Archive | September 2018

“Urban bees are living healthier lives than rural bees”

https://qz.com/1365290/cities-could-save-the-bees-theyre-healthier-than-farm-bees/

Research published in the Royal Society B found that bumblebees living in urban areas experience healthier lives than their counterparts in rural habitats. Their colonies are larger, better fed, and less prone to disease. Urban colonies also survive longer than their country cousins.

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“What the world needs now to fight climate change is more swamps”

swamp climate change flooding Trinidad and Tobago.JPG

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  • The world needs more swamps — and bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands.

  • Wetlands are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, irreplaceable tools for slowing the pace of climate change.

  • They are extremely efficient at pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and converting it into living plants and carbon-rich soil.

  • But throughout history, wetlands have been viewed as wastelands to be “reclaimed” for higher uses — many modern cities around the world are built on filled wetlands.

“HOW A THIRST FOR BEER BROUGHT US CEREALS—AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND”

A pint of beer is poured into a glass

https://qz.com/quartzy/1389173/beer-inspired-ancient-farmers-to-grow-cereals/

In the past, people have often assumed that beer and other alcohols were produced as a way to use up agricultural waste. But in an article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, researchers suggested that a taste for beer may have been “an underlying motivation” for the later cultivation of grains used to make bread, cereal, and other foods. Put simply, beer came first.

“Canadian Burger Chain Sells Out of Plant-Based Patties”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-14/hold-the-beef-canadian-burger-chain-sees-new-growth-in-plants?srnd=markets-vp

After more than 60 years of dishing out beef burgers, a Canadian fast-food chain has found new success in an unexpected product: a patty made from peas, mung beans and beets.

“Infographic Of The Day: The Human Impact On The World’s Forests”

http://www.visualcapitalist.com/human-impact-on-forests/

At the outset of the 20th century, there was approximately 31 million square miles (50 million square km) of forest around the world. Today, that number has shrunk to less than 25 million square miles (40 million square km). Much of this decline can be attributed to expanding agricultural land use and increasing demand for wood and paper products.

“Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer.”

Image: Amsterdam bees

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bees-are-dying-alarming-rate-amsterdam-may-have-answer-n897856

An unkempt stretch of tall grass, wildflowers and weeds in front of a train station doesn’t look like much — but it may be crucial to solving one of the world’s biggest environmental puzzles.

“First known omnivorous shark species identified”

Bonnethead shark

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/05/bonnethead-omnivorous-shark-species-identified

It is one of the most radical rebrandings in history: contrary to their bloodthirsty image, some sharks are not irrepressible meat eaters, but are happy to munch on vegetation too.

“Will Judges Have the Last Word on Climate Change?”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-03/will-judges-have-the-last-word-on-climate-change-quicktake?srnd=premium-europe

In the fight against climate change, one tool is proving increasingly popular: litigation. From the U.S. to India, activists, governments and concerned citizens are suing at a breakneck pace. Supporters want the courts to force oil companies, energy users and governments to pay for past harms and avert future threats. Opponents say climate change policy is a matter for national governments and international treaties, not a handful of judges.