Archive | August 2018

” ‘Like nicotine’: Bees develop preference for pesticides, study shows”

A bumblebee in Germany

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/29/like-nicotine-bees-develop-preference-for-pesticides-study-shows

Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food that can be compared to nicotine addiction in smokers, say scientists.

The more of the nicotine-like chemicals they consume, the more they appear to want, a study has shown.

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“Climate change and finance: what role for central banks and financial regulators?”

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Climate change poses risks to the financial system. Yet our understanding of these risks is still limited. As we explain in a recent paper published in Nature Climate Change, central banks and financial regulators could contribute to the development of methodologies and modelling tools for assessing climate-related financial risks. If it becomes clear that these risks are substantial, central banks should consider taking them into account in their operations. Both central banks and financial regulators might also consider supporting a low-carbon transition in a more active way so as to contribute to the reduction of these risks.

“Air pollution is making us dumber, study shows”

How to manage the (polluted) air you breathe

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/27/health/air-pollution-cognitive-abilities-intl/index.html

Air pollution could be more damaging to our health than previously thought, according to a new study, which found that prolonged exposure to dirty air has a significant impact on our cognitive abilities, especially in older men.

“New research suggests evolution might favor ‘survival of the laziest'”

New research suggests evolution might favor 'survival of the laziest'

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-evolution-favor-survival-laziest.html

A new large-data study of fossil and extant bivalves and gastropods in the Atlantic Ocean suggests laziness might be a fruitful strategy for survival of individuals,  and even communities of species. The results have just been published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by a research team based at the University of Kansas.

“Why Recycling Doesn’t Work”

Illustration by Ricky Leung

https://thewalrus.ca/why-recycling-doesnt-work/

You may use the blue bin, but it doesn’t mean you’re helping the environment

“Germany’s Failed Climate Goals A Wake-Up Call for Governments Everywhere”

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-germany-emissions/

Germany, the nation that did more than any other to unleash the modern renewable-energy industry, is likely to fall short of its goals for reducing harmful carbon-dioxide emissions even after spending over 500 billion euros ($580 billion) by 2025 to overhaul its energy system.

‘A mother orca’s “tour of grief” reminds us how much we have in common with animals’

https://qz.com/1349052/why-we-grieve-with-j35-the-mother-orca-on-a-tour-of-grief/

An orca in the northwest waters of the Pacific has been swimming with her dead calf and keeping it afloat for 16 days—a display of motherly grief that has struck an emotional chord around the world while highlighting the plight of the critically endangered southern resident population of orcas.

“To Discourage Rodents From Eating Seeds, Scientists Are Getting Spicy”

Ghost peppers, some of the hottest peppers on earth.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chili-peppers-stop-mice

New research suggests that capsaicin—the spicy part of chili peppers—can be a robust deterrent to seed-eating rodents.

“Man-Made Glaciers Could Fix the Himalayan Water Crisis”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-08/man-made-glaciers-could-fix-the-himalayan-water-crisis

Less than 4 inches of rain fall in an average year, making it tough for farmers to irrigate their barley and potatoes.

“A red tide ravaging Florida may have killed a whale shark for the first known time”

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Scientists cannot be certain about the exact cause of the whale shark’s death, but the timing and location implicate the harmful algal bloom, or “red tide,” as the most likely cause.