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June 24th 2016

Hello SCI friends, welcome to the summer and to our Climate for Peace Newsletter,

This week we share with you some inspiring and exciting articles from the world of climate and sustainability. Dive in and explore these fascinating articles where we learn what permaculture is, some beautiful piano music on floating ice showing the fragility and beauty of the North Pole. Plus lots more articles sure to open your mind to the impact we humans are having on our environment. This impact spills over into all areas of the planet and to almost all ecosystems. So sit back put your feet up and give yourself a mind expanding tour of the environment and those that live among her. Check out our website at sci.ngo and explore our inspiring workcamps

Have a great weekend and feel free to share and talk to your loved ones on these important issues!

The dangers of fracking
Permaculture:You've heard of it, but what the heck is it?
Oscar winning scientist puts the spotlight on climate change
Famous pianist plays on 'melting' glacier in stunning video
Greener cities:The key to happy, healthier, stress-free lives

The dangers of fracking

The environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing affects land use and water consumption, methane emissions, air emissions, water contamination, noise pollution, and health. It is more dangerous to our earth than coal. In the U.S alone there are over 500.000 active gas well this requires 8 million gallons of water per fracking. While each well can fracked 18 times. During this process, methane gas and toxic chemicals leach out from the system and contaminate nearby groundwater. Methane concentrations are 17x higher in drinking-water wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells. There have been over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water. Read more here

Permaculture: you’ve heard of it, but what the heck is it?

If you’ve been in the world of organic farming and gardening for long enough, you eventually bump into a strange word: permaculture. Mysterious as it may sound, permaculture is a fairly simple idea and its manifestations are everywhere you look.Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.Read more here

Oscar winning scientist puts the spotlight on climate change

I make videos for Greenpeace. Some of our videos are short; some of our videos are long. Some tell personal stories; some use statistics. Some celebrate environmental victories; some call attention to the battles we still need to fight and win. None of them are designed to make you feel like climate change is an unsolvable challenge. And yet, sometimes when we explain the severity of the problems, we end up just plain bumming people out. So when I heard that Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson was making a documentary that focused specifically on the solutions for climate change, I wanted to learn more.Watch here

Famous pianist plays on ‘melting’ glacier in stunning video

Beautiful, sad music emanates from a floating platform amidst collapsing glaciers. Famed Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi took to this temporary stage to provide a soundtrack to the plight of the Arctic Circle. “It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it,” the composer said.In a stirring video created by Greenpeace, Ludovico Einaudi plays on a platform floating in the Arctic Ocean. Einaudi’s music provides a soundtrack to the Wahlenbergbreen glacier’s early melting. The haunting music shows the peaceful, almost contemplative, setting of the arctic ocean as well as the chaos and suddenness of glacier melt and collapse. See more here

Greener cities:The key to happier, healthier, stress-free lives

People are biologically wired to need to be close to nature, with more green open spaces and roof gardens needed to support their wellbeing, a new study says. A lack of access to greenery could play a role in stress and overall poor health, with experts calling on architects and urban planners to provide more green, open spaces in built-up areas. Curtin University professor Peter Newman, author of the paper Biophilic Architecture: Rationale and Outcomes, said including vegetation as part of building design has been absent in many cities and needs to be given more prominence.Read more here


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