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Proposal for MIT Global Environment Initiative seeks public comment As the world’s population continues to expand, our natural resources will become increasingly strained. In an effort to find sustainable solutions for the planet’s growing population while minimizing environmental impacts, MIT’s Environmental Research Council (ERC) has put forward a detailed implementation plan to establish a Global Environmental Initiative to complement the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI). The interdisciplinary, faculty-led council presented the plan to the MIT community last Thursday in a forum held at the Kirsch Auditorium in the Stata Center. Council members outlined an initiative that would bring together MIT’s “core strengths” across campus to help solve the world’s pressing environmental challenges, from mitigating climate change to curbing contamination and maintaining fresh water supplies. In the areas of climate and oceans, MIT already has a strong foundation of interdisciplinary collaboration.

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A silk purse from a sow's ear: The colourful snaps that show the ugly side of America's pollution By Leon Watson Updated: 17:11 GMT, 26 October 2011 At first glance they're beautiful, but these incredible snaps reveal something far more ugly. J Henry Fair's spectacular aerial images show the devastation man has wreaked on America. Pollution is exposed on a massive scale, creating striking vivid colours that highlight the scars of spillages, open cast mining, chemical and oil leaks, industrial decay and deforestation. A river bleached white with the waste of aluminium production snakes through the parched Louisiana landscape before emerging into a muddy red lake in Darrow where the colours swirl together as on a palette Cast-offs: This shows oil from sand extraction at Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Stain on the landscape: The process of extracting oil from sand leaves behind large tracts of yellow sulphur. Mr Fair, from New York, said the beauty of the pictures draws people in and then they learn the reasons for the vivid colours and the shapes.

Changing Forest Cover Since the Soviet Era acquired 1985 - 2012download large image (7 MB, JPEG, 5101x3188) acquired 1985 - 2012download large Eastern Europe image (21 MB, JPEG, 11802x11401) When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the political and economic effects were profound for the 290 million people under its rule. But the effects were not limited to the people. Changing political times also led to rapid changes for forests in Russia and the Eastern Bloc countries. After compiling a new satellite-based data set, a team of scientists has published maps showing how Eastern Europe’s forests have changed over 27 years. “Forests generally recovered quickly,” noted Potapov. Across the study area, forest cover grew by 4.7 percent, increasing from 216 million hectares (533 million acres) in 1985 to 226 million hectares (558 million acres) in 2012. acquired 1985 - 2012 Timber harvesting was the primary cause of forest change, accounting for more than 90 percent. acquired 1985 - 2012download large image (5 MB, JPEG, 6120x3826)

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Welcome to IRENA-Global-Atlas Sustainable Development – Earth Charter Initiative Principle 14 of the Earth Charter emphasizes the importance of “Integrating into…education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life”. Education is fundamental to the mission of Earth Charter Initiative. ECI has therefore created the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. The Center deepens students’ and program participants’ understanding of sustainability vision and practice, and build the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values they need to shape a sustainable future. To reinforce the legitimacy of the Earth Charter Center and the importance of its mission, a UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter was created as a collaborative effort between UNESCO, Earth Charter International, and the University for Peace. The Earth Charter Center for ESD: What is Education for Sustainable Development?

Max Roser – Economist MONDE : Coup de Pouce pour la Planète - Laure Noualhat La France Sauvage réalisé par Frédéric Febvre et Augustin Viatte Co-production ARTE, GEDEON 19,99 € La France Sauvage nous révèle une biodiversité insoupçonnée avec des images spectaculaires et des scènes de vie qui le sont tout autant. Vous assisterez à l’hibernation des marmottes, à l’accouplement des coccinelles ou à celui des tortues d’Hermann menacées d’extinction, mais vous pourrez aussi admirer simplement les merveilles de la nature française. Au fil des saisons, de l’infiniment petit à l’infiniment grand, du monde terrestre aux grands espaces aériens en passant par les fonds marins, ce très beau documentaire raconté par Sophie Marceau nous dévoile la richesse de la faune et la flore hexagonales : un véritable spectacle à savourer en famille. A noter que le DVD édition Spéciale FNAC propose un mode "lecture interactive" avec la possibilité d’accéder à 35 fiches animalières au cours du programme...

Earth Surface Processes - Philip A. Allen Demand the Impossible!