Environment

“What can I do to fight climate change?”

Screen Shot 2017-05-21 at 17.05.11Well, there are a LOT of things you can do. Some are big and will require a lot of you and some are small, but ALL of them make a difference. We encourage you to try any and all of the solutions below.

Check this NatGeo initiative and see all the things you can do to fight climate change, social and environmental injustice. Click here.


Lorenzo Quinn’s installation in Venice and climate change

Lorenzo-Quinn_Venice_SUPPORT_at-night_Halcyon-Gallery-1440x830On 13 May, contemporary artist, Lorenzo Quinn, launched his new monumental sculpture at the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, Venice. Internationally renowned as one of the most popular sculptors of our times, the installation showcases Quinn’s artistic progression and his experimentation with new mediums and subject matter to transmit his passion for eternal values and authentic emotions.

Reflecting on the two sides of human nature, the creative and the destructive, as well as the capacity for humans to act and make an impact on history and the environment, Quinn addresses the ability for humans to make a change and re-balance the world around them – environmentally, economically, socially. Support sees Quinn reflect on and readdress these global issues by employing the ancient lost-wax process in his Catalan foundry and echoing the meticulous execution and technique of the Masters of the past to create the powerful and unique sculpture which will be displayed during the Venice Biennale 2017.

Read the full story here.


Oregon’s Invisible Beauty

INVISIBLE_OREGON Invisible Oregon is a stunning time-lapse film shot entirely with infrared converted cameras, uncovering a landscape that’s out of reach of ordinary human sight.  “Invisible Oregon is a study of light across time and space,” wrote the filmmaker Sam Forencich. “As the sun rises over the state of Oregon, infrared light travels across the earth revealing the subtleties of new growth and the dramatic intersection of sky and earth.” Forencich is a photographer for the National Basketball Association by day, and experiments with different types of filmmaking in his spare time. The sound design for Invisible Oregon was done by his son, Travis Forencich.

Watch the video here.

Taken from TheAtlancitc. Author: Nadine Ajaka


Preserving Biodiversity to Feed the World

SEED: The Untold Story Miami Premiere | O Cinema Miami Shores at Miami ...In the last century, 94% of the world’s seed varieties have disappeared. Family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses to sow genetically identical crops on a massive scale. In an era of climate uncertainty and immense corporate power, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers are on a mission to defend the future of food. Botanical explorer Joseph Simcox has been to over 100 countries, collecting thousands of seeds. In this documentary from Independent Lens, he travels to the Peruvian Amazon. “My seeds are my kitchen table,” says Simcox. “My seeds are my way of sharing food with people all over the world.”

SEED: The Untold Story explores the hidden fabric of our food and the people that painstakingly and meticulously curate its diversity. SEED was produced, directed and edited by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz of Collective Eye Films. The film will be streaming for free on the PBS website until May 1, 2017.

You can watch the trailer here and the full movie here.


A New World Atlas For A Planet In Crisis

A new atlas examines the relationship between fast-growing cities and the world’s most precious ecological hotspots.

22nd April 2017

By 2100, the UN projects that 10 billion people will live on Earth–and it’s likely that many of them will live in cities. For the professor Richard Weller, who heads the urbanism and landscape architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania, the sprawl that’s sprung up to accommodate that urbanization is one of the biggest design problems of the next century–one that will transform the planet as we understand it.

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[Image: © 2017 Richard J. Weller, Claire Hoch, and Chieh Huang, Atlas for the End of the World]

Weller’s Atlas is an attempt to determine which land in the world should make up that last 2%–with an eye toward a future project that will assess how urban sprawl can be more environmentally friendly. The publication focuses on the Earth’s most threatened ecoregions, called hotspots, because they have the greatest diversity of species that cannot be found elsewhere. The problem is, the planet’s valuable ecoregions also play host to 422 cities with populations over 300,000. And 380 of those have a growth trajectory over the next decade that will wreck the ecological zones that surround them today. If that occurs, thousands of species found nowhere else on the planet will likely go extinct.

Read the full article here


Dirty Air? Art Display Illustrates Invisible Pollution in North Carolina

12 April 2017 – USA –

Artist and scientist Andrea Polli created an animated light display with an air-monitoring device and specialized computer software. Paige Donnely is the public engagement manager with Novozymes, a biotechnology firm involved with the display.

“One thing that this art installation will do is really bring awareness to the quality of air that we currently have in the Triangle, as well as help educate the public on options that are available for clean transportation,” she said.

Representatives will be on location most nights to share information about air quality and clean transportation options. Raleigh was ranked the 142nd most polluted city last year by the American Lung Association and traditionally ranks above the national average of U.S. cities for annual particle pollution.

Read the full story here.


Check if your city is increasing your risk of death

31 March 2017

Screen Shot 2017-03-31 at 00.21.48“The WHO’s Ambient Air Pollution Database measures PM2.5 levels in 3,000 cities in 103 countries. More than 80% of people living in cities that monitor air pollution are exposed to air which fails to meet the WHO’s guidelines.”

With this tool you can access through The Guardian, you can explore how much the city where you live, and other cities do in terms of air pollution. Crossing data from the World Health Organization and other sources you can check what is the risk of death from air pollution in 3000 cities around the world.

Access to the tool here.


Want to see how much of the world’s carbon budget have we spent so far?

31 March  2017

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This countdown clock shows an estimate of how long it will take to reach an amount of greenhouse gas emissions beyond which 2C of warming will be likely. Gathering data from the IPCC Climate Change synthesis report 2014, this tool has been calibrated to show us in relatively real time how much time we have left before climate change gets uncontrollable.

This information was published by The Guardian the 19th of January of 2017. You can have a look at it here, and please share it the most you can.


Places where exercising can actually kill you?

31 March 2017

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Depending on where you live, the air that you are breathing when going for a run or a cycling ride can be killing you slowly. Polluted air is getting out of control in some of the largest cities around the world. The poor air quality is so out of control that exercising is counterproductive. Smog alerts are becoming something quotidian as well as pulmonary infections.

“Breathing polluted air has been linked to infections including pneumonia, ischemic heart disease, stroke and some cancers. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease study ranks it among the top risk factors for loss of health.”

The article from The Guardian gives us a list of the most air polluted cities around the world where air pollution becomes so bad that the harm from cycling to work outweighs the health benefits. Check the full article here.


The Stockholm Resilience Centre launched its Annual Report 2016

1 April 2017 – Sweden –

Screen Shot 2017-04-01 at 22.03.00The Stockholm Resilience Centre launched its Annual Report 2016 where you can find a compilation of their different researches the institution published last year. Their topics go from food security to changes in policies regarding sustainability around the world. You can find useful information about the funding available for different topics in 2017. You can visit their website and check the research opportunities they provide. The institute is well recognized for their high quality research.

You can see and download the report clicking here.

 


Looking for a plastic-free fish menu in Canada

1 April 2017

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Laura McDonnell is a biologist that have decided to take fish out of her grocery shopping list. She writes an article explaining us the steps that have led her to make that decision. Mislabeling fish products is a common practice for restaurants and shops, she notes. Sometimes there can be 100% no seafood in what you think is a fish meal. Anyway, what is more concerning that mislabeling, is the amount of plastic in the ocean that has became part of the diet for fishes. The references a study published in 2014 that claims that the average European ingest an approximate of 11.000 micro-palstics per year by incorporating sea food in its diet. The bio-acummulation process that is happening, specifically with fish and plastic seems to be already impacting us physically.

The article was published in The Walrus the 31st of March 2017. Read the full article here.


Recent initiatives in India and Kenya have resulted in ban of plastic bags and disuse of  disposable plastics

10 April 2017

The Government of Kenya announced today a ban on the use, manufacture and import of all plastic bags, to take effect in six months. This announcement comes just three weeks after the UN declared a “war on plastic” through its new Clean Seas initiative, which has already secured commitments to address major plastic pollution from 10 governments. Read the full story here.

India’s capital, Delhi, is taking a drastic stand against one of the biggest pollutants in the world: plastic. The National Green Tribunal has imposed a ban on disposable plastic in the country’s capital city. Inhabitants of New Delhi are no longer permitted to use plastic bags, cups, or cutlery. Read the full story here.


 

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