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An Entire City Under Construction to Save Another from Climate ... ("facing CC head-on")

An Entire City Under Construction to Save Another from Climate ... ("facing CC head-on") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The African nation of Nigeria is experiencing many familiar problems in our age of climate change: rising sea levels, storm surges, devastating flooding. Now its coastal city Lagos is going to outrageous lengths to protect itself, ...

The African nation of Nigeria is experiencing many familiar problems in our age of climate change: rising sea levels, storm surges, devastating flooding. Now its coastal city Lagos is going to outrageous lengths to protect itself, both environmentally and financially, by building an entirely new city the size of Manhattan between it and the ocean.

The multi-billion-dollar Eko Atlantic development claims it will safeguard against coastal erosion, "transform[ing] land lost to the power of the sea into an ocean-front city that will be one of the wonders of the 21st century." It also bills itself as the economic catalyst that will nudge Lagos into the category of a truly global megacity, making it the "new financial epicenter of West Africa by the year 2020."

Over at The Guardian, however, Martin Lukacs calls Eko Atlantic "climate apartheid" built by "disaster capitalists." These investors, he claims, are using the threat of climate change as a reason to build what's essentially a closed-off, financially inaccessible city that will only "save" the people who live there:

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Dredging rivers not full answer to flooding – Environment Agency - The Guardian

Dredging rivers not full answer to flooding – Environment Agency - The Guardian | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

The Guardian Dredging rivers not full answer to flooding – Environment Agency The Guardian "I very much welcome the secretary of state's request for the Environment Agency, the local authorities and the drainage boards to get together to see if we...

"I very much welcome the secretary of state's request for the Environment Agency, the local authorities and the drainage boards to get together to see if we can come up with a comprehensive solution," he said. "It is not going to be a simplistic one. It is not just saying: 'If we dredge, it will solve all our problems', but dredging the Tone and Parrett I think will be part of that comprehensive solution."

"An absolute red line for us in the Environment Agency is that we have to be able to maintain our ability to respond to flooding emergencies wherever they are happening," he said. "Our response to flooding emergencies must be protected and will be protected."

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Zamboanga police seized illegally cut mangrove flitches - Mindanao Examiner ("we plant; they cut.")

Zamboanga police seized illegally cut mangrove flitches - Mindanao Examiner ("we plant; they cut.") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Mindanao Examiner Zamboanga police seized illegally cut mangrove flitches Mindanao Examiner The illegal cutting of mangrove in coastal areas in southern Philippines, particularly in the western region, continues unabated and environment authorities...

Police seized a huge quantity of illegally cut mangrove tree on Sacol Island off the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga.
Police said two men - Balolong Barahim and Abdua Halim – were also apprehended for transporting the flitches. The duo was spotted by policemen led by Chief Inspector Nonito Asdai, of the Sacol Community Police Action Center, and intercepted them.
The illegal cutting of mangrove in coastal areas in southern Philippines, particularly in the western region, continues unabated and environment authorities are virtually helpless in stopping the locals from destroying the marine habitat of many sea animals and fishes. 
Locals used the mangrove as poles for thatched houses and as firewood.

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Mafia Toxic Waste Dumping Poisons Italy's Farms - ABC News ("greed & apathy kills people with waste")

Mafia Toxic Waste Dumping Poisons Italy's Farms - ABC News ("greed & apathy kills people with waste") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
The Hindu Mafia Toxic Waste Dumping Poisons Italy's Farms ABC News The farmlands around Naples, authorities say, are contaminated from the Mafia's multibillion-dollar racket in disposing of toxic waste, mainly from industries in Italy's north that...

The farmlands around Naples, authorities say, are contaminated from the Mafia's multibillion-dollar racket in disposing of toxic waste, mainly from industries in Italy's north that ask no questions about where their garbage goes for a fraction of the cost of legal disposal. Dozens of area fields have been sequestered, after authorities found that decades of toxic waste dumping by the Camorra crime syndicate had poisoned the wells, tainting the water that irrigates crops with lead, arsenic and the industrial solvent tetrachloride.

In a strong signal that the state is cracking down on the lucrative business, a top Camorra boss, Francesco Bidognetti, was convicted last month of poisoning the water table in the town of Giugliano with toxic waste and received a 20-year sentence. It was the stiffest punishment yet for waste dumping. Officials estimate that the waste seepage at a hill-like dump in Giugliano will keep poisoning the water there for half a century.

     The findings have sparked protests by tens of thousands of people who marched through Naples' streets last month demanding to know whether they have been eating tainted vegetables for years. 

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5 steps to disaster-ready, climate-resilient communities ("this is now a matter of survival")

5 steps to disaster-ready, climate-resilient communities ("this is now a matter of survival") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Here are ways PH communities can better prepare for the next storm and adapt to possibly even more catastrophic climate change impacts

What does it take to be a climate-resilient and disaster-ready community?

1. Know about climate change and its impact

2. Assess vulnerabilities to reduce risks

3. Integrated approach to adaptation

- The more intact and balanced an ecosystem is, the more likely it can survive disasters. 

- Agriculture must be made climate-responsive.

- Water management entails being able to control the amount of water in a community. 

- The community's energy should not be completely reliant on fossil fuel and the national power grid. 

- Infrastructure of houses, public buildings, government offices, bridges and roads should be built to outlast storms and storm surges. 

- Food security can be achieved by stocking up on essential food like rice to be stored in time for a disaster.

4. Provide funding and equipment

5. Train the people


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André Michel's curator insight, December 12, 2013 3:48 AM

This is of GRAT interest simply because applicable to any Country on

the planet? (but there will be a cost which might be taken by some Governments or Nonprofits Organizations

Nick Lesley's comment, May 17, 2014 9:54 AM
This is a very good and helpful article, I feel like if I were ever put in this situation I would be able to do alot to the community.
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School teaches love and respect for the environment - New Pittsburgh Courier ("eco-learning approach")

School teaches love and respect for the environment - New Pittsburgh Courier ("eco-learning approach") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
School teaches love and respect for the environment New Pittsburgh Courier The mission of The Environmental Charter School (ECS) at Frick Park is to educate each student to high academic learning standards using a themed curriculum that will foster...

We believe that it is our responsibility to build an active, engaged and thoughtful citizenry—not just graduate students.We strongly commit to building systems thinkers, and use the platform of environment and ecology explore complexity, diverse perspectives and various disciplinary ways to engage or explore a problem. Ecological literacy is more than tree hugging or understanding the power of an invasive speciesin an ecosystem. ECS recognizes that the world is more complex and the successful education experiencemeans more than simply preparing students with content.

We know that humans need content, yet require opportunities to create, innovate, share and think critically.Coupled with an intensity for believing that culture is as important as a curriculum frameworkand a thinking-centered learning space, ECS dares to do “school” differently, and build extraordinary little people into extraordinary big people.

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Tsunami-Blocking Mangroves Lure Carbon Investors: Southeast Asia - Bloomberg ("they passed the test")

Tsunami-Blocking Mangroves Lure Carbon Investors: Southeast Asia - Bloomberg ("they passed the test") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Tsunami-Blocking Mangroves Lure Carbon Investors: Southeast Asia Bloomberg Replanted mangrove trees in Southeast Asia are getting credit for protecting against deadly tsunamis and typhoons such as Haiyan in the Philippines and cutting greenhouse...

Mangrove regeneration in Northern Samar, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of the worst-hit Philippine city of Tacloban, helped minimize damage from the Nov. 8 storm, according to the Trowel Development Foundation, which oversaw the plantings. On Indonesia’s Sumatra island, where a 2004 tsunami killed 170,000 residents, companies including Danone and Credit Agricole SA (ACA) have put up about $4 million in exchange for tradable carbon offsets tied to the reforestation.

Mangroves have twisted webs of roots above ground that absorb carbon dioxide linked to climate change and help protect coasts from tidal surges such as the one that killed at least 3,900 people when Typhoon Haiyan swamped the Philippines this month. The storm, one of the strongest to make landfall, has gripped UN climate talks in Warsaw this week, with a Philippine delegate tearfully calling for action to slow climate change.

“Had we not protected the mangrove trees against illegal cutting and had we not planted the areas surrounding the fish farms with native mangrove species, the super typhoon would have destroyed everything that the poor fisherfolks established,” Leonardo Rosario, a development consultant on the Northern Samar project, said by e-mail on Nov. 19.


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The Phil has gained a lot of friends for its call to urgent action

The Phil has gained a lot of friends for its call to urgent action | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

The voluntary fasting by a member of the Philippine delegation, to accompany its call for urgent climate action in the Warsaw Conference, has gained a lot of adherents to its cause. Now, many delegates are riding on the call by also voluntarily fasting to convey the urgency.

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Natural capital must be the way forward, says IUCN director general ("this is eco-economics 101")

Natural capital must be the way forward, says IUCN director general ("this is eco-economics 101") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Ahead of the World Forum on Natural Capital, Tim Smedley speaks to Julia Marton-Lefèvre about the role of business in conservation

The Bonn Challenge, for example, is a commitment to restore 150m hectares of lost forests and degraded lands worldwide by 2020. In natural capital terms, this is estimated to be worth $85bn per year. "Degraded land has no economic value whatsoever", explains Marton-Lefèvre. "It arguably even has negative value because it takes up space in countries that could otherwise be used. If we restore it people can live there, farm and fish – it's the livelihood benefits that we have estimated would bring $85bn to countries. That doesn't even include the health benefits."

Marton-Lefèvre's favourite example of natural capital working in practice comes from Vietnam, where "planting and protecting nearly 12,000 hectares of mangroves cost just more than $1m but saved annual expenditures on dyke maintenance of well over $7m. And that only accounts for coast maintenance: mangroves are also nurseries for fish, meaning livelihoods for fishing and source of nutrients ... "


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Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise Faces Threats from River Noise - Science World Report

Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise Faces Threats from River Noise - Science World Report | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
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Critically Endangered Yangtze Finless Porpoise Faces Threats from River Noise
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There may be another threat to the Yangtze finless porpoise, one of the most endangered species in the world.

So what did they find? It turns out that porpoises are sensitive to sound nearly equally around their heads. That's a sharp contrast to bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales, which exhibit a substantial 30 to 40 decibel difference in sound sensitivity from their jaw to other parts of their head.

So what does this mean exactly? Because of the Yangtze's finless porpoise's morphology, it's very likely that the animal hears omni-directionally. This means that it may have difficulty discerning signals among a clutter of constant noise. This, in turn, could make it difficult for the species to navigate and hunt.

"In a noisy environment, they'd have a hard time hearing their prey or their friend," said Mooney in a news release."It makes it more difficult for them to conduct basic biological activities such as foraging, communicating and navigating in the river."

The findings reveal a little bit more about the risks that the finless porpoise faces. Moving forward, the research could help inform conservation decisions and might allow scientists to better preserve this species into the future.

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Mangroves are PH's best shield vs climate change - Rappler ("yet we devastate them for development?")

Mangroves are PH's best shield vs climate change - Rappler ("yet we devastate them for development?") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
But the original 500000 hectares of mangroves has whittled down to 100000 hectares or less, due to coastal development, land conversion, and reclamation.

Mangroves, trees, or shrubs that grow in saline coastal habitats are extremely efficient in sequestering or storing carbon, a base element of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

They store up to 4 times more carbon than tropical rainforests, sequestering 3 to 4 tonnes of carbon per hectare per year. This is equivalent to the carbon emissions of two or 3 vehicles.

In other words, mangroves are crucial in capturing and storing carbon away from the atmosphere, where they would otherwise accumulate and contribute to global warming.

Adding to the gravity of these alarming figures is the fact that the region's mangroves have the highest biodiversity. South East Asia is also home to the most number of mangrove species in the world with 47 out of 70 known species present.

In the Philippines, the original 500,000 hectares of mangroves has whittled down to 100,000 hectares or less, said Pollisco, mainly due to coastal development, land conversion and reclamation.

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Major fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, senior diplomat warns ("radical but real?!!!?")

Major fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground, senior diplomat warns ("radical but real?!!!?") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Mary Robinson says governments must confront this harsh reality if runaway emissions are not to threaten the climate

World governments must get used to the idea of leaving fossil fuel reserves in the ground unexploited and unburned, one of the world's most senior diplomats has said, ahead of a landmark report on climate science to be unveiled this Friday by the Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change (IPCC).

Robinson told the Guardian that governments would have to confront the harsh reality that much of their fossil fuel reserves, and accompanying economic value, would have to be left behind if runaway emissions were not to threaten the climate.

"There is a global limit on a safe level of emissions. That means major fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. That has huge implications for economic and social development."

It would mean creating incentives for countries to look at other resources, as well as carbon pricing to penalise fossil fuel use, and most of all "political certainty" coming from global leaders.

Robinson said the world had a unique opportunity in the next two years, because the current millennium development goals expire in 2015, with replacement sustainable development goals in the offing, and the prospect of the Paris conference in the same year. "This is a key point a time, such a very important year."


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Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture - UN ... ("changing times need new techniques in agri")

Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture - UN ... ("changing times need new techniques in agri") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture – UN Agencies Call for an End to Industrial Agriculture & Food System · Biodiversity, Community Projects, Compost, Deforestation, Desertification, Economics, Food Shortages, ...

Record breaking heat waves sweeping over both hemispheres this summer have put global warming back into the headlines, and with it, the problem of survival under climate change. The most urgent item on the agenda is how to produce food without adding even more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, which can also withstand the increasingly frequent extreme weather events.

It is generally acknowledged that industrial agriculture and our globalized food system is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, up to 50% if proper account is taken of emissions from land use change and deforestation, most of which are due to agriculture, and for food-related transport, processing, storage, and consumption (see Figure 1) [1]. Nevertheless, it is also generally recognized that agriculture holds tremendous promise for mitigating climate change, and much else besides.

The solution for food security under climate change is a radical transformation of the agriculture and food system that would at the same time eliminate poverty, gender inequality, poor health and malnutrition. The 320 page TER — the work of 63 authors from organisations around the world — provides a coherent, closely argued case backed up by evidence from numerous case studies and surveys showing that these interrelated problems could all be solved by a paradigm shift away from the current industrial agriculture and globalized food system to a conglomerate of small, biodiverse, ecological farms around the world and a localized food system that promotes consumption of local/regional produce. The TER proposal is not dissimilar to that made in ISIS’ special report [3] Food Futures Now: *Organic *Sustainable *Fossil Fuel Free published in 2008, and in the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) [4], which resulted from a three-year consultative process involving 900 participants and 110 countries around the world. The same message was reinforced in several key publications from the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) [for example, 5, 6] and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) [7] to name but a few.

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Environment is a human rights issue - Citizen

Environment is a human rights issue - Citizen | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

Environment is a human rights issue Citizen The International Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised the failure of governments, international agencies and non-governmental organisations to see environmental issues through the prism of human...

Juliane Kippenberg and Jane Cohen argued in an article forming part of the HRW World Report for 2014 that the environmental and human rights movements had to work together to ensure that those who damaged the environment and trampled on human rights were held accountable.

They said those who suffered from environmental degradation should have a platform to be heard, participate in debate about environmental issues and seek redress.

The HRW researchers said governments’ response to environmental degradation was often weak, disconnected and oblivious to the critical impact that climate change, pollution and other environmental problems had on human rights.

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For His Next Feat, the Pope Will Champion the Environment - PolicyMic

For His Next Feat, the Pope Will Champion the Environment - PolicyMic | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
PolicyMic For His Next Feat, the Pope Will Champion the Environment PolicyMic The pope's next push: On Friday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed that Pope Francis' next project is likely to be an encyclical about ecology and the...
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Papal encyclical on environment in process | National Catholic Reporter ("I can't wait to read this")

Papal encyclical on environment in process | National Catholic Reporter ("I can't wait to read this") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it

"The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set. He said it would be about ecology and more specifically the 'ecology of man.'"
In November, speculation began to rise regarding an environmental encyclical, when an environmental justice coalition blogged that during a meeting of environmental activists -- famously where Francis held up anti-fracking and gold-mining shirts -- the pope "mentioned that he is preparing an encyclical about nature, humans and environmental pollution."

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Environmental activists blocking coal company from clear-felling state forest

Environmental activists blocking coal company from clear-felling state forest | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Protesters claim Maules Creek mine in north-west NSW will destroy critically endangered woodland in the Leard state forest (RT @guardianeco: Environmental activists blocking coal company from clear-felling state forest

On Monday, scores of activists linked to Greenpeace and anti-coal and gas group Lock the Gate blockaded four entrances to the site to stop trucks and other vehicles from gaining access.

They argue the Maules Creek mine will destroy irreplaceable critically endangered woodland in the Leard State Forest, draw down the aquifer used by local farmers and release thousands of tonnes of coal dust onto surrounding farms.

"Our civilisation needs the mining industry but in this case, they are just going to destroy a forest for the coal that they want under it," he said. "The state forest out here is too precious to sacrifice – there's not much of it left."

"Protests at our project sites are a nuisance but they will not deter Whitehaven from getting on with the job of building Maules Creek and delivering the substantial economic benefits which we know the local community strongly supports," he said.

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200 mangrove trees planted in Masantol - Sun.Star ("better late then never")

200 mangrove trees planted in Masantol - Sun.Star ("better late then never") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
200 mangrove trees planted in Masantol
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MASANTOL -- Some 200 mangrove trees and 300 nipa palm saplings were planted in this town over the weekend by two groups from Japan, in line with their mangrove reforestation project.

The planting activity was led by the Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ashikaga East from Japan, in cooperation with their Kapampangan counterpart, the Quota International of Pampanga.

Quota Pampanga president Germinia Villanueva said the event was aimed at promoting the reforestation of much of the coastline and marshes of Masantol, both as an effort to combat climate change and to protect the eco-system of the area.

The project is also seen as a way of creating a natural barrier for coastal villages here against storms and storm surges. She added the mangrove trees provide spaces for breeding of fish and other aquatic life.

Mirai Ni Kibou Foundation president Joseph Ang said the groups decided to plant nipa as a source of income for the local communities living around and near the mangrove forests here.

Mangrove forests serve as breeding grounds for marine life and also help in the balance of marine ecosystemsand protection of coastline from erosion.

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'Signature' deal to protect forests ("rewarding forest protectors")

'Signature' deal to protect forests ("rewarding forest protectors") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Negotiators meeting in Poland have agreed a way forward on curbing deforestation.

A package of measures has been agreed here that will give "results-based" payments to developing nations that cut carbon by leaving trees standing.

One observer told the BBC that this was the "signature achievement" of these talks.

Deforestation accounts for about 20% of global emissions of carbon dioxide.

Earlier this week the UK, US, Norway and Germany agreed a $280m package of finance that will be managed by the World Bank's BioCarbon fund to promote more sustainable use of land.

Now negotiators have agreed a package of decisions that will reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus pro-forest acitivities (known as Redd+).

The conference agreed a "results based" payments system that means that countries with forests will have to provide information on safeguards for local communities or biodiversity before they can receive any money.

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Countdown to extinction ("which species and why they are important")

Countdown to extinction ("which species and why they are important") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Which species are at risk of becoming extinct?
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Amber Lowery's comment, December 8, 2013 11:58 AM
This article taught me alot about endangered species. All species have an effect on everything in it's ecosystem. Each animal plays an important role in the ecosystem, for example Panda's help spread Bamboo seeds, and sharks keep our oceans healthy. Most animals become indangered due to humans selfish acts. Poaching the poor animals for their skins, and horns seems to be a big thing, but causes alot of damage to our world.
Amber Lowery's comment, December 8, 2013 12:04 PM
I have very strong opinions about this article. All animals play a really big part in our green planet. It's really sad that people let this go this far because they want the skins and such of these animals. I understand they are beautiful, but thats more of a reason to keep them alive. It'll be sad one day when i'll be able to tell my kids/ grandkids, "I remember when there were tigers." We need to do something to stop the extinction of these poor animals, so we can preserve our great wonders of the earth.
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Could ‘Green Architecture’ Be The Answer? ("the challenge is made; response needed asap")

Could ‘Green Architecture’ Be The Answer? ("the challenge is made; response needed asap") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
'Green architecture' could be the solution to global warming that everyone is looking for - people just need to get on board.

Believe it or not, ‘green architecture’ has the potential to sustain the health of millions in the future. Or at least that’s its mission. Studies show that by the year 2050, our world’s population is expected to exceed nine billion. With that information in mind, our world must find new ways of adaptation. By that year, buildings will need to meet a demand for high indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for growing populations, especially in developing nations and other urban locations. Why is this necessary? Well, the quality of a building’s environment is closely measured, just like the well-being of those who occupy this work or living space. By using this information to work towards a positive impact for the future, decisions on plans for eco-friendly and energy efficient buildings will help to create better quality living for indoor populations around the world, while also connecting humans to the nature that surrounds them.


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Hot and bothered in the tropics: meet the early casualties... - The Verge ("humans aren't alone")

Hot and bothered in the tropics: meet the early casualties... - The Verge ("humans aren't alone") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Hot and bothered in the tropics: meet the early casualties...
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Climate change is making the planet inhospitable for tropical creatures in numerous ways.
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Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill - Jamaica Observer ("volunteers wanted")

Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill - Jamaica Observer ("volunteers wanted") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Citizens need to be stewards of environment, says Pickersgill Jamaica Observer KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill, said on Thursday that Jamaica's ability to withstand the effects of future...

"... stressed the need for citizens to become dedicated “stewards” of environmental preservation by, among other things, planting more trees.

He noted that forest preservation is necessary to safeguard Jamaica against the impact of weather-related activities such as hurricanes, the overall effects of climate change and land slippages, among other occurrences.

“The loss of forest cover, not just here in Jamaica, but worldwide, presents a ‘clear and present danger’ to our survival,” he said. “Our forests are (also) directly related to our livelihoods as they provide medicines, wood, water, and almost every natural (provision) around us.”

In this regard, Pickersgill urged that the nation act with urgency to implement measures that will preserve the island’s forests, adding that “one of the best ways is to plant more trees”.

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Children will bear brunt of climate change impact, new study says ("inheritance from their parents")

Children will bear brunt of climate change impact, new study says ("inheritance from their parents") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Most comprehensive climate change review to date warns of risks to children, with Unicef arguing that children have been largely left out of the debate so far

Children will bear the brunt of the impact of climate change because of their increased risk of health problems, malnutrition and migration, according to a new study published on Monday. And food prices are likely to soar as a result of warming, undoing the progress made in combating world hunger.

They are expected to warn that climate change is almost certainly caused by human actions, and that it will lead to a global temperature rise likely to top 2C, with related effects including the shrinking of the Arctic ice cap and glaciers, a rise in sea level by nearly 1 metre by the end of this century and more extreme rainfall in parts of the globe.

Unicef argues that, although children are more vulnerable to the effects of global warming, they have been largely left out of the debate. "We are hurtling towards a future where the gains being made for the world's children are threatened and their health, wellbeing, livelihoods and survival are compromised … despite being the least responsible for the causes," said David Bull, Unicef's UK executive director. "We need to listen to them."

Unicef estimates that 25 million more children will suffer malnourishment because of climate change, with a further 100 million suffering food insecurity, where they and their families are on the verge of running out. Children among the 150-200 million people estimated to have to flee their homes because of climate change will suffer more than adults because of their relative lack of resources and higher vulnerability to disease. In heatwaves, likely to grow more intense and frequent under climate change, babies and small children are more likely to die or suffer heatstroke because they find it difficult to regulate their body heat.


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Isabella Lopez's comment, October 1, 2013 10:30 PM
This article talking about the children being affected and having higher risk oh health problems because of climate change. There are many dilemmas about the climate changing and global warming. Like it mentions in the article, food prices would go up and it would leave families and children with hunger. Unicef is worried about the children suffering and malnutrition they may deal with in the future.
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Keep environment first and development will last - Hindustan Times ("words of wisdom or common sense?")

Keep environment first and development will last - Hindustan Times ("words of wisdom or common sense?") | Earth Citizens Perspective | Scoop.it
Keep environment first and development will last
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Environmentalist GD Agarwal's fast for a free-flowing, dam-free Ganga enters the 100th day today.
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