1. Mission Greenland – For a Cleaner Future: Environmental Atlas of Europe


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    The Environmental Atlas of Europe is a UNEP-EEA-ESA joint project showcasing communities responding to environmental change across Europe. The films present a series of these inspirational stories about how people are responding to climate change and in so doing, transforming their lives for a more sustainable future.

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    • Birding. Hobby or Mission?


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      We are regularly being informed how our way of life destroys nature. I think that most of the people are already resistant to this type of information, saying: “Nothing depends on me!” With a creation of this video clip I would like to pay attention to a hobby that has a power to protect not only target bird species but the whole biodiversity of certain areas. Birdwatching is not just a hobby but an investment in nature conservation.

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      • Satyagraha Holy Mother


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        Documentary film about biodiversity conservation, biopiracy, water pollution and exploitation in Northern India. Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Mira Shiva and other activists traced 3 points from the gandhian principles, practices and beliefs engaging the cause of the Indian farmers in movements and actions such as: Bija Swaraj - democracy of biodiversity and seeds - Anna Swaraj - democracy of food - Jal Swaraj - democracy of the water. Navdanya is an organic seed banks organization aimed to protect the diversity and the integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. It's based on Gandhi's ideology of "Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force and non-violence actions". Satyagraha is also termed a “universal force, it arms the individual with moral power rather than physical power". From India to the all whole world, one by one, soil by soil, State by State. Quoting Shiva's book, we can reach and live in "Earth democracy; justice, sustainability and peace".

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        • Ludovic Vanackere


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          Ludovic Vanackere is a Belgian cook working out of his family farm. CEJA's project 'farm and farmers' aims to show how young farmers across Europe are working at improving the value of their farms and produce. Directed and Shot by Gabriele Trapani & Federico Zanghì Editing Matthieu Becker

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          • 891 and UniSA Beachcombers


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            891 ABC Adelaide and the University of South Australia celebrated National Science Week in Australia at the Museum of South Australia. Shot on an iPhone. Full story at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/08/17/3295833.htm

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            • Conservation Works—Episode 1: Climate Change Vulnerability Index


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              With the creation of the Climate Change Vulnerability Index, NatureServe has become the global leader in climate change vulnerability assessment. The Index, or CCVI, provides land and natural-resource managers and policymakers with a rapid, cost-effective means of screening species' relative vulnerability to climate change. Learn more as Bruce Young, NatureServe's director of species science, and Greg Czarnecki, executive director of Pennsylvania DCNR's Wild Resource Conservation Program, describe why we developed the Index and how it provides the scientific basis for effective on-the-ground conservation action. The NatureServe network connects science with conservation.

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              • a Sea of Surprises


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                Un documentario di alcuni anni fà sulla biodiversità del parco marino dell'arcipelago di Bunaken in Nord Sulawesi, Indonesia. Musiche di Matteo Cremolini http://www.matteocremolini.it A documentary of a few years ago about the biodiversity of the marine of Bunaken in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Music by Matteo Cremolini http://www.matteocremolini.it

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                • Climate Change and Biodiversity - Myron Peck, Hamburg University


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                  Fish being fished in waters being warmed: Revealing climate-driven changes in the productivity of marine fish species Myron A. Peck Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, Center for Marine and Climate Research, University of Hamburg Abstract: Notable, climate-driven changes have occurred world-wide in the abundance and distribution of heavily exploited populations/stocks of marine fish species. The coupling of long-term, retrospective analyses and novel, biophysical individual-based modelling (IBMs) shows great potential to reveal a “cause and effect” understanding of observed changes in key species. Case studies of climate-driven fluctuations will be discussed for some of the most ecologically- and commercially-important pelagic and demersal marine fishes including anchovy, sardine, herring and cod. The productivity and structure of food webs in many marine ecosystems have been (irreversibly?) altered by fishing pressure, a factor that must be taken into account if we hope to understand climate’s current and future role. A second focus of the talk will be on IBMs, cutting edge tools that allow us to amalgamate organismal-level physiology and ocean physics to better understand climate impacts. Opportunities and challenges are discussed regarding the ability of current tools to provide both practical management advice as well as to project future changes in marine fish species.

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                  • Climate Change and Biodiversity - Zackary Johnson, Duke University


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                    The biodiversity and biogeography of Prochlorococcus, the dominant photosynthetic microbe in a globally changing ocean Zackary I. Johnson Duke University Marine Lab Beaufort, NC USA Abstract: Microbes (single celled organisms) are the dominant form of life in the global ocean and drive most of the energy production (and use), ecology and elemental transformations. However, global climate change is expected to modify the environment of these unique life forms with likely consequences for their abundance and biodiversity. Here I use a model marine microbe to describe the patterns and extent of marine microbial biodiversity and biogeography and predict how this may shift with global climate change. The marine cyanobacteria Prochlorococcus is the most abundant photosynthetic microbe in tropical and subtropical open oceans and accounts for 5-25% of global marine photosynthesis. This genus is comprised of two major subgroups, one that is high-light adapted and numerically dominant near the surface and a second clade that is low-light adapted and numerically dominant deeper in the sunlit zone. However, using advanced sequencing technologies we can now distinguish numerous genetically distinct clades that have unique environmental distributions. Here I report on the biodiversity and distribution of these groups and their unique contribution to marine ecology and biogeochemistry over vast regions of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Using models of global climate change, I show that the distribution and biodiversity of these microbes is expected to change substantially in the future with implications for the functioning of these ecosystems. These results highlight the importance of microbial biodiversity and how it can be used to predict and document changes in global biodiversity in response to a changing global ocean.

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                    • Climate Change and Biodiversity - Peter Wilf, Pennsylvania State University


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                      Climate Change and Biodiversity: Paradise Lost or Found? Peter Wilf, Pennsylvania State University Abstract: This session explores the effects of climate change on biodiversity, including discoveries from deep time, impacts on living marine microbes, and efforts to understand historical and project future effects on marine fish populations. Beginning with deep time (> ca. 2 million years ago), we first consider constraints on comparisons to the present day. Whereas anthropogenic climate change is predicted to occur over 102 – 103 years, the most rapid climate changes detected in the past took place over spans of 104 – 106 years, occurred without the human footprint, and usually started from an unglaciated climate state much warmer than present. Nevertheless, deep-time data uniquely cover intervals far longer than all of human history, and many relevant examples are emerging from the rapidly improving geologic and fossil record. Past warming is generally associated with massive range shifts and increased biodiversity, but at the expense of incumbent species. This pattern is seen both in the ocean and on land during a brief global warming, apparently caused by a major pulse of CO2 released from Indian volcanoes, ca. 300,000 years prior to the end of the Cretaceous period. Instead of causing mass extinction as sometimes suggested (vs. asteroid impact in Mexico 300,000 years later), this warming was clearly beneficial to life overall. Fossilized insect-feeding on plants indicates a significant correlation through time of insect diversity and herbivory with temperature, indicating more robust and speciose terrestrial food webs in warmer climates. High-rainfall terrestrial environments supported large numbers of species as they do now, showing that rainfall distribution is as important as temperature to biodiversity. Perhaps most strikingly, warmer past climates supported extensive high-latitude forests for most of the past 300 million years. Thus, slow global warming (104 - 106 years) under a minimal human footprint would probably increase biodiversity and bring many other “paradisiacal” benefits, but this outcome is unlikely in the near future because of the rapid rate of current warming and significant human impacts on natural abundance and habitat integrity.

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