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Global Warming Threatens Organic Coffee ("from coconuts to coffee, fungi infests plants worldwide")

Global Warming Threatens Organic Coffee ("from coconuts to coffee, fungi infests plants worldwide") | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Global warming has created the worst outbreak of leaf-rust fungus in 30 years for organic

Farmers can use chemicals to kill the fungus, though they risk losing their organic certification if they do.

Humid conditions and erratic weather for the past two years in Chiapas, Mexico, have allowed the fungus spores to spread much faster than in the past, according to Ruben Bernabe of the Chiapas Federation of Ecologic Indigenous Coffee Producers. The fungus is expected to reduce the crop — both organic and non-organic — by 23 percent this year from 2013, according to local government data.

In Guatemala, the fungus used to only be a threat to coffee plants grown below 3,000 feet. Now the fungus is hitting crops as high as 6,000 feet.

In Colombia, leaf rust devastated crops from 2009 to 2012, which sent prices for the beans to a 14-year high in 2011.

The disease, first found in Latin America in the 1970s, is caused by the fungus Hemileia vastatrix, which disrupts photosynthesis and prevents beans from reaching full maturity.

According to Steve Savage, a plant pathology consultant in Encinitas, Calif., farmers can kill the fungus by using a copper-based fungicide. However, the fungicide can wash off the plants in wet weather, requiring the workers to apply it every few days. This increases the amount that runs off into streams, which can endanger wildlife, and potentially poison soil.

In 2012, researchers at Britain’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and scientists in Ethiopia warned that wild Arabica coffee could be extinct in 70 years due to rising temperatures as a result of climate change.


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We may end up drinking chemically-laced coffee from our brewer.

"Global warming has created the worst outbreak of leaf-rust fungus in 30 years for organic coffee growers throughout Mexico, Central America and parts of South America, according to Bloomberg.

"Farmers can use chemicals to kill the fungus, though they risk losing their organic certification if they do. ...

"According to a report last year from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global warming is “unequivocal” and each of the last three decades has been warmer at the Earth’s surface than any previous decade since 1850."

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Stop Illegal Tropical Deforestation

Stop Illegal Tropical Deforestation | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Illegal deforestation is the sixth-largest contributor to climate change in the world, devastating wildlife populations and severely depleting resources. Urge government officials to finally stop illegal tropical deforestation.
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Yalies join nationwide climate change movement

This Sunday, both Yale students and New Haven residents plan to join the ranks of thousands of other activists in order to promote awareness of climate change at the People’s Climate March in New York City.
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Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything author talks about climate change

Naomi Klein discusses her new book This Changes Everything, in which she says it's time to stop counting on the politicians to save the planet.
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Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted

Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Japan's 2011 plant meltdown has torn apart close families, leaving elderly relatives isolated and villages uninhabited (RT @Andrewdavid70: Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 villagers remain uprooted
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New York’s proactive plan to face climate change

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Legislators and The Nature Conservancy works on plan to make New York more resilient and protected from climate change impacts, such as extreme weather and rising seas levels.

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'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions

'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Climate change is here. Climate change is now. Climate change will be significantly more dangerous, deadly, and expensive if nothing is done to correct humanity's course, but aspects of future shifts are probably already irreversible.

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Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Recently I learned about “Prius repellent” — a tricked-out truck takes deep swigs of diesel and spews black smog all over a tailing vehicle, preferably a hybrid. These ominous clouds signal that, in...
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Got three minutes?

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Learn about the mounting costs of climate inaction → http://go.wh.gov/JhMTC9 #ActOnClimate (RT @Podesta44: Reminder: Climate change has been making the US wildfire season longer & more intense on average http://t.co/saFDv5fSeC...
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Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change

Cities’ Air Problems Only Get Worse With Climate Change | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Scientists predict that higher temperatures will speed up the creation of lung-damaging ozone in the world’s metropolises.

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Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 pct by 2100 - ADB

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Costs of countering climate change will increase with time, becoming prohibitively high in the long term, report warns (RT @nitabhalla: Climate change to cut South Asia's growth 9 pct by 2100 - ADB http://t.co/3rfhFXUuSa...
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Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change

Healing the Earth: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change | Climate Change | Scoop.it

The Ecologist

HEALING THE EARTH:  INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND CLIMATE CHANGE.  For Indigenous peoples climate change is not a political slogan but an inescapable reality of their daily life. In a new series for the Ecologist, Gleb Raygorodetsky explores how different communities are responding to the challenges of climate change ...

This blog is part of the Healing the Earth project of the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) initiative, a multimedia platform that brings Indigenous voices on climate change to the global audience. Follow CWE on Facebook or Twitter @ConversEarth.

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1973697/healing_the_earth_indigenous_peoples_and_climate_change.html

 

 

The Independent, July 2, 2014
 -▶ "LOST" TRIBE RETURNS TO THE RAINFOREST DESPITE THREAT OF VIOLENCE AND INTRODUCED DISEASES. First-world illness and drug traffickers infiltrate an isolated people  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/lost-tribe-returns-to-the-rainforest-despite-the-threat-of-violence-and-disease-9616935.html

 

Guardian Environment, January 20, 2014
▶PERU'S FARMERS FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE USING MODERN AND INCA TECHNIQUES http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/20/peru-farmers-weather-climate-change

 

One World News, December 9, 2013
-▶ INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE VITAL FOR BIODIVERSITY, SAY EXPERTS
With species disappearing up to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, biodiversity experts say knowledge co-production with indigenous peoples has growing importance.
 http://oneworld.org/2013/12/05/indigenous-knowledge-vital-for-biodiversity-say-experts/

 

▶ UNPRECEDENTED STUDY: THREATENING OUR OWN EXTINCTION WITH LOSS OF BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY  http://sco.lt/64XtcP

 

 ▶ INDIGENOUS FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF "FEAST OR FAMINE" - BIG CORPORATE AG NOT THE ANSWER  http://sco.lt/8q2M41

 

▶ INDIGENOUS FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE  http://sco.lt/92n6KP

 

▶ INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE IS SCIENCE - DON'T IGNORE IT  http://sco.lt/8Yr0XB

 

One World News, December 9, 2013

-▶ INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE VITAL FOR BIODIVERSITY, SAY EXPERTS
With species disappearing up to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, biodiversity experts say knowledge co-production with indigenous peoples has growing importance.
 http://oneworld.org/2013/12/05/indigenous-knowledge-vital-for-biodiversity-say-experts/

 

 August 9, 2013 Alertnet

▶ CAN AN INDIGENOUS WORLD VIEW OF RESPECT, LOVE AND KINDNESS CREATE A REVOLUTION?  http://www.alternet.org/environment/can-indigenous-worldview-respect-love-and-kindness-create-revolution

 

                                                      VIDEO
                                      AT ONE WITH NATURE

THE GREAT LAWS OF NATURE: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE 

Healing Themselves By Returning to Natural Law and Reconnection to the Land . This video depicts how a group of First Nations People in Saskatchewan Canada are reclaiming their Indigenous agricultural heritage, reconnecting with Nature, learning and observing her natural laws, and getting back on the road to self-reliance...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn1ym5r7pqg

 

 September 11, 2013 Common Dreams
▶ THE WISDOM OF THEIR ANCESTORS

"There are people all over the world who haven’t forgotten the wisdom of their ancestors and who are coming together in the name of ‘participatory democracy’ to ensure that their voice is heard; that they are not silent witnesses to the crime of ecocide." http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/11-7

 

Business Mirror

▶INDIGENOUS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES, KEY TO BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/features/biodiversity/19676-indigenous-and-local-communities-key-to-biodiversity-conservation

 

May 23, 2012 Yes Magazine
▶FOR A FUTURE THAT WON'T DESTROY LIFE ON EARTH, LOOK TO THE GLOBAL INDIGENOUS UPRISING http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/love-and-the-apocalypse/mother-earth-at-the-heart-of-it


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                    August 17, 2013 International Cry Magazine
RESTORING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND THE ECOLOGICAL BALANCE  http://intercontinentalcry.org/restoring-indigenous-communities-and-the-ecological-balance/

 

                                                       WATCH

                                          Yale Environment 360

                           " INTO THE HEART OF ECUADOR'S YASUNI"

                                           http://sco.lt/7HwxkH

 

                                                       VIDEO:

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                                    HOPE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

              "RESTORING THE EARTH  - RWANDA, ETHIOPIA AND CHINA"

                                              http://ow.ly/mjajP

 

 August 6, 2013 Guardian Sustainable Business

▶WHAT THE CHEROKEE CAN TEACH BUSINESS LEADERS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/cherokee-teach-business-leaders-sustainability

 

 Ensia Magazine
 -▶ THE GIFT OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE:  : International conservation strategies increasingly look to indigenous knowledge http://ensia.com/notables/#notable7617

 

 Psych.Org, December 09, 2013
 -▶ FOLLOWING TRADITION: TOP EXAMPLES OF INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE PRESERVING BIODIVERSITY, ECOSYSTEM SERVICES http://phys.org/news/2013-12-tradition-examples-indigenous-knowledge-biodiversity.html

 

One World News, December 9, 2013
-▶ INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE VITAL FOR BIODIVERSITY, SAY EXPERTS
With species disappearing up to 1,000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, biodiversity experts say knowledge co-production with indigenous peoples has growing importance.
 http://oneworld.org/2013/12/05/indigenous-knowledge-vital-for-biodiversity-say-experts/

 

                                                     WATCH

                  July 9, 2013 Guardian, Farming and Food Security
CLIMATE-SMART, SUSTAINABLE COFFEE FARMING IN UGANDA http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/video/2013/jul/09/climate-smart-coffee-farming-uganda-video


                                                     VIDEO

                          CONVERSATIONS WITH THE EARTH

                                                  CWE Media

http://www.conversationsearth.org/index.php?temp=media&id_story=25

 

 

-▶ FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF "FEAST OR FAMINE" - BIG CORPORATE AG IS NOT THE ANSWER http://sco.lt/8q2M41

 

July 3, 2014 Huffington Post Green, Carl Gibson:
-▶ CRANE AND CLIMATE CHANGE: WHY OUR SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON LOCAL SOLUTIONS http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carl-gibson/cranes-and-climate-change_b_3537639.html

 

April 7, 2011 National Geographic
-▶ RESTORING THE SACRED WEB OF LIFE IN SIBERIA'S GOLDEN MOUNTAINS http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/04/07/altai_golden-mountains_russia-pictures/

 

                                              ENOUGHNESS: 

               WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY

                                           http://sco.lt/6EFbPt

 

                                      DR. VANDANA SHIVA

       "RIGHTS OF NATURE" 2014 TRIBUNAL PRESIDENT STATEMENT

                                       http://sco.lt/6qeJU1

 

 

                             WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE 

                                       http://sco.lt/856DXl

 

                        WHEN WALL STREET WENT TO AFRICA

                                       http://sco.lt/5XvSe9

 

 

 

 

 

 


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▶  BIODIVERSITY IS LIFE  http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  OUR OCEANS NEED US  http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

▶  CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT US ALL http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY http://www.scoop.it/t/environmental-and-human-health

▶   OUR FOOD, OUR HEALTH http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

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Yale Environment 360: Tackling Climate Change Could Pay Off in as Little as 15 Years, Report Finds

Yale Environment 360: Tackling Climate Change Could Pay Off in as Little as 15 Years, Report Finds | Climate Change | Scoop.it

Limiting greenhouse gas emissions globally over the next 15 years is both economically feasible and likely to save money, according to a new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Between 2015 and 2030, nations are expected to invest roughly $90 trillion in urban, land-use and energy infrastructure, the analysis estimated. Steering those investments toward renewable energy, efficiency improvements, and other low-emission technologies would make that global infrastructure investment more costly, the panel of government and business leaders conceded — but only marginally, adding about $4 trillion overall. But these costs could eventually be offset by the lowered operating costs associated with renewable power, the report suggested. Although they are difficult to quantify, health care savings associated with improved air quality would also offset costs. The biggest challenges for governments will be enacting stronger rules and economic policies that favor low-carbon development, such as cutting the $600 billion that countries currently spend on fossil fuel subsidies. The report highlights the plunging costs of renewable energy — solar technology costs have been cut in half since 2010, for example — and argues that limiting urban sprawl and deforestation are essential steps in combating climate change.


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Leo v. science: vanishing evidence for climate change

Leo v. science: vanishing evidence for climate change | Climate Change | Scoop.it
In the runup to the Sept. 23 UN Climate Summit in New York, Leonardo DiCaprio is releasing a series of films about the “climate crisis.” The first is “Carbon,” which tells us the world is threatene...
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Midterm Elections Will Impact Renewable Energy and Climate

Midterm Elections Will Impact Renewable Energy and Climate | Climate Change | Scoop.it
The campaign season is heating up.The outcome of the 2014 elections could impact the air we breathe, intensity of the climate change outside our doors and health of (Midterm Elections Will Impact Renewable Energy and Climate
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Does India's New PM Get Climate Change?

Does India's New PM Get Climate Change? | Climate Change | Scoop.it
One reason I like John Oliver is because he widens his view to include world events not usually covered in Western media, as the report above shows. India has a new leader - and this is important. ...

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Environment Min's image has changed now: Javadekar - Economic Times

Environment Min's image has changed now: Javadekar - Economic Times | Climate Change | Scoop.it
Economic Times Environment Min's image has changed now: Javadekar Economic Times HYDERABAD: Observing that the first 100 days of Narendra Modi Government has created confidence in the country and abroad with its quick decision-making, Union...
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Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects | DeSmogBlog.com

Legal Case: White House Argues Against Considering Climate Change on Energy Projects | DeSmogBlog.com | Climate Change | Scoop.it

Just over a month before the United Nations convenes on September 23 in New York City to discuss climate change and activists gather for a week of action, the Obama White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) argued it does not have to offer guidance to federal agencies it coordinates with to consider climate change impacts for energy decisions.

 

It came just a few weeks before a leaked draft copy of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) latest assessment said climate disruption could cause “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”


Initially filed as a February 2008 petition to CEQ by the International Center for Technology Assessment, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) when George W. Bush still served as President, it had been stalled for years. 


Six and a half years later and another term into the Obama Administration, however, things have finally moved forward. Or backwards, depending on who you ask.

 

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Where do ideas come from? | Virtuous Code

Where do ideas come from? | Virtuous Code | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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Is Hawaii prepared for the impacts of climate change? - Phys.Org

Is Hawaii prepared for the impacts of climate change? - Phys.Org | Climate Change | Scoop.it
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The Hawaiian Islands represent a wide diversity of ecosystems and environments, including areas of breathtaking natural beauty as well as densely populated coastal cities.
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Adapting to climate change in California

California is in the vanguard of states acting to mitigate and adapt to human-caused climate change, and for good reasons. Public health and safety and trillions of dollars of real assets are at increasing risk from rising sea level and more frequent heat waves, floods, and wildfires. Intensifying droughts, shrinking mountain snowpacks, and growing urban water demand are challenging the state’s already over-tapped water supply system. Changes in precipitation and hotter conditions pose multiple threats to the state’s $43 billion agricultural sector. A hot spot of biodiversity, California leads all states in the number of threatened or endangered animal species and is second only to Hawaii in the number of endangered plant species, and pressures on those species are only likely to increase with climate change. Compounding these concerns is the inexorable growth in the state’s human population, which is projected to rise from 38 million today to 60 million by 2050.


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Corps: Climate change, rise in farming, manufacturing, spur need for stronger infrastructure

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This is what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice

This is what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice | Climate Change | Scoop.it
National Geographic has a good interactive map showing what 216 feet of sea level rise will do to coastlines around the world.

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Start buying property now for the new beach front.