Five big environmental wins in 2016

It’s easy to forget, for example, that the Obama Administration withdrew millions of acres of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans from consideration for future offshore oil and gas exploration. Hawaii bundle trips Carbon dioxide emissions are projected to rise less than a quarter of a percent in 2016—the third year in a row of unexpectedly low growth or declines. Trip to hawaii for two And after more than two decades of trying, enough nations finally signed 2015’s Paris accord that a global climate pact actually entered into force in November.

For the first time, installation of new renewable electric-generating capacity outpaced growth in fossil-fuel generating capacity.

Best prices for hawaii vacation packages In other words, of all the new sources of electricity installed around the world in 2015, more gigawatts of power were produced from wind, solar, and other clean energy sources than from coal or oil. Hawaii hotel flight packages Certainly, energy from fossil fuels still accounts for the bulk of global generation. Hawaiian vacations with airfare And although this milestone technically was achieved in 2015, it wasn’t reported until 2016. Travel deals hawaii It is part of a massive global transition not expected to abate.

“The growth of clean, renewable energy to more than 50 percent of all new energy installations worldwide is part of a trend rather than an anomaly, and the growth is expected to increase,” said Mark Z. Family vacation hawaii packages Jacobson, a Stanford University clean-energy expert. Vacation hawaiian islands “Ultimately, I expect that within five to 10 years, between 80 percent and 100 percent of all new annual electric power generation worldwide will be from wind, water, and solar.”

With just two moves in the last half of his final year in office, Barack Obama conserved more land or water than any president in American history. Travel packages to hawaii all inclusive Days before Obama’s historic trip to Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, his administration announced a quadrupling of President George W. Hawaii 5 day vacation packages Bush’s signature conservation achievement, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in northwestern Hawaii. Hawaii vacation home rental This coral-rich area twice the size of Texas is home to 7,000 species, including endangered monk seals and several types of shark. Best vacation in hawaii New deep-water fish species are still being discovered here.

Then, two weeks later, Obama created the first marine protected area along the U.S. Hawaiian trips packages Atlantic Coast, off Cape Cod, a stretch of sea that includes giant undersea mountains. Best family hawaii vacation packages New England’s Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is in a region of ocean off Connecticut that is particularly susceptible to damage from climate change. Cheap hawaii holiday packages The new designation should allow scientists to use it as a living laboratory in hopes of finding fresh ways to defend seas from greenhouse gas emissions. Hawaii tours If future generations are to have oceans is rich as those left to current generations, Obama said, “then we’re going to have to act and we’re going to have to act boldly.”

President Obama in September visited Midway Atoll, where he announced the quadrupling of a marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean that is home to more than 7,000 species.

Boldness wasn’t exclusively the province of the United States in 2016. Package deals for hawaii vacation Ocean protection is particularly difficult because vast stretches of the world’s seas can be affected by the actions of many countries. Book a hawaii vacation But this year saw an astounding degree of international stewardship when it comes to the great big blue. Vacation deals in hawaii In September, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Colombia agreed to work together to protect 10,000 square miles of ocean wildlife corridors near the Galápagos. Hawaii travel Then, a month later, another deal outlined to protect nearly 600,000 square miles of some of the most pristine ocean on earth off Antarctica, a place National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala called the “Serengeti of Antarctica.” An international commission comprised of 25 countries including South Africa, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Russia agreed the Ross Sea should be left, as much as possible, a vast marine wilderness. Hawaii vacation resorts In creating the Earth’s single largest protected area, the commission set a new highpoint in international marine preservation.

After a meeting in Rwanda in October, the U.S. Hawaii luxury vacation State Department announced that nearly 200 countries had agreed that beginning in 2019 the world would begin eliminating the use of most these synthetic chemicals, replacing them with cleaner alternatives. All inclusive hawaii hotels Advocates had said that a complete phase-out could reduce warming by half a degree by the century’s end. Resorts in hawaii And the new commitment promises to achieve nearly 90 percent of that goal before mid-century. Flights and accommodation packages to hawaii UN environment chief Erik Solheim called the move “a clear statement by all world leaders that the green transformation started in Paris is irreversible and unstoppable.”