And who are the winners and looser of globalization? These are the questions this animated Video clip of the WissensWerte series deals with. WissensWerte is a project of the German non-profit organisation E-Politik. The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson , Economics of the Spaceship Earth , Kenneth Boulding, Prosperity without Growth? Economic growth has provided many benefits over time, but now it is causing more problems - dire problems - than it solves. Slowly but surely, economic growth has become a primary threat to the environment, national security, international stability, and future generations.
Yet it remains the highest priority in the domestic policy arena of the United States and most other nations. Citizens, especially students, are continually told that there is no limit to growth, in defiance of ecological principles and basic physics. To refute the misleading rhetoric that there is no conflict between economic growth and environmental protection - as well as economic sustainability - CASSE provides information on the downsides of growth with an emphasis on ecological concepts.
When a particular species is destroyed by a severe disturbance so that a link in the network is broken, a diverse community will be able to survive and reorganize itself In other words, the more complex the network is, and the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be". Why Is Biodiversity Important? Who Cares? Wikipedia -- Biomass , Biodiversity , Ecological Succession , Ecological Effects of Biodiversity , and Biodiversity Target , List of Biodiversity Databases Commentary -- The use of biomass as an energy source biofuels is still controversial, technically and economically.
In addition, the richer the diversity of life, the greater the opportunity for medical discoveries, economic development, and adaptive responses to such new challenges as climate change.
Duraiappah, IISD, What are Ecosystem Services? While we continue to debate these initiatives, environmental degradation, including the loss of biodiversity and topsoil, accelerates, causing development efforts to falter. Jones and Oswald J. Most polluted ecosystems recoverable within a lifetime , OneIndia News, May Commentary -- The resilience of ecological systems to external disturbance is amazing. The paper by Jones and Schmitz listed above reports on the results for strongly disturbed ecosystems.
They found that of the ecosystems had recovered, 33 of the had not recovered but were in the trajectory to recovery, and 68 of the had not recovered and would be unable to recover. Recovery was not necessarily to the same levels of biomass and biodiversity that had before the perturbation. And, of course, most of the recoveries were supported by human-driven restoration practices.
Mother nature is mercifully resilient. Ecosystem services are indispensable for the well-being of humanity. If we keep abusing nature, it is at our own peril. Ecosystems, Biomes, and Habitats , Franklin Institute, World Biomes , Blue Planet Biomes, Therefore, they provide the same valuable benefits as listed at the end of section 4. Following the success of Home which was seen by million people, the photographer began producing a short 7-minute film on forests made up of aerial images from Home and the Vu du Ciel television programmes.
It is now available to the general public. Sources: Good Planet and YouTube.
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We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. Energy Charting Tool , BP, Although oil demand is expected to drop by 2. Hubbert, M. ABC Catalyst travels from Paris, to London, to the outer space like world that is deep sea drilling, to find out where we stand with our oil supply. Transcript available at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation web site. Commentary -- It will be interesting to see the interplay between supply and demand of oil during the next two decades, and the production costs increase on the down side of the curve.
If any readers know about some other measure s , or want to propose an alternative measure, please contact the Editor. Energy Outlook , British Petroleum BP. May Note: The Fifth Assessment Report is in preparation, scheduled for January November December February June April Klitgaard, Springer, Hall, Springer International Publishing, Commentary -- The transition from nonrenewable to renewable and clean energy sources is not the complete solution to all impending global issues, but it is part of the solution.
Our ethical traditions know how to deal with suicide, homicide and even genocide, but these traditions collapse entirely when confronted with biocide, the killing of the life systems of the earth, and geocide, the devastation of the earth itself. Litter Trashes the Environment , Larry West, Commentary -- If current trends persist, it will not be long before the most ubiquitous hazards to human health will be eating food , drinking water , and breathing air.
Follow the money trail or lack thereof. The term "institutional quality" is tricky. The decisive factor is not the "poor quality" of government and other institutions in developing countries. Poverty breeds poverty, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The decisive factor is the accounting practice of treating environmental and social costs as "externalities" that need not be paid by multinational corporations and their customers. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
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Evaluation of transboundary pollution loads , Helsinski Commission, For the same reason stated at the end of the preceding section. Another case example is the Clean Development Mechanism , a Kyoto compromise that allows "industrialized countries with a greenhouse gas reduction commitment to invest in ventures that reduce emissions in developing countries as an alternative to more expensive emission reductions in their own countries.
Again, follow the money trail. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the stars are at my command. Cosmic-ray-driven electron-induced reactions of halogenated molecules adsorbed on ice surfaces: Implications for atmospheric ozone depletion , Qing-Bin Lu, Physics Review, 3 December A preliminary assessment of the Copenhagen Accord , Grist, 20 December Where things stand on the Copenhagen Accord and international climate politics , Grist, 1 February Lemonick, Scientific American Magazine, October 25, Closing the Climategate , Nature, Volume , 18 November Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you. Then you win. Impacts of Climate Change , Climate Institute, Directory of Climate Resources , Climate Institute, Links to Educational Resources , Climate Institute, Directory of Energy Resources , Climate Institute, Directory of International Resources , Climate Institute, Effects of Pollution , NexPlan, Fahey, K. Hibbard, D.
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National Academies USA, 2 May - Record-breaking heat and heavy downpours are just two types of extreme weather that are on the rise as Earth has warmed. While climate change is never the sole factor in any particular extreme weather event, teasing out its role can help government officials and businesses assess changing risks and better plan for the future.
Watch this short animated video from the National Academies that explains how the science of extreme weather event attribution is like baking cookies! No man may oblige the lands he owns or occupies or those that succeed him in that occupation to debts greater than those that may be paid during his own lifetime.
Because if he could, the world would belong to the dead and not to the living.
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Commentary -- "The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, [or computers! Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we know about it. The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: "What good is it? If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts?
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering. Sustainable Urbanization , Cogeneration Technologies, Sustainable urbanization: Cities and their surrounding countryside , Cobb, Huaren, Agriculture and Rural Development , World Bank, Choose your energy sources , Paladin Studios, The Netherlands, Principles for Sustainable Agriculture , Farming First, Countries join initiative to improve their prospects for agricultural development , ReliefWeb, Land Resources Management , World Bank, Weather based agricultural management , India Development Gateway, Commentary -- The ISO Standards Organization probably offers the most comprehensive set of best practices and quality standards.
The ISO standards are disciplined and auditable, but also allow time for corrective action when deviations are found. These standards are developed by committees of experts from around the world. The standards require registration and have "shalls" which are auditable once or twice a year. ISO also publishes guideline documents, i. The ISO standards and best practices pertaining to agriculture should be carefully considered by agricultural developers. All the standards include training modules and human development practices for all members of the organization being certified.
They prescribe nothing that should not be done for responsible corporate management. It is lamentable that so many corporations fail to pursue certification or even have they certificates revoked and prefer to cut corners in their desperate pursuit of cost minimization and profit maximization in the short-term. Camelot is no longer to be found in the executive suites of multinationals; it has relocated to sub-Saharan Africa.
Commentary -- Long food supply chains are expensive and generate pollution. Rural and urban development should be tightly coupled, so that cities can minimize the food they get from far away sources. Consumers who want to get "turrones" from Spain, "panetones" from Italy, and French wine should be willing to pay a fair "ecofood" tax. The dollar bill is the best rationing card ever devised.
In order to level the field, the poor and the elderly should get food stamps for a reasonable allowance of those items. Governments should practice restraint in food services at all levels. There is nothing wrong with serving modest quantities of simple food to visiting dignitaries. In fact, it would be good for their health.
It is also estimated that 2. When the choice is between inadequate sanitation and dying of thirst, poor people who are Homo sapiens sapiens have the right priorities: drinking takes precedence over taking a bath. For years, the developed nations were reluctant to invest in these projects due to "budgetary constraints. Interesting, isn't it?
It seems that Abigail Adams was right: "We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them. Note: This section provides links to graphical or narrative snapshots on some critical issues of the "state of the world" as of February , and a brief compilation of the growing number of "state of the world" reports. These annual reports are the flagship publications of many organizations engaged in sustainable development at the global level, and they are generally contain credible information and data in narrative, tabular, or graphical format.
However, they never mention a factor that is of critical importance: the influence sometimes positive, sometimes negative of religious traditions and institutions.
Commentary -- Population growth is a minor part of the problem. The lack of education on responsible use of the gift of love and the gift of life is a much bigger problem. This bigger problem is further exacerbated by the growth in material consumption per capita and the culture of consumerism.