EcoUniv Weekend Reads: Dec 2020

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #43

6 December 2020

 

Pre-historic art: Rock art from around 12000 years ago in the Amazonian rainforests shows humans living with (and hunting) megafauna.

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/amazon-rainforest-ice-age-paintings-scli-intl/index.html

 

Animal Behavior: Breakthrough theory suggests emotions and mood underpin animal behaviour, much like in humans

https://www.qub.ac.uk/News/Allnews/featured-research/Breakthroughtheorysuggestsemotionsandmoodunderpinanimalbehaviourmuchlikeinhumans.html

 

Green Business: Nestle reveals a plan to get to net zero emissions by 2050. It involves working with over 500K farmers and 150K suppliers to support them in implementing regenerative agriculture practices. The company also plans to plant 20 million trees every year for the next 10 years in the areas where it sources ingredients.

Press Release: https://www.nestle.com/media/pressreleases/allpressreleases/nestle-efforts-combat-climate-change

 

Detailed Plan: https://www.nestle.com/sites/default/files/2020-12/nestle-net-zero-roadmap-en.pdf

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #44

13 December 2020

 

Research – Ecology: Introducing herbivores into a landscape may actually improve ecological function. They “restore trait combinations that have the capacity to influence ecosystem processes, such as wildfire and shrub expansion in drylands.”

Paper: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/14/7871?fbclid=IwAR2AzlCEbNhSO32scOY37vIF8fy-KhN9uAmQhvZHwivUSUFBB6dlhsEtenA

 

Extinction & Conservation: In an update from IUCN on the status of 130,000 species of plants and animals, 31 species were found to be extinct, while some degree of conservation success was reported for around 25 species. All of the world’s freshwater dolphins are now threatened.

https://www.iucn.org/news/species/202012/european-bison-recovering-31-species-declared-extinct-iucn-red-list

 

Environmental Education: In the “Understanding the Learner” series, this week we focus on ten-year olds (fifth grade).

http://ecouniv.in/ecouniv-environmental-education-framework-understanding-the-learner-ten-year-old-fifth-grade/

 

Pollution: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo & Nestle are the world’s worst plastic polluter for third consecutive year.

https://thewonk.in/coca-cola-pepsico-nestle-worlds-worst-plastic-polluter-for-third-consecutive-year/

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #45

20 December 2020

 

The uneasy relationship between birds and powerlines:

In Scotland, murmurations of starlings cause power outages…

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-55334891

 

…and in India, the window to save a majestic bird from going extinct is closing fast, because we are not ready to move powerlines underground.

 

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/bustard-conservation-no-agreement-on-underground-power-lines-ban-on-new-projects-74657

 

Biodiversity: 20 new species found, and lost wildlife rediscovered, in the Bolivian Andes

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/13/americas/new-species-bolivian-andes-spc-intl-scn/index.html

 

Conservation: Interview of a snow leopard expert

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/interviews/climate-change/-one-snow-leopard-gets-killed-every-day–74625

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #46

27 December 2020

 

Economics: A new framework for understanding ecological inequity combines ideas from sociologist Johan Galtung and economist Herman Daly.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273748357_Galtung_meets_Daly_A_framework_for_addressing_inequity_in_ecological_economics

 

Agriculture: 40% of India’s farmers want to quit their profession due to the growing spiral of debt.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/agriculture/here-s-why-40-of-india-s-farmers-want-to-quit-61177

 

Forests: Many of the world’s oldest trees are dying. From 1900 to 2015, the world lost more than a third of its old-growth forests.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/05/grand-old-trees-are-dying-leaving-forests-younger-shorter/