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Entries in Biodiversity (12)

Thursday
Oct022014

Half Of Earth's Wildlife Lost in 40 Years Reports WWF & Zoological Society of London

A devastating new report by the World Wildlife Federation and the Zoological Society of London concludes that the number of wild animals on earth has halved in the past 40 years.

“If half the animals died in London zoo next week it would be front page news,” said Professor Ken Norris, ZSL’s director of science. “But that is happening in the great outdoors. This damage is not inevitable but a consequence of the way we choose to live.” He said nature, which provides food and clean water and air, was essential for human wellbeing.

The study analyzed 10,000 different populations, accounting for 3,ooo species. The researchers then used the data to create a first-ever ‘Living Planet Index’ (LPI), which gives a snapshot of all known 45,000 vertebrates.

Summarized in The Guardian, a second index in the new Living Planet report calculates the “ecological” footprint of the world’s nations. The repport concludes that humans are

— cutting down more trees than we replace

— catching more fish in our oceans than we restock

— pump more water from rivers and aquifer than rainfall can replenish

— emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide with fewer forests and oceans to absorb them

In a shocking conclusion, the report concludes that at the current rate of global consumption, Earth needs 1.5 of itself to sustain our futures. In the case of US rate of consumption, 4 Earths are required to sustain our futures. The UK weighs in at 2.5.

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Sunday
Jul102011

Will China's Love of Ivory Kill All the World's Elephants?

A herd of elephants, photographed in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. With China’s growing appetite for ivory, poaching is on the rise all over Africa.Photography by Guillaume Bonn for Vanity FairWriting for Vanity Fair, Alex Shoumatoff takes up the plight of the world’s elephants. With a long career as a journalist covering political and environmental situations and world affairs, Alex Shoumatoff edits DispatchesFromtheVanishingWorld.com, devoted to “documenting and raising awareness about the planet’s rapidly disappearing natural and cultural diversity.”

There is plenty of finger-pointing in ‘Agony and Ivory’ and many of the problems aren’t new, especially those focused on unemployment, poverty and feeding families in Africa.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Africa’s elephanticide epidemic cut the population from an estimated 1.3 million to some 600,000, and Kenya’s elephant population went from 120,000 to 15,000. (It is now about twice that.)

All agree that getting an exact count of the elephant population and the extent of the current slaughter is difficult. The consensus of ‘Agony and Ivory’ is that the illegal ivory trade is increasing at an alarming rate. While illegal ivory is transported far and wide, all fingers point to China and the rise of a middle class devoted to conspicuous consumption.

China’s Love of Illegal Ivory

Before the Chinese began building the 70-mile-long highway around Amboseli, there was no poaching for 30 years. Since 2009, four of Amboseli’s “magnificent big-tusked bulls have been killed” and now poachers seek to kill the matriarchs — the oldest, wisest female leaders of the elephant herds.

The Chinese are close to creating an “extinction vortex” among elephants in the Amboseli, choosing to slaughter or pay for the slaughter of the largest elephants as trophies.

Ninety percent of the arrests for possession of ivory at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta are Chinese nationals. Half the poaching in Kenya occurs within 20 miles of one of the five massive Chinese road-building projects. Over a million Chinese now live in Africa compared to 700,000 a decade ago.

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Sunday
May222011

International Day of Biodiversity Confronts Global Deforestation Trends

Today is International Day of Biodiversity, a UN program committed to better management of the human relationship with nature on Planet Earth. 

Protecting the diversity of species is a commitment of many global organizations.

In a disturbing piece of good news the journal Nature recently published two new studies shows flaws in current methods of calculating extinction rates.

The good news is that species aren’t disappearing at the rate predicted — but they are disappearing at a fast pace. The bad news is that major research studies will have to be redone.

Conservation of Forests

2011 is dedicated as the year in which the protection of forests becomes a priority. Stripping away forests to make room for expanded production of beef, soy and palm oil is a major factor in global warming.

Edward Norton deplores the reality that forests are being cleared to support commercial activities in developed countries at the expense of the majority of people, mostly the poor. Current estimates are that cutting down forests is responsible for about one-third of greehouse gases emitted into the atmosphere.

“Forest ecosystems represent an enormous uncalculated GDP [Gross Domestic Product], especially for poor people around the world, so when we clear a forest to create ‘economic gain’ of a certain kind of industry, you actually wipe out an enormous GDP that poor people are extracting in sustainable way from the forests. In pursuit of short-term economic gains, we can see more and more clearly we are creating a certain kind of impoverishment when we clear forests.”

Edward Norton, Forests 2011

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Saturday
Apr162011

Gregory Colbert's 'Ashes and Snow' Awakens Souls & Spirituality

One of my Facebook friends Chantal Simon shared this beautiful video, Danza Subacquea, inspired by photographer Gregory Colbert’s traveling photography project Ashes and Snow.

Danza Subacquea applies Colbert’s vision of humans and animals to men an women. Many spiritual people believe that men and women once lived in greater harmony with each other, before monotheism made man woman’s lord and master.

For many people, attending the Ashes and Snow exhibit is a life-changing experience. Seeing the exhibition twice in New York in 2005 impacted me so greatly that I weep at the mere sight of the Gregory Colbert images of elephants, cheetahs and hawks as spirit guides and message-bearers.

Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and SnowThese images were born in Colbert’s travels to Kenya, Burma, Egypt and India where the nomadic photographer captures more than 40 species interacting with humans. This 21st century bestiary was originally attacked as a photoshop con job, with critics saying that it’s impossible to find humans and animals coexisting in this way.

‘In discovering the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals,” Colbert notes, “I am working towards restoring the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals.’

Critics and big game hunters alike accused Colbert of romanticizing man’s relationship with nature and denying Darwinian laws of the jungle. Colbert agreed that these relationships between the animals and humans were cultivated —  over two years in some cases.

Colbert wants to share what is possible between humans and animals if we change our thinking.

Ashes and Snow Part 1

Ashes and Snow Part 2

I just wrote on my Facebook page that I do not go down on my knees with ease, but I do for the entire Gregory Colbert Ashes and Snow experience. My Cultural Creatives values were very much in transition at the time (2005), as I watched the impact of materialism on the world and here in America.

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Sunday
Mar062011

Uli Westphal | Mutato-Archive Project | Mother Nature Running Wild

Uli Westphal’s Mutato-Archive is a real world collection of non-standard fruits, roots and vegetables in an astounding array of forms, colors and textures. Left on their own, says Westphal, nature produces anything but the highly-designed, uniformly regular produce we see in our supermarkets.

Many of us —Anne for one — has never seen produce like these images from the Mutato Project.

Uli Westphal is a freelancing artist, who works and lives in Berlin, Germany. He grows his mutatos himself in a series of urban and rooftop gardens in Berlin. The story of Uli’s produce growing is here on his farming blog.

This passionate defender of both Mother Nature and small farmers cites several articles critical to understanding issues around our food supply. Based on Uli’s impressive projects, we will cite them also:

Who Will Feed Us? Questions for the Food and Climate Crises (2009)

From green to gene revolution: How farmers lost control of the seeds from agricultural modernisation (2010)

Extreme Genetic Engineering: An Introduction to Synthetic Biology (2007)

Who Owns Nature? (2008)

The New Biomassters _ Synthetic Biology and The Next Assault on Biodiversity and Livelihoods (2010)

The Big Downturn? Nanogeopolitics (2010)

 

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Wednesday
Mar242010

Tompkins & Tompkins | Latin America's Environmental Groundskeepers | Like It Or Not

Onelli Bay, Los Glaciares National Park. Patagonia, Argentina.

In an unusually candid article The Christian Science Monitor interviews ecophilanthropist Kristine McDivitt Tompkins — a very rich woman married to a very rich man.

The eco-philanthropy team has purchsed a $10 million, 173,000-acre Patagonian spread, one of several large tracts of land purchases that will create parks and wildlife sanctuaries in perpetuity.

“I have always had a real affinity for the nonhuman world,” explains the former CEO of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia. Her extraordinary wealth has allowed her – and her husband, Doug Tompkins, also a former outdoor clothing magnate who founded The North Face – to bankroll that simple sentiment into a complex crusade to save vast tracts of South American wilderness.

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Saturday
Nov212009

Madagascar: Starving People, Dying Biodiversity, One Political Coup & Agro-Imperialism In Action

Updated on Wed, December 29, 2010 by Registered CommenterAnne

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Anne of Carversville is such a crazy place: Smart Sensuality Ralph Lauren fashion model anorexia versus Cultural Creatives starvation in Madagascar.  Both topics are on today’s radar, finally answering the question: can a human head be bigger than one’s hips?

The fashion industry assures us that no thinking alpha brain truly believes that human beings have heads bigger than their hips.

It’s only fat mommies in need of a chill pill, who object to being sculpted to Ralph Lauren perfection in this way.

I ask you, is this UNICEF photo of a starving child in Madagascar another botched Photoshop job? Or is it the real deal, further proof of the aristocratic argument that you can never be too rich or too thin?

Perhaps Leona Helmsley was right when she said “Let them eat cake.” Pardon me, that was Marie Antoinette. Leona said: “Only the little people pay taxes.”

This big-headed human being is not a starry-eyed fashion model trying to skinny down for Lauren or Lagerfeld, but a real-life, dying child with no choice about what’s for lunch. 

In Milan or Paris smart chicks say “No thanks, I’m only drinking water.”

In Madagascar, there isn’t any.

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