Human Beings and Their War With the Earth
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Human Beings and Their War With the Earth
Various articles revealing human atrocities against the earth and its inhabitants. How far will our solipsism, avarice, and ignorance take us, and what kind of future will emerge as a result?
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Some Like it Cold: effects of global warming | Sostenibilitat PSC

Some Like it Cold: effects of global warming | Sostenibilitat PSC | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Polar regions have suffered dramatically the consequences of global warming: ice melting, rising temperatures and the consequent transformation of flora and fauna are just few of the deep changes that marked these regions in an irreversible manner...


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Mānoa: Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity | University of Hawaii News

Mānoa: Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity | University of Hawaii News | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Nearly one-third of CO2 emissions due to human activities enters the world’s oceans. By reacting with seawater, CO2 increases the water’s acidity, which may significantly reduce the calcification rate of such marine organisms as corals and mollusks, resulting in the potential loss of ecosystems.


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256 Years of Human CO2 Emissions in 60 Seconds

Animated time-lapse video of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions in map form, spanning the 18th century until this current first decade of the 21st centur...


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Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time

Breathingearth - CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
A visual real-time simulation that displays the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, birth rates, and death rates of every country in the world.

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Dirty secrets: What's behind carbon's rise?

Dirty secrets: What's behind carbon's rise? | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Recent reports show CO2 emissions soaring, even as governments say they want to cut it down. So what's going on?

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Infographic: deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions

Infographic: deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Because trees help absorb greenhouse gases, forest preservation plays an important role in controlling climate change. When forests are destroyed or degraded that harms our ability to control climate change. A new report from the Congressional Budget Office says there are three big challenges: building capacity to better document forest absorbtion capacity and its loss; improving governance in countries where the problem is most pronounced; and calibrating policy responses so they’re effective on a global scale. The study is titled “Deforestation and Greenhouse gases.”

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MAP OF THE DAY: The World's Most Extreme Deforestation

MAP OF THE DAY: The World's Most Extreme Deforestation | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
The Amazon is losing out to cattle ranches.  (MAP OF THE DAY: The World's Most Extreme #Deforestation http://t.co/CjPJf97k #forests #rainforest #indonesia @RAN...)...

 

It's important to connect young people to how our economic and food cycles cause such catastrophes as deforestation. 


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Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change: report | Top News | Reuters

Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change: report | Top News | Reuters | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

"Several animal species including gorillas in Rwanda and tigers in Bangladesh could risk extinction if the impact of climate change and extreme weather on their habitats is not addressed, a UN report showed on Sunday.

Launched on the sidelines of global climate negotiations in Durban, the report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation shows how higher temperatures, the rise in sea levels, deforestation and excessive land use have damaged the habitats of certain species, especially in Africa.

"Many ecosystems have already been stressed by increasing population, historical and recent deforestation, unsustainable management practices and even invasive species," Eduardo Rojas-Briales, assistant director general at the FAO's forestry department, said at the launch of the report.

The most affected areas include mountains, isolated islands and coastal areas, which limit the possibilities for animals to migrate elsewhere and create new habitats. ..."

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Sumatran elephant upgraded to critically endangered status

Sumatran elephant upgraded to critically endangered status | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Species has lost half its population and 69% of its habitat through deforestation in the past 25 years (RT @Elephas_maximus: Sumatran elephant upgraded to critically endangered status http://t.co/1ncvf2Be...)...

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Impact of Deforestation on Wildlife

Impact of Deforestation on Wildlife | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Every minute about fifty acres of rain forest are destroyed and some twenty-five species become extinct. Deforestation is the process of converting forested land into non-forest sites that are ideal for crop raising, ...

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Philippines disaster may have been worsened by climate change, deforestation

Philippines disaster may have been worsened by climate change, deforestation | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
As the Philippines begins to bury more than a 1,000 disaster victims in mass graves, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has ordered an investigation into last weekend's flash flood and landslide, ...

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Norway: Saving rainforests with one hand, destroying with the other ...

Norway: Saving rainforests with one hand, destroying with the other ... | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Rainforest Foundation Norway and EIA make some suggestions to Norway's prime minister about reducing the deforestation caused by the Government Pension Fund.

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China: Forests Threatened by Logging | Pulitzer Center

China: Forests Threatened by Logging | Pulitzer Center | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Forest ecosystems throughout the world are key to the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people. They cover 31 percent of the world's land area, are home to over 300 million people, and contain 80 percent of the world's terrestrial biodiversity.

Thirty percent of forests worldwide also produce both wood and non-wood products that account for a trade of over $300 billion worldwide, per year. It is this trade that is threatening the planet's remaining forests, as developing nations battle to find a sustainable relationship with their natural resources.
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Having covered environmental issues in China for over four years, my focus has been on the challenges facing the country's wetlands and also the threat from increasing desertification. I was surprised to learn earlier this year that the forests of southwest China were included on Conservation International's new list and were under such threat—ranking alongside Madagascar, Indo-Burma, the Philippines, the Atlantic rainforest of Brazil, and other regions.

Currently only 8 percent of the temperate coniferous forests of the mountains of southwest China remain. Much of this loss has occurred since the late 1950s as China's early modern development gained momentum and stripped many of the mountains of its timber and resources.

In 1998, China introduced a widespread logging ban after devastating floods, which took the lives of over 4,000 people, forced more than 18 million from their homes and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. These floods were blamed on soil erosion caused by deforestation in the upper reaches of the Yangtze and brought this issue to the forefront of political and social attention.

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Carbon dioxide affecting fish

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Rising human carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous systems of sea fish.

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Oceans Will Not Survive ‘Business as Usual’

Oceans Will Not Survive ‘Business as Usual’ | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

The extreme rate of acidification – the term used to describe the decrease in ocean pH levels caused by man-made CO2 emissions. Ocean acidification, loss of marine biodiversity, climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of resources all point to the urgent need for a new paradigm on caring for the earth’s oceans


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Humans Dwarf Volcanoes for CO2 Emissions : Discovery News

Humans Dwarf Volcanoes for CO2 Emissions : Discovery News | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Analysis shows that People emit more greenhouse gases in three days than all the world's volcanoes do in a year. (volcano emissions per year = 3 days of human CO2!

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Car Buyers Don’t Care About CO2 Emissions [INFOGRAPHIC]

Car Buyers Don’t Care About CO2 Emissions [INFOGRAPHIC] | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Car Buyers Don’t Care About CO2 Emissions [INFOGRAPHIC] - well, it isn't the most important consideration ...


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CO2 emissions up 45 percent in two decades

CO2 emissions up 45 percent in two decades | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
During this period, CO2 emissions in the EU and Russia decreased by seven percent and 28 percent. (C02 emissions going up by 45% in 2 decades is a cause of worry.What steps have you taken to lower these emissions?

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Deforestation: A Disaster For CO2 Emissions

Deforestation: A Disaster For CO2 Emissions | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Transport and energy generation get all the press but deforestation is a matter of huge importance and I am determined to put it on the map.

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INDONESIA: PALM OIL Logging Corporations Orangutan Population may be lost by years' end

INDONESIA: PALM OIL Logging Corporations Orangutan Population may be lost by years' end | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it

Deforestation flirts with the extinction of the Orangutan.


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WHERE IS REDD? .- The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

 

The blatant and criminal disregard for international agreements and treaties by the PALM OIL INDUSTRY  http://rspo.org is creating ECOCIDE throughout the world's rainforests, destroying all life within the forests, disposing native peoples from their lands and turning forest people into slaves.  The "Green-Washing" is deplorable and reprehensible. Glaringly obvious are their lies-for-profit public relations campaigns.  Their latest pr spin "Sustainable palm is good for environment, and business revenues - World Wildlife Fund report" http://ow.ly/a6X0U and raises serious questions about the integrity of the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND SEE: "The Pact with the Panda Part 1" - YouTube http://ow.ly/a6XFT

WWF timber scheme allows illegal logging, forest destruction and fails to prevent human rights abuses | Global Witness http://ow.ly/drlAB -

This Corporate rush to destroy our ecosystems for logging, agriculture and biofuels, palmoil may boost their quarterly bottom lines but will leave us bereft of the natural forests and all life within them.  I cannot imagine how many thousands of interdependent species are suffering and dying by the hand of their bulldozers.  Some will be lost forever

Mick Owen's curator insight, March 25, 4:37 PM

WHERE IS REDD? .- The United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

 

The blatant and criminal disregard for international agreements and treaties by the PALM OIL INDUSTRY  http://rspo.org is creating ECOCIDE throughout the world's rainforests, destroying all life within the forests, disposing native peoples from their lands and turning forest people into slaves.  The "Green-Washing" is deplorable and reprehensible. Glaringly obvious are their lies-for-profit public relations campaigns.  Their latest pr spin "Sustainable palm is good for environment, and business revenues - World Wildlife Fund report" http://ow.ly/a6X0U and raises serious questions about the integrity of the WORLD WILDLIFE FUND SEE: "The Pact with the Panda Part 1" - YouTube http://ow.ly/a6XFT

WWF timber scheme allows illegal logging, forest destruction and fails to prevent human rights abuses | Global Witness http://ow.ly/drlAB -

This Corporate rush to destroy our ecosystems for logging, agriculture and biofuels, palmoil may boost their quarterly bottom lines but will leave us bereft of the natural forests and all life within them.  I cannot imagine how many thousands of interdependent species are suffering and dying by the hand of their bulldozers.  Some will be lost forever

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Green The Film - Trailer

Her name is Green, she is alone in a world that doesn't belong to her. She is a female orang-utan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with Green's final days.


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CIFOR Forests Blog » Great ape conservation must be integral to REDD+, says leading primate biologist

CIFOR Forests Blog » Great ape conservation must be integral to REDD+, says leading primate biologist | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
BOGOR, Indonesia (13 January, 2012)_Great apes play an important role in the long-term health of forests and climate change schemes such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) should be structured so that they can...

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The World's Second Largest Rainforest: Congo | One Green Planet

The World's Second Largest Rainforest: Congo | One Green Planet | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Despite having far lower deforestation rates than the Amazon or the Indonesian rainforest, the Congo rainforest is becoming an increasingly fragile ecosystem due to an increase in commercial logging, clearance of land for ...

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As Thailand Floods Spread, Experts Blame Officials, Not Rains

As Thailand Floods Spread, Experts Blame Officials, Not Rains | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Experts are blaming deforestation, urban sprawl and bad planning for turning an unusually heavy monsoon season into a disaster.

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New report uncovers deforestation land grab in Uganda funded by World Bank

New report uncovers deforestation land grab in Uganda funded by World Bank | Human Beings and Their War With the Earth | Scoop.it
Released on the eve of a World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, a new report reveals widespread violations of people’s rights and environmental destruction from a land grab initially funded by the World Bank in Uganda.

The World Bank had historically provided millions of dollars in funding and technical support to palm oil expansion in forested islands off the coast of Lake Victoria in Kalangala, Uganda. Nearly 10,000 hectares have already been planted covering almost a quarter of the land area of the islands. [3] While the Bank has since disassociated itself from the project, the land grabs continue.

Palm oil plantations have come at the expense of local food crops and rainforests. Local people have been prevented from accessing water sources and grazing land. Despite promises of employment, locals have lost their means of livelihood and are struggling to make ends meet.


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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 27, 2012 6:50 PM
This is not good!