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'Frankenstorm' may be headed for Eastern Canada, U.S. - Canada - CBC News

'Frankenstorm' may be headed for Eastern Canada, U.S. - Canada - CBC News | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Weather forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Sandy could merge with another weather system as it moves north, and bring a Frankenstorm to parts of Eastern Canada and the U.S. in time for Halloween.
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Judge asked to Remove American Flag

Is American Justice something real, or just a pipe dream. Men and women have died to protect American ideals, and one of the most important American ideals i...
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Poultry Slaughterhouse Fined for Child Labor Violations - MFA Blog

Poultry Slaughterhouse Fined for Child Labor Violations - MFA Blog | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
House of Raeford, one of the largest poultry processors in the country, was fined this week by the United States Department of Labor for illegally employing underage workers at its chicken slaughter plant in Duplin County, NC - its second...
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Bob Barker: Don't Go to SeaWorld!

Bob Barker explains why, if you love animals, you shouldn't visit SeaWorld.

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83% of Madagascar’s palms near extinction - and 20,219 other species

83% of Madagascar’s palms near extinction - and 20,219 other species | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Hyderabad, India – Eighty three percent of Madagascar’s palms are threatened with extinction, putting the livelihoods of local people at risk – according to the latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ released today by the...

October 17, 2012 Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

“The high extinction risk faced by Madagascar’s palms reflects the decline in these forests, which threatens all of the remarkable wildlife that occurs there.”

Forests have been rapidly shrinking as land is being cleared for agriculture and logging.

“The figures on Madagascar’s palms are truly terrifying, especially as the loss of palms impacts both the unique biodiversity of the island and its people,” says Dr Jane Smart, Global Director, IUCN Biodiversity Conservation Group. “This situation cannot be ignored.”

...http://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/?11273/Madagascars-palms-near-extinction

 

BBC: Madagascar palm trees at risk of extinction, study finds... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19985536


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The oceans are dying, will you contribute to the $100M fund for Sea Shepherd? Philip Wollen will

Philip Wollen from Kindness Trust (http://facebook.com/kindnesstrust) asks if you have what it takes to join him in doing something that matters for today an...
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** URGENT *** Save Bill and Lou from slaughter. Let them go to a sanctuary.

** URGENT *** Save Bill and Lou from slaughter. Let them go to a sanctuary. | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Bill and Lou are two oxen who have been used by Green Mountain College in Vermont for 10 years. These cuties are so loved by students that they are even featured on the school's Facebook page.
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Burger King Cruelty - Video Exposes Horrific Animal Abuse at a Burger King Dairy Supplier

Are your Burger King purchases funding horrific animal abuse? A Mercy For Animals investigation reveals sadistic animal torture at Bettencourt Dairies - a ma...
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Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach 9bn by 2050...

 

This article represents a good example of neo-Malthusian ideas concerning population growth and food production.  The recent drought and subsequent food shortage/spike in global food prices has renewed interest in these ideas.


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Charles M's comment, August 27, 2012 11:00 AM
Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle that not many people wish to embrace. People are looked down upon for being a vegetarian. In reality, as a vegetarian the food is incredible and the feeling after you eat food is drastic compared to a meat eater. As a vegetarian you think more abou what you are putting into your mouth, and eventually body.
Lim Jun Heng's curator insight, February 1, 2013 7:46 AM

From this article I can tell that the lack of water is getting more and more out of hand, affecting our food supply. It will not be a surprise for humans to become vegetarians as the lack of meat is apparent. Having a vegetarian diet is the only way for us human to have enough water for our own consumption. , I think it is not that bad to be a vegetarian, after all vegetarian leads a healthier lifestyle compared to people who always eat meat. Vegetables are good for our health after all. This makes me wonder, considering our lack of water and food supply, what will happen if people refuse to co-operate? And continues to waste resources, will we really be the cause of our own extinction? 

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 10, 2013 11:20 AM

Neo-Malthusian thought......

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Blue and green honey makes French beekeepers see red

Blue and green honey makes French beekeepers see red | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Bees at a cluster of apiaries in France have been producing honey in mysterious shades of blue and green, alarming their keepers who now blame residue from containers of M&M's candy.

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Nature's Role in Water Security - Animation

www.watersecurity.org Nature's role in Water Security. Water resources vital to human well being and human activities are a product of nature. Through servic...

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Miraculous timing, dog saved while being 'euthanized'

Miraculous timing, dog saved while being 'euthanized' | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Hugo is a mixed breed dog in central Florida who miraculously escaped death on Wednesday.
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Pigeons Rescued from Cruel Pigeon Shoot

Pigeons are rescued from a cruel Pennsylvania pigeon shoot, and two SHARK investigators comment on the cruelty, and the cowards who support it.
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Killed for Organs: China's Secret State Transplant Business

It's being called "abhorrent" and a "crime against humanity." Allegations of forced organ harvesting in China started to surface in 2006. Since then, mountin...
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Time to save a baby Elephant [HQ]

"We rescued this young eight months old calf early this week. Luckily the report came in early in the morning and we were able to get there quick before the ...
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New Online Game: Be a Pig at a Walmart Pork Supplier - MFA Blog

New Online Game: Be a Pig at a Walmart Pork Supplier - MFA Blog | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Mark Middleton, the creative mind behind a series of clever animal-themed infographics at AnimalVisuals.org, is at it again--this time with a virtual gestation crate designed to give people a glimpse into the tragic world of pigs raised for...
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Caribbean coral reefs face collapse

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Caribbean coral reefs – which make up one of the world’s most colourful, vivid and productive ecosystems – are on the verge of collapse, with less than 10% of the reef area showing live coral cover.


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The Worst Animal Abuse, by the Lowest Cowards

Who could possibly ignore such blatant, outrageous animal abuse as this? The answer - the Pennsylvania State Police and Berks County (Pennsylvania) District ...
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Shocking Video: Burger King Cruelty

Shocking Video: Burger King Cruelty | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
Mercy For Animals Exposes Sadistic, Illegal Animal Abuse at Burger King Dairy Supplier...
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PETA Protests SeaWorld Sea World Killer Whale Severe Injury | Global Animal

PETA Protests SeaWorld Sea World Killer Whale Severe Injury | Global Animal | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it
(SEA WORLD) SAN DIEGO— SeaWorld’s killer whale, Nakai, acquired a serious wound to his lower jaw.
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Agriculture causes 80% of tropical deforestation - The Terrible Price We Pay

Agriculture causes 80% of tropical deforestation - The Terrible Price We Pay | Nature Animals humankind | Scoop.it

Agriculture is the direct driver of roughly 80 percent of tropical deforestation, while logging is the biggest single driver of forest degradation, says a new report funded by the British and Norwegian governments.

September 27, 2012 - Mongabay http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0927-drivers-of-deforestation.html

 

SEE: Fast-Tracking Our Own Extinction THE DEFORESTATION HOLOCAUST AND PALM OIL ECOCIDE http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/1510545458/fast-tracking-our-own-extinction-the-deforestation-holocaust-and-palm-oil-ecocide

 

VIDEO: USA Majestic Forests in Oregon, at Risk from Timber Industry and Chemical Spraying http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/2674358899/video-usa-majestic-forests-in-oregon-at-risk-from-timber-industry-and-chemical-spraying

 

SEE: GMO Trees - Eradicating Real Forests to plant Monoculture BioEngineered Trees http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/2568524705/gmo-trees-eradicating-real-forests-to-plant-monoculture-bioengineered-treesAgriculture

 

WATCH: "MOTHER TREE" - How Trees Communicate http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/2827188209/mother-tree-video-how-do-trees-communicate


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Animals Are Not Art - The Petition Site

The Torch Gallery supports Katrinka Simonse who tortures,mutilates and kills animals calling it...
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SHARK Challenge to NRA

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness President Steve Hindi challenges NRA lobby John Hohenwarter and supposed Pennsylvania law enforcement officials to a sho...
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The Global Food Waste Scandal

TED Talks Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

 

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 perpective 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. 

 

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


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 29, 2013 6:13 PM

Ted explains it well how we all waste perfectly good food that people would like to eat. Also it was amazing how much food was in the dumpsters that was just a day or week old. That meat could feed hundreds of people that are struggling to eat and all that meet to waste. 

megan b clement's curator insight, December 16, 2013 1:51 AM

Ted talks about just how wasteful our planet is. How we just ignore the issue and act like it will  not affect us in the future. When he shows you video and pictures of massive piles of the ends of a loaf of bread or all the food that Stop and Shop throws out because it does not "look" good for the customer. How every little bit of help counts you can try to make a little bit of an effort to be less wasteful. We have so much unnecessary waste. Like when he uses the example of how many people throw away the ends of a loaf of bread then he shows the waste of the ends of bread in massive piles it makes you sick. Especially with all of the hungry people in the world we need to be more resourceful.

 

 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 2014 2:13 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. 


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