biodiversity

Salmon Farming’s Dirty Business

Salmon Farming’s Dirty Business

Sometimes all it takes is a single photograph to change someone’s mind or inspire them to take action. For Catherine Collins and her husband Douglas Frantz, that was a photo of a yardstick plunged 32 inches into filth below a salmon farm near Port Mouton, Nova Scotia.

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    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Valuing Nature Through Lens of Economic Growth and Profit Puts It at Risk, Assessment Finds

    Is market-based decision making compatible with a sustainable relationship between people and nature?  A new assessment from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) found that decisions about nature are being made based on a narrow range of values that precipitate biodiversity loss.  “Biodiversity is being lost and nature’s contributions to people […]

    TikTok Stunts Like ‘Frog Army’ Threaten Ecosystems

    TikTok Stunts Like ‘Frog Army’ Threaten Ecosystems

    TikTok has introduced many interesting trends, from cleaning hacks to fashion styles. But a recent stunt to relocate animals, like frogs and ladybugs, and release millions of these creatures into non-native habitats is putting ecosystems at risk. In early 2022, TikTok user thinfrog began posting videos of frogs in a paddling pool near his home. […]

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    Birdwatchers Flock to Alaska, Bringing Millions in Revenue and Incentives for Habitat Conservation

    The popular pastime of birdwatching has many healthy benefits for people and the planet, including immersion in nature — which has been shown to be beneficial for mental health — breathing fresh air, exercise, exposure to natural vitamin D, socializing and building togetherness through birdwatching communities and increased appreciation for nature. There were approximately 15.23 […]

    Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

    Billions of Humans Depend on 50,000 Wild Species for Food, Fuel and Income, New Report Finds

    Protecting biodiversity isn’t just important for its own sake; it’s essential for human wellbeing too. A new report from the The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – which is often described as the “IPCC for biodiversity” – found that billions of people depend on 50,000 wild species for food, medicine, fuel […]

    Why Are Toads Climbing Trees in the UK?

    Why Are Toads Climbing Trees in the UK?

    The common toad (Bufo bufo) is usually observed hopping along the ground or croaking from a pond or other body of water.  That’s why citizen scientists in the UK were surprised when they went looking in trees for bats and dormice and found toads hanging out as high as three meters (approximately 10 feet) from […]

    Biodiversity Risks to Linger at Least a Half Century After Global Temperature Peaks, Study Says

    Biodiversity Risks to Linger at Least a Half Century After Global Temperature Peaks, Study Says

    Even if global temperatures start to decrease, after peaking this century due to climate change, biodiversity risks are likely to persist for decades, a new study by London’s Global University (UCL) and University of Cape Town researchers finds. The potential impacts on biodiversity were modeled against pre-industrial levels if temperatures increased by more than 2°C […]

    10 of the Most Invasive Plant Species in the U.S.

    10 of the Most Invasive Plant Species in the U.S.

    Despite their name, invasive species can be deceptively cute, stunning, or fragrant, inspiring people to introduce them to non-native habitats. But the issue is that some species are moved to a new area, either on purpose or by mistake, and are met with a lack of natural predators, allowing them to crowd out native species.

    EU Announces Plan to Cut Pesticide Use in Half

    EU Announces Plan to Cut Pesticide Use in Half

    The European Commission has proposed a new law that would cut pesticide use in half by 2030 and completely ban the use of these chemicals near schools, playgrounds and hospitals. The proposal is part of a larger set of goals to reverse biodiversity loss and restore 20% of land and seas by the end of […]