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Defend the Amazon Reef

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The Amazon Reef: Brazil’s newly discovered and already threatened treasure

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Could this be the future of Zoos?

Unzoos are a way for visitors to view wild animals and become immersed in their natural habitat. They encourage wild animals to interact with visitors.  One of the first zoos to enter this territory is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna Australia (here) . This is an interesting concept to see as more and more zoos move away from cages, adopting naturalistic enclosures. This Unzoo takes it one step further moving towards an environment designed around the animals, rather than the visitors.

Is this the future of zoos? Read more about “The Unzoo Alternative” here

“Toxic air pollution particles found in human brains”

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Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution have been discovered in human brains in “abundant” quantities, a newly published study reveals.

“Overpopulation, overconsumption – in pictures”

To view the whole book and join the campaign visit this link.

Polar Bears International

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Polar Bears  are a species that is under great threat from global warming.

Polar Bears International is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their sea ice habitat.

Their research, education, and action programs address the issues that are endangering polar bears.

Visit their website to find out what you can do to help.

Generation Carbon is Connected, but Disengaged and Disillusioned

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“Generation Carbon” was introduced on the project page:

This demographic has been alive since the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change began with the Kyoto Protocol in 1997. This is the important demographic who have a growing awareness of the environmental issues that they have inherited;  and the fact that they will have to deal with them as adults. They will thus have a strong impact on environmental decision-making; first by their parents and second as they become adults. Understanding how this demographic thinks and behaves is of great interest to companies and policy makers.

And also in the essay Introducing “Generation Carbon” v4.

A new study by the Green Alliance and Hermes Fund Managers has found that:

the common assumption that Generation Y will seize the initiative to address sustainability threats was not borne out in the attitudes we found in our focus groups. Many were skeptical about financial approaches focusing on investment opportunities in the low-carbon economy. There are signs that this cohort may actually feel less agency and empowerment to influence their environment than previous generations.

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Based on the polled attitudes of “Generation Carbon”, the future is bleak; because they have given up already.

Please download and complete the survey here to see if this conclusion is confirmed.

“Shark Parks, DNA Seen as Best Chance of Conservation”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-08/shark-parks-and-dna-tracing-seen-as-best-chance-of-conservation.html

Shark conservationists are tracing DNA to save endangered species and encouraging the establishment of sanctuaries for the predatory fish, according to scientists with The Pew Charitable Trusts.

“Global Warming Paradox: Might CO2 Actually Save The Amazon? Read the full article: Global Warming Paradox: Might CO2 Actually Save The Amazon?”

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Will global warming provide a solution to one of the problems it creates? To find an answer to this intriguing question, a team of scientists started taking measurements last week for what may be the most ambitious experiment the Amazon forest has seen in some 20 years. Ecologists are hoping the project, called Amazon FACE (Free-Air CO2 Enrichment), can tell them whether the forest will survive the drought that global warming is expected to cause.

Led by the Sao Paulo State University and bringing together more than 14 research centers, the experiment consists of permanently bombarding small parts of the forest with CO2. Some believe that higher concentration levels of carbon dioxide can boost photosynthesis, which would compensate for the forest’s growth deficit, and even its feared death in case of drought.

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Nature compensates for human excess.