Eight ways to make your climate change social media posts matter – from a communication expert

Eight ways to make your climate change social media posts matter – from a communication expert Markus Spiske/unsplash, CC BY-SA Social media gives everyone the opportunity to argue with the world. So if you want to persuade people about the need to tackle climate change and how we should do it, social media is a pretty good place to start. Many people clearly think so: environmentally conscious Instagram hashtags like #zerowaste boast 4 million posts and counting. But how do you get your posts about climate change to cut through the noise – and inspire positive climate-related behaviour change and…

‘The next pandemic’: drought is a hidden global crisis, UN says

Countries urged to take urgent action on managing water and land and tackling the climate emergencyDrought is a hidden global crisis that risks becoming “the next pandemic” if countries do not take urgent action on water and land management and tackling the climate emergency, the UN has said.At least 1.5 billion people have been directly affected by drought this century, and the economic cost over roughly that time has been estimated at $124bn (£89bn). The true cost is likely to be many times higher because such estimates do not include much of the impact in developing countries, according to a……

Orchid thought to be extinct in UK found on roof of London bank

Colony of small-flowered tongue orchid plants discovered in rooftop garden of investment bank NomuraA rare species of orchid believed to have been extinct in the UK has been discovered on the roof of an office building in the City of London.Serapis parviflora, also known as small-flowered tongue orchid, was found growing in the 11th-floor rooftop garden of the Japanese investment bank Nomura. It is usually found in the Mediterranean basin and the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/17/orchid-thought-to-be-extinct-in-uk-found-on-roof-of-london-bank

Bacteria can recover precious metals from electric vehicle batteries – here’s how

Bacteria can recover precious metals from electric vehicle batteries – here’s how Paul Craft/Shutterstock There are more than 1.4 billion cars in the world today, and that number could double by 2036. If all those cars burn petrol or diesel, the climate consequences will be dire. Electric cars emit fewer air pollutants and if they’re powered by renewable energy, driving one wouldn’t add to the greenhouse gases warming Earth’s atmosphere. But producing so many electric vehicles (often abbreviated to EVs) in a decade would cause a surge in demand for metals like lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese. These metals are…

‘Gamechanging’ £10m environmental DNA project to map life in world’s rivers

eBioAtlas programme aims to identify fish, birds, amphibians and land animals in freshwater systems from the Ganges to the MekongConcealed by the turbid, swirling waters of the Amazon, the Mekong and the Congo, the biodiversity of the world’s great rivers has largely remained a mystery to scientists. But now a multimillion-pound project aims to describe and identify the web of life in major freshwater ecosystems around the world with “gamechanging” DNA technology.The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UK-based environmental DNA (eDNA) specialists NatureMetrics have launched a partnership to take thousands of water samples from freshwater river systems……

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Insect population collapse: new evidence links it to dams

Insect population collapse: new evidence links it to dams Over 40% of all insects, like this tropical dragonfly, are in decline Scottslm/Pixasbay Insects are the most numerous group of animals on the planet. There are an estimated 5.5 million species, 80% of which remain to be discovered. Yet insects are experiencing steep, widespread declines across the world: a “death by a thousand cuts” because of human activity. Insects perform almost every role imaginable in an ecosystem, including pollinating crops, keeping pests under control, and acting as food for other animals. The potential consequences of their decline are so dire that…

Move over, Attenborough! Penguin Town is the cuddly nature show for our times

Netflix’s new comfort watch about lovely penguins living in a South African town is gore free and pandemic-perfectIt’s probably for the best that the BBC didn’t put out one of its landmark nature series during lockdown. I don’t think I’d have been able to take it. In times of trouble, the last thing anyone wants to see is a gory, operatic, kill-or-be-killed reminder that all life on Earth is locked in a hellish struggle for survival that, by design, they are guaranteed to lose. Yes, we’re fully aware that life is pain, thanks very much. Not now, Attenborough.You sense that……

John Lynes, 93, retired engineer from Hastings

John Lynes, who also worked as a university lecturer and after retirement as a human rights observer in Palestine, has 12 foster children, 31 grandchildren 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He has been arrested numerous times and been to prison for his previous peace activism, but his first arrest for XR was in Dover in September 2019 for an action blocking a roundabout with his local group. He was tried at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 23rd October 2020 and given a conditional discharge and court costs. John was arrested again during the 2019 October Rebellion outside the Cabinet Office in…

Disease causing mass deaths of frogs reaches Britain

Scientists concerned as severe perkinsea infection found in European tree frog tadpoles kept in an aquarium in SurreyA disease that causes mass die-offs in frogs has been found in captive UK populations for the first time, scientists have warned.Severe perkinsea infection (SPI) has caused large tadpole mortality events across the US, and this is the first proof that its geographic range is spreading. Researchers also found the disease-causing microbe in wild and seemingly healthy populations in Panama, where some of the most rapid declines in frog populations globally have occurred. Continue reading… Source – Full Article https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/16/disease-causing-mass-deaths-frogs-reaches-britain-aoe

Areas in Africa with more Chinese-backed projects were more likely to experience protests

Areas in Africa with more Chinese-backed projects were more likely to experience protests Chinese investment in Africa has helped spark economic growth and improve social outcomes across the continent. Yet Chinese projects often seem to go hand in hand with civil protests. We wanted to find out whether these were isolated incidents or signalled broader discontent among the population. In new research, we show that regions hosting Chinese-led projects are more likely to experience protests. China’s financial involvement on the continent has grown dramatically since the launch of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000 and the China-Africa Development…

Climate change: what G7 leaders could have said – but didn’t

Climate change: what G7 leaders could have said – but didn’t The four-day G7 summit in Cornwall ended with little cause for celebration from anyone worried about climate change. Most of the pledges that emerged were relatively old news, with the UK repeating its promise of £500 million for ocean conservation efforts and the group reaffirming its commitment to end support for coal production abroad. The leaders of (supposedly) the world’s richest democracies failed again to agree to new funding to help poorer parts of the world invest in green technology and adapt to extreme weather. But more interesting than…