Population Displacement

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Valuing Ecosystem Goods and Services in the Columbia River Basin

VALUING ECOSYSTEM GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN

When decision makers undervalue the benefits we derive from nature, they underestimate the full costs to society of converting natural resources to uses that destroy or degrade natural capital. Recognition of the benefits of ecosystem goods and services (EGS) by policy makers is therefore an important step in formulating effective natural resources policy that is […]

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Sea level rise could be faster, worse than expected: studies

Sea level rise could be faster, worse than expected: studies

More evidence is emerging indicating that climate change may raise sea levels faster and higher than originally thought. What this means for coastal cities worldwide has been well documented. More than two-dozen large U.S. cities will likely be hit with a flooding crisis by 2050. Climate Central estimates at least 150 million people globally live […]

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Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.

“After decades of cruel leadership, the effects of climate change may have been the ultimate unhinging stressor for Syria.” This is really a must read comic. Understanding the conflict in Syria is important — as is supporting and assisting Syrian refugees. Read it here.

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The hungry dystopia of climate change

The hungry dystopia of climate change

It’s the year 2026. A poor monsoon season in India leads to low wheat output, which is followed by a surprise thaw and refreeze that flattens crops in the Black Sea region, and a bad Chinese wheat harvest. Russia and some other producers impose export restrictions to conserve food. Next, drought strikes the U.S., and things suddenly […]

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Feeding Nine Billion Video 5: Local Food Systems by Dr. Evan Fraser

Feeding Nine Billion Video 5: Local Food Systems by Dr. Evan Fraser

By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on the planet – but will there be enough food for everyone? Food security expert Dr Evan Fraser guides you through a whiteboard presentation of his solution to the Global Food Crisis focusing in this video on the role of the local food system. Brought to you […]

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Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

Revealed: Canadian government spent millions on secret tar sands advocacy

Conservative government used public money on outreach campaign to counter criticism of controversial Alberta tar sands. Canada’s Conservative government spent several million dollars on a tar sands advocacy fund as its push to export the oil faltered, documents reveal. In its 2013 budget, the government invested $30 million over two years on public relations advertising […]

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Today is Earth Overshoot Day - In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth's budget for the year

Today is Earth Overshoot Day – In less than 8 Months, Humanity has exhausted Earth’s budget for the year

In less than 8 Months, Humanity exhausts Earth’s budget for the year. Earth Overshoot Day 2015 is today, August 13. Please see the new website for Earth Overshoot Day at www.overshootday.org. Below is information from Earth Overshoot Day 2014: August 19 is Earth Overshoot Day 2014, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for […]

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The Problem with Saving the World

The Problem with Saving the World

The United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are about to replace the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), are getting a lot of hate these days.The real problem is that the SDGs are profoundly contradictory, to the point of being self-defeating. On the one hand, the preamble affirms that “planet Earth and its ecosystems […]

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