EcoUniv Weekend Reads : Aug 2020

EcoUniv Weekend Reads # 25

2 August 2020

 

Conservation: How Costa Rica conserved it’s forests.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/27/americas/reforestation-costa-rica-c2e-spc/index.html

 

Dams: China’s massive Three Gorges dam was said to be built for flood control among other reasons. In this year’s torrential rains, is the rationale holding up?

 

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/china-three-gorges-dam-intl-hnk-dst/index.html

 

Green Energy: Is renewable energy really green, if manufacturing it’s equipment on a massive scale is anyway going to need fossil fuel based energy and disturbing the environment in other ways? A documentary film, and an article in response to it.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE

 

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/energy/planet-of-the-humans-is-green-energy-enough-to-save-the-day–72277

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads # 26

9 August 2020

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads completes six months.

 

Research – Species: Why are aquatic mammals much larger in size than those on land? The previous thinking was they don’t have the constraints that land-based mammals face. Research in recent years however shows that their large size is a trade-off between trapping enough body heat and finding enough food.

A paper: https://www.pnas.org/content/115/16/4194

An article: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/03/whales-size-animals-ocean-marine-mammals/

 

Species: Rhinos, once the largest animals on land, have a fascinating natural history. E.g. Did you know that the original ancestor of all Rhino species evolved in India 50+ million years ago?

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150518-the-epic-history-of-rhinos

 

Climate Change: How (and why) climate change is causing migration on a mass scale. A migration model and reporting on the ground both point to the same bleak future.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/07/23/magazine/climate-migration.html

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads # 27

15 August 2020

 

Research – Climate Change: “Greenland’s ice sheet has melted to a point of no return, and efforts to slow global warming will not stop it from disintegrating….. It dumps more than 280 billion metric tons of melting ice into the ocean each year, making it the greatest single contributor to global sea level rise,”

“…widespread retreat between 2000 and 2005 resulted in a step increase in discharge and a switch to a new dynamic state of sustained mass loss that would persist even under a decline in surface melt.”

 

Paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s43247-020-0001-2.pdf

 

A dialog with the authors: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/14/weather/greenland-ice-sheet/index.html

 

Trees: Why do some trees live for more than 1,000 years?

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/science/oldest-trees-ginkgos.html

 

Forests: A German forest ranger’s view on trees as social beings rather than the prevailing mechanistic view as just an organic system.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/30/world/europe/german-forest-ranger-finds-that-trees-have-social-networks-too.html

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads # 28

23 August 2020

 

Energy & Transport: What is the real mineral, energy, and carbon footprint of so-called Electric Vehicles?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/tilakdoshi/2020/08/02/the-dirty-secrets-of-clean-electric-vehicles

 

Water: According to a 2018 report by Food & Water Watch, 64% of bottled water is tap water, yet it can cost many times more. Shouldn’t governments invest in making drinkable water available to all?

https://www.ecowatch.com/bottled-water-sources-tap-2537510642.html

 

Ecosystems: We are in the middle of an ecosystems collapse due rapidly declining insect populations.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/21/insects-giant-ecosystem-collapsing-human-activity-catastrophe

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads # 29

30 August 2020

 

Forests: What was our interaction with tropical forests in the pre-historic period?

 

https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/08/evidence-that-humans-had-farms-30000-years-earlier-than-previously-thought/

 

Rivers: This article exposes how ineffective our river cleaning projects are, and how long they keep running.

 

https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/25FjfPP3I9t8oZLb6nYkPN/Victor-Mallet-The-Ganga-has-pollution-problems-but-it-is-n.html

 

Video: Rooted Truth – A short documentary on SAI sanctuary.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zoxzZGD2WI

 

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