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The Miraculous Web of Life Sustains ALL Species on Planet Earth – Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Humans
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We Didn't Listen 50 Years Ago... "THE SILENT SPRING" Rachel Carson: The green revolutionary

We Didn't Listen 50 Years Ago... "THE SILENT SPRING" Rachel Carson: The green revolutionary | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The book that changed the world is a cliché often used but rarely true, yet 50 years ago this week a book appeared which profoundly altered the way we view the Earth and our place on it: Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.

This impassioned account of how America's wildlife was being devastated by a new generation of chemical pesticides began the modern environment movement: it awoke the general consciousness that we, as humans, are part of the natural world, not separate from it, yet we can destroy it by our actions.

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Join the Midway Film Project! Let's Get This Done...

MIDWAY is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.

Please join our story

Through this KICKSTARTER...


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Vallie bear's comment, June 11, 2012 12:44 PM
Awful just awful. what are we doing to our beautiful wildlife and the environment.Its about time that humankind woke up to what they are doing to our fragile planet. After all we only have one world, 'our world'.
Marian Locksley's comment, June 11, 2012 2:39 PM
Thank you everyone for rescoops & great comments - The need for People who respect our Planet and not abuse, ( time doesn't stand still,) And need to head in the correct direction of action right now....
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Edible City - Documentary

Edible City - Documentary | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Edible City is a 72 minute documentary film that asks a few burning questions…

 “How can we live in cities and still eat local, healthy, sustainable food?”
“How can we create jobs, build local economies, and increase food security all at the same time?”
“How can we create food systems that are economically, socially, and environmentally just?”

 Edible City follows ten extraordinary stories exploring what’s going on in the food movement today, from the grassroots growth to the politics in Washington, D.C., from Occupy Oakland to creating community resiliency and local economic infrastructure.

 


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Rio+20: Fiddling While Earth Burns

Rio+20: Fiddling While Earth Burns | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

UN and USA  technocrats must listen to the small-scale and indigenous farmers of the world! Large scale biotech industrial food production and destruction of our oceans, land and our forests (and all species within them) for PalmOil and pure profit is not the answer if we are to survive on this planet.

- Transition Times, Jennifer Brody:

"I am having trouble summoning any enthusiasm over the upcoming Rio+20 UN Conference, which will begin on June 20. When you go to the conference website, everything sounds so benign, forward-looking...

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The Fate of the Ocean

The Fate of the Ocean | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Our oceans are under attack, and approaching a point of no return. Can we survive if the seas go silent?
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Plants may be able to 'hear' others

Plants may be able to 'hear' others | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- New Scientist

Controversial new experiments suggest chilli seeds can sense neighbouring plants even if those neighbours are sealed in a box...

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Beleaguered West Papuans Forests stolen by Indonesia's palm oil boom

Beleaguered West Papuans Forests stolen by Indonesia's palm oil boom | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

VIDEO - The Guardian - Johnny Langenheim: Indigenous Papuans are reeling from the cut-price sale of the land and forests that are their lifeblood...

Based on ancient systems of ancestral tenure, much of West Papua's rainforest is actually owned by the indigenous population. But palm oil companies owned by powerful corporations are coercing communities into selling their land, sometimes for less than $1 a hectare. Promises to build schools and homes go unfulfilled, and villagers are left bereft of the ecosystems they have relied on for generations.

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African Agriculture: Has Saudi Star learned right lessons from deadly anti-'land grab' attacks on its Ethiopian farm?

- African Agriculture

Negative publicity regarding Ethiopia’s aggressive drive to attract foreign investors into its agricultural sector has been relentless in recent years. The government is accused of brutally relocating communities to make way for the foreign investors, a charge it denies.

But now the local resentment has boiled over....http://ow.ly/bpV3J

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Irreversible tipping point for Earth approaching fast - Sweeping Scientific and UN Study

Irreversible tipping point for Earth approaching fast - Sweeping Scientific and UN Study | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- Science Codex

A prestigious group of scientists from around the world is warning that population growth, widespread destruction of natural ecosystems, and climate change may be driving Earth toward an irreversible change in the biosphere, a planet-wide tipping point that would have destructive consequences absent adequate preparation and mitigation....

http://www.sciencecodex.com/scientists_uncover_evidence_of_impending_tipping_point_for_earth-92830

http://www.sciencecodex.com/20_years_after_rio_earth_summit-92832

http://www.sciencecodex.com/u_of_m_expert_says_earths_health_reaching_critical_tipping_point

http://www.sciencecodex.com/study_predicts_imminent_irreversible_planetary_collapse-92829

http://www.sciencecodex.com/loss_of_biodiversity_increasingly_threatens_human_wellbeing_ubc_university_of_michigan_research-92831

World Remains on Unsustainable Track Despite Hundreds of Internationally Agreed Goals and Objectives - UNEP http://ow.ly/bpSIg

 

 

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Loss of biodiversity increasingly threatens human well-being:

Loss of biodiversity increasingly threatens human well-being: | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- UBC, University of Michigan research | Science Codex

The loss of the planet's biological diversity is increasingly threatening Mother Nature's ability to provide humans with goods and services like food, water, fodder, fertile soils, and protection from pests and disease, according to a sweeping review of  20 years of research by an international team of ecologists, including biologists from the University of British Columbia and McGill....

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Ready for (Agent Orange) 2,4-D Corn? Highly Toxic to HoneyBees and Human Health

Ready for (Agent Orange) 2,4-D Corn? Highly Toxic to HoneyBees and Human Health | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The Environmental Protection Agency has cleared the way for Dow Chemical's genetically engineered 2,4-D resistant corn.

Agribusiness giant Dow AgroSciences has developed a new genetically engineered corn, Enlist, to tolerate the herbicide 2,4-D, which was previously a component in Agent Orange used in the Vietnam War.

But the problem is, 2,4-D doesn’t stay where it’s sprayed. It vaporizes and drifts on the wind, and has a long history of damaging neighboring crops and home gardens. It is also considered highly toxic to honeybees and has been linked to human health problems ranging from cancer to endocrine disruption, immunosuppression and more.
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/the-happy-homesteader/ready-for-2-4-d-corn.aspx#ixzz1ws4TTB4n

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The Earth as You've Never Seen it Before: Atmosphere, Airglow and Aurora

A truly powerful image generates questions. The incredible night photos and time-lapse movies NASA has been sharing with us provoke questions about our planet.
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Defining our terms: Agroecology and sustainable agriculture in the context of Rio+20

Defining our terms: Agroecology and sustainable agriculture in the context of Rio+20 | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy via Michael Pollan

 

Two visions of "sustainable development" in Africa-- same word, different world views. At stake here are two different visions of control over the commons.

 

These two distinct calls for sustainability in agriculture are thus informed by two very differing worldviews.

One stems from people’s desire to control their destiny, and protect the natural resource base that is their home. The other is informed by the desire to ensure continued access to natural resources so that those in authority can minimally take care of the basic needs of the poor as they make sure that they can make a profit in the process. . http://www.iatp.org/blog/201205/defining-our-terms-agroecology-and-sustainable-agriculture-in-the-context-of-rio20

 

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Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

WITHOUT NATURE WE DO NOT EXIST...IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, WE CANNOT EAT MONEY!!

Burnaby, Canada (SPX) Jun 11, 2012 - Using scientific theories, toy ecosystem modeling and paleontological evidence as a crystal ball, 18 scientists, including one from Simon Fraser University, predict we're on a much worse collision collision course with Mother Nature than currently thought.Our planet's ecosystems are careening towards an imminent, irreversible collapse.

 

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Ecocide Youth Blast Video

This video is being presented at Youth Blast at the Rio Earth Summit on behalf of the Eradicating Ecocide campaign. The aim is to inspire and intrigue young people to help make ecocide an international crime.


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Seeing the people for the trees

Seeing the people for the trees | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- OurWorld 2.0

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Over 1.3 billion forest peoples’ rights are in need of stronger national and international protection.

Forest peoples have, over the centuries, elaborated and practised livelihood systems derived from their natural environment and anchored in traditional knowledge, practices and beliefs. Forest peoples depend primarily and directly on the forest both for subsistence and trade in the form of fishing, hunting, shifting agriculture, the gathering of wild forest products and other activities.

However, the persistent and widespread degradation of these vital areas poses a direct threat to the rural communities and indigenous peoples who have inhabited and depended on them directly and primarily for centuries and continue to do so.

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LOOTING OUR OCEANS: 'Free-for-all' decimates fish stocks in the southern Pacific

LOOTING OUR OCEANS: 'Free-for-all' decimates fish stocks in the southern Pacific | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Fishing fleets have devastated stocks in the southern Pacific, once among the world’s richest waters...

Jack mackerel, down 90 percent in 20 years in once-rich southern seas, foretells wider global calamity; world’s largest trawlers compete for what is left...

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Less than 100 pygmy sloths survive - Mangrove Deforestation

Less than 100 pygmy sloths survive - Mangrove Deforestation | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The pygmy three-toed sloth (Bradypus pygmaeus) is one of the world's most endangered mammals, according to a detailed survey of the population, which found less than 100 sloths hanging on in their island home...human impacts, deforestation of island's mangroves...

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24 Policies to End the Earth Emergency - Rein in bad policies and corporate license to ravage nature

24 Policies to End the Earth Emergency - Rein in bad policies and corporate license to ravage nature | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Ecologically ignorant policies are largely responsible for the interlinked crises that are unraveling the planet's life support system. The unintended consequences of such policies are climate change, desertification, biodiversity decline, ocean pollution and the destruction of forests, according to the policy advocacy organisation World Future Council...

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Are We Nearing a Planetary Boundary?

Are We Nearing a Planetary Boundary? | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Scientists see warning signs that the earth could be approaching a tipping point at which sweeping environmental changes threaten human welfare.
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UN report warns global environment is near dangerous tipping point, calls for urgent action

UN report warns global environment is near dangerous tipping point, calls for urgent action | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

RIO DE JANEIRO — The earth’s environmental systems “are being pushed towards their biophysical limits,” beyond which loom sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes, the United Nations Environment Program warned Wednesday. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/un-report-warns-global-environment-is-near-tipping-point-calls-for-urgent-action/2012/06/06/gJQAO0m7IV_story.html

Despite agreed environmental goals, world still on unsustainable path – UN http://ow.ly/bpUj3

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Scientists to Rio+20: save biodiversity to save ourselves

Scientists to Rio+20: save biodiversity to save ourselves | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
World leaders need to do much more to protect the Earth's millions of species for the services they provide, according to a new scientific consensus statement in Nature based on over 1,000 research papers.
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Rio Earth summit on shaky ground

Rio Earth summit on shaky ground | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Major players pulling out of the Rio Earth summit is an indicator of the awkward politics and negotiations to move forward with climate change policies, an environmental organisation has said.
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This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- Nature and Community - MOTHER EARTH NEWS

Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

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