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How can life on Earth survive the human epoch
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Mass extinction study provides lessons for modern world

Mass extinction study provides lessons for modern world | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
The Cretaceous Period of Earth history ended with a mass extinction that wiped out numerous species, most famously the dinosaurs. A new study now finds that the structure of North American ecosystems made the extinction worse than it might have been.
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Resurgence • Article - Navigating the Storm

Resurgence • Article - Navigating the Storm | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it

Andy Atkins, Director of Friends of the Earth, takes an overview of the environmental agenda and concludes that now is the right time to convert awareness into action.

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Great reef catastrophe

Great reef catastrophe | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Half the Great Barrier Reef's coral has disappeared in the past 27 years and less than a quarter could be left within a decade unless action is taken, a landmark study has found.
A long-term investigation of the reef by scientists at Townsville's Australian Institute of Marine Science found coral had been wiped out by intense tropical cyclones, a native species of starfish and coral bleaching.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/great-reef-catastrophe-20121002-26vzq.html#ixzz2852M31Jy

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Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring Reaches Its 50th Anniversary | Science and Space | TIME.com

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring Reaches Its 50th Anniversary | Science and Space | TIME.com | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
How Silent Spring Became the First Shot in the War Over the Environment
50 years old this month, Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring helped kickstart the environmental movement and led the U.S. to ban the pesticide DDT. So why do some people blame Carson for millions of malaria deaths in Africa?

Read more: http://science.time.com/2012/09/25/how-silent-spring-became-the-first-shot-in-the-war-over-the-environment/#ixzz27Zoqje4o

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House Passes Sweeping Anti-Environmental Bill As Final Business Before Elections

House Passes Sweeping Anti-Environmental Bill As Final Business Before Elections | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- House lawmakers skipped out of town on Friday until after the November elections, but not before pushing through a sweeping anti-environmental package that has no chance of becoming law.
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Man-made English saltmarshes 'failing to meet European plant standards'

Man-made English saltmarshes 'failing to meet European plant standards' | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Study finds artificially created saltmarshes built to slow coastal erosion are not as rich in plant life as natural wetlands...
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Christopher Smyth's curator insight, March 24, 2014 1:45 PM

This is exactly why we need to be investing in research on the microbial ecology of the marsh sediments - as well as the microbes colonizing the plant tissue. A better understanding of microflora is KEY to increased success rates in restoration practices. 

 

Give me money. I'll do it! 

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11 Great Posters from When We Used to Care About Wasting Food

11 Great Posters from When We Used to Care About Wasting Food | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
These great old posters show how the government once campaigned to stop wasting food. They're interesting compared to the NRDC's great suggestions for a new national policy combatting food waste.
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Mysterious Underwater ‘Crop Circles’ Discovered Off the Coast of Japan | Colossal

Mysterious Underwater ‘Crop Circles’ Discovered Off the Coast of Japan | Colossal | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration less than five percent of the world’s oceans have been explored, meaning that 95% of what lies deep underwater on Earth has yet to be seen by human eyes.

One person who has dedicated his life to uncovering the mysteries of the deep is Japanese photographer Yoji Ookata who obtained his scuba license at the age of 21 and has since spent the last 50 years exploring and documenting his discoveries off the coast of Japan. Recently while on a dive near Amami Oshima at the southern tip of the country, Ookata spotted something he had never encountered before: rippling geometric sand patterns nearly six feet in diameter almost 80 feet below sea level. He soon returned with colleagues and a television crew from the nature program NHK to document the origins what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”

Here is what they found.

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Marek Kohn – Our stake in the far future

Marek Kohn – Our stake in the far future | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
We can build structures that last for centuries, but can we connect with our distant descendants?
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Guy Claxton – The virtues of a good education

Guy Claxton – The virtues of a good education | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Schools are in the business of forming character – so what kind of people will thrive in the 21st century?
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Helena Drysdale – Europe's most porous border

Helena Drysdale – Europe's most porous border | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Despite its turmoil, ever more people are risking their lives to enter Greece.
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High-Tech Wasteland: Recycling Electronics | Elizabeth Grossman | Orion Magazine

High-Tech Wasteland: Recycling Electronics | Elizabeth Grossman | Orion Magazine | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
When you upgrade to a newer, faster computer or better cell phone, the old one can't go on the compost pile. So where does it go?
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The Spirit of Gift, by Satish Kumar | Awakin.org

The Spirit of Gift, by Satish Kumar | Awakin.org | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
We have learned much from the native Americans, the Australian Aboriginals, the indigenous people of India (adivasis) and the Bushmen of Africa. We have been guided by Jesus Christ, the Buddha, Mohammed and Mahavir.
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State of the Species | Orion Magazine

State of the Species | Orion Magazine | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Will the unprecedented success of Homo sapiens lead to an unavoidable downfall? Web audio extra: author interview.
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Resurgence • Article - The Elephant in the Room

Resurgence • Article - The Elephant in the Room | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it

Jonathon Porritt, who worked on The Royal Society’s People and the Planet report, says nothing can change until we tackle our exploding population.
Rio+20. It came, sputtered briefly, and went. It was hard for anyone to summon up much enthusiasm in advance, and the lack of any kind of serious preparatory process condemned those who most hoped for a substantive, positive outcome to an inevitable disappointment.

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Global warming slows down world economy: report

Global warming slows down world economy: report | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Climate change caused by global warming is slowing down world economic output by 1.6 percent a year and will lead to a doubling of costs in the next two decades, a major new report said.
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Twyford Down Anniversary | South Downs Network

Twyford Down Anniversary | South Downs Network | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it

This weekend sees the 20th anniversary of the controversial construction of the M3 through Twyford Down, now part of the South Downs National Park. To mark this anniversary, the Campaign for Better Transport is supporting a rally on Saturday (29th Sept) on St Catherine’s Hill, overlooking the site.

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Natural gas fracking fires protest over pollution fears

Natural gas fracking fires protest over pollution fears | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Amy Goodman: The toxic chemicals used in shale gas extraction are the industry's dirty secret.
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MPs demand moratorium on Arctic oil drilling

MPs demand moratorium on Arctic oil drilling | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Commons environment committee urges halt to exploration until safety improves, and calls for unlimited pollution penalties and creation of 'no-drill zone'...
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Ecocide Law Backed by Green Party of England & Wales

Ecocide Law Backed by Green Party of England & Wales | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
It's undoubtedly a long way from coming into reality, but the type of legislation promoted by UK barrister Polly Higgins and her Eradicating Ecocide campaign is at the top of my list of most important legislative and philosophical shifts needed to fully address our current environmental problems.

One small step forward on that has been taken by the Green Party of England and Wales.

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Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag

Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis | Sea ice data updated daily with one-day lag | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it

On September 16, Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its minimum extent for the year of 3.41 million square kilometers (1.32 million square miles). This is the lowest seasonal minimum extent in the satellite record since 1979 and reinforces the long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent. The sea ice extent will now begin its seasonal increase through autumn and winter.

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Will Wiles – On the New Aesthetic

Will Wiles – On the New Aesthetic | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
As the boundaries between digital and physical dissolve, can the New Aesthetic help us see things more clearly?
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Tovar Cerulli – The hidden costs of vegetarianism

Tovar Cerulli – The hidden costs of vegetarianism | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it

Squash and green beans owe their existence to the lives and deaths of animals

 

A former vegan who now hunts deer is troubled by what it takes to put food on our plates...

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India's Barefoot College

India's Barefoot College | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
Rural grandmothers become solar engineers.

 

he women come to India's Barefoot College from villages in Fiji, Peru, Rwanda, and beyond. They arrive largely unschooled and leave six months later as solar engineers, ready to electrify their worlds.

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The Mismeasure of All Things | Orion Magazine

The Mismeasure of All Things | Orion Magazine | Surviving the Anthropocene | Scoop.it
ON A ROAD NOT FAR FROM MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, my guide pulled over to show me the peculiar color of a certain river. It was orange. The rocks and creek bed were a hue somewhat brighter than rust but duskier than the reflective vests worn by utility crews. Years of drainage from coal mining tailings, high in the acid produced during the washing of the coal, had killed everything in the watercourse, rendering the water a moving hazard and contributing to the economic decline of the area. Coal had also sickened the bodies of miners, as well as the atmosphere.
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