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What is climate reductionism and how does it fail to address the powerful causes of precarity for agrarian households in South Asia?

This article is a great example of how discourses/strategies of ‘adaptation’ act like an ‘anti-politics’ machine.

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1/n To begin with what is climate reductionism? Mike Hulme in is seminal 2011 essay points to the demise of environmental determinism (and climate determinism) which used to be an ideological wellspring of colonial perceptions of the world and its subsequent domination
2/n cultures and communities of Europe, and the rise of climate reductionism which is the tendency to isolate and claim the climate as the most important ‘determinant of past, present and future system behaviour’.
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Unlike before the pandemic, I’m now following this week’s #CCWUN diplomatic meeting on #KillerRobots from a great distance:… Being in #Aotearoa #NewZealand provides a refreshing new perspective. #AWSDialogueNZ @hrw
@hrw @UNGeneva @ousmannoor @BanKillerRobots @UN_Disarmament Military investments into lethal autonomous weapons systems are taking us down a dangerous path for global peace & security. Machines have no moral agency, empathy or responsibility - @NoelSharkey @icracnet #AWSDialogueNZ #KillerRobots #CCWUN
Fundamental challenges raised by removing human control from the use of force are only rising the longer it takes to regulate. As retired Maj. Gen. Mike Smith notes accountability cannot be transferred to machines. #AWSDialogueNZ #KillerRobots #CCWUN
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Check out our latest preprint: the relevance of pedigrees in the conservation genomics era TLDR: it’s not either/or when it comes to #pedigrees & #genomics. Having both helps researchers address more conservation questions than one data set alone. 🧵 1/10
Conservation #genetics 🧬 has developed a substantive toolbox 🔧 to inform species management. While much discussion has been dedicated towards genomic advances, there remains one long-standing tool in #ConGen that is often overlooked: the pedigree. 2/10
Pedigrees have been used to understand and manage diversity in threatened populations for decades. But, caveats like assumed founder relatedness, missing data, and errors can make them tricky to use. See Forsdick et al ( for more. 3/10
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Since coming back to beautiful #Aotearoa, I’ve been ridiculously busy working on an exciting new focus - making films on #conservation, #wildlife & the #climatecrisis. During the #NZ summer I’ve had the privilege of filming in the stunning #OtagoPeninsula ... #Thread
... in the wildlife capital of #NZ#Dunedin (Otepoti). I’m totally blown away by the depth & breadth of the #conservation work happening all over #Aotearoa, especially to help save NZ’s endemic #wildlife. Standby for a #conservation #thread ... :)
#NZ has a number of native species currently under threat - from forest birds like the Kea, the iconic Kiwi, Kākāpō & Takahē. But it’s Dunedin that is hailed as the #wildlifecapitalofNZ because it’s here that you can see so much wildlife – from #sealions #furseals #penguins ...
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Here's the @NZGreens #energy policy thread @TheGreenParty. Find it here: 1/n
1.10 (policy positions numbered👍) tax incentive of accelerated depreciation of investments that increase energy efficiency/renewable energy. Now we're talking @ProfBahaj @tom_rushby
1.11 establishing a #FeedInTariff to reward distributed micro-gen. Are you sure? They're being phased out elsewhere as their job is done (scaling market to reduce costs of tech). A fair grid import $ might be better?
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We are excited to share our pub in #EvolutionaryApplications comparing relatedness estimates for pairing recommendations in critically #endangered #birds from #Aotearoa #NZ 🇳🇿. See this #SciComm 🧵 for more! #Conservation #Genomics #ConGen #ConSERTeam 1/13
Around the 🌏, #conservation breeding programmes strategically pair the least related individuals to enhance recovery. This is like #Tinder for threatened species, only more information goes into pairing than swiping ⬅️ or ➡️. See my #3MT for more! 2/13

It’s important to get the relatedness value right for pairing, because mating between close relatives can result in negative fitness consequences, like ⬇️ hatching success 🐣(see 3/13
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