Keeping Nature In Our Future: Healthy Ecosystems Essential For Economic and Planetary Survival

BBC News, June 23, 2014
-▶ UN:  WORLD’S FORESTS FUNDAMENTAL TO HUMAN WELL-BEING – WORLD’S FOREST REPORT http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-27963330

EcoInternet, August 04, 2014
-▶ NEW SCIENCE SUGGESTS MORE LAND-BASED ECOSYSTEMS LOST THAN BIOSPHERE CAN BEAR http://www.ecointernet.org/2014/08/04/biosphere_collapse/

 

Mongabay,
 -▶ IT’S NOT JUST EXTINCTION:  MEET DEFAUNATION Experts say defaunation is already having large-scale impacts across ecosystems, undercutting everything from pollination to pest control to water and soil quality. For example, a flood of recent research has found that the world’s pollinators may be in crisis—including bees and butterflies—threatening global agriculture and potentially costing billions. But the impacts of defaunation could even lead to worsening outbreaks of disease in humans.
Defaunation can also result in co-extinctions. For example, many animals are ecologically connected to plant species, who may depend on them for pollination or seed dispersal. But if you lose the animal species—or if its population drops below a certain threshold—plants are likely to vanish as well. http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0724-hance-defaunation.html

 

Mother Nature Network, July 27, 2014
-▶ HOW THE CHIPMUNK HELPS FORESTS FLOURISH http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/how-the-chipmunk-helps-forests-flourish

 

                                                      WATCH
        THE IMPACT OF VANISHING BIODIVERSITY ON HUMAN HEALTH http://news.linktv.org/videos/the-impact-of-vanishing-biodiversity-on-human-health

 

 

▶  BIODIVERSITY IS VITAL TO MAINTAINING ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH http://sco.lt/4u4JhR

 

Just Means, March 11, 2014

 -▶  WORLD BANK SAY BIODIVERSITY IS CRITICAL TO ENDING GLOBAL POVERTY http://www.justmeans.com/blogs/world-bank-says-biodiversity-is-critical-to-ending-global-poverty

 

July 03, 2013 TerraDaily
MAPPING THE BENEFITS OF OUR ECOSYSTEMS

-▶ We rely on our physical environment for many things – clean water, land for crops or pastures, storm water absorption, and recreation, among others… http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Mapping_the_benefits_of_our_ecosystems_999.html

 

 

 -▶ HOW BIODIVERSITY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE http://sco.lt/90Sr2n

 -▶ FINANCIALIZING NATURE COULD BANKRUPT US ALL.  OLD ECONOMIC OR SUSTAINING POLICY? http://sco.lt/8fNIET

 

                                       BREATHTAKING VIDEO

                    HOW NATURE MADE & DESIGNED HERSELF

                                       http://sco.lt/5mGHuT

 

The Guardian, June 23, 2014
-▶ AUSTRALIA:  TASMANIA’S NEW LAWS THREATENS PROTESTERS WITH MANDATORY JAIL TERMS It is expected the legislation will primarily be used to target demonstrators unhappy with the logging of the state’s forests http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/24/tasmanias-new-laws-threaten-protesters-with-mandatory-jail-term

 

 

International Institute for Environment and Development, March 18, 2013
-▶ FOUR ACTIONS TO REDUCE THE ‘FOREST FOOTPRINT’ OF COMMODITIES http://www.iied.org/four-actions-reduce-forest-footprint-commodities

 

The Permaculture Research Institute, October 21, 2013
-▶  THINKING LIKE A FOREST – George Monbiot http://permaculturenews.org/2013/10/21/thinking-like-forest/

 

                                                    WATCH

DR. VANDANA SHIVA: “RIGHTS OF NATURE” TRIBUNAL PRESIDENT  presents closing statement at the first Ethics Tribunal in Quito January 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3Tl02_bcbw

 

 

 Huffington Post Green, November 22, 2013
-▶ THE LANDSCAPE CAN PROTECT OUR HEALTH — IF WE PROTECT THE LANDSCAPE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/22/climate-change-typhoon-haiyan-philippines_n_4320782.html

 

 

                                         UNPRECEDENTED STUDY

BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY LOSS PAINTS DIRE PICTURE FOR FUTURE OF HUMAN SPECIES http://sco.lt/4m6nZJ

 

-▶ WEB-OF-LIFE UNRAVELLING – Healthy Ecosystems Vital for All Planetary Life http://sco.lt/7Obz0L

 

 -▶ HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS: HOW BIODIVERSITY COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE http://sco.lt/7rCeWH

 

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 THICH NHAT HANH:

-▶ BEYOND ENVIRONMENT: FALLING BACK IN LOVE WITH MOTHER EARTH | Guardian Sustainable Business http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/zen-thich-naht-hanh-buddhidm-business-values?intcmp=239

 

ZEN MASTER THICH NHAT HANH

ONLY LOVE FOR MOTHER EARTH CAN SAVE US FROM CLIMATE CHANGE http://sco.lt/8diF4z

 

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August 16, 2013 Guardian Environment

-▶ PROTECT NATURE FOR WORLD ECONOMIC SECURITY, WARNS UN BIODIVERSITY CHIEF http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/aug/16/nature-economic-security

 

 

  -▶ THE SIXTH MASS EXTINCTION IS UPON US.  CAN HUMANS SURVIVE? http://sco.lt/630INt

 

 

 -▶ A CULTURE SEPARATED FROM NATURE CANNOT SURVIVE:  BANKRUPTING NATURE http://sco.lt/8EqAwD

 

 

  -▶ ESSAY: ECOLOGY IS THE MEANING OF LIFE:  EMBRACING A SENSE OF “ENOUGHNESS” http://sco.lt/7xGTJZ

 

 

                                                             VIDEO:

                                                ELWHA RIVER DAM

    FREEING A RIVER TO IT’S FORMER GLORY – A GRAND EXPERIMENT

                                                    http://sco.lt/7U34Ij

 

 

The Climate Group, March 03, 2014

-▶ ECO-CIVILIZATION:  CHINA’S BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW ERA, PDF

 Eco-civilization: China’s blueprint for a new era focuses on its pioneering low carbon ‘eco-civilization’ concept, which will have a profound impact on China’s future economy.
This is the first time that eco-civilization has been elevated to such a high-level, not only in parallel with, but also cutting across economic, political, cultural, and social systems. http://www.theclimategroup.org/_assets/files/China-Ecocivilisation.pdf

 

  -▶ CHINA TO PRIORITIZE ENVIRONMENT OVER ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/15/china-expected-to-elevate-environment_n_5150010.html

 

 

  -▶ BRINGING NATURE BACK INTO YOUR LIFE — AND THE WORK PLACE AND SCHOOLS http://sco.lt/8JxfJB

 

 

                                                  A TED VIDEO
                                       Louie Schwartzberg: TED.com
                       “HIDDEN MIRACLES OF THE NATURAL WORLD”
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.
http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_hidden_miracles_of_the_natural_world

 

Summit Voice, March 31, 2013

 ▶  GOP RENEWS ATTACK ON ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT http://summitcountyvoice.com/2014/03/31/gop-renews-attack-on-endangered-species-act/

 

 

                                               REWILD THE CHILD

              If Children Lose Contact With Nature They Won’t Fight For It

                                               http://sco.lt/6NaJBR

 

 

 August 14, 2012 Science Daily
-▶ STUDY DEMONSTRATES THAT ONE EXTINCTION LEADS TO ANOTHER  http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120814213500.htm?+Animals+News+–+Nature%29

 

Guardian Environment, January 09, 2014
-▶  RAPID LOSS OF TOP PREDATORS ‘A MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL THREAT’ Scientists warn that removal from ecosystem of large carnivores like the dingo could be as detrimental as climate change… http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/10/rapid-loss-of-top-predators-a-major-environmental-threat

 

ELDERS OF THE FOREST DISAPPEARING WORLDWIDE – IRREPLACEABLE HABITAT FOR MANY ANIMALS  http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life/p/3632517130/elders-of-the-forests-disappearing-worldwide-irreplaceable-habitat-for-many-animals

 

 

   -▶ PESTICIDES ARE KILLING OUR PLANET: DECIMATING ECOSYSTEMS, POLLINATORS, DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER AQUATIC SPECIES http://sco.lt/9McNs1

 

 Stockholm Resilience Center
-▶ REGIME SHIFTS IN SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS
Lakes do it, soils do it, even whole coral reefs do it. Undergo regime shifts, that is. Lakes do it, soils do it, even whole coral reefs do it. Undergo regime shifts, that is.
http://www.stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-news/8-23-2013-human-nature.html

 

August 15, 2013 Terra Daily
-▶ COMMUNITIES IN NATURE A LOT MORE SENSITIVE TO CHANGE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Ecosystems_change_long_before_species_are_lost_999.html

 

July 3, 2013 IUCN International –

-▶ INTEGRATING BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES INTO MODELED SCENARIOS OF THE FUTURE  https://portals.iucn.org/blog/2013/07/04/integrating-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-into-modelled-scenarios-of-the-future/

 

 -▶ KEYSTONE SPECIES LOSS COULD CAUSE ECOSYSTEM TO COLLAPSE http://news.msn.com/science-technology/keystone-species-loss-could-cause-ecosystem-to-collapse

 

 

-▶ NATURE HAS THE ANSWERS: WE ARE SURROUNDED BY GENIUS – WHOLE SYSTEMS DESIGN BY NATURE http://sco.lt/8yvXjV

 

 August 31, 2013 John Innes Center

-▶ ANTS, STICK INSECTS, POTATOES AND SOIL BACTERIA UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT IN SEARCH OF ANTIBIOTICS http://news.jic.ac.uk/2013/08/ants-and-antibiotics/

 

 

 -▶ LOOTING THE VERY FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE: CORPORATE FINANCIALIZATION OF NATURE: A RECIPE FOR DISASTER http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/13

 

 

-▶ DECLINE IN BIODIVERSITY OF FARMED PLANTS AND ANIMALS GATHERING PACE http://sco.lt/7o99MH

 

-▶ STATE OF THE WORLD’S BIRDS REPORT INDICATE A PLANET IN PERIL http://sco.lt/4yq6z3

 

 

                                                TED TALK VIDEO
                                             Louie Schwartzberg:
                               “NATURE.  BEAUTY.  GRATITUDE”
http://www.ted.com/talks/louie_schwartzberg_nature_beauty_gratitude

 

-▶ RESTORING THE EARTH: THE BORN CHALLENGE  http://sco.lt/4p7B3Z

 

 -▶ WATER IN THE ANTHROPOCENE  http://sco.lt/856DXl

 

-▶ ERADICATING ECOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

-▶ ENOUGHNESS:  WESTERN THOUGHT vs INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY http://sco.lt/6EFbPt

 

 

 -▶ WETLANDS VITAL IN SUPPORTING HUMAN LIFE AND BIODIVERSITY http://sco.lt/6Gprk1

 

-▶ SOIL AS A LIFELINE: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF SOIL UNDER OUR FEET http://sco.lt/4nJvdp

 

-▶ THE PLANT “BRAIN” COMMUNICATION AMONG PLANTS AND WITH OTHER SPECIES  http://sco.lt/7TWRPd

 

-▶ FOOD FORESTS CAN MITIGATE RISKS OF ‘FEAST OR FAMINE’ http://sco.lt/8q2M41

 

 -▶ THE NEXT GREEN REVOLUTION – THIS TIME WITHOUT FOSSIL FUEL AND LASHINGS OF PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/8P74wD

 

 

                                                  — WATCH —

                                       CNN VIDEO REPORT

                                           27 March, 2013 –

                       OCEANS ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE
                               Overfished and Under Protected

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/22/world/oceans-overfishing-climate-change/index.html?hpt=ias_t2

 

 

                                                      WATCH

          SEA CHANGE – THE LOSS OF OCEAN SPECIES IS STAGGERING

                                          http://sco.lt/8AV5qz

 

 

                                              –– WATCH GR8 VIDEO –

                                                        “AWHAR”

                RESTORING THE MESPOTAMIAN MARSHES IN IRAQ

                                                 http://sco.lt/5T7sNV

 

 

May 20, 2013 Science 2.0
-▶ ECOLOGICAL GARDENING: BEAUTIFUL AND GOOD FOR BIODIVERSITY — AND YOU http://www.science20.com/anthrophysis/ecological_gardening_beautiful_and_good_biodiversity-112577

 

July 10, 2013 Guardian Environment
-▶ WAKE UP TO THE DANGER OF SLUG PESTICIDES
Metaldehyde in slug poison and fertilisers is showing up in drinking water, while natural garden predators are dying out http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/jul/10/slug-pesticides-metaldehyde-drinking-water

 

-▶ PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL REGULATION OVERHAUL NEEDED TO PROTECT WILDLIFE, ECOSYSTEMS AND FOOD CHAIN  http://sco.lt/5oplFx

 

-▶ THE CURSE OF INDUSTRIAL FARM FERTILIZERS AND RUNOFF http://sco.lt/7a28sT

 

 -▶ BIG BUSINESS CONTEMPORARY AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/6x8dHN

 

-▶ WILL SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY BENEFIT OR THREATEN WILD THINGS?  http://sco.lt/79HQvZ

 

 ▶  PALM OIL BONANZA AND DESTRUCTION OF FORESTS ALONG WITH ALL LIFE WITHIN THEM  http://sco.lt/5VN27l

 

-▶  DEEP SEA MINING RUSH MOVES CLOSER AS ICE MELTS: DEVASTATING OCEAN SEABEDS, DESTROYING UNKNOWN ECOSYSTEMS  http://sco.lt/85WcRl

 

 -▶ THE EVOLUTION OF BUSINESS: HOW A NEW BUSINESS ERA INSPIRED BY NATURE, NOT GREED, CAN BENEFIT US ALL  http://sco.lt/6XU6Kn

 

-▶ LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: TOWARD A NEW GLOBAL ETHOS  http://sco.lt/6mZspd

 

 

  – ▶ TOMATOES WATERED BY THE SEA:  SPROUTING A NEW WAY OF FARMING? Isn’t it remarkable that we recognise the fact that the world faces huge problems in terms of water, energy and food security – and yet we tend to tackle these as separate problems, as if they have no interconnections. So here’s a radical idea. What if the world’s food, water and energy problems were tackled together, in a way that lowered costs and made the whole greater than the sum of the parts?
A project is taking shape in Australia that promises to take just such an approach. http://theconversation.com/tomatoes-watered-by-the-sea-sprouting-a-new-way-of-farming-23119

 

                                                      WATCH
                                                    Quest TV
                                                   “HOG WILD”
In 1924 a hunter purposely released a handful of wild boar in Monterey County. Now the pigs number in the hundreds of thousands and reside in all but two of California’s 58 counties. Big, fast, smart and hungry, these animals often out-compete native species and damage fragile native ecosystems. Now hunters are stepping up to be part of the solution.
http://science.kqed.org/quest/video/hog-wild/

 

                                             IMPORTANT  WATCH

               February 16, 2014 – Secretary of State, John Kerry in Indonesia

              CLIMATE CHANGE – A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

                          POWER REMARKS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

                                               http://sco.lt/8JvN3Z

 

Source: www.seeddaily.com

GR:  Great set of links.

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