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Creating a Sustainable Future: 5 Essential Reads

Much news about the environment in 2017 focused on controversies over Trumpadministration actions, such as proposals to promote more use of coal and budget cuts at relevant federal agencies. At the same time, however, many scholars across the U.S. are pursuing innovations that could help create a more sustainable world. Here we spotlight five examples from our 2017 archives.

https://www.ecowatch.com/sustainability-innovations-2017-2520468655.html

 

Poke Bowls Are Trendy, but Are They Sustainable? (video)

Poke, a dish made from raw tuna, is enjoying huge popularity far beyond its native Hawaii. But where is all that fish coming from? It turns out that tracking down the source of that tasty yellowfin or bigeye can be a hard task—and that raises some major sustainability concerns. (2 min.)

https://www.ecowatch.com/poke-tuna-oceana-2522775789.html

Author Says Soil Is Key To Addressing Effects of Climate Change

In 2013 the United Nations declared Dec. 5 to be World Soil Day, a recognition of the significance of healthy soil in both improving food security and nutrition, and mitigating the effects of climate change, including drought, flood, soil erosion and sea level rise. This year the U.N. held a conference at its New York headquarters on the theme of “caring for the planet starts from the ground.”

Didi Pershouse, founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine in Thetford and author of The Ecology of Care, and the downloadable PDF which was released online in August, was one of five panelists invited to speak at this year’s conference.

http://www.vnews.com/Soil-expert-Didi-Pershouse-speaks-at-UN-conference-14410464

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didipershouse.com

 

How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist

I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as Google’s Design Ethicist caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.

When using technology, we often focus optimisticallyon all the things it does for us. But I want you to show you where it might do the opposite.

Where does technology exploit our minds weaknesses?

http://www.tristanharris.com/essays/

Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

“Oh, that’s like me,” Underhill says, reaching for it. “That’s my kind of plant.”

The Botanical Garden’s therapeutic horticulture program has grown in popularity in recent years, offering connections with nature to those enduring serious illness, developmental disabilities, or physical or mental trauma. It includes sessions at the garden, in a part known as the Sensory Garden, as well as outreach at area treatment centres such as Siteman.

“We believe that connection to nature provides healing,” Carbone said. “I can bring this to people who are probably in the worst situation they’re ever going to be in.”

https://www.thespec.com/living-story/7981624-working-and-playing-with-plants-helps-cope-with-illness-disabilities/

Gary Snyder’s Poetry Earns Him A Spot In The California Hall Of Fame

(Audio)

Gary Snyder’s life and work as a poet spans from the Beat Generation and San Francisco Renaissance in the 1950s to today. He’s won a Pulitzer Prize for his poems, and his blend of Buddhist spirituality and environmental activism have earned him a reputation as the “poet laureate of Deep Ecology.”

Gary Snyder has published more than 20 books of poetry and prose, and that earned him a spot in the California Hall of Fame at tonight’s ceremony hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown. Capital Public Radio’s new environment reporter Ezra David Romero joins to talk about Gary Snyder’s poetry and his work.

http://www.capradio.org/news/insight/2017/12/05/insight-120517b/

WHAT IS THE SYMBIOTIC ECONOMY?

THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW ECONOMIC PARADIGM

If assembled, innovations from three spheres of economic activity – those using natural ecosystems, social and collaborative innovation, and efficient technology – enter into symbiotic relationship.

Together, we can create a new economic paradigm which can amplify our positive impact on the planet, while renewing global prosperity

https://symbiotique.org

New Study Links Living Near Forests to Healthier Brains

A lady walks her dog through a winter forest with the morning light streaming through the trees and illuminating the pine trees behind.

Evidence keeps mounting that, in stressful times, there is much to gain by surrounding yourself with plants and trees.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/new-study-links-living-near-forests-to-healthier-brains-20171130

Seafood lovers eat 11,000 pieces of plastic each year with just one portion of mussels containing up to 90 particles, scientists warn

If your diet includes seafood it could mean you’re swallowing up to 11,000 pieces of plastic a year, scientists have warned – and it’s going to get worse.

Researchers found that the average portion of mussels contains around 90 plastic particles, while six oysters contain around 50 particles.

This means someone eating the equivalent of two portions of mussels a week would swallow up to 11,000 plastic fibres in a year.

 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5138133/Seafood-lovers-eat-11-000-pieces-plastic-year.html#ixzz509a9by6i 

‘Zero tolerance’ plan eyed for plastic pollution

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit.

Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea.

At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there’s no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land.

Experts say ocean plastics are an obvious subject for a global treaty: plastics present a large-scale threat.

Plastic pollution doesn’t recognise international borders.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42190678

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