How a sense of sacred can help sustainable business. There is a saying from a famous Buddhist master that the miracle of life is not being able to walk on water but on being able to walk on the Earth.
This came to mind as I read an introduction by Prince Charles in What has nature ever done for us? , Tony Juniper's new book on the importance of natural capital. Prince Charles says that a key reason we are so wantonly destroying the natural world on which our very lives depend is that "there now abounds a disturbing lack of a sense of the sacred".
"This is very important," he writes. "If nothing is sacred, most of all nature, then we create the potential for the perfect kind of storm, to which it will be virtually impossible to adapt, let alone mitigate. " He hits the nail on the head; we are not going to save ourselves and countless species from destruction with innovations in technology and business thinking alone, unless we heal our profound disconnection with Mother Earth. Building bridges with nature Looking beyond material consumption. ‘UMD Finding May Hold Key to Gaia Theory of Earth as Living Organism’ ‘Discovery ultimately could lead to better climate understanding and prediction’ Is Earth really a sort of giant living organism as the Gaia hypothesis predicts?
A new discovery made at the University of Maryland may provide a key to answering this question. This key of sulfur could allow scientists to unlock heretofore hidden interactions between ocean organisms, atmosphere, and land — interactions that might provide evidence supporting this famous theory.The Gaia hypothesis — first articulated by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis in the 1970s — holds that Earth’s physical and biological processes are inextricably connected to form a self-regulating, essentially sentient, system.One of the early predictions of this hypothesis was that there should be a sulfur compound made by organisms in the oceans that was stable enough against oxidation in water to allow its transfer to the air.
How much water is there on Earth, from USGS Water Science for Schools water information site. A Beta version of the new USGS website has been released for public comment.Use the "Feedback" button at bottom of every Beta page to tell us what you think.
All Earth's water, liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers View full size. Call for Arctic geoengineering as soon as possible - environment - 12 December 2011. It's the most urgent call for geoengineering yet: begin cooling the Arctic by 2013 or face runaway global warming.
But the warning – from a voice on the scientific fringe – may be premature, according to experts contacted by New Scientist. John Nissen, a former software engineer who has become alarmed at the possibility of reaching a climate "tipping point" argued for Arctic geoengineering as soon as possible in a poster presentation at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco last week. New molecule could help cool planet. By Nina Chestney LONDON Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:02pm EST LONDON (Reuters) - A new molecule has been detected in the earth's atmosphere which could help produce a cooling effect, scientists said, but it remains to be seen whether it can play a major role in tackling global warming.
The molecule can convert pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, into compounds which can lead to cloud formation, helping to shield the earth from the sun, the researchers said. Over the past century, the earth's average temperature has risen by 0.8 degrees Celsius. Scientists say the increase must be limited to below two degrees Celsius this century to prevent rising sea levels and other unwelcome consequences.
But mainstream ways of curbing warming, such as renewable power and energy efficiency, are not delivering results fast enough. In a paper published in the journal Science on Thursday, researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Bristol, and the U.S. Lions Green Team. Human Planet: BBC Unravels the Secrets of Earth. By Maria Popova What rainforest tribes in the jungle have to do with reindeer swimmers in the Arctic.
What are the secrets of this amazing planet we call home, and what exactly is our place in it? This question has been tickling humanity’s curiosity in a profound way since time immemorial and, now, the BBC is making an unprecedented effort to answer it. Human Planet — an ambitious, jaw-dropping, exquisitely cinematic series exploring mankind’s rich and complex relationship with nature across the globe, out this week on DVD, Blu-ray and video-on-demand. Beautiful waterfall of West Virginia - Yahoo! News Photos.
Offers $1 Million Reward to First to Make In Vitro Meat. UPDATE: Although the March 4, 2014, deadline for the prize has now expired, PETA’s in vitro chicken contest was a smashing success!
Since we announced the prize, laboratory work on in vitro meat has come a long way, and a commercially viable beef hamburger or pork sausage are bound to happen in the not-too-distant future (Dr. Mark Post has already had a taste-testing in London of the prototype). Makes Me Think - MMT - Today's Thought-Provoking Life Stories. Future Timeline. Richter Scale" Whenever a major earthquake is in the news, you'll probably hear about its Richter scale rating.
You might also hear about its Mercalli Scale rating, though this isn't discussed as often.