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Neonicotinoids: What Will You Do The Day The Buzzing Stops?

Neonicotinoids: What Will You Do The Day The Buzzing Stops? | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
What will you do the day the buzzing stops? What if there were no more flowers? What if there were no more bees? What if there were no more beekeepers? What if there was no more food? What will you do the day the buzzing stops?
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Europe has already banned neonicotoinoids...when will we?

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Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash 

Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash  | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The United States has a trash problem. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces more than 4 pounds of garbage per day.

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MReese Geo's curator insight, July 10, 10:12 AM

Makes you think about where the trash is going and what's its doing to the environment.

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Sustaining Seven Billion People

Sustaining Seven Billion People | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."

 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 24, 9:53 AM

Agricultural production is one of the ways in which people modify the environment more than any other.  Global population is expected to top out at around 9 billion around 2050, so will we be able to sustainably feed all of the entire human population?  Satellite imagery can help answer these questions. 


Tagsremote sensing, geospatial, images, sustainability, agriculture, food production, environment modify, unit 5 agriculture

Russell Roberts's curator insight, July 6, 12:53 AM

Thanks to environmental reporter Wes Thomas and professor Seth Dixon for this incisive analysis of how to provide sustenance to a world population nearing the 7 billion mark.  Dixon says the key is tracking the "sum of what is available...and perhaps nothing is better suited to the task than satellites."  Ever since the launch of "Landsat" and resource imaging satellites, scientists have been collecting data on global resources such as water, land use, forests, and crop production.  Dixon and Thomas say it's time the data were  put into a plan to fight hunger and habitat destruction around the world.  Such a plan may work if we as humans can keep from killing ourselves over religion, politics, and territory.  A tall order , indeed.  Aloha de Russ.

Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, July 6, 12:09 PM

Such studies of the agriculture around the world are essential. The way we are doing agriculture to support seven billion people now, peaking at 9-10 billion in another 60 years, it is clear that we are putting severe strains on the environment.  But we have grown lazy, and we are doing it all wrong.

 

We CAN drastically reduce the amount of meat we consume, and thus quickly reduce the amount of arable land we need.  We CAN grow plants in ways that actually sequester more carbon and improve the soil it over time rather than erode and degrade.  And we CAN in fact grow all the food we need in the space we live in, thus enabling us to recycle all the water used as well, which is mostly just lost in evaporation. 

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(Florida & Louisiana Watch Out!) Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming

(Florida & Louisiana Watch Out!) Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Treasury secretaries dating to the Nixon years backed a new report predicting a heavy loss of coastal properties, a shift of farming northward, and dangerous outdoor conditions because of climate change.
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, June 24, 3:11 PM

Global warming is happening. Corporations and lobbyists have been trying to prove the opposite. However, more and more evidence is unfolding. Top 'ex'-politicians are speaking out.

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At Commencement, Obama Mocks Lawmakers Who Deny Climate Change

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Speaking at the University of California, Irvine, President Obama likened those who deny climate change to people who would have told John F. Kennedy, at the dawn of the space program, that the moon “was made of cheese.”
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Cities are Planning for Climate Change and the New Economy

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“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI, the largest worldwide association of local governments, released a study last week showing how climate change has become a priority for cities across the globe, entitled the “Urban Climate Change...”


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David Cooperrider's curator insight, June 11, 7:45 AM
...as projects like the New Climate Economy have shown, combatting climate change and economic growth are not at odds. For example, Portland, Oregon, USA has invested in a pilot program called Clean Energy Works, which has simultaneously generated 400 jobs while reducing carbon emissions by 1,400 tons per year.
Robert De Quelen's curator insight, June 11, 5:55 PM

Nous pouvons subir, anticiper, ou nous préparer - mais une chose est sûre : les villes seront à l'avant-garde de l'adaptation au changement climatique.


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(Google's Underwater Street Views) Google and the Deep Blue Sea

(Google's Underwater Street Views) Google and the Deep Blue Sea | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
If you'd prefer to spend your lunch break swimming with seals and exploring shipwrecks, you can - with Google's Underwater Street View.
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Colder winters add to colony collapse

Colder winters add to colony collapse | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Two widely used neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide — appear to significantly harm honeybee colonies over the winter, particularly during colder winters, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.
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(Indian Diet News) Meet Ghee: The Butter Chefs Love That's Also Good For You

(Indian Diet News) Meet Ghee: The Butter Chefs Love That's Also Good For You | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Meet ghee, a fat-burning, paleo- and elimination-diet-approved superfood that’s derived from—yes—butter.
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Florida Finds Itself in the Eye of the Storm on Climate Change

Florida Finds Itself in the Eye of the Storm on Climate Change | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

A new study has added to a roiling debate by naming the Miami area as among the most vulnerable to severe damage from rising sea levels.

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There was a time when people acknowledged the truth, especially if it will have a severe impact on their very own constituency. 

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A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy

A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A gender difference in behavioral skills, seen as early as kindergarten, is hurting boys’ academic prospects and their earning potential.
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Linda Alexander's curator insight, May 1, 9:41 PM

There are number of factors considered.  For example, "boys still do quite well in the best-performing schools. When good grades bring high status, boys respond".

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Ads Remind Desert Residents Water Doesn’t Grow on Trees

Ads Remind Desert Residents Water Doesn’t Grow on Trees | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The campaign from the Southern Nevada Water Authority encourages awareness of the critical need to conserve water in the region.
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Our Planet Just Had The Fourth Hottest March On Record. Happy Earth Day.

Our Planet Just Had The Fourth Hottest March On Record. Happy Earth Day. | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record — except in the United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday that it was t...
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You really must pay attention to the entire globe not just the city where you reside to understand what's occurring. 

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Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising - Real Time Economics - WSJ

Attention Shoppers: Fruit and Vegetable Prices Are Rising - Real Time Economics - WSJ | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Shoppers may soon need more green in their wallets to afford their next salad.
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These significant price increases provide all the more reason to advance community, home & school gardens.  

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Cyclists breathe easier on their own paths

Cyclists breathe easier on their own paths | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
June 27, 2014 — Boston has installed more than 50 miles of bike lanes since 2007, and the number of pedal-powered commuters in the city, while only 2.1%, is more than three times the national avera...
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What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map

What Every Governor Really Believes About Climate Change, In One Handy Map | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Fifteen out of twenty-nine sitting Republican governors deny climate science despite the overwhelming level of scientific consensus. None of the country’s Democratic governors have made public statements denying climate change.
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Urban Mayors seem to be a lot smarter than most of our governors....

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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future
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Rolling Stone Mag: An important, positive update.  For a quick, sad laugh, read the 10 dumbest things ever said about climate change too (link provided in article).  

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10 leading sustainability innovations

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“A new study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations - we showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone (10 leading sustainability innovations - The Guardian”


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David Cooperrider's curator insight, June 16, 6:29 AM
A study released today profiles 100 leading sustainability innovations. We showcase the top 10, featuring carbon-neutral plastic, e-waste recycling kiosks and an ethical smartphone. What's missing here are whole sets of other kinds of innovations. These are all product or technical innovations. But what about process innovations? Business model innovations? Management innovations? Social inventions? And even markets innovations? If we are to make a massive shift to a sustainable + full spectrum flourishing world we need a larger focus on a much fuller spectrum of innovation. This is a good start.
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Yale News! Bacteria on your hands reflect the country you live in

Yale News! Bacteria on your hands reflect the country you live in | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Where and how you live strongly influences both the type and number of microbes you carry on your hands, according to a new international study led by scientists at Yale and Stanford.
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Where are the Flowers? The Pretty Little Canaries in the Coal Mine

Where are the Flowers? The Pretty Little Canaries in the Coal Mine | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
An epic 39-year study shows the slow advancement of global warming - and not even the hummingbirds are safe.
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How much biodiversity do we really know?

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Best of KhanAcademy for the week...

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Maps of U.S. Population Change: Growth Rings

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"Maps Of U.S. Population Change, 2000-2010.  Blue is population increase, red represents population decline."


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This series of maps show the population patterns impacting the United States.  

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Kate Buckland's curator insight, May 17, 8:01 PM

The donut effect!

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 12:38 PM

These maps show the changes of urban areas in America and the patterns and problems each one goes through.

These human places go through similar development patterns and all focus economically but still have different landscapes as a place.

Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 29, 4:25 PM

Detroit has an increasing population, along with the outskirts of Chicago (suburbs). This  increasing population represents areas that are prospering  because of economic factors. Just as some businesses in Detroit are coming back, businesses in the suburbs in Chicago are also growing, contributing to an increasing population as well. This map reflects economic and social factors (ethnicity) in the present and can be used to get an understanding of America's population growth/decline. 

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Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S., Study Says

Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S., Study Says | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
A major federal study outlines the sweeping effects of rising temperatures, including droughts, devastating storms and dying forests.
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It's difficult to live in a specific location and draw broad, sweeping conclusions, but Arizona is hotter and dryer than when we lived here 20 years ago. I know the same is true for Nevada and California.  Ohio is much wetter, although this winter's cold snap surely ramps up climate doubters, but there is little debate within the "real" scientific community.

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Buzzing for Solutions: 13 Organizations and Initiatives Helping to Save Bees

Buzzing for Solutions: 13 Organizations and Initiatives Helping to Save Bees | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Food Tank is honored to highlight 13 organizations and initiatives helping to save bees.
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10 Sustainable Houses That Will Have You Craving A Simpler Life -

10 Sustainable Houses That Will Have You Craving A Simpler Life - | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Share the post "10 Sustainable Houses That Will Have You Craving A Simpler Life" Enlighten Somebody... Share Tweet + It! Pin Love Digg :) Stumble! E-mail While we often dream of purchasing giant houses and expensive cars, there is a movement brewing that aims to do the exact opposite – to downsize, and become more […]
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The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet

The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet | Elevator Pitch: Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
The wave after wave of bitter cold that has walloped the eastern U.S. since January has truly been an anomaly set against the temperature pattern around the globe.
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You can't allow one region of the country to cloud your vision when it comes to global warming--it is an entire planetary system.

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