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Crimes against the environment: the silent victim of warfare

Crimes against the environment: the silent victim of warfare | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Acts perpetrated during the course of warfare have, through the ages, led to significant environmental destruction.
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Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning

Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A searing new report says the environmental movement is not winning and lays the blame squarely on the failed policies of environmental funders. The movement hasn’t won any “significant policy changes at the federal level in the United States since the 1980s” because funders have favored top-down elite strategies and have neglected to support a robust grassroots infrastructure. Environmental funders spent a whopping $10 billion between 2000 and 2009 but achieved relatively little because they failed to underwrite grassroots groups that are essential for any large-scale change, the report says.

 

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Switching on to energy democracy

Switching on to energy democracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Popular participation, social ideals and ecological sustainability are key attributes of sustainable systems, Claire Fauset writes.
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Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor — Rob Nixon | Harvard University Press

Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor — Rob Nixon | Harvard University Press | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
'Slow violence' from climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today.
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An Ecology Of Mind - The Gregory Bateson Documentary

An Ecology Of Mind - The Gregory Bateson Documentary | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When we reflect on how environmental education can be innovated to meet the needs and challenges of today’s world, and if we also consider the role that the arts can play in this, we are well-advised to take a closer look at the groundbreaking work of the great thinker Gregory Bateson. The year 2010 saw the release of a highly interesting documentary on his work, entitled An Ecology of Mind. Completed more than thirty years after his death, filmmaker Nora Bateson (Gregory Bateson’s youngest daughter) directed a compelling hour-long introduction to the world of this thinking. Gregory Bateson was one of the most original thinkers of the late twentieth century. His research covered a vast array of different fields: anthropology, biology, psychology, and philosophy of science. He would often move himself across the boundaries of disciplines, and do so in highly innovative ways. Until now his work has been largely inaccessible to those outside of the academic community. With An Ecology of Mind, this is soon bound to change.

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Legend of the Rainbow Warriors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Legend of the Rainbow Warriors

This article is about the legend and the book. For other uses, see Rainbow Warrior. Since the early 1970s, a legend of Rainbow Warriors has inspired some environmentalists in the United States with a belief that their movement is the fulfillment of a Native American prophecy.

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Ruthless Power and Deleterious Politics: From DDT to Roundup

Ruthless Power and Deleterious Politics: From DDT to Roundup | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
By Evaggelos Vallianatos Morton Biskind, a physician from Westport, Connecticut, was a courageous man. At the peak of the cold war, in 1953, he complained of
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Canadian Aboriginal Group Rejects $1 Billion Fee for Natural Gas Project - NYTimes.com

Canadian Aboriginal Group Rejects $1 Billion Fee for Natural Gas Project - NYTimes.com | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

OTTAWA — A small aboriginal community in British Columbia has rejected a $1 billion payment for a natural gas project, the latest setback for the Canadian energy industry’s effort to bolster exports.

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Cycles of Exchange

Cycles of Exchange | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
This post was inspired by eGaia, a book by Dr Gary Alexander about the big picture of how we got where we are and where we could be headed. The theme of chapter 8 of eGaia is our inherently coopera...
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Vital Signs: Carbon Dioxide

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Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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Advertising Standards Agency bans Greenpeace anti-fracking ad

Advertising Standards Agency bans Greenpeace anti-fracking ad | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The banning of a Greenpeace anti-fracking ad by the ASA is indicative of the revolving door and how corrupt the political system has become. Chris Smith used to be a Labour government minster. On l...
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Britain's Environment: The Debate, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4

Britain's Environment: The Debate, Costing the Earth - BBC Radio 4 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How will the next government tackle Britain's environmental problems? Tom Heap reports.
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Community Charter | Falkirk Against Unconventional Gas

Community Charter | Falkirk Against Unconventional Gas | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Community Charter is a rights-based document that sets out all the things in our local area which residents have agreed are fundamental to the present and future health of our communities. These “assets” include a clean environment, our children, our homes, our community stability, a rich eco-system, food security, a healthy economy and trustworthy elected representatives.

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New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included

New UN report finds almost no industry profitable if environmental costs were included | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to a new report for the UN: almost no industry is profitable if you include environmental costs. So, maybe it's time for some serious changes?
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Environmental Peacebuilding | Al-Moumin Lectures

Environmental Peacebuilding | Al-Moumin Lectures | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Developing, managing, and sharing knowledge on natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding
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Sheunesu Hove's curator insight, December 11, 2016 5:25 PM
Several billion rural poor still lack secure land tenure. Their communal assets are most affected. But this is beginning to change. These changes can play a crucial role in limiting conflict in troubled agrarian regions. They can also help remove impediments to transition to fairer and more accountable forms of the modern agrarian state. This lecture–the Third Al Moumin Distinguished Lecture on Environmental Peacebuilding–reexamined the known fact that land grievances help trigger conflicts and war in the context of stumbling transformation and detectable innovations in the property sector. It argued that departure from classical trajectories of property rights development is timely, and in which new legal and institutional treatment of community land rights is key. Drawing principally upon African cases, it illustrated how positive paths to secure tenure and peace are being built. - 
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Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both | George Monbiot

Consume more, conserve more: sorry, but we just can’t do both | George Monbiot | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Economic growth is tearing the planet apart, and new research suggests that it can’t be reconciled with sustainability
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Alive in the Sunshine | Jacobin

For as long as the environment has existed, it’s been in crisis. Nature has always been a focus of human thought and action, of course, but it wasn’t until pesticides and pollution started clouding the horizon that something called “the environment” emerged as a matter of public concern.

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Collapse, conspiracies, and three ideas for environmentalists to genuinely save the planet | (We) can do better

Collapse, conspiracies, and three ideas for environmentalists to genuinely save the planet | (We) can do better | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The frustration that I have with environmentalists ignoring animal agriculture as the primary cause of climate change was shared a few days later when I attended ‘Cowspiracy’, in which this was the main premise. Despite the conspiracy theory nature of the title, the movie was much better thought out than that. The documentary referred to the fact that UN reports had been repeatedly reporting animal agriculture as the leading cause of Greenhoouse Gases (GHG), with the World Institute equating this proportion to 51% of GHGs, or 32 000 million tonnes [1] This takes into account Methane (with a global warming power at least 23 times that of Co2) and land clearance. The Standard American Diet is much less efficient in terms of land area use compared to entirely or mostly plant based diet, with many studies suggesting the difference is quite dramatic [2], [3]. livestock agriculture now covers 45% of the earth’s surface [4]. Consider that transportation, the next highest emitter of GHG emission, contributes a much lesser proportion at 13%.

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A Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Thinning From Two Sides and Now We Know Why

A Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Thinning From Two Sides and Now We Know Why | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For the past decade, scientists have debated whether a massive Antarctic ice shelf is thinning from warmer air above or warmer oceans below.
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The Economic Realms: Sleepwalking to Extinction

The Economic Realms: Sleepwalking to Extinction | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

When, on May 10th 2013 scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory on the big island of Hawaii announced that global CO2 emissions had crossed a threshold at 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in millions of years, a sense of dread spread around the world and not only among climate scientists. CO2 emissions have been relentlessly climbing since Charles David Keeling first set up his tracking station near the summit of Mauna Loa Observatory in 1958 to monitor average daily global CO2 levels. At that time, CO2 concentrations registered 315ppm. CO2 emissions and atmospheric concentrations have been relentlessly climbing ever since and, as the records show, temperatures rises will follow.

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Global carbon dioxide levels break 400ppm milestone

Global carbon dioxide levels break 400ppm milestone | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Concentrations of CO2 greenhouse gas in the atmosphere reached record global average in March, figures show, in a stark signal ahead of Paris climate talks
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The clearest proof we’ll ever get that our planet is falling apart

The clearest proof we’ll ever get that our planet is falling apart | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Every once in a while, a chart or statistic or image comes along that reminds us, all over again, why it is that this global warming thing is so terrifying. This week, it was those darn walruses, who — after a summer when Arctic sea ice was at its sixth-lowest level on record — mobbed an Alaska beach in the largest such haul-out ever observed there.

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