Gaia - Earth

Gaia - Earth
Gaia - Earth: Sustainer of Life

Monday, March 12, 2012

Osa Mountain Village Eco-Community in Costa Rica

Osa Mountain Village Eco-Community and Eco-Resort

Working WITH the Land

Picture of Leaf with Water Droplets By far one of most crucial elements on the planet, a resort development of any kind can not claim to be ecologically aware if there is no thought to how water is handled.
Image of FoodThousands of fruit trees, humane animal husbandry, gardens and fish ponds are currently being integrated into our resort. Imagine catching your own fish in one of the tilapia ponds and having it prepared in our restaurant.

FRAUD to the TUNE of $5,000,000???? Still Ongoing?  I invested ALL of my Retirement Savings when I turned 59.5 (Christian, not Muslim Age). Many very good friends lost hundreds of thousands???

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vector-Borne Diseases:

Understanding the Environmental, Human Health, and Ecological Connections

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sustainability Resources at the National Academies of Science

Sustainability Resources at the National Academies of Science

Encyclopedia of Earth- Millenium Ecosystem Assessment on Biodiversity

Encyclopedia of Earth
Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, expert-reviewed collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and are useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fungal Diseases - An Emerging Challenge to Human, Animal and Plant Health

Fungal Diseases: An Emerging Challenge To Human, Animal, and Plant Health - Workshop Summary
Fungal diseases have contributed to death and disability in humans, triggered global wildlife extinctions and population declines, devastated agricultural crops, and altered forest ecosystem dynamics. Despite the extensive influence of fungi on health and economic well-being, the threats posed by emerging fungal pathogens to life on Earth are often underappreciated and poorly understood. On December 14 and 15, 2010, the IOM's Forum on Microbial Threats hosted a public workshop to explore the scientific and policy dimensions associated with the causes and consequences of emerging fungal diseases

Sunday, March 27, 2011

2011 Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

"As we write this invitation, the World Meteorological Organization  along with NOAA and NASA all have data showing 2010 tied with 2005 for being the hottest year on record .  We also read that in December 2010, Arctic sea-ice cover was the lowest on record.  Just as humanity now recognizes climate change as a predominant scientific, economic and political issue, we also realize it is a profound moral issue.  Life on earth as we know it is mortal – it is susceptible to change, hurt and, yes, death."

Monday, March 14, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bob Kates’ Reader in Sustainability Science and Technology

Kates, Robert W., ed. 2010. Bob Kates’ Reader in Sustainability Science and Technology. CID Working Paper No. 213. Center for International Development, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, December 2010.

Harvard Prof. William Clark writes, " The Reader is several things.  First, Bob offers an intellectual structure for the field of sustainability science, including the basic science of human-environment systems, the challenges of sustainable development that motivate that science, and the applications to specific problems that show its utility.   This is not the only structure possible, but it is a deep and powerful one that many of us who “test piloted” the Reader have found to be enormously useful in ordering our own thinking.  Second, Kates has populated his map of sustainability science with a carefully selected set of individual readings, most published during the last decade but also including some of the classics that constitute the foundations of the field.  Finally, he has provided invaluable context and connections through his narrative introductions to his structuring of the field and his commentaries on the individual papers he has selected.  The result is an original creation of great value and wisdom from which all interested in the field of sustainability science will benefit for years to come."

Prof. R.W. Kates - Independent Scholar, Trenton, ME

Robert W. Kates (born Jan 31, 1929) is an American geographer and independent scholar in Trenton, Maine, and University Professor (Emeritus) at Brown University.  His personal, reflective website chronicles his lengthy, productive academic career working on integrative issues of human-ecological interdependence and resilience, an overview of which is contained in Kates, Robert W. “Queries on the Human Use of the Earth.” Annual Review of Energy and Environment, 2001. 26:1-26. He notes "[T]he central question of my scientific work has been: what is and ought to be the human use of the earth? It has been pursued collectively, with mentor, colleagues, students, and friends, As with most grand queries, ours is studied not grandly but in reduced ways, as a set of more specific research questions related to hazards, environment, hunger, and sustainable development. Regarding hazard, I tried to understand why people persist in occupying areas subject to natural and technological hazards and how adaptation made this possible. An extended stay in Africa to research both environment and development led to new queries. Why does the Malthusian dilemma persist with concerns evolving from food sufficiency for the population to resource scarcity to the basic life-support systems and the chemical cycles of the biosphere? How has humankind transformed the earth, indeed can life be sustained? Why does hunger persist amid a world of plenty, and what can be done to end it? Can there be a transition to sustainability that over the next two generations would meet human needs and reduce hunger and poverty while maintaining the essential life support systems of the planet? All these themes and the research methods used to pursue them come together in an emerging sustainability science."

Community and Regional Resilience Institute (US)

The Community and Regional Resilience Institute (CARRI) believes that resilient communities are the foundation of a strong and resilient nation.  Community resilience encompasses an entire community (physical infrastructure, economic and social capital, natural environment,  and systems/essential services) and its ability to resist and/or rapidly recover from extreme events.  Over the last three years, CARRI has worked to understand how these aspects of resilience combine and interact to effect the reslience of communities.  By combining the results from a cadre of distinguished researchers and insights from communities, CARRI has brought to life a uniqe viewpoint on what it means to be a resilient community. Collectively, these participants have articulated four critical needs to improve community resilience. 
An understanding of community resilience has now advanced to a place where a national conversation is imperative.  In 2010 CARRI convened a distinct group of representatives (academia, private sector, faith-based, non-governmental, and all levels of government) to embark on the Community Resilience System Initiative (CRSI), a comprehensive undertaking to articulate the common understanding of community resilience and ultimately build a national System aimed at helping  communities.  CARRI strives to be the catalyst of a practical community resilience system that will contribute to a national culture of resilience by working with stakeholders  to create the structure, processes, and tools to encourage, support, and reward community resilience. CARRI is organized into five divisions (as depicted above) and is available to assist communities, leaders and policy makers at all levels.