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  • Green for Wellbeing – Science Tells Us How to Design Urban Spaces That Heal Us

    Green for Wellbeing – Science Tells Us How to Design Urban Spaces That Heal Us

    via The Conversation : One in five Australians will suffer from a mental health issue this year and living in a city makes it far more likely. Research shows that city dwellers have a 20% higher chance of suffering anxiety and an almost 40% greater likelihood of developing depression. Promisingly, however, research has also found that people in urban areas who live closest to the greatest “green space” are significantly less likely to suffer poor mental […]

  • The Solar Eclipse Had a Spooky Effect on Nature

    The Solar Eclipse Had a Spooky Effect on Nature

    via Live Science : From flowers spontaneously shutting their petals to hundreds of thousands of salmon washing ashore, the eclipse yesterday (Aug. 21) had a downright spooky impact on nature, according scientists observing the effects. Several experimental projects were aimed at recording the responses of animals to the eclipse, including the iNaturalist app, which encouraged people to record observations during and after totality, said Rebecca Johnson, citizen science research director at the California Academy of Sciences […]

  • Here’s Why Every Capitalist Should Connect With Nature

    Here’s Why Every Capitalist Should Connect With Nature

    via The Guardian : Third of people can’t identify a barn owl and three quarters don’t recognise a hawthorn tree. One in six have never had the pleasure of seeing a toad. And 13% say they haven’t visited the countryside for more than two years. The findings of a new survey are unsurprising but they remind us that, instead of wringing hands about children’s disengagement from nature, we must encourage adults. Nearly four in 10 […]

  • Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature

    Here’s why every capitalist should connect with nature

    Via The Guardian : A third of people can’t identify a barn owl and three quarters don’t recognise a hawthorn tree. One in six have never had the pleasure of seeing a toad. And 13% say they haven’t visited the countryside for more than two years. The findings of a new survey are unsurprising but they remind us that, instead of wringing hands about children’s disengagement from nature, we must encourage adults. Nearly four in 10 […]

  • Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

    Three Years to Safeguard Our Climate

    via nature : In the past three years, global emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels have levelled after rising for decades. This is a sign that policies and investments in climate mitigation are starting to pay off. The United States, China and other nations are replacing coal with natural gas and boosting renewable energy sources. There is almost unanimous international agreement that the risks of abandoning the planet to climate change are […]

  • Air Pollution is Killing Wildlife and People

    Air Pollution is Killing Wildlife and People

    via The Guardian : On National Clean Air Day, Thursday 15 June, we’re calling for action to cut air pollution which threatens our native wildlife (Nature needs fresh air too, 2 June). The UK government’s air quality consultation, closing on 15 June, focuses on “tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”. That issue deserves urgent action – but it’s not enough. Air pollution is a problem in both rural and urban areas, for people and […]

  • To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

    To slow climate change, India joins the renewable energy revolution

    Via The Conversation : On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged a hug with French President Emmanuel Macron during an official visit to Paris. Modi and Macron pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their nations’ commitments under the Paris Agreement, and Macron announced he will visit India later this year for a summit on solar power. For […]

  • Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

    Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green

    Via Scientific American : A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years Plant life on both poles is growing rapidly as the planet warms. A new study has found a steady growth of moss in Antarctica over the last 50 years as temperatures increased as a result of climate change. The study, published yesterday in the journal Current Biology, shows that Antarctica will be much greener in […]

  • When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

    When Nature vents her wrath on grapes

    Via Times Live : Making wine is a tough job in most places, what with frost, hail, drought and bushfires to contend with. But nowhere is the task bigger than in Argentina’s Mendoza region, where vintners duel “the whole gamut of natural hazards” — not least frequent earthquakes, according to research unveiled on Wednesday. The region tops a new index of wine areas most targeted by Nature’s wrath. “We see that Mendoza in Argentina, which has […]

  • Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

    Giant virus discovery sparks debate over tree of life

    via Nature : The Klosneuviruses contradict the theory that viruses make up a distinct domain of life, but not everyone is convinced. Evolutionary biologists have never known what to make of viruses, arguing over their origins for decades. But a newly discovered group of giant viruses, called Klosneuviruses, could be a ‘missing link’ that helps to settle the debate — or provoke even more discord. In 2003, researchers reported that they had found giant viruses, which […]