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The Earth is full - CNN.com

The Earth is full - CNN.com | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"For 50 years the environmental movement has unsuccessfully argued that we should save the planet for moral reasons, that there were more important things than money. Ironically, it now seems it will be money -- through the economic impact of climate change and resource constraint -- that will motivate the sweeping changes necessary to avert catastrophe.
The reason is we have now reached a moment where four words -- the earth is full -- will define our times. This is not a philosophical statement; this is just science based in physics, chemistry and biology. There are many science-based analyses of this, but they all draw the same conclusion -- that we're living beyond our means."

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Values of Buying Local Food

Values of Buying Local Food | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

The best way to start is to buy food produced as close to your home as possible. ... working people from local areas will show more respect and pleasant attitude. ... complex food systems depend on large consumption of energy and brings tremendous stress to nature and the environment. ... food processors use large amount of paper and plastic to keep the food fresh, transported and stored for a long periods of time. Small local farms have local owners who live and work on their land. These people will try to keep the good soil and the land arable by maintaining forests and wetlands.

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LA State Historic Park brings nature to the city

LA State Historic Park brings nature to the city | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Even with all its urban hot spots, Los Angeles possesses some residents who appreciate nature and find it important to keep the city close to its roots. Before the city became the urban sprawl it is today, much of it consisted of nature growing wild and free.

Among those people concerned in retaining a focus on nature in the city is architect and artist Lauren Bon, who decided to tend to 32 acres of land near Chinatown in July 2005. Bon planted millions of corn seeds, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks soon began developing a park.

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A Change in the Air: Is Humankind Now a Force of Planetary Change?

A Change in the Air: Is Humankind Now a Force of Planetary Change? | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Skeptics wonder if increasing the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere really matters in the big picture of life on earth.

 

“This is not just going to be a redealing of the cards so that, for example, Russia will be lucky and will be warmer. All over the world we have infrastructure fundamentally based on today’s patterns of precipitation or today’s glaciers. Our agricultural system is utterly dependent on flows of water, and those flows will be continually changing.”

—Paul Ehrlich, ecologist
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Shetland Islands to host 'world's most productive' windfarm

Shetland Islands to host 'world's most productive' windfarm | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Windfarm given go ahead despite local opposition, and should produce enough energy to power 175,000 homes...

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Many thanks! Curious to see how this project will progress.
Alice Ruxton Abler's comment, April 8, 2012 2:47 PM
Many thanks--it will be interesting to see how this project progresses.
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Saving the Family Coffee Farm: An Unintentional Organic Journey

Saving the Family Coffee Farm: An Unintentional Organic Journey | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
In 1992, when coffee prices plummeted and pesticides robbed Geraldo Calderon of his health, he had to change his farming methods. But it would be another 5 years before he learned that he was on the cutting edge of the organic farming movement.
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Food Waste Visualized [Infographic 1 of 2] - Forbes

Food Waste Visualized [Infographic 1 of 2] - Forbes | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"If you have a few spare days to root through reports by the FAO, the EPA, and many other organizations, you will find there is a lot of information out there about the problem. But two infographics have compiled much of the data for you.

The visual below, created by Door to Door Organics, explains why food waste is an issue and gives some tips as to what you, the consumer, can do about it. The second graphic – found here – gives more detail as to what kinds of foods are wasted, where, and why."

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Earth Day Retrospective: Shape of the Planet

Earth Day Retrospective: Shape of the Planet | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Every two years Columbia University’s Earth Institute gathers an array of experts to assess the State of the Planet. This biennial event garners global authorities from industry, science, academia and government to discuss sustainable solutions to our planet’s common problems."

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Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies - National Geographic

Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies - National Geographic | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Excessive water pumping has strained both water and energy supplies in India, China and other hot spots around the world.

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New Gardening Apps

New Gardening Apps | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Ten of the freshest gardening apps, able to help with tasks like designing plots and choosing crops.

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many thanks!
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Positive Changes to Biodiversity - Wellington NZ

Positive Changes to Biodiversity - Wellington NZ | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"We have lost 95 percent of our lowland forest, most of our wetlands and dunes, and three quarters of our bird species are threatened. But working with volunteers and other councils and agencies, we are gaining ground in the battle to reverse the loss of Wellington's biodiversity."
The most obvious success story is our growing native bird populations. Tui are flourishing - bellbird, whitehead, kakariki, tomtit and kaka numbers are increasing and we're now seeing kereru nesting in our reserves.
"Behind these changes are planting and pest management programmes that are creating healthier forest with fewer pests where birds can prosper," says Cr Ritchie.

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Water firms enact hosepipe bans

Water firms enact hosepipe bans | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Hosepipe bans affecting about 20 million customers have been introduced by seven water authorities in parts of southern and eastern England. ... Anglian Water managing director Peter Simpson said: "Two dry winters have prevented rivers, reservoirs and aquifers from refilling with the water we treat and supply the rest of the year, especially during the hotter months when demand rises."

Sutton and East Surrey operations manager Mike Hegarty, meanwhile, warned there was no end in sight to the situation. "We have said from the outset that we very much regret having to impose this bar but this drought is becoming increasingly serious."

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Down hoses for wildlife, conservationists urge

Down hoses for wildlife, conservationists urge | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"One of the worst droughts in living memory is gripping southern and eastern areas and RSPB experts are predicting breeding failures for some our most threatened wetland birds as well as the increased threat of fire facing wildlife-rich heathlands.

Today sees the introduction of a hosepipe ban by seven water companies and people are being urged to consider the impact their water use will have on nature."

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Living Plant Chandeliers

Living Plant Chandeliers | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Canada-based design firm Bocci has created these super funky living chandeliers. Comprised of blown glass, designer Omer Arbel created the ’38 Series’ using a random mixing of forms and shapes, with the addition of different plant species to produce an innovative light sculpture that brings greenery into every room.
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The biosphere: nature is all we have

The biosphere: nature is all we have | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

... the human impact on the planetary ecosystem is now so palpable that geologists have proposed a new chronological era, the anthropocene, and biologists already call this "the sixth great extinction". Campaigners for decades have been trying to slow, halt or reverse the process, but effective conservation starts with precise and reliable knowledge ... a consortium of distinguished scholars, in the Systematics and Biodiversity journal, has outlined an ambitious initiative to classify, name, describe and map the astonishing variety of life on earth, and catalogue 10m species by 2050.

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Invisible Paris: Vigie Nature: does Paris count as a city of nature?

Invisible Paris: Vigie Nature: does Paris count as a city of nature? | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

The Muséum national d’histoire naturelle has launched its annual publicity drive around its participative event, Vigie Nature, which encourages people to rediscover nature in their immediate surroundings. I spoke to Romain Julliard, organiser of the initiative, to find out more about the activities and why nature is important in a city like Paris.

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The world's first underground park moves a step closer to reality

The world's first underground park moves a step closer to reality | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

A plan to build the LowLine, a vast, subterranean public space in New York's Lower East Side, has has attracted donations totalling more than $150,000 on the funding website Kickstarter since 22 February.

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To control stormwater, planners turn to nature

To control stormwater, planners turn to nature | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Back to nature.

Landowners and engineers are responding by growing gardens on roofs, reverting to rain barrels and cisterns that were popular generations ago, and using swales buffered by grass, shrubs and trees to convey water. The systems, they find, take care of storms and runoff polluted by sediment and chemicals more naturally and, often, less expensively than pipes, gutters, curbs and treatment plants.

 

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The Impact of Tar Sand Mining on Bird Migration

The Impact of Tar Sand Mining on Bird Migration | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson warned us about a silent spring, a time when we would no longer hear the birds sing. After her book Silent Spring was published, many of the toxins used at the time were banned and birds became protected under international law. Unfortunately, we often put economic gains before our commitment to the environment, and the tar sands of Canada are another example of putting profits before ecology. Studies predict that over the next 50 years, bird populations could decrease anywhere between 6 million and 166 million unless effective action is taken — action that is both in our hands and our best interests.

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The Environmental Movement: a Celebration

The Environmental Movement: a Celebration | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Rachel Carson, arguably one of the most influential environmentalists, is considered the founder of the contemporary environmental movement. Carson wrote many books throughout her career at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, but it was the book that she published in 1964 that had an overwhelming affect on Americans.
‘Silent Spring’ was the culmination of observations and research conducted throughout Carson’s career on the negative impact of synthetic pesticides, specifically the pesticide DDT. This book reflected a growing concern among Americans about the state of our environment. Carson, a bestselling author, was the recipient of the Burroughs Medal, and the National Book Award for non-fiction."

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Weekly Wrap-Up + Bringing Nature Home | Design*Sponge

Weekly Wrap-Up + Bringing Nature Home | Design*Sponge | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Over the past five or so years, there has been an amazing movement in the floral world toward loose, natural, garden-inspired arrangements. Inspired by Constance Spry, an incredible new community has grown from coast to coast that ...
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Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery

Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Prof Jim Hansen to use lecture at Edinburgh International Science Festival to call for worldwide tax on all carbon emissionsAverting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to...
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Call for biodiversity effort issued - UPI.com

Call for biodiversity effort issued - UPI.com | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Call for biodiversity effort issuedUPI.comPHOENIX, April 2 (UPI) -- US researches say mapping and charting the Earth's biosphere and an estimated 10 million more species can and must be done to sustain its biodiversity.
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Ian Carey: The Great Economy Versus Environment Myth

Ian Carey: The Great Economy Versus Environment Myth | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Environmentalism, in some circles, is still thought to be only about protecting trees and cuddly animals instead of trying to protect the environmental conditions necessary to ensure the health of people all over the world." ... "Perhaps it's time for Canada, and much of the rest of the world, to start looking at the long term implications of a damaged environment when mapping out their current economic strategies."

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Urban meadows bid as Plan Bee targets city areas | Herald Scotland

Urban meadows bid as Plan Bee targets city areas | Herald Scotland | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Plan Bee: A biodiversity company wants to create urban meadows and bee havens in vacant city lots. He said: "I want to re-seed brownfield sites with wild flowers and bring in pollinating insects."


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