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EcoSphere

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Hand blown glass pod contains self-sustaining ecosystem $54.95

Okay, so Christmas just passed and giving gifts may not be the first thing on your mind. But this might be the greatest gift ever... provided that the recipient isn't a klutz. The EcoSphere is a hand blown glass pod that contains its own self-sustaining ecosystem populated by aquatic critters like marine shrimp, algae and micro-organisms. All you need to provide is indirect light and......read more

Obama Lays Out Climate Action Plan

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NRDC President Francis Beinecke on how the White House climate strategy will curb emissions and protect ecosystems

NRDC President Francis Beinecke for the Huffington Post: President Obama has announced a robust plan for tackling climate change and reducing dangerous carbon pollution. This marks an historic turning point. No longer will power plants be allowed to dump unlimited amounts of carbon into our atmosphere, threatening our health and environment. Instead, we can clean up our skies and leave future......read more

How to Save a Marine Ecosystem

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By promoting anchovy as a delicacy, rather than just farm food, Peru looks to secure a sustainable fishery

At only about five inches long, the Peruvian anchoveta seems an unlikely contender for the title of the world's most heavily fished species, by weight. And yet, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the diminutive silver forager is “the most heavily exploited fish in world history,” with annual catches in Chile and Peru sometimes totaling more than 9......read more

Moss Terrarium Bottle

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Micro ecosystem in a recycled wine bottle $38.00

Nothing like a little mossy microcosm to add a calming effect to a room. This Moss Terrarium Bottle from Uncommon Goods brings the tranquility of the outdoors inside. Housed in a recycled wine bottle, the terrarium features three types of moss, along with soil, drainage materials and a bamboo chopstick for shifting things around. It looks so nice and cozy, you may just want to climb in for a......read more

Terrarium Necklace by Erica Weiner

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Just what your look's been missing... a mini ecosystem around your neck $40.00

Erica Weiner's eco-minded jewelry creations emit just the right mix of cute, clever and earth-friendly. Case in point: these Terrarium Necklaces, which are actually vintage watchmakers' vials carefully planted with two tiny living specimens of moss — royal pool moss at the base and reindeer moss curling upwards. Charcoal at the base of the plant keeps the little ecosystem......read more

Hanging Terrarium

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A minature ecosystem sure to bring life to any room. $88.00

The best part about terrariums, apart from the fact that they look like miniature sci-fi jungle worlds, is that they require next to no work. They are self-contained ecosystems that feed and water themselves. So terrariums are perfect for lazy plant lovers, like us. This one, available via Old Faithful Shop in Vancouver, is hand-blown using 100% recycled glass. The perfect home for an assortment......read more

The Sustainability Paradox

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As environmental awareness increases, so too does the depletion of ecosystems and natural resources

While the term "sustainability" and the values it implies have gone mainstream, global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide yet continue to rise, as do per-capita consumptions rates in developed and developing counties. "Consumer cultures" in places like the U.S. apparently die hard. Meanwhile, a warming planet dissolves ecosystems and life-sustaining natural cycles and resources like......read more

What Now?

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As the Gulf disaster abates, scientists ponder the future of a ravaged ecosystem.

With the cap on the blown well holding, BP and its team are preparing to permanently seal it with mud and cement early this week. Meanwhile, the oil slick on the water surface is receding quickly, and the company says it will start scaling back cleanup efforts in the area. And so an environmental catastrophe begins to fade away. But what does the future hold for the ravaged ecosystems in the......read more

Melting Ice World

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Images of an ecosystem in flux by wildlife photographer Paul Souders.

Beautiful, scarily prophetic series of pics taken in Svalbard, an Arctic archipelago halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, where the ice cap is steadily diminishing. See more of Paul Souders' nature and travel photography at World Foto. (Via Telegraph)...read more

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