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Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted

Rate of Arctic summer sea ice loss is 50% higher than predicted | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
New satellite images show polar ice coverage dwindling in extent and thickness
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How biomimicry is bringing buildings to life

How biomimicry is bringing buildings to life | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
A new series of projects will allow buildings and even its furniture to sense how they are being used and adapt to changes in the environment around them.
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Supertrees of Singapore

Supertrees of Singapore | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space right next to Mariana Bay Sands, unveiled a new attraction last month – a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 18 towering solar-powered “supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes.

 

These tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights ranging between 25 meters and 50 meters, are like vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include providing plants, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.
The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants.

 

They are fitted with environmental technologies which mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy and can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, just like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories’ cooling systems...


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Stanford researchers show oil palm plantations are clearing carbon-rich tropical forests in Borneo

Stanford researchers show oil palm plantations are clearing carbon-rich tropical forests in Borneo | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Stanford CA (SPX) Oct 10, 2012 - Expanding production of palm oil, a common ingredient in processed foods, soaps and personal care products, is driving rainforest destruction and massive carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new...
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Saving the world's species from oblivion will cost around $80 billion a year, but still a good deal

Saving the world's species from oblivion will cost around $80 billion a year, but still a good deal | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
If the world is to conserve its wealth of life—species great and small, beautiful and terrible, beloved and unknown—it will cost from $3.41-4.76 billion annually in targeted conservation funds, according to a new study in Science.
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Scientists predict major shifts in Pacific ecosystems by 2100

Scientists predict major shifts in Pacific ecosystems by 2100 | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Scientific models suggest that major Pacific ecosystems will move hundreds of miles by 2100 as a result of climate change.
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Invasive Species, Invasive Plants, Invasive Animals - National Geographic

Invasive Species, Invasive Plants, Invasive Animals - National Geographic | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
When plant and animal species wind up where they don't belong, they can attack ecosystems and economies with terrible consequences.
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Damage to Marine Ecosystems as CO2 Emissions Rise | Save Our Seas Foundation

Damage to Marine Ecosystems as CO2 Emissions Rise | Save Our Seas Foundation | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Deteriorating Mediterranean coastal ecosystems remain under significant threat from increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere.
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Be Careful What You Fish For - NYTimes.com

Be Careful What You Fish For - NYTimes.com | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Invasive Asian carp are threatening to upend the entire ecosystem of the Great Lakes. Their route of attack: the canals we built.
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How Do We Affect the Ecosystem?

How Do We Affect the Ecosystem? | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
How Do We Affect The Ecosystem?. An ecosystem is a living system that includes the sun as an energy source, soil, rocks, water, air, plant life and living beings.
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Rainforest Biomes

Rainforest Biomes | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
All about the tropical rainforest biome, description, global position, climate, and information on specific plants and animals of this biome.
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Blooming horrible

Blooming horrible | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Too much of a good thing SOUTH-EAST of New Orleans, where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico, the North American land mass does not end so much as...
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The Sustainability Lie

Europe wants green energy and low-priced fat. To meet these demands, international conglomerates build oil palm plantations as far as the eye can see -- and ...
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Amazon destruction 'at new low'

Amazon destruction 'at new low' | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
The destruction of Amazon rainforest reaches its lowest level since monitoring began 24 years ago, the Brazilian government says.
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Diverse ecosystems are crucial climate change buffer

Diverse ecosystems are crucial climate change buffer | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Preserving diverse plant life will be crucial to buffer the negative effects of climate change and desertification in in the world's drylands, according to a new landmark study.
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Biomimicry: emulating nature’s genius - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

Biomimicry: emulating nature’s genius - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0 | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
The respect at the core of this new field differentiates biomimicry from past efforts to dominate, domesticate or steal nature’s secrets.
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Willie Smits: How to restore a rainforest | Video on TED.com

TED Talks By piecing together a complex ecological puzzle, biologist Willie Smits has found a way to re-grow clearcut rainforest in Borneo, saving local orangutans -- and creating a thrilling blueprint for restoring fragile ecosystems.
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How to grow a planet episode 2- Power of Flowers

Episode 2 of the How to grow a planet series (in 720p HD)

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There is a download link on the page too. If you do download it, PLEASE SEED
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Rio de Janeiro closes its massive Jardim Gramacho dump

Rio de Janeiro closes its massive Jardim Gramacho dump | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
One of the world's largest open-air landfills will close this weekend after 34 years in malodorous service.
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Deep-sea Ecosystems Affected By Climate Change

Deep-sea Ecosystems Affected By Climate Change | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Deep-sea ecosystems occupying 60 percent of the Earth's surface could be vulnerable to the effects of global warming, warn scientists.
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Human-made photosynthesis to revolutionize food and energy production

Human-made photosynthesis to revolutionize food and energy production | A2 Ecosystems | Scoop.it
Improving natural photosynthesis to make new fuels and boost crop production is the focus of new research. It could see us one step closer to bottling the sun's energy or turbocharging plants to produce bumper crops.
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