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Where: MontrealFor: La Vitrine

With the illumination of the facade of 2-22, Moment Factory updates and extends its multimedia installation at La Vitrine onto the street at the corner of St-Laurent and St-Catherine.The three walkways separating each of the building’s floors have been transformed into video surfaces, presenting ambient and
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« L'Australie sacrifie de plus en plus l'environnement au profit de l'économie »

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David Camroux, chercheur franco-australien à Sciences Po, analyse les nombreux reculs pour l'environnement depuis l'arrivée au pouvoir du conservateur Tony Abbott.
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Espace > Terre – Notre Planète vue par les Satellites - Magazine GoodPlanet Info

Espace > Terre – Notre Planète vue par les Satellites - Magazine GoodPlanet Info | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Après la Terre vue du Ciel, la Terre vue de l’Espace. Et le même choc visuel : notre planète offre un spectacle grandiose.
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Fiscal cliff threatens national parks, advocates say - KansasCity.com

Fiscal cliff threatens national parks, advocates say - KansasCity.com | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Congress’ looming failure to solve the fiscal cliff crisis leaves national parks facing large-scale cuts and the prospect of fewer visitors as tax increases leave Americans with less money to travel.

 

Fiscal cliff seems to be only an economic term, however, after reading this article, I realized that it actually has a wide range of impact in public facility, such as national park. Under fiscal cliff impact, national parks are facing large-scale cuts and on the other hand, fewer visitors since tax increases. Fiscal cliff may leads to reductions in park hours or seasons, closures of campgrounds or visitor’s centers, and even the outright closure of many parks in the next year. And it could eliminate as many as 9,000 rangers who serve the public, protect our parks, and keep the parks running. 

 

After reading this article, I have formed a more solid perspective towards fiscal cliff, which is such a double-edged sword. It is good in terms of reducing budget deficit but on the other hand, it is harmful to many national agencies, such as national park services. In the long run, it is definitely bad because for example, national park services would not be maintained at the same level since budget cuts; visitors may be reduced because higher income taxes. Government definitely should be more concerned!

 


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Energy: Does fracking threaten national parks?

Energy: Does fracking threaten national parks? | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Conservation report outlines steps to mitigate potential impacts By Summit Voice FRISCO — After years of watching federal agencies haphazardly issuing leases for oil and gas drilling on public land...

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How Our National Parks Are Threatened by Fracking

How Our National Parks Are Threatened by Fracking | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
A booming and unregulated energy industry is quietly but quickly encroaching on some of our most cherished national parks with gas and oil drilling fields.

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Global warming has hit particularly hard Tanzania’s national parks, threatening displacing millions of wildlife and putting the thriving tourism at risk.

Owing to global warming, currently Tanzania is likely to lose one of the key national parks in its most valuable strips of tourism real estate of northern safari circuit.


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Unregulated, agricultural ammonia threatens national parks' ecology

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Thirty-eight U.S. national parks are experiencing "accidental fertilization" at or above a critical threshold for ecological damage, according to a study published in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and led by Harvard University researchers. Unless significant controls on ammonia emissions are introduced at a national level, they say, little improvement is likely between now and 2050.


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Government's growth drive means England's most treasured landscapes can be 'vandalised' by developers

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Some of England’s most beautiful countryside, including its 10 national parks, faces the threat of “vandalism” by developers taking advantage of the Government’s drive for economic growth, the Campaign to Protect Rural England will warn today.

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Tell Congress: Our national parks are not for sale

Tell Congress: Our national parks are not for sale | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Tea Party Republicans moaned during the government shutdown about national parks being closed.

The irony? They want to privatize and sell our national parks! Tell them they're not for sale.

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Hot Springs National Park - National Geographic

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Get Hot Springs information, facts, photos, and more in this Hot Springs National Park guide from National Geographic.

 

Hot Springs National Park is the smallest among all of the national parks in the US. It is located in Arkansas offering "American Spa" to coming people hoping to cure illness or relax. Each day about 700,000 gallons of water - at 143 degrees - flow from the springs into a complex piping and reservoir system. Interesting fact about Hot Springs is that many sports teams, such the Chicago White Stockings, Boston Red Sox, and other baseball teams flocked to Hot Springs for spring training from 1880s to 1940s for curing sore muscles at the bathhouses. 

 

Even though this is the smallest national park in the system, it is unique in the way that it offers hot springs to cure people, relax them, and rejuvenize people. A place travelers could do something other than camping, hiking, or lodging, which are normal things they can do anywhere else. Travelers could come for a refresh or a relax, which serves as the core value of a vacation. As an individual from a foreign nation, I see the familarity from this park since I am from a town with hot springs. I really want to visit this park to get some feelings of home. 


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Inspirations: Steve Kossack reminds us that national parks offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature's blessings

Inspirations: Steve Kossack reminds us that national parks offer endless opportunities to enjoy nature's blessings | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it

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Quietest Show on Earth

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Check out The Quietest Show on Earth and listen to Andrew Bird and Tift Merritt in a unique music performance in the Mojave Desert – all to celebrate and support America’s national parks.
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King Tides: What Explains High Water Threatening Global Coasts?

King Tides: What Explains High Water Threatening Global Coasts? | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Periodic high tides known as king tides are brought on by special alignment of heavenly bodies.
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Uruguay: un sanctuaire pour baleines et dauphins - Magazine GoodPlanet Info

Uruguay: un sanctuaire pour baleines et dauphins - Magazine GoodPlanet Info | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Le Parlement uruguayen a décidé de faire de la totalité des eaux territoriales du pays un sanctuaire pour les baleines et les dauphins, afin de protéger ces espèces et de promouvoir le tourisme.
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National parks try to attract younger generation - msnbc.com

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National parks try to attract younger generationmsnbc.comthousands of people will spend this holiday weekend taking in the history and beauty of america's national parks , but now, the parks find themselves competing for the business of younger...

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Fracking Our National Parks: America's Best Idea Threatened By Oil and Gas Addiction

Fracking Our National Parks: America's Best Idea Threatened By Oil and Gas Addiction | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it

Teddy Roosevelt must be rolling over in his grave.

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The Curse of Petroleum, Chemical-Based Industrial Farm Fertilizers

The Curse of Petroleum, Chemical-Based Industrial Farm Fertilizers | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it

MAY 2013 National Geographic

If we don’t watch out, agriculture could destroy our planet. Here’s how to grow all the food we need with fewer chemicals.

N. Nitrogen. Atomic number seven. Unnoticed, untasted, it nevertheless fills our stomachs. It is the engine of agriculture, the key to plenty in our crowded, hungry world.

Enter modern chemistry. Giant factories capture inert nitrogen gas from the vast stores in our atmosphere and force it into a chemical union with the hydrogen in natural gas, creating the reactive compounds that plants crave. That nitrogen fertilizer—more than a hundred million tons applied worldwide every year—fuels bountiful harvests.

Yet this modern miracle exacts a price. Runaway nitrogen is suffocating wildlife in lakes and estuaries, contaminating groundwater, and even warming the globe’s climate. As a hungry world looks ahead to billions more mouths needing nitrogen-rich protein, how much clean water and air will survive our demand for fertile fields?... http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/fertilized-world/charles-text

 

The Nation, October 31, 2013
POT-GROWING PESTICIDES PLAYING HAVOC WITH ENVIRONMENT
Thanks to the drug’s illegal status, marijuana farms are not regulated—with serious costs to water and wildlife.
http://www.thenation.com/article/176955/pot-growing-bad-environment#

 

February 18, 2013 Common Dream

INDUSTRIAL CORPORATE AG TRIGGERS DEVASTATING 'WEB' OF POLLUTION - NEW UNDP REPORT https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/18-2

 

The Guardian Science, November 2, 2013
FROM FERTILIZER TO ZYKLONB: 100 YEARS OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY THAT BROUGHT LIFE AND DEATH http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/nov/03/fritz-haber-fertiliser-ammonia-centenary

 

Terra Daily, October 16, 2013
UNREGULATED, AGRICULTURAL AMMONIA THREATENS 38 U.S. NATIONAL PARKS' ECOLOGY http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Unregulated_agricultural_ammonia_threatens_national_parks_ecology_999.html

 

July 5,2013 NPR
WHAT IS FARM RUNOFF DOING TO THE WATER? http://www.kccu.org/post/what-farm-runoff-doing-water-scientists-wade

 

 August 1, 2013 Huffington Post Green
THE KILLING FIELDS: INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE, DEAD ZONE AND GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CORN http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elizabeth-kucinich/the-killing-fields-indust_b_3678515.html

 

 CONTEMPORARY INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/99tRI1

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT: GazetteNet, November 5, 2013

-▶  BIO-ETHANOL FUEL: THE SECRET DIRTY COST OF OBAMA'S GREEN POWER PUSH.  Five million acres of land set aside for conservation — more than Yellowstone, Everglades and Yosemite National Parks combined — have vanished on Obama’s watch. Landowners filled in wetlands. They plowed into pristine prairies, releasing carbon dioxide that had been locked in the soil. Sprayers pumped out billions of pounds of fertilizer, some of which seeped into drinking water, contaminated rivers and worsened the huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico where marine life can’t survive. ... 15 million more acres of corn were planted last year than before the ethanol boom http://www.gazettenet.com/home/9190243-95/the-secret-dirty-cost-of-obamas-green-power-push

 

Environmental Working Group, November 4, 2013
BIPARTISAN COALITION WOULD LINK LAND CONSERVATION TO 2013 FARM SUBSIDIES http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2013/11/bipartisan-support-compliance

 

 

 

Terra Daily, October 28, 2013
INCREASING TOXICITY OF ALGAL BLOOMS TIED TO NUTRIENT ENRICHMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Increasing_toxicity_of_algal_blooms_tied_to_nutrient_enrichment_and_climate_change_999.html

 

StarNews Online, October 8, 2013

MASSIVE FISH KILL CONTINUES ON NEUSE RIVER, CAROLINA http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20131008/ARTICLES/131009718?p=2&tc=pg

 

WHY ARE MILLIONS OF FISH SUDDENLY DYING IN MASS DEATH?  http://banoosh.com/blog/2013/08/12/why-are-millions-of-fish-suddenly-dying-in-mass-death-events-all-over-the-planet/

 

 

Treehugger, October 9, 2013
ARE BIOFUELS CONTRIBUTING TO DEAD ZONES? http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/are-biofuels-still-contributing-dead-zone.html

August 8, 2013 QUESTScience
FARMERS FIGHT BACK AGAINST TOXIC ALGAL BLOOMS FROM FERTILIZER RUNOFF http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/farmers-fight-back-against-toxic-algal-blooms/

 

June 24, 2013 National Geographic
BIGGEST DEAD ZONE EVER FORECAST IN GULF OF MEXICO http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130621-dead-zone-biggest-gulf-of-mexico-science-environment/

 

April 2, 2013 Science Daily
INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL-BASED FERTILIZER USE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCREASE IN NITROUS OXIDE IN ATMOSPHERE http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120402144930.htm

 

HUMAN ACTIVITY IS LINKED TO MASS DOLPHIN DEATHS. "The immune systems of many marine mammals, especially coastal species like bottlenose dolphins, can be negatively affected by factors such as agricultural runoff, persistent organic pollutants (e.g., PCBs, DDT) and other contaminants," http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/359799


August 21, 2013 Environment News Service
FLORIDA WATERS ALIVE WITH TOXIC ALGAE, TOXIC POLITICS
Sickening people and killing dolphins, manatees, birds and fish http://ens-newswire.com/2013/08/21/florida-waters-alive-with-toxic-algae-toxic-politics/

 

 

MORE THAN HALF OF U.S. RIVERS ARE TOO POLLUTED TO SUPPORT LIFE http://sco.lt/5Gpafx

 

U.S. OHIO SENATE BILL SEEKS TO CURB SYNTHETIC FERTILIZER RUN OFF http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/

 

PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL REGULATION OVERHAUL NEEDED TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAIN  http://sco.lt/5oplFx

 
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July 4, 2013 Guardian Environment
*** CHINA'S LARGEST ALGE BLOOM TURNS THE YELLOW SEA GREEN http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/jul/04/china-algal-bloom-yellow-sea-green

 

June 29, 2013 Shanghai Daily
THE DAY THAT THE RIVER TURNED BLACK http://www.shanghaidaily.com/nsp/National/2013/06/29/The%2Bday%2Bthat%2Bthe%2Briver%2Bturned%2Bblack/

 

 

 

THE NEXT GREEN REVOLUTION - THIS TIME WITHOUT FOSSIL FUELS AND LASHINGS OF PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/7yl1s1

 

FOOD OR FUEL? RESEARCH SUGGESTS BIOFUEL WILL COST THE EARTH http://sco.lt/8ezJ2X

 

 

June 23, 2013 Climate & Capitalism

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/06/24/biggest-dead-zone-ever-coming-to-the-gulf-of-mexico/

 

uly 16, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business
THE SCIENTIST AND STARTUPS CONVERTING WASTE WATER INTO CLEAN ENERGY http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/waste-water-convert-clean-energy

 

 DUTCH GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NITROGEN-REDUCTION BILL FOR NATURE AREAS  http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Dutch_government_introduces_nitrogen-reduction_bill_for_nature_areas_999.html

 

 

UN: THE ERA OF EVER-LASTING PRODUCTION BASED ON MAXIMIZING PROFITS HAS REACHED ITS LIMITS http://sco.lt/6C3RoH

 

FROM 'FERTILIZER TO FORK': INDUSTRIAL FOOD ACCOUNTS FOR A QUARTER OF THE WORLD'S GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS http://sco.lt/5kCdfd

 

 +++THE HUNGER GAMES: HOW UK AND USA GOVERNMENTS SUPPORT FOR BIG AGRIBUSINESS IS FUELING POVERTY http://sco.lt/6UGd17

 

+++ HOW NOT TO "FEED THE WORLD" http://sco.lt/6fKNnN

 

 

 

Feb 6, 2012 = YES Magazine

GOING BEYOND ORGANIC, A NEW GENERATION OF FARMERS IS NURTURING NATURE AS WELL AS CROPS http://sco.lt/7uZHJR

 

 


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The econimic contrast between Africa, the United States, and China is staggering.  From using by far excessive amounts of fertilizer in China, measured in hundreds of pounds per acre, to Africa, where the amount used is measured in handfuls.  Overuse of fertilizer is an issue that definitely needs to be addressed.  Algal blooms flowing down rivers have the potential to cripple the economies of sea-driven towns.

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New Report Details How National Parks Are Threatened By Oil And Gas Drilling

New Report Details How National Parks Are Threatened By Oil And Gas Drilling | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it

25.04.13. - Here’s another example of how “the score card shows that the industry is winning,” as the NY Times put it last year. The National Parks Conservation Association today released a new report warning of the risks that oil and gas drilling pose to national parks.

In “National Parks and Hydraulic Fracturing:  Balancing Energy Needs, Nature, and America’s National Heritage” the group writes:

…these early indications of harm to America’s natural resources and national parks suggest the wisdom of a careful, considered approach to hydraulic fracturing, rather than blind complicity and a zealous rush toward monetary riches.

National parks are managed under a precautionary principle designed to err on the conservative side of any potentially negative impacts. The same principle should be applied to fracking activities on lands adjacent to our national parks.

One of the case studies on parks already impacted by drilling featured in the report is Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.  The Bakken oil boom has brought with it noise pollution, bright lights that ruin the night skies, and significant traffic on the way to the park.

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The ways that oil and gas drilling can affect our national parks enumerated in today’s report include:

-  Noise from compressors, diesel engines, and traffic disturb the quiet we seek in parks

-  Visual blight on the landscape, such as oil wells and rigs that can be seen from inside parks

-  Lights from rigs, cell towers, and additional infrastructure that damage parks’ famous night skies

-  New roads, pipelines, and well sites that make it difficult for wildlife to live in the area

-  Massive amounts of water used in the fracking process that may affect surface and groundwater within parks

-  Diminished air quality inside of parks from the hazardous chemicals that drilling produces like carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone

In addition to pointing out the impacts of drilling on national parks, the group proposes a number of policy recommendations, such as a “measured, thoughtful approach to fracking,” making the National Park Service a formal cooperating agency in decisions about drilling around parks, and implementation of strong federal oversight in the Bureau of Land Management’s upcoming hydraulic fracturing rule and regulations to cut pollution from oil and gas wells under the Clean Air Act.

Not only is drilling around national parks worrisome, as today’s report points out, but already there are 12 park units that have drilling inside of their borders, and 30 others that could have drilling in the future: 

Oil and gas companies benefit from more special treatment than just the ability to drill in and around America’s most special places.  For example, they get $40 billion in tax breaks,low royalty rates on public lands, and continue to rake in astounding profits.

 


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Nitrogen from Agricultural Fertilizers Threatening U.S. National Parks, Study Finds

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Ammonia emissions from agricultural fertilizers are threatening sensitive ecosystems in U.S. national parks, a study led by Harvard researchers has found.

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National Parks Hotels Are Losing A Million Dollars Per Day During The Government Shutdown

National Parks Hotels Are Losing A Million Dollars Per Day During The Government Shutdown | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the largest concessioner in the U.S. National Parks system, operating hotels, restaurants, tours, and vendors in 21 national parks, including Yellowstone, Zion, Death Valley, Crater Lake, Mt.

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The Natural Beauty Of American Landscapes In One Glorious Time-Lapse Video

The Natural Beauty Of American Landscapes In One Glorious Time-Lapse Video | Conservation - National Parks - Environnement | Scoop.it
Over the summer photographer Shane Black and two friends left their jobs of six years to spend two months traveling across the country and teaching photography workshops.
They drove through 32 states and visited 13 national parks.

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Amazon.com: Exploring Our National Parks and Monuments (9780876451243): Devereux Butcher: Books

Amazon.com: Exploring Our National Parks and Monuments (9780876451243): Devereux Butcher: Books (Exploring Our National Parks and Monuments: Describes in detail all US national parks and natural and archaeolog...)...

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US National Parks : The Green Guide | Green Living Tips, Product Reviews, Buying Guides and Environmental Health News

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