Biased loss of large-bodied mammal species from ecosystems is a signature of human impacts that has been following hominin migrations since the Pleistocene

Science, this issue p. 310 https://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6386/310 Today, it is well known that human activities put larger animals at greater risk of extinction. Such targeting of the largest species is not new, however. Smith et al. show that biased loss of large-bodied mammal species from ecosystems is a signature of human impacts that has been following hominin migrations since the Pleistocene. If the current …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …

The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Listen to this story, Narrated by Robin Wall Kimmerer on As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange? The cool breath of evening slips off the wooded …

Patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms can reveal whether an ecosystem is thriving or on the verge of collapse.

A Mathematician Who Decodes the Patterns Stamped Out by Life: Corina Tarnita deciphers bizarre patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms. She’s found that they can reveal whether an ecosystem is thriving or on the verge of collapse. Quanta Magazine by Joshua Sokol Read when you’ve got time to spare. Corina Tarnita decoded mysterious “fairy circle” patterns in the …

Controlling for income, education, and age, 10 more trees on a block provide a 1% increase in how healthy nearby residents felt. To get that with money, you’d have to give each household in that neighborhood $10,000 or make people seven years younger.

How Trees Calm Us Down, By Alex Hutchinson July 23, 2015 In 1984, a researcher named Roger Ulrich noticed a curious pattern among patients who were recovering from gallbladder surgery at a suburban hospital in Pennsylvania. Those who had been given rooms overlooking a small stand of deciduous trees were being discharged almost a day sooner, on average, than those in …

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 …

11 Facts About Coast Redwoods, the Tallest Trees in the World

By Melissa BreyerUpdated October 08, 2020 Sturdy, stalwart, and superlatively statuesque, California’s coast redwoods stand out as some of the most impressive organisms on the planet. Before the 1850s, coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) luxuriated amongst some 2 million acres of California’s coast, stretching from south of Big Sur to just over the Oregon border. One of three members of the Sequoioideae …

Indigenous women say this is clear: extractivism and violence go hand in hand. Mandate from Amazonian Women Grassroots Defenders of the Rainforest Against the Extractive Economic Model

Mandate from Amazonian Women Grassroots Defenders of the Rainforest Against the Extractive Economic Model We grassroots Amazonian women defenders of the rainforest against the extractive economic model resort for the second time to the President of Ecuador, to explain to you our mandate. Considering: That the Ecuadorian state is signatory to important international conventions and declarations for the rights of …