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Ethical Oil? Canadian oil tars Saudi Arabia while destroying its own land

Fact. Last year we bought over four hundred million barrels of oil from Saudi Arabia. We bankrolled a state that doesn't allow women to drive. Doesn't allow ...
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This is the most outrageously hypocritical statement I have ever seen from the oil industry. Incredible. They trash Saudi Arabia as a way to justify the most polluted industrial fossil fuel site in the world. This is not to say the criticism of Saudi Arabia isn't justified,, but coming from these people?

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New Report Finds CNN and Fox News Weaken Public Understanding Of Climate Science | Blog | Media Matters for America

New Report Finds CNN and Fox News Weaken Public Understanding Of Climate Science | Blog | Media Matters for America | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
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Fox doesn't surprise me. But CNN? Shame on them.
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All mobile phones in EU to have the same charger: European Parliament votes on law in attempt to cut down electronic clutter

All mobile phones in EU to have the same charger: European Parliament votes on law in attempt to cut down electronic clutter | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
It would end the hassle of having to buy a separate charger when swapping phones or having to hunt for the right charger when a phone battery goes flat.
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Move will eliminate 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste, said German MEP

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Get Apple to Protect its workers from toxic chemicals

Get Apple to Protect its workers from toxic chemicals | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

Seventy-five percent of the world’s population owns a cell phone, billions of which are made in China. In the United States, there are nearly 330 million active cell phones, more than one phone per person. As manufacturers rush to meet the rising demand for new and ever-cheaper consumer electronics, they often sacrifice the health and safety of workers.


Smartphones are regularly made in factories where workers do not have adequate training or protective gear for handling toxic substances. Exposure to dangerous chemicals can lead to cancer, leukemia, nerve damage, liver and kidney failure, and reproductive health issues, depending on the chemical and level of exposure.

 

There are hundreds of chemicals that are routinely used in electronics manufacturing processes—some are known carcinogens and reproductive toxins, and others are largely untested.  Manufacturers do not readily disclose the chemicals they are using. Protective gear and rigorous trainings on safe handling are needed but often not enforced, and problems of exposure are sometimes not detected until workers are already sick.

 

An estimated 1.5 million people work in Apple’s supplier factories in China. Committing to eliminate benzene, n-hexane and other chemicals known to be harmful to human health from Apple’s supply chain would help prevent more workers from losing their lives or livelihoods themselves because of occupational illnesses from making iPhones.


Join Green America in calling on Apple to ensure that no more workers are poisoned while making Apple products and that workers who have become ill receive adequate treatment.

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Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch

Google's Next Goal: To Stop Deforestation with Global Forest Watch | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

Deforestation has long been cited as a problem, but a lack of accessible data meant that the general public had to take someone's word for the figures. As a result, its threat always seemed more abstract and nebulous than, say, climate change or rising sea levels.

 

Until now: Google has unveiled its Global Forest Watch, an online tool that monitors deforestation around the world in near-real time.


Via Lauren Moss
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One role of media should be to act like those speed monitors we see that tell us how fast we are going. Hopefully a program like Google's Global Forest Watch can help us monitor deforestation in real time.

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Amazon Rainforest Workshops's curator insight, February 27, 8:47 AM

A great new tool to use when integrating tech into your classroom.  Want to understand global forest decline and contribute to the conversation...this might be the tool for yoU!

thinking peasant's curator insight, February 28, 3:51 AM

maybe they have not gone over to the dark side for good?

Daniel LaLiberte's comment, March 10, 8:59 AM
Another writeup at: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26287137
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Fantastic short video: "How Wolves Change Rivers"

4 minutes | When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and...
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A nice short video that explains the interrelationship between wolves, geography and the ecosystem. Beautifully shot and narrated, media can also serve as positive ecological education. 

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Labor Dept. Warns of “Alarming” Rise in Cell Tower Deaths – Cell Tower Deaths - FRONTLINE

Labor Dept. Warns of “Alarming” Rise in Cell Tower Deaths – Cell Tower Deaths - FRONTLINE | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Thirteen workers died at communication tower worksites in 2013, more than in the previous two years combined.
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Here's part of the story of cell phones that is rarely discussed.

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'Meet The Press' Shows Us Exactly How Not To Cover Climate Change

'Meet The Press' Shows Us Exactly How Not To Cover Climate Change | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

The existence of climate change is no longer an issue up for discussion, and hasn't been for decades. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said there was a 95 percent chance that humans are responsible for global warming.

The only debate left is what to do about climate change, not whether it exists. And, if the Sunday shows do insist on carrying out that tired conflict, they should at least put the debate in the hands of climate scientists, rather than media figures or politicians. "Meet the Press" is providing a perfect example of what not to do.

 
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Click on the headline to read the whole story.

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Keystone XL: Time to end the addiction

Keystone XL: Time to end the addiction | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Chris Hayes' take on why the president needs to turn down the pipeline if America is ever going to break its dependency on fossil fuels.
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I can't believe I saw this in the corporate media, but I'm glad it's there: Chris Hayes nails why petrochemicals are an addiction and why the Keystone XL has to stop.

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Video: Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines

Video: Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

The “Line 9″ and “Energy East” pipelines threaten to bring tar sands “crude” from Alberta for export through ports in the Atlantic. These pipelines will traverse through many Indigenous communities and natural areas, threatening not only the health of the land but the sovereignty of these territories and their peoples. We have teamed up with Indigenous organizer Amanda Lickers to produce a Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines. This video will focuses on Indigenous resistance and seeks to build capacity in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by providing an educational and accessible resource to build awareness across communities. Featuring stories and perspectives from land defenders in Athabasca Chipewyan, Aamjiwnaang, Six Nations of the Grand River, Kanehsatà:ke, and Elsipogtog First Nations, this video will not only educates the public on the issues being faced by pipeline construction and expansion, but showcases Indigenous resistance and provide an anti-colonial lens for understanding environmental destruction.

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Geography and enviro policy determining the future of technology

Geography and enviro policy determining the future of technology | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"The rare earth elements that play an important role in everything from electric car batteries, to LED lighting, to surgical lasers, aren't actually rare. The vast majority of them come from China right now, but that's not because China has them and other countries don't. In fact, the US and Australia also have large deposits of rare earths. Instead, rare earth elements come from China because China is willing to cheaply mine and process them, which can be extremely polluting. The more protections against pollution that you put in place, the more expensive the rare earths become, which is how the US got priced out of that game."

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Global-warming denial hits a 6-year high

Global-warming denial hits a 6-year high | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Climate skeptics became more numerous, and more sure of themselves, in 2013. Here's a theory about why.
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It's clear the media are to blame for this. But it doesn't help that the political atmosphere is so toxic.

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Bloomsbury - Technobiophilia

Bloomsbury - Technobiophilia | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

Why are there so many nature metaphors - clouds, rivers, streams, viruses, and bugs - in the language of the internet? Why do we adorn our screens with exotic images of forests, waterfalls, animals and beaches? In Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, Sue Thomas interrogates the prevalence online of nature-derived metaphors and imagery and comes to a surprising conclusion. The root of this trend, she believes, lies in biophilia, defined by biologist E.O. Wilson as ‘the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes’. In this wide-ranging transdisciplinary study she explores the strong thread of biophilia which runs through our online lives, a phenomenon she calls ‘technobiophilia’, or, the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes as they appear in technology’. The restorative qualities of biophilia can alleviate mental fatigue and enhance our capacity for directed attention, soothing our connected minds and easing our relationship with computers.

Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace offers new insights on what is commonly known as ‘work-life balance’. It explores ways to make our peace with technology-induced anxiety and achieve a ‘tech-nature balance’ through practical experiments designed to enhance our digital lives indoors, outdoors, and online.

The book draws on a long history of literature on nature and technology and breaks new ground as the first to link the two. Its accessible style will attract the general reader, whilst the clear definition of key terms and concepts throughout should appeal to undergraduates and postgraduates of new media and communication studies, internet studies, environmental psychology, and human-computer interaction.

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I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, but I'm very interested in the prevailance of nature metaphors to describe media. I look forward to checking it out.

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Years of Living Dangerously Premiere Full Episode - YouTube

Hollywood celebrities and respected journalists span the globe to explore the issues of climate change and cover intimate stories of human triumph and traged...
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There's been a lot of advanced hype on this series. I haven't seen it yet, but I I'm looking forward to it.
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Ford's response to Poolside ad is awesome

Why do we work so hard? There are a lot of opinions. Pashon Murray, founder of Detroit Dirt (http://www.detroitdirt.org) explains that for some of us, it's a...

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Ford's response to the widely hated "Poolside" ad by Cadillac. To recap, the Poolside ad featured an archetypical capitalist pig showing off why America kicks the world's ass. In Ford's version we have the polar opposite, featuring the coolest protagonist ever, Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt. I'm too enamored with the ad to critically analyze it right now--I'm sure there is some underlying unsustainable message there (such as selling cars)--however, there's enough good stuff there (soil, organic, afros) to keep me happy for the moment. For a classroom activity, compare the two to identify environmental ideologies.

 

For background, read the following:  http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/ford-trashes-cadillac-great-parody-poolside-ad-everyone-hated-156597

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WildLeaks: A site for wildlife crime whistleblowers

WildLeaks: A site for wildlife crime whistleblowers | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
WildLeaks is the first, secure, online whistleblower platform dedicated to Wildlife & Forest Crime. The Mission of WildLeaks is to receive and evaluate anonymous information regarding Wildlife & Forest Crimes and transform it into...
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WikiLeaks for animals. Let's hope it makes a difference.

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Tim Cook to Climate Change Deniers: Get Out of Apple Stock

Tim Cook to Climate Change Deniers: Get Out of Apple Stock | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Apple CEO Tim Cook is taking a very public stand on the issue of climate change.
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Looks like Apple under Cook is taking the brand's environmental footprint more seriously.

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Video trailer for new book: Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth

Video trailer for new book: Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
4 minutes | Showing the deep connection between our present ecological crisis and our lack of awareness of the sacred nature of creation, this series of essays from spiritual and environmental leaders around...
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A nice video trailer for a book on spiritual ecology. Features some of my favorite thinkers and activists. Click on the headline to see the video.

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Why The Weather's Been So Bad

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Why The Weather's Been So Bad | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
As the U.K. floods and the U.S. freezes, blame it on increased rainfall in the West Pacific, and some meandering jet streams. (And maybe blame climate change.)
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This is an excellent example of how media are instrumental for educating people about climate change. This should also dispel the idea that extremely cold weather in North America does not contradict a warming climate trend.

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Fox News Discusses Climate Change. Insanity Ensues.

Fox News Discusses Climate Change. Insanity Ensues. | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
The cringe-worthy conversation revolved around jokes about the season's cold winter and claims that Democrats are abandoning the term "global warming" as a result.
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Opposition research. Know thy idiot enemy.

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Is "sustainable development" really sustainable?

Is "sustainable development" really sustainable? | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

Around the world ‘development’ is robbing tribal people of their land, self-sufficiency and pride and leaving them with nothing.

 

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This satirical animation exposes the contradictions of sustainable development.

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Honor the Treaties: Neil Young's 'Mother Earth' Video Exclusive

Honor the Treaties: Neil Young's 'Mother Earth' Video Exclusive | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

Neil Young's "Mother Earth" is a song from his Ragged Glory album, and presented here is a solo acoustic version with some new lyrics from his January 19 performance at Jack Singer Hall in Calgary, Alberta, the last of his four Canadian benefits shows. The video also features footage from the Peter Mettler documentary Petropolis.

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Click the headline link to see the video.

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How 2 people in black aprons wrecked their Prime Minister’s anti-climate PR strategy

How 2 people in black aprons wrecked their Prime Minister’s anti-climate PR strategy | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Climate change is devastating more and more live every year. Most impacted people can’t get an audience with Prime Ministers and Presidents. Their voices are rarely ever heard. So these [...]
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Creative media actions can be a fulcrum for launching messages with very little budget. Click the headline to watch a great video that shows how two people disrupted the Prime Minister of Canada's narrative on oil.

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A data visualization of how oil and gas are transforming our landscape

A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths. Read more at No...
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A devastating visualization of oil and gas pipelines built in the US since 1986.

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Mind blowing number of incidents and fatalities since 1986. No, nothing to worry about with Keystone, just another one.

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STUDY: Warmest Year On Record Received Cool Climate Coverage

STUDY: Warmest Year On Record Received Cool Climate Coverage | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

A Media Matters analysis finds that news coverage of climate change on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX remained low in 2012 despite record temperatures and a series of extreme weather events in the U.S. When the Sunday shows did discuss climate change, scientists were shut out of the debate while Republican politicians were given a platform to question the science.

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This shouldn't surprise anyone, but this study is a barometer of how badly network news are doing on the topic of climate change.

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