Natural Resources

Warming And Habitat Loss Shrink Pollinator Numbers, Threaten Coffee, Cocoa

"Changes in the climate and land use are combining to dramatically shrink the numbers of insects pollinating key tropical crops. As those problems interwine and intensify, it likely will hit coffee lovers right in the mug, according to a new study."

Source: AP, 10/13/2023

Kew’s ‘State of the World’s Plants and Fungi’ Report Warns Of Extinctions

"The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s “State of the World’s Plants and Fungi” report assesses our current knowledge of plants and fungal diversity, the threats they face and how to protect them. The report warns that many plant and fungal species, 45% of documented flowering plants and half of all analyzed fungi risk extinction (though less than 0.4% of identified fungi have been assessed for extinction to date)."

Source: Mongabay, 10/12/2023

Fungal Networks Could Help Make The Planet More Resilient To Climate Change

"A team of scientists loaded into a gray minivan in this capital city earlier this year and drove for hundreds of miles west through the Kazakh steppe — a vast region marked by endless open plains of grass, abandoned farms and flower-filled meadows."

Source: Washington Post, 10/11/2023

Tensions Rise in Rio Grande Basin as Mexico Lags in Water Deliveries to US

"In 2020, rebellious Mexican farmers occupied a dam in parched Chihuahua state to prevent the federal government from sending its reservoir water to Texas under a 1944 treaty. With the clock ticking toward another treaty deadline, the two sides are struggling for a solution."

Source: Inside Climate News, 10/11/2023

"How Incarcerated People Are Helping To Restore A Fragile Ecosystem"

"In prisons across Western states, incarcerated people are raising tens of thousands of plants to restore sagebrush habitat, a vanishing ecosystem home to the iconic endangered greater sage-grouse and hundreds of other species."

Source: Yale Climate Connections, 10/10/2023


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