UN values ecosystem loss to trillions of dollars a year

Green Prophet

Their numbers are amazing – according to their recently released report, the world’s loses ecosystem worth up to $10.6 Soil is the second largest carbon sink of the planet, while agriculture and land use changes represent the second largest source of green house gases.

Woodpecker Skull Design, Novel Ecosystems, Yawning Wolves and More

Nature Conservancy - Science

I hate that new stuff : Are novel ecosystems cheapening restoration policies? Wilson’s audacious plan : half the planet for wildlife. Is that any way to inform a global conversation? Woodpeckers pound their heads repeatedly with no ill effects. What can we learn from them?

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Quick Take: The High Seas Belong to the Planet and Us All

Conservancy Talk

This week could herald the beginning of a new era in Ocean conservation, as negotiations begin at the United Nations in New York for a new legally binding treaty which could cover over half the planet – or in other words, the high seas. See her latest thinking at nature.org/global.

Handling global warming: Iron Oxides in marine ecosystems

EcoFriend

B.Sameer Kumar: The problem of global warming needs little to absolutely no introduction to most. But scientists from Concordia and McGill seem to have found a critical missing link which could help us reverse the global warming trend.

How to Feed the World Without Killing the Planet?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Global Wilderness Areas in Decline Despite Conservation Targets. 16 Global supply chains can readily soak up the surplus supply, profiting from cheaply produced commodities like palm oil or corn, for example, to fabricate hundreds of profitable products.

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Can Environmental SF Help Save Our Planet?

The Alien Next Door

Climate change is just one—albeit a global—environmental issue referred to by Doherty. Journalist and climate activist Dan Bloom coined the term Cli-Fi in 2008 to describe literature whose premise is based on some element of climate change and its impact on the planet and on humanity.

Keep Plant Life Diverse to Buffer Against Warming Planet

Green Prophet

While small-scale controlled experiments have provided evidence of the positive relationship between biodiversity and multi-functionality over the years, this study is the first in explicitly evaluating such relationship among real ecosystems at a global scale.

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U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming

Green (Living) Review

Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of fossil fuels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said here on Sunday.

Bottled water: A natural resource that is taxing the world's ecosystem

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Bottled water consumption, which has more than doubled globally in the last number of years, is a natural resource that is putting a heavy tax the world's ecosystem. The abstraction of water itself is what is causing real grief to the Planet.

Global Wilderness Areas in Decline Despite Conservation Targets

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservation today operates in a world of targets: Protect 17 percent of terrestrial systems and 10 percent of marine systems by 2020; keep global climate change below 1.5 percent of all global wilderness has disappeared in the last 20 years. percent of global wilderness — 3.3

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The Global Butterfly Effect

The Green Changemakers

Our global species is at a turning point, the actions and decisions we take collectively over the next few decades will determine the path humanity (and all life on our planet) takes far into the future― towards either greater harmony or chaos, stability or destruction.

For Earth Week: Three Transformative Ideas to Save the Planet

Conservancy Talk

Milken recently published the anthology — which contains remarks from 18 thought leaders — in advance of next week’s 18th annual Milken Institute Global Conference. Saving the planet will largely depend on our ability to close this gap. This piece originally appeared in the Milken Institute’s “ The Power of Ideas 2015 : A Collection of Insights to Transform the Future.”

SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS: THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL

Green (Living) Review

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Two recent articles in Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development Volume 55, Issue 3 provide information on environmental issues that can be used towards sustainable ecosystems. Seagrass Meadows, Ecosystem Services, and Sustainability,” highlights the importance of seagrass and its roles in various ecosystems. In fact, “seagrass meadows rank among the most productive ecosystems on Earth.”

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A global manifesto for a happier planet

The Green Changemakers

The Happy Planet Index : [link] The HPI is an innovative measure that shows the ecological efficiency with which human well-being is delivered around the world. Steering towards success No single country listed in the Happy Planet Index has everything right. happy-planet-index-2-0.pdf

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Plant 1 Billion Trees: Remembering the Wangari Maathai. ~ Jenna Penielle Lyons {Video}

Elephant Journal

Wangari Maathai was the first African woman (and the first environmentalist) to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Heroines for the Planet: Tea Expert and Climate Change Scientist Selena Ahmed

Eco Chic

My hands-on field research has highlighted to me the complexity of global environmental issues. Is global tea production ecologically sustainable? How did you weave in issues such as biodiversity, livelihoods, organic farming, globalization, health, and antioxidants into the book?

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Global Issues Tours

The Green Changemakers

What comes to mind when you think about global issues? Global issues are connected too. When we start to think of global solutions to global issues, we will begin to create a truly sustainable world. Globalization Sustainable-development World Education

Heroines for the Planet: Tea Expert and Climate Change Scientist Selena Ahmed

Eco Chic

My hands-on field research has highlighted to me the complexity of global environmental issues. Is global tea production ecologically sustainable? How did you weave in issues such as biodiversity, livelihoods, organic farming, globalization, health, and antioxidants into the book?

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing our planet today. Restore Degraded Ecosystems : Rejuvenating degraded areas and restoring or planting new forests increase nature’s carbon storage capacity. Learn more about our work at nature.org/global.

Bristol Bay Blog, Part 2: The Salmon Portfolio

Nature Conservancy - Science

Unlike at most salmon-producing regions of the world, at Bristol Bay scientists can still study a full and functioning salmon ecosystem. These stocks have contributed an estimated 51 percent of all global sockeye production since 1970.

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Urban Planet Project

The Green Changemakers

Contact info For more information on Urban Planet, contact Project leader Danil Lundback danil@ecology.su.se +46 73 707 8718 The world is turning increasingly urban with more than five billion people projected to live in cities by 2030.

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Debate: What Good Are Planetary Boundaries?

Nature Conservancy - Science

The major disagreements of the evening came over 1) whether outlining global limits for the stable functioning of nature (as opposed to tipping points for individual ecosystems) is good science — and 2) whether “limits” are the correct approach to achieving environmental goals.

Sea Otters, Other Species, Help Combat Global Warming

Eco Friendly Daily

Populations of species decreasing or becoming extinct may have even farther reaching impacts on the planet than one usually considers. Species disappearing from the planet often entails a change to the surrounding ecosystem and often complete disruption of a food chain.

Building Cities that Think Like Planets

The Green Changemakers

Her most recent book Advances in Urban Ecology (Springer 2008) synthesizes the state of knowledge on the complex interactions between of urbanization and ecological function and articulates the challenges and opportunities for scholars of urban ecosystems.

The Habitable Planet - A Systems Approach to Environmental Science

The Green Changemakers

Course Overview The Habitable Planet is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. Many Planets, One Earth 2. Ecosystems 5. Looking Forward: Our Global Experiment [link].

The Transformation of Gabon: Can Nature Make Economic Development Work Better for People?

Nature Conservancy - Science

By Josh Goldstein , economist and ecosystem services scientist. Yet it also aims to be a global leader in nature protection and sustainable development. They’re using science to bring ecosystem services – nature’s benefits to people – directly into Gabon’s economic planning decisions.

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New Report: What Will the Urban Century Mean for Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

You’ve probably heard that Earth is becoming an urban planet — and you’ll definitely be seeing it around the world over the next two decades. While the planet’s total urban area is projected to triple in size from 2000 levels over that period, urban populations will nearly double to 4.9

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One Planet Living

The Green Changemakers

[link] Guiding Principles - Take action Individuals Government Businesses Guiding Principles of One Planet Living ® To achieve a sustainable future, we need to design communities which enable people to live sustainably. Download the One Planet Living Communities Manual here PDF 1.2

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Nature Protects People

Conservancy Talk

Miami-Dade is one of the most economically vulnerable locations on the planet. In fact it’s the sort of work that can be replicated in coastal cities globally. For more information about nature-based solutions and risk reduction strategies visit: nature.org/global.

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Meet the Microorganisms That Will Save the Planet (And the Fashion Industry)

Eco Chic

How do we produce the stuff we need with less (or no) impact on the planet’s limited resources? The key is changing their values to consider the betterment of people and the planet in a long run, instead of focusing on a consumer’s short-coming interest.”

DIVERSITY, GLOBALIZATION, AND THE WAYS OF NATURE

The Green Changemakers

DIVERSITY, GLOBALIZATION, AND THE WAYS OF NATURE Danilo J. Disponible en español The conquest of the Americas was the first step on the path to globalization. Amidst all the literature and discussion supporting globalization, author and geographer, Danilo J.

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Ecological Footprints and One Planet Thinking

The Green Changemakers

The Fair Tracing Project -- The Fair Tracing Project proposes to enhance the growth of equitable global trade systems by adding digital tracing technology to individual items so that they can be tracked, and their stories recorded, as they move from farm to table.

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The Message of the Astronauts to COP 21.

Elephant Journal

The astronauts made a collective call for our attention about the dire consequences of greenhouse emissions and climate change for Planet Earth. On December 5th, this video was played and watched by world leaders at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Science: On Earth Day, Hope for a Better Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

And I fully believe science will save the planet for us and the other 8 million species that live on it. As global populations grow, the demand for food, water and energy are putting unprecedented pressures on our natural systems. Ideas Ecosystem Services Nature + People Technology

The global crisis in land use.

The Green Changemakers

As the international community focuses on climate change as the great crisis of our era , it is ignoring another looming problem: the global crisis in land use. It’s taken a long time, but the issue of global climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves.

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Why Changes in Ocean Chemistry Matter

Eco Friendly Daily

What happens to the oceans matters because it supports nearly 50 percent of the life on the planet, while providing 99 percent of the globe’s habitat. These ecosystems are relatively stable, unlike the constant change found in terrestrial ones.

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Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

75% of the land on our planet is now used in some way to produce the food, fiber, and energy that these people need to survive. Figuring out ways for the diversity of life to co-exist and even thrive in this crowded planet is one of the great human and environmental challenges of this century.

Vote 1 Socialist or vote 1 Green for Planet and Humanity

Green Blog

In the Western Murdochracies (Big Money buys truth and votes) and Lobbyocracies (Big Money buys politicians and policy) pro-Planet and pro-Humanity voters have little choice but to vote 1 Green or vote 1 Socialist as set out below using the example of climate criminal Australia, a nation that is making a disproportionately huge contribution to a worsening climate genocide that is set to kill 10 billion non-Europeans this century through unaddressed, man-made climate change.

Lost in the Tweetstorm: The Truth About Climate Doesn’t Change with the Weather

Conservancy Talk

As a result of this severe winter weather, a few pundits and politicians on both traditional and social media have weighed in with the question, “ if global warming is really a critical threat to our communities, why are so many regions seeing nearly record cold temperatures?”

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Announcing SNAP: Because Everyone’s Prosperity Depends on Nature

Nature Conservancy - Science

I’m at the Clinton Global Initiative’s 2013 Annual Meeting , where SNAP is being announced today — a clear recognition of the growing importance world leaders and human development experts are now placing on conserving the natural systems that support all life.

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Calculating Uncertainty in the Forest Carbon Equation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Calculating forest carbon emissions just got easier — Nature Conservancy scientists have devised a new way to bring together global, regional, and local carbon emissions datasests on deforestation and degradation, including a way to account for the uncertainty behind this tricky data mash-up.

Monsanto and GMOs: a Model of Greed

The Alien Next Door

Monsanto is the largest seed company in the world and owns about 86% of GMO seeds sown globally. Parent is a fearless human rights advocate, journalist, speaker and Healthy Planet Watchdog.

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Low-Carbon Investment Opportunities are Finally Catching Up with Demand

Conservancy Talk

Last week’s New York Times piece by Tina Rosenberg, “ An Investment Strategy to Save the Planet ”, hits more than a few key notes on the fast-growing appetite for low-carbon investment opportunities – taking a particular look at emerging low-carbon index funds tailored for institutional investors.