TAG: Biodiversity

Short Films, Tall Messages

Short Films, Tall Messages

Art and film have the power to bring awareness and offer both exploration and stance on issues. The following are a few short films with an environmental focus and attention to sustainable civilization. Excellent Development has several community oriented short films that reveal the significant need for land and water conservation in rural regions. This video explores the collaborative relationships that exist within communities, and shows how when social efforts are united, even stronger ones can be formed. As pointed out by the organization, every year approximately 75 billion tons of soil is lost because of land erosion. When combined with severe drought and risk… read more

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

World Food Day Salutes The Family Farm

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) assesses that 842 million people across the globe suffer from hunger, which is 12% of the world’s population. More than 70% of those who do not have regular access to healthy foods reside in rural parts of the world, including Africa, Asia and Latin America. In the U.S. alone, 1 out of 6 people does not have enough food to eat. 2 billion people are deficient in vital micronutrients. Women account for 60% of those who suffer from devastating hunger. It is estimated that worldwide 26% of children do not develop… read more

What Makes Food Sustainable?

sustainable-food

What makes food sustainable? There are many different definitions of sustainable food. Sustain, a UK charity devoted to promoting sustainable food, emphasizes protection of biodiversity, environmental friendliness, health, and social and economic benefits. According to the University of Queensland, Australia, there are a number of things that impact the sustainability of food, including farming practices (i.e., use of pesticides and other chemicals, harvesting approaches), transport, processing, and business practices (i.e., Fair Trade). Sustain has clear recommendations for sustainable eating and drinking, and these are listed below: – Purchasing local, seasonal foods – Buying food produced by environmentally friendly farms – Keeping… read more

The Biodiversity Factor

Biodiversity effects

The endless assortment of life on the planet beckons to be awed at. The sheer scope of it is completely unimaginable when you really think about it. So, who actually started counting species, and how is it even possible to keep track? Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, actually began creating the process in 1758 that is used to name revealed species. To date, researchers assess that there are anywhere from 3 to 100 million species on earth with United Nations Environment Programme research pinning the number at 8.7 million, with a give or take factor of approximately 1.3 million. Their… read more

Are There Any Positives To Our Impact On Earth?

Are There Any Positives To Our Impact On Earth?

It is naïve to think that human experiences have not altered the earth’s natural processes. Our daily activities have, in fact, been an irreversible detriment to many of the planet’s way of doing things. The field of environmental health seeks to identify how our surroundings affect human health and the environment. Research in this area uncovers many concerns about our relationship to our surroundings, but could there in fact be some positives to the human impact? The pressing question isn’t whether or not we have altered things, but what exactly is the full effect of our modifications. How does if effect… read more

Saving Life On Earth

Saving Life on Earth

What can you do to help save life on Earth? Biodiversity is a buzz word but how can you or I make a difference? Remember that everything is connected.. It’s a tenet of ecology and an underpinning principle to sustainability. Every choice we make – in our home, in the marketplace, the workplace, at school – has repercussions that extend beyond the face-value of the action. When you wash toxins down the toilet, they eventually reach our waterways and have impacts on aquatic plants, amphibians, macroinvertebrates and fish. When you eat large quantities of meat, you’re fueling an industry that… read more

To weed or not to weed?

To Weed or Not to Weed

To weed or not to weed. That is the question…not least because what some people consider a weed, others consider a boon. I recently helped a friend move into a cottage on 200 acres overlooking the Obi Valley in Australia’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. The dwelling sits near a spring-fed dam that sources a creek which runs into the valley below through assorted waterfalls and swimming holes. It’s an idyllic location rich in wildlife and majestic vistas. There is, however, a problem (the solution to which might also provide some unexpected benefits). The little dam is covered in duckweed. An aquatic… read more

Common Crane Recolonizing in Scotland

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After centuries of absence, common cranes are beginning to recolonize in Scotland. The return was not an organized attempt by conservationists, but the natural migration and breeding of at least one mating pair. Beyond Scotland, small pools of cranes are turning up in northern and western Europe. Cranes are of an unmistakable symbolism, playing a role in the myths of regions as varied as France and east Asia. Flamboyant and temperamental, these lithe and leggy creatures are gifted with long, slender physiques, which they use to participate in lively mating rituals. This is perhaps the reason that a majority of… read more

Power To The Plants!

Rainforest

Despite the importance humans place on our own existence, there’s another life-form that eclipses our presence on the planet: the humble plant! From an environmental education perspective, it’s critical that we promote increased awareness of and appreciation for the value of plants within the broader spectrum of biodiversity. Plants are the primary life on Earth. Everything else depends upon them to survive. From terrestrial plants to aquatic plants, the green kingdom is profoundly important to the health and well-being of the planet’s biodiversity. Whilst many plants are not particularly glamorous, their function through photosynthesis is essential; indeed, Earth offers no… read more

Photosharing Sites Aid in Studying Biodiversity

Photosharing Sites Aid in Studying Biodiversity

A new study claims that the popular photosharing sites we all know and love could be a powerful tool for studying insect biodiversity. With the widespread adoptance of smartphones that are capable of not only taking high-resolution photos, but also uploading them to the internet with location and other data attached to them, the study of our planet’s biodiversity is getting a boost. “Scientific information has traditionally being retrieved from specialized books and journals. In the case of entomology, the publication of field sampling results has been the cornerstone of biodiversity datasets. Availability of modern digital photograph technologies, together with… read more