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Climate change threatens native eucalypts

Climate change threatens native eucalypts | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Extreme weather means the future is looking grim for some species of Australian eucalyptus trees.
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Decline of top predators a threat to ecosystems

Decline of top predators a threat to ecosystems | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Ecologists warn the decline of large carnivores worldwide has far-reaching impacts for the environment.
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Minimalism and Sustainability - The Simple White Rabbit

Minimalism and Sustainability - The Simple White Rabbit | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Many minimalists list living more sustainably as a reason for deciding to simplify. Minimalism and sustainability can easily be complementary values.
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We Are Nature | The Dirt

We Are Nature | The Dirt | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander has released a fascinating new set of multiple-exposure photographs as part of his We Are Nature series. The photographs merge natural scenes with portraits of people, creating a ...
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Humans could wipe out 75 per cent of all species: expert

Humans could wipe out 75 per cent of all species: expert | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Humans could be driving a mass extinction event not seen since an asteroid impact killed the dinosaurs.
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Green Mobile Apps to Drive Sustainability in 2014 A Smarter Planet ...

Green Mobile Apps to Drive Sustainability in 2014 A Smarter Planet ... | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
As sustainability becomes more strategic for organizations, more sophisticated apps are appearing to help them address such pressing objectives.
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Why your next home may look more like a snow globe - CNBC.com

Why your next home may look more like a snow globe - CNBC.com | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
With meteorologists predicting big storms in the future, some homeowners are finding a simple way to minimize vulnerability: building a dome home.
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Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips - Nature.com

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Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips
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When assembled in the correct order, calligraphied bamboo strips from around 305 bc revealed a table for multiplying numbers up to 99.5.
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A Lesson from Nature: Silence is Golden

A Lesson from Nature: Silence is Golden | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 7, 2014 9:37 PM

City living does not truly allow you to escape the sounds that fill your your day.  Many of us have accepted a life overwhelmed with work, stress, electronic devices and social media.  Because of this, both adults and children have become disconnected from Nature.

 

It seems we have become so entwined with technology that "we fail to reap the benefits of simply playing in a neighbor’s yard, or at the local park, let alone the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors".

 

Mother Nature brings us many gifts, including the gift of silence.  And silence can be healing -- an opportunity to take in the quiet and listen to the world as it was meant to be while at the same time, releasing all the nagging troubles of the world.

 

As one way to unplug, go out into Nature and bask in quietude.  Reconnect your body, mind and soul and feel whole and alive once again.

 

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Reconnecting children with our wonderful world

Reconnecting children with our wonderful world | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Our children are spending 20 hours a week staring at screens, writes Sandra Thompson. High time to get them outside with the mud, bugs, flowers and slime ...
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Green spaces 'improve mental health'

Green spaces 'improve mental health' | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Living in an urban area with green spaces has a long-lasting positive impact on people's mental well-being, a study suggests.
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Weeds or Wild Nature: a Permaculture Perspective

Weeds or Wild Nature: a Permaculture Perspective | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
For more than three decades, permaculture designers, teachers and activists have spread the ideas around the world to an extent that permaculture activism in Australia is now only a small part of the global activity.
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Storing energy key to the future

Storing energy key to the future | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
One of the single most important areas of human research and commerce in our modern age.

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, January 12, 2014 11:17 AM

Imagine a battery that could last for a week on one charge. - #energy #sustainability

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Ephemeral Environmental Sculptures Evoke Cycles of Nature ...

Ephemeral Environmental Sculptures Evoke Cycles of Nature ... | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
For over 20 years environmental artist and photographer Martin Hill has been creating temporary sculptures from ice, stone, and organic materials that reflect nature's cyclical system. Often working with his longtime partner ...
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PatternDynamics: Following The Way Nature Organizes Itself to ...

PatternDynamics: Following The Way Nature Organizes Itself to ... | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
And famed Permaculture teacher Toby Hemenway (author of Gaia's Garden) recently posted on his blog the following recommendation: “To enrich our ability to use recipes and put them into context, without engaging in a ...
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How a small town in Italy became a model of sustainability

How a small town in Italy became a model of sustainability | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
By the end of the 1980s, Varese Ligure was becoming a dying town.
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Sustainable Living | Self Sufficiency | Sustainability & Survival

Sustainable Living | Self Sufficiency | Sustainability & Survival | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it
Sustainable living is an amalgam of lifestyle choices made with the intention of adapting world sustainability models to the scale of a household or family.
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Australia’s Record-Breaking Heatwave Fuels Climate Change Fight | EcoWatch

Australia’s Record-Breaking Heatwave Fuels Climate Change Fight | EcoWatch | Touching the Earth Lightly | Scoop.it

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Organic Social Media's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:22 PM

The new #australia n  government is also encouraging a number of massive coal and other mining projects and repealing taxes on mining company profits. Maurice Newman, a climate change sceptic who has accused the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of “dishonesty and deceit”, has been appointed as chairman of the prime minister’s new Business Advisory Council.