It is our shrine. Our Gods live there. We gather herbs from the place. We use it for bee- keeping. It therefore forms part of our livelihood,” said Olonana Ole Pulei, who is in Durban, South Africa, to represent his community at the ongoing 17th Conference of Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
LiveScience.com - Like dominoes given one nudge, climate change in the form of reduced winter snowfall on mountaintops has subtle but powerful cascading effects felt throughout entire ecosystems, a new study finds.
Paris/ Leipzig. Wandering albatrosses have altered their foraging due to changes in wind fields in the southern hemisphere during the last decades. However, these positive consequences of climate change may last short if future wind fields follow predictions of climate change scenarios, researchers warn
▶ PERMACULTURE IS THE SILVER-GREEN BULLET FOR THE MIDDLE EAST “Permaculture made total common sense to me,” insists Nadia Lawton, “it also fitted with my life ethics a a Muslim.” While the first part of Nadia’s statement may not be considered unique, her remark about Islam is. Permaculture is defined as the design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems that have the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. It basically looks at growing in a holistic framework which promotes sustainability, the conservation of resources and biodiversity.... http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/01/interview-nadia-lawton-talks-about-permaculture-in-the-middle-east/
"SEEDS OF PERMACULTURE"
Keeping Our Soils Healthy
People are becoming less and less self-sufficient around the world, these local communities that were previously growing everything themselves and knew how to build their own houses out of natural materials are completely dependent on big foreign powers and import from other countries. All around the world, whether you're in South America, in North America, in Europe, in Asia, people are experiencing weather patterns that are out of the norm. The planet needs permaculture.
The Last Wild Wolves in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest.
The problem is that people are becoming so disconnected from their environment, to which all life on Earth depends. I hope videos like this encourage people to go outside an appreciate the beauty of the raw outdoors and all that it has to offer because once enough people recognize the value in healthy functioning ecosystems societies focus might change from economy boosting exploitation to conservation, respect and appreciation. A happy healthy environment equals happy healthy people!
VIDEOS: George Monbiot, The Guardian UK MASS WOLF KILLINGS ARE BASED ON THE MOST CYNICAL OF PREMISES http://sco.lt/7PRq7t
WASHINGTON (Jan. 19, 2012) - Oil, gas and coal extraction is threatening at-risk wildlife across the nation, a new report details. Fueling Extinction: How Dirty Energy Drives Wildlife to the Brink, released today by the Endangered Species Coalition, shows how the nation's most imperiled plants, birds, fish and wildlife suffer displacement, loss of habitat and threat of extinction from the development, storage and transportation of fossil fuels. "America's outsized reliance on dirty and dangerous fuels is making it much harder to protect our most vulnerable wildlife," said Brock Evans, president of the Endangered Species Coalition. "We should not sacrifice our irreplaceable natural heritage in order to make the fossil fuels industry even wealthier." YubaNet.com http://ow.ly/8BlcD
NAIROBI, Nov 25 (IPS) – The resettlement of evictees from Kenya’s Mau Forest remains a humanitarian and environmental concern for the country as more than 25,000 people continue to live in camps around the forest.
"Indeed the communities around the Mau Forest, such as the Ogiek, Kipsigis and the Maasai, acknowledge the need to save the Mau, but the survival of the environment should be harmonised with the survival of the community,"
Long considered "socially inoperable" due to local opposition, now the mixed-age forests of Cortes Island may be on the chopping block. A visit from Island Timberlands' operations manager is described in vivid detail here. (The manager seems to be suffering from a touch of social operability himself.) Island Timberlands has offices in Nanaimo and Vancouver, but the company is now owned by Wall Street conglomerate Brookfield Asset Management.
RIFT VALLEY, Kenya,, Jan 17 (IPS) – Several years ago, Lakes Kamnarok and Ol Bollosat in Kenya were vibrant water bodies that supported and shaped the ecosystems around them. But today they are shells of their former selves, due to heavy siltation caused by human activities.
West Africa—Escalating anxiety over the appropriation and control of land, seeds, and farming techniques by foreign governments and corporations—manifested in “land-grabbing,” seed monopolization, genetic modification, and the imposition of high-tech, water-, chemical-, and energy-intensive monocrops touted by The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is a Gates Foundation-funded initiative based in Nairobi and spearheaded by Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the U.N.
But a growing movement of local farmers—largely led by women—argue that the surest path to food security is securing food sovereignty. It’s a concept that was put forward in the early 90′s by Via Campesina, an international alliance of peasant, indigenous, and women’s organizations that advocates for communities’ control over how food is produced, and who gets to eat it..... http://www.awid.org/Library/Women-Farmers-Feed-the-World
While conservation has long been science driven, success will ultimately come down to changing the way people relate to nature.
Guinness World Records declared in 2008 that Indonesia had the world’s fastest deforestation rate. Borneo alone has lost more than 50 percent of its original forest cover; half of that loss occurred in the past 20 years due to logging, mining, fire, development of palm oil plantations and other habitat-destroying human activities.
The use of genetically modified crops as food and feed is a heated issue in many European countries due to health and environmental concerns.
BASF Plant Science will move its headquarters to Raleigh, North Carolina, from Limburgerhof, Germany, and close sites in Gatersleben, Germany, and Svaloev, Sweden. The number of employees at the Limburgerhof site will fall to 11 from 157.
BASF said it would strengthen research facilities in Raleigh as well as at its metabolite profiling subsidiary Metanomics GmbH in Berlin and biotech unit CropDesign in Ghent, Belgium.
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