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many global insect populations suffering death by a thousand cutsNew

DEATH BY A THOU­SAND CUTS is how Pro­fessor Rodolfo Dirzo sums up the sit­u­a­tion of the plight of in­sects on the planet Earth in the 21st cen­tury. Dirzo is a Bing Pro­fessor in en­vi­ron­mental sci­ence at Stan­ford and a se­nior fellow at the Stan­ford Woods In­sti­tute for the En­vi­ron­ment. [Read more] “many global insect populations suffering death by a thousand cutsNew

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holy cow! it ain’t the farts (which are funny), but the burps (which aren’t )New

THIS AR­TICLE IS TI­TLED “One Scientist’s Am­bi­tious Plan to Achieve Global Cooling With Cattle” with the sub-title, “Cows could be a cli­mate change solution—if we take the sci­ence se­ri­ously.” Written by Farmer Georgie, it ap­pears on the One Zero pub­li­ca­tion on Medium (Au­gust 17, 2020). Here are the first few paragraphs:

“Farts are funny. [Read more] “holy cow! it ain’t the farts (which are funny), but the burps (which aren’t )New

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lonesome george, the pinta island tortoise, has the “perfect” extinction storyNew

THE LAST OF THE PINTA IS­LAND TOR­TOISES died in 2012. Known as Lone­some George, his story is “the per­fect ex­tinc­tion story. It fea­tures a charis­matic char­acter with a rec­og­niz­able face, an ob­vious vil­lain, and the tire­less ef­forts of nat­u­ral­ists. The pop­u­la­tion of the Pinta Is­land tor­toise species was dec­i­mated by whalers hunting and eating them during the 19th cen­tury Zo­ol­o­gist József Vágvölgyi dis­cov­ered George in 1971 and brought him into cap­tivity. [Read more] “lonesome george, the pinta island tortoise, has the “perfect” extinction storyNew

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a banana farm whose main business is producing biodiversityNew

RIO SIXAOLA IS A BA­NANA FARM in Costa Rica one of the first two Rain­forest Al­liance Cer­ti­fied farms in the world. It con­tains the only in­tact man­grove swamp on the At­lantic coast, and La Amistad In­ter­na­tional Park, a World Her­itage site that pro­tects the largest area of undis­turbed high­land wa­ter­sheds and forests in southern Cen­tral America. [Read more] “a banana farm whose main business is producing biodiversityNew

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cooler regions becoming more hospitable for mosquitoesNew

WHEN MOS­QUITO SEASON brought past dengue out­breaks to re­gions across the Asian tropics, Nepal hardly had to worry. The high-altitude Hi­malayan country was typ­i­cally too chilly for the disease-carrying in­sects to live. But with cli­mate change opening new paths for the viral dis­ease, Nepal is now reeling from an un­prece­dented out­break. [Read more] “cooler regions becoming more hospitable for mosquitoesNew