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The Sharks rugby team determined to make 2016 Year of the Rhino

The Sharks rugby team determined to make 2016 Year of the Rhino | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch

 

Tags: Anthropocene, development,  land use, environment, environment modify.  


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Sally Egan's curator insight, February 21, 4:30 PM

Good discussion for syllabus dotpoint Human impacts on ecosystems within the HSC topic Ecosystems at Risk.

Andrea J Galan's curator insight, February 22, 6:58 PM

I chose to add this article into my folder because it talks about earth entering a new geological epoch. This is exciting yet scary news because it's mostly pollution that justifies /proves the new epoch. The news is exciting because it's something that we are currently experiencing. The evidence that proves the geological epoch on the other hand is terrifying. It just goes to show how awful we have been treating our planet like if the next generation is going to be finding fossils in plastic bags that is a problem.

nukem777's curator insight, June 2, 7:21 AM
Thought we were still officially in the Holocene...did I miss a memo?
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How the Broad Climate Movement Has Failed Us

How the Broad Climate Movement Has Failed Us | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
It has been two months since the UN climate summit in Paris, aka COP 21. One might expect the kind of ebb and flow we often see in popular movements. Interest in climate issues, the cause of the day during the summit, might be expected to wane and move to the back burner of public discourse until another development pushes it forward again.

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In the struggle to save the rhino, dogs still beat drones

In the struggle to save the rhino, dogs still beat drones | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
Saving Africa’s rhinos

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Diamond giant raises awareness to protect world's rhinos | New York News

Diamond giant raises awareness to protect world's rhinos | New York News | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
De Beers, the diamond conglomerate, has a less glamorous side interest: rescuing rhinos.According to our Lisa Fickenscher, the Botswana-based company hosted a

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Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation

Global warming: Shareholders must vote for climate-change mitigation | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

Investors who are standing idly by as emissions erode the value of their stock could find themselves in court, warn Howard Covington and colleagues.


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Save the Gray Wolf from Extinction

Save the Gray Wolf from Extinction | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

Oregon refuses to protect its gray wolf population despite dangerously low numbers. Urge officials to reinstate the gray wolf's status as an endangered species and save these precious animals from extinction.


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Ship noise extends to frequencies used by endangered killer whales (Canada, USA)

Ship noise extends to frequencies used by endangered killer whales (Canada, USA) | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
February 2nd, 2016. When an endangered orca is in hot pursuit of an endangered salmon, sending out clicks and listening for their echoes in the murky ocean near Seattle, does the noise from the nearby shipping lane interfere with them catching dinner? To find out scientists measured underwater noise as ships passed their study site 3,000 times. This unprecedented characterization of ship noise will aid in the understanding of the potential effects on marine life, and help with possible mitigation strategies.

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Wildlife species face extinction in Xinjiang - China - Chinadaily.com.cn

Wildlife species face extinction in Xinjiang - China - Chinadaily.com.cn | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

Many types of wildlife, including mustang and saiga, are facing extinction in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.


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VIDEO. Sauvetage de Noëlle, jeune lynx orpheline

VIDEO. Sauvetage de Noëlle, jeune lynx orpheline | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
Le 24 décembre 2015, après plus d'un mois d'errance en solitaire, une jeune lynx blessée a été sauvée par le Centre Athén...

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Nathalie Billiotte's curator insight, December 28, 2015 12:30 PM

Enfin une bonne nouvelle...

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River ecosystems show 'incredible' initial recovery after dam removal

River ecosystems show 'incredible' initial recovery after dam removal | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
A songbird species that flourishes on the salmon-rich side of dams in the western United States struggles when it tries to nest on the side closed off from the fish and the nutrients they leave behind.

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Asteroid impact helped create the birds we know today

Asteroid impact helped create the birds we know today | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

"The ancestors of all modern birds, from the hummingbird to the majestic bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus, seen here as a young adult), lived on a supercontinent in the Southern Hemisphere about 95 million years ago, a new study suggests."


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US to ban soaps and other products containing microbeads

US to ban soaps and other products containing microbeads | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
New act would phase out the tiny pieces of plastic found in soap, toothpaste and body washes, which pollute waters and spread throughout the food chain

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Paris Agreement on Climate Change [What Think Tanks are Thinking]

Paris Agreement on Climate Change [What Think Tanks are Thinking] | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
Written by Marcin Grajewski,

After more than 20 years of negotiations, nearly 200 countries reached a landmark agreement in December 2015 on tackling climate change and its impacts. The European Union, with its ambitious climate policy, had been a strong advocate on a deal to cut emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.

The Paris agreement, conducted under the auspices of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, envisages a long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to “well below” 2°C above pre-industrial levels, pursuing efforts to limit the rise to 1.5°C. This would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change. Many analysts have hailed the agreement as historic, but critics say it came too late and is too limited in scope.

This note brings together commentaries, analyses and studies by major international think tanks and research institutes published in reaction to the Paris agreement.

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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 27, 2:01 PM

GR:  This is an excellent source of analysis and opinion on climate change actions and expectations.

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How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger

How ‘Ugly’ Fruits and Vegetables Can Help Solve World Hunger | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
About a third of the planet’s food goes to waste, often because of its looks. That’s enough to feed two billion people.

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Katerina Stojanovski's curator insight, March 10, 6:10 AM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions.  In a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates, food waste needs to made more explicit. 

 

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, unit 5 agriculture.

NADINE BURCHI SCORP's curator insight, March 10, 1:24 PM

No one should be surprised that more developed societies are more wasteful societies.  It is not just personal wasting of food at the house and restaurants that are the problem.  Perfectly edible food is thrown out due to size (smaller than standards but perfectly normal), cosmetics (Bananas that are shaped 'funny') and costumer preference (discarded bread crust).  This is an intriguing perceptive on our consumptive culture, but it also is helpful in framing issues such as sustainability and human and environmental interactions.  In a technologically advanced societies that are often removed form the land where the food they eat originates, food waste needs to made more explicit. 


Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, sustainability, unit 5 agriculture.

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Simple Way You Can Protect 700 Endangered Marine Species With Your Everyday Actions

Simple Way You Can Protect 700 Endangered Marine Species With Your Everyday Actions | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
The best and most effective thing any of us can do is to ensure that marine animals do not end up entangled by fishing lines or plastic trash in the first place … and this involves taking action in our daily lives.

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Poaching still a major threat to tigers

Poaching still a major threat to tigers | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
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Wildlife

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Hunters have Bagged 10 000 Lions in Africa Since 2003 Given that in Africa wild lions are in catastrophic decline–the latest International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) figures suggest that fewer than 20 000 remain – it may...


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Moorland Forum - Understanding Predation Report Launch

Moorland Forum - Understanding Predation Report Launch | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

Framing a new dialogue for biodiversity: science and local knowledge https://t.co/wWXE28S37p #BTO #GWCT #RSPB #NGO https://t.co/3Mk3cRlpT4...


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Garry Rogers's curator insight, February 8, 2:05 PM

GR:  This work begins with an inventory of a select group of species.  And this is where research on the factors contributing to species numbers must begin (http://wp.me/p26kDO-xC).  Predation is mentioned, but many other factors could be involved.  Human impacts through habitat use and removal, climate change, toxic chemicals, livestock, and recreation are just a few of the possible explanations for wildlife population changes..

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Part 2: What’s really driving loss of nature in New Zealand?

Part 2: What’s really driving loss of nature in New Zealand? | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
Last week I demonstrated that despite a proud history of conservation and environmental management, New Zealand is still fast losing its natural heritage and, with it, our future prosperity.

Addressing that requires some reframing of what conservation is for New Zealand, and recognition that doing more of the same might slow ongoing loss but cannot reverse the trend.

The things usually seen as barriers to effective conservation and environmental management (e.g. inappropriate development, weak compliance with consent conditions, under-funded pest control and threatened species management) are actually symptoms of fundamental drivers that set up conflict between environmental and development interests and bring about the loss of nature.

The fundamental drivers are:

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Five men arrested for poaching on Northern Cape farm

Five men arrested for poaching on Northern Cape farm | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
My News My Community - Sowetan LIVE.

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Reality Check on Public Lands Ranching: A reaction to the rhetoric of the Bundy militia in Oregon

Reality Check on Public Lands Ranching: A reaction to the rhetoric of the Bundy militia in Oregon | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it

Boise, ID – Western Watersheds Project is disappointed that the government’s acquiescence to ongoing law-breaking on public lands across the West has led to the armed occupation of one of America’s premier bird sanctuaries. This weekend’s militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is another battle in the “War on the West” that extractive industries have been waging for 150 years.

"The occupying militia is led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of Cliven Bundy, the notorious rancher who has refused to pay his fees for years and continues to illegally trample fragile desert tortoise habitat with his trespassing cows. The militia initially claimed the occupation was to support local ranchers and convicted arsonists Dwight and Steven Hammond, although the Hammond family has distanced itself from the Bundys’ recent activities. The Bundy group has moved onto generally railing against federal land ownership and legal limits on environmentally destructive activities like logging and ranching."


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Swedish courts temporarily ban wolf hunting

Swedish courts temporarily ban wolf hunting | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
Swedish courts on Monday ordered a temporary ban on wolf hunting in parts of the country, favouring animal rights activists in one of Sweden's most hotly disputed environmental issues.

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Biodiversity: Spotted owl populations in steep decline

Biodiversity: Spotted owl populations in steep decline | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
Northern spotted owl populations continue to decline across the Pacific Northwest, researchers said in a new study showing that competition from barred owls, along with habitat destruction and climate change are all factors in population trends.

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Ils inventent une poubelle autonome qui filtre l’océan | Mr Mondialisation

Ils inventent une poubelle autonome qui filtre l’océan | Mr Mondialisation | liu wai  ling | Scoop.it
La « Seabin » est une poubelle d’un tout nouveau genre. Elle se place dans l’eau et engouffre, comme un entonnoir infini (ou presque), les déchets qui se présentent à elle. Une invention extraordinairement simple et positive dont le besoin se fait de plus en plus ressentir…

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