Good news! New research done at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Science reinforces the idea that ecosystems are quiet resilient and can rebound from pollution and environmental degradation. Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the study shows that most damaged ecosystems worldwide can recover within a single lifetime, if the source of pollution is removed and restoration work done.
The analysis found that on average forest ecosystems can recover in 42 years, while in takes only about 10 years for the ocean bottom to recover. If an area has seen multiple, interactive disturbances, it can take on average 56 years for recovery. In general, most ecosystems take longer to recover from human-induced disturbances than from natural events, such as hurricanes.
To reach these recovery averages, the researchers looked at data from peer-reviewed studies over the past 100 years on the rate of ecosystem recovery once the source of pollution was removed.
Interestingly, the researchers found that it appears that the rate at which an ecosystem recovers may be independent of its degraded condition: Aquatic systems may recover more quickly than, say, a forest, because the species and organisms that live in that ecosystem turn over more rapidly than in the forest.
From: Tree Hugger
I’ll die and I won’t see everything in this life…
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A model performs during an extraordinary fashion show promoting eco-friendly costumes in Budapest, Hungary on May 24, 2009. Several young Hungarian designers presented their creations made from eco-friendly and recycling materials at the annual “Eco Costume 2009” fashion show.
From Toronto Sun
I just loved this fashion lover and eco-friendly girl that was caught by the street fashion bible, The Sartorialist.
She got stalked in the middle of 6th Avenue in NYC. Lovely!
Clive Brooks, a Volvo dealership based in Yorkshire (UK)came up with the idea of offering bicycles instead of cars. The scheme started in April 2009 with two mountain bikes, complete with safety gear.bicycles are gaining popularity for day-to-day transportation in other parts of the world, opportunities abound for companies that add two-wheeled options to their offerings. In this particular example, it seems like an easy and relatively cheap win for Volvo to offer its dealerships a few eye-catching, Volvo-branded bicycles that communicate and enhance brand identity.
The movie Terminator: Salvation has been getting a lot of attention and although the critic is not in love with it, audiences will be storming the theaters this weekend to catch Christian Bale in the post-apocalyptic flick about machine mischief. But the nicest new about this movie is that the production was surprisingly eco-friendly. The film director McG declares: “I’m very, very green. I’m passionate about it.” About the production, he says:
“We were wildly green, left almost no carbon footprint,” “Our production team was very insistent upon recycling and repurposing sets, recycling all the paper. We tried to leave as minimal a footprint as possible. I think we made a lot of strides in that respect. In fact, we were recognized by the New Mexico governor’s office for doing a good job.”
Actress Kate Hudson and her hairstylist David Babaii announced yesterday that David Babaii for WildAid, an innovative eco-friendly line of hair care products, will be introduced at Sally Beauty Supply stores nationwide beginning June 1, 2009.
David Babaii for WildAid is free of sulfates, parabens and toxic petrochemicals. However, the line’s most important attribute is that the products are not tested on animals, but rather on Kate Hudson! This cruelty-free hair care line supports wildlife conservation by donating 10% of profits to WildAid, the global wildlife conservation organization.