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, biologist, photographer, 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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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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The economic benefits of restoring natural ecosystems outweigh the costs, according to new research. The study examined the financial costs and benefits of restoring a range of ecosystems, including those found in marine, inland and coastal habitats, and concludes that in most cases the large value of ecosystem services provides a net economic benefit.
Natural ecosystems provide a vast array of services that support human well-being and have real economic value. For example, a study of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Costa Rica showed that companies were willing to invest € 143.000 per year for watershed protection.
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The European Commission proposed a New General Union Environment Action Program (7th EAP) in November 2012 to guide the EU Environment Policy up to 2020.
Entitled “Living Well, Within the Limits of Our Planet“, the proposal sets out a clear vision of where Europe should be in the long term; in particular, it aims to enhance Europe’s ecological resilience and transform the European Union into an inclusive and sustainable green economy.
The EAP has the three-fold aim of achieving an inclusive green economy, whilst protecting the natural capital and the health of European citizens.
Specifically, protecting natural capital, encouraging more resource efficiency and accelerating the transition to the low-carbon economy are key features of the Program, which also seeks to tackle environmental causes of disease.
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