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The week in wildlife - in pictures

"A hare on hind legs, technicolour savannahs and rare snow leopards are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world "
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/apr/18/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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#environment #wildlife #nature #photography
A hare on hind legs, technicolour savannahs and rare snow leopards are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world
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Kate Humble: We don't value food because it's not expensive enough

"Food waste is endemic but we don't value food because it's not expensive enough. Four pints of milk for a quid, are you kidding me? And the reason we can buy that without thinking of the implications is because we're so disconnected from the land and farming process. People will see TV footage, like last year, of lambs being buried in the snow but then they'll complain about paying more for lamb. Here, we want to make that connection again."
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/17/kate-humble-value-food-not-expensive-enough

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#environment #food #katehumble #lifeandstyle
The Springwatch presenter tells Lucy Siegle about food waste, keeping sheep, not having children and her mission with aquaponics
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Divest #Monsanto Now! What mutual funds invest in Monsanto? Fidelity, Vanguard, State Street. Take a Stand. http://ow.ly/vSmmd #nongmo
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Pope Francis urged to back fossil fuel divestment campaign

"Religious groups have urged Pope Francis to back a campaign to encourage millions of people, organisations and investors to pull their money out of the fossil fuel industry.
Multi-faith groups in Australia and North America have sent a letter to the pope saying it is "immoral" to profit from fossil fuels."
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/16/pope-francis-back-fossil-fuel-divestment-campaign-religions-groups

For this story and full newspaper link http://paper.li/f-1338849118

#environmentalnews #fossilfuel #climatechange #PopeFrancis
Letter from religious groups in Australia and North America says it is 'immoral' to profit from fossil fuels • Read the full text of the letter to the Pope
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This sounds like a very cool concept!  The sun helps the algae in the canopy grow creating shade in the process.

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Urban Algae Canopy produces oxygen and biomass

The Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogic Studio is a piece of bio-digital architecture that combines micro-algal cultures and real time digital cultivation protocols. To be displayed at Expo Milano 2015, the structure is able to control the flow of energy, water and CO2 based on weather patterns, visitor's movements, and other environmental variables. It's the first of its kind in the world, and once fully completed, will be able to produce the oxygen equivalent of four hectares of woodland, along with nearly 330 pounds of biomass per day.

http://inhabitat.com/incredible-urban-algae-canopy-produces-the-oxygen-equivalent-of-four-hectares-of-woodland-every-day/
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Should cities be for animals too?

"Humans are becoming ever more urban in their habits, yet it’s only recently that scientists have attempted to quantify the impact of urbanisation on levels of biodiversity around the world. One striking recent global analysis of bird and plant diversity showed just how dramatically the built environment hits birds. For every species spotted in a given urban environment, there are typically more than 10 in an equivalent area of non-urban habitat."
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/apr/14/cities-animals-urban-environment-species

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#environmentalnews #wildlife #biodiversity #urban
Half the world's people live in cities – but urban environments have just a 10th of the species present in equivalent countryside habitats. Should we care and what can we do about it?• Wildlife in the city: readers' photographs from crocs to cows to hawks
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Happy #Farmersmarket Friday!  Thank you for shopping at farmer's markets and supporting your local farmers!

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Reading: Solar Power Just Had Its Biggest Quarter Ever
Far more solar was installed in the fourth quarter of 2013 than in any previous quarter, making it the second-largest source of new electricity that year.
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Sign this Petition to Encourage Harvard to Divest from Fossil Fuels  From Forecast the Facts:

"This is huge: more than 100 Harvard faculty members just signed a letter demanding that the Harvard Corporation — which manages the largest educational endowment in the world — commit to divesting from the fossil fuel industry....

In a scathing letter to the president and fellows of the university, faculty members explained that the financial impact of divestment would be minimal, but that it would go a long way in building stigma around fossil fuel investments, as well the polluters themselves.

The letter also calls out the university for its complicity in carbon pollution, and that gives us a crucial opportunity to push Harvard to divest from the industry that drives it. A victory at Harvard would deal an enormous political blow to the fossil fuel industry, and mark a major victory for the divestment movement — let's make it happen."

#fossilfuels #harvarduniversity #harvard #greeninvesting #environmentalresponsability  
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Deforestation of Central America rises as Mexico's war on drugs moves south

"According to Kendra McSweeney: "Drug trafficking is causing an ecological disaster in Central America." McSweeney, a geographer at Ohio State University, is the co-author of a recent report on the little-known phenomenon of "narco-deforestation" that is destroying huge tracts of rainforest that are already under threat from other quarters."
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/15/central-america-deforestation-mexico-drugs-war

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#environmentalnews #deforestation #centralamerica #ecology
Swaths of rainforest affected by 'narco-deforestation' caused by landing strips and roads built by and for drug traffickers
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