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The Miraculous Web of Life Sustains ALL Species on Planet Earth – Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Humans
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Police hired by loggers in Papua New Guinea lock locals in shipping containers

Police hired by loggers in Papua New Guinea lock locals in shipping containers | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Locals protesting the destruction of their forest in Papua New Guinea for two palm oil plantations say police have been sent in for a second time to crack-down on their activities, even as a Commission of Inquiry (COI) investigates the legality of...
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PALM OIL ECOCIDE - Video – Forests are falling across Borneo With All Life Within Them

PALM OIL ECOCIDE - Video – Forests are falling across Borneo With All Life Within Them | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
indigenous community witnesses end of forest for palm oil

Forests are falling across Borneo. A new videoblog by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telepak have documented the loss of one such forest in Indonesian Borneo, and its impact on the indigenous Dayak Benuaq people.

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Saving Leuser. Tripa VIDEO

The video is a short story of the long term documentary Saving Leuser. We need the maximum support not just for Tripa but to save the Leuser ecosystem, the only place in the world that hosts five endangered species as tigers, rhinos, orangutans, elephants and bears.

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The Gaia Foundation

The Gaia Foundation | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The Gaia Foundation is passionate about regenerating cultural and biological diversity, and restoring a respectful relationship with the Earth. Together with long-term partners in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe, we work with local communities to secure land, seed, food and water sovereignty. By reviving indigenous knowledge and protecting sacred natural sites, local self-governance is strengthened. This enables communities to become more resilient to climate change and the industrial processes which have caused the many crises we now face.

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Multinationals vow to boycott APP after outcry over illegal logging

Multinationals vow to boycott APP after outcry over illegal logging | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The companies will suspend purchases from Asia Pulp and Paper after evidence emerged of illegal logging in Indonesia...
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"ALMA" is a journey into the soul of humanity - A powerful statement about the global industrial economy

                                                           "ALMA"

                            A JOURNEY INTO THE SOUL OF HUMANITY

"ALMA" explores the devastating impacts of the cattle industry on the Amazon and a powerful statement about the global industrial economy.

Beautifully shot, alternately joyful and horrifying, Alma captures the ecological, and even spiritual, cost of meat, dairy, and leather production in the Amazon.

Since 2003, Patrick Rouxel has dedicated his time to making films aimed at raising awareness of deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and the ethical treatment of animals. The multi-award winning "GREEN" http://ow.ly/acGlh presented a heartrending account of the life of an Orangutan against a backdrop of palm oil production and natural habitat loss.

In Alma, Rouxel continues his cinematic journey into the world's forests and the industries that are destroying them, this time heading to Brazil to explore the devastating impacts of the cattle industry. Here he creates a powerful statement about the global industrial economy and the speed with which virgin forests are being cleared for timber and new grazing land...

This is one of the most strikingly filmed and crisply edited nonfiction film essays to come along in recent years, and Patrick Rouxel appears to be among the most talented ecologically-oriented filmmakers of today’s global cinema. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8uVOYQPobzo


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The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins

The Folly of Big Agriculture: Why Nature Always Wins | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

by Verlyn Klinkenborg: Yale Environment 360

 

Large-scale industrial agriculture depends on engineering the land to ensure the absence of natural diversity. But as the recent emergence of herbicide-tolerant weeds on U.S. farms has shown, nature ultimately finds a way to subvert uniformity and assert itself.

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Harvard Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup

Harvard Researchers recreate bee collapse with pesticide-laced corn syrup | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Scientists with the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid.
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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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Forests and the Health of the Planet

Forests and the Health of the Planet | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The health of our forests directly impacts the health of the planet. The importance of forests to the Earth’s ecosystems cannot be overstated. Research shows that forest die-offs are on the increase and this troubling trend is being linked to global warming.

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The long standing links between corruption and deforestation in Indonesia

What impact will ongoing corruption have on attempts to preserve Indonesia’s forests?

Many non-government organisations (NGOs), researchers and even government reports claim that a direct link exists between corruption and deforestation, and so attempts to save the forests are useless unless corruption in Indonesia’s forest sector can be significantly reduced.

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The Mythology of the "Green Revolution" VIDEO - Vandana Shiva

The Mythology of the "Green Revolution" VIDEO - Vandana Shiva | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Environmental leader, Vandana Shiva illustrates how civilizations were destroyed in the name of creating the excessive irrigation needed for chemical farming.
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Accounting for Nature's Benefits: The Dollar Value of Ecosystem Services

Accounting for Nature's Benefits: The Dollar Value of Ecosystem Services | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Healthy ecosystems provide us with fertile soil, clean water, timber, and food. They reduce the spread of diseases. They protect against flooding. Worldwide, they regulate atmospheric concentrations of oxygen and carbon dioxide. They moderate climate. Without these and other “ecosystem services,” we’d all perish.

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UNEP: 'We haven't even begun to understand the damage we are bringing to bear on the sustainability of our planet'

UNEP:  'We haven't even begun to understand the damage we are bringing to bear on the sustainability of our planet' | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
It's a question many people have probably asked themselves, seeing the ever-increasing environmental degradation around the world: why aren't we doing more to protect our planet?
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What Modern Society Can Learn From a 2,800 Year Old Earthen Water Well

What Modern Society Can Learn From a 2,800 Year Old Earthen Water Well | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Cradle to Cradle and other design philosophies – and conferences such as WWTAC – will hopefully compel us to revisit more sustainable approaches to water management such as those practiced by the Berbers in Morocco, but another key concern for water specialists is the rate at which modern society depletes water supplies.

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Farming Carbon Credits a Con for Africa: "Climate Smart Agriculture" : The Trojan Horse of Industrial Ag?

Farming Carbon Credits a Con for Africa: "Climate Smart Agriculture" : The Trojan Horse of Industrial Ag? | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

If Climate Smart Agriculture is so great, were farmer and civil society groups, who are in favour of agroecological practices, so wary of the push for an Agriculture deal that would supposedly enshrine it in a UN climate agreement? Why did over 100 African and international civil society groups send a letter to African ministers asking them to reject the Climate Smart vision?

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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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