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NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide

NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide | Environment | Scoop.it
NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide
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Watch the plumes as seasonal changes occur ... Some scary stuff to see, maybe some people (aka Government officials among other people in denial) will get the picture. And I mean that literally. 

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Why we need to save seagrass

Why we need to save seagrass | Environment | Scoop.it
Seagrass is one of the most important coastal habitats where young ocean-going fish such as Atlantic cod can grow and develop before setting out on the journey of life. But these critically important habitats, revealed in new research, are being damaged the world over and its not just threatening biodiversity but our food security. Some 30,000 […]

Some 30,000 km2 of seagrass (Zostera marina) has disappeared over the past two decades, about 18% of the global area. This is incredibly important. One hectare of seagrassabsorbs 1.2 kilogrammes of nutrients each year, equivalent to the treated effluent of 200 people. It can produce 100,000 litres of oxygen per day, can support 80,000 fish and 100m invertebrates – and absorb ten times as much CO2 as a pristine area of Amazon rainforest.

Providing shallow-water habitats where young ocean-going fish can grow and develop is one of the key ecosystem services that our coastal seas provide, but unfortunately we largely don’t recognise the value of them in supporting the fishery resources of vast ocean basins. We continue to allow the loss of this coastal habitat to occur throughout the world – in spite of regulations in many nations to protect key habitats and biodiversity.


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What is the value of seagrass to the environment?


"... One hectare of seagrass absorbs 1.2 kilogrammes of nutrients each year, equivalent to the treated effluent of 200 people. It can produce 100,000 litres of oxygen per day, can support 80,000 fish and 100m invertebrates – and absorb ten times as much CO2 as a pristine area of Amazon rainforest.


"Seagrass meadows are globally important resources that are being threatened by a whole series of issues ranging from climate change and major weather events to boating activity, poor water quality and coastal development. This work clearly illustrates how key habitats in our coastal seas such as seagrass need protecting, not just for biodiversity but for the continued food security provided by our oceans."

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From Canada to Australia, solidarity in resistance to G20 neocolonialism

From Canada to Australia, solidarity in resistance to G20 neocolonialism | Environment | Scoop.it
The G20 process clearly is a contemporary extension of a colonial framework, an extension of the western European capitalist worldview that sees people and lands as territories and networks to conquer. Similarly to colonialism in early inceptions, like the contemporary manifestations represented by processes like the World Trade Organization (WTO) or the G20, do not accept contradicting systems. As indigenous systems of governance and social organization were actively confronted by colonialism in both Australia and Canada, pushing communities toward genocide, today global economic power refuses space for alternative economic models on a large scale, a fact illuminated by the constant interventions by western powers against living alternatives, as seen in Latin America over the past couple generations. Although social movements both locally and globally have won some important space for people outside of the halls of power today, referenced in symbolic documents like the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the reality is that active dissent against dominant systems of power and economics, represented by organizations like the G20 is not tolerated. 

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Bayer using CO2 instead of petroleum to prduce platic's, who knew?

 

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Victory! Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize

Victory! Offshore Oil Drilling Stopped in Belize | Environment | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Belize’s Supreme Court declared offshore drilling contracts issued by the Government of Belize (in 2004 and 2007) null and void, providing a dramatic and potentially definitive setback t

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Video: Mining Social Media in Boston Attack

Video: Mining Social Media in Boston Attack | Environment | Scoop.it
Authorities will attempt to sift through scores of images and video clips submitted by witnesses to piece together the story of the bombing at the Boston Marathon. (Check out how images, videos and digital media can help in a disaster situation.
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Students, environmental groups host mock oil spill to raise awareness

For Earth Day and the 3rd anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill, Mason students teamed up with environmental organizations to demonstrate the harmful effects oil spills have on marine life throug...

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The U.N. Just Released Its Final Report on Climate Change—and It’s Terrifying

The U.N. Just Released Its Final Report on Climate Change—and It’s Terrifying | Environment | Scoop.it
The IPCC says we need to stop burning fossil fuels by 2100.
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I think we need to stop burning Fossil Fuels way before 2100. Climate change is already upon us. In the north woods we are already dealing with the repercussions of Climate Change.. This is not to mention the extreme weather and massive droughts the world has experienced already. We are spiraling out of control in a very dangerous way.. I just hope that global leaders can get the message from this report. It's time to do something now, as individuals, as countries, and as global citizens.

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Portraits of Women Scientists

Portraits of Women Scientists | Environment | Scoop.it
With a new portrait series, "Outnumbered," photographer Clare Fieseler offers a fresh look at women scientists at work in the field. Her images—featuring a tough-as-nails swamp biologist, a tattooed nanochemist who cycles competitively, and others—challenge monochrome preconceptions of women scientists. The portraits also provide a touchstone for young women who aspire to careers in science. Fieseler is also a marine ecologist at the Univers
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I really wish there were more of these video's and photo compilations out there in the world. Next I'd like to see some of Women of Color, don't get me wrong this is great BUT where are the black brown red and yellow faces??? Maybe they are yet to come?

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World governments failing Earth's ecosystems, says top conservationist

World governments failing Earth's ecosystems, says top conservationist | Environment | Scoop.it
Julia Marton-Lefèvre, director general of the IUCN, says political leaders have not properly embraced conservation
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News from The Associated Press

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Draft rule ends protections for gray wolves


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials have drafted plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that could end a decades-long recovery effort that has restored the animals but only in parts of their historic range.

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Peru says no to GMO

Peru says no to GMO | Environment | Scoop.it
Peru is the first country in the Americas to ban genetically modified foods, putting its food policy closer to that of Europe, than the United States or many of its South American neighbors.
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Environmental Education Through Environmental Action

Environmental Education Through Environmental Action | Environment | Scoop.it
My grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau was once quoted as saying, "Before we talk about the environment, we must talk about education." It's one of my favorite quotes of his because at its root is his

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El nieto del gran Cousteau escribe sobre cómo una Educación con un enfoque práctico en materia Medioambiental es la mejor manera de conseguir que los estudiantes respeten el entorno.

 

 

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An Environment Of Mixed Messages | CR News Reports©

An Environment Of Mixed Messages | CR News Reports© | Environment | Scoop.it
The Environment - February 25, 2013 How we get these Future News Predictions Find out how these predictions will affect you You live in an (You hear that people are hiring and #jobs are improving but you meet more and more people who are #unemployed.
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