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Arab Spring in Egype has been a failure for sharks. Since last year’s political uprising, and consequent deterioration of law enforcement, poachers supplying restaurants with illicit shark fins have driven the Red Sea shark population down by as much as 80 percent. The scenario without the top-feeder sharks is a downward spiral of ecological destruction.
LEBANON harbors over 2600 plant species of which 119 are counted to be endemic. The unique climatic and landscape diversity in Lebanon has shaped 22 bio-climatic zones which fosters one of the most precious ecological services: genetic diversity.
Unfortunately, the conservation of biodiversity in Lebanon is increasingly at risk due the largely uncontrolled and unidentified introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in the domestic market and the absence of national policies that specifically outline biosafety legislation.
Washington DC (SPX) Jan 13, 2012 - Land areas that are a priority for wildlife conservation provide relatively high levels of ecosystem services such as pollination, water purification, food production, and climate regulation, so safeguarding them is expected to benefit people.
Sylvia Earle Alliance (SEA):
Have Fun Exploring Biodiversity on Google Earth!
What reef animal comes in a rainbow of crazy colors, can throw out its stomach to immobilize predators, then creep away and regrow a brand-new stomach? Its the sea cucumber, prized as a gastronomic delight by some cultures and beginning to yield some of its secrets to scientists.
Google Earth Tour videos offer us the opportunity to explore our ocean planet's biodiversity - featuring Sea Grapes, Arctic Tern, Sea Cucumber and the magnificent Bluefin Tuna in the video below.
To learn more about the project and see all the tours, click here! Google Earth - Encyclopedia of Life
River ecosystems are in trouble, which means we’re all in trouble. This special issue of World Rivers Review focuses on biodiversity and rivers. As International Rivers’ executive director Jason Rainey writes in the commentary, “We’re losing life forms that have the ability to nourish us, keep our water clean, produce breathable air and fertile soil, and ultimately make our planet the amazing place it is. If we don’t protect our biological richness and diversity, we undercut the re-generative capacity of the Earth, we undermine the prospect of life creating the conditions conducive to life.”
And so we, "Grist", begin a weekly series of artistically altered images from around the sustainable food world. First up: biodiversity on the farm.
Industrial agriculture = monoculture. Small farms = biodiversity.
Small, organic farms like Rick Knoll's are able to eliminate their reliance on petrochemical-based fertilizers and pesticides. The results are fewer pollutants, less environmental degradation, and cleaner air. And by using cover cropping and other soil fertilization principles they are able to sequester carbon and keep topsoil -- which is carbon heavy -- from being lost into the atmosphere (the latter also contributes to climate change).
Biodiversity = Weeds + trees + crops + critters + soil = An integrated food web allowing biota to self-regulate = A self-regulating, multi-layered farm that requires little maintenance and no pesticides.
Water and forest is interrelated to each other. Forests feed rivers and from them we use for our live. Thus, can we live without water and forest?
Every year 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed because of political corruptions, greed, wealth, development and agriculture. Here is the list of world’s capital cities around the world. All of them depend on water and all of them located near the water sources.
SYDNEY: A large-scale study has confirmed for the first time that biodiversity has a positive impact on the functioning of dryland ecosystems.
Scientists now understand that having a high number of various species of plants, not just a large number of plants, helps dryland ecosystems to perform many functions.
Mashable, February 20, 2015
DW (English), December 02, 2011
GORILLA HABITAT IN RWANDA'S VIRUNGA FORESTS UNDER THREAT
Gorilla habitat in Rwanda Rwanda's verdant Virunga forests are home to rare mountain gorillas. Their habitat however is critically endangered. New projects seek to protect the primates and improve life for local communities.,, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNnRTKLV29c&feature=youtu.be
Treehugger, February 17, 2015
New York Times, November 06, 2014
Guardian, February 07, 2015
One Green Planet, January 08, 2015
World Wildlife Fund, December 16, 2013
Guardian, October 5, 2013
-▶ SURROUNDED BY DEFORESTATION, CRITICALLY ENDANGERED GORILLAS HANG ON BY A THREAD http://sco.lt/7yO9ZJ
VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK
The Independent, September 06, 2014
New York Time, November 15, 2014
▶ VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo
OIL DISPUTE TAKES A PAGE FROM CONGO'S BLOODY PAST http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/16/world/oil-dispute-takes-a-page-
WWF, February 14, 2014
Mother Nature Network, November 05, 2014
▶ 'VIRUNGA' REVEALS PARADISE IN PERIL http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/stories/virunga-reveals-paradise-in-peril
The Dodo, September 10, 2014
Quartz, December 06, 2014
France24, April 17, 2014
Yale Environment 360, January 08, 2013
VIDEO TED TALK
PRIMATOLOGIST WARNS OF POSSIBLE GREAT APE EXTINCTION
IN 40 YEARS WE HAVE DISAPPEARED HALF OF THE WORLD'S WILD ANIMALS http://sco.lt/8fK5eT
Treehugger, March 4, 2013
-▶ NEARLY 3,000 WILD GREAT APES STOLEN EACH YEAR
Africa Geographic, February 27, 2014
World Widlife Fund - PHOTOS
▶ HUNTING SEED DISPERSING ANIMALS PUSHING CENTRAL AFRICAN FORESTS TOWARD ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE http://sco.lt/6Q8PZp
-▶ THE BARBARIC ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE FLOURISHES AND MUST CEASE http://sco.lt/66Lk8n
▶ THE ECONOMICS OF THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE POACHING TRADE - ONE OF THE MOST LUCRATIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE BLACK MARKETS IN THE WORLD http://sco.lt/4q4CB7
An Award Winning Documentary by Patrick Rouxel on the Indonesian rainforest, deforestation and orangutan extinction
"GREEN" has now won top awards from the two most prestigious wildlife film festivals in the world...and more than 30 others... http://greenplanetfilms.org/product_info.php?products_id=682
-▶ HUMANS ARE TURNING THE EARTH INTO A 'LONELY AND VERY DANGEROUS PLANET,' ECOLOGIST WARNS http://sco.lt/4xff17
-▶ FOREIGN CORPORATIONS DESTROYING ECOSYSTEMS, INDIGENOUS LIVELIHOODS, NULLIFYING LAND RIGHTS, CREATING DEPENDENCY AND POVERTY ON A GLOBAL SCALE http://sco.lt/4l725B
-▶ FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF "FEAST OR FAMINE" - BIG CORPORATE AG IS NOT THE ANSWER http://sco.lt/5U402L
-▶ DEFORESTATION, MINING RISES AGAIN IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON IMPACTING ECOSYSTEMS, CLIMATE, DEVASTATING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES http://sco.lt/6831nN
▶ ENOUGHNESS : WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY http://sco.lt/6EFbPt
AN URGENT MEMO TO THE WORLD
The Natural Eye Project
THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.
CAN HUMANS SURVIVE?
An Exquisite Dedication To the Stewards of Our Planet
Solutions For A Sustainable Planet
YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY NEWS AGGREGATES @pdjmoo
▶ CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health
▶ CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet
▶ BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life
▶ OUR OCEANS NEED US http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us
▶ OUR FOOD, OUR HEALTH http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides
VERY, VERY IMPORTANT VIDEO - A global indepth report about the very dangerous biotech juggernaut moving quickly across the globe and the enormous irreversible damage to our environment. forests, species and natural world...in a way never explained before by people from all walks of life, agroforest and health experts: Worth every minute of it. Dr. David Suzuki "What is the rush to apply these new biotech ideas when we don't have a clue what the long-term manipulation is going to be."
“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.
If they didn't have enough to worry about from dodging poachers, snow leopards, and landslides in Central Asia's rugged mountains, a population of endangered markhor—a majestic wild goat species—has contracted pneumonia, detected for the first time...
The Golden Eagle in peril in the US STEI opposes licenses to kill.
Save the Eagles International (STEI) is hereby issuing a biodiversity warning concerning the United States. Contrary to dubious studies financed and controlled by vested interests, the population of golden eagles in the Western States is on the decline. Wind farms are the main cause. The issuing of licenses to kill will accelerate the decline towards extinction.