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The HeArt, Soul and Science of Saying Yes to Life
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Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future?

Is Water a Barrier to a Low-Carbon Energy Future? | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Ask an expert on clean tech what the largest barriers to a low carbon energy future are, and chances are they will list higher technology costs, policy barriers, or the need for new infrastructure to accommodate novel energy sources.But according to a set of expert panelists speaking at the MIT Energy Conference in Boston this Saturday, we're forgetting a big one: water.

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Solutions for a Thriving New World | Spring of Sustainability

Solutions for a Thriving New World | Spring of Sustainability | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Everything you need to create a sustainable, thriving world!

 

Three Months of FREE Virtual and Live Events Empowering You to Connect, Collaborate and Create a Sustainable Community and World
March 26 – June 22, 2012

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New Report: Fracking Could Cause a New Global Water Crisis | Food & Water Watch

New Report: Fracking Could Cause a New Global Water Crisis | Food & Water Watch | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
New technology enabling the extraction of large quantities of oil and natural gas from shale and other rock formations could drive the world’s next great global water crisis unless it is banned, according to a new report released today by national...
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In Praise of Restoration Ecology

In Praise of Restoration Ecology | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Restoration ecology is currently the next necessary step beyond conservation.

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Why True Leaders Make Us Uncomfortable

Why True Leaders Make Us Uncomfortable | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Interesting piece on CSRWire John Elkington on how to take leaders out of their comfort zone to make them start thinking within the sustainability box.


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New Report "Life Beyond Growth" : good summary of new economic thinking beyond GDP

The Tokyo-based Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy, and Society (ISHES) recently released a new interesting report, "Life Beyond Growth", which summarises the search for new economic thinking beyond GDP.


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Webinars on the Earth Charter and Education

The series of webinars that the Earth Charter Center for ESD started in 2011 will continue in March this year!
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NASA - NASA Finds 2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record

NASA - NASA Finds 2011 Ninth-Warmest Year on Record | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists.
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Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right « Charles Eisenstein

Thrive: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right « Charles Eisenstein | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

The quest to create a better world through conquering evil lies at the heart of civilization as we know it. Originating in the earliest agricultural civilizations, the concept of evil first applied to weeds, wolves, locusts, hail storms, and other natural phenomena that were, before agriculture, merely parts of an interdependent whole, and not the enemies of mankind.

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Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation

Elaine Pagels on the Book of Revelation | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Perhaps what most strikes the naïve reader of the Book of Revelation is what a close-run thing the battle is.When God finally gets tired of waiting it out and decides to end things, the back-and-forth between sea monsters and Jesus is less like a scouring of the stables than like a Giants-Patriots Super Bowl. Perhaps what most strikes the naïve reader of the Book of Revelation is what a close-run thing the battle is. When God finally gets tired of waiting it out and decides to end things, the back-and-forth between dragons and serpents and sea monsters and Jesus is less like a scouring of the stables than like a Giants-Patriots Super Bowl. It seems that Manichaeanism—bad god vs. good god—is the natural religion of mankind and that all faiths bend toward the Devil, to make sense of God’s furious impotence. A god omniscient and omnipotent and also powerless to stop evil remains a theological perplexity, even as it becomes a prop of faith. It gives you the advantage of clarity—only one guy worth worshipping—at the loss of lucidity: if he’s so great, why is he so weak
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“I See Everything Through This Tragedy” – The Interrupters - FRONTLINE

“I See Everything Through This Tragedy” – The Interrupters - FRONTLINE | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Journalist Alex Kotlowitz on how we ignore the long-term effects of violence on children, adults and our communities...
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Is there an optimal degree of sustainability?

Is there an optimal degree of sustainability? | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Very interesting essay on the Ethical Corporation website looking at trade-offs when companies move to more corporate sustainability.

 

The essay concludes that there is indeed an optimal level of sustainability for companies but that in the future this level will be increasing.


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Top 10 Surprising Results of Global Warming

Top 10 Surprising Results of Global Warming | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Your allergies may get worse and forest fires more intense, here's a look at what to look "forward" to as our planet warms.
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Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe

Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Not technological innovation but fundamental social engineering and a radical revamping of global governance insitutions are needed to deal with the world's unsustainability crisis.

 

Gary Stix asks the right questions in this Scientific American blog article building on a scientific article which appeared this week in Science magazine.


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Ohio agency says fracking-related activity caused earthquakes

Ohio agency says fracking-related activity caused earthquakes | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - An Ohio state agency said on Friday there is evidence that the high-pressure injection of fluid underground related to fracking caused a series of Ohio earthquakes culminating in a New Year's Eve tremor in any area not known...
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Epigenetics: Scientific Evidence of Intergenerational Trauma

Epigenetics: Scientific Evidence of Intergenerational Trauma | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Epigenetics may provide hard scientific evidence of intergenerational trauma among American Indians and link it directly to diseases that currently afflict us, like cancer and diabetes. The term “intergenerational trauma” has been used to describe the cumulative effects of trauma experienced by a group or individual that radiates across generations.

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Thich Nhat Hanh: Connect With and Love Mother Earth to Heal the Planet

Thich Nhat Hanh: Connect With and Love Mother Earth to Heal the Planet | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

"You carry Mother Earth within you," says Thay. "She is not outside of you. Mother Earth is not just your environment.

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Pace of Ocean Acidification Has No Parallel in 300 Million Years, Paper Says

Pace of Ocean Acidification Has No Parallel in 300 Million Years, Paper Says | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
The current rate of release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere is far more rapid than anything researchers can detect in the paleontological record for hundreds of millions of years.

 

The NY Times Green blog summarises a recent Columbia University scientific paper on a worrying trend.


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Thrill-Seeking Bees Reveal Link to Human Personality

Thrill-Seeking Bees Reveal Link to Human Personality | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Researchers made bees bolder adventurers or turned them into homebodies by manipulating their brain chemistry.

 

"It is amazing that behavioral differences within bees appear to involve partly the same molecular pathways as in vertebrates, including humans,"

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New Faith Values and ESD Publication

New Faith Values and ESD Publication | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

New publication; “Exploring Synergies between Faith Values and Education for Sustainable Development”... provides a space for the voices of different religions and faith traditions to be shared and linked with the efforts of Education for Sustainable Development. In this issue, the points of convergence between ESD and faith values are examined, with emphasis on potential synergies between them. This effort recognizes the valuable role faith traditions play in creating a sustainable world,

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Thinking Outside The Box, With Our Bodies And Our Brains : NPR

Thinking Outside The Box, With Our Bodies And Our Brains : NPR | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
How do our bodies work with our brains to generate patterns of creative thinking? Students who complete a task while sitting or walking outside a box think more creatively ("outside the box") than those who sit or walk inside it.
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Ontonix - Complex Systems Management, Business Risk Management

Ontonix - Complex Systems Management, Business Risk Management | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Ontonix has established a radically innovative complexity-based approach to understanding and managing risk. Excessive complexity is a formidable source of exposure and vulnerability hence it must be measured and monitored.

 

A growing and evolving system increases its complexity over time (see for example Earth's biosphere) but the important thing is to stay away from critical complexity. This is because close to critical complexity all systems become uncertainty-dominated and possess very feeble and unstable structure.

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Economic Consequences of War

A ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. For the first time, an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.
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Will Markets Survive the End of Growth?

Will Markets Survive the End of Growth? | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

"Is the end of growth the end of markets? The end of capitalism? Most definitely not. We will still need competition, we will still want ideas and innovation to flourish and we will want capital allocated as efficiently as possible. Markets are good at all those things."

 

New article by Paul Gilding ("The Great Disruption") which shows that post-oil and post-growth thinking is still struggling big time with the question of the balance between "state" and "market". Phrases like: we need to accept the earth's limits "as absolute boundaries of the market system" are unhelpful. We need much more sophisticated blueprints of how a just society could produce and consume within ecological and energy limits.


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Living in a Quantum World: Scientific American

Living in a Quantum World: Scientific American | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

Quantum mechanics is not just about teeny particles....Although quantum effects may be harder to see in the macroworld, the reason has nothing to do with size per se but with the way that quantum systems interact with one another.

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