Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

Clinton on Keystone XL: ‘I Oppose it’


Associated Press

Published on Sep 22, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton broke her longstanding silence over the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, telling voters at a campaign stop in Iowa on Tuesday that she opposes the project assailed by environmentalists. (Sept. 22)

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Farm Loop Tour: Connecting with your Local Farming Community

Food Farmer Earth

Published on Sep 22, 2015

From the archives: The Molalla Country farm loop tour educates the general public where their food comes from and how it’s grown.

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Sanders Welcomes Pope Francis


Bernie Sanders

Published on Sep 22, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders welcomed Pope Francis to the United States and asked his colleagues in Congress to act on the pope’s call to care for the most vulnerable in our society.

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Oklahoma fracking causes earthquakes – scientists


RT America

Published on Sep 22, 2015

As the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma continues to boom, there has been a dramatic increase in booms of another kind – earthquakes. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky discusses how the fracking wells are causing a spike in quakes across the state.

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The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History: Elizabeth Kolbert

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW‘S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes

Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; First Edition edition (February 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092998
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (January 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250062187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250062185

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The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind: Richard E. Leakey, Roger Lewin

Richard Leakey, One Of The World’s Foremost Experts On Man’s Evolutionary Past, Now Turns His Eye To The Future And Doesn’t Like What He Sees.

To the philosophical the  earth is eternal, while the human race — presumptive  keeper of the world’s history — is a mere speck  in the rich stream of life. It is known that  nothing upon Earth is forever; geography, climate, and  plant and animal life are all subject to radical  change. On five occasions in the past, catastrophic  natural events have caused mass extinctions on  Earth. But today humans stand alone, in dubious  distinction, among Earth’s species: Homo  Sapiens possesses the ability to destroy  entire species at will, to trigger the sixth  extinction in the history of life. In The Sixth  Extinction, Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin  consider how the grand sprawl of human life is  inexorably wreaking havoc around the world. The  authors of Origins and  Origins Reconsidered, unimpeachable  authorities on the human fossil record, turn their  attention to the most uncharted anthropological territory  of all: the future, and man’s role in defining it.  According to Leakey and Lewin, man and his  surrounding species are end products of history and  chance. Now, however, humans have the unique  opportunity to recognize their influence on the global  ecosystem, and consciously steer the outcome in order  to avoid triggering an unimaginable upheaval.

From Publishers Weekly

Claiming that humanity is on the verge of causing a massive extinction of other species, the authors argue for a drastic change in the ways in which we impact on the environment.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Paleoanthropologist Leakey and coauthor Lewin (Origins Reconsidered, LJ 9/1/92) examine biology’s traditional viewpoints, which maintain a linear progression from simple to complex species development. In this scenario, survival of the fittest means success, and species extinction indicates failure. The authors also present the current trends in evolutionary science theory suggesting that the world is shaped by mass extinctions (natural catastrophes have caused five) instead of natural selection and that the shape and behavior of biological communities is driven by chaotic interaction rather than the simplistic balance-of-nature concept. Leakey and Lewin argue that Homo sapiens is the result of many chance events in evolution rather than the foreordained culmination of evolutionary excellence. Unfortunately, our self-awareness and mental capacity has given us the dubious capability of triggering a sixth extinction, destroying entire species through overhunting and habitat destruction. As the only sentient creature among animals, we have the duty to protect all of Earth’s species. The authors present a powerful message based on years of observation and fieldwork. Highly recommended for all collections.?Gloria Maxwell, Kansas Cty. P.L., Kan.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

  • Hardcover: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385424973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385424974
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385468091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385468091

Community Contingency Funds : Saving as a means of resilience

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Published on Sep 22, 2015

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This video shows the experience of an FAO project in Guatemala and Honduras that has established community contingency funds, an innovative scheme of community funds, aiming at reducing the risk of disasters and responding to emergencies.
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