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Fear factor seems relevant in decomposing bug's effect on soil

Fear factor seems relevant in decomposing bug's effect on soil | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

The next time you kill an insect, you might want to do it quickly — for the sake of the environment.

 

New research shows that whether an animal lives in safety or is terrorized by a predator can change the biochemical trajectory of the local ecosystem where it dies. The findings point to an expanded role for both predators and prey in their local environments, and may affect which species conservationists believe are most important to keep around. ...

 

For Hawlena, who once worked for Israel's national parks, the results have changed the way he sees the natural world.

 

"If you look around you, in pretty much every spot something at some time has died — in one place a mouse, in another a grasshopper, in another a deer," he said. "Each one of those places is going to behave totally differently from a microbial point of view. What you are seeing is the legacy of all that has died there."

 

Think about that next time you step on a bug.

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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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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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David Rowing's comment, April 3, 2012 5:22 PM
Many thanks (too).
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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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Carbon map infographic: a new way to see the Earth move

Carbon map infographic: a new way to see the Earth move | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
How can you map the world to show global datasets in an immediately compelling and clear way?
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IUCN - Habitat loss blamed for more species decline

IUCN - Habitat loss blamed for more species decline | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Habitat loss is having a serious impact on Europe’s butterflies, beetles and dragonflies.
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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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Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals

Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural...
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Fostering Sustainable Behavior - Helping People Go Green

Fostering Sustainable Behavior - Helping People Go Green | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

Sustainable behavior impediments can typically be boiled down to: commitment, affordability, convenience and incentives. Humans, at least the populations Dr. McKenzie-Mohr has studied, tend to default to the lowest common denominator of behavior when it comes to environmentalism. Of course, this isn’t to say there aren’t personalities who go above and beyond for the greater good, but overall, unless regulated to do so, or cajoled by neighbors or friends, most people will resort to the path of least resistance.

 

Knowing this intrinsic behavior trend, Dr. McKenzie-Mohr is able to extrapolate on how to best create systems whereby these same individuals could easily do their part to create a more sustainable, healthy and balanced planet.

 

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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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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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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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PAEPARD: AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT: PLANET UNDER PRESSURE 2012

PAEPARD: AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT: PLANET UNDER PRESSURE 2012 | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it

26–29 March. London, UK. An unprecedented mixture of scientists, social scientists, industry leaders and decision makers is what the Planet Under Pressure conference in London hoped to achieve — in the quest for solutions to Earth's acute environmental problems.

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Common antibacterial agent called harmful to environment - Technology & Science - CBC News

Common antibacterial agent called harmful to environment - Technology & Science - CBC News | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
A government study has found that a common anti-bacterial agent found in everything from toothpaste to toys is harmful to the environment, but safe for humans.
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Science and Environment: The Missing Dots

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Stanford symposium Connecting the Dots looks for connections between agriculture, energy and the environment as population grows.
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Ways To help The Environment

Ways To help The Environment | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Most of us think that any action we take to contribute in protecting our home won’t do much since it will be just come from a single person.
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Home, Sweet Earth

Home, Sweet Earth | The Glory of the Garden | Scoop.it
Fifty years have passed since 67 countries participated in the global physical science project known as the International Geophysical Year.
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