“The ivory trade of today is all about power and elitism,” says Reportage photographer Brent Stirton. Together with filmmaker Andrew Hida, Mr. Stirton and National Geographic contributing writer Bryan Christy examine the institutions that continue to sustain the world ivory trade. A trailer is above and the full 14-minute video can be seen in the latest issue of Reportage’s online magazine.
Mr. Stirton continues:
With the main product, religious icons, being traded for huge sums there’s a lot at stake,” Brent continues. “And it goes all the way to the top. There’s massive corruption and yet, because it’s a matter of religion, it’s not being challenged.
It seems that some people of religion have placed devotion ahead of decimation. They’re putting vanity ahead of the consequences. And surely that’s against the central tenets of all scripture?
Video by Reportage by Getty Images
Religion is driving, in part, demand for ivory. Elephant slaughter continues and not a peep from leaders.
When Indianapolis elected Republican Mayor Greg Ballard in 2007 the city had virtually no on-street bike lanes. Due in large part to Mayor Ballard’s leadership, the city now has more than 70 miles of on-street bike lanes, and is on its way to 200 by 2015.
Possibly (uncorroborated) the worst floods in this region has seen. Video shows tall buildings and also cars being sucked into fast, flooded rivers. Apparently - and unfortunately - there are two months left of heavy rains. Expect more destruction.
Flooding survivors in Uttrakhashi, India, share with CNN’s Mallika Kapur tales and video of destruction and survival.
Curious about what the Department of Interior does? Check out this 2 minute week’s update on projects from Latino Youth program in Utah and science based careers; land buy-back program to help tribal nations with self-governance; new study from USGS shows invasive Asian Carp may be more problematic in the Great Lakes than previously thought.
PBS has a fun series profiling scientists and engineers called, “Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers.” The profiles are meant to charm and intrigue, but don’t expect to be enlightened. Also - Hooray! for all the women in science!! Warms my cold, dead heart…
Above is a clip from a longer interview with climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. She focuses on alternative energy, and has hope for the future.
PBS’s series is like a buffet of scientists. What I like most is that the producers highlight the researcher’s work and their passions, and avoid stereotypes of lab coats, isolation, and Sisyphean uphill battles against the public. A+
Climate change and arctic research from the Stockholm Resilience Center.
Changes in the Arctic will affect ecosystems, communities, and industrial infrastructure
The Arctic is in the spotlight like never before. Scientists and environmentalists watch it as a bellwether of global climate change, while nations and corporations seek to exploit the region’s oil, gas and mineral reserves, and new shipping routes. Yet most discussions of the Arctic fail to consider how changes in climate, ecosystems, economics, and society interact.
The Arctic Resilience Report (ARR), led by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), set out to fill that gap. What it found is that the combination of multiple, dramatic changes is pushing social-ecological systems to their limits.
Be prepared for surprises "The Arctic is changing so fast and in so many interacting ways that it affects the very fabric of ecosystems and societies," says Annika E. Nilsson, senior research fellow at SEI and scientific coordinator of the first phase of the ARR.
"We have to be prepared for surprises, and we need to increase the capacity to adapt and to grapple with conflicting priorities."
"When people talk about global change, they often assume that it will happen fairly steadily, and that people and ecosystems will be able to make step-by-step adjustments over time, but we document a growing body of research that shows this is far from always the case," says Sarah Cornell, lead author of the ARR’s thresholds analysis and coordinator of the Planetary Boundaries research initiative at SRC.
Learn more about the Arctic Resilience Report and download the Interim Report from the Arctic Council website.
This is a sweet moment between mom and son. I think a lot of parents have this same conversation, when their child connects their food to viable creatures. An old friend of mine has 5(!) kids, and I was there when one of them discovered that the chicken on her plate was from a “real chicken.” O’ the horror that ensued… This kid’s mom is quite level-headed, but other parents, unfortunately, have a more forceful “eat your food!” response. Well worth your time, especially if you’ve hung out with kids and witnessed their incredible perceptions.
This billboard produces water out of air. You read that right. Amazing project located in a coastal desert town in Peru, which gets less than one inch of rain per year (compare to Arizona’s 13 inches per year).
“Watch the trailer for an exciting series of videos documenting the comprehensive restoration and conservation process in the Hall of North American Mammals that took place from the spring of 2011 to the Fall of 2012.
The 16-part series was recognized as an Official Honoree for the 2013 Webby Awards in the Documentary: Series category”