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The Miraculous Web of Life Sustains ALL Species on Planet Earth – Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Humans
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Seeds of Freedom - The Corporate Takeover of Seed

Seeds of Freedom - The Corporate Takeover of Seed | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The Gaia Foundation

We're thrilled to release the trailer for a NEW film, "SEEDS OF FREEDOM", to be launched in 2012 with our partner the African Biodiversity Network. The film shows that global agriculture has changed more in the past 50 years than in the previous 10,000. Great conflicts have arisen as a result of this, but nowhere is this conflict more poignant than in the story of seed. The film explores the history of the corporate takeover of seed, and the impact that this is having on communities across the world. The loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with the loss of biodiversity, the loss of cultural traditions and practices, the loss of livelihoods and the loss of independence in agriculture.

ALSO SEE VIDEO "SEEDING DEEP DEMOCRACY" Vandanha Shiva http://ow.ly/ahQ5p

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Re-imagining 21st century climate institutions | Climate Change Capital

Something needs to change.

But let us admit that it is not difficult to criticise the climate negotiations. There is, however, a real opportunity to dust off the old and rigid and re-imagine the international climate institutions.

We believe it is time to overhaul the international institutions that focus on the global discourse, and to direct more attention to local efforts - at state, municipal and city level. We also need to accept that in modern societies it is not just governments that know best - that the wisdom of communities and crowd-sourcing can play their part in addressing climate change.


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Our success in transforming commodity markets will determine nature's fate

Our success in transforming commodity markets will determine nature's fate | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The success of governments and big corporations in eliminating environmental degradation from the products we consume will play a critical role in determining the fate of the world's remaining wild places, said a group of experts speaking at a...

Just 300-500 companies worldwide control 70 percent of the trade of each of the 15 key commodities linked to habitat destruction and degradation. And less than 100 corporations impact half of global production.

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Honeybees Self-Medicate With Anti-Fungal Resins When Under Threat

Honeybees Self-Medicate With Anti-Fungal Resins When Under Threat | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
A new study reveals just how sophisticated honeybees' self-defence mechanisms are, and casts doubt on human efforts to control them.
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Ecologize Growth

A challenge to the commonly accepted infinite growth paradigm of the modern economy. Excerpts from the Money & Life interviews (www.moneyandlifemovie.com) for the Possible Futures film contest (http://possiblefuturesfilmcontest.org/).
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800-year-old farmers could teach us how to protect the Amazon

800-year-old farmers could teach us how to protect the Amazon | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Pressure on the Amazonian savannas today is intense, with the land being rapidly transformed for industrial agriculture and cattle ranching.

In the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, recent findings indicate that we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably. An international team of archaeologists and paleoecologists...The research could provide insights into the sustainable use and conservation of these globally-important ecosystems, which are being rapidly destroyed.

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SUBTLE POISON - AN INDUSTRY IN DENIAL - OUR BEES ARE DYING

SUBTLE POISON - AN INDUSTRY IN DENIAL - OUR BEES ARE DYING | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

IN THE winter of 2006 beekeepers in America noticed something odd—lots of their hives were dying for no obvious reason.

One of the first field tests in real time shows that when bees are foraging and gathering pollen they accumulate and ingest whopping amounts of this chemical that weaken their immune systems subjecting them to viruses and other ills they are unable to naturally fight off.

 

pdjmoo's insight:

THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY NEEDS TO STOP THINKING ONLY OF PROFITS AND REALIZE THAT A HEALTHY BIODIVERSITY IS CRUCIAL FOR SURVIVAL OF NOT ONLY THE PLANET, BUT ULTIMATELY ALL LIFE.

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Why letting salmon escape and swim free could benefit bears and fishers

Why letting salmon escape and swim free could benefit bears and fishers | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

New research suggests that allowing more Pacific salmon to spawn in coastal streams will not only benefit the natural environment, including grizzly bears, but could also lead to more salmon in the ocean and thus larger salmon harvests in the long term—a win-win for ecosystems and humans. In a new article and accompanying synopsis published April 10 in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology, Taal Levi and co-authors from UC Santa Cruz and Canada investigate how increasing "escapement"—the number of salmon that escape fishing nets to enter streams and spawn—can improve the natural environment.

 

Conservancy Talk

Nature Conservancy: Giving Thanks to Salmon: Sustainers of the Great Bear Rainforest |  http://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2012/11/16/giving-thanks-to-salmon-sustainers-of-the-great-bear-rainforest/

 

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USA Wildlife Service "Accidentally" Killed Over 50,000 Animals

USA Wildlife Service "Accidentally" Killed Over 50,000 Animals | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
According to reports, a secretive branch of the Department of Agriculture has been waging an irresponsibly haphazard war against wildlife – ironically, all in the name of conservation.
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What is “Wilderness”? Why Protect it? A Mission for the Future…

What is “Wilderness”? Why Protect it? A Mission for the Future… | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
“Wilderness”… What does this mean to the modern human being? Why should we value it in our day and age? Why is it there? Is option value enough for people, who will never see it, to protect it?

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Interpol demands crackdown on 'serious and organised' eco crime

Interpol demands crackdown on 'serious and organised' eco crime | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Ivory poaching and illegal logging requires needs tougher enforcement and intelligence input, says Interpol director...
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Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues?

Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues? | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

European Environment Agency (EEA): Consumption of products and services impacts the environment in many different ways.


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delaneygrimes-sarahmcfadyen's curator insight, February 7, 2:00 AM

In this article they include the many things that are continuously brought to the populations attention about out earth and how we treat it. But in the passage it includes many unbelievable facts such as roughly 89 million gallons of food is put into waste each year. Sometimes this is the approach you need to catch peoples attention on the effects that we are causing our planet.

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Making ECOCIDE a Law at Rio+20 - Putting People and Planet First

Making ECOCIDE a Law at Rio+20 - Putting People and Planet First | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Rio+20 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create targets for sustainable development. I applaud the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goals, they are our starting point. To make these aspirations a reality, international law that places people and planet first is necessary to establish a level playing field for everyone around the world. Achieving this requires a commitment to outlawing destructive business practices and creating laws that prioritises green, clean, and life-enhancing business. One law that does just that is my proposal to make Ecocide a crime. [http://www.eradicatingecocide.com/thesolution/].

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The Natural Eye Project

The Natural Eye Project | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Reconnecting Humanity to the Web of Life...
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DOUBLE JEOPARDY: Pesticide makers walk fine line over public concerns

DOUBLE JEOPARDY: Pesticide makers walk fine line over public concerns | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Manufacturers have recognised their failure to address concerns over the environmental and health risks of pesticides, promising "a huge change of mindset" in engaging with society while sticking to their traditional argument that their products are safe to use.

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PESTICIDE KILLERS: USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faulted in ongoing Massive Bee die-off

PESTICIDE KILLERS: USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faulted in ongoing Massive Bee die-off | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
 In a spring ritual as old as life itself, Steve Ellis' bees return to their hives day after day loaded with pollen from the dandelions and flowering trees that are in full bloom across central Minnesota...

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE GOVERNMENT REGULATORY AGENCY HAS A TOO COSY RELATIONSHIP WITH BAYER CROP SCIENCE AND THE CHEMICAL/PESTICIDE INDUSTRY?

"In an emergency petition filed with the EPA that the agency failed to require some legally mandated field testing before the pesticide was approved in 2003. New research, including two studies published last week in the journal Science, raises serious questions about its effect on pollinators of all kinds"

FDA agreed to accelerate its routine review of the pesticide -- MEANING IT WILL BE COMPLETED IN 2018 !!! (By then all the bees will be dead and we will have a gigantic problem with pollinating our fruits, vegetables and crops - and prices will skyrocket)

 

 

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Beesrkilld4rea$on's comment, April 7, 2012 7:09 AM
The bee die off is the final straw needed to be plucked from the clutches of humanity. This ongoing epidemic is not just surprisingly unnatural. It's plainly a human conceived, cultured and decisively carried out plan to HELP the human population shrink. With a double whammy affect that also reduces said "small" population's ability to present it's handlers with resistance. Yes.... If your hungry and if you had a pollinating insect. You might survive. But the pollination mechanisms out of the equation. Not to mention, the majority of available seeds grow, but the fruit it bears doesn't bear reproducing seeds. On top of that...Your still hungry and your family is dead. Hunger is a nasty, nasty population control---> (Sometimes instant fireball death would seem much quicker and more humane! eh?) At this point ....here in this jumble of words....Does anyone still care who has more money? Will it matter what China does in twenty yrs...? Any Country/Human still alive, at this point, will be able to walk onto the north American Continent and take it. There will be no one there to defend it!
Good Luck Users. Remember: YOU HAVE ALL THE CONTROL!
P.S. Hey Corporations.....Your all owned in parts by little people like me. We can and will tear u apart from the inside out. If you refuse to actually help the human species. Just a warning from the little voice inside your big corporate brain.
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The biosphere: Nature is all we have - Editorial, Guardian UK

The biosphere: Nature is all we have - Editorial, Guardian UK | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Imagine an economic community in which nobody could list the stakeholders or identify those about to default. Or try to set a value on a reference library that has catalogued only a fraction of its archive, and some of that wrongly. Think of a reserve bank with most of its ledgers missing. Humankind is in that kind of predicament: it depends almost entirely on natural capital to generate food and fibre, building materials, fuel and pharmaceuticals, to pollinate crops, filter drinking water, recycle waste and maintain the oxygen supply. Living things underwrite all national economies: money, in effect, really does grow on trees.

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The Land Owns Us - Global Oneness Project VIDEO

The Land Owns Us - Global Oneness Project VIDEO | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

When did we forget that we are the land? That our physical bodies, our intelligence, our hungers, and our imagination are inextricably part of a vast and infinitely layered living system that creates us, sustains us, transforms us, and ultimately reclaims us? And that just as we are part of this living system, so is the earth. We are part of the same system.

WATCH VIDEO: http://thenaturaleye.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/the-land-owns-us/

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Natural River Networks are Essential for Biodiversity

To alter natural waterways is to take a serious risk of endangering species living on the entire length of a river.

Rivers and riverbanks are worlds in themselves; they are teeming with a rich and varied diversity of plant and animal life. But humans are constantly modifying this environment. Enormous projects such as canals, drainage, dams, diversions, and vegetation introduction have been undertaken to reclaim land and divert or obtain access to water.

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Real Time "EcoSystem" Game - The latest sensation in the gaming world

Real Time "EcoSystem" Game - The latest sensation in the gaming world | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

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It’s a real-world, real-time, high-tech videogame, where things are actually born and eaten, flourish or dwindle, based on the players’ mouse-clicks — and often in front of their very eyes.

The actions of the”players” — tens of thousands of paying customers from around the planet — control all the management decisions for this vast tract of land.

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CALLING ALL GARDENERS & FARMERS: Plant Milkweed NOW to Conserve Monarch Butterflies

CALLING ALL GARDENERS & FARMERS: Plant Milkweed NOW to Conserve Monarch Butterflies | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Monarch butterflies in North America are in decline, and the loss of milkweed plants across their breeding range is believed to be a significant contributing factor.

Milkweeds are vital to the monarch's survival because they are the only plants the caterpillars eat as they grow and develop into adults. Each spring, western monarchs leave their overwintering sites on the California coast and fly inland in search of milkweed on which to lay their eggs.

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West Papua - World's Largest Mining Corporations Ravage Environment

West Papua - World's Largest Mining Corporations Ravage Environment | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Some of the world's largest transnational mining corporations have been active in exploiting West Papua's oil and minerals, including Union Oil, Amoco, Agip, Conoco, Phillips, Esso, Texaco, Mobil, Shell, Petromer Trend Exploration, Atlantic Richfield, Sun Oil and Freeport (USA); Oppenheimer (South Africa); Total (France); Ingold (Canada); Marathon Oil, Kepala Burung (UK); Dominion Mining, Aneka Tambang, BHP, Cudgen RZ, and CRA (Australia).

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Video: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster

Video: The True Story of Chevron’s Ecuador Disaster | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Over three decades of oil drilling in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Chevron dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest, leaving local people suffering a wave of cancers, m...

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Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals

Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural...
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The Global Water Grab: A Primer

The Global Water Grab: A Primer | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The privatisation, commodification and take-over of commonly-owned resources.

Water grabbing refers to situations where powerful actors are able to take control of or divert valuable water resources and watersheds for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.

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