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Column: Have you become obsessed with bugs or hummingbirds? In the pandemic, you’re not alone. 11.9.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
There are a lot of bugs and birds out there, and during the pandemic we have more time to appreciate them.
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The Relative Abundance of Bumblebees In North America Is Estimated to Have Crashed by 97 Percent 5.9.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Jack Bates’ blueberries rely on “non-union” bees. The Delta, British Columbia, farmer is not alone. Blueberries, raspberries, and tree fruits are some of BC’s most important crops, worth about $370 million combined—and they all depend on bees, […]
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‘Jurassic Park Experiment’: 750 Million Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes To Be Released in Florida 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

US authorities have approved a plan to release more than 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes across the Florida Keys, despite objections from local residents.British-based firm Oxitec are behind the project, that will test whether the altered mosquitoes can work as an alternative to pesticides to control the spread of diseases, such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever, according to CNN.

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Ecology and COVID-19 #5: Coronavirus, Human Hubris, and Life in the Coevolving Biosphere 25.8.2020 EcoTone
This blogpost originally appeared on the website for Bruce Byers Consulting. by Bruce Byers The novel coronavirus is holding up a mirror for our species, giving us an opportunity to consider our place in the evolution of life on Earth and question our anthropocentrism. What I’ve missed during this pandemic and shutdown of our usual ...
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Terreform ONE’s plans to upend cities and suburbs in a post-pandemic world 10.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Terreform ONE’s plans to upend cities and suburbs in a post-pandemic world Joel Makower Mon, 08/10/2020 - 02:11 And now for some serious fun. Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate an  online conversation with  Terreform ONE , a Brooklyn, New York-based nonprofit architecture and urban design research group whose humble mission is “to combat the extinction of planetary species through pioneering acts of design.” It was a refreshing jolt of inspiration and hopefulness during this otherwise dreary moment. The conversation was hosted by the San Francisco-based Museum of Craft and Design , which recently housed an exhibition titled  “Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience,” in which visionary architects and artists were asked to create artistically interpretative solutions and prototypes for survival shelter in a warming world. (My wife, Randy Rosenberg, executive director of the nonprofit  Art Works for Change , created the exhibition, which has traveled North America the past few ...
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Planting tiny urban forests can boost biodiversity and fight climate change 7.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Planting tiny urban forests can boost biodiversity and fight climate change Alex Thornton Fri, 08/07/2020 - 00:30 How much space do you think you need to grow a forest? If your answer is bigger than a couple of tennis courts, think again. Miniature forests are springing up on patches of land in urban areas around the world, often planted by local community groups  using a method inspired by Japanese temples. The idea is simple — take brownfield sites, plant them densely with a wide variety of native seedlings and let them grow with minimal intervention. The result, according to the method’s proponents , is complex ecosystems perfectly suited to local conditions that improve biodiversity, grow quickly and absorb more carbon dioxide. The Miyawaki method The method is based on the work of Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki . He found that protected areas around temples, shrines and cemeteries in Japan contained a huge variety of native vegetation that co-existed to produce resilient and diverse ecosystems. ...
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'Wear a damn mask.' And remain stylish. Here are 31 of our favorite masks 7.8.2020 LA Times: Health

We're still in a pandemic. Cover up with some of our favorite face masks.

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A Privately Funded Border Wall Was Already at Risk of Collapsing. Hurricane Hanna Made it Worse. 1.8.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Intense rain over the weekend from Hurricane Hanna left gaping holes and waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande that threaten the […]
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Samantha Bee on What That C-Word Controversy Taught Her About Trump-Era Comedy 29.7.2020 Mother Jones
Samantha Bee doesn’t think comedy will take Trump down. She calls her craft “impotent beyond belief” in the face of the daily presidential wrecking ball. But then, the creator and star of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on TBS thinks preaching to the choir is absolutely fine—moral, even. “Talking to the people that you agree […]
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Dramatic decline found in Western bumblebee populations 25.7.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
A federal review of existing data unveils an alarming trend for the western bumblebee population, which has seen its numbers dwindle by as much as 93% in the last two decades.
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Some Insects Are Very Social. They Also May Offer Hints for Controlling Disease. 25.7.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Undark and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Given that she infects ant colonies with deadly pathogens and then studies how they respond, one might say that Nathalie Stroeymeyt, a senior lecturer in the school of biological sciences at the University of Bristol in the UK, […]
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Debbie Harry on Blondie, Bowie, #MeToo, and the Plight of the Honeybees 22.7.2020 Mother Jones
Debbie Harry, icon, is worried about bees.  “I have a couple of hives,” the Blondie frontwoman says. “But mostly, I feel like I’m a spokesperson.” The plight of the honeybee and its perilous population collapse—a “fundamental issue,” Harry warns—requires a high-profile advocate, and who better than this original punk rocker. At this stage in her […]
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Why Bats Are Ecological Superheroes 9.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Bats are sometimes feared and greatly misunderstood. They’ve been particularly vilified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many are falsely pushing the narrative that bats, and the sale of bats and other animals in wet markets, are to blame for the outbreak. We now have proof that’s simply not true. For more information, be sure to check out tomorrow’s interview with virologist and molecular biologist Jonathan Latham, Ph.D. 

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YouTube star Coyote Peterson goes face-to-face with Colorado gray wolves 29.6.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
YouTube star Nathaniel Peterson, who has lately parlayed his billions of video views into a hosting gig for Animal Planet, has a simple message about education in the age of coronavirus -- or any age, for that matter.
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Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture 11.6.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A new report released Tuesday draws attention to the worldwide decline in insects and calls for global policies to boost the conservation of both agriculture and the six-footed creatures. The publication, entitled Insect Atlas, comes from two progressive networks: Brussels-based Friends of the Earth and Berlin-based Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Policy News: May 18, 2020 19.5.2020 EcoTone
In This Issue: Pandemic Response House Legislation Includes Funding for Science, Wildlife Disease The latest coronavirus bill includes $125 million for NSF. Webinar: Invasive Species Policy and COVID-19 Speakers will explore how ecological research can inform policy and contribute knowledge to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. National Science Board Unveils Visions 2030 ...
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Your Perfect Green Lawn Is a Buzz Kill 7.5.2020 Mother Jones
Since the post–World War II rise of suburbia, the great American lawn has beckoned with the promise of a grassy, orderly Eden surrounding a single-family fortress. For just as long, lawns have been sending bees and other pollinating critters the opposite message: Buzz off. That’s because the very essence of a lawn (closely shorn, uniform, weed-free) […]
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This Month in Climate Science, February-March 2020: Carbon Sinks Shrink, Bumble Bees Decline, Nightingale Wings Shorten – and Ecosystems Could Collapse Faster 27.4.2020 WRI Stories
This Month in Climate Science, February-March 2020: Carbon Sinks Shrink, Bumble Bees Decline, Nightingale Wings Shorten – and Ecosystems Could Collapse Faster Comments|Add Comment|PrintBumble bee species are declining. Photo by Matt/Flickr Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change's causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what's to come if we don't reduce emissions at a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened April 22 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area 23.4.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and Illinois.
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A roadmap for restoring our life support system 21.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Ecologist John Harte explains how we can use the same interconnectedness that is spurring catastrophe to promote health and sustainability.
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