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~ Environmental Philosophy ~ Video Lectures — Notre Dame OpenCourseWare

~ Environmental Philosophy ~ Video Lectures — Notre Dame OpenCourseWare | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it

Course Description:

The aim of this course is to enable participants to bring together materials from various disciplines bearing on our current environmental crisis, and from this integrated perspective to evaluate possible ways in which the crisis might be resolved. Disciplines to be consulted include ecology, thermodynamics, economics, value theory, and environmental history, among others. This project will rely on the integrative skills of philosophy to discern how materials from these disparate sources fit together.

 

This course was also cross-listed as HESB 30239, IIPS 30926, and STV 30149.

Copyright 2012, by the Contributing Authors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License 

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The Future of Global Cooperation: What is missing?

The Future of Global Cooperation: What is missing? | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
The theories of cooperation similarly provide useful pointers to the reasons for the current dysfunction of international cooperation.
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Nepalese girls are taking photos of all the things they're not allowed to touch during their periods

Nepalese girls are taking photos of all the things they're not allowed to touch during their periods | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Teenage Nepalese girls from Sindhuli, 130 kilometres southeast from Kathmandu, took pictures to document the restrictions imposed upon them during their periods as part of a campaign by charity WaterAid, challenging taboos and improving female sanitation. Every month in Nepal, the girls are separated from their families, forbidden from looking at the sun, touching fruit and flowers and even staying in their own homes.  In Nepal girls during their periods are considered to be ‘impure’ or ‘contaminated’. 
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For the first time, air pollution emerges as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide

For the first time, air pollution emerges as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Air pollution -- including environmental and household air pollution -- has emerged as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide, associated with about a third of the global burden of stroke in 2013, according to a new study.

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From Competition to Cooperation | Primavera De Filippi | TEDxCambridge

The animal kingdom contains numerous examples of individuals cooperating with one another to achieve impressive outcomes without the need for planning
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Creating Successful Chaos Within a Well-Ordered Failure

Creating Successful Chaos Within a Well-Ordered Failure | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
"Our challenge is not bringing order to successful chaos but creating successful chaos within a well-ordered failure." ~ Charles Marohn, 'Strong Towns' Collaboration, peer-to-peer participation and bottom-up empowerment all sounds good. And in theory ... it is. The more democratic the process, the more responsive it should be. But responsiveness doesn't necessarily translate into results.…
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Getting Cheap Wind Power Where It’s Needed Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Getting Cheap Wind Power Where It’s Needed Shouldn’t Be This Hard | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
State regulators have blocked several big transmission projects to bring wind power to the upper Midwest and the Southeast.
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Leaked Emails Reveal Widespread Corruption in Global Oil Industry - Slashdot

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard, and Daniel Quinlan report on a widespread corruption in the global oil industry for The Huffington Post: In the list of the world's great companies, Unaoil is nowhere to be seen. But for the best part of the past two decades, the family business fro
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Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and Its Main Thinkers

Mapping the Emerging Post-Capitalist Paradigm and Its Main Thinkers | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
“We do not live in an era of change, but in a change of eras” is the way Jan Rotmans from the University Rotterdam describes the structural changes impacting our societies. This is also th
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GRAS helps build sustainable and ethical supply chains using Google Maps APIs and Google Cloud Platform

GRAS helps build sustainable and ethical supply chains using Google Maps APIs and Google Cloud Platform | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team

What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.
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via John Verdon https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JohnVerdon-JohnVerdon/posts

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Phenotypic Plasticity

For more than two decades the concept of phenotypic plasticity has allowed researchers to go beyond the nature-nurture dichotomy to gain deeper insights into how organisms are shaped by the interaction of genetic and ecological factors. Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture is the first work to synthesize the burgeoning area of plasticity studies, providing a conceptual overview as well as a technical treatment of its major components.Phenotypic plasticity integrates the insights of ecological genetics, developmental biology, and evolutionary theory. Plasticity research asks foundational questions about how living organisms are capable of variation in their genetic makeup and in their responses to environmental factors. For instance, how do novel adaptive phenotypes originate? How do organisms detect and respond to stressful environments? What is the balance between genetic or natural constraints (such as gravity) and natural selection? The author begins by defining phenotypic plasticity and detailing its history, including important experiments and methods of statistical and graphical analysis. He then provides extended examples of the molecular basis of plasticity, the plasticity of development, the ecology of plastic responses, and the role of costs and constraints in the evolution of plasticity. A brief epilogue looks at how plasticity studies shed light on the nature/nurture debate in the popular media. Phenotypic Plasticity: Beyond Nature and Nurture thoroughly reviews more than two decades of research, and thus will be of interest to both students and professionals in evolutionary biology, ecology, and genetics.
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Energy Systems Language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Energy Systems Language

The Energy Systems Language, also referred to as Energese, Energy Circuit Language, or Generic Systems Symbols, was developed by the ecologist Howard T. Odum and colleagues in the 1950s during studies of the tropical forests funded by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. They are used to compose energy flow diagrams in the field of systems ecology.

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Dramatic Price Drops For Solar & Wind Electricity Set To Continue

Dramatic Price Drops For Solar & Wind Electricity Set To Continue | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
The dramatic cost reductions we've seen in recent years for solar and wind electricity will continue well into the future, according to a new report released today by IRENA. It finds that by 2025 - with the right regulatory and policy frameworks in place - average electricity costs could decrease 59% for solar photovoltaics (PV),…
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How the effects of climate change in one place can radiate all over the world

How the effects of climate change in one place can radiate all over the world | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
When it comes to environmental impact, we really are all in this together.
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Is There Enough Lithium to Maintain the Growth of the Lithium-Ion Battery Market?

Is There Enough Lithium to Maintain the Growth of the Lithium-Ion Battery Market? | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Are we nearing peak lithium?
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Which Produce Has the Most Pesticides? Here are the 14 Foods You MUST Buy Organic - Freedom Outpost

Which Produce Has the Most Pesticides? Here are the 14 Foods You MUST Buy Organic - Freedom Outpost | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Which Produce Has the Most Pesticides? Here are the 14 Foods You MUST Buy Organic
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Link between fossil fuels and Great Barrier Reef bleaching clear and incontrovertible

Link between fossil fuels and Great Barrier Reef bleaching clear and incontrovertible | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Corals in the northern section of Australia’s vast Great Barrier Reef – a length of more than 1000km or so – have become the latest and most famous victims of the third global “mass bleaching” of corals since 1998.

“It’s pretty confronting,” says Prof Terry Hughes, a leading coral scientist who has been spending recent days in a helicopter surveying the reef.

Of the 520 reefs he flew over, only four have managed to retain their colour. He’s back in the skies to look further south in the coming days.
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Teleological Resilience: To Build a Sustainable World, Academics Need to Tear Down the Ivory Tower

Teleological Resilience: To Build a Sustainable World, Academics Need to Tear Down the Ivory Tower | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
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Life in the plate

Life in the plate | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
What food makes us healthy while doing good to the living in general? How can we evolve?
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Nuclear Energy Is Largely Safe. But Can It Be Cheap? | TIME.com

Nuclear Energy Is Largely Safe. But Can It Be Cheap? | TIME.com | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Is it safe? That's what most people — brought up on Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and The Simpsons — want to know about nuclear power. And for the most part, the answer is yes.
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The Atomic States of America The Silent Killer (What money making does to safety and govt safety regulation) Scary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV8Z2vnb8j0
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Meet the Continental U.S.'s First Official Climate Refugees

Meet the Continental U.S.'s First Official Climate Refugees | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
A slow-motion disaster is unfolding on the Isle de Jean Charles, deep in the Louisiana bayou, where a group of residents just received $48 million in federal...
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Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream

Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream | Sustainability & Collective Intelligence | Scoop.it
Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the circular economy potential, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and World Economic Forum as part of Project MainStream
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