EcoUniv Weekend Reads: Feb 2021

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #52

7 Feb 2021

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads completes 1 year.

 

Technology: How the Internet has rewired our brains to seek, command and pay attention.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/04/opinion/michael-goldhaber-internet.html

 

Animal Rights & Food: Cheap and delicious chicken sold at a large US retail chain has a dark story.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/04/opinion/michael-goldhaber-internet.html

 

Climate Change – Impacts: A study suggests that climate change caused increase in bat species richness at select hotspots, and influenced COVID-19 and SARS outbreaks

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/climate-change-influenced-covid-19-and-sars-outbreaks-study-suggests-so-142914

Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969721004812

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #53

15 Feb 2021

 

Economics: Around 50 years ago, famous economist Milton Friedman wrote an influential essay, ‘The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits’

http://www.umich.edu/~thecore/doc/Friedman.pdf

 

Today’s economists would do well to revisit the basic premise of this essay and whether capitalism has evolved morally based on such a foundation. An NYT podcast offers such a discussion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XvDstDwk0c&feature=emb_logo

 

Climate Change: A new book by Bill Gates on the climate disaster is found underwhelming in a review by NY Times. Do read to capture some key ideas from the book.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/books/review/bill-gates-how-to-avoid-a-climate-disaster.html

 

Pollution: Air pollution due to fossil fuels is already causing deaths in millions in India, per year.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/pollution/fossil-fuel-combustion-caused-2-5-million-premature-deaths-in-india-in-2018-75514

Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2542519620302989

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #54

21 Feb 2021

 

Biodiversity: A new comprehensive report connecting biodiversity and economics

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/957291/Dasgupta_Review_-_Full_Report.pdf

 

Ecology: Cuba has less invasive species compared to other Caribbean islands. The reason: It was isolated from most of the world due to a communist regime.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/the-unintended-environmental-benefit-of-cubas-isolation

 

Earth: 42,000 years ago, the Earth’s magnetic field is thought to have reversed. During this period, the magnetic field vanished for some time, letting solar winds in, and causing climate change and extinction.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/19/world/magnetic-fields-earth-intl-scli-scn/index.html

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #55

28 Feb 2021

 

Restoration: In England, a golf course, of all places brings back flora and fauna.

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/05/golf/golf-sustainability-royal-st-george-piz-nairn-cmd-scn-spc-spt-intl/index.html

 

Greening: A mini-forest, which is also an art installation in Central London should serve as inspiration to other cities for greening.

https://edition.cnn.com/style/article/es-devlin-forest-for-change-london-design-biennale/index.html

 

Extinct species: The Dodo’s anatomy and intelligence is re-imagined.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/graphics/the-dodo-gets-a-makeover