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Biodiversity offsetting will unleash a new spirit of destruction on the land

Biodiversity offsetting will unleash a new spirit of destruction on the land | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

George Monbiot: Guardian Environment - 7 December 2012

A place of outstanding wildlife value may be destroyed if in return someone is paid to create a habitat elsewhere...

This post is about the dangerous new concept the government has seeded in the minds of developers and planners. The idea is called biodiversity offsetting. It involves trading places: allowing people to destroy wildlife and habitats if, in return, they pay someone to create new habitats elsewhere. In April, the UK government launched six pilot projects to test the idea, which would run for two years.http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2012/dec/07/biodiversity-offsetting-unleash-wildlife-destruction


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homage to the seed weblog . . .: Permaculture + Art = a fascinating Art Practice

homage to the seed weblog . . .: Permaculture + Art = a fascinating Art Practice | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
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Rhonda Ayliffe discusses the relationship between her Visual Arts + Permculture practices from her Dairy Farm on Sth Coast of NSW, Australia. 

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African Plant Breeding Academy of the African Orphan Crops Consortium

African Plant Breeding Academy of the African Orphan Crops Consortium | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

Research centre (aka ICRAF) putting trees on farms to raise farmers' income and reduce poverty, working between agriculture and forestry (RT @ICRAF: Dec 3: Neglected African 'Orphan Crops' to get a new lease on life


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Hot Choc

Hot Choc | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

"LOOK at this one," says Doris Sor, a cocoa farmer in western Ghana, pointing to a tiny sapling fighting its way to the sun. It is not a new cocoa shoot but...


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Fungi: undervalued jewels of the urban jungle | Natural History Museum

Fungi: undervalued jewels of the urban jungle | Natural History Museum | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

Watch this film to discover eye-catching fungi you can find living in towns and cities.


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Money for urban biodiversity is scarce: What is the single most important idea, program or action any city should undertake to promote biodiversity?

Pippin Anderson We know biodiversity in cities is a good thing.

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Agriculture's roots spread east to Iran | Humans | Science News

Agriculture's roots spread east to Iran | Humans | Science News | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

Agriculture originated across a broader swath of southwestern Asia’s Fertile Crescent, and over a longer time period, than many scientists have thought, excavations in western Iran suggest.

Between 11,700 and 9,800 years ago, residents of Chogha Golan, a settlement in the foothills of Iran’s Zagros Mountains, went from cultivating wild ancestors of modern crops to growing a form of domesticated wheat called emmer, say archaeobotanist Simone Riehl of the University of Tübingen, Germany, and her colleagues. Until now, most evidence of farming’s origins came from sites 700 to 1,500 kilometers west of Chogha Golan, the scientists report in the July 5Science.


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SEED ART LAB

SEED ART LAB | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
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Launching the New Studio: SEED.ART.LAB on November 23 + 24

Brisbane , Australia

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Wheat geneticists to decode massive genome

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An international effort, led by University of California, Davis, scientists is in progress, aimed at sequencing a wheat ancestor’s genome, which is 40 percent larger than the human genome.


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Seed festival

Seed festival | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

RT @RamanjaneyuluGV: Traditional Seed Festival http://t.co/ihy1yulGWZ http://t.co/R6fUGgfwGD


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homage to the seed weblog . . .: From Bioversity INternational - Bolivia: Crazy for Quinoa

homage to the seed weblog . . .: From Bioversity INternational - Bolivia: Crazy for Quinoa | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
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New post includes  4 min video on Quinoa + links to Bioversity International on 'Neglected and underutilized species'.

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Australia's national parks aren't 'national' at all

Australia's national parks aren't 'national' at all | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
Following our The Conversation article a few weeks ago about the rapid demise of national parks in Australia, a few of us (me, Euan Ritchie & Emma Johnston) wrote a follow-up piece on the Austr...

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Google Maps Mania: Plant & Animal Life Cycles on Google Maps

Google Maps Mania: Plant & Animal Life Cycles on Google Maps | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

The USA National Phenology Network's Phenology Visualization Tool helps monitor the influence of climate on the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes in the U.S..

The site allows users to select a plant or animal and view where that species has been reported on a Google Map. It is then possible to view an animation of the species' phenology (phenology refers to recurring plant and animal life cycle stages) through time.

It is also possible to view climate data on the same map. Users can view maximum temperature, minimum temperature and precipitation either by month or annually. If you animate species data through time, with climate visible, you will see the climate data on the background change alongside the phenology data....


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Bernadette Cassel's curator insight, July 4, 2013 1:11 PM

 

L'outil de visualisation de phénologie du Réseau national de  phénologie des USA permet de surveiller l'influence du climat sur la phénologie des plantes, des animaux et des paysages aux États-Unis.

Le site permet aux utilisateurs de sélectionner une plante ou un animal et de voir où cette espèce a été signalée sur une carte Google Map. Il est alors possible de visualiser une animation de la phénologie de l'espèce au fil des années et des saisons.

Il est également possible de visualiser les données climatiques sur la même carte. Les utilisateurs peuvent afficher la température maximale, la température minimale et les précipitations, soit par mois soit par année. Si vous lancez l'animation sur les données des espèces sélectionnées dans une période de temps tout en laissant le climat visible, vous verrez les données climatiques s'afficher et changer en arrière-plan à côté des données phénologiques...

 

(d'après l'article en anglais)

 

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homage to the seed weblog . . .: 'Perennial Symbols of the Botanical Realm I'

homage to the seed weblog . . .: 'Perennial Symbols of the Botanical Realm I' | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
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Delighted to have my artwork featured on the Global Crop Diversity Trust's xmas card this year. Post at Homage blog about artwork used.

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Australian Grains Genebank

This new facility will house under one roof invaluable germ plasm collections, containing Australian and international genetic material which until now have ... (@CIMMYT one of the most inspiring places.


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Is plant diversity on the skids? The scales of biodiversity loss

Is plant diversity on the skids? The scales of biodiversity loss | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

Imagine you want to monitor changes in plant diversity, to see whether diversity is increasing or decreasing over time. What spatial scale would you study? Would you search for changes at the globa...


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Creating a Sustainable Food Future: A menu of solutions to sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050

Creating a Sustainable Food Future: A menu of solutions to sustainably feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

Actions Needed to Improve Food Production and Consumption to Close the Projected 70 Percent Gap by 2050 (RT @worldresources: Creating a Sustainable Food Future: Menu of solutions to sustainably feed 9bn people (@reliefweb)


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Scientists map ship-borne invaders

Scientists map ship-borne invaders | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed the first global model that analyses the routes taken by marine invasive species.

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Dating the Anthropocene: Towards an empirical global history of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere

Dating the Anthropocene: Towards an empirical global history of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

Human use of land is a major cause of the global environmental changes that define the Anthropocene. Archaeological and paleoecological evidence confirm that human populations and their use of land transformed ecosystems at sites around the world by the late Pleistocene and historical models indicate this transformation may have reached globally significant levels more than 3000 years ago. Yet these data in themselves remain insufficient to conclusively date the emergence of land use as a global force transforming the biosphere, with plausible dates ranging from the late Pleistocene to AD 1800. Conclusive empirical dating of human transformation of the terrestrial biosphere will require unprecedented levels of investment in sustained interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of a geospatial cyberinfrastructure to collate and integrate the field observations of archaeologists, paleoecologists, paleoenvironmental scientists, environmental historians, geoscientists, geographers and other human and environmental scientists globally from the Pleistocene to the present. Existing field observations may yet prove insufficient in terms of their spatial and temporal coverage, but by assessing these observations within a spatially explicit statistically robust global framework, major observational gaps can be identified, stimulating data gathering in underrepresented regions and time periods. Like the Anthropocene itself, building scientific understanding of the human role in shaping the biosphere requires both sustained effort and leveraging the most powerful social systems and technologies ever developed on this planet - 


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Dorian Q Fuller's curator insight, December 4, 2013 10:12 AM

For the first issue of another new journal on the Anthropocene (see also Elsevier's journal and one from Sage), a call to interdisciplinary and dig data arms, in which archaeology and archaeobotany ought to be quite central. See my earlier blog on Big Archaeology: http://archaeobotanist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/used-planet.html

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Worldwatch Report #188: Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture: Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production | Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Report #188: Innovations in Sustainable Agriculture: Supporting Climate-Friendly Food Production | Worldwatch Institute | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
by Danielle Nierenberg and Laura Reynolds

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Darran Upton's curator insight, June 3, 2013 9:21 PM

This is a great report to analise as a whole class on the smartboard. The report allows students to start evaluating  the sustainability of products, services and environments considerations.

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Protecting the weedy and wild kin of globally important crops

As more and more people recognize the importance of the wild relatives of crop plants to agriculture and food security, interest in cataloging and conserving these plants is building around the world.


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The beauty (and wonder) of diversity

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June 1815. British and allied troops muster in Brussels (then part of the United Netherlands) as the Duke of Wellington prepares to meet Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. The troops are in good s...


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homage to the seed weblog . . .: Local focus

homage to the seed weblog . . .: Local focus | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
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Volunteer land stewards play a critical role ... blog post + photos from time spent with a local volunteer.

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homage to the seed weblog . . .: Join FAIR FOOD WEEK + Judging a photo competition

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An Australia-wide photo competition celebrating FAIR FOOD WEEK which promotes Food Sovereinty and Fair Food for all! 

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Plants do sums to get through the night, researchers show

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(Phys.org) —New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division. The calculation allows them to use up their starch reserves at a constant rate so that they run out almost precisely at dawn.

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