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Five Pacific islands lost to rising seas as climate change hits - Island Life Magazine Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific, according to Australian researchers. The submerged islands were part of the Solomon Islands, an archipelago that over the last two decades has seen annual sea levels rise as much as 10mm (0.4in), according to research published in the May issue of the online journal Environmental Research Letters. The missing islands, ranging in size from 1 to 5 hectares (2.5-12.4 acres) were not inhabited by humans.
TED Ed - The nurdles’ quest for ocean domination Captain Charles Moore was the first to discover a large collection of plastics circulating in the Pacific Ocean. Take a look at this TED-Ed lesson Seas of Plastic: Captain Charles Moore to learn more about his discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Where do the nurdles and microplastic floating in the ocean go? Is Australia Full? – News, Research and Analysis – The Conversation – page 1 Tom Wilson Principal Research Fellow, Charles Darwin University Liz Allen Demographer, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University Bill Bellotti Professor and Director Food Systems Program, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland Shanthi Robertson Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University Paul Sutton Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Denver Emily Longstaff PhD Candidate (Sociology), Australian National University Glen Searle Glen Searle is a Friend of The Conversation. Honorary Associate Professor in Planning, University of Queensland and, University of Sydney James Ward Lecturer in Water & Environmental Engineering, University of South Australia Brendan F.D.
Waste Ban (2015) - BTN ELOISE FUSS, REPORTING: It can be a hard life for food. You wait expectantly in the supermarket to be chosen, finally someone buys you, you make it into a lunchbox, and then. Unfortunately, this is how lots of our food ends up. In Australia we waste huge amounts of food each year. How much exactly? theconversation In the gallery of Australian art at Federation Square hangs John Brack’s iconic portrait of Melbourne in the 1950s — Collins Street, 5pm. This painting of the ritual march home from work to the suburbs depicts a city full of people and buildings, yet monochromatic and flat. It has become iconic not only because it captured a mid-20th-century conformity, but also because it stood for the loss of an intensive urbanity that had flourished in the “Marvellous Melbourne” of the late 19th century. While this era came to a crashing end with the 1890s depression, Melbourne did not fall into decline so much as into conformity and staidness.
TED Ed Earth School - The clothes we wear Before you dive into the rest of this Quest, check out these videos for more info about how your clothing is connected to nature and how your clothing choices can have an impact: Watch 1: Growing and Harvesting Cotton (Kansas Farm Bureau) Watch 2: Why Organic Cotton Matters (Prana)Watch 3: How Your T-Shirt Can Make a Difference (Nat Geo)Watch 4: What Will People Wear in the Future? LEARN + INTERACTCreate a travel diary of your favorite piece of clothing. What is the true cost of eating meat? What are the economics of meat? Food and farming is one of the biggest economic sectors in the world. We are no longer in the 14th century, when as much as 76% of the population worked in agriculture – but farming still employs more than 26% of all workers globally. And that does not include the people who work along the meat supply chain: the slaughterers, packagers, retailers and chefs. In 2016, the world’s meat production was estimated at 317m metric tons, and that is expected to continue to grow. Figures for the value of the global meat industry vary wildly from $90bn to as much as $741bn.
Plastic Packaging - Classroom - BTN (without CC) CARL SMITH, REPORTER: It's something you do every day. Open up the lunchbox, unwrap your food and throw away the packaging. But all that waste can really start to add up. In fact, in just one year the average Aussie throws away 200 kilograms of packaging. Environment groups say that adds up to almost 2 million tonnes across Australia every single year. You decide Australia's population, we'll show you how it looks Australia's population has more than quadrupled in the past century, with the number of people tipped to reach 25 million this year. If current trends continue the population will top 40 million within 40 years. Some say Australia should have stopped growing decades ago. Others point out Australia is a wealthy country with plenty of space to welcome more.
Wipe Out Waste - Classroom - BTN These guys are taking out the trash. But they're making sure they've sorted it first. Here at Immanuel primary talking rubbish is encouraged. STEVIE: We're sorting the rubbish from our landfill bins into groups like organic, paper and cardboard, 10c bottles and things like that and plastic. Melting Himalayan glaciers: a big drop in a bucket that's already full A new report has warned that even if global warming is held at 1.5℃, we will still lose a third of the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya (HKH) region. What does that mean for rivers that flow down these mountains, and the people who depend on them? The HKH region is home to the tallest mountains on Earth, and also to the source of rivers that sustain close to 2 billion people.
What really happens to the plastic you throw away - Emma If you watched this video, you’re probably interested in how plastics are made, and what impact they have on the environment. For starters, you might want to watch this video that shows you how plastic bottles are produced. The American Chemistry Council also has some helpful guidelines on how the material is manufactured, what different types there are, and what role monomers and polymers play in the manufacturing process. (What are monomers and polymers anyway? You can read more about how they’re used in plastics, here.) Guns, snares and bulldozers: new map reveals hotspots for harm to wildlife The biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads and other industrial activities. There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet our understanding of where these threats overlap with the locations of sensitive species has been poor. This limits our ability to target conservation efforts to the most important places. Read more: Earth’s wilderness is vanishing, and just a handful of nations can save it In our new study, published today in Plos Biology, we mapped 15 of the most harmful human threats – including hunting and land clearing – within the locations of 5,457 threatened mammals, birds and amphibians globally.