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Ubiquitous Plastics, Toxic Sponges Extraordinaire

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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.

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Relevant to inland water, coastal and marine environments 

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Resources  linked to the NSW Geography K-10 Syllabus and Australian Curriculum Geography
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Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures

Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
How do you raise awareness about population explosion? One group thought that the simplest way would be to show people
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World's Largest Tropical Reforestation to Plant 73 Million Trees in Brazilian Amazon

World's Largest Tropical Reforestation to Plant 73 Million Trees in Brazilian Amazon | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
The largest tropical reforestation effort in history spans 30,000 hectares of land and aims to restore 73 million trees in the Brazilian Amazon by 2023.
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Waiting for the tide to turn: Kiribati's fight for survival

Waiting for the tide to turn: Kiribati's fight for survival | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
The 33 islands of Kiribati, a remote and low-lying nation in the Pacific Ocean, are under threat from climate change. But the islanders have not given up hope
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Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say
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How satellite surveillance is hauling in illegal fishers

How satellite surveillance is hauling in illegal fishers | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
The net is closing in on unauthorized fishing vessels, thanks to the all-seeing eye of orbiting satellites.
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Coastal Cities Are Increasingly Vulnerable, and So Is the Economy that Relies on Them

Coastal Cities Are Increasingly Vulnerable, and So Is the Economy that Relies on Them | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Miami is a perfect example.
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Refilling the coral reef glass

Refilling the coral reef glass | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Coral reefs around the world have suffered from 3 years of coral bleaching, following three decades of record high temperatures. It is now clear that coral reefs cannot survive, unchanged, under climate change. Their final state will depend not only on societal conviction to restore coral health but also on the ability to sustain investments and action that support this commitment.
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These drones can plant 100,000 trees a day

These drones can plant 100,000 trees a day | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Drones could fight deforestation by planting 1 billion trees a year.
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Restoring degraded environments.Some great video clips in this article
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The UN has a 17-step plan to save the world

The UN has a 17-step plan to save the world | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
At a summit in 2015, the UN agreed a set of 17 sustainable development goals to transform the world for the better by 2030. Two years on, what progress has the world made?
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Despite Rising Seas and Bigger Storms, Florida’s Land Rush Endures

Despite Rising Seas and Bigger Storms, Florida’s Land Rush Endures | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Florida rose from a swamp and never stopped growing. But hurricanes become harder to absorb as the buildings keep spreading.
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American Geographical Society

Landform of the Day #13: Balboa Peninsula, CA. Originally a baymouth bar that separated the Pacific Ocean from salt marshes and mudflats in what i
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Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Here's a beaut little video from Wimmera CMA about how environmental water is improving fishing conditions in the Wimmera River.
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What is the problem with willows? - Rivers of Carbon

What is the problem with willows? - Rivers of Carbon | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Willows love Australian rivers…. Willows do extremely well in Australian conditions, and have spread from people’s gardens out into our landscape, establishing along and within wetlands, streams and creeks in south eastern Australia, particularly in the Murray–Darling Basin.   We also used to plant willows for bank stabilisation, but we have inadvertently created a problem …
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Our changing climate by United Nations Development Programme on Exposure

This photo exhibition by the VII Foundation was created exclusively for the 2017 Pathway to Paris Concert for Climate Action. Held on the eve of the COP23 climate conference, the concert brought together legendary musicians and dedicated activists, raising their voices for bold action to address climate change. Echoing this call, the exhibition is made up of 24 images to raise awareness about the impact of climate change on the planet and in the lives of people around the world."Statistics are vital when discussing climate change. But when you can see the faces, landscapes and details of ecosystems – all elements represented by those vital statistical numbers – you can better grasp the reality and immediacy that cannot be ignored." – Ron Haviv, Director, VII Foundation
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Visit the World's Only Carbon-Negative Country

Visit the World's Only Carbon-Negative Country | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Bhutan has built sustainability into its national identity.
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A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming
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Just 10 rivers may be to blame for millions of tonnes of ocean plastic

Analysis finds targeting just a few rivers could dramatically reduce marine pollution. Tim Wallace reports.
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Tsunami drives species 'army' to US coast

Tsunami drives species 'army' to US coast | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Japanese species have been found on US coasts, swept there by the deadly 2011 tsunami.
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Record forest fires in Brazil linked to deforestation and other human activity

Record forest fires in Brazil linked to deforestation and other human activity | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
September saw more fires than any month on record, as experts say uptick is due to expansion of agriculture and reduction of oversight and surveillance
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Chinese scientists have found a fungus that could help save the planet - in a rubbish dump in Pakistan

Chinese scientists have found a fungus that could help save the planet - in a rubbish dump in Pakistan | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Chinese researchers have found a fungus that degrades polyurethane.
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
What the world will look like if we don't take climate action.
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David Suzuki: Australia's 'sickening' threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

David Suzuki: Australia's 'sickening' threat to marine reserves undermines global protection | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected
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Want energy storage? Here are 22,000 sites for pumped hydro across Australia

Electricity storage is vital to the stability of a renewable energy grid. The world's favourite form of storage is pumped hydro – and researchers have located thousands of candidate sites.
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A Remote Paradise Island Is Now a Plastic Junkyard

A Remote Paradise Island Is Now a Plastic Junkyard | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
“Henderson Island is isolated and uninhabited—but its beaches are still covered in garbage. ”

Henderson Island (article or podcast) is about the most remote place you can visit without leaving the planet. It sits squarely in the middle of the South Pacific, 3,500 miles from New Zealand in one direction and another 3,500 miles from South America in the other. Henderson should be pristine. It is uninhabited. Tourists don’t go there. There’s no one around to drop any litter. The whole place was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1988. The nearest settlement is 71 miles away, and has just 40 people on it. And yet, seafaring plastic has turned it into yet another of humanity’s scrapheaps.

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ERougeux courses's curator insight, August 2, 9:13 AM
This is terrible! If only we could create a material that replaces plastic and is eco-friendly!
Tiffany Cooper's curator insight, August 22, 3:17 PM

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We can still rescue this planet from climate change. Here's how

We can still rescue this planet from climate change. Here's how | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
Humanity has pushed Earth and ourselves to the brink of destruction - but there is growing evidence that we are beginning to head in the right direction.
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The Snow Leopard Was Just Declared No Longer Officially Endangered

The Snow Leopard Was Just Declared No Longer Officially Endangered | Lorraine's Environmental Change &  Management | Scoop.it
But don't put on your party hat yet
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