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3 Unexpected Ways to Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa | WRI Insights

3 Unexpected Ways to Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa | WRI Insights | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

The United Nations’ new population growth projections show that the world is set to reach nearly 9.6 billion by 2050. This growth holds serious implications for global food security. Absent other effective measures to control dietary shifts and reduce food loss and waste, the world will need to produce about 70 percent more food annually by 2050 to meet global demands. That is a big task, and even harder to do without converting millions more hectares of forests into farmland, contributing to climate change.

This challenge is particularly poignant in Sub-Saharan Africa.


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El krill antártico podría extinguirse por la acidificación del océano

El krill antártico podría extinguirse por la acidificación del océano | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Para el año 2100, en algunas regiones podría nacer la mitad de estos pequeños crustáceos de alto valor nutritivo y una importante fuente de alimentación de ballenas, pingüinos y otras especies anim...


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How A Powerful Group Of Corporations Quietly Tried To Roll Back Clean Energy Standards, And Failed Miserably

How A Powerful Group Of Corporations Quietly Tried To Roll Back Clean Energy Standards, And Failed Miserably | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Despite millions in corporate donations and 2,000 members in state legislators across the country, ALEC and its partners met their match when trying to repeal or weaken clean energy standards. Their record this year is 0-for-13.
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In California, Climate Change Is ‘Real, And It’s Already Here’

In California, Climate Change Is ‘Real, And It’s Already Here’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report released Thursday documents the toll climate change is taking across on California, with more frequent and intense wildfires, rising sea levels, shrinking glaciers, warmer lakes and oceans, and hotter temperatures.
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How To Protect America’s Public Lands During The Energy Boom

How To Protect America’s Public Lands During The Energy Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report offers recommendations on how to protect our treasured public lands amidst America's fossil fuel boom.
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Native Americans Arrested While Protesting Tar Sands Equipment Transport Through Tribal Lands

Native Americans Arrested While Protesting Tar Sands Equipment Transport Through Tribal Lands | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Police broke up their human barrier meant to block equipment on its way to the tar sands in Canada.
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S. Korea tests 'electric road' for public buses

S. Korea tests 'electric road' for public buses | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Gumi, South Korea (AFP) Aug 08, 2013 - A South Korean city has begun testing an electrified road that allows electric public buses to recharge their batteries from buried cables as they travel.
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Localized wind power blowing more near homes, farms and factories

Localized wind power blowing more near homes, farms and factories | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
Americans are increasingly installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a new report released.
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Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger: govt

Namibia drought threatens 400,000 with hunger: govt | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Windhoek, Khomas (AFP) Aug 07, 2013 - A severe drought that sparked a state of emergency in Namibia has left 400,000 people facing hunger, the government said.
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Chronic harvesting threatens tropical tree

Chronic harvesting threatens tropical tree | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - Chronic harvesting of a tropical tree that many local communities in Western Africa depend on can alter the tree's reproduction and drastically curtail fruit and seed yields over the tree's lifetime...
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Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests

Temperature alters population dynamics of common plant pests | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - Temperature-driven changes alter outbreak patterns of tea tortrix - an insect pest - and may shed light on how temperature influences whether insects emerge as cohesive cohorts or continuously, ac...
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Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow

Carbon emissions to impact climate beyond the day after tomorrow | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Honolulu HI (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
Future warming from fossil fuel burning could be more intense and longer-lasting than previously thought.
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Anybody have any thoughts on how we could go-about designing Hell?  Do you think our grandchildren are going to appreciate what we have left for them?  We at least have the ability to start slowing the desent from a freefall to a survivable crash landing. The question is, will we do it???

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Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos

Living in the Anthropocene: Toward a New Global Ethos | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

January 24, 2011 Yale Environment 360

A decade ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Paul Crutzen first suggested we were living in the “Anthropocene,” a new geological epoch in which humans had altered the planet. Now, in an article for Yale Environment 360, Crutzen and a coauthor explain why adopting this term could help transform the perception of our role as stewards of the Earth.... http://e360.yale.edu/feature/living_in_the_anthropocene_toward_a_new_global_ethos_/2363/

 

August 06, 2013 All Things Considered
EARTH SCIENTISTS PIN CLIMATE CHANGE SQUARELY ON 'HUMANITY' http://www.npr.org/2013/08/06/209462713/earth-scientists-pin-climate-change-squarely-on-humanity

 

 

5 May 2013 Guardian Environment
CLIMATE RESEARCH NEARLY UNANIMOUS ON HUMAN CAUSES, SURVEY FINDS  http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/16/climate-research-nearly-unanimous-humans-causes

 

                                        ANTHROPOCENE -Wikipedia

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropocene

 

                                                --- WATCH----

                              "WELCOME TO THE ANTHROPOCENE" (3:38)

                                 http://vimeo.com/anthropocene/shortfilm

 

 

READ: WELCOME TO THE ANTHROPOCENE - AN INTRODUCTION http://www.anthropocene.info/en/anthropocene

 

 


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▶  CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

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▶  BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE  http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  OUR OCEANS NEED US  http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

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As Our Planet Fries, Think We Are Headed for Renewable Energy? Think Again | AlterNet.org

As Our Planet Fries, Think We Are Headed for Renewable Energy? Think Again | AlterNet.org | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

When it comes to energy and economics in the climate-change era, nothing is what it seems.  Most of us believe (or want to believe) that the second carbon era, the Age of Oil, will soon be superseded by the Age of Renewables, just as oil had long since superseded the Age of Coal.  President Obama offered exactly this vision in a much-praised  June address on climate change.  True, fossil fuels will be needed a little bit longer, he indicated, but soon enough they will be overtaken by renewable forms of energy.

 

Many other experts share this view, assuring us that increased reliance on “clean” natural gas combined with expanded investments in wind and solar power will permit a smooth transition to a green energy future in which humanity will no longer be pouring carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  All this sounds promising indeed.  There is only one fly in the ointment: it is not, in fact, the path we are presently headed down.  The energy industry is not investing in any significant way in renewables.  Instead, it is pouring its historic profits into new fossil-fuel projects, mainly involving the exploitation of what are called “unconventional” oil and gas reserves.

 

The result is indisputable: humanity is not entering a period that will be dominated by renewables.  Instead, it is pioneering the third great carbon era, the Age of Unconventional Oil and Gas.

 

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INFOGRAPHIE • Vous consommez 7 887 litres d'eau par jour

INFOGRAPHIE • Vous consommez 7 887 litres d'eau par jour | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
La quantité d'eau que nous utilisons pour boire et nous laver est négligeable : la plus grosse part de notre consommation se cache en réalité dans des produits courants.

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Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’

Steve King: Belief In Climate Change Is A ‘Religion,’ ‘Not Science’ | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

He also argued that an increase in carbon in the atmosphere might actually be a good thing.

 

Despite the fact that 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is real, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is insistent that it is “not science” and that environmentalists are missing the potential upsides.

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Wisconsin’s Surprising Involvement In The Fracking Boom

Wisconsin’s Surprising Involvement In The Fracking Boom | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No one is trying to extract natural gas in Wisconsin, but that doesn't mean that fracking isn't haven't big impacts on the land and water quality.
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Government Inaction Is Turning Off Investors Who Want To Back Green Energy

Government Inaction Is Turning Off Investors Who Want To Back Green Energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new global survey of investors reveals growing concern that national policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions are "inadequate, inconsistent and halting."
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Can China clean up fast enough?

Can China clean up fast enough? | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
“HELL is a city much like London—a populous and a smoky city,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley in 1819. It is a description that would suit many Chinese cities...
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NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar

NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Golden CO (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has published a report on the land use requirements of solar power plants based on actual land-use practices from existing solar f...
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Wonders of nature inspire exotic man-made materials

Wonders of nature inspire exotic man-made materials | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
London, UK (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - In this month's edition of Physics World, a group of physicists describe how unique structures in the natural world are inspiring scientists to develop new types of materials with unprecedented prop...
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Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife

Arctic sea-ice loss has widespread effects on wildlife | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Philadelphia PA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
With sea ice at its lowest point in 1,500 years, how might ecological communities in the Arctic be affected by its continued and even accelerated melting over the next decades?
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Climate change is causing modifications to marine life behavior

Climate change is causing modifications to marine life behavior | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Santa Barbara CA (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 - Oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth's surface, yet our knowledge of the impact of climate change on marine habitats is a mere drop in the proverbial ocean compared to terrestrial systems.
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Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'

Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind' | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Aug 08, 2013 -
Top soil is rich in nutrients and carbon but is increasingly being blown away by events such as the 'Red Dawn' in Sydney in 2009.
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