Climate Change Environment

Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene: Understanding ecological grief

Top Photo: Crossing an increasingly unfamiliar landscape in Nain, Canada. By Ashlee Cunsolo. Authors: Neville Ellis, University of Western Australia and Ashlee Cunsolo, Memorial University of Newfoundland We are living in a time of extraordinary ecological loss. Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear […]

Climate Change Health Human-Wildlife Conflict

Rwandan people and mountain gorillas face changing climate together

All Text and Images: Elham Shabahat This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 27, June 2018 (Republished under under Creative Commons CC BY-ND 4.0).   The Critically Endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), has been brought back from extinction’s brink in Rwanda, with numbers in the Virunga Mountains around Volcanoes National Park estimated at 604 individuals in 2016, up […]

Animal Behavior Human-Wildlife Conflict

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

Top Photo: Red fox under cover of darkness in London. Jamie Hall. For use only with this article. Author: Kaitlyn Gaynor, University of California, Berkeley For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and competitors. Only after the meteor-induced mass […]

Global Trade Poaching Wildlife Trafficking

The fight against poaching must shift to empowering communities

Top Photo: Siegfried Modola/Reuters Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town Wildlife crimes – like rhino poaching, overfishing or the harvesting of cycads – were once considered a “green” matter. But this has changed. Such crimes have moved higher up on global security and policy agendas. This is partly linked to concerns about the extinction of […]

Climate Change Deforestation Environment Human Rights Indigenous Communities

Indigenous forests could be a key to averting climate catastrophe

By Sue Branford and Maurício Torres This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 6 November 2017 (Republished under under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND).   A new study finds the world’s tropical forests may no longer be carbon sinks, with a net loss of 425 million tons of carbon from 2003 to 2014. Also, 1.1 billion metric tons of carbon is […]

Environment Noise Pollution Poverty

Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

Top Photo: Under the El tracks, downtown Chicago. Franck Michel, CC BY Joan A. Casey, University of California, Berkeley; Peter James, Harvard Medical School , and Rachel Morello-Frosch, University of California, Berkeley Most Americans think of cities as noisy places – but some parts of U.S. cities are much louder than others. Nationwide, neighborhoods with […]

Environment Food Production Global Health

Micro solutions for a macro problem: How marine algae could help feed the world

  Microalgae (shown here, Haematococcus) convert water and carbon dioxide to oxygen and nutritious biomass in the presence of light. Algaennovation, CC BY William Moomaw, Tufts University and Asaf Tzachor, UCL   Our planet faces a growing food crisis. According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people are regularly undernourished. By 2050, an additional […]

Deforestation Environment Food Production

For cattle farmers in the Brazilian Amazon, money can’t buy happiness

Rachael Garrett, Boston University and Joice Ferreira, Federal University of Pará Picture the Brazilian Amazon. You probably don’t see a lot of cows in that image. But, in fact, in this rainforested part of South America – home to the world’s most booming tropical agricultural region – ranching has been the most common land use […]

Climate Change Environment Food Production Global Trade

Unfair trade: US beef has a climate problem

By Sean Mowbray This article originally appeared on Mongabay.com, 18 October 2017 (Republished under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND). Across the globe, beef consumption, is seeing rapid growth, fed by cheap imports and served by an industrialized agricultural global trade model that’s been linked to a host of environmental impacts, climate change chief among them. Beef consumption in previously meat-light […]