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The collective duty of humanity is to seek a balance with nature.

Everyone has to do their part; be more with less. The problem is not money, says Brazilian Leonardo Boff in this exclusive Tierramérica interview.

“The market is not going to resolve the environmental crisis,” says Boff, professor at Brazil’s State University of Rio de Janeiro. The solution, he says, lies in ethics and in changing our relationship with nature. READ ON: Tierramérica.

Mangrove Restoration

 

Ecosystem services provide the link between nature and economic development. How can this approach guide more sustainable decisions?

Investing in Nature, for People’s Sake | World Resources Institute.


BEST OF FESTIVAL

in the two most prestigious Wildlife Film festivals of the world

CLICK HERE to View this Must See THIS VERY IMPORTANT MOVIE “Green The Film

Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her.  She is a female orang-utan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green’s final days.  It is a visual ride presenting the treasures of rainforest biodiversity and the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations.

Photo by David Manning/Athens Banner-Herald, via Associated Press - The role of the opossum in suppressing populations of ticks that carry Lyme disease is highlighted in a new study on the ways biodiversity discourages the spread of disease.

Biodiversity in ecosystems, the scientists report in the Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature, dampens a pathogen’s ability to spread among humans. A study by a group of biologists, ecologists and medical researchers casts new light on a phenomenon farmers have known for years: the less genetic variety in a crop or a herd, the greater the risk that disease will decimate it…(more) The Less Biodiversity, the More Disease – NYTimes.com.

Wondering what this Biodiversity Stuff is all about?

Here’s a great 3 Minute animation that may put you in the picture

“Awesome: Biodiversity Visualized! 3 min video from our friends at Vancouver Film School” – The TEEB Study / UNEP @TEEB

Reed frog (Hyperolius sp.) in a water lily in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photograph: Frans Lanting/Corbis

Around the world the picture is as bad or worse: the International Union for the Conservation of Nature believes one in five mammals, one in three amphibians and one in seven birds are extinct or globally threatened, and other species groups still being assessed are showing similar patterns.

Simon Stuart, a senior IUCN scientist, has warned that for the first time since the dinosaurs humans are driving plants and animals to extinction faster than new species can evolve.  (read rest of article….

UK Economic report into biodiversity crisis reveals price of consuming the planet | Environment | The Guardian.

ROME, May 21, 2010 (IPS) – Biodiversity in agriculture is about culture. Traditional knowledge and culture are as important as research and investments aver farmers, researchers and academicians who are gathered in Rome to celebrate International Day for Biodiversity. (read rest of article…)

BIODIVERSITY: Culture Integral to Agriculture – IPS ipsnews.net.

How ocean acidification could disrupt the entire food web, with dire consequences

What they (scientists) say is this: the oceans are 30 percent more acidic today than they were during pre-industrial times and, if we continue burning fossil fuels as we are now, we will double the ocean’s acidity by the end of the century. Scientists fear many organisms may not survive so radical a shift in chemistry. And some of those organisms form the foundation of ocean food webs. If they perish, what happens to the tens of thousands of species further up the chain? What happens to our shellfish — our oysters, clams, mussels — that appear particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification? VIDEOS, READ MORE….Sigourney Weaver: Protecting Our Oceans for Earth Day.

The Earth has Entered a New Geological Period. Human Influence Now Dominates the State of the Planet Compounding Uncertainty for the Future

llustration: Mike Pick

In 2000, Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen and his colleague Eugene Stoermer appeared in the news bulletin of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. In it, Crutzen and Stoermer made the case that the Holocene, the geological epoch that had held sway on Earth for the past 12,000 years, was at an end. In its place, with a start date pegged to the late 18th century commercialization of James Watt’s steam engine, was the Anthropocene, an epoch defined by the influence of humanity’s collective actions. Crutzen was an apt messenger—his Nobel came from work clarifying how the activities of a small number of people had inadvertently initiated a chain reaction that grievously damaged the globe’s protective layer of atmospheric ozone. (Read the rest of this article… Embracing the Anthropocene § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM.

Global Climate Change Cause Is Collapse of Nature

We are in the midst of the greatest mass extinction since the untimely demise of the dinosaurs. Fully half of the world’s species of plants and animals — from cuddly tigers to freakish blob fish — will be gone by the close of this century. The bewildering variety of ecosystems that sustain these living things are also being degraded or destroyed. What scientists have blandly labeled the “biodiversity crisis” actually amounts to the collapse of nature, and we are the prime culprit. (More… Conservation Goes Buck Wild, Again | Environment | Change.org.

Australian scientists have announced a major new finding that helps explain how natural systems like coral reefs and forests maintain the richness of their mix of species.

Their findings have important implications for understanding how humans can better protect biodiversity during one of the worst episodes of species extinction in the Earth’s history.

Maths explains biodiversity Science Alert.

MONSANTO CLOSE TO TAKING OVER GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY

Tactics being employed by Monsanto are slowly destroying the integrity of the global food supply – could be irreversible!

According to Neil Harl, an agricultural economist from Iowa State University, Monsanto now has patented control over 90 percent of seeds and seed genetics, a chilling notion that has far-reaching consequences. Since the company regularly buys up independent seed companies, its competition is dwindling and the prices for its patented seeds continue to rise.

Monsanto’s genetic modification program has reached 95 percent of domestic soybean crops and 80 percent of domestic corn crops. It has plans in the works to insert its patented genes into wheat crops as well, given U.S. farmers agree to use them this time around. These percentages are likely even higher when considering the natural and unintended spread of pollen and seeds from these genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) into conventional or organic fields.

According to a recent Associated Press investigation, agri-giant Monsanto regularly employs business practices that not only aim to eliminate all competition, but essentially position the company as the sole proprietor of all things related to food. While old news to many in the natural health community, the mainstream press is beginning to recognize the world domination tactics being employed by Monsanto that are slowly destroying the integrity of the global food supply. (more)“Natural News”
Monsanto is trying to take over the world food suppl

SEE ALSO: Monsanto GMO Ignites Big Seed War : NPR. Listen (1.13.10)

SEE ALSO: Better than Nature? GMO Foods, Your Health « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSqZ

AND: MONSANTO AND THEIR PALS AGAIN, PRESIDENT OBAMA « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSuP

AND: President Obama. Please Stop Monsanto « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSvB

AND: Is Monsanto Finally Meeting its’ Maker? An Anti-Trust Issue « The Natural Eye Project http://ow.ly/VSwn

AND: Report: Monsanto Corn Causes Organ Damage in Mammals http://ow.ly/VTmp

Even as it bombards the airwaves and magazine ad pages to tout its commitment to “sustainable agriculture,” GMO seed giant Monsanto has been having a rough go on the PR front of late.

Seed behemoth Monsanto stumbles into antitrust trouble | Grist.

Genetically modified foods are being approved before we understand their long-term health effects.

In gearing up for the 2010 release of its super-genetically modified corn called “SmartStax,” agricultural-biotechnology giant Monsanto is using an advertising slogan that asks, “Wouldn’t it be better?” But can we do better than nature, which has taken millennia to develop the plants we use for food?

via Better than Nature? – David Suzuki — THE MARK.

How do we convince our inner caveman to be greener? By the time we wake up to the threat posed by climate change, it could well be too late. And if we’re not going to make rational decisions about the future, others may have to help us to do so. London Times, United Kingdom

Climate change may be real, but its still not easy being green – Times Online.

TIME TO CONFRONT THE INVISIBLE ENEMY – CLIMATE CHANGE, THE ENVIRONMENT

Even the world’s politicians believe in global warming. But they can do little without popular support, says Michael McCarthy, The Independent.

Time to confront the invisible enemy that threatens us all – Climate Change, Environment – The Independent.

You could be forgiven for thinking it’s not happening – and there, in fact, is the heart of the problem. Climate change, according to one view the greatest threat that human civilisation has ever faced, may seem a particularly nebulous danger to many people who look around them and see no evidence whatsoever of it taking place.

Switching from Short-Term Profits through Exploitation

to Long-Term Stewardship of Natural Resources

PARIS (AFP) – Investing billions today to protect threatened ecosystems and dwindling biodiversity would reap trillions in savings over the long haul, according to a UN-backed report issued Friday.

More than a billion of Earth’s poorest denizens depend directly on coral reefs, forests, mangroves, aquifers and other forms of “natural capital” to eke out a living. Invest in nature now, save trillions later: study – Yahoo! News.

“Dreaming the future can create the future. We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: To re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations. It’s a revolution from the heart of nature — and the human heart.

“We also stand at the brink of worldwide ecological and civilizational collapse. We face a reckoning from the treacherous breach in our relationship with nature. We’ve been acting like a rock star trashing a hotel room, and it’s the morning after. But this hotel is planet Earth. The guest rules are non-negotiable. If we don’t change our ways fast, management may vote us off the island. (More.,..)

Kenny Ausubel: Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future.

Is it too late to save the seas that sustain us?

It’s not just ruthless whaling and foolhardy fishing practices that are plaguing the world’s oceans. Underwater, things are bad all over — from the acidifying Atlantic to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A perfect storm of climate change, pollution, and rapacious global fishing practices has the potential to gravely imperil Earth’s oceans.

via Were killing the oceans – News Features – Boston Phoenix.

birdMany economists are failing to assess the value of their countries’ natural resources, putting billion’s of people’s well-being at risk and contributing to catastrophic species loss, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme report. http://ow.ly/Cz38

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study is a major international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions moving forward.

via Home of TEEB.

 

 

“These increases in jellyfish should be a warning sign that our oceans are stressed and unhealthy,” said Lucas Brotz, a University of British Columbia researcher.

via Lowellsun.com8.

It’s not only what vehicle we drive or how we heat our homes that determines our carbon footprint.

via Eat responsibly | David Suzuki Foundation.

 

EAT RESPONSIBLY

 

 

In the rush to portray the perils of climate change, many other serious issues have been largely ignored. Climate change has become the poster child of environmental crises, complete with its own celebrities and campaigners. But is it so serious that we can afford to overlook the rise of infectious disease, the collapse of fisheries, the ongoing loss of forests and biodiversity, and the depletion of global water supplies?
The Other Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis in Global Land Use by Jonathan Foley: Yale Environment 360
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Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Socio-Biologist.

by Pam Jacob @pdjmoo

Have we asked too much of Nature and her inhabitants and the myriad of symbiotic relationships all species needed to maintain balance and generate our healthy food supply? We have pushed our cows, beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs and fish over the edge, far beyond their natural capacity to breed and produce within their given maturation processes. We have created a poisoned, industrialized food system that no longer is healthy or nutritious and, in the process, we have objectified the very life forms essential to our food supply. They have become a dollar figure, a number on a balance sheet, to do with what we will. A great tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. We have lost respect for Nature as our partners in life and, as such, lost respect for each other, and ourselves waiving our responsibility for our essential role in our own life support systems.

Witness the beautiful, tiny bees. A little bee is just as important in its own right as you and I in the greater scheme of things…perhaps even more important. Maybe their little immune systems could no longer assimilate all the pesticides, insecticides and GMO pollen we impose on their digestion systems, and their stressful, forced artificial way of life. http://tinyurl.com/ng2opr Read the rest of this entry »

A chance to Become Human AgainPeople should use the climate change crisis as an opportunity to become human again, setting aside the addictive and self-destructive behaviour that has damaged their souls, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.

Dr Rowan Williams, head of the Church of England and leader of the worldwide Anglican communion, told an audience at Southwark Cathedral that people had allowed themselves to become “addicted to fantasies about prosperity and growth, dreams of wealth without risk and profit without cost”.

The consequences of such a lifestyle meant the human soul was “one of the foremost casualties of environmental degradation”.

Dr Rowan Williams says climate crisis a chance to become human again | UK news | The Guardian.

cracked-earthA DIFFERENT QUESTION

If I had one thing to impart to our leaders and opinion-makers, it would be this: Start worrying instead about the fate of human civilization. The Earth will survive the assault of the modern era. The urgent question is whether the Earth will remain a place that can support a complex, interconnected global civilization like our own. We could lose far more than coastal cities and cultural treasures to extreme weather and rising seas; the ultimate stakes in this planetary gamble is the stable climate that has made civilization possible.Rising emissions could destabilize the climate to a degree that would prove devastating to agriculture.

Op-ed: The fate of our fragile civilization — The Daily Climate.

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AND IT MATTERS

“They consume huge quantities of invertebrates, including humanity’s most vilified pests and their crucial role in global ecosystems helps maintain healthy functioning environments”

A third of amphibians are threatened with extinction. If allowed to continue, the projected losses would constitute the largest mass extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Read the rest of this entry »


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WE SIMPLY CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE TO THE HUGE NUMBER OF BIRD AND BAT KILLS GOING ON WITH WIND TURBINES. THE BATS ARE NATURAL POLLINATORS AND THE BIRDS PLAY AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN OUR BIODIVERSITY AND ECO SYSTEMS. WITH MEGA WIND FARMS ON THE RISE, WE MUST FIND A WAY TO AVOID THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR BIRDS AND BATS. WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE, EVEN IF IT IS IN THE NAME OF “CLEAN ENERGY”.

Billions of birds migrate annually, taking advantage of the same wind currents that are most beneficial for producing wind energy,

via Protecting Birds And Bats From Wind Turbines.

pdjmoo DO WIND TURBINES KILL WILDLIFE? | As many as 440,000 birds are killed by existing wind turbines just in the US every yearMeanwhile we need to know more about migration patterns and exactly why bats and birds are attracted to spinning blades. Nor should any wind turbine be given the go ahead without a conservation plan http://ow.ly/t5oa

pdjmoo Save Birds by Promoting Wind Energy – Scitizen http://ow.ly/t5sb In terms of birds killed per electricity produced, nuclear power is slightly worse but comparable to wind energy, but fossil-fueled facilities are about 17 times more dangerous to birds on a per kWh basis. In absolute terms, since wind turbines produced a relatively small amount of national electricity in the United States in 2006, they may have killed about 7,000 but fossil fueled stations killed 14.5 million and nuclear power plants 327,000.

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The Beauty of a Most Misunderstood Species

NATURE AND HER RESOURCES ARE FINITE – TAKE CARE!

We humans are at the top of the food chain. That means that everything that goes on down the line ultimately impacts us- our health and wellbeing. Finning 73 million sharks while alive, and throwing them back into ocean fin-less so they literally drown is disgusting, horrific and says little for respect for the magnificent web of life. Not only that, but it is a total waste of Food. With so many starving, shark is quite edible…in Australia it is called “flake”.

We need our major predators…take them out and chaos reigns within the eco-systems of this planet. Our species, the human species, are stewards of the planet, not marauders taking what we want, when we want it. Neither are we barbarians, objectifying everything in our path, killing, raping and taking just because we can. We have to become more mindful of our interdependence on all of life.

When we interfere with the natural balance of the web of life, lacking little or no understanding of the value of each species to a healthy eco-system — we lose!! We cannot expect to have a healthy balanced life, without a healthy balanced natural world. We humans are the only species that takes out the biggest and best – destroying the gene pools of our wildlife and food supply. Nature takes out the smallest and the weakest. We are bringing about a huge eco-collapse that no-one and no thing will escape. We have a major addiction to consumerism with little or no regard as to what we are taking from the planet to satisfy our insatiable desires. We must wake-up!

All species are equal in their own right and each has a purpose. Sadly, we humans have stepped outside of the natural web of life and lost our connection to the reverence, respect and nurturing of all life.

Without Nature we do not Exist – Period…. and we had better get back on the biodiversity train before it is too late., returning to the wonder and awe of our natural partners in life – the Natural World that supports us every moment of every day.

pdjmoo EDUCATE YOURSELF: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARKS TO A STABLE OCEAN ECOSYSTEM. Shark Savers – Home http://ow.ly/t1Kk

pdjmoo SHARKS SHOULD FEAR PEOPLE: 73 mil finned alive per year, mostly for soup. NYT. http://bit.ly/2cfdC ! http://ow.ly/t1PM

The Rising Tide Against Sharkfinning http://tinyurl.com/ycfhzf2

DISAPPEARING FISH: http://tinyurl.com/ye6oura

pdjmoo U./K. SHARK FIN BAN ends cruel slaughter | Environment | The Observer http://ow.ly/tPGc

A higher density of blood vessels and other unique physiological features in the flight muscles of bar-headed geese allow them to do what even the most elite of human athletes struggle to accomplish – assert energy at high altitudes.

Science Centric | News | Invigorated muscle structure allows geese to brave the Himalayas.

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