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 […]

Conservation Spotlight Species Loss

Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers

Pictured above: A male boreal toad waits for opportunities to mate near a Colorado mountain lake. Photo by Brittany Mosher, CC BY-ND Article by: Brittany A. Mosher, Colorado State University; Brian Gerber, University of Rhode Island, and Larissa Bailey, Colorado State University The calls of frogs on warm nights in the spring are a welcome […]

Deforestation Environment Indigenous Communities

Brazil scraps bid to mine Amazon natural reserve

The Brazilian government backed off a controversial proposal to authorize private companies to mine a sprawling Amazon reserve Monday after blistering domestic and international criticism. President Michel Temer’s office will issue a new decree Tuesday that “restores the conditions of the area, according to the document that instituted the reserve in 1984,” the Ministry of […]

Indigenous Communities Science and Culture

New study provides a blueprint for engaging indigenous peoples in REDD+ forest monitoring

By Mike Gaworecki Accurately evaluating forest carbon stocks is difficult to do in remote rainforests where researchers are afforded limited access. It is widely believed that only experts can properly measure forest biomass, but a new study found that well-trained indigenous technicians are just as effective at collecting the necessary data to monitor forest carbon variability. […]

Modern Science Science and Culture

What dung beetles are teaching us about the genetics of sex differences

Cris Ledón-Rettig, Indiana University, Bloomington Picture a lion: The male has a luxuriant mane, the female doesn’t. This is a classic example of what biologists call sexual dimorphism – the two sexes of the same species exhibit differences in form or behavior. Male and female lions pretty much share the same genetic information, but look […]

Human Rights Science and Culture

Current Regulations Unable to Control Trade in Products from Slave Labor, Expert Says

By Ana Aranha and João Diaz – Repórter Brasil Leading expert on modern-day slavery Kevin Bales talks about the lack of tools available to stop the flow of money from consumers to networks facilitating human rights abuse and environmental destruction. Kevin Bales is co-founder of the advocacy group Free the Slaves and professor of Contemporary Slavery […]

Modern Science

For scientists, research cuts proposed by Trump are alarming – and deeply personal

The Trump administration’s call on Thursday to slash almost 20 percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget led scientists to warn that such cuts would sap biomedical research in the United States. But it also left many of them with more personal feelings: Anxiety. Fear. Sadness. The NIH has bipartisan defenders in Congress who […]

Deforestation Human Rights

Suppliers of Lowe’s in the U.S. and Walmart in Brazil Linked to Slave Labor in the Amazon

By André Campos – Repórter Brasil An investigation has revealed U.S.-based companies bought timber from Brazilian traders that sourced forest products from several sawmills in the Amazon where loggers worked under slave labor conditions. HIGHLIGHTS: Slave labor-analogous conditions were revealed by investigation of logging camps in Pará, Brazil. A supply chain investigation of the timber harvested […]