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Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Mother Nature

Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from Mother Nature | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"With the relevance of the word "prevention" long ago lost, the two salient words in climate change action are now "mitigation" and "adaptation."  The ideal, of course, is to design adaptations to the changing atmosphere that also mitigate the effects or lessen the causes.  It does not make sense, after all, to cool your building while warming the planet. This is where nature might have some suggestions."

 

Photo details: Icefields Parkway Near Crowfoot Glacier , Banff National Park, Alberta. Copyright © 2011, Alan D. Wilson. http://www.naturespicsonline.com


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Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded

Ignoring natural capital could see countries' credit ratings downgraded | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

"A report by the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) says loss of soils, forests, and fisheries, as well as rising resource costs, are likely to become increasingly important to a nation's economic health – and may therefore affect its ability to repay or refinance sovereign debt."

 

This excellent report makes the link between the world's financial debt crisis and the global ecological debt crisis. The debate on austerity gets a completely different dimension if you look at this double challenge.


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ecosystem services

ecosystem services | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

A bit of perspective on natural systems, ecosystem services, and symbiotic relationships on a wider "community" type scale.  See Ecovision sustainable learning center. 


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Anne Caspari's curator insight, February 17, 2013 7:52 PM

nice trans-lation. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 16, 2013 3:14 PM

great illustrations