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Yale Environment 360: Opinion, Analysis, Reporting & Debate

Yale Environment 360: Opinion, Analysis, Reporting & Debate
Analysis by fred pearceIn its latest report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change makes a strong case for a sharp increase in low-carbon energy production, especially solar and wind, and provides hope that this transformation can occur in time to hold off the worst impacts of global warming. Comments | READ MORE Report by mike ivesConservation groups are mounting campaigns to persuade Vietnamese consumers that buying rhino horn is decidedly uncool. But such efforts are likely to succeed only as part of a broader initiative to crack down on an illicit trade that is decimating African rhino populations.Comments | READ MORE

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Invitation to a Dialogue: Less Ego in Architects Photo To the Editor: Several high-profile architects in the media recently perpetuate an image of architects as ethically insensitive, competitively destructive and socially tone-deaf. Among the recent examples: Santiago Calatrava for his overdue and overbudget World Trade Center transportation hub; Zaha Hadid for her dismissive comments about construction deaths at her Qatar soccer stadium; Diller Scofidio + Renfro for its American Folk Art Museum-eating Museum of Modern Art expansion; and SHoP Architects for its Domino Sugar Factory 55-story development extravaganza in Brooklyn.

Earth Island Journal | Earth Island Institute California Game Commission to Consider Whether to Protect Gray Wolf It is only a matter of time before wolves re-establish themselves in the Golden State by Pamela Flick – April 16, 2014 Gray wolves are no strangers to the Golden State. UK BAP The UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP) was published back in 1994, and was the UK Government’s response to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which the UK signed up to in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro. The UK was the first country to produce a national biodiversity action plan, and the UK BAP described the biological resources of the UK and provided detailed plans for conservation of these resources. Action plans for the most threatened species and habitats were set out to aid recovery, and national reports, produced every three- to five-years, showed how the UK BAP was contributing to the UK’s progress towards the significant reduction of biodiversity loss called for by the CBD. To support the work of the UK BAP, the UK BAP website was created by JNCC in 2001. The website contained information on the BAP process, hosted all relevant documents, and provided news and relevant updates.

Linking Twin Extinctions Of Species and Languages by Verlyn Klinkenborg 17 Jul 2012: Essay by verlyn klinkenborg Like many people, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about — and mourning — the cascading extinction of species caused by human activity. But only recently has it occurred to me to frame it this way: Humans have lived past the peak of biological diversity on this planet. There may well be other, higher peaks of biodiversity after we’re gone, but the best I can imagine as long as we’re around is a slight decline in the calamitous rate of extinction. As it happens, we’ve also lived past the peak of linguistic diversity — the number of different human languages spoken on this planet.

Wild swimming in the city: come on in, the river's cleaner! Thames Baths … the proposed floating lido on London's river near Blackfriars. Photograph: StudioOctopi/Picture Plane When you're floating in the river Thames, gliding on your back below soaring bridges, the chances are you're dead. Chinese Pollution China Pollution Problem The Top 10 Causes of the Chinese Pollution Problem by Jamie Ellis, Whiskey & Gunpowder As the 2008 Beijing Olympics approach, the subject of China’s pollution problems has recently garnered a great deal of attention. Clearly, China has a problem with its air and water pollution. Something must be done, but before a real solution can be instituted, we must first understand the causes. Here is a list of the 10 most important causes of Chinese pollution. China Pollution Cause #10: Price Fixing of Chinese Gasoline Costs As China shifts from its traditional communist economic system to a more market-based approach, prices for almost all goods and services have been released by the government and allowed to float freely in the market.

Tree of Life Web Project The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny). Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things.

Intrinsic Value, Ecology, and Conservation In "What is Conservation Biology?" Michael Soulé discusses several "normative postulates" of conservation biology, including that "biotic diversity has intrinsic value" (Soulé 1985). The idea that nature and biotic diversity have intrinsic value has been defended by several influential environmental ethicists (Rolston 1986, Callicott 1989), and it has featured prominently in some significant international declarations regarding the environment (United Nations 1992a, Earth Charter International 2000). Those who endorse the view that species and ecosystems possess intrinsic value believe that recognition of it is crucial both to justifying conservation biology and setting appropriate conservation goals. This contribution addresses these core questions regarding intrinsic value and conservation:

Stefan Thorsteinsson Stefan Thorsteinsson Gloria Identity for the small art house cinema Gloria in Copenhagen. With Kaspar Sivertsen and Andreas Johansen China lead pollution outbreak poisons 103 children | World BEIJING (Reuters) - Lead pollution from workshops in eastern China seriously poisoned 103 children and has affected hundreds of other residents in the country's latest case of unfettered industrial toxins, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. The pollution from tinfoil-making workshops in Yangxunqiao town in Zhejiang province left the children, aged 14 or younger, with 250 microgrammes or more of lead for every litre of blood. Another 26 adults were found to have "severe lead poisoning, or with more than 600 microgrammes of lead per litre of blood," the report said, citing local health officials. "Workers and their family members, including children, are constantly exposed to lead materials in the family-run workshops," said the report, adding that a dozen of the children were receiving hospital treatment for the lead. Nearly 500 other residents of the township were found to have "moderate" lead poisoning, with 400 to 600 microgrammes of lead per litre of blood.

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