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Change Reaction

Change Reaction

What does sustainable change look like? GoPro meets Ethiopian farmers in new music video! Film by Julia Dahr/Sør i fokus, music by Queendom. www.utviklingsfondet.no

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IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report

The SYR synthesizes the main findings of the AR5 (IPCC) based on contributions from Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis), Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), and Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change), plus two additional IPCC reports (Special Report on Renewable Energy and Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation).

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The Reunion

The Reunion

Stunning story about indigenous Harakbut people exploring their ancient past in the Peruvian Amazon with the discovery of an enormous carved stone face ‘rostra’ in the cliffs of the jungle. The ‘rostra’ had never been documented before. Perhaps the discovery of these ancient monuments could help prevent the exploration of gold mining and petroleum companies encroaching upon their territories. You can find other short films on a similar issue at If Not Us Then Who: ifnotusthenwho.me/ The films are a culmination of more than two years of participatory filming by Handcrafted Films. From Indonesia to Peru, we have been working with local partners to articulate individual stories through film.
Using the powerful visuals they are now organising a global roadshow in the lead up to COP21 in Paris. Our aim is to draw attention to the wider issue of deforestation, community-based solutions and ultimately to put pressure on governments and their commitment to slow climate change.

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Oyster Farmers and Ocean Acidification

Oyster Farmers and Ocean Acidification

The ocean is so acidic that it is dissolving the shells of our baby oysters,” says Diani Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington. She and her cousin Brittany are fifth-generation oyster farmers, and are grappling with ocean waters that are more acidic and corrosive than their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers knew.

This “ocean acidification” is one planetary response to humans’ burning of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide that is absorbed by the oceans. According to the National Climate Assessment, oceans currently absorb about a quarter of human-caused carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, leading to ocean acidification that will alter marine ecosystems in dramatic yet uncertain ways. To learn more about ocean acidification, go to NCA2014.globalchange.gov

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Fracking 101

Fracking 101

Hydraulic fracturing — or “fracking” — is a natural gas collection method that poses danger to our environment and our public health. Take action at sc.org/beyondfracking.

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Farne Islands welcome their first seal pup of 2014

Farne Islands welcome their first seal pup of 2014

The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands marking the start of our annual seal count on the islands. It’s the time our rangers monitor the breeding success of the seals.

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Climate Change: Science has spoken

Climate Change: Science has spoken

In this trailer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report Synthesis Report, scientists are calling on World leaders to act before it is too late.

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Ring the Leaders!

Ring the Leaders!

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) regrouped in Copenhagen in late October 2014 to release the fifth assessment report’s synthesis summary, Climate ambassadors from the 2014 European Green Capital and the Danish Cycling Federation rode their bikes to promote our common low carbon future, sustainable travel and asking for leadership. Young and old rang their bells in unison in front of the “Ice Watch” installation by artist Olafur Eliasson and professor Minik Rosing, made of 12 blocks of ice from Greenland, slowly melting in front of Copenhagen’s City Hall. Read more at http://www.sharingcopenhagen.dk/

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The Great Pumpkin Rescue – The First Oxford Pumpkin Festival

The Great Pumpkin Rescue – The First Oxford Pumpkin Festival

In the UK, 2/3 of Halloween pumpkins are thrown into the bin; that’s the equivalent of 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins, the weight of 1,500 double decker buses. The Oxford Pumpkin Festival, organised by HUBBUB, aims to highlight this in a series of events including distributing free pumpkin soup. What’s not to like.

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Offshore wind for Munich’s green energy mix

Offshore wind for Munich’s green energy mix

From 2015, DanTysk will supply up to 1.3 billion kWh of electricity – and will also help Munich achieve a more sustainable energy supply system.
A film by Willie Brandl

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