California to Bees: Drop Dead

Legislators delay restrictions on the use of a pesticide linked to the mass death of pollinators.

Source: www.takepart.com

Is it difficult to prove what makes bees die? Science is there to prove. But there is no science to change the  denial mode .

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‘Incredible’ rate of polar ice loss measured by satellite. We are silent? N0.We are exploring oil below the melt

A European satellite has shown ice sheets shrinking at 120 cubic miles a year in Antarctica and Greenland, writes Robin McKie

Source: www.theguardian.com

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Nasa scientists observe Arctic sea ice changes – video

Nasa satellite footage shows seasonal ice melt in the Arctic Ocean melting in the summer

Source: www.theguardian.com

. Nasa says the sea ice extent in the Arctic is below average for the last 30 years. The average ice cover has decreased by 18% since 2010 to 2.31 million square miles

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Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon

Salmon, once nearly extinct on part of the Columbia River, are slowly recovering, to the delight of birds. As a result, those charged with nursing the salmon back to robust health have a new plan to protect them: shoot the birds.

Source: www.nytimes.com

To save Salmon from extinction, the plans are ready for next few years to keep shooting the birds that eat growing Salmon. 

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A glide-path that reveals the greed of countries surrounding Arctic

The  canary in the global-warming coal mine. Thats what the Arctic continent is described. Research missions and negotiations are the covers under which the greed continues. 

Source: www.economist.com

Arctic circle , as it thaws , would throw open the new black gold mines. The research projects may become the ways to mine that gold. The circle therefore would add to the divide between haves and have-nots. 

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Bird decline linked to pesticide use

The widespread use of a neonicotinoid chemical is linked to a marked decline in bird numbers in Europe.

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UNEP’s Safe Planet Campaign to eliminate toxic chemicals is critical for birds and insects which carry out pollination and hence ensure food security for us.

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Lake Mead in Western USA sinks to a record low. Similar story in Western India!

Savaged by drought, Lake Mead in Western USA has shrunk to its lowest level since the Great Depression in 1930s. Western India has similar story! 

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Hot air on cooling gases – India Climate Dialogue

As a meeting of the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting gases begins in Paris on July 14, the possible energy saving opportunity for the emerging countries is likely to be shadowed by the short terms greed by its  industry …..Read more

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Fracking-gas extraction ‘triggers’ 40 per cent rise in earthquakes.

Disposing of fossil fuel wastewater is likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in the US state of Oklahoma, say scientists.

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Follow the Honey: 7 Ways Pesticide Companies are Spinning the Bee Crisis to Protect Profits – Food Revolution Network

Michele Simon was a speaker in the 2012 Food Revolution Summit. Recently she released a report, produced in tandem with Friends Of the Earth, to bring attention to the dire situation of declining bee populations caused by pesticides. You can find the report here, and read a summary below. If you like to eat, then you should care about what’s happening to bees. Did you know that two-thirds of our food crops require pollination – the very foods that we rely on for healthy eating – such as apples, berries, and almonds, just to name a few. That’s why the serious declines in bee populations are getting more attention, with entire campaigns devoted to saving bees. A strong and growing body of evidence points to exposure to a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids—the fastest-growing and most widely used class of synthetic pesticides—as a key contrib­uting factor to bee declines. The European Union banned the three most widely used

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Historic UN Environment Assembly Concludes with 16 resolutions

“The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the closing session late Friday. “We need to act decisively to change humanity’s relationship with our planet.”

Source: www.unep.org

"The air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil that grows our food are part of a delicate ecosystem that is increasingly under pressure," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 

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Big Decision on Big Belching of CO2 by Big Power Plants-real climate Justice by Spreme Court of USA

The Supreme Court largely upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions from stationary sources. Justice Antonin Scalia said the agency got “almost everything it wanted.”

Source: www.nytimes.com

This decision revokes the memories of decisions by Supreme court of India on use of Diesel by public transport company and Auto-riksha ( three wheeler) 

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Shift focus from Trees to People who live on forests. Their well-being will ensure saving trees-FAO Report

 

UN’s World Forest Week: Forests habitats were home to an estimated 80% of global biodiversity. Report, “State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2014,  said that it was time for the sector to shift its focus from “trees to people”. Forests are fundamental to the survival of forest dwellers, including indigenous people.

 

Forests’ contributions ,direct and Indirect , to about 1.1% of the global economy. In employment terms, the formal sector provided 13.2 million jobs, while an estimated 41 million livelihoods were dependent on the informal sector.In 2011, it observed, about 10.9kg of edible non-wood forest products (NWFP) were consumed per capita globally.

 

As a fuel, it estimated that one-in-three of the world’s population depended on woodfuel for cooking, while 764 million people used woodfuel for boiling drinking water.

 

Forests are also important providers of ecosystem services,For example, they help to deliver clean water by protecting water sheds and water courses.

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First ever UNEA – United Nations Environment Assembly starts next week. Media is cold?

First ever United Nations Environment Assembly, expected 1200 participants , 170 countries, 80 ministers and 40 events. Google search today showed only 62 news items, nothing from BBC, the Guardian, CNN. 

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Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed

Community solar garden was pioneered in Colorado. In India we can thrive on solar gardens . It is  appealing to people who have no roof space, like renters and apartment owners, or homeowners with shady roofs.

Source: www.nytimes.com

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Ecology minister proposes reduction in nuclear energy and increase in renewables and cut France’s €65bn annual energy bill

Source: www.connexionfrance.com

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10 States already met Obama’s 30 percent Coal plant GHG cuts 15 years ahead of schedule

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At least 10 states have already met President Obama’s goal of a 30 percent reduction in power plant emissions by 2030, without the economic damage that critics have warned would occur.


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US unveils coal power curb plans

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The Obama administration proposes new rules for US coal power plants aimed at dramatically cutting emissions that contribute to global warming.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Its win-win-win: for Environment, Health and Economics. 


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Cap and Trade Does Little for Poorer Countries – NYTimes.com

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There is conspicuous absence of a globally agreed principle of how polluters should pay for damages in countries least capable of dealing with them. By Rajendra Shende.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Can Market stave off global warming


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Climate apartheid: Sherpas fall victims in Himalayan black snow-By Rajendra Shende

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A few more whacks of the ice axe in the firm snow, and we stood on top, stated Sir Edmund Hillary about his final climb – the first by mankind – to the top of the Everest, a feat accomplished exactly 61 years ago on May 29, 1953.


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‘Giving Tree’, with voice of author Shel Silverstein

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rajendrashende‘s insight:

Very emotional and effective communication on value of ecosystem . 


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Antarctica’s ice losses double

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Antarctica is now losing about 160 billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean – twice as much as when the continent was last surveyed.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

If all the ice in Antarctica melts the rise in sea level would be 58 meters. Present loss is raising the sea level to about 4.3 cm per year and it is accelerating and irreversible .


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U.S. Climate Has Already Changed, Study Finds, Citing Heat and Floods

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Declaring that the issue of human-induced climate change had “moved firmly into the present,” a major study found that water shortages, torrential rains, heat waves and wildfires were worsening.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Adverse impacts are now in the backyard of the richest economy in the world. They say money cannot be eaten. 


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Mahatma Gandhi’s 10 Rules for Changing the World and Living better life

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Change the world; we hear those words thrown around quite frequently, and to some, the notion seems incredulous. However, if we take an inner approach, rather than an outer one, and transform our individual selves into adopting the qualities we wish to see in the world, then the task at hand won’t seem as daunting. In the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi, “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the atomic age — as in being able to remake ourselves.” In this article, the Positivity Blog’s, Henrik Edberg, addresses Gandhi’s top ten fundamentals for changing the world.


rajendrashende‘s insight:

Mahatma Gandhi did not only preached, he practiced….the difference between present day leaders and the real noble laureate.  


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