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Anthropomorphized species as tools for conservation: utility beyond prosocial, intelligent and suffering species

Anthropomorphized species as tools for conservation: utility beyond prosocial, intelligent and suffering species | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it

Anthropomorphism has recently emerged in the literature as a useful tool for conservation. Within the current conservation literature, description of the development of anthropomorphisms and the range of species that can be anthropomorphized overlooks established and emerging evidence from anthropological and other social science studies of human–animal relationships.

 

This research shows that people anthropomorphize a very broad range of species, including plants. We discuss how people construct anthropomorphic meanings around species, through a diversity of mechanisms and with both positive and negative effects. We then review the many gradations and forms of anthropomorphism, and some related conceptions in non-Western cultures, which have different types of utility for conservation. Finally we discuss cases where animals are anthropomorphized but with negative outcomes for human-animal interactions and conservation.

 

Limiting the use of anthropomorphism in conservation to pro-social, intelligent, suffering animals risks suggesting that other species are not worthy of conservation because they are not like humans in the ‘‘right’’ ways. It would also mean overlooking the application of a powerful tool to the promotion of low-profile species with high biological conservation value. We emphasize that negative outcomes and conflicts with ecosystem-level conservation actions are also possible and need to be carefully managed. Use of anthropomorphism conservation must take into account how people engage with species and attribute value to their characteristics.


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Bill gates' nuclear solution: Terrapower reactors and solar farms versus cute technology

Bill gates' nuclear solution: Terrapower reactors and solar farms versus cute technology | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Centralised versus decentralised energy generation Bill Gates’ nuclear energy programme – Terrapower reactors – sounds good in some ways: making use of all the energy that traditional nuclear power...
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How complexity science can get aid working - SciDev.Net

How complexity science can get aid working - SciDev.Net | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Development needs more complexity science, says Paul van Gardingen. Andrée Carter argues that science must adapt too.

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What is sustainability now and in the future?

What is sustainability now and in the future? | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
This is probably an uninteresting question today for many, yet fundamental sustainability issues continue to get considerable attention online. I think this is partly because it seems difficult for...
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Nuclear? It’s “Unclear” for Chinese People

Nuclear power remains controversial in China and Chinese citizens continue to protest new nuclear power plants
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Running Out of Precious Land? Floating Solar PV Systems May Be a Solution

Running Out of Precious Land? Floating Solar PV Systems May Be a Solution | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
In June, a 1.18-MW PV system floating on a water reservoir became operational in Japan. The system called “Solar on the Water Okegawa” in Saitama prefecture is currently the biggest system of its kind in Japan.
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Global warming’s evil twin: ocean acidification

Global warming’s evil twin: ocean acidification | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Greenhouse gas emissions have warmed the oceans in regions such as the Baltic by as much as 1.3°C.
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Fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with neglected and underutilized species (NUS): needs, challenges and the way forward

Fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition with neglected and underutilized species (NUS): needs, challenges and the way forward | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it

Neglected and underutilized species (NUS) are those to which little attention is paid or which are entirely ignored by agricultural researchers, plant breeders and policymakers1. Typically, NUS are not traded as commodities. They are wild or semi-domesticated varieties and non-timber forest species adapted to particular, often quite local, environments. Many of these varieties and species, along with a wealth of traditional knowledge about their cultivation and use, are being lost at an alarming rate. Yet NUS present tremendous opportunities for fighting poverty, hunger and malnutrition. And they can help make agricultural production systems more resilient to climate change. Not least, acknowledgment of the value of NUS in traditional foods and cultures can empower indigenous communities (women in particular) and reaffirm their identity. The time for action on NUS is now. There is a growing realization that agriculture must diversify. NUS have an important role to play in advancing agricultural development beyond the Green Revolution model of improving and raising the yields of staple crops.


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Climate change conference aims at how best to adapt

Climate change conference aims at how best to adapt | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Climate change is already affecting everything from how doctors treat allergies to how cities rebuild storm sewers. With that in mind, transportation planners, public health officials and others will meet in St.
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UN greenhouse report finds growth in CO2, other climate threats | News | DW.DE | 06.11.2013

UN greenhouse report finds growth in CO2, other climate threats | News | DW.DE | 06.11.2013 | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
The amount of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere has hit a new record high. A report from the UN weather agency shows that 2012 continued an ever-faster rise in the gases that are driving climate change.
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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Do dams bring more harm or more good?

Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Do dams bring more harm or more good? | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: UK Government Panel weighs in on fracking risks

Alternative Energy and Fuel News: UK Government Panel weighs in on fracking risks | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
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Sustainable Food Lab

This is a modified slide deck for talks about my organization and our work to bring more sustainability to mainstream food systems. I've added more copy to the
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Repeat after me: There's no such thing as energy independence | Grist

Repeat after me: There's no such thing as energy independence | Grist | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
The U.S. will likely be the world's top oil producer this year, but we're still hugely dependent on the rest of the world for our energy supplies.
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David Sirota talks about climate change: consensus, education campaigns and politics

David Sirota talks about climate change: consensus, education campaigns and politics | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
In this video, David Sirota paints an interesting yet disturbing picture about the state of climate change politics in the US, an important sustainability issue. Mass consensus and education campai...
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WSJ: Water Shortages Will Cut Energy Options

WSJ: Water Shortages Will Cut Energy Options | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
As I've posted here many times, there are some real hard limits approaching for the business as usual approach to energy production. Water is one of them - conventional sources of energy, like coal...

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Economic growth and sustainable development

Economic growth and sustainable development | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Teasing apart economic growth and environmental degradation is sometimes seen as being impossible for theoretical reasons: if there are limited resources, you can only use so much, and you can only...
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More nukes? Are you kidding? Enviros push back against Hansen's call

More nukes? Are you kidding? Enviros push back against Hansen's call | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Climate scientist James Hansen is arguing that we need more nuclear power to fight climate change. Many climate activists think that's nuts.
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On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hydroponic Vending Machines; Oasis Grower Solutions for Anxious Growers; Living Within a Vertical Farm

On Our Urban Ag Radar: Hydroponic Vending Machines; Oasis Grower Solutions for Anxious Growers; Living Within a Vertical Farm | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
The image that stopped me dead in my internet-surfing tracks: A hydroponic lettuce vending machine. This brilliant machine can be found in Japan. It's brilliant. Brilliant. Let's move these in next...

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Albert Green's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:23 AM

Even though this will not pass as an alternative for lunch, lettuce vending machines are nevertheless a nice invention for those who want to get fresh greens. Hydroponic farming and vending gives more options and soon we can see more fruits and vegetables sold this way.

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Debating Pandora's Promise

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Pandora's Promise is a new movie that producers, I guess, hoped would jumpstart the nuclear industry by convincing doubting environmentalists that nuclear is a good idea. The premise is flawed, bec...

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The whopping climate change footprint of two Australian coalmining projects

The whopping climate change footprint of two Australian coalmining projects | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Graham Readfearn: Two Queensland mines would emit triple the greenhouse gas emissions of the Keystone XL pipeline, or six times the UK's annual footprint
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Will Abbott replicate Howard's climate change betrayal?

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Alexander White: Will Tony Abbott follow in John Howard's footsteps and disavow his climate change "direct action" policy?
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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Nowegian's LOVE the electric car!

Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Nowegian's LOVE the electric car! | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Wind Turbine Arrangement: Staggering Results

Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Wind Turbine Arrangement: Staggering Results | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
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Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Renewable energy revolution will require better management of metals

Alternative Energy and Fuel News: Renewable energy revolution will require better management of metals | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
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The toilet creating energy from waste

The toilet creating energy from waste | Sustainable practices and futures | Scoop.it
Click’s Spencer Kelly finds out more about the toilet which could make our towns and cities more sustainable.
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