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As U.S. Cleans Its Energy Mix, It Ships Coal Problems Abroad

As U.S. Cleans Its Energy Mix, It Ships Coal Problems Abroad | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
U.S. coal exports hit a new record in 2012. The trend undercuts U.S. progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, as more carbon-intensive fuel is burned overseas.

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U.S. found liable for Hurricane Katrina flooding ("the cyclone triggered a disaster waiting to happen")

U.S. found liable for Hurricane Katrina flooding ("the cyclone triggered a disaster waiting to happen") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The United States government must pay for some of the damages from Hurricane Katrina flooding caused by failures of the New Orleans flooding protection system.

Judge Susan Braden, of the United States Court of Federal Claims, ruled the Army Corps of Engineers is liable for flooding in the New Orleans area, including the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish, after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Braden focused on an Army Corp navigation project known as the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet, or MR-GO, which essentially funneled flood waters into the parish areas. The canal has since been closed.

In her ruling, Braden admonished the Justice Department for pursuing "a litigation strategy of contesting each and every issue—whether evidentiary or substantive."

Braden referred to the 76-mile canal as a "ticking time bomb," adding that it had "substantially expanded and eroded." It was built in the late 1960s, but quickly determined as a danger to the local ecology.

"Certainly by 2004, the Army Corps no longer had any choice but to recognize that a hurricane inevitably would provide the meteorological conditions to trigger the ticking time bomb created by a substantially expanded and eroded MR-GO and the resulting destruction of wetlands that had shielded the St. Bernard Polder for centuries," Braden wrote.

 

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After the UK landmark decision involving a clean air mandamus, this is another decision penalizing the government for negligence in maintenance of a canal system.


The United States government must pay for some of the devastating Hurricane Katrina flooding damages in New Orleans caused by a faulty canal system hastily installed decades ago, a federal judge ruled Friday.

"Certainly by 2004, the Army Corps no longer had any choice but to recognize that a hurricane inevitably would provide the meteorological conditions to trigger the ticking time bomb created by a substantially expanded and eroded MR-GO and the resulting destruction of wetlands that had shielded the St. Bernard Polder for centuries," Braden wrote.

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New York state to dim lights to save migrating birds - BBC News ("this may save millions of birds")

New York state to dim lights to save migrating birds - BBC News ("this may save millions of birds") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
State of New York to turn off non-essential lights to try and prevent migratory birds becoming confused and fatally crashing into buildings.

Migrating birds are believed to use stars to navigate but they can be disorientated by electric lights, causing them to crash into buildings.

The phenomenon, known as "fatal light attraction", is estimated to kill up to one billion birds a year in the US.

Millions of birds migrate through New York along the Atlantic Flyway route.

Now those passing over the city by night will stand a better chance of making it further north.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that bright outdoor lights will be turned off between 23:00 and dawn during peak migration seasons in spring and autumn.

The state will join several well-known New York landmarks that have already signed up to the National Audubon Society's Lights Out programme, including the Rockefeller Centre, Chrysler Building and Time Warner Centre.

"This is a simple step to help protect these migrating birds that make their home in New York's forests, lakes and rivers," Mr Cuomo said in a statement.

He also announced the new "I Love NY Birding" website, which will provide information on bird watching and how to participate in the Lights Out initiative.

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Another lesson in green architecture and engineering -- bird-friendly design and specifications.

 

"Fatal light attraction appears to affect migratory songbirds such as warblers, thrushes and sparrows more than local birds, who learn where they can fly safely.

"Daniel Klem, professor of ornithology and conservation biology at Muhlenberg College who pioneered the study of window strikes, told the BBC last year that the strikes were particularly worrying because the fittest members of the population were just as likely to die in this way as weaker birds."

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These urban farmers want to feed the whole neighborhood -- for free ("abundance breeds generosity")

These urban farmers want to feed the whole neighborhood -- for free ("abundance breeds generosity") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The Beacon Food Forest plants the heirloom seeds of a real sharing economy.

The Beacon Food Forest is a community gathering space overflowing with yummy, organic perennial plants in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, about 2.5 miles south of downtown. At about two acres, it’s already the largest edible garden on public land in the U.S. And it’s a wildly prosperous example of the real sharing economy.

A food forest is pretty much what it sounds like: “A woodland ecosystem that you can eat,” says Glenn Herlihy, one of the BFF’s founders. A food forest mimics how a wild forest works, but swaps in species that are edible or otherwise useful to humans and other animals. Fruit trees and nut trees cast shade (on sunny days) over berry shrubs, herbs, and veggies, while vines climb up trunks and trellises. Underneath, healthy soil teems with tiny life, storing carbon, water, and other nutrients necessary for plant growth. The BFF leans on permaculture farming, which uses ecological design and a bit of good ol’ human labor to create multi-species gardens that bring forth mountains of flavorful, nourishing grub without fossil fuels or other polluting substances.

By contrast, nearly all of the food we eat is grown in monoculture environments, where every plant is eradicated except for one “crop.” That’s true even of most certified organic products. Instead of natural cycles and diverse species supporting each other, you get “dead” soil that needs constant fertilization, watering, and pest control (i.e. spraying poison on food).

 


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Looking for an anti-poverty community model? Try this. If an economic system produces prosperity, it should breed generosity - not accumulated profit!


"Community food forestry demonstrates a smarter way to grow food locally — which is important, considering that we’re staring at a future of hungry, hungry humans. The BFF is a lush public garden where all of the produce is up for grabs. Instead of dividing the land into small patches for private planting, like most community gardens, volunteers cultivate the whole food forest together and share, well, the fruits of their labor with anyone and everyone. Urban foragers are welcome to reap what the community sows."

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Science-based ecotourism: What the Philippines can learn from Malaysia  ("more income than logging")

Science-based ecotourism: What the Philippines can learn from Malaysia  ("more income than logging") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Here's why the Philippines should follow Malaysia's example, taking advantage of a booming birdwatching industry to boost tourism and environmental awareness. 

Today, the lighthouse's strategic value is to the global race for ecotourism. Forty kilometers southwest of the lighthouse is Pulau Rupat in Sumatra, Indonesia, making this spot the shortest crossing point between Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia. Since migrating birds of prey generally avoid wide expanses of water, they tend to seek the narrowest crossing points between land masses. This makes Tanjung Tuan an ideal spot to observe raptors and promote ecotourism.

This year, from February 14 to March 29, MNS counted more than 48,000 raptors streaming in from Sumatra into Tanjung Tuan. The five most common migratory raptors observed at Tanjung Tuan are Crested Honey Buzzard, Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Black Baza (Aviceda leuphotes), Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis) and Japanese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter gularis). Events like RaptorWatch increase awareness about the natural world and help in protecting Malaysia's natural heritage, said Henry Goh, president of MNS at the opening of RaptorWatch 2015. RaptorWatch helping draw attention to the Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve, which is a sanctuary for many non-avian animals such as squirrels, macaque monkeys, civet cats and dusky leaf monkeys.Compared to Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia, raptor migration research in the Philippines is just starting, according to Alex Tiongco of the Raptor Study Group of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. However, the knowledge growth has "been phenomenal" in the past few years, stated Tiongco.For instance, thanks to the Raptor Study Group's efforts, we can safely assume that among the most common migratory raptors in the Philippines are Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloensis), Grey-faced Buzzard (Butastur indicus), Crested Honey Buzzard, Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), said Tiongco.  The group has also identified key crossing points for raptors in the country, although more research is needed, he said.
Bert Guevara's insight:

There are several birdwatching eco-tourism sites that can be developed in the Philippines. We can learn from the Malaysian experience.


"In the past three years of serious field research, the group has discovered three major crossing points: Cape San Agustin in Davao Oriental, Barangay Cross in Sarangani and Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. These areas have the potential to become the Philippines' version of Tanjung Tuan," he said.

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10 things you need to know about sustainable agriculture ("many farmers are giving up; we need new breed")

10 things you need to know about sustainable agriculture ("many farmers are giving up; we need new breed") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Facing climate change and nine billion mouths to feed by 2050, experts shared their thoughts on the future of food security

In a recent live chat, a panel of experts joined readers online to discuss the future of sustainable agriculture in the face of changing weather driven by climate change and increasing competition for food. Here are 10 things we learned:

 

1. We shouldn't just "accept" climate change

2. We don't need to "accept" a world with 9.6 billion people by 2050

3. Switching crops is the future

4. Research breakthroughs need more investment

5. Cultivating trees on farms can boost crop yields

6. Small-scale farmers are vital to domestic food security

7. Urban farms suit tomatoes, not cows

8. Meat is off the menu

9. The definition of a "good" farmer is culturally complex

10. Everyone has a role to play

 

Everyone needs to eat, so be it reducing food loss and waste, eating lower-impact diets or investing in sustainable production - countries, companies, and consumers can make a difference. Surrounded by abundance, the challenge is making consumers care. On this, Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, points out that if everyone tried to grow their own vegetables it would bring home just how difficult food production is.

Bert Guevara's insight:

City-dwellers take it for granted that there are enough farmers and enough agriculture to feed all of us. That is no longer the case.

Farmers are quitting; farmlands are drying up; investors are losing; distribution is becoming expensive.

This is part of the green agenda that must be tackled by everyone.

 

"Everyone needs to eat, so be it reducing food loss and waste, eating lower-impact diets or investing in sustainable production - countries, companies, and consumers can make a difference. Surrounded by abundance, the challenge is making consumers care. On this, Liz Bowles, head of farming at the Soil Association, points out that if everyone tried to grow their own vegetables it would bring home just how difficult food production is."

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Conservatives Upset At Pope's 'Green Agenda' ("climate issues become part of morality")

Conservatives Upset At Pope's 'Green Agenda' ("climate issues become part of morality") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
NEW YORK (RNS) The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The meeting, which the Vatican detailed...

The Vatican is set to host a major conference on climate change this month that will feature leading researchers on global warming and an opening address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The meeting, which the Vatican detailed on its website late Tuesday (April 14), is another sign of Pope Francis’ “green agenda” and another potential red flag for conservatives who are already alarmed over an expected papal teaching document on the environment that is scheduled for release this summer.

Another goal, says a statement on a Vatican website, is to highlight “the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people — especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children, and future generations.”

Others simply believe that Francis — who signaled that environmental protection would be a hallmark of his papacy when he took the name of the unofficial patron saint of ecology, Francis of Assisi — should not be weighing in on issues that touch on technical and scientific matters that some contend are still debatable.

Francis “is an ideologue and a meddlesome egoist,” Maureen Mullarkey wrote in an especially trenchant column at the conservative journal First Things about what she called the pope’s’ “premature, intemperate policy endorsements” on the environment.

Though his two immediate predecessors, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and St. John Paul II, also spoke out strongly on the Christian duty to protect the environment, Francis has done so more frequently and forcefully, and at a time when climate change has become a hot-button political issue.


Bert Guevara's insight:

This is another strong push for climate action. The Catholic Church includes climate issues in its moral teachings. The message simply connects love for the environment with love for neighbor and love for God.

My favorite quote is "One cannot say he loves God while destroying His Creation."


"Another goal, says a statement on a Vatican website, is to highlight “the intrinsic connection between respect for the environment and respect for people — especially the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children, and future generations.”

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Filipino scientist lauded for disaster research ("a lot of actual data in a vulnerable country")

Filipino scientist lauded for disaster research ("a lot of actual data in a vulnerable country") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Lagmay received the award for his research focusing on volcanic hazards, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and landslides in the Philippines. 

Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) project, has been awarded the 2015 Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union (EGU). Lagmay received the award for his research focusing on volcanic hazards, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and landslides in the Philippines. Lagmay also received the Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for 2013.

 With more than 12,000 international members, the EGU is a non-profit international union established in 2002 focusing on geosciences and planetary and space sciences. The EGU awards the Plinius Medal to scientists that work on natural hazards research. Project NOAH was launched in 2012 in response to President Benigno Aquino III’s call to implement a responsive disaster prevention and mitigation program. Some of Project NOAH’s component projects include the Hydromet Sensors Development, DREAM-LIDAR 3-D Mapping Project, Flood NET-Flood Management Modeling Project, Hazards Information Media, and Strategic Communication Intervention. A Project NOAH app is also available for Android smartphones. It provides real-time weather information and notifications can be set up for automatic weather alerts during specified intervals. Programs like Project NOAH are especially important in the Philippines, a country that’s consistently been among the most disaster-prone countries in the world for multiple years.

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Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) project, has been awarded the 2015 Plinius Medal by the European Geosciences Union (EGU). Lagmay received the award for his research focusing on volcanic hazards, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and landslides in the Philippines. Lagmay also received the Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for 2013.

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7 Products You Didn’t Know Come from Trees ("one of God's greatest gifts to man expands usefulness")

7 Products You Didn’t Know Come from Trees ("one of God's greatest gifts to man expands usefulness") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Forests give us so much—fresh air, clean water, wildlife and tranquil surroundings. But—as some of you probably know—the trees that grow in these forests also provide us with many products we use in our everyday life. From paper towels and toilet paper, t

While almost everyone knows that wood and paper products come from trees, folks may not be as aware that many other products we use on a daily basis come from trees. We often forget the wooden handles from our brooms and the containers that hold our ice cream also come from the forest.

WWF is working to address the threats to forests so we can sustain nature’s diversity, benefit our climate and support human well-being—including continuing to responsibly produce products that come from trees. Those products are easy to find. They have the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. The label means the product was created with material from a responsibly-managed forest. The FSC—which WWF helped create nearly 20 years ago—has the best standards for assessing which forests are properly managed.

Next time you use the following products, take a moment to think about the amazing trees that helped create them, or helped them get their start:

Bert Guevara's insight:

Did you know that these items came from trees?


1. Latex Rubber Gloves

2. Sponges 

3. Wine Corks

4. Chewing gum

5. Car wax

6. Hair Dye

7. Chocolate

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Launch of Largest Global Citizen Consultation on Climate and Energy ("reaching out to masses on the ground")

Launch of Largest Global Citizen Consultation on Climate and Energy ("reaching out to masses on the ground") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
On June 6, beginning at dawn in the Pacific Islands and ending at dusk in the West Coast of the United States, citizens around the world will take part in the largest ever public consultation on climate change and energy.
 This unique World Wide Views Day is in support of an ambitious new, universal climate change agreement that the nations of the world will conclude under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, in December.
Organizers Make Final Preparations to Bring t…

Next week in Paris, on April 13 and 14, national organizations in the World Wide Views Alliance will meet at the European Space Agency HQ to discuss and continue their preparations for the main event.

On the day itself, June 6, groups of hundreds of citizens reflecting the demographic diversity of their countries will attend day-long meetings to discuss climate change and energy issues, express their views and make up their minds about what they want their governments to do to ensure a sustainable future.

The results from the global event will be ready in June, giving everyone from policy makers to businesses, from civic leaders to investors a unique and timely insight into the views of citizens worldwide on the key issues that governments need to address in order to reach an effective new climate change agreement.

The results from World Wide Views will also be presented at the Paris COP21 UNFCCC climate change conference. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the of the UNFCCC, said:

"We are very excited that the World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is being organized and happy to collaborate with such an important initiative. Bringing forward the views and the voices of citizens from across the globe can only contribute to a positive new universal climate agreement in Paris in December. In supporting this unique and novel approach, we believe we are also making an important contribution to Article 6 of the Convention as it relates to education and public awareness."

Bert Guevara's insight:

Do you want to take part in a global consultation on climate and energy using the web on June 6. World Environment Day?

 

"This is the third time that partners in the World Wide Views Alliance have organized a global citizen consultation, but World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is on track to be the largest ever. Partners around the world are still signing up and over 50 countries are expected to participate. 

"The initiative has received France’s official COP21 label, and French President François Hollande praised it in his yearly speech to the French constitutional bodies, last January.

"The project is initiated by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Missions Publiques, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the French National Commission for Public Debate in partnership with World Wide Views."

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BusinessWorld | Manila Bay study could start by end-Sept. 2016 ("science will now guide approvals")

BusinessWorld | Manila Bay study could start by end-Sept. 2016 ("science will now guide approvals") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
THE CONSULTANCY that will bag the contract to produce a comprehensive study of the Manila Bay area, which will serve as the guide for future reclamation projects, will likely be allowed to start actual work on the ground as early as the third quarter of 2016, said the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).

“We’re already mapping out the next steps with our bids and awards committee. This is preparatory to the issuance of the Request for Proposals (RFP) within the last quarter of the year,” PRA Assistant General Manager for Reclamation and Regulation Joselito D. Gonzales said in a recent phone interview.
The agency had said in January that it will commission the project, which will cover Manila Bay’s north shore in Pampanga down to Cavite. It will be bid out to consultancy firms with experience in reclamation and environmental study.
The project’s output will serve as a decision support system (DSS) in the form of a computer program that the PRA will use to “counter-check” proposed reclamation projects.
“If someone proposes to reclaim a portion of the area, we will find out -- in one click of a button -- what will be its effects on Manila Bay. Will there be flooding? What will be the water flow?” Mr. Gonzales explained in a separate interview at the PRA office recently in Makati City.
The DSS, described as a “very high-tech” and “extraordinary kind of procurement,” will also have an environmental component and hydrological modeling, and will provide the socioeconomic profile of the settlers and the fisherfolk in the area involved, among others.
After the issuance of an RFP, the deadline for submission of bids will be set within 30 to 60 days, said Mr. Gonzales. It will be followed by the awarding of contract “at least three months from the submission of bids.”
“We will follow the maximum allowable time under the procurement law. It depends on prospective bidders if they will request for extension... to meet eligibility requirements, such as if a foreign firm still needs to scout for a local partner, and we will evaluate reasonably,” he said.
“If all goes well, then conservatively, we can issue the notice to proceed by the end of third quarter or up to the fourth quarter next year,” Mr. Gonzales added.

Bert Guevara's insight:

As the two sides to the Manila Bay reclamation issue trade arguments, maybe this project may introduce more scientific bases into the debates and produce sound decisions.

"The project’s output will serve as a decision support system (DSS) in the form of a computer program that the PRA will use to “counter-check” proposed reclamation projects.
“If someone proposes to reclaim a portion of the area, we will find out -- in one click of a button -- what will be its effects on Manila Bay. Will there be flooding? What will be the water flow?”

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Unique Earth Day Traditions To Start As A Family (earth day everyday, everywhere, for every one")

Unique Earth Day Traditions To Start As A Family (earth day everyday, everywhere, for every one") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
When trying to raise young stewards of the planet, it's never too early. Here are 4 unique Earth Day traditions you can start this year as a family.

1. Think outside the tree

Many people choose to plant a tree to honor Earth Day, and this is an honorable and beneficial tradition, of course, especially if your city or town organizes a tree-planting event at a local park. However, your family can take this idea to another level by starting a garden on Earth Day that can be tended to by the entire family year round. 

2. Start a neighborhood or school recycling program

Spearhead a block-wide or even school-wide recycling initiative by going door to door as a family to enlist neighbors who are willing to cans, glass or plastic water bottles. Or speak with your kids’ school administration about placing recycling bins in the classrooms and cafeteria.

3. Make a green pact - as a family

Bond through your earth-friendly efforts by make a concerted effort to "go green" as a family this Earth Day. Gather together and decide which go-green tasks most interest each member of the family.

4. Make an earth friendly dinner

Little kids may not fully understand the significance of Earth Day, but they can certainly be part of a simple family tradition this April 22 — a special meal. Bring the family together for dinner honoring Earth Day. The ingredients of this meal should be conscious of the environment in any way possible. For example, make a meatless meal or use ingredients bought entirely from a local farmers market. Instead of scraping remnants into the trash or even thecompost heap, turn the leftovers into a second creative meal for the following night. This Earth Day meal can be the very beginning of a new tradition to make every meal just a little bit more earth-conscious.

Bert Guevara's insight:

April 22 is International Earth Day.

"Learning how to be green not just on Earth Day but every day is a wonderful way to bond with your family while making a very beneficial impact on our planet day after day."

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17 Cotabato villages affected by drought ("no escaping el niño's wrath; whole country drying up!")

17 Cotabato villages affected by drought ("no escaping el niño's wrath; whole country drying up!") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

The Cotabato City Agriculture Office on Friday said more than P15 million worth of crops have been damaged due to drought.

The city has been suffering from the dry spell since January.

Seventeen villages were affected by the dry spell, with 245 farmers and 319 hectares of rice and corn fields affected by the drought.

Agriculture Secretary Proseso Alcala is schedule to visit Cotabato City on Saturday to launch the "Ulat sa Bayan Peace Caravan Campaign."

Alcala will conduct an ocular inspection on the newly-built "state of the art" halal slaughterhouse in Barangay Tamontaka, Cotabato City. The project is worth P33 million.

A farmers' forum will also be conducted in the area to identify the problems encountered by farmers and fisherfolks in the city.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

For 2015, agriculture in the Philippines will suffer from drought brought about by the El Niño phenomenon. This kind of dry news will continue. Cloud seeding can only offer a "band aid" solution.

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Want to fix the climate? First, we have to change everything ("a call to take the plunge into new paradigm")

Want to fix the climate? First, we have to change everything ("a call to take the plunge into new paradigm") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Gar Alperovitz worked within the systems that helped pass civil rights legislation and launch Earth Day. Today, he says, those systems are closed for business.

Helping head this up is the historian and political economist Gar Alperovitz, 78, former legislative aide to Sen. Gaylord Nelson, who helped spur Earth Day into reality in the late 1960s. Alperovitz was around for that and also the halcyon era of the 1960s and ’70s when Congress was able to pass effective civil rights and environmental legislation. More recently, he helped start the Democracy Collaborative, “a research center dedicated to the pursuit of democratic renewal, increased civic participation, and community revitalization.”

With the Next System, Alperovitz is hoping to shepherd discussions around what new systems and institutions can be created to help heal what political and corporate systems have desecrated. He also seeks to elevate the new systems that are already in place but could use some scaling up.

One major focus of the project is on expanding business models that grant company ownership to workers. It’s actually similar to the kind of thinking behind what Jay-Z is seeking for Tidal: granting musical artists the opportunity to help generate more wealth for themselves, rather than companies, when we stream their music online. It’s a sign that people aren’t only waking up, but are also trying to do something about the fact that current business models aren’t empowering laborers.

If millionaires like Jay-Z are the wrong example for this, then consider instead what Cesar Chavez sought to achieve for farmworkers: more rights, better compensation, ownership. These are the kinds of discussions Alperovitz wants to build upon through the Next System.

“Sophisticated discussions,” though, said Alperovitz, when I met with him at his home in D.C. last month. “No slogans.”

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is how to think OUT OF THE BOX. We need people who are willing to come out and feed another Earth Day movement. Read this article and check if you can make the paradigm shift in your own life.

"Today’s political economic system is not programmed to secure the wellbeing of people, place and planet. Instead, its priorities are corporate profits, the growth of GDP, and the projection of national power. If we are to address the manifold challenges we face in a serious way, we need to think through and then build a new political economy that takes us beyond the current system that is failing all around us. However difficult the task, however long it may take, systemic problems require systemic solutions."

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150,000 Stand With Peruvian Woman in Fight Against World's Largest Gold Mine » EcoWatch ("tough match")

150,000 Stand With Peruvian Woman in Fight Against World's Largest Gold Mine » EcoWatch ("tough match") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Máxima Acuña de Chaupe and other activists from Cajamarca, Peru appeared at the meeting of Newmont Mining Corporation to protest the company’s practices in the

Newmont is majority owner of the massive Peruvian gold mine Yanacocha, the second largest gold mine in the world, and its planned Conga gold and copper mine nearby would be even larger, requiring a farming community to move and the four lakes they rely on for irrigation to be drained.

But the community has so far refused to relinquish its treasured land and lakes, and in response activists say the company has reacted with intimidation and harassment.

Despite this legal victory, activists say that intimidation and threats against Acuña de Chaupe have continued, reporting that the family’s home was demolished again in February 2015, this time by a group of 200 armed men.

For its part, Newmont maintains that it and Yanacocha always strive to be respectful of neighboring communities, and that they will not proceed without clear social acceptance. But in the case of Acuña de Chaupe, spokesman Omar Jabara continued to maintain that the family is illegally squatting on the company’s land. “On many occasions, the company has tried to resolve the dispute through direct dialogue, and remains open and willing to doing so. In the meantime,” he said by email, “Yanacocha is obliged to continue pursuing judicial avenues to re-establish its legal right to the property, while making every effort to reduce tensions and minimize conflict.”

However, Earthworks International Program Director Payal Sampat maintains that it’s too late to build bridges or reduce tensions. “The community of Cajamarca has said loud and clear—and repeatedly—that they reject the Conga mine. Instead of listening to the community and respecting their wishes, Newmont has employed security forces to intimidate and harass those who oppose them. This ‘scorched earth’ approach is hurting not only the people of Cajamarca, but Newmont’s reputation and business as well.”

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This story is repeated in many mining sites in the Philippines. When big mining companies use intimidation and legal bullying, the community has to stand up for its rights. But battling a mining giant is not a simple fight. Lives are put on the line.

It is sad that in many communities, the local leaders are willing to turn a blind eye for a small piece of fortune.

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Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities & Public Spaces thru Placemaking | Project for Public Spaces

Ten Strategies for Transforming Cities & Public Spaces thru Placemaking | Project for Public Spaces | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

Building inclusive, healthy, functional, and productive cities is perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity today, and there are no easy solutions. A key part of the puzzle, though, lies right at the heart of the world’s urban areas: its public spaces. Here are ten ways you can help strengthen the social fabric of your community and jump-start economic development by creating and sustaining healthy public spaces.

1. IMPROVE STREETS AS PLACES

 

2. CREATE SQUARES AND PARKS AS MULTI-USE DESTINATIONS

 

3. BUILD LOCAL ECONOMIES THROUGH MARKETS

 

4. DESIGN BUILDINGS TO SUPPORT PLACES

 

5. LINK A PUBLIC HEALTH AGENDA TO A PUBLIC SPACE AGENDA

 

6. REINVENT COMMUNITY PLANNING

 

7. UTILIZE THE POWER OF 10+

 

8. CREATE A COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC SPACE AGENDA

 

9. START SMALL AND EXPERIMENT, USING A “LIGHTER, QUICKER, CHEAPER” APPROACH

 

10. RESTRUCTURE GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT PUBLIC SPACES

 

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

The trend of populations moving towards cities highlights the need to create places for people. Here are some ideas of how to create public places by Placemaking.


"Mexico provides a positive example of how that can occur. Since 2007, SEDESOL, the Mexican Ministry of Social Development, has “rescued” 42,000 public spaces across the country by promoting the realization of social actions and the execu­tion of physical works to restore community meeting places, social interaction, and everyday recreation in insecure and marginalized urban areas. The goals of the Rescue of Public Spaces program are to help improve the quality of life and safety through the revitalization of public spaces in cities and metropolitan areas across Mexico, thereby promoting healthy living."

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Why Filipinos should consider becoming farmers ("smart agri needs smart farmers; incentives lacking")

Why Filipinos should consider becoming farmers ("smart agri needs smart farmers; incentives lacking") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
MANILA -- Despite being an agricultural country, the number of people entering the industry in the Philippines is decreasing, mainly due to various stereotypes about farming.

"Ang gobyerno, nagtatalaga ng wage policies. Kapag ikaw ay nasa agricultural sector, ang sweldo mo, ganito lamang. Kapag ikaw ay nasa industry, ang sweldo mo, ganito. So kung ikaw eh isang kabataan, saan ka pupunta? Siyempre doon sa trabaho na mataas ang sweldo. Hindi pa nadudumihan ang kamay, hindi ka pa nakabilad sa araw," he added.

This shows the government is not keen on giving incentives for farmers, unlike in other countries.

"Sa ibang bansa, meron silang tinatawag na, tulad sa Japan, income parity policy. Ang gobyerno, ina-assure, na kung ikaw ay mananatili sa farm mo, at magtatrabaho sa farm, the government assures you of an income that is at par, if not better, than what you will earn kapag ikaw ay magtatrabaho sa factory," Domingo said.

For Domingo and Serrano, understanding that agriculture industry is more than just farming can help people give more importance to this profession.

This can be done by re-orienting the educational system and including agriculture in lessons in elementary and high school.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The Phil may end up importing most of its food at the rate we are losing our farmers. Aside from poor infrastructure support, aggravated by climate change; our policies on land reform and import violations have made agriculture unattractive to the youth. They would rather go abroad. Old farmers are dying out and selling their farmland for conversion.


"Bakit wala nang magsasaka? Kasi hindi ino-honor ang farmers. Hindi [sila] binibigyan ng halaga...there's something wrong in our society. We do not honor hardwork. We do not honor labor...parang palagi na lang sila ang na-aabuso, 'ika nga," Velasco added.

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Sustainable Construction Technologies to Save the Earth ("it is no longer an option to go green")

Sustainable Construction Technologies to Save the Earth ("it is no longer an option to go green") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
With green building becoming a critical part of today’s world, more and more new construction technologies are being developed to keep up with demand.

Without a doubt, green building is on the rise as global trends attest. According to the World Green Building Trends survey, 51 percent of respondent firms committed to incorporating sustainability into more than 60 percent of their work by 2015. The same report also identified the benefits of green building that draw these businesses into sustainable construction: Greater health and productivity topped the list of social reasons for companies going green in their construction. On the other hand, energy saving led in the environmental reasons, with water use reduction, lower greenhouse gas emissions and natural resource conservation placing second in different regions.

With green building becoming a critical part of today’s world, more and more new construction technologies are being developed to keep up with this escalating shift to sustainability. From maximizing the use of renewable resources to minimizing carbon footprint, whether in constructing a new sustainable building or greening existing infrastructure, these seven construction technologies aim to save the planet.

Going green brings in a host of advantages that businesses simply cannot ignore. While some green construction technologies cost more upfront, companies reap benefits in the long run. What’s more, sustainable construction technologies are constantly being developed for wide-scale and more affordable distribution, what with the increasing demand for green buildings that underpin the optimistic outlook for the future of green building.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Lower costs in the beginning may cost more to the building user in the long run. The "green" design criteria becomes critical in this time of global warming.


"Going green brings in a host of advantages that businesses simply cannot ignore. While some green construction technologies cost more upfront, companies reap benefits in the long run. What’s more, sustainable construction technologies are constantly being developed for wide-scale and more affordable distribution, what with the increasing demand for green buildings that underpin the optimistic outlook for the future of green building."

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The seven trends are:

1. Using sustainable construction materials

2. Architectural design for better use of natural light and airflow

3. Zero-energy buildings

4. Water reuse and supply technologies

5. Storm-water management

6. Low-emittance windows and smart glass

7. Cool roofs 

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30 great ways to celebrate Earth Day every day ("a billion small acts of green can make a big diff")

30 great ways to celebrate Earth Day every day ("a billion small acts of green can make a big diff") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Don't wait for April 22! Here is a month-long list of eco-awesome activities you can do to celebrate the planet every day.

 

1. Plant a tree.

2. Plant a garden.

3. Pick up litter in your favorite local park.

4. Go for a hike.

5. Go for a picnic.

6. Reduce. Give the Earth and your wallet a break this month and pass on that new shirt or DVD.

7. Reuse. 

8. Recycle. If it's not already a habit, make it one this month. 

9. Go ahead.  Hug a tree.

10. Go meat-free. (Find great recipes to get you started here.)

11. Volunteer with your local environmental club or at a nearby state park.

12. Run or walk a 5K. 

13. Go for a hike.

14. Make eco-art.

15. Turn out the lights.

16. Step away from the car and walk or ride your bike instead.

17. Host an eco-swap.  Get together with friends and neighbors to swap your gently used spring cleaning discards.  

18. Take shorter showers.

19. Hit your local Green Festival to learn more about eco-happenings in your area.

20. Read an eco-book to your kids.

21. Read an eco-book to yourself.

22. Go for a bike ride.

23. Break the plastic water bottle habit.  

24. Break the plastic bag habit.

25. Donate to a worthy eco-cause.  

26. Support your local wildlife.

27. Build a birdhouse.

28. Build a rain barrel.

29. Buy local.

30. Get outside.

Bert Guevara's insight:

"Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone" 

A billion (small) acts of green can make a big difference if done every day, all over the world.

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Environmental Activists Killed in Record Numbers in 2014 ("Phl gov't forest guards not yet counted")

Environmental Activists Killed in Record Numbers in 2014 ("Phl gov't forest guards not yet counted") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
At least 116 deaths globally were tied to disputes involving natural resources.

A majority of deaths were tied to disputes over hydropower, mining and agri-business

The killing of environmental activists jumped by 20% in 2014, with at least 116 deaths around the world tied to disputes involving land and natural resources, the London-based advocacy organization Global Witness claimed this week.

“[That’s] almost double the number of journalists killed in the same period,” its report said. “Disputes over the ownership, control and use of land was an underlying factor in killings of environmental and land defenders in nearly all documented cases.”

According to How Many More?, the majority of deaths took place in Central and South America; Brazil topped the list with 29 cases followed by Colombia with 25.

Global Witness dubbed Honduras as “the most dangerous country per capita to be an environmental activist,” where during the past five years 101 individuals have been killed in relation to their advocacy work.

The organization urged governments across the globe to take bolder measures to tackle the issue ahead of the U.N. Climate Change Conference that will be held in Paris later this year.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Earth Day message: protect the nature defenders. In the Philippines, DENR forest guards are being killed by illegal loggers.


“Environmental and land defenders are often on the frontlines of efforts to address the climate crisis and are critical to success,” said the report. “Unless governments do more to protect these activists, any words agreed in Paris will ultimately ring hollow.”

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The science of why you really should listen to science and experts ("it's how we control biases")

The science of why you really should listen to science and experts ("it's how we control biases") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
All humans are biased. But some humans are less biased than others.

It’s no secret that Americans have trouble with scientific authority. We are, after all, a country nearly half composed of creationists who think humans have been around for only 10,000 years or less.

And experts don’t just suffer at the hands of religious and political ideologues — they also get flak from their own presumed academic allies. A group of scholars sometimes dubbed “postmodernists” — no longer trendy, but they were in the 1990s — has delighted in pointing out that scientific experts themselves nourish all kinds of biases, and can be quite closed-minded in their own way.

But just as it was once academically fashionable to dis experts, the worm is now turning, and many are now standing up for them again. And to that trend, we can now add empirical evidence in experts’ favor, thanks to a fascinating new study out by Yale law professor and science communication researcher Dan Kahan and a team of researchers and legal scholars (including one judge).

Nonetheless, the study also found that judges polarized quite predictably, along ideological lines, in their views on the issues of climate change and marijuana legalization. So it isn’t that judges aren’t political — it’s just that in certain cases where they are applying learned expertise, that expertise supplants any gut political leanings.

“Judges of diverse cultural outlooks—ones polarized on their views of the risks of marijuana legalization, climate change, and other contested issues — converged on results in cases that strongly divided comparably diverse members of the public,” the study concluded. (It wasn’t so kind to law students, though: “Students enjoy an immature form of the professional judgment that fully trained and experienced lawyers possess,” the researchers observed.)

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

In the hi-tech age of information, the ability to extract wisdom is best exercised by people who have the "expertise." Sometimes, the ability to filter biases is best exercised by those with more experience.

"The conclusion of all of this research, then, is that there really does seem to be something called “expertise.” Moreover,  there are certain habits of mind learned by experts — especially those possessed of the right, nuanced personality disposition — that render them quite good guides to reasoning about topics where for non-experts, political passions get in the way.

"So experts really do exist, and they really are different from non-experts. Now, all we have to do is listen to them."

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Ex-Cebu mayor, 7 others indicted for illegal mining ("the sad reality of public officials cashing in on illegal mining")

Ex-Cebu mayor, 7 others indicted for illegal mining ("the sad reality of public officials cashing in on illegal mining") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
MANILA -- The Office of the Ombudsman ordered on Tuesday the filing of charges against former Mayor Avelino Gungob Sr. and seven job order employees of Consolacion, Cebu for illegal mining of limestone quarried in November 2009. Gungob, Glecerio Galo, Leonardo Capao, Joeboy Dayon, Juanito Gerundio, Beda Comeso, Nicarter Yray and Dionito Mangilaya are facing a criminal charge for Theft of Minerals under Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

An investigation revealed that members of the Cebu City Police Office have apprehended three municipal dump trucks driven by Gerundio, Comeso and Mangilaya loaded with limestone or diorite while Yray, Capao and Dayon were caught in the act of quarrying the minerals without permit.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that Gerundio and others were following the instructions of Galo who acted upon Gungob’s order to quarry and transport the minerals.

Section 43 of Republic Act 7942 requires a quarry permit before extraction of minerals can be done.

"Good faith in ordering the extraction of limestone for the purpose of completing municipal projects cannot absolve [Gungob, Sr.] of any criminal liability under the special law,” the Ombudsman said.

Gungob was also found guilty of simple misconduct and meted out the penalty of suspension without pay for three months with accessory penalties.

Bert Guevara's insight:

What a brazen display of abuse of authority to perform illegal mining! They even used municipal dump tucks for transport.

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Gov’t acts vs El Niño | Tempo - News in a Flash ("as usual, too little too late; same press release")

Gov’t acts vs El Niño | Tempo - News in a Flash ("as usual, too little too late; same press release") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
-*+The government has stepped up strategies to mitigate the impact of the El Niño phenomenon in farmlands and ensure a stable food production in the country.

Among the government relief measures are possible cloud seeding operations, release of rice varieties tolerant to drought, and initiatives on water management, according to Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

“Patuloy na pinaiigting ng pamahalaan ang mga paghahanda upang labanan ang epekto ng El Niño sa bansa at masiguro ang katatagan ng produksyon ng pagkain, partikular ang palay, sa iba’t ibang bukirin at sakahan,” Coloma said.

“Kumikilos na ang iba’t ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan sa pangunguna ng Kagawaran ng Agrikultura upang bigyan ng karampatang tulong ang mga magsasaka at manggagawa sa kabukiran, tulad ng pamamahagi ng mga drought resistant na punla ng palay, maging ang pagsasaayos ng kanilang mga cropping season upang maiwasan ang mga tinaguriang disaster-prone na mga buwan alinsunod sa inilatag na El Niño mitigation and adaptation plan,” he added.

Coloma said the Agriculture department is working with the National Irrigation Administration to improve irrigation systems in the face of the decreasing water level in dams.

“Handa namang magpatupad ang pamahalaan ng iba pang mga hakbang, tulad ng cloud seeding operations kung kinakailangan, lalo na sa mga lugar na nakakaranas ng matinding panunuyo ng pananim,” Coloma said.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Why the (same) press releases, only now?

These proposals should have been started 6 months ago when El Niño was being anticipated by PAGASA.

"Among the government relief measures are possible cloud seeding operations, release of rice varieties tolerant to drought, and initiatives on water management, according to Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr."

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Inside the war to save Africa's elephants - CNN.com ("a tusk for a tusk; a war to save")

Inside the war to save Africa's elephants - CNN.com ("a tusk for a tusk; a war to save") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Ninety-six elephants are killed each day in Africa. But this group of park rangers in Chad are ready to die to protect their herd from destruction.

"Conservation is war," they say, and nowhere is that clearer than in Zakouma National Park.

Every day, in this remote wildlife refuge in the Salamat region of southeastern Chad, park rangers risk their lives to protect elephants that have managed to survive the poaching massacres of the last decade.

Before the Labuschagnes and African Parks took over the 3,000-plus-square-kilometer area, the territory suffered huge losses.

In 2002, an estimated 4,300 elephants lived in Zakouma. A decade later that figure had plummeted by 90 percent, most of them slaughtered by poachers for their ivory. The elephants were in danger of being wiped out.

About 450 elephants make Zakouma their home today -- roughly half the entire elephant population of Chad, says the park's field operations manager Darren Potgieter. It's a far cry from the 50,000 elephants that roamed the country's savannahs and scrublands 50 years ago.

The statistics for the region are equally dire. As recently as 1970, Potgieter says, 300,000 elephants roamed a Texas-sized area that included southern Chad, eastern Central African Republic, southwestern Sudan, and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Today, only small pockets of elephant populations remain, and they remain under threat.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

96 elephants are killed every day in Africa. These men are willing to die to make it stop. But why?

 

"Poaching, shrinking habitats, human-animal conflict, war and a seemingly insatiable appetite for ivory in Asia -- particularly in China -- have all contributed to the disappearing populations of elephants and many other species. Zakouma is no exception."

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Woman builds 186 sq. ft. modern tiny home to bypass unaffordable housing market ("real estate effect")

Woman builds 186 sq. ft. modern tiny home to bypass unaffordable housing market ("real estate effect") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Tired of renting and of roommates, this Vancouver woman decided to get a relatively spacious tiny home custom-built instead.

Faced with this dilemma, Mori got a tiny home builder, John McFarlane of Camera Buildings, to build her a custom-designed tiny house. Mori spent about CAD $39,000 (USD $30,995) to create a home that is well-lit, and packed with lots of transformer furniture for her and her two cats. A sense of financial security -- without having to shell out a fortune for a condo -- was her top priority, as Mori told The Province:

Basically, I was looking for some kind of housing security in Vancouver — which we all know is hard to find — and also not having a lot of money to go out and buy something. I was having to seriously think about looking at what’s going to happen to me.

It's one of the better designed tiny homes we've seen: the elongated layout, with the galley kitchen to one side, and the full wall of slatted windows to the other side, makes it feel much more spacious. The home has two levels, with the entry, closet and kitchen on the lower level, and up a couple of steps is the mezzanine, which has a lovely workspace, another closet and a 6-foot by 27-inch washroom with shower and composting toilet (the kitty litter box is in here too, with kitty poo smells vented out with the help of a computer fan).

One of the best parts of the design is the awesome pull-out bed, which is hidden under the mezzanine level. It solves that head-conking problem with conventional tiny home gabled roofs, with the exposed steps also serving as extra storage.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The housing backlog is further strained by rising real estate prices all over the world. Architecture can beat the real estate monster by designs such as this.

"Punctuating it with a lot of adorable Japanese knick-knacks, Mori loves her new home so far and has dubbed it "Thousand Crow." It's currently parked on rented land in an RV park, but Mori can easily move it anywhere she wants to in the future -- one of the perks of living tiny."

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Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, Euro Group Says ("where will man be w/o bees?")

Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, Euro Group Says ("where will man be w/o bees?") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The finding could have repercussions on both sides of the Atlantic for the companies that produce the chemicals, which are already banned in Europe.

An influential European scientific body said on Wednesday that a group of pesticides believed to contribute to mass deaths of honeybees is probably more damaging to ecosystems than previously thought and questioned whether the substances had a place in sustainable agriculture.

The European Commission in 2013 banned the use of three neonicotinoids— clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam — on flowering plants after a separate body, the European Food Safety Authority, found that exposure to the chemicals created “high acute risks” to bees.

Pesticides are thought to be only one part of the widespread deaths of bees, however. Other factors are believed to include varroa destructor mites, viruses, fungi and poor nutrition.

A growing body of evidence shows that the widespread use of the pesticides “has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem services like pollination and natural pest control, as well as on biodiversity,” the report’s authors said.

Predatory insects like parasitic wasps and ladybugs provide billions of dollars’ worth of insect control, they noted, and organisms like earthworms contribute billions more through improved soil productivity. All are harmed by the pesticides.

 


Bert Guevara's insight:

When a choice has to be made, it has to be for the long-term future. Obviously, neonicotinoids are for the short term. The survival of bees will far outweigh the immediate agricultural benefits of using these "bee-killing" pesticides.

"Neonicotinoids are absorbed by a plant so that the neurotoxic poison spreads throughout its tissues, including the sap, nectar and pollen. Far more deadly to insects than to mammals, they do not discriminate between harmful pests and beneficial pollinators.

"But the pesticides are also among the most effective insecticides available to farmers. Proponents argue that they are essential to food security, and note that many of the chemicals they replaced were worse in important respects."

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