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The Biggest Criminal Enterprise in History - Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

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May 23, 2013 Tom Engelhardt - Common Dreams

Terracide and the Terrarists ...

 

Call it irony, if you will, or call it a nightmare, but Big Oil evidently has no qualms about making its next set of profits directly off melting the planet.  Its top executives continue to plan their futures (and so ours), knowing that their extremely profitable acts are destroying the very habitat, the very temperature range that for so long made life comfortable for humanity.

Their prior knowledge of the damage they are doing is what should make this a criminal activity.  And there are corporate precedents for this, even if on a smaller scale.  The lead industry, the asbestos industry, and the tobacco companies all knew the dangers of their products, made efforts to suppress the information or instill doubt about it even as they promoted the glories of what they made, and went right on producing and selling while others suffered and died.... http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/23-4

 

OBAMA'S ARCTIC STRATEGY SETS OFF A CLIMATE TIME BOMB - THE SUICIDAL RACE FOR ARCTIC'S NATURAL RESOURCES http://sco.lt/9MK5eT

 

ARCTIC OCEAN 'ACIDIFYING RAPIDLY' - HIGHEST LEVELS IN 55 MILLION YEARS - ARCTIC COULD BE ICE-FREE IN TWO YEARS http://sco.lt/6qm61h

 

May 23, 3013 Smart Planet
OBAMA'S COAL COMEBACK http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/coals-us-comeback/20453?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660

 

May 23, 2013 Fuel Fix
HIGHER EMISSIONS LINKED TO COAL-FIRED PLANTS IN TEXAS AND OTHER STATES http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/05/23/higher-emissions-linked-to-coal-fired-power-plants-in-texas-and-other-states/

 

March 7, 2013 - Smart Planet
MEET THE COMPANIES LOOKING TO PROFIT FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/meet-the-companies-looking-to-profit-from-climate-change/14398

 

THIS IS OUR ENERGY REALITY http://sco.lt/7LUrHV

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

THE UPRISING:  GLOBAL BIOTECH/ GMO ECOCIDE  http://sco.lt/7wlInJ

 

 

 

March 7, 2013 CBC -The Nature of Things with David Suzuki - -
TIPPING POINT: AGE OF THE OIL SANDS http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episode/tipping-point.html

 

+++WATCH

VIDEO: TAR SANDS OIL EXTRACTION - "THE DIRTY TRUTH" VIDEO http://sco.lt/6OpdeT

 

March 6, 2013 - Inside Climate News

CRITICAL PART OF US STATE DEPT KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE REPORT DONE BY FIRMS WITH DEEP OIL INDUSTRY TIES http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20130306/keystone-xl-eis-state-department-transcanada-oil-tar-sands-industry-ensys-energy-koch-brothers-exxonmobil-bp-obama

 

30 March 2013 The Tyee –
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE COMPANY BULLIES http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/03/30/Pipeline-Company-Bullies/

 

 

April 1, 2013 Huffington Post
NASA's DR. JAMES HANSEN: DOUBLING DOWN ON OUR FAUSTIAN BARGAINhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-hansen/doubling-down-on-our-faustian-bargain_b_2989535.html?

 

 

FRACKING OURSELVES INTO OBLIVION http://sco.lt/8mKlIP

 

HOW A NEW STUDY SERIOUSLY CHALLENGES NATURAL GAS AS A CLEAN FOSSIL FUEL - METHANE GREENHOUSE GAS RISES http://sco.lt/7Ftflp

 

USA NATURAL GAS (FRACKING) IS FOR EXPORT, LEAVING A POLLUTION CESSPOOL FOR TAXPAYER CLEANUP - METHANE GLOBAL WARMING http://sco.lt/6f9msr

 

FOOD OR FUEL:  BIG OIL AND BIG AG FIGHT IT OUT OVER ETHANOL BIOFUEL http://sco.lt/4rDj1t

 

THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.  CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt

 

HOLDING CORPORATIONS RESPONSIBLE: Mining Companies Devastate Pristine Wisconsin for Frac-Sand - Leaving a Mining, Chemical Wasteland http://sco.lt/66Gc7N

 

TIME TO END PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT AND SUBSIDIES FOR FOSSIL FUEL PRODUCERS http://sco.lt/5iNZyL

 

New Scientist

MAJOR METHANE RELEASE IS ALMOST INEVITABLE   http://sco.lt/8pss0v

 

MINING, FOREIGN LAND GRABS ENDANGERING ENVIRONMENT, ECOSYSTEMS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/5M5eLp

 

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-

 

 

 

VIDEO Encore:

*** ENDING THE SILENCE - POLITICS AND CLIMATE CHANGE - Moyers and Company http://sco.lt/5St5Cj

 

VIDEO REPORT Democracy Now May 13, 2013
"The Hockey Stick & the Climate Wars", Prof. Michael Mann

*** CLIMATE TIPPING POINT? CONCENTRATION OF CARBON DIOXIDE TOPS 400 PPM FOR FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY http://www.democracynow.org/2013/5/13/climate_tipping_point_concentration_of_carbon

 

 

 

 


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TERRACIDE: the stuff you dont want to read on a monday morning, or any other day of the week. Ever!

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CineversityTV's curator insight, May 25, 2013 6:34 AM

Its called the Forbes 500.

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We will have enough trouble repairing the centuries of accumulated damage to the environment (to the extent we can) without simultaneously creating more.  No matter what, we need to shut down the entire fossil fuel industry as soon as possible, as fast as feasible.

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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

Wheat geneticists to decode massive genome | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it

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

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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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homage to the seed weblog . . .

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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'

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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

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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

homage to the seed weblog . . .: Join FAIR FOOD WEEK + Judging a photo competition | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
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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

Plants do sums to get through the night, researchers show | Bio { Cultural } Diversity | Scoop.it
(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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