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Environmentalism for the 21st Century

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Environmentalism for the 21st Century

Curated by Samantha Rowling
Environmentalism is a broad philosophy, ideology and social movement regarding concerns for environmental conservation and improvement of the health of the environment. Environmentalism advocates the preservation, restoration and/or improvement of the natural environment, and may be referred to as a movement to control pollution. Already at this early stage in the 21st century, unique challenges and issues are associated to protecting the natural environment. This learning group is dedicated these issues and the impact of human made pollution on planet Earth.
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Tim Foufas, Nov. 14, 2011

The perils of plastic - developed to make our lives easier and safer but at what cost. The unintended consequences?

Rolf Halden, associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University and assistant director of Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, has undertaken a survey of existing scientific literature concerning the hazards of plastics to human health and the ecosystems we depend on.

http://vimeo.com/10957642
Tim Foufas
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Discussions Discussion Let’s go environmentally responsible
Reese Turlington, Nov. 14, 2011

GAP Inc. recently published their environmental responsibiltiy report. Since this is a store that many of us shop at, I think it’s important to hold them - and ourselves - accountable for doing business profitably while caring for the environment. As they say in the video, they’re not perfect, but the fact that they reach out to communicate what they are accomplishing to achieve environmental sustainability is important to me.

I hope the Walmart’s of the world begin similar efforts since they are among the biggest companies in the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXOJEH0se9A
Reese Turlington
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Discussions Discussion Life on the Reef: Amazing World of Coral Fish…
Camilla Pashar, Nov. 14, 2011

Why Are We Killing Coral Reefs? Coral reefs are likely to become the first ecosystem completely destroyed by humans, predicts Dr. Peter Sale, a leading United Nations ecologist. His new book, Our Dying Planet, explains:

http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/dnewman/within_the_next_century_coral.html

“It is not pollution, or overfishing, or mass bleaching, or climate change, or any of the other factors I have mentioned that is killing our coral reefs. It is all of these factors together. Or, to put it more plainly, the cause of the destruction of coral reefs is us.”

The only possible silver lining is that we still have the power to reverse course and save at least some of these magical living communities. But, change must come quickly.

Peter Sale, discusses evidence of the wholesale destruction of coral reefs in the interview below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNUngjVBzAY
Camilla Pashar
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Rafi Chandio, Nov. 13, 2011

Eric Chivian’s insightful opinion on the need for physicians to be involved in protecting the environment — how human health and global health are intertwined. Chivian is the founder and director of the Harvard Center for Health and Global Environment and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL5-rNtzlrA
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Nina Dumas, Nov. 13, 2011

Regions must brace for weather extremes - UN climate panel: the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a study that says in essence that global warming will create weather on steroids.

In the worst scenario, human settlement in some areas could be wiped out, the report warns. “If disasters occur more frequently and/or with greater magnitude, some local areas will become increasingly marginal as places to live or in which to maintain livelihoods,” it says. “In such cases migration becomes permanent and could introduce new pressures in areas of relocation.”

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/world/brace-for-weather-extremes-un-panel/story-e6frfkui-1226193832537

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theseoduke/6311446422/
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  • eva de la iglesia eva de la iglesia Oct. 25, 2012
    You have a very beautiful person in your heart, congratulations <3

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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Henry Hamilton, Nov. 12, 2011

Mysterious radiation levels detected across Europe, says UN nuclear agency. IAEA say Fukushima blast not to blame and downplay seriousness of new levels.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2060469/Mysterious-radiation-le

Unusual levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected throughout Europe - primarily in Czech Republic and Germany - but the particles are not believed to pose a public health risk, the U.N.nuclear agency said on Friday. NASA have released images of 2,400 stars, known as the Tarantula Nebula, that are producing intense radiation and powerful winds, believed to be the cause for the detection in the atmosphere. Here’s a related video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJLDMIp2JE&feature=related
Henry Hamilton
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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Elsa Maestra, Nov. 9, 2011

Are you ready for the new normal on planet Earth?

Dr. Paul R. Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, recently published an article in The Atlantic on “Health and Climate Change: 7 Ways You Are Being Harmed.”

Here’s the list of enviro-health effects:

1-Heatwaves
2-Asthma and Allergies
3-Spread of Infectious Diseases
4-Pests and Diseases Affecting Forests, Crops, Marine Life
5-Winter Weather Anomalies
6-Drought
7-Food Insecurity

When you read the article, what’s striking is that climate change is not just a health issue, it also has a clear impact on our economies. To say that we can’t afford to take measures that slow climate change down is not only shortsighted, it’s potentially fatal for the FINANCIAL health of the world as we know it.

http://www.theatlantic.com/life/archive/2011/09/health-and-climate-change-7-ways-you-are-being-harmed/245607/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatknot/64742991/
Elsa Maestra
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Discussions Discussion Deforestation SOS
Jenny Knuthsen, Nov. 9, 2011

The Baobab trees in Madagascar are the only trees to survive deforestation. They are considered sacred and are not chopped down. Only one-fifth of Madagascar’s forest remains. They’re clearing everything out, cutting around the Baobab trees. Look at these beautiful, ancient looking, trees.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtqtR1HcHjY&feature=related
Jenny Knuthsen
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  • Jason Hodin Jason Hodin Nov. 11, 2011
    It's more complicated, I'm afraid, then telling people to “leave the forests alone.” Places like Madagascar need international engagement to improve their food security, promote democratic institutions, and help them protect habitat *(and enforce those protections) while providing means of survival, like eco-tourism jobs. Left to their own devices, desperate people with little hope for the future will not have the same attitude towards trees that you do.
  • Tim Foufas Tim Foufas Nov. 12, 2011
    Jason - cool travel blog. You should turn some of your trips into Einztein projects.
  • mario ferrari mario ferrari Nov. 16, 2011
    For me, living in Italy, Baobab are beautiful and interesting trees even because they grow up only in Continents like Australia and Africa. They are named by Senegalese”Ancient trees” since they can live up to 5000 years. They can store up to 100000 gallons of water. They reach heights of 5 to 30 meters . They cannot survive deforestation . Only when the last tree will be smashed down, the river will be poisoned, the fish will be fished and the last animal will be killed, we will realize that we cannot eat money.
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Discussions Discussion Let’s go environmentally responsible
Carlos Campo, Nov. 8, 2011

The vast, shocking hole in BBC Panorama’s analysis of rising energy bills
In the last year wholesale prices put about £170 on gas bills alone, while support for renewables added £20 to combined bills. So which did the TV show focus on?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2011/nov/08/energy-bills-panorama-renewables?CMP=twt_fd
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Discussions Discussion Let’s go environmentally responsible
Carlos Campo, Nov. 8, 2011

Climate Change’s Health Costs Projected To Be Enormous.

This is a problem with a human face,” said Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist in the Health and Environment Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council and the lead author of the study. “Our prior notions about climate change damage without these costs included have been vastly underestimated.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/health-costs-of-climate-c_n_1080473.html
Carlos Campo
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