
newusername posted "Earth Day. Where the action is."
worldforallpeopleorg posted "They are sisters, both dancers, learning ballet"
rb137 posted "Earthday: Be safe, leave no trace."
Eddie C posted "Earth Day Sunrise and Sunset"
rossl posted "No fracking way!"
Lefty Coaster posted "I jumped off the carbon intensive hamster wheel today"
Unenergy posted "Those Fish Belong to ME"
boatsie posted "EarthDay blogathon: Two Minute Warning"
Also, don't forget to check out these eco-series:

(All times Eastern!)

EcoJustice Mondays @ 10PM
DK GreenRoots Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday @ 9PM
Climate Change News Roundup Sundays @ 10PM
This Week in Climate Change Wednesdays @ 4PM
Alternative Energy Round-Up Mondays and Thursdays @ 6PM
Macca's Meatless Mondays Mondays @ 6PM
Green Diary Rescue TBD
Be sure to drop by for some top-notch eco-writing and planet-friendly discussion. Have a happy Earth Day!
Recent Gallup polls found that Americans are growing less concerned about some major green issues and more optimistic about 'environmental quality' (whatever that means) in the US. To be fair, things are getting better under the Obama administration, but the numbers don't lie. We still have a long way to go...
Biodiversity:

PhotobucketUnited Nations International Year of Biodiversity: 2010

Proposed name of current epoch: Anthropocene

Documented extinctions between 1500 and 2009: 875

Estimated extinction rate above background: 100x

Estimated 'safe' extinction rate above background: 10x

Number of species listed as threatened: 17,315

Threatened primate species: 48%

Threatened flowering plant species: 7,948

Coral reef loss: 19%

Coral reefs could disappear in 100 years.

50% of amphibian species and 80% of individuals perish when exposed to the Chytrid fungus.

Damage caused to global economy by invasive species: $1.4 Trillion per year

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Forests:

Net global deforestation 2000-2010: 200,000 sq. miles

Reduction in global deforestation from 1990s: 37%

Global forest characteristics: 36% old-growth, 57% new- growth, 7% planted

Planted forest characteristics: 75% native, 25% introduced

16% of assessed Mangrove species are listed as threatened.

Carbon stored in biomass of Earth's forests: 289 Gigatonnes

Rain forests are home to 50% of plant and animal species.

Number of trees killed by pine beetles in B.C.: >1,000,000,000

Contribution of deforestation to GHG emissions: 20%

Funding for the UN-REDD program: $74,374,043

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Climate change:

Current atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration: 391.06 ppm

Estimate of 'safe' CO2 concentration: 350 ppm

Political contributions made by the oil and natural gas lobby since 1990: $248,848,948

Average decadal decline of Arctic summer sea ice since 1979: 11.2%

95% of Tibetan glaciers are in retreat.

Number of people living in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna River Basin: 500 Million

IPCC estimate for global temperature rise by 2100: 3.2-7.1 °F

United States contribution to carbon dioxide emissions: 20%

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I'll leave you with some Carl Sagan:

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Originally posted to patrickz on Thu Apr 22, 2010 at 09:10 AM PDT.

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