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Ron Marks
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Good news! #Oregon rejects coal exports, protecting critical habitat for endangered orcas and other #wildlife: http://buff.ly/YuHpQl 
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What is life all about?
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well, now i know what section of the patriot act needs to be amended first (802)

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This is an outstanding essay on our culture, of competition with nowhere to go. Worth reading in its entirety.

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Sounds like a wild ride

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A stunning video of the Aurora Australis taken by the crew of Expedition 29 on the ISS on September 17, 2011 as they pass from south of Madagascar to just north of Australia over the Indian ocean. Hope you all enjoy the show, I think +Ron Garan would approve ;)
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Another article connecting the protection of biodiversity to poverty issues. Points out that there are very few empirical studies testing hypotheses linking the two issues, then shares a few examples of some of the few studies that do so.

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A review by researchers with the Australian National University and published in the international, peer reviewed journal Climatic Change, found that large-scale restoration of native vegetation was the most frequently recommended action in the scientific literature to counter climate change effects on biodiversity.

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Shell in Nigeria, in response to oil spills & threats to ecosystems, is, apparently sincerely, working with gov't & local stakeholders to not only protect biodiversity & clean up spills, but to promote sustainable use of biological resources to support local livelihoods. Why? Sound biodiversity mgmt on the ground translates into strong financial performance in the markets.
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