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 …

40 percent of world’s birds in decline due to manmade threats: 1 in 8 of world’s bird species threatened by extinction

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Common Dreams By Jessica Corbett, staff writer  A new study published April 23, 2018 found that 40 percent of global bird species are in decline. (Photo: Conor Lawless/Flickr/cc) The world’s 11,000 bird species are in the midst of a major biodiversity crisis—with one in eight threatened by extinction—because of human activity, according to a five-year study published Monday. “Human-induced …