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Matterhorn disintegrating in the face of global warming

Matterhorn disintegrating in the face of global warming | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"As with other Alpine mountains, experts have already documented the retreat of the peak's glaciers and the thinning of its permafrost in the wake of rising temperatures.

But scientists now say they have evidence that these rising temperatures are also prompting the physical disintegration of the mountain itself."


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China's food spending passes U.S. as world No.1

China's food spending passes U.S. as world No.1 | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- In the last sign of how Chinese consumers are changing the world, new research out of the U.K. showed China is the largest food and grocery market, having overtaken the U.S.
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March was third warmest on record

March was third warmest on record | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Last month's enduring sunny spells meant that it was the third warmest March on record - and the hottest since 1957 - the Met Office says. ... It had an average temperature of 7.7C, compared with March 1938, which had an average of 8C. It was also the fifth driest and third sunniest March."

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The search begins to find 2012's most wildlife friendly farmer

The search begins to find 2012's most wildlife friendly farmer | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"RSPB Scotland has launched its annual search to find the farmer that does the most for nature.
 

The Nature of Farming Awards, run by the RSPB with support from Butterfly Conservation and Plantlife, and sponsored by The Telegraph, aims to showcase the range of conservation measures being carried out by farmers across Scotland and the UK."

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A global land-grab: is food the strongest currency? - Arup Foresight

A global land-grab: is food the strongest currency? - Arup Foresight | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Ever increasing populations and depletion of soil and agricultural resources are placing a huge strain upon global food supplies. Many countries already import a high proportion of their food supplies, however in times of uncertain trade conditions importing countries have adopted an alternative strategy to secure their food stocks – leasing or buying agricultural land abroad."


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Environment Agency Develops Master Plan To Combat Threat Of Water Shortages In ... - Abu Dhabi City Guide

Environment Agency Develops Master Plan To Combat Threat Of Water Shortages In ... - Abu Dhabi City Guide | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Dr. Mohamed Dawoud, EAD’s Water Resources Manager, said Abu Dhabi has one of the highest per capita water consumptions in the world, with an average consumption of 550 litres of water per person per day."
 

“This consumption, combined with the predicted population growth in Abu Dhabi to 3.5 million in 2030, means we could face severe water shortages in the future, and need to rethink about water usage efficiency now,” said Dr. Dawoud."

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Experts Recommend Cutting Global Forage Fishing by Half

Experts Recommend Cutting Global Forage Fishing by Half | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Newswise — WASHINGTON – Fishing for herring, anchovy, and other “forage fish” in general should be cut in half globally to account for their critical role as food for larger species, recommends an expert group of marine scientists in a report released today. The Lenfest Forage Fish Task Force conducted the most comprehensive worldwide analysis of the science and management of forage fish populations to date. Its report, “Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a crucial link in ocean food webs,” concluded that in most ecosystems at least twice as many of these species should be left in the ocean as conventional practice.

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How to feed the world in 2050: actions in a changing climate

To achieve food security in a changing climate, the global community must operate within three limits: the quantity of food that can be produced under a given climate; the quantity needed by a growing and changing population; and the effect of food production on the climate. At present the planet operates outside that safe space, as witnessed by the enormous number of people who are undernourished. If current trends in population growth, diets, crop yields and climate change continue, the world will still be outside this 'safe operating space' in 2050. Humanity must urgently work to enlarge the safe space and also move the planet into the safe space. The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has a produced a set of concrete policy actions to transform the food system.

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“Nature Deficit Disorder” Gaining Wider Acceptance | Earth Day Network

“Nature Deficit Disorder” Gaining Wider Acceptance | Earth Day Network | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"In 2005, Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to better explain the growing concerns and ramifications associated with a person’s prolonged separation from nature. Louv focused the majority of his attention on children in his bestseller book, “Last Child in the Woods,” and there’s good reason why: American children now spend 90% of their time indoors according to the EPA."

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Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues? — European Environment Agency (EEA)

Unsustainable consumption – the mother of all environmental issues? — European Environment Agency (EEA) | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Consumption of products and services impacts the environment in many different ways.
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In this article they include the many things that are continuously brought to the populations attention about out earth and how we treat it. But in the passage it includes many unbelievable facts such as roughly 89 million gallons of food is put into waste each year. Sometimes this is the approach you need to catch peoples attention on the effects that we are causing our planet.

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How To Encourage Wildlife into Your Garden | Gardeners Tips

How To Encourage Wildlife into Your Garden | Gardeners Tips | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Some useful tips to encourage birds, insects, frogs and small mammals into your garden.

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Consuming unsustainably — European Environment Agency (EEA)

Consuming unsustainably — European Environment Agency (EEA) | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Key message: A major reason why consumption negatively affects the environment and causes over-use of resources is because the costs to society of environmental and resource degradation are not fully reflected in the prices of goods and services.
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‘Emergency’ on a global scale - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za

‘Emergency’ on a global scale - IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

London - Leading scientists have called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to “a humanitarian emergency on a global scale.”

In a “State of the Planet” declaration issued after a four-day conference, the scientists said Earth was now facing unprecedented challenges, from water stress, pollution and species loss to spiralling demands for food.

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BBC NEWS | Food and food production needs 'fundamental rethink'

BBC NEWS | Food and food production needs 'fundamental rethink' | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Professor Lang said that in order to feed a projected nine billion people by 2050, policymakers and scientists face a fundamental challenge: how can food systems work with the planet and biodiversity, rather than raiding and pillaging it?"


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The National Trust Acts Now to Save Children's Relationship With the Outdoors

The National Trust Acts Now to Save Children's Relationship With the Outdoors | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"In his Natural Childhood report naturalist, author and TV producer Stephen Moss charts years of academic research and a steady stream of surveys on the subject, highlighting how a generation of children is finally losing touch with the natural world.

The report outlines a clear need to tackle the rise of 'Nature Deficit Disorder', a term coined by the US based writer Richard Louv, to describe a growing dislocation between children and nature."

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Quinoa: The Dark Side of an Andean Superfood

Quinoa: The Dark Side of an Andean Superfood | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

... The boom in quinoa is making once impoverished farmers richer but throwing greed into their once uncomplicated way of life. ... "When you transform a food into a commodity, there's inevitable breakdown in social relations and high environmental cost," says Tanya Kerssen, a food-policy analyst for the U.S.-based food and development institute Food First. ...

 


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Vertical Gardening For Confined Spaces - Project: Greenify | Guide to Going Green in Your Home, Office & Life

Vertical Gardening For Confined Spaces - Project: Greenify | Guide to Going Green in Your Home, Office & Life | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"Vertical organic gardening is one way to be able to enjoy the benefits of growing your own vegetables and fruits without having the acreage that was once required."

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and its so #beautiful way to #garden

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Fertilizer use responsible for increase in nitrous oxide in atmosphere

Fertilizer use responsible for increase in nitrous oxide in atmosphere | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

"The new study, reported in the April issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, uses nitrogen isotope data to identify the unmistakable fingerprint of fertilizer use in archived air samples from Antarctica and Tasmania. Our study is the first to show empirically from the data at hand alone that the nitrogen isotope ratio in the atmosphere and how it has changed over time is a fingerprint of fertilizer use," said study leader Kristie Boering, a UC Berkeley professor of chemistry and of earth and planetary science."

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Handbook of Nature Study: Buds and Catkins - Our Spring Nature Study

Handbook of Nature Study: Buds and Catkins - Our Spring Nature Study | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

The Handbook of Nature Study blog is the home of the weekly Outdoor Hour Challenge which encourages families to enjoy the nature in their own backyards through simple activities and nature journals.

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The Environment Is So Bad in North Korea, They'll Even Let Americans Help

The Environment Is So Bad in North Korea, They'll Even Let Americans Help | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
The environmental degradation in North Korean has become so severe, North Korea invited a group of five Americans to Pyongyang last month to talk about restoration and food security.
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African agriculture: Dirt poor

African agriculture: Dirt poor | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

The key to tackling hunger in Africa is enriching its soil. The big debate is about how to do it. ... African governments, international donors and scientists all agree that farmers must revitalize their soils. But there is passionate debate about how to do it. Many African governments and agricultural scientists argue that large doses of inorganic fertilizers are the most practical solution. But others, such the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, are pushing for greener, cheaper solutions, such as no-till farming that conserves soil and 'fertilizer plants' that boost the soil's nitrogen content organically. Researchers report that these latter techniques are beginning to raise yields and improve soil fertility. But farmers are slow to adopt such practices, which require significantly more labour.


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The Renaissance of the Family Farm

The Renaissance of the Family Farm | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Scott Trautman is a first-generation American farmer who, with his family, has created a thriving farm that is unique in its philosophy.

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New chemicals piling up in environment

New chemicals piling up in environment | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
WINDSOR, Ont. -- New flame retardants meant to replace their toxic predecessors are showing up in the air around the Great Lakes in increasing concentrations and travelling as far north as the Arctic.
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Agroforestry reducing farmer vulnerability to climate change in Kenya | CGIAR Climate

Agroforestry reducing farmer vulnerability to climate change in Kenya | CGIAR Climate | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Through evaluating agroforestry in Kenya, scholar Henry Neufeldt and graduate student Tannis Thorlakson found that it is indeed a valuable tool in helping farmers improve their farm productivity, off-farm incomes, wealth and the environmental...

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Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening - Green Living - The Ecologist

Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening - Green Living - The Ecologist | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Run out of space in your garden?Look to higher ground and you’ll find an eco-friendly solution...
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