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Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

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Dan Collyns
Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail
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Five thousand metres above the most biodiverse corner of the Amazon, tropical ecologist Greg Asner and his team see a kaleidoscope of colours among a mass of green.

Huddled in a twin-engine Dornier 228 aeroplane called the Carnegie Airborne Observatory, the scientists are capturing multicoloured images of the Peruvian rainforest canopy that verge on the psychedelic. ... Read more about Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

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"Monster" rules Nepal village on climate frontline

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Gopal Sharma
"Monster" rules Nepal village on climate frontline
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BARAHBISE, Nepal, Looking at the swirling grey waters of the Bhote Koshi River, Ratna Kaji remembers when it turned into a "monster," leaving behind a trail of death and destruction.

"It came down roaring, washed away homes and people when they were sleeping," the 77-year-old said of the 1996 flood, caused by a massive landslide that blocked the river which eventually gushed out by breaking its mud wall.

"People had hardly any time to gather their belongings." ... Read more about "Monster" rules Nepal village on climate frontline

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PHILIPPINES: Geo-hazard maps go public

PHILIPPINES: Geo-hazard maps go public
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MANILA, 31 January 2012 (IRIN) - The Philippine government has made geo-hazard maps, which outline areas prone to natural disasters, publicly available in a bid to reduce vulnerability at community level.
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Regenerative Design Trajectory

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Regenerative Design Trajectory

LEED changed our awareness of the unwanted side-effects of building design, construction and operations.  Reduction of harm was the standard. That approach has, in many ways, transformed the marketplace, but is it still enough?  What is an appropriate goal for the future?

Under the guidance of regenerative design principles, it is possible to design projects in harmony with their ecosystem. Projects that improve their environment, are impact-free, and anticipate future needs. ... Read more about Regenerative Design Trajectory

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Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

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Geoffrey Kamadi
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NAIROBI, Kenya (AlertNet) – Satellite technology is coming to the aid of pastoralists in drought-stricken Kenya, with the expansion of a water monitoring system that aims to reduce livestock loss.

The Livestock Early Warning System combines information uploaded by villagers with satellite data to create a virtually real-time map of forage and water conditions.

A successful pilot project in Turkana district in northwest Kenya is being considered for extension across the country. ... Read more about Water monitoring system aids Kenyan herders

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