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Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC]

Data Farming: Demonstrating the Benefits of Urban Agriculture [INFOGRAPHIC] | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it

Design Trust put together a metrics framework that measured the associated activities of urban agriculture with the known benefits derived from various studies to convince city officials of urban farming's positive impact.

 

Transforming underutilized land into productive urban farms was one of the many topics which were presented at the recent Kansas City Design Week.  Jerome Chou, past Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space, presented his unique experience with the implementation of the Five Boroughs Farm in New York City and the impact that urban agriculture can have on low-income areas of a city.

Chou pointed out that having the land available for an urban farm is only half of the battle. The other half involves changing local zoning laws, influencing political opinion, garnering economic support, and proving the project will have a net benefit to a community...


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Urban Agriculture faces a myriad of challenges to enter the mainstream of urban development in the pursuit of "SmartCities" Worth a browse.

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Rio+20 was held in Rio in 2013, since then this is all what the World today is concerned about: quality of life
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Changes in carbon and nitrogen cycles concern researchers

Changes in carbon and nitrogen cycles concern researchers | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
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Biota - Biodiversidade e Ciclagem de Nutrientes (Parte 1)

Biota: Ciclo de Conferências - 2014 Biodiversidade e Ciclagem de Nutrientes (http://www.fapesp.br/eventos/biota_nutrientes) No campo das relações entre biodi...
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Finding plants that eat metals: The story behind this important new discovery

Finding plants that eat metals: The story behind this important new discovery | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
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My question is: What do you do with plant that ate all this metal?

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Climate Reality Leadership Corps - Brazil Training 2014

Climate Reality Leadership Corps - Brazil Training 2014 | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
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To Improve Accuracy, BBC Tells Its Reporters To Stop Giving Air Time To Climate Deniers

To Improve Accuracy, BBC Tells Its Reporters To Stop Giving Air Time To Climate Deniers | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
In order to improve the accuracy and fairness of the network's news coverage, reporters for BBC News are being directed to limit the amount of air time they give to people with anti-science viewpoints.
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Shootings, vendettas and corrupt police: The dark side of the Brazil World Cup

Shootings, vendettas and corrupt police: The dark side of the Brazil World Cup | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW.
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Prepare for el niño | WMO

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Nigerians reject Shell compensation offer

Nigerians reject Shell compensation offer | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Members of Bodo community in Niger Delta reject offer for $51m as compensation for two oil spills in 2008.
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EPA Rules Proposal and Public Perception of Climate Change | The Energy Collective

EPA Rules Proposal and Public Perception of Climate Change | The Energy Collective | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Most of the solutions being discussed to meet the EPA's proposed mandates—renewables, natural gas, utility efficiency programs—have been around for decades and are already gaining traction. Yet the language the EPA uses to describe the proposed rule represents a significant shift.
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Brazil targets climate victory at 'greenest' World Cup

Brazil targets climate victory at 'greenest' World Cup | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
NEWS: Government offsets emissions and hails efficient stadia, but critics warn of football greenwash
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Unstoppable melting of Antarctic ice sheet found underway

Unstoppable melting of Antarctic ice sheet found underway | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it

The collapse of the giant West Antarctica ice sheet is underway, two groups of scientists said Monday. They described the melting as an unstoppable event that will cause global sea levels to rise higher than projected earlier.


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7 in 10 cities suffer from 'dangerous' air pollution - WHO

7 in 10 cities suffer from 'dangerous' air pollution - WHO | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
NEWS: Almost 90% of the world's urban population live in cities where the air is unsafe to breathe, according to UN data
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Countries need to take urgent measures to adapt to climate change, says the IPCC

Countries need to take urgent measures to adapt to climate change, says the IPCC | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
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Disasters Poised to Sweep Away Development Gains — Global Issues

Disasters Poised to Sweep Away Development Gains — Global Issues | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Jul 22 (IPS) - Ending extreme poverty and hunger will be impossible on a rapidly overheating planet plagued by punishing droughts, catastrophic floods and ever wilder weather, said climate activists involved in talks to set the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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The nine planetary boundaries

The nine planetary boundaries | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Advances the understanding of complex social-ecological systems with new insights into ecosystem management practices and long-term sustainability
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Une plante anti-pollution pour décontaminer les sols intoxiqués par les métaux lourds aux Philippines

Une plante anti-pollution pour décontaminer les sols intoxiqués par les métaux lourds aux Philippines | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Les scientifiques de l’université de Los Banos dans la province de Laguna ont peut-être découvert la solution pour décontaminer les sols intoxiqués par les métaux lourds.
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Ma question du coup: vous en faites quoi de la plante avec tous les métaux lourds qu'elle contient?

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BBC rejects claim that climate sceptic Lord Lawson is being silenced

BBC rejects claim that climate sceptic Lord Lawson is being silenced | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Former chancellor accuses broadcaster of 'outrageous behaviour' and trying to stifle debate on global warming
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Payback time for soil carbon emitted from pasture conversion to sugarcane production is within three years

Payback time for soil carbon emitted from pasture conversion to sugarcane production is within three years | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
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U.S. Fishermen Throw Away $1 Billion Annually in Catch

U.S. Fishermen Throw Away $1 Billion Annually in Catch | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it

 U.S. commercial fishermen are throwing away about $1 billion worth of edible fish each year, according to a conservation group which is advocating for incentives to stop the waste.

 

The quantity of so-called bycatch – that is, fish that wasn't targeted but caught inadvertently – is estimated by the U.S. government at two billion pounds (907,185 tonnes) a year.

 

The surprise was the quality of the bycatch that often is tossed back into the ocean dead or dying, said marine scientist Amanda Keledjian, author of the report from Oceana, a nonprofit international conservation group.


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Latinoamérica impulsará en primera asamblea de la UNEA un acuerdo ambiental de contaminación urbana | NTN24

Latinoamérica impulsará en primera asamblea de la UNEA un acuerdo ambiental de contaminación urbana | NTN24 | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Los ministros de Medioambiente de América Latina y el Caribe buscarán que en la Primera Asamblea de la ONU para el Medio Ambiente (UNEA), que comienza el lunes en Kenia, un acuerdo para prestar una mayor atención a la creciente contaminación atmosférica y la generación de residuos de las ciudades.
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The Global Reach of Seafood Fraud

The Global Reach of Seafood Fraud | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Seafood is a global commodity traded all over the world, following a long, complex and non-transparent supply chain. It also serves as an important source of protein for millions of people every day.
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The Climate Reality Project's new website

The Climate Reality Project's new website | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Get smart, get loud, and get active about the greatest challenge of our lifetime. Take action on climate change today.
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Things that melt...

Things that melt... | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Carbon Capture and Storage shared I fucking love science's photo.
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Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun, scientists warn

Western Antarctic ice sheet collapse has already begun, scientists warn | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it
Two separate studies confirm loss of ice sheet is inevitable, and will cause up to 4m of additional sea-level rise
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OTC 2014: Chemical, waste storage and pumps on display by WEW

OTC 2014: Chemical, waste storage and pumps on display by WEW | Climate - Water - Ecology - People and Sustainability post Rio+20 | Scoop.it

HOUSTON – Modular chemical and storage and pump systems are to be on display by the WEW during the 2014 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. WEW says its capabilities include modular, intermodal transport units with capacities from 2,500 to 51,000 l (660 to 13,473 gal); systems integration solutions for both pumping and dosing; and offshore and onshore refuelling.  WEW points out that its solutions are all approved to international levels including ISO, ASME and PED, and are fitted with assured safety and management systems, where applicable. 5/2/14

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