Biodiversity Protection

Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth By Chelsea Harvey March 1 A halite salt crystal in the shape of a heart is seen in the Nemocon salt mine in Colombia on Sept. 26, 2012. (Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters) The hum

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The human handprint on the natural world has become evident in all too many ways in recent decades. The changing climate, the decline of wildlife and the loss of forests and other natural landscapes — all of these factors have led many scientists to conclude that we’re living in a new age they’ve dubbed the “Anthropocene,” in which the planet is dominated by human, rather than natural, influences. ... Read more about Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth By Chelsea Harvey March 1 A halite salt crystal in the shape of a heart is seen in the Nemocon salt mine in Colombia on Sept. 26, 2012. (Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters) The hum

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There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

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http://www.climatechangenews.com - Ed King
Australia's Great Barrier Reef seen from space - is under severe stress from warming and acidifying waters linked to fossil fuel emissions (Pic; NASA)
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UN biodiversity chief tells Climate Home protecting and restoring ecosystems is the best way to protect the world from dangerous levels of global warming. ... Read more about There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

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What a decline of biodiversity below 'safe' threshold means for Earth

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http://www.csmonitor.com - Rowena Lindsay
This photo taken July 8, 2016, shows a bee exploring a flower in a field of donated land in Northeast Vancouver, Wash.  Amanda Cowan/The Columbian/AP
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Earth's ecosystems are becoming more fragile, a study suggests, as biodiversity loss threatens their ability to preform functions vital to their survival and ours.  About 58 percent of land on earth has dropped below the biodiversity safe limit, due largely to human land use practices, says a new study published Thursday in Science.
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Counting the Vanishing Bees

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Dylan Walsh
A bumblebee gathering pollen from a sunflower. Reuters
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A new method for monitoring the decline in bee populations may prove a useful tool in much-needed conservation efforts. It requires only a few hundred pan traps: bright shallow bowls partly filled with soapy water or propylene glycol.

When United Nations experts noticed that crop production was flagging in seven countries around the world, from Brazil to Nepal, they contacted Gretchen LeBuhn, an associate professor at San Francisco State University who studies bees. ... Read more about Counting the Vanishing Bees

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Michael Russell

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Healy Vigderson

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Healy Vigderson

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Executive Director - Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center

Healy Vigderson is the Executive Director of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center. Healy comes to us from the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, serving most recently as Assistant Director, where she oversaw education and outreach programs designed to support families with chronic health conditions. She also managed creative fundraising events and led an advocacy team on legislative issues at the State Capitol. Healy has a background in Ecology and worked in North Central Chile on Desertification projects near the Atacama Desert. ... Read more about Healy Vigderson

Karen Melvin

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Deputy Agriculture Commissioner/Sealer - County of San Diego - Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Karen Melvin is a Deputy Agricultural Commission/Sealer with the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the University of California, Riverside.  Karen manages the Plant Health and Pest Prevention division which is tasked with protecting and promoting our natural and agricultural resources while bolstering economic growth. ... Read more about Karen Melvin

Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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