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Much biological research on climate change focuses on the impacts of warming and changes in precipitation over wide areas.
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One of the great marvels of the time is how effectively well-funded propaganda campaigns and a captive mainstream media have distorted the peoples' view of reality so that they act as if they are sleep-walking.
This places small private businesses and individuals at a distinct disadvantage with regard to economic viability in the marketplace. It fosters consolidation and monopoly. It lends itself to a cynicism that is undermining the conscience of many of those who have sworn oaths of office. It isolates dissent to corrals and 'free speech zones.' It breaks up peaceful gatherings of protest with pepper spray, bullets, and clubs. It pollutes the internet with campaigns of disinformation, and silences the voices of journalists.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
Norwegian and Russian scientists have been monitoring the population of snow crab in the Barents Sea since 2004. They have found that the snow crab is no competitor to the king crab. “It seems like the snow crab has occupied a niche in the ecosystem where there probably used to be several different species, “says Jan Henry Sundet, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Marine Research.
During the latest resource mission to the Barents Sea in 2013-2014, the scientists found large amounts of young crabs, which implies that the recruitment to the population is very good.
The first crabs in the Barents Sea were found on the Goose Bank west of Novaya Zemlya in 1996. The scientists are not sure where the crabs come from – they can have migrated here naturally, or they can have been brought here in ballast water. The original native areas for the snow crab are the Bering Strait and the coasts of eastern Canada and western Greenland. Russian scientists have found crabs in the Chukchi Sea, Eastern Siberian Sea, Laptev Sea and Kara Sea.
Scientists have compared DNA from the snow crab in the Barents Sea with snow crabs from Canada and Greenland and concluded that they do not come from that area. There has not yet been made any comparison between crabs from the Barents Sea and the Bering Strait, but the scientist says it’s “probable, but not certain,” that they come from there. “The snow crab shows a classical development of an alien, invasive species”, Sundet says. “After the first specimens have been found, you have a long period where very little is happening and then you get an explosion in the population”. In the Barents Sea the explosion in the population came in 2012.
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Kaikoura's world-renowned wild marine environment will be better protected by a new marine reserve, whale and fur seal sanctuary, five customary fishing areas and amateur fishing regulations - New Zealand Herald (New marine reserves, sanctuaries announced...
Via Marian Locksley
Critics of strong national climate change policies often talk about how much taking action costs the economy. What they usually don’t mention is the cost of doing nothing.
It’s easy to ignore. The figure is hard to pin down and involves estimating the economic damage that will be caused by climate change decades into the future, whether that includes bigger storm surges and more wildfires or higher crop prices and health care costs. Economists and scientists have been together grappling with the question--trying to put a dollar figure of the “social cost” of emitting a single ton of carbon dioxide--for more than a decade. Getting to that dollar figure makes it far easier for politicians and policymakers to compare the costs of setting various climate and energy policies, such as regulating coal power plants, to the benefits of lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
In a new report as part of the Cost of Carbon Pollution project, a trio of groups--the Environmental Defense Fund, NYU’s Institute for Policy Integrity, and the Natural Resources Defense Council--explain how the Obama administration is continuing to lowball these “social cost of carbon pollution" estimates.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic. In his view, the world is a giant operating system that just needs to be debugged. Gates' driving idea – the idea that animates his life, that guides his philanthropy, that keeps him late in his sleek book-lined office overlooking Lake Washington, outside Seattle – is the hacker's notion that the code for these problems can be rewritten, that errors can be fixed, that huge systems – whether it's Windows 8, global poverty or climate change – can be improved if you have the right tools and the right skills. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization with a $36 billion endowment that he runs with his wife, is like a giant startup whose target market is human civilization.
Bill Gates on how to stop global warming
Oakland Institute , February 18, 2014
▶ DOWN ON THE FARM: The first years of the twenty-first century will be remembered for a global land rush of nearly unprecedented scale. An estimated 500 million acres, an area eight times the size of Britain, was reported bought or leased across the developing world between 2000 and 2011, often at the expense of local food security and land rights. When the price of food spiked in 2008, pushing the number of hungry people in the world to over one billion, the interest of investors spiked as well, and within a year foreign land deals in the developing world rose by a staggering 200 percent. Today, enthusiasm for agriculture borders on speculative mania. Driven by everything from rising food prices to growing demand for biofuel, the financial sector is taking an interest in farmland as never before. As the Oakland Institute reported in 2012, a new generation of institutional investors—including hedge funds, private equity, pension funds, and university endowments—is eager to capitalize on global farmland as a new and highly desirable asset class... http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/down-on-the-farm
Mother Jones, March 14, 2014
Modern Farmer, February 24, 2014
EcoNexus, October 2003
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Via Firoze Manji, pdjmoo
Jerry Brunetti discusses the importance of biological farming and how it helps keep the soil healthy for better food supply.
The entire food chain is connected to soil health, from plant and insect health, all the way up to animal and ultimately your healthWe’ve come to appreciate that the maintenance of intestinal flora is really essential for your health just as it is in the soilThe root ball of the plant is the “gut” or intestinal tract of the plant. In botanical terms, it’s called the rhizosphere, and it houses microbes just like the your gut does, provided the soil system is healthyBiological farming helps keep the planet healthy by sequestering carbon in the soilIt also prevents the loss of topsoil and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity, which provides natural drought resistance. It also helps reduce and boosts nutrient uptake in the plants
Via Daniel LaLiberte
(The levelling of the Ahyeon overpass marks the latest attempt to improve the environment of South Korea's sprawling capital
Elevated expressways were a key feature of Kim's projects, and the first to be built was the Ahyeon overpass. It was intended as part of a never completed link road running from east to west across the capital. To cope with the massive increase in population and traffic during the 1980s, 101 expressways were built. They were quick to put up and much cheaper than extending the underground. This policy reflected "the speed-oriented, top-down urban planning methods of the old days," says Kim Ki-ho at Seoul University.
"Elevated expressways were a necessary evil to keep traffic moving," the conservative daily Dong-A noted on 6 February. "But the fewer there are, the better."
Apart from spoiling the view, one of the main problems of the various new structures was how quickly they wore out, becoming a serious hazard. In 1995, Seoul residents were horrified when the Sampoong department store collapsed, claiming 502 lives. A year earlier, 32 people were killed when part of the Seongsu bridge over the river Han subsided. The city was spending about $7.5m a year on upkeep and repairs for the Ahyeon overpass.
Via Bert Guevara
Le souci des générations futures apparaît à la fin du dix-huitième siècle sur un plan technique et économique, lié aux premiers développements industriels qui risquaient de provoquer un épuisement de la ressource naturelle forestière.
Via Laurence Serfaty
D'où provient ce brouillard qui s'est abattu ces derniers jours sur de nombreuses villes françaises ? Selon Airparif, l'association en charge de la surveillance de la qualité de l'air en Ile-de-France, cette pollution, constituée d'oxyde d'azote et de particules fines, est générée à parts égales par trois sources majeures de rejets. Un tiers pour les transports, un autre pour l'industrie et un dernier pour le chauffage.
Via Hubert MESSMER @Zehub on Twitter
New research released Thursday reveals Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat more consciously. Although family satisfaction reigns supreme (97 percent), health and nutrition (93 percent) and sustainability (77 percent) are now also important factors when deciding which foods to buy, according to the 2014 Cone Communications Food Issues Trend Tracker.
Via Acquisti & Sostenibilità not-for-profit, PIRatE Lab