Cities of the future: denser, green, with more ag and white roofs

By Kim Stanley Robinson Getting through the 21st century without a mass-extinction event means making ourselves far more scarce. At least over large parts of the planet. The idea is to leave a hefty portion of the planet’s land surface empty of our presence, in a relative sense. Both the European Union and the U.S. under the Biden administration are …

Greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people: the happiest are those who experience numerous different bird species in their daily life or who live in near-natural surroundings home to many species

 Carly Nairn Dec. 08, 2020, EcoWatch, Study: Birds Are Linked to Happiness Levels A new study reveals that greater bird biodiversity brings greater joy to people, according to recent findings from the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research. In fact, scientists concluded that conservation is just as important for human well-being as financial security. The study, published in Ecological Economics, focused on European residents, and determined that …

‘Saving Life on Earth’ for Just $100 Billion: New Roadmap Shows How US Can Address Global Extinction Crisis

10 actions the president should take on their own: Declare the global extinction crisis to be a national emergency. Establish 500 new national parks, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. Strengthen public-land management to prioritize biodiversity and maintain abundant wildlife. Protect all critically imperiled wildlife and plants that are not yet on the endangered species list. Implement an ecosystem-approach to recovery …

Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …

Indigenous land rights key to forest protection, which is key to limiting heating to 1.5 C

Excerpt from Climate Progress, May 2019 A new book published by Springer Nature presents a pathway to meet the internationally recognized goal of limiting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As part of the study, scientists studied scenarios that avoided deforestation and the role that restoration of intact ecosystems would need to play. “What we have done is the first global study quantifying the …

Nature crisis threatens 1 MILLION SPECIES with extinction

Unrestrained capitalist development has killed off thousands of species and now threatens a million more.  1 in 4 species are at risk of extinction — what has been able to be documented thus far. “We need to shift it to an idea of a fulfilling life that is more aligned with a good relationship with nature, and a good relationship with …

Biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost half their area, land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land, and a million species are at risk of extinction

The warning was unusually stark for a UN report that has to be agreed by consensus across all nations. Hundreds of scientists have compiled 15,000 academic studies and reports from indigenous communities living on the frontline of change. They build on the millennium ecosystem assessment of 2005, but go much further by looking not just at an inventory of species, …

The loss of thousands of plant and animal species is affecting air and water quality, tree and plant health, and worsening the spread of disease among livestock—all with dangerous implications for the human population and humans’ food sources

According to FAO’s study of 91 countries around the world, the loss of thousands of plant and animal species is affecting air and water quality, tree and plant health, and worsening the spread of disease among livestock—all with dangerous implications for the human population and humans’ food sources.  At least 24 percent of nearly 4,000 wild food species, including plants, fish, and …

One language becomes extinct every other week. Indigenous people hold knowledge and protect life: The 22 percent of the world’s land indigenous people occupy holds 80 percent of its species, much of its forests

Colonization is a “structure rather than an event” and federal policies, broken treaties and public attitudes exacerbate “economic distress and keep tribal people separate, unequal and exposed to predatory interests.” There’s a Vanishing Resource We’re Not Talking About, In These Times, Feb 1, 2019 “Capitalist economies that stress on nonstop economic growth … are paving the way to the homogenization of …

Climate change kills bees: a two-year, in situ field experiment that altered the temperature of the bees’ nests to simulate a warmer, future climate, 35 percent of bees died in the first year and 70 percent died in the second year

This is the type of mason bee (Osmia ribifloris) that Northwestern’s Paul CaraDonna studied in the warming experiment. Credit: Jack Dykinga A new study from Northwestern University and the Chicago Botanic Garden has found that climate change may drive local extinction of mason bees in Arizona and other naturally warm climates. In a two-year, in situ field experiment that altered …