San Diego CA (SPX) Mar 27, 2012 - Butterfly wings may rank among the most delicate structures in nature, but they have given researchers powerful inspiration for new technology that doubles production of hydrogen gas - a green fuel...
both water and forests are equally important natural resources which are required to ensure a flourishing and healthy environment as well as sustainable existence of the human civilization. And a decline in either of these resources would mean a degradation of both the environment and the human society
Water is a common good for the benefit of all living beings and it should be under public, democratic, local and sustainable management. Local and traditional systems of knowledge regarding forms of water management that take into account and protect the whole ecosystem have existed for thousands of years; they have demonstrated over time their effectiveness. We believe that public policies and laws related to water should recognize and respect this knowledge.
Explore The Beauty of The Ocean With The Blu, Without Getting Wet..
TheBlu allows you to dive into and explore underwater habitats and oceans, all from the comfort of your computer. TheBlu is the product of years of teamwork from Oscar winning animators, software engineers, international artists and marine scientists. The end result was that when I watched theBlu, instead of looking at a computer screen, I felt like I was floating in space and swimming alongside my new sea creature friends, all of whom looked very lifelike, in an avatar sort of way..
Copenhagen, Denmark (SPX) Mar 21, 2012 - Freshwater Biology Section at the University of Copenhagen's Department of Biology.
The knowledge is new and startling. Glacial runoff is cold, nutrient-poor and physically unstable, and therefore, typically species-poor. One-third of species are threatened. The research results clearly demonstrate that the greatest number of freshwater macroinvertebrates are encountered in mountain streams where glacial runoff contributes to the streams' total volume of water.
The study also finds that if glaciers were to vanish entirely, we could expect to lose between 11 and 38 percent of a region's total macroinvertebrate species.
Even the introduction of non-GE tree monocultures has been proven to have an incredibly damaging effect on local eco-systems and communities. Eucalyptus trees are already considered to be an invasive species in Florida and California and have a whole host of associated problems due their flammability and high demand for water.
In February 2009, The State of Victoria, Australia went up in flames; and raging fires engulfed everything in their path including the forests.
The overwhelming firestorm was one of the worst in the country’s history, and came to be known as Black Saturday. Survivors of the Firestorm follows the phoenix-like story of Victoria’s wildlife, the fall and rise of the great mountain ash forests and all that dwell within them, and the extraordinary capacity of a damaged natural world to bounce back
For centuries, women have been recognized as guardians of traditional knowledge of biodiversity. Women’s role as the family caregiver allows them to create an intimate relationship with the environment, which is the primary source of food, water, and raw materials for clothes, shelter and medicine.
As such, they have become knowledgeable in the cultivation, breeding and use of various plants and animals.
The acclaimed buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh talks to the Ecologist about the loss of biodiversity and why human vulnerability is ...a second global warming is taking place. This time because of deforestation and industrialisation; man-made, maybe in 100 years there will be no more humans on the planet, in just 100 years. After the disappearance of 95 per cent of species on the earth by the mass extinction the earth took 100 million years to restore life on earth. If our civilisation disappears it will take some time like that for another civilisation to reappear.
ALLAHABAD: A two-day seminar on 'Agrarian Change and Small Farmers' organized by the GB Pant Social Science Institute concluded on Monday. The seminar explored alternative ways of addressing issues concerning marginal-and small farmers who comprise 90% of all farmers in the country and contribute 43% of the total value of agricultural output.
Our once great runs of salmon are now conceived in laboratories, raised in tanks, driven in trucks, and farmed in pens. Here we go beyond the ongoing debate over how to save an endangered species. In its exposure of a wildly creative, hopelessly complex, and stunningly expensive approach to managing salmon, the film reveals one of the most ambitious plans ever conceived for taking the reins of the planet. Watch the full episode.
In China, there is a growing domestic demand for organically produced crops. This organic vegetable garden, managed by a collective of small farmers (mostly women), is both a demonstration site and a production site. It is attracting attention from farmers in the neighborhood, from consumers in nearby towns, and even from the provincial capital of Nanning.
Nature is the missing, fourth dimension of the water-food-energy security nexus, says Dr Mark Smith, Director of IUCN’s Water Programme.
Nature in the nexus creates new opportunities for innovation and solutions that we will otherwise miss – at a cost to our capacity to tackle the complex, interacting pressures on the globe and on development.
BANGALORE: Through the workshop 10 years of BT Cotton in Karnataka: whither other cotton? The state with the Karnataka State Biodiversity Board (KSBB) urged the state government to tackle seed crisis.The speakers also appealed to the policy makers to adopt the valuable lessons gained through experience of BT cotton and stressed that caution should be exercised in regard to further investment in transgenic technology.
The reason, according to the study, is the near-disappearance of milkweed, an important host plant for monarch eggs and caterpillars. The researchers attribute sharp declines in milkweed to widespread use of genetically modified corn and soybeans that are resistant to the herbicide, Roundup, which is then sprayed on fields, killing milkweed.
Of particular concern is a group of pesticides, chemically similar to nicotine, called neonicotinoids (neonics for short), and one in particular called clothianidin. Instead of being sprayed, neonics are used to treat seeds, so that they’re absorbed by the plant’s vascular system, and then end up attacking the central nervous systems of bees that come to collect pollen. Virtually all of today’s genetically engineered Bt corn is treated with neonics.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released its platform for the 2012 Farm Bill — Farming for the Future: A Sustainable Agriculture Agenda for the 2012 Food and Farm Bill. This powerful document lays out a vision of agriculture where safe, nutritious and affordable food is produced by a legion of diverse family farmers.