The Evolution of our Planet’s Life and the Last Revolution to Save Us as Humans Beings

Revolution Movie

 

We honor and admire author Rod Stewart’s remarkable journey of courage and determination changed from its original mission to save the world’s sharks, into a fight for life, that of humankind.

In an effort to protect them, award winning filmmaker Rod Stewart teamed up with renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The adventure started with a battle between the Ocean Warrior and shark poachers in Guatemala, resulting in several pirate boat rammings, corrupt court systems, and attempted murder charges, forcing them to flee for their lives.

Through such an exploration, biologistphotographer, and conservationist Rod Stewart discovered these magnificent creatures have gone from predator to prey, and despite surviving the earth’s history of mass extinctions, they could easily be wiped out with a few years of human greed.

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Empowering Environmental Education through Citizen Science and Biodiversity Research

Citizen Science and Biodiversity

 

According to a recent new study, citizen science has the potential to address some of the biggest concerns and challenges facing biodiversity researchers. This study has found that volunteers already save biodiversity research huge sums of money; but, that their contributions are underused by the scientific community.

The effect of global change on biodiversity is difficult to monitor, as change is occurring at a global scale over long periods of time. The resources needed to track and analyse in detail the effects of climate change, pollution, invasive species, land use change and overexploitation are huge.

However, citizen science approaches may help scientists and researchers to effectively tackle biodiversity issues and environmental problems in a way that is not prohibitively expensive.

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A New Financial Instrument to Promote Projects on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services

Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services

 

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched a new financing instrument – the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF) – for projects promoting the preservation of Natural Capital, including adaptation to Climate Change.

In December 2014, the EU Commission and the EIB have signed an agreement entrusting the EIB with the management of the NCFF, that will be developed by blending EIB funding with EC financing funded by the LIFE budget.

The NCFF will provide innovative financial solutions to support bankable projects, which have the potential to be revenue-generating or cost-saving, promoting the conservation, restoration, management and enhancement of natural capital for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (BES) and climate adaptation benefits, including ecosystem-based solutions to challenges related to land, soil, forestry, agriculture, water and waste.

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What Factors and Mega Trends are Shaping the Production-Consumption Systems in Europe?

Factors and Mega Trends Shaping European Production and Consumption System

 

According to the European Environmental Agency (EEA) – in measuring progress towards green economy, resource efficiency and ecosystem resilience – the overall process of social and economic transition could be divided into social, technological, economic, environmental and political global mega trends.

Between 2013 and 2014, the EEA has addressed several aspects of the green economy, and developed an integrated perspective that embraces some global dimensions and focuses on environmental impacts of production and consumption systems.

These various dimensions have far-reaching implications for individual nations and citizens; in particular, there are several factors and global mega trends within the European production and consumption systems that create serious environmental consequences, as follows:

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Forward-Thinking Companies Capitalize on the Risks and Opportunities of Climate Change

On 22/10/2014, in Climate Change, Environmental Risk, Sustainability Strategies, by Dr. Paola Fiore

Risks and Opportunities of Climate Change

 

The Earth’s climate is affected by many natural factors, such as the angle of the planet’s axis with respect to the sun, geological activity, oceans and greenhouse effect, in which the greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor, etc…) withhold incoming sunlight, thus creating a dynamic equilibrium that enables the creation and preservation of life.

Since the industrial revolution, the levels of carbon dioxide have increased by at least 30% due to the burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use (deforestation and urbanization).

This anthropogenic climate change process has exacerbated the greenhouse effect, increasing the average global temperature by 0,6ο C during the 20th century.

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