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Rethinking well-being and sustainability measurements from local to global scales

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:20:11 EDT ~ A new study suggests that standard ways of measuring well-being and sustainability in communities used by global organizations may be missing critical information and could lead to missteps in management actions. The article suggests alternative and complementary approaches that use indicators grounded in the values of a particular community. Find out more...

Reduced impact logging still harms biodiversity in tropical rainforests

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:35:46 EDT ~ Even low levels of logging in the Amazon rainforest may lead to great losses in biodiversity, new research has found. The research looked at 34 different plots in the state of Par -- a focal point for Amazon protection efforts in the last decades. They found that even low levels of logging leaded to negative effects on dung beetle diversity and rates of dung beetle-mediated Find out more...

Electricity from shale gas vs. coal: Lifetime toxic releases from coal much higher

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:43:58 EDT ~ Despite widespread concern about potential human health impacts from hydraulic fracturing, the lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new study. Find out more...

Living mulch builds profits, soil

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:09:33 EDT ~ Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except -- it's alive. No, it's not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists are making it more efficient and sustainable. Find out more...

Chocolate production linked to increased deforestation in poor nations

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:36:22 EDT ~ Newly published research focuses on the link between cocoa exports and deforestation in developing nations. Find out more...

Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:31:48 EDT ~ Conservationists can be 'cautiously optimistic' about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research. The research team spent over a year working with 60 Amazonian communities and hiked for miles through trackless forests to deploy nearly 400 motion-activated camera traps -- in a bid to understand which species are depleted by hunting and where. Find out more...

Giant sea bass worth more alive as undersea wonders than as commercial catch

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 11:16:23 EDT ~ An investigation of the different economic values of giant sea bass finds they are worth more alive as undersea wonders than as commercial catch. Find out more...

Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:18:03 EDT ~ Hurricane-related financial loss could increase more than 70 percent by 2100 if oceans warm at the worst-case-scenario rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study. The study used a combination of hurricane modeling and information in FEMA's HAZUS database to reach its conclusions. Find out more...

Bio-methane transforms from landfill waste to energy source

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:00:48 EDT ~ Most manure just sits around. Anaerobic digesters take those piles and place them in large covered tanks and convert waste into an energy source. Chemical engineers examined the carbon footprint of anaerobic digestion. Find out more...

New conservation method empowers indigenous peoples

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:14:01 EDT ~ Environmental social scientists worked with indigenous people in the rural Peruvian Amazon and determined that local people meet their basic needs through diverse subsistence activities, such as hunting, fishing, and farming, and over centuries they have developed sophisticated natural resource management systems that protect the robust rainforest ecosystem. Through the study, the scientists hope to overturn traditional notions about development and industrialization. Find out more...