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Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change

Thanksgiving: Feasting, Fasting and Climate Change | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Food--and how it is grown -- has a lot to do with climate change. Industrial agriculture produces around a quarter to a third of the world's food. It emits around a quarter of the world's greenhouse gasses.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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Here are the current climate change choices, produce food through industrial agriculture that emit a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases. Or learn to produce food in a way that that is more in tune with nature.

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What is happening to our planet and its ability to provide for and shelter us? Can it continue to sustain us? Or will it destroy us due to natural evolution or our interference with Mother Nature? Can we establish economic stability? Balance climate change? Eliminate toxic chemicals? Actually achieve world peace? How will we evolve and will we be in time to save ourselves or will we be destroyed by our changing planet?
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This organic food company is refusing to pay for employees' birth control

This organic food company is refusing to pay for employees' birth control | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Just like Hobby Lobby, Eden Foods has sued the Obama administration, claiming its owner's religious rights should trump employees' rights to access contraception.
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Has this country gone mad? Are we regressing to a place we fought so hard to get beyond. What is this reactionary craziness

? We have the constitution right to keep church and state separate. What does SCOTUS plan to do? Return us to a 'church state'? This is the real issue and it really concerns those of us who are conscious that this is the direction things seem to be going in and will go in if  people do not wake up in time.

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The power of Hollywood to drive climate action: Chat live to show producer Joel Bach

The power of Hollywood to drive climate action: Chat live to show producer Joel Bach | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Chat live with one of the creators and producers of new climate documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, starring Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other influential celebrities, journalists and political leaders, to find out how Hollywood is driving global climate action.
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Will we be in time for enough people to believe in climate change so that action is taken to slow it down if not end it?

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The five ways to stop climate change. Oh, wait, make that one way

The five ways to stop climate change. Oh, wait, make that one way | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
A new study ranks the actions we could take against climate change.
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Will we be in time to keep the planet inhabitable for number of people on it now?

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Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists | Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com

Eight Pseudoscientific Climate Claims Debunked by Real Scientists | Connecting the Dots | BillMoyers.com | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
The more sophisticated climate change deniers go further than just dismissing the science as a hoax.
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Will we be in time for enough people to realize that climate change is real? We must take action immediately to minimize the damage by ignorant human actions.

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TT 1min online - YouTube

TT 1min online - YouTube | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
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Transition to a better way. Will we be in time?

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Open your heart for flooded Serbia - Otvorite srce za poplavljenu Srbiju - YouTube

This is time for humanity. Serbia need help from all over the world. Please subscribe and share this video, so people can see, and help. Thank you.
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I hope we are not too late to at least save lives and repair the damage that has been done.

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What Barbie Would Look Like If She Resembled an Actual Woman (PHOTOS)

What Barbie Would Look Like If She Resembled an Actual Woman (PHOTOS) | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Artist Nickolay Lamm re-creates an American icon using real-world measurements.
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There were no Barbie Dolls when I was a girl. But now young girls are bombarded by unrealistic images of how they should look, especially like Barbie. Will we be in time to stop this insanity? Will we be able to restore the well being and even save the lives of girls who believe they are supposed to look like Barbie and go to any length to attempt to do so? 

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THE FIRST OF FOURTH: NEW FACES FOR FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION

THE FIRST OF FOURTH: NEW FACES FOR FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
For the first time in twenty years,
the race for the Fourth Congressional District will not feature an incumbent’s
running.  What might November
bring
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I think it is important to note that this article was written by a very conservative Republican, a decent person, but someone who himself has never been able to gain a place in public office. 

 

None the less, Frank McQuade has done the public a service by presenting a bio for each of the four running in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. Although I admit to not being a Carolyn McCarthy insider, I have heard her speak several times. She was thrown into the political arena on a one issue tragedy. She was a nurse, not a politician. 

I take some offense to McQuades' comment about her. "For eighteen years, Carolyn McCarthy has been a nearly invisible, ineffective representative.  She has been a one-issue harpy on gun control, and has not even been effective in promoting legislation to address that issue.  With limited professional credentials and as a rubber-stamp for her Party’s agenda, she was never meant to be in the same league as national politics." If she was so ineffective, why was she re-elected eight times?


Anyway, as I mentioned, the writer is a Republican, as I believe McCarthy was too before switching to run for the 4th CD seat. Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens on June 24th and then in November. I think both Rice and Blakeman will be shoe-ins for the primary. The election is not so easy to predict.

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The Space Race is Over

The Space Race is Over | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Paul Kingsnorth examines the collective fear of the future and the progressive concept of space colonization. He urges us to deflect the delusions created by our techno-industrial society.
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We have deluded ourselves into believing that there is a real possibility that we can escape the devastation of this planet by going to inhabit another.

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TEDxCanberra - Nick Ritar - A challenge to live sustainably - YouTube

TEDxCanberra - Nick Ritar - A challenge to live sustainably - YouTube | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
You can live a life in bal­ance with Nature. Nick Ritar, per­ma­cul­ture farmer and edu­ca­tor can teach us how. In this talk at TEDxCanberra 2011, Nick Rita...
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Sustainability is our future. Our survival depends upon it. We need to start learning how, yesterday.

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The Dangerous Public Health Consequences Of Calling Little Girls ‘Too Fat’

The Dangerous Public Health Consequences Of Calling Little Girls ‘Too Fat’ | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Girls who are shamed about their bodies at a young age are actually more likely to grow up to be obese.
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Will we be in time to stop this insanity before more young girls are brainwashed and end up obese or dead?

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"Years of Living Dangerously" host on the climate change stories we need to tell

"Years of Living Dangerously" host on the climate change stories we need to tell | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
M. Sanjayan, a host of Showtime's new series on climate change, talks about almost dying on set, telling the stories behind science, and the new face of global warming.
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According to this scientist, we are too late to stop global warming. Climate change is already part of our present day world.

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Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile?

Will Ethiopian dam dry up the Nile? | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it

"Construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (known as Gerd) is now about 30% complete.  Once completed, in three years, it will be Africa's largest hydropower dam, standing some 170m (558ft) tall."


Via Seth Dixon
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See Jane Baldwin's photo essays and personal journey about the Kara women of Ethiopia. 

http://www.globalonenessproject.org/people/jane-baldwin

 

Dams that continue to be built on the Omo River are resulting in very serious consequences. How will this affect the Nile and is there time to stop the devastation.

 

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Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 1, 12:06 PM

In an area fraught with political instability, non state actors, and rebel groups all too willing to fight for power and the wealth that comes from it - it will be interesting to see how the conflicts shift over time as this dam gets closer to completion. Will Egypt attempt to sabotage it or will they take a more diplomatic approach and try to work with the Ethiopian government diplomatically again?  Perhaps Egypt will whisper in to the ear of Sudan or the various "rebel" groups in the region, considering diplomatic means have apparently failed so far. With Sudan's use of the Blue River also going to be affected by Ethiopia's damming, it will be interesting to see if a cooperation between Egypt and Sudan occurs. Perhaps Ethiopia would like to see a deeper conflict between Sudan and South Sudan, keeping their affected neighbor off balance.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, April 16, 3:47 PM

It is extremely difficult to divide a river. The Ethiopians will benefit immensely from this project but the Egyptians could lose everything if the Nile dries up. This is going to be a difficult problem to solve.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 12:45 PM

There is no way the whole Nile river is going to be dried up because of this damn. Ethiopia won't let that happen. To say that the river is going to have the same amount of water in it, thats not going to happen. Obviously the Gerd is going to have a huge impact on the water supply of the Nile but it definitely isn't going to dry up the whole thing!

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LIPolitics.com Predicts Abrahams Wins Primary | LIpolitics.com : Long Island's Political Network

LIPolitics.com Predicts Abrahams Wins Primary | LIpolitics.com : Long Island's Political Network | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
This race in CD NY-4 going to be close. But if voter turnout is high, LIPolitics.com predicts that ABRAHAMS WINS.
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If voter turnout is high, Kevan Abrahams is predicted to win. Will the campaign workers, supporters, volunteers and Kevan himself have enough time to make enough 'face time' to gain the turnout needed?

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Why Cantor's defeat is terrible for the climate -- and the country

Why Cantor's defeat is terrible for the climate -- and the country | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
The House majority leader lost the GOP primary to a Tea Party challenger. That's a terrible omen for any sort of policy progress or competent governance.
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If candidates who oppose collaboration and sane solutions to the many serious problems facing us keep winning, I am afraid the bell might go off before we solve things.

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Pitbull mauls little boy; neighbors say it's not the dog's fault

Pitbull mauls little boy; neighbors say it's not the dog's fault | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
He reportedly went to his neighbors' house to get his little brother and it almost cost him his life.
Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

This is my comment in response to the article, "I am hearing about so many attacks on people and even other animals by pit bulls. I know of a situation recently where a pit bull was allowed off its leash and attacked a service dog. I do not know yet if the service dog will survive. THIS IS INSANE. I agree with the comment below, "You will also not prevent the dog from being what he is genetically predisposed to be." Pit bulls are killing machines. It is their nature. They should be eliminated as pets or in any situation other than to do what they instinctively do, attack and kill."

Will we be in time to stop this insanity before anyone else is maimed or killed beside this breed of dog? 

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Introducing our bees on International Permaculture Day 2013 - YouTube

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We must protect the bees. The pesticides are killing them off. Bees are crucial to food production. Will we be in time to stop hurting them.

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The Wealth of Nature: Economics as if Survival Mattered: John Michael Greer: 9780865716735: Amazon.com: Books

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Finally a book that explains what is going on in terms that a non-economist can understand. In my opinion, brilliant, right-on and totally insightful from a grounded and spiritual perspective.

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Born In 2010: How Much Is Left For Me? | Visual.ly

Born In 2010: How Much Is Left For Me? | Visual.ly | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it

My oldest daughter is born in 2010. This is how much is left for her to consume...

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View this Infographic to answer the question, how much is left (for me)?

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Infrastructure Spending Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Billions In Growth And Reduces The Deficit

Infrastructure Spending Creates Thousands Of Jobs, Billions In Growth And Reduces The Deficit | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
That's just the immediate effects -- more jobs and growth will be created in the long term.
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So what is stopping us from improving things? We need improvements to our roads, bridges, waterways, electrical grids and other infrastructures. Will we be in time to make improvements before we completely bankrupt our country?

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What is Low Carbon Farming? | Visual.ly

What is Low Carbon Farming? | Visual.ly | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Become a low carbon farmer. Have a look at the 12 low carbon 'best practices' that farmers are adopting to reduce their carbon footprint and increase
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Will we be in time to reduce our carbon footprint while increasing farming profits?

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How climate change makes Everest an even deadlier game

How climate change makes Everest an even deadlier game | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
After 16 Sherpas died in a horrific avalanche on Everest, a writer who climbed the peak wonders what's next for the world’s tallest mountain.
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It is fairly well known news at this point that towards the middle of April 2014, an avalanche on Mt. Everest killed 16 guides and injured 9 others. Primarily Sherpas, these 'ice doctors' are other nationalities as well.

Although all the guides are highly esteemed and well-paid compared to others in their poverty stricken region, the loss of life does not have an acceptable price tag. This tragedy takes many issues into consideration. One of them happens to be 'climate change' and the possibility that those who have climbed parts of Everest may be the last to have been in time to do it.

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7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair

7 Surprising Ways to Use Pet Hair | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
Pet hair here, pet hair there, pet hair everywhere! Yep, if there's anything pet parents have plenty of, it's pet hair, so why not put some if it to good use?
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This is actually a great article with excellent suggestions. Will we be in time to implement ideas like this before we totally clog up the planet?

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Sherpas, Death, and Anger on Everest

Sherpas, Death, and Anger on Everest | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
The worst accident in Everest’s history underscores an unfortunate reality: ascents have gotten safer for Westerners, but not for Sherpas.
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Will our consciousness change enough to prevent another tragedy like this from happening? I see no reason why not as long as enough people are made aware of the inhuman circumstances surrounding 'recreational' climbs up Mount Everest and others like it. The lives of those who can't afford the luxury of doing this for recreation should not be put on the line for those who can. Something must be done about this inequity NOW.

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The tragedy on the recent Mount Everest climb injured nine. I addition, it took the lives of sixteen Nepali guides.

"Although many news reports indicated that all the victims were Sherpas, the legendary mountain people who comprise just half of one per cent of the Nepali population, three of the sixteen were members of other, much larger ethnic groups: one was Gurung, one was Tamang, and one was a member of the Hindu Chhetri caste.

All, however, were employed as high-altitude climbing sherpas, with a lowercase “s”—an élite profession that deservedly commands respect and admiration from mountaineers around the world."

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International forests

International forests | Global Evolution: Will we be in time? | Scoop.it
"New: Watch the premiere of Showtime's new show, Years of Living Dangerously, below.

The program enlists celebrities and scientists to uncover the stories of how climate change is impacting today's society. The first episode follows Harrison Ford as he heads to Indonesia to observe the deforestation driven by palm oil plantations."

- See more at: http://www.foe.org/projects/oceans-and-forests/forests#sthash.wlcBZdX5.dpuf

Alison D. Gilbert's insight:

Episode one of "Years of Living Dangerously" is both fascinating and horrifying. It is a shock to see what is happening to our planet due to global warming.Will we be in time to stop the devastation? There are some who believe it is 'God's Will' and all part of the Master Plan. Learn about a scientist who is attempting to explain this phenomenon in both religious and scientific language to bridge the gap between the two perspectives. 

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