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First Nations study uncovers grizzly bear ‘highway’

First Nations study uncovers grizzly bear ‘highway’ | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
A novel, First Nations-led research collaboration has revealed a previously undocumented grizzly bear aggregation in coastal British Columbia, one of the most southerly aggregations of salmon-feeding grizzlies in North America. Using non-invasive DNA analysis, the authors describe a grizzly bear “highway,” identifying nearly 60 individual bears, many who travelled hundreds of miles from surrounding areas to feed on autumn-spawning salmon in the Koeye River. The research was guided by the customary law and cultural practices of the Heiltsuk First Nation and recently published in the journal Ecology and Society.
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First-of-its-Kind Map Details Extent of Plastic in Five Ocean Gyres

First-of-its-Kind Map Details Extent of Plastic in Five Ocean Gyres | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

When a research team set sail on a nine-month, worldwide expedition in 2010 to study the impact of global warming on Earth’s oceans, one of their projects was to locate the accumulations of plastic.

 

They found plenty. They explored the five huge gyres, which collectively contain tens of thousands of tons of plastic. The result was the creation of a compelling, first-of-its-kind map of this debris.

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Spiritual Leaders and Wisdom Keepers Convene For Global Indigenous Gathering, Call For Unprecedented Unified Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San Francisco, CA – July 10, 2014 – International interfaith network United Religions Initiative (URI), through its Global Indigenous Initiative (GII), recently hosted Hidden Seeds of Natural Healing & Curing, a gathering of 33 Indigenous representatives from six continents, including two youth leaders ages 13 and 14. The participants met for three days, July 1-3, near Napa Valley in Northern California. 

The URI GII was convened for the purpose of engaging in critical dialogue about practical issues and concerns facing Indigenous communities worldwide and all members of the Human Family, including the intergenerational on-going impact of colonialism. It was also established to develop a strategic plan for the future of the Global Indigenous Initiative (GII) that grows out of traditional ways of knowing and being.

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Groups say billionaire's Tenn. mines pollute water

Groups say billionaire's Tenn. mines pollute water | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Two environmental groups say a West Virginia billionaire's Tennessee coal mines are violating federal law by not monitoring water pollution.

 

The groups also filed a notice that they intend to file additional lawsuits against S&H and two other Tennessee coal companies owned by billionaire Jim Justice, alleging that the companies' mines are violating the Clean Water Act by not filing water pollution reports.


Read more: Groups say billionaire's Tenn. mines pollute water | Kingsport Times-News http://www.timesnews.net/article/9078344/groups-say-billionaires-tenn-mines-pollute-water#ixzz35ZCxoEab
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Crop Circle at Standdaarbuiten, Holland. Reported 4th June  2014

Crop Circle at Standdaarbuiten, Holland. Reported 4th June  2014 | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

While driving Robbert home from an appointment late on the night of June 3rd, Robbert began experiencing the “uneasy” feeling he always gets when a new circle is coming and told Roy they had to drive to Standdaarbuiten.  Robbert “saw” (in his “mind’s eye”) both the field where the formation would be (one where there has never been a circle before) and the fact there would be 5 circles, the largest of which would be ringed.  As they approached the area Robbert and Roy both saw a glowing light-ball zip across the crop down very low which lit up the whole field.

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The Hot New Frontier of Energy Research Is Human Behavior | Science | WIRED

The Hot New Frontier of Energy Research Is Human Behavior | Science | WIRED | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
When it comes to discussions about energy and climate, the focus is nearly always on technology. We wonder whether coal can be cleaned and solar panels made efficient, if there might be a breakthrough in algae biofuels or carbon storage. In short, we think about about hardware. Yet another area of innovation, traditionally unglamorous and overlooked, is experiencing a boom in research attention: human nature.
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On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture

On Staying Sane in a Suicidal Culture | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
Joanna Macy's body of work encompasses the psychological and spiritual issues of living in the nuclear age and is grounded in a deepening of ecological awareness.
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Havas Prosumer Report: The New Consumer and The Sharing Economy | Sustainable Brands

Havas Prosumer Report: The New Consumer and The Sharing Economy | Sustainable Brands | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
Havas conducted a survey of consumers in 29 markets around the world with the aim of developing a deeper understanding of people’s feelings about consumerism in relation to both economic growth and their own personal happiness. Based on the study’s trend-setting segment, “prosumers”, the next wave of consumerism will be collaborative consumption.
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Climate Change Is The Single Most Divisive Political Issue, Says Poll

Climate Change Is The Single Most Divisive Political Issue, Says Poll | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- Climate change remains a divisive political issue, with a significant percentage of Republicans saying they don't believe the scientific consensus that man-made industrial emissions are accelerating the rise of global temperatures. But is it the most divisive political issue -- more so than abortion, guns or evolution?

 

Apparently it is, according to new polling data from Lawrence Hamilton of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Mother Jones' Chris Mooney highlighted the data in a piece on Tuesday, noting that distrust of science was much higher among people who self-identified as Tea Partiers than it was among traditional Republicans.

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Bolivia’s Mother Earth Law Hard to Implement - Inter Press Service

Bolivia’s Mother Earth Law Hard to Implement - Inter Press Service | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

The law for the defence of Mother Earth passed by Bolivia a year and a half ago has not yet moved from good intentions to concrete action.

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52 Alaskan Volcanoes in One Shot | Science Blogs | WIRED

52 Alaskan Volcanoes in One Shot | Science Blogs | WIRED | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
It’s not everyday you can see 52 potentially active volcanoes in a single image, but good conditions over the Aleutian Islands and Peninsula in Alaska allowed for just such a shot to be taken.
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The red efts are on the move! -- HollerPhenology

The red efts are on the move! -- HollerPhenology | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

Coming across a red eft on my holler walks makes me happy. They are so small that finding one can seem almost magical or mystical. Today I saw two!

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Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oil field

Indigenous protesters occupy Peru's biggest Amazon oil field | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
Around 500 Achuar protesters are demanding the clean-up of decades of contamination from spilled crude oil
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A Hole in the World

A Hole in the World | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

Long ago I lived during the Great Yellowstone Fire (1988)… One saw it in the air, one smelled its sulfurous pungency… and, on certain days the world would turn black to the point one could not see in front of ones hand… or, even see one’s hands. Those were the days of naught, the blank days that never were… but sit there in my memory like a hole in the universe...Read the poem at http://darkecologies.com/2014/07/17/a-hole-in-the-world/

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Vibrations in Vegetables: Energetics in Process of Photosynthesis Could Boost Solar Power Efficiency

Vibrations in Vegetables: Energetics in Process of Photosynthesis Could Boost Solar Power Efficiency | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
For all those who think the adage, ‘everything is vibration’ is a bunch of bunkum, check this out: biophysics researchers have discovered that molecular vibrations deep within our vegetables help them
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Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change | Environmental Justice

Using Traditional Ecological Knowledge to Adapt to Climate Change | Environmental Justice | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

My grandmother, Annie Mad Plume Wall, learned about nature and plants from her grandmother and her great-grandmother. Their knowledge stemmed from an intimate relationship with the environment that was formed over generations of time and through generations of women. Today we call this Traditional Ecological (or in some cases, Environmental) Knowledge, or TEK for short.

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Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other | Science | WIRED

Wolves Might Use Their Eyes to Talk to Each Other | Science | WIRED | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
It's no secret that wolves, foxes, and dogs are highly social animals. But beyond all the wagging, pawing and yipping we like to try to interpret, canids may have yet another way to communicate. New research hints at the possibility that dogs and their ilk could be sending each other signals with their eyes.
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A new look at land-grabs in the global South linked to EU biomass policies « biofuelwatch

A new look at land-grabs in the global South linked to EU biomass policies « biofuelwatch | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

NGOs, policy makers and industry analysists have predicted that Europe’s fast-growing demand for wood pellets and woodchips for bioenergy will increasingly be through imports from the global South – especially from Africa and South America (especially Brazil).  There are serious concerns that such a trend will exacerbate land-grabbing in those regions.

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Wolves on B.C.'s islands, mainland genetically different

Wolves on B.C.'s islands, mainland genetically different | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
Two groups of wolves that live side-by-side on the B.C. coast have very different lifestyles and don't mix with one another, a new study has found.
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The orphaned urban water bodies

The orphaned urban water bodies | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

By Ranjan K Panda

 

One of the common sights in our cities is that ponds that served as excellent reservoirs of water for the community are gradually falling into disuse.

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What's In a Name? Americans Are More Worried about 'Global Warming' Than They Are About 'Climate Change'

What's In a Name? Americans Are More Worried about 'Global Warming' Than They Are About 'Climate Change' | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
A Yale poll finds that the two terms are not synonymous in public discourse.
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The Suicide Path

The Suicide Path | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
A call to awaken our nation to the suicidal course we are following offers some suggestions on protecting our environment - and reviving our democracy.
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Organic Farmer: ‘There Are a Lot of Things I Can’t Control’ - Working In These Times

Organic Farmer: ‘There Are a Lot of Things I Can’t Control’ - Working In These Times | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

There are a lot of unknowns, and there are a lot of things that are out of my control—I have confidence that I’ll figure them out, but I haven’t yet. It must be kind of the same feeling as getting married. I’m committed to this and I’m doing it. But I also have to admit that there are a lot of things I can’t control.

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One of the Most Pervasive -- and Wrong -- Conservative Economic Myths, Debunked

One of the Most Pervasive -- and Wrong -- Conservative Economic Myths, Debunked | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it

Over the past several decades, the tragedy of the commons has taken root as an economic truism. The Hardin essay has become a staple of undergraduate education in the US, taught not just in economics courses but in political science, sociology and other fields. It is no wonder that so many people consider the commons with such glib condescension. The commons = chaos, ruin and failure.

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Monday Nature Zen: The Not-Actually-A-Wasp Moth | Science Blogs | WIRED

Monday Nature Zen: The Not-Actually-A-Wasp Moth | Science Blogs | WIRED | Earth and Psyche | Scoop.it
It's a Wasp! It's a fly? Nope, it's a moth. Your Monday Moment of NatureZen.
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