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. Read more at http://scienceblog.com/73426/first-nations-study-uncovers-grizzly-bear-highway/#yMp6uf4EjaQ6gohc.99
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.