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An arid region grew even drier between 2003 and 2009 due to human consumption of water for drinking and agriculture.
Year 10 - Inland water
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As drought conditions have hit the Middle East, growing populations are using more water per capita then ever. See this on Google Earth with this KMZ file.
Tags: water, environment, consumption, resources, environment depend, Middle East, Iraq.
Great Google Earth resources looking at the shrinking of water storage in the Middle East. Critical reading for our water unit and a superb example of how powerful imaging like Google Earth can be.
What we don't learn from the past is bound to repeat itself-over and over again.
From the architect. Turenscape was commissioned to design a wetland park of 34.2 hectares in the middle of a new town, which is listed as a protected regional wetland. The site is surrounded on four sides by roads and dense development. As such, water sources into this former wetland were being cut, and the wetland was under the threat. Turenscape’s strategy was to transform the dying wetland into a ‘green sponge’ – an urban stormwater park, which will not only rescue the disappearing wetland, but will also provide multiple ecosystems services for the new urban community.
The challenges are obvious: How can a disappearing wetland be preserved when its ecological and biological processes have been cut off by the urban context? How can such a wetland ecosystem be designed to provide multiple ecosystems for the city? And what is the economic way to deal with such a landscape? The solution was to transform the wetland into a multi-functional stormwater park that will collect, filtrate, store stormwater and infiltrate to the aquifer, whilst being productive and life supporting, providing new recreational and aesthetic experiences for the city.
Super-typhoon Haiyan, the single most powerful storm ever recorded, is an unsettling harbinger of troubles to come.
Weather systems across the globe have gained intensity and force over the past few years due to our rapidly warming planet. New defenses are needed to protect our metropolitan centers, most of which are located within a stone's throw of the ocean. The solution: fight nature with nature.
Supplementing civil engineering projects with ecological defenses is only part of the overall solution to dealing with our rapidly changing environment. Early warning systems, effective evacuation strategies, education, and better building codes must be integrated into the larger scheme of of sustainable city development and planning if we plan on living anywhere near our growing oceans...
the Blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program
Option: Marine environments and management
Option : Marine environments and management
The Tico Times - Central America's leading English language news source.
Option topic: Marine Environments and management
This is pathetic and ugly.
12.11.13 ~ Uh Oh, People Are Still Shark Finning Legally in Costa Rica Despite the BanRead more: http://www.care2.com/causes/uh-oh-people-are-still-shark-finning-legally-in-costa-rica-despite-the-ban.html#ixzz2kWv7NrXW
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.
Option topic: Coastal environments & Management
All the 'snowbirds' that commute seasonally between Long Island and Florida would need to find new habitats. And so would alot of other East Coast and Gulf of Mexico residents. How much time do we have?
This is perfect for a unit on climate change and global warming. I would definitely recommend this in geography classes because it is a wake up call. Students can see the effects of climate change and draw their own conclusions about what they believe about this. I would use this with in coorelation with a video about global warming, or even use this as a webquest activity.
#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida
"By 2030, two out of three people will live in an urban world, with most of the explosive growth occurring in developing countries. For a preview of the future, the last in the Challenges for Humanity series explores São Paulo, Brazil; Lagos, Nigeria; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hyderabad, India."
It's Time to check
Remember we talked about megacities last week?
The mega city revlution has started and accroing to stastics its only to get more popular. The creattion of these mega cities has trasformed where people want to live, while also helping to bring nations stability though creation on these mega cities. It was said that with in 30 years more than 60% of the population will live in cities. Theses megacities are desirable, they help to stablize a country and have almost doubbled in number since the 1990's. It will be intereesting to see how the effects of megacites play out on the eniorment and ecnomny in the futre though.
Seen from a satellite, an industrial feedlot has a sort of abstract beauty. The washes of colors, the juxtaposition of organic and rigid geometries, initially obscure the subject. Then comes the realization:That’s where our food comes from.
Such is the power of “Feedlots,” a new series of images crafted by British artist Mishka Henner from publicly available satellite photographs. Henner does work with the photos, enhancing the colors — the waste lagoons above, for example, are flat green rather than bright — but the physical details are unaltered.
Henner, who noticed the feedlots while scanning for pictures of oil fields in Texas, didn’t at first realize what he was looking at. Factory farms exist in the United Kingdom, but not at landscape scales.
Even for Americans, though, these sights are unusual. Industrial farming, especially of animals, tends to be hidden from public view — and under so-called ag-gag laws, that secrecy could become law.
A series of oil spills have devastated the Niger delta. John Vidal visits the region to find out what can be done to improve the situation
Study: Climate change will wreak havoc on oceans by 2100 R & D Magazine While coral reefs are not among those habitats that will experience the most overlapping stressors, A new study looking at the impacts of climate change on the world's ocean...
Privatizing Oceans May Keep Them Safe The Green Optimistic Madagascar 300x216 Privatizing Oceans May Keep Them Safe A panel of esteemed scientists from the World Bank's Global Partnership for Oceans has called for part privatization of oceans in an...
Marine environmental change and protection
Bycatch remained horrendous. By 2003 longliners from 40 nations were killing at least 300,000 seabirds (including 22 endangered species) and countless billfish and sharks.
Marine environments - human impacts on ecosystems and ecological functioning
Ubiquitous Plastics, Toxic Sponges Extraordinaire - The Huffington Post :: Toxic plastic pollution is filling-up the Great Lakes, European lakes and even subalpine lakes in Europe's famed Alps. This insidious byproduct of petroleum has infiltrated the marine food webs and Earthlings are indeed in harms way.
Relevant to inland water, coastal and marine environments
The German city is planning a green network that will cover 40% of the city area, contributing to resilience and allowing biking, swimming and nature watching in the city
The European commercial hub promotes bicycling as the main mode of transportation, and plans to build a network around bikes and pedestrians, linking car-free roads to parks and playgrounds, from the city centre to the suburbs.
Welcome to Hamburg, an environmental pioneer whose planned green network will cover 40% of the city's area. "It will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens and cemeteries through green paths", says Angelika Fritsch, a spokeswoman for the city's department of urban planning and the environment. "Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre. In 15 to 20 years you'll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot."
Educating residents, teachers and youth in a costal community in Costa Rica to use geospatial technologies to investigate, map and make a difference.
Environmental management -.coastal and marine environments.
If you are looking to find a practical example of how geospatial technologies can empower neighborhoods and students, take a look at the GEOPORTER project. If you can assist, I can tell you that I know the people working on this project and am impressed by their work.
New EU proposals would require member states to choose between three methods of reducing the waste from bags.
Option :Marine Environments and management
This is sad to hear that human's plastic bags are causing harm to marine life. But, I'm glad that they are at least saying something. All three methods are smart and have potential. I think that this is a great eye-opening article for reducing the waste from bags. Overall, I think that we should all try hard to reduce the wast from bags.
July 29, 2013, a sperm whale was stranded on Tershelling, a northern island in the Netherlands. A rescue attempt was attempted, but unfortunately the whale died. A young adult at 13.5 meters was taken for a necropsy at the port of Harlington.
Option topic :Marine Environments and management
Plastic Menance in the planet
Valuing nature may be complex but it could prove vital for future wellbeing and economic development
This infographic illustrates the economic benefits of wood compared to those that are gained from trees.
The value of wood versus trees. Seems we have things backwards.
Another great infographic
These concepts be best encapsulated by the phrase "ecosystem services."
We’ve heard quite a bit about the health of our oceans lately.
Option topic : Marine environments & management
Solving many of the world’s biggest environmental challenges may have just gotten more difficult.
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN recently released population data indicating the midline estimate - more than 10.8 billion by 2100 - is 800 million higher than the 2010 prediction.
Today’s rural-to-urban migration will continue in full force, with upwards of 84% of the planet living in cities at the close of the century (compared to 52 % today).
Of course population isn’t the only factor contributing to humans’ planetary impact. Consumption may be equally important when looking at the drivers of environmental change across the Earth. Nevertheless, population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...
population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...
By the year 2100 our global population is calculated to reach 10.8 billion. The United States is expected to grow another 150 million by this time. Our population right now is 313.9 million right now. Our big cities will continue to grow, and new ones will arise as the years pass.
La démographie, une donnée déterminante pour l'évolution du climat et la pression sur les ressources naturelles. Nous finissons hélas par être trop nombreux sur terre pour ce qu'elle peut supporter au rythme actuel...
Oil, gas and coal are contaminating the world’s oceans from top to bottom, threatening the lives of more than 800 million people, a new study warns Tuesday.
The study found that carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are overheating the oceans, turning them acidic and reducing the amount of oxygen in seawater. This is happening too fast for most marine species to adapt and ocean ecosystems around the world will collapse.
This ambitious study examined all the available research on how current and future carbon emissions are fundamentally altering the oceans. It then looked at how this will impact fish, corals, marine animals, plants and other organisms. Finally the 29 authors from 10 countries analyzed how this will affect the 1.4 to 2.0 billion people who live near the oceans or depend on them for their food and income.
More shocking is that the oceans will be dramatically altered even with reduced growth in use of fossil fuel in coming decades and major declines starting in 2050, he said.
Only an abrupt decline in consumption of oil, gas, and coal within the next 10 years will minimize the impacts on the oceans.
Damage to oceans could be reverted by a joint global effort FIS A report backed by the World Bank is urging governments and worldwide public-private firms, as well as local communities to have a more active role in protecting the world's oceans...
Protecting marine environments
`Sand War' heats up over offshore discovery that could restore beachesSun-SentinelThe need for sand prompted the U.S.
Coastal environments -.sourcing sand for re nourishment
The mystery of how coral reefs thrive in ocean deserts has been solved – sponges are the “unsung heroes” holding the delicate ecosystem together, scientists say.
Maine environments - natural processes
via Kathy Dowsett-http://www.scoop.it/t/underwater-fun