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Feed the world, and cut greenhouse gases? It can be done, scientists say. Photo courtesy USDA.
GR: Briefly perhaps, but a lasting solution requires cutting human population.
To save our planet’s biodiversity – something that’s essential for our survival as a species – could biologists worldwide be united behind a single common purpose?
GR: Wilson and Carroll reach general agreement that biologists need a common purpose that will save life on Earth, but they do not produce a unifying statement. Major ideas discussed are education, biological inventory, and protection. The gist of the discussion is that we need biological scientists to turn away from molecular biology and human concerns and dedicate themselves to inventorying, studying, preserving, and protecting species. I have to agree. It seems pointless to expand our life span if there are no safe places left in which to live.
Erin Brodwin says along with international travellers often travel dozens of tiny hitchhikers - foreign plants, insects, and sometimes other animals too.
GR: Human sailing ships that began crossing the oceans 500 years ago gave a tremendous boost to natural plant and animal dispersal. Though some plant seeds can blow or float across the oceans, most cannot. Many, however, can stow away in cargo and on ship hulls. Regular human travel across deserts and through the jungles began even earlier. A friend once counted the plant seeds in car-wash drains and found more than 400 species. Human assisted dispersal is continuing and after global warming and habitat destruction, is the most critical impact that humans have on natural ecosystems. If Elon Musk and Pope Francis can convince our leaders to solve the global warming crisis, we can turn our attention to other critical issues including population and pollution.
National Forest lands in Summit County, Colorado.
Mining and logging companies fail in bid to overturn science-based forest rules
FRISCO — A federal judge has upheld U.S.
The times are changing! Of course, this might not be the end of the challenge.
What can we as individuals do to help slow the loss of biodiversity? Since consumption of resources is a root cause of biodiversity loss, we can consume less and be more mindful about what we consume.
GR: This is a useful reference to the conventional conservation techniques we all can use. Learn the meaning of "Green Seal Certified" and other regulatory labels.