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Air Pollution: We Need to do More

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Giving Compass’ Take: · Writing for India Development Review, Zarir de Vitre discusses the impact of air pollution on human and environmental health and the need for action now.
'Giving Compass’ Take: · Writing for India Development Review, Zarir de Vitre discusses the impact of air pollution on human and environmental health and the need for action now.Although India’s National Clean Air Programme was a step in the right direction, the author calls for more framework and a better plan for implementation. · How does air pollution affect human health?Does it differ among areas and people?What can be done to reduce air pollution and carbon emissions?  · Read more about air pollution and how it is affecting your health . The theme for World Environment Day 2019 is Beat Air Pollution – one that is extremely pertinent for India.While air pollution is a global problem – the World Health Organization (WHO) states that only one in 10 people on Earth breathes safe air – in India, the situation is rapidly worsening for both human and climate health.Air pollution is also proving to be expensive for us economically – it cost the country the equivalent of 8.5 percent of its GDP in 2013.In 2017 alone 1.24 million deaths, or 12.5 percent of the total deaths recorded that year, were attributed to air pollution.Of those, 4,80,000 died from household or indoor pollution.Average life expectancy in India in 2017 would have been higher by 1.7 years if air quality were at acceptable healthy levels.While air pollution affects everyone, it does not do so equally.Factors such as age, gender, income, and location play a significant role in intensifying the vulnerabilities to air pollution.In the case of pregnant women, exposure to air pollution during their first trimester increases both stunting as well as wasting for children aged below five years.Read the full article about air pollution by Zarir de Vitre at India Development Review. . The post Air Pollution: We Need to do More appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Extinction Risks From Climate Change

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'Giving Compass’ Take: · According to new research, the number of species at risk of extinction due to climate change is now dramatically higher than previous models have predicted. · How can donors contribute to conservation efforts?What can be done to curb the effects of climate change?What is being done to protect endangered species and biodiversity around the world? · Here’s more on this topic and the species at risk of extinction from climate change . To predict the fate of species, ecologists use climatic models that consider individual species in isolation.This type of model, however, overlooks the fact that species are part of a giant network of mutual dependencies: For example, plants need insects to disperse their pollen and, in turn, insects depend on plants for food.These types of mutually beneficial interactions have been very important in generating the diversity of life on Earth.But the interaction also has a negative knock-on effect when the extinction of one species causes other species that are dependent on it to also die out, an effect called co-extinction.Evolutionary biologists have now quantified how much more of an impact climate change has on biodiversity when these mutual dependencies between the species are taken into account.To this end, the researcher team analyzed the networks between flowering plants and their insect pollinators in seven different regions of Europe.Read the full article about extinction due to climate change  at Futurity. . The post Extinction Risks From Climate Change appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Mapping Symbiosis in the World’s Forests

Forestry Giving Compass

Giving Compass’ Take: · A new effort to map symbiotic relationships between trees, fungi, and bacteria has revealed the different factors that influence where symbionts flourish. · How is this research valuable?
'Giving Compass’ Take: · A new effort to map symbiotic relationships between trees, fungi, and bacteria has revealed the different factors that influence where symbionts flourish. · How is this research valuable?Why is it important to identify symbiotic relationships in the environment? · Check out this conservation effort that highlights forest protection by transforming it into art . In and around the tangled roots of the forest floor, fungi and bacteria grow with trees, exchanging nutrients for carbon in a vast, global marketplace.Mapping these relationships could help scientists understand how symbiotic partnerships structure the world’s forests and how a warming climate could affect them.A team of over 200 scientists to generate these maps, which revealed a new biological rule, which the team named Read’s Rule after pioneer in symbiosis research Sir David Read.In one example of how they could apply this research, the researchers used their map to predict how symbioses might change by 2070 if carbon emissions continue unabated.This scenario resulted in a 10 percent reduction in the biomass of tree species that associate with a type of fungi found primarily in cooler regions.Read the full article about mapping symbiosis in forests by Taylor Kubota at Futurity. . The post Mapping Symbiosis in the World’s Forests appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Greenpeace denting own credibility, says oil chief

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An oil industry leader has accused Greenpeace of “undermining its own credibility” by reviving its protest on an oil rig in Cromarty Firth.
'An oil industry leader has accused Greenpeace of “undermining its own credibility” by reviving its protest on an oil rig in Cromarty Firth. Campaigners climbed back on board the rig early yesterday morning – just hours after police and operators BP thought the demonstration had been brought to an end with the arrest of two protesters. Undeterred by security however, two more activists attached themselves to another leg of the Paul B Loyd Jr at 4am – preventing it from heading out to the North Sea to begin drilling. But last night, they were taken off the rig – in a cage that was lowered down to a waiting boat. \t\t\t\t\t The two were arrested, along with three others on land – bringing the total number of arrests to 14. Chief Superintendent George Macdonald said: “Officers returned to the platform around 2pm and, after deploying specialist tactics to access the area, subsequently arrested a man and woman who had been carrying out a continued protest on the rig. “The safety of everyone involved has remained our main priority throughout this challenging operation.” As police were flown back on to the platform yesterday, the chief executive of Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) said the re-occupation was “disappointing” and was not helping to move the debate on. Deirdre Michie said: “This is disappointing and our industry, with its focus on safe operations, will not condone these actions. “By going back on board the rig, Greenpeace is undermining its own credibility and not helping to move the debate on.” The campaign group had sent for its 949-tonne icebreaker ship Arctic Sunrise, but BP took out an injunction yesterday to prevent it heading any further north than Sunderland. BP said it supported debate and peaceful demonstration, but labelled Greenpeace’s actions as “irresponsible”, accusing the campaign group of putting other people at risk. It is understood the 92 crew members on the rig have had to stay in the accommodation unit most of the week for safety reasons. Rosie Rogers, senior climate campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said: “We realise working on a rig is a tough job at the best of times – these are dedicated, hard-working people. “Our argument remains with BP, which continues to fuel the climate emergency, not with the workers.” And John Sauven, Greenpeace’s executive director, said protestors would continue making a stand.'

Gay hate crimes rise in Scotland for fourth year in a row with offences up by 5 per cent in 2018/19

Public Protection The Scottish Sun

HOMOPHOBIC and biphobic hate crimes have risen for the fourth year — with 1,176 charges. Offences went up five per cent in 2018/19, Crown Office figures show. There has now been an increase every year since prejudice against sexual orientation was
'HOMOPHOBIC and biphobic hate crimes have risen for the fourth year — with 1,176 charges. Offences went up five per cent in 2018/19, Crown Office figures show. The shock figures were revealed this month Getty - Contributor There has now been an increase every year since prejudice against sexual orientation was made illegal in 2010 — with the exception of 2014/15. Sophie Bridger, of equality charity Stonewall Scotland, said: “Gay, bi and trans people face shocking levels of abuse.” Two thirds of Muslim women experience hate crime in Scotland shock survey reveals Racist incidents remain the most common hate crime despite a fall of 12 per cent, with 2,880 cases. Crimes linked to religion fell to 529, their lowest since 2004/05. Disability hate crime charges rose one per cent to 289. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Many incidents go unreported. \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t MOST READ IN NEWS \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tmurder rap\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWoman 'stabbed Paisley man to death with scissors' two days after prison release\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWHEN LOVE TAKES OVER\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tCouple caught romping on Ibiza balcony during David Guetta DJ set\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tVILE CREEP\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMoment perv in Gers top exposes himself to girl, 15, saying 'I want to f*** you'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tbanned\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBan on mobiles for 'Lyons mob' hoods jailed for Steven 'Bonzo' Daniel murder bid\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tgrim find\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHuman remains found in Galloway forest are those of Emma Faulds, cops confirm\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tCESSPIT\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tInside house of horrors where murdered Scots woman was tortured by evil carers\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tLONELY GOODBYE\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tOnly five mourners turn up for pauper's funeral of tragic Jeremy Kyle guest\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHOOPLA\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tTommy Robinson gifted CELTIC jersey after 'antagonising' Hoops fans in Sunderland\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tFATAL CRASH\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tScots woman killed in two car horror smash as cops lock down rural road\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tPURE EVIL\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMargaret Fleming's killer smirks as cop asks if he murdered her in chilling tape\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t “We are determined to avoid a culture of acceptance.” We told earlier how the church warned strong Catholic beliefs in Scotland such as opposition of gay marriage and abortion could be seen as a “hate crime” . The church claim a “climate of heightened sensitivity” could jeopardise freedom of speech and that expressing the Catholic beliefs on sexuality could soon be seen as an attempt to stir up hatred. \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t We pay for your stories and videos! Do you have a story or video for The Scottish Sun? Email us at  scoop@thesun.co.uk  or call 0141 420 5200'

Can We Switch One Greenhouse Gas For Another to Fight Climate Change?

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'Giving Compass’ Take: • New research highlighted by Rob Jordan at Futurity outlines a seemingly counterintuitive solution to climate change: Converting one greenhouse gas into another. • What are some other solutions to reduce greenhouse gas?  • To learn more about greenhouse gas emissions and global temperature change, click here.The relatively simple process could help turn the tide of climate change while also turning a healthy profit.The study describes a potential process for converting the extremely potent greenhouse gas methane into carbon dioxide, which is a much less potent driver of global warming.The idea of intentionally releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere may seem surprising, but the authors argue that swapping methane for carbon dioxide is a significant net benefit for the climate. “…THIS TECHNOLOGY COULD RETURN THE ATMOSPHERE TO PRE-INDUSTRIAL CONCENTRATIONS OF METHANE AND OTHER GASES.” “If perfected, this technology could return the atmosphere to pre-industrial concentrations of methane and other gases,” says lead author Rob Jackson, professor in earth system science in Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.Read the full article about switching greenhouse gases by Rob Jordan at Futurity. . The post Can We Switch One Greenhouse Gas For Another to Fight Climate Change? appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Modern technology and voice of women empower Amazon tribe to combat illegal poaching

Culture and Entertainment Channel 4 News

They have traditional dances, bows and arrows, the songs and the warpaint.
'They have traditional dances, bows and arrows, the songs and the warpaint. But the Amazon Guajajara tribe also have cameras, mobiles, drones and GPS trackers. The fight to confront illegal poachers and loggers in the Amazon is one which affects us all because the vast Amazonian forest is vital to global climate control. In our second of two reports from Brazil, we travelled to the state of the Maranhao to the Caru Indigenous Reserve to discover how technology, public relations and the voice of women are empowering this indigenous tribe to protect our planet’s largest rainforest.'