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In the follow up to the #ParisAgreement – UNCC Conference Glasgow (2021), #India did not sign the #Glasgow Declaration on Forests and Land Use. It has been endorsed by 141 countries covering over 90% of forests in the world. 1/5

A thread @TheLeaflet_in…
The declaration aims to halt & reverse forest loss by 2030. Beyond its role in #mitigating climate change, forests also conservatively support the livelihood of 275 million (27.5 crore) people, and have one of the world’s most important #biodiversity hotspots. 2n
India’s forests are continuously disappearing. Between 2017 and 2020, 72,673.03 hectares (726 square km) of forest land has been recommended for diversion. Another recent study showed that India has lost 122,748 hectares of prime forest in four years. 3n…
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Have you ever thought about how we monitor #wildlife? In this thread🧵 I will explain my #PhDthesis

#CREAF20K #cameratraps #mammals #conservation
Traditional methods of studying wildlife were based on direct observation of animals🧐🔭.
However, the technological boom of recent decades has also changed the way of monitoring wildlife. Do you want to know how?
Keyword is #cameratrap 📸!!
#Cameratraps are remotely activated cameras by an infrared sensor. When an animal passes in front of them, they record photos. Cameras operate with batteries and SD cards, we can place them in remote areas. Finally, animals don't react to them and showed their habitual behaviour
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1/20 Out today @ScienceMagazine HARNESSING THE POTENTIAL OF NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS FOR MITIGATING AND ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE, in which I summarise recent research on #naturebasedsolutions & highlight key areas for future research. A 🧵
2/20 Nature-based solutions (NbS) are actions that involve people working with nature, as part of nature, to address societal challenges, providing benefits for both human well-being & biodiversity.

Global traction - recent rise of NbS up business, policy & research agendas 👇
3/20 For examples of good practice #naturebasedsolutions, check out this interactive global map:
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Today international and local experts in #Pakistan raised the alarm on @WorldBank’s support for gas & LNG infrastructure that's posing a great threat to #ParisAgreement goals & is causing catastrophic #climatechange w/ @ALCollective_ @FranWitt5 @IndusConsortium @IEEFA_AsiaPac Image
Said @FranWitt5 of Recourse -#Gas must not be
considered a ‘transition’ fuel to cleaner energy systems. It is a carbon-intensive high emitting fossil fuel, which is diverting funds away from sustainable renewable alternatives,”
Referring to a planned LNG terminal by Tabeer LNG Ltd in Port Qasim, M. Abdul Rafay of @ALCollective_ said expanding #gas infrastructure poses a threat to #biodiversity & marine life, esp. mangroves which are in severe distress due to unchecked industrial excesses in the area.
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Indigenous leaders from Brazilian territories @ApibOficial and #XR Europe protested today infront of @EU_Commission demanding:

"Anti-deforestation law must include all regions/biomes, not just the Amazon in the 'Law on the Importation of Forest-Risk Products' (FERC)!"

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@ApibOficial @EU_Commission The #EuropeanUnion is one of the largest buyers of soy and other forestry risk products from Brazil. This causes harm and destruction to #IndigenousPeoples and their lands.

“We need the EU government to stop these environmental crimes!” #StopEcocide ImageImage
@ApibOficial @EU_Commission Respect the International Rights of #IndigenousPeople!

Indigenous Land is a guarantee for the future of all humanity. There is no solution to the #ClimateCrisis and #Biodiversity loss without Indigenous Peoples - @ApibOficial
@EU_Commission @Europarl_EN @EUCouncil. Image
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There's a lot of #badnews about #biodiversity and #conservation at the moment, so how about some #conservationoptimism? 🧵 based on our new paper… and some awesome recent work by others... 1/
As you probably know, the world has ambitious targets to protect 17% of the world's land for #biodiversity #conservation, and there are calls to increase this to anywhere between 26-60% in the next round of @UNBiodiversity talks (this year) 2/
In theory, this is great for biodiversity (more on the human impacts later). Problem is that the total area of land that you protect may not be important: a lot of #protectedareas are small or isolated, and this means that the populations are also small and isolated 3/
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Thread 1/10 We’re excited to share with you the first part of a two-part Psychology in Society (PINS) Special Issue on #Psychology, Environment, and #ClimateChange: Foregrounding #Justice Guest Edited by Brendon Barnes, Lynn Hendricks and myself.
2/10 PINS is a peer-reviewed journal that was formed in September 1983 as vehicle for a critical and anti-apartheid stance in psychology. PINS continues to foster a socio-historical and critical theory perspective by focusing on the praxis of #psychology
3/10 Our editorial Psychology, Environment, and #ClimateChange: Foregrounding Justice for the Special Issue discusses the various submissions and shares views on how justice is foregrounded in #psychology…
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Komme gerade von der sehr lustigen Pressekonferenz zur Eröffnung des @MiradorGlories mit @tomassaraceno. In den letzten beiden Etagen des Turms in #Barcelona wurde heute eine seiner begehbaren Installationen eröffnet.
Unten gibt es auch ein paar Installationen. Da wird viel von #Nachhaltigkeit, #biodiversity, #Klimakrise erzählt. Sieht alles hübsch aus, aber natürlich fragt man sich: Ist das echt? Oder eher #greenwashing?
Hintergrund: Die Torre Glòries gehört dem börsennotierten Unternehmen Merlin Properties, Ausstellungsmacher @GrupoMEDIAPRO, eines der größten Medienunternehmen Spaniens. Was macht ein Künstler wie #TomasSaraceno dort, der zu #Klimakrise, Überwindung des #Anthropozän arbeitet?
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Russia's front around the northern #Donbas town of #Lyman appears to have led to fighting in and around the Holy Mountains National Nature Park (Святі Гори національний природний парк), also: Sviati Gori. we've picked up fires around the park in the last week. #Ukraine 1/5 🧵🔽
The park (green area), which comprises chalk cliffs along the Donets river is 91% forested and is highly biodiverse, with 1/3 of the species found in #Ukraine recorded. Sviati Gori's boundaries are visible via 2/5
During the past week @NASA #FIRMS data records numerous fires in within the PA's eastern borders as the front line has pushed around #Lyman. 3/5
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Is food supply in the EU at risk due to Putin’s war against Ukraine? No

Is there a problem on global maize🌽and wheat🌾markets? Yes

Is this a reason to throw sustainability targets and #FarmToFork overboard? Definitely not

Here’s why 👇 ImageImageImage
The EU is largely self-sufficient for several key food products.

Production in 2022 of cereals, rapeseed, and sunflower is projected to surpass the previous 5-year average.

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In fact, about ⅔ of cereals in the EU are used as animal feed. Human consumption accounts for the remaining ⅓ and biofuels take up 3%.

Meanwhile, 20% of EU food (about 88 million tonnes per year) is lost or wasted. ImageImage
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After a successful weekend with Biomass again, I figured I'd share a bit about its inception 🧵⬇️

HOW I MADE THIS: Visualizing the Biomass of Life #biomass #wip #process #art #science #datavisualization #dataviz #infographic #biodiversity Visualizing the Biomass of Life infographic pinned onto a co
The original paper that this graphic is based on was published by @yinonbaron @MiloLabWIS @WeizmannScience. It came across my desk working at Visual Capitalist and the crew wanted to see what I could do with it.…
There was already a graphic explaining the key findings in the paper, shown here. It's a really nice Treemap visualization using a #voronoi pattern (random Fun Fact: voronois are everywhere in biology: bone matrices, cell shapes, wing scales, etc.) A treemap in voronoi style showing the distribution of bioma
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@JKSteinberger On auto-disempowerment and its deep cultural internalization esp for ecological crisis: a 🧵
In my course on cultural aspects of #biodiversity loss & species extinction students’ auto-disempowerment always arises 1/
@JKSteinberger The course is about cultural imaginaries, ways of thinking. We apply this to their auto-disempowerment phenomenon too 2/
@JKSteinberger I remind them: you’re at a top public university in an extremely wealthy country. You have access to education, resources, you have great privilege in this. You are highly empowered. The question is: What do you want to do with this power? 3/
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"Mutual aid...programs tend to be run on a "by the people, for the people" mindset and prioritize boots-on-the-ground volunteering... Mutual aid also allows for people to communicate what they need, rather than being told by contributing parties."…
Handy Mnemonics: The Five-Fingered Memory Machine – The Public Domain Review…
#HandMnemonics, #DigitalDevices
The community fridge movement could change the way we think about helping each other…
#CommunityFridges, #MutualAid, #FoodSecurity, #FoodWaste
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"Our results showed that (i) the #biodiversity loss per citizen shows large variations among countries, with higher values when per-capita income increases; (ii) the share of biodiversity losses due to GHG emissions in the ...…
... #biodiversity #footprint increases with income; (iii) food consumption is the most important driver of biodiversity loss in most of the countries and regions, with a global average of 40%; ...
... (iv) more than 50% of the #biodiversity loss associated with consumption in developed economies occurs outside their territorial boundaries; and (v) the biodiversity footprint per dollar consumed is lower for wealthier countries.
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#Deforestation: "#Consumption patterns of G7 countries drive an average loss of 3.9 #trees per person per year. Some of the hotspots of deforestation embodied in international trade are also #biodiversity hotspots"… #BiodiversityCrisis #WorldSystem
"#USA, #Japan, #Germany, #France, the #UK, and Italy, and several developing countries, such as #China and #India, have obtained net domestic forest gains. The net forest gains made in these countries were partially offset by importing embodied deforestation from elsewhere"
"Our analysis addresses two main questions: (i) Which #deforestation hotspots are driven by which consumer countries? and (ii) Which forest ecosystems, tropical rain forests or other forest types are the top targets of global supply chains?"
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As a member of @ScienceAU, Victoria's Science Society supports the #research sector's ten pledges, seeking commitments from candidates for the Australian Federal #Election2022. Let's run through them all, shall we? #auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022
Let's punch *at* our weight in #research funding, at least. It's a matter of investing in our brainpower as a resource for other sectors to draw on, & sustain tertiary #education as one of major exports. #auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022
We argue #research #translation is about "bench to #community" - #industry is a big part of that. Public funding established a world class research sector, but the private sector is where we need to build capacity to benefit from that resource. #auspol #ausvotes #AusVotes2022
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New paper in @ScienceMagazine with @SpicyBotrytis and Jordi Bascompte. We show that a single allele at a single gene can control the coexistence of species in a food web. @UZH_Science @UCDavisPlants @uzh_gcb… Thread 👇1/9
Over 50 years ago, Bob Paine discovered that starfish act as a keystone species in that their presence in the rocky intertidal food web maintains the coexistence of diverse species. 2/9 Bob Paine holding a starfis...
Just as certain species can have large ecological effects, so too might certain genes. We experimentally tested the effect of three plant defense genes on the persistence of an insect food web in the lab. 3/9 A: Our experimental food we...
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BREAKING! The European Commission just confirmed that it promotes "like for like or better" #biodiversity #offsetting, as part of #NatureBasedSolutions!
Why is it major news? Thread 1/11…
Under this approach, the destruction of a habitat for flamingos in Spain could be considered to be offset by the restoration of a habitat for bats in Greece, as long as you claim that it is "better." 2/11
Beyond its obvious lack of environmental integrity, this approach will also enable the financialisation of biodiversity destruction through the creation of a related #offset market, and shift the conversation away from the need to curb destruction: 3/11
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 03/25/2022
Chaotic death recording during the pandemic could mean thousands were WRONGLY blamed on Covid | Daily Mail Online…
#COVID19, #CauseOfDeath, #TerminallyIll
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To protect nature and the climate, the global #biodiversity framework must:
Reduce the threats to biodiversity from #ClimateChange by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from all sources, including from deforestation, agriculture and animal production.

Ensure that mitigation actions do not harm biodiversity, and prioritise mitigation and adaptation actions that protect, restore, and/or enhance #biodiversity and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.

Solutions to both the #biodiversity & #climate crises include ecosystem restoration and sustainable, resilient, and equitable practices in agriculture, such as agroecology and community forest management.
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Today we see how vested interests are exploiting the #UkraineRussianWar to harm Europe’s natural environment & the health of its citizens. 👎

We urge the @EU_Commission not to fall for these despicable tactics & to uphold our biodiversity and climate objectives. 🌍🌾

🚨The EU law to #RestoreNature is under threat!

The European Commission has promised to unveil the proposal today but is now postponed without a new publication date.

🗓️ We urge the @EU_Commission to launch the proposal within a month.

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We need to stop toxic pesticides from infiltrating our fields & reduce our #fossilfuels dependency.

The time has come for the @EU_Commission to introduce an ambitious #pesticides regulation paving the way towards #agroecology 👩‍🌾 🐝

👉 #UpholdFarm2Fork Image
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My first #dissertation chapter has been published! The paper focuses on #predation of #urban #wildlife by #cats with recommendations for collaborative data-driven management strategies. Main points are summarized in this #infographic, but more info and paper link in this thread!
We spent 3 years surveying #WashingtonDC for #cats using #trailcams. Whenever we saw an image of a cat carrying prey, we noted the species and location, and added it to our predation database.
So what influences predation rates by #urban #feral cats? We found 2 driving factors: access to cat food and distance to forest edge. Why would cat food increase predation? Supplemental food allows cats to occur at greater densities, amplifying population-level predation!
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