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The Miraculous Web of Life Sustains ALL Species on Planet Earth – Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Humans
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A GOOD FOLLOW: One Planet - Billions of Species

A GOOD FOLLOW: One Planet - Billions of Species | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

-IPS Inter Press Service @IPSEnvironment

The loss of biodiversity is widespread, and it is worrying; there are all sorts of alarming numbers about. These numbers roll off our attention span, amidst all the doomsday statistics. And there is a perception that biodiversity is all about the disappearance of exotic insects in some distant land. But these forms of life must be saved, for their own sake, and because humans are a part of biodiversity. Dangers to one form of life are a threat to another. IPS taps into its own diverse network of correspondents around the world to report these ever new dangers to forms of life - and the struggle to protect them.

http://www.ipsnews.net/new_focus/biodiversity/index.asp

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94 Elements examines the human predicament & Our Relationship to rapidly declining natural earth elements

94 Elements examines the human predicament & Our Relationship to rapidly declining natural earth elements | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

A film project will reveal the human stories behind the naturally occurring earth elements and expose the startling rate at which we're using them up...

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Isn’t that astonishing? We’re destroying the rest of life in one century–Interview with E. O. Wilson

Isn’t that astonishing? We’re destroying the rest of life in one century–Interview with E. O. Wilson | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Edward O. Wilson dropped by the Grist office recently and asked why young people aren't out protesting the mess that’s being made of the planet. Help us come up with a good answer.
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More Ecology, Less Economy for Rio+20

More Ecology, Less Economy for Rio+20 | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Tierramérica)

Hundreds of non-governmental organisations and social movements from around the world hope to counter the failure of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which they consider inevitable, with the success of the alternative People's Summit

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107213

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WATCH OUT RIO+20, THEY'RE COMING FOR YOU TOO: David Suzuki and Enviromentalists: Prepare for War

WATCH OUT RIO+20, THEY'RE COMING FOR YOU TOO: David Suzuki and Enviromentalists: Prepare for War | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

This week, David Suzuki and his foundation came under attack by the ironically named Ethical Oil group, a new American anti-environmental video has been making the rounds online, and the $500,000 Koch brothers contribution to Canada's right-wing Fraser Institute made the news.

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Biodiversity and global health – hubris, humility and the unknown VIDEO

Biodiversity and global health – hubris, humility and the unknown VIDEO | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Is the best argument for protecting biodiversity its cultural and spiritual value, its usefulness to mankind, or the health of the whole ecosystem, including its human inhabitants? Carolyn Stephens looks at the issues.
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Oil palm plantations on peatland causing surge of greenhouse gas emissions, loss of forest species

Oil palm plantations on peatland causing surge of greenhouse gas emissions, loss of forest species | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Continued expansion of industrial-scale oil palm plantations on the island of Borneo will become a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 unless strong forest and peatland protections are enacted and enforced, according to a new study.
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Monitoring A Grim Rise In the Illegal Ivory Trade

Monitoring A Grim Rise In the Illegal Ivory Trade | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

by Christina M. Russo: Yale Environment 360

For two decades, TRAFFIC’s Tom Milliken has tracked the illicit ivory trade that has led to the continued slaughter of Africa’s elephants.

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Fighting A Last-Ditch Battle To Save the Rare Javan Rhino

Fighting A Last-Ditch Battle To Save the Rare Javan Rhino | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

by Rhett Butler: Yale Environment 360

Rhinoceroses worldwide are under siege as their habitat shrinks and poachers slaughter hundreds annually for their valuable horns. Now, in Indonesia, conservation groups are engaged in a desperate struggle to save the last 40 Javan rhinos on earth.

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'Agent Orange Corn' Sparks Public Outcry - The Ever-Creeping Toxicity in our Food and Environment

'Agent Orange Corn' Sparks Public Outcry - The Ever-Creeping Toxicity in our Food and Environment | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON -- A new kind of genetically modified crop under the brand name of "Enlist" -- known by its critics as "Agent Orange corn" -- has opponents pushing U.S. regulators to scrutinize the product more closely and reject an application by Dow AgroSciences to roll out its herbicide-resistant seeds. MORE, STRONGER CHEMICALS AND PESTICIDES KILLING MORE THAN BEES, IT'S OUR BIODIVERSITY AT STAKE.

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Palms reveal the significance of climate change for tropical biodiversity

Palms reveal the significance of climate change for tropical biodiversity | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Aarhus, Denmark (SPX) Apr 26, 2012 -
Scientists at Aarhus University have spearheaded research results that shed new light on the processes forming the composition of species assemblages in the tropics.
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Climate change is reducing Arctic Ocean biodiversity: $40-M study

Climate change is reducing Arctic Ocean biodiversity: $40-M study | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
A unique, all-season study of the effects of global warming in the Arctic Ocean shows that climate change is reducing biodiversity and posing "significant challenges to the survival of some of the Arctic's unique marine species."...
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Earth Alert: Confronting Climate Change

Earth Alert: Confronting Climate Change | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- IPS Inter Press Service - The legitimacy of climate science is no longer an issue. "Abnormal" weather is becoming the norm in many parts of the world. Average temperatures, precipitation and wind patterns are changing, and non-climate factors - primarily the accumulation of greenhouse gases produced from human activities - are driving this change.

Find out more about the forces behind climate change, growing citizen awareness and new climate policies towards sustainable development on IPS News.

http://www.ipsnews.net/climate_change/

Greenhouse gases / Kyoto Protocol / Melting glaciers / Biofuels /
Species extinction / Weather extremes / Climate migrants / Carbon
trading / Nuclear power (a lesser evil?

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[Must-watch Documentary] PLANET FOR SALE: A Look Inside the Food and Global Land Grab Crisis: Ethiopia

[Must-watch Documentary] PLANET FOR SALE: A Look Inside the Food and Global Land Grab Crisis: Ethiopia | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

A UNIQUE LOOK INSIDE THE EPIDEMIC OF LAND GRABBING DEALS. They Start - Far Away From the Farm

We hear a lot about the current multi-national land grabs in both developing and emerging nations.  Much of it is cased in the need for produce more food for the planet.  But on a unique look inside the  wheeling and dealing it is clear that is anything but about "save the world".  It is about taking advantage of the unsuspecting emerging nations for purely profit for the investors.  This exclusive documentary shows clearly how the local indigenous communities are thrust into indentured laborers on what was their own land, destroying their culture, dignity and livelihoods while wealthy landowners grow genetically engineered crops for export devastating local biodiversity, all with government complicity.

 

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Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change, pollution

Ecosystem effects of biodiversity loss could rival impacts of climate change, pollution | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Loss of biodiversity appears to impact ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, according to a new study.
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Earth's Health is All Our Health

Earth's Health is All Our Health | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

As the mainstream, conservative media spins scientific research to appear we live in a toxic-lite environment, our communities have become a cesspool of disease and environmental distress. The air, water, soil, and plants we depend upon for our very survival dictate the health of all living species. There is no longer anywhere to run to escape the pollution we have created. Mother Earth is the macrocosm and all living species are the microcosm; her sickness is our sickness.
Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/earths-health-is-all-our-health.html#ixzz1tYvAfvUg

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Tribal Farming Beats Climate Change

Tribal Farming Beats Climate Change | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

- IPS ipsnews.net

Tribal farmer Harish Saraka has rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in this rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state – mixed cropping.

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107597

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Mining, murder and mayhem: The impact of the mining industry in the Third World

The mineral extraction industry has wreaked a heavy environmental and social toll on many Third World countries. In addition to providing an overview of this phenomenon, Danny Kennedy, in the following article, illustrates the case against the mining industry (particularly the multinationals) with the example of the Grasberg gold mine in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, the largest gold mine in the world. Fortunately, as he notes, the people and communities affected are organising against these abuses by the mining companies and fighting back.

http://www.twnside.org.sg/title/mine-cn.htm

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New report uncovers deforestation land grab in Uganda funded by World Bank

New report uncovers deforestation land grab in Uganda funded by World Bank | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Released on the eve of a World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, a new report reveals widespread violations of people’s rights and environmental destruction from a land grab initially funded by the World Bank in Uganda.

The World Bank had historically provided millions of dollars in funding and technical support to palm oil expansion in forested islands off the coast of Lake Victoria in Kalangala, Uganda. Nearly 10,000 hectares have already been planted covering almost a quarter of the land area of the islands. [3] While the Bank has since disassociated itself from the project, the land grabs continue.

Palm oil plantations have come at the expense of local food crops and rainforests. Local people have been prevented from accessing water sources and grazing land. Despite promises of employment, locals have lost their means of livelihood and are struggling to make ends meet.

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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 27, 2012 6:50 PM
This is not good!
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Are we ready for a ‘new agriculture’ that won’t cost us the Earth? (in both human and environmental health)

Are we ready for a ‘new agriculture’ that won’t cost us the Earth? (in both human and environmental health) | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

"We need to take our cue from smallholder farmers worldwide who maintain diversity in their farming systems. We need innovative and acceptable ways of combining biodiversity conservation and food production.” @CIFOR_forests

CFIR: Our current food production model clears biodiverse forest ecosystems for agriculture, simplifying our diet so much that 98 percent of the world’s food is supplied from just 12 plant crops and 14 animal species. Experts are now concerned that this simple diet is actually hurting our health and that of our environment.

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As Threats to Biodiversity Grow, Can We Save World’s Species?

As Threats to Biodiversity Grow, Can We Save World’s Species? | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

by Lee Hannah: Yale Environment 360

With soaring human populations and rapid climate change putting unprecedented pressure on species, conservationists must look to innovative strategies — from creating migratory corridors to preserving biodiversity hotspots — if we are to prevent...

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The Race to Plunder Borneo's Forests as Sanctions Relaxed

The Race to Plunder Borneo's Forests as Sanctions Relaxed | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Following historic elections, many foreign powers have relaxed or lifted sanctions against Myanmar, also known as Burma.

But the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) warns that the end of sanctions presents Myanmar and the world with a choice: further plundering of the country's forests for outside markets or large-scale forestry reform.

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Brazil Congress approves controversial forestry bill - Destroy Forests for Big Agribus

Brazil Congress approves controversial forestry bill - Destroy Forests for Big Agribus | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Brasilia (AFP) April 26, 2012 - Brazil's Congress has approved a controversial forestry code reform that environmentalists say provides amnesty for illegal logging and opens up vast swathes of rainforest to agribusiness.
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Rhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being born - Toronto Star

Rhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being born - Toronto Star | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Toronto StarRhino poaching: More rhinos are dying than are being bornToronto StarErin Conway-Smith Global Post South Africa's rhinos are being poached at record rates, their horns trafficked to Asia to be ground up and used in an attempt to treat...

Via Trevor TQ Harvey, Wildlife Margrit
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Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 24, 2012 12:27 PM
thanks for this great curation... between yours and mine we should get some of this important information broadcast rather well.
Wildlife Margrit's comment, April 26, 2012 6:16 PM
Appreciate you picking up this story. Definitely an eye opener.
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Diversity aided mammals' survival over deep time

Diversity aided mammals' survival over deep time | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Nashville, TN (SPX) Apr 25, 2012 -
When it comes to adapting to climate change, diversity is the mammal's best defense.
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