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The art of sustainable development

Einstein said that we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking used when we created them. Wise words, except few people heed them when it comes to sustainable solutions for our ailing planet.
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Biodiversity data gaps 'need bridging' to meet global targets

Biodiversity data gaps 'need bridging' to meet global targets | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Data needed for joined-up action on ecosystem protection is lacking, a meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity has heard.

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More recognition for Indigenous communities: the guardians of biodiversity

More recognition for Indigenous communities: the guardians of biodiversity | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

A report from the joint programme between UNESCO and the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity side event – 10th October 2012, Hyderabad.


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Testing the “Local Provenance” Paradigm

Testing the “Local Provenance” Paradigm | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Local not necessarily best. In ecological restoration, that is. Always thought concept of "genetic pollution" suspect.

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Antibiotic resistance racing downriver

Antibiotic resistance racing downriver | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

We use watersheds as pollution dilution sinks.  Importan work on antibiotic resistance.

 

A river that runs through Colorado's plains carries two different genes that protect microbes from antibiotics.

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Searching for a silver bullet: Measuring biodiversity to inform species conservation

Searching for a silver bullet: Measuring biodiversity to inform species conservation | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Ecologists have found that evolutionary diversity can be an effective method for identifying hotspots of mammal biodiversity.
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Wild Plants Post: Advancing plant functional trait science2

Wild Plants Post: Advancing plant functional trait science2 | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

I struggle at times to understand why we haven’t made much progress in understanding plant functional traits over the past ten years.
As has been well chronicled for over a century, plant functional traits are keys to understanding the evolution of plants, predicting ecosystem response to global change, and interpreting the distribution of species. None of the importance of plant functional traits has changed any time recently.
I would never argue that there has been no progress... Still, it just doesn’t feel like we’ve learned much in the past ten years about traits.


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Coastal Wetlands In Eastern U.S. Disappearing

Coastal Wetlands In Eastern U.S. Disappearing | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
While the nation as a whole gained freshwater wetlands from 1998 to 2004, a new report documents a continuing loss of coastal wetlands in the eastern United States.
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Why We Need Insects; Even Pesky Ones

Why We Need Insects; Even Pesky Ones | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2012 -
At first blush, many people would probably love to get rid of insects, such as pesky mosquitoes, ants and roaches.

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Creating medicinal forests a giant step to good health

Creating medicinal forests a giant step to good health | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

 Over 108 Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas (MPCA) of over 200 has have been created across five states, including Karnataka, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. These are very literally forest gene banks which the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) believe will serve to conserve high quality seeds for future generations. The program is being funded by UNDP and the environment ministry.

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Plants need a 'new deal' to stem their decline, warns Kew director

Plants need a 'new deal' to stem their decline, warns Kew director | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

The economic and environmental benefits of plants must not be overlooked, says the outgoing director of Kew Gardens.


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Letting Biodiversity Get under Our Skin | Conservation Magazine

Letting Biodiversity Get under Our Skin | Conservation Magazine | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
By Rob Dunn We live at the crossroads of three global megatrends, three barreling and intertwined juggernauts of modernity.
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Bioversity International: MAPFORGEN: An online atlas for the conservation of forest genetic resources (full article)

Bioversity International: MAPFORGEN: An online atlas for the conservation of forest genetic resources (full article) | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

The MAPFORGEN project will evaluate the conservation status of 100 socio-economically important woody species from different eco-regions of Latin America and the Caribbean.


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Cost of saving endangered species £50bn a year, say experts

Cost of saving endangered species £50bn a year, say experts | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Annual spending to protect species and habitats is less than half the amount spent on bankers' bonuses last year (@CGIAR That yearly $21 million for saving staple crop biodiversity seems like quite a bargain compared to this:

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Ancient crops make a comeback in Peru

Ancient crops make a comeback in Peru | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Farmers turn to indigenous grains to fight the hunger war.

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A strategy to safeguard the future of chocolate

A strategy to safeguard the future of chocolate | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
The vast global chocolate industry — worth more than US$100 billion a year — rests on shaky agricultural foundations. Millions of farmers have just a few trees each, and those trees are constantly under threat from a range of pests and diseases.

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New Study Finds Biodiversity Conservation Secures Ecosystem Services For People

Healthy ecosystems that provide people with essential natural goods and services often overlap with regions rich in biological diversity, underscoring that conserving one also protects the other, according to a new study.
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Bees, fruits and money: Decline of pollinators will have severe impact on nature and humankind

Bees, fruits and money: Decline of pollinators will have severe impact on nature and humankind | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Globally we are witnessing a decline in pollinators, such as wild bees, honeybees and hover flies, caused by the destruction and fragmentation of habitats, agricultural intensification and use of pesticides, introduction of novel diseases and...
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Many coastal wetlands likely to disappear this century, scientists say

Many coastal wetlands likely to disappear this century, scientists say | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Many coastal wetlands worldwide -- including several on the US Atlantic coast -- may be more sensitive than previously thought to climate change and sea-level rise projections for the 21st century, according to U.S.
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Adaptable button mushroom serves up genes critical to managing the planet's carbon stores

Adaptable button mushroom serves up genes critical to managing the planet's carbon stores | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
The button mushroom occupies a prominent place in our diet and in the grocery store where it boasts a tasty multibillion-dollar niche, while in nature, Agaricus bisporus is known to decay leaf matter on the forest floor.

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Tree Nut Research May Unexpectedly Lead to Medical Advances

Tree Nut Research May Unexpectedly Lead to Medical Advances | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Oct 09, 2012 - Prescription drugs that today help patients fight severe fungal infections might tomorrow be even more effective, thanks to unexpected findings from agriculture-based, food-safety-focused studies by...


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Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield

Wild pollinators support farm productivity and stabilize yield | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
Most people are not aware of the fact that 84% of the European crops are partially or entirely dependent on insect pollination.

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Wild Plants Post: Solving the riddle of the Amazon's nitrogen cycle

Wild Plants Post: Solving the riddle of the Amazon's nitrogen cycle | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it

Does the Amazon have a unique Nitrogen cycle? Possibly, but if so what is causing that? There's lots of things that are unique about the Amazon basin, and Joseph Craine has been thinking about clays.


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Rethinking Herbal Medicine | The Scientist

Rethinking Herbal Medicine | The Scientist | Nature's Bounty | Scoop.it
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