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Global shifts in mammalian population trends reveal key predictors of virus spillover risk. Out in Proc Royal Society B @RSocPublishing @CKreuderJohnson @EpiCenterUCD @PREDICTproject @OneHealthUCD @ucdavisvetmed @LairmoreDVMDean @NIH doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2…
Co-authors include @petaleeh @PanditPranav, @SmileyTierra, Julie Rushmore, Cristin Young, and Megan Doyle. The study was supported by @PREDICTproject and @NIH
The study concludes that the exploitation of natural habitats is not only a conservation issue, but an important driver of spillover transmission zoonotic viruses. Here is a thread that discusses three key points highlighted from study.
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Healthy #soil sequesters #carbon, promotes the growth of nutrient-dense crops, holds more #water, and fights disease. What #farming practices can get you there? A thread:
Cover crops 🌿 When fields are bare, they're vulnerable to #erosion and #nutrient loss. Planting cover crops protects against this, while also smothering weeds, controlling pests, retaining #water, and enhancing #biodiversity.
Crop rotation 🔄 By refusing to plant the same #crop over and over, #farmers can return nutrients to the #soil without synthetic inputs. Crop rotation also wards off pests and disease, which have a harder time adapting with constantly-changing crops.
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Today is #InternationalDayofForests - Forest, #biodiversity, community - must read success story
Hornbills& Pakke forests -is a beautiful topic - thread to understand the species recovery. The video shows d diversity of just one species in this forest alone. Credits in last tweet
Hornbills are called Farmers of the forests, as they are fruigivorous (eats fruit mostly). This video shows the intimate bonding between the pair and their care in raising young ones. A must watch video to take lessons on couple goals and parenting. 2+
Anything beautiful in nature has its own threat. Same applies to Hornbills. They were badly hunted for their bills. Even today, if not at Pakke, this poaching is threatening their existence. World market demands are driving these beautiful endangered species towards extinction 3+
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On #Holi let's talk about #Indian #Biodiversity & #Colours.

These are different #birds found in India only of one #colour. Different shades of #blue. Credit: KamleshMirkale.
For names Please read from Left to Right every ROW.

1. White Bellied Blue flycatcher
2. Lesser Niltava
3. Niligiri Flycatcher
4. White bellied Blue robin.
5. Small Niltava
6. Black Naped Monarch
7. Andaman Shama.
8. Beautiful Sibia.
9. Asian Glossy Starling.
10. Andaman Drongo.
11. Ultramarine Flycatcher.
12. Grandala.
13. Tickell's Blue-flycatcher.
14. Crested Treeswift.
15. Blue Rock-Thrush
16 Spangled Drongo
17. Pale Blue flycatcher.
18. Asian fairy-bluebird (M)
19. Blue Fronted redstart.
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A thread to cover some of the major - and I mean seriously, shockingly major - gaps, mistakes and problems with the #environmental impact assessment for Montijo airport in #Portugal.

First up: no #fieldwork. AT ALL. 1/
That's right – the EIA of a major international #airport proposed for the country’s most important #wetland site for #bird #conservation didn’t bother to actually count any #birds.

Instead, they depended on studies already published for other reasons.

How did that work out? 2/
Well, the data on birds feeding in the #intertidal- the largest and most important #habitat in the #SPA- was collected in 2002-3.

In the 17 years since, the #Tagus has changed a lot for birds. Improved #water treatment but drastic increase in #shellfish harvesting. 3/
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THREAD:
Yesterday, #SionedJones was found not guilty of criminal damage after she was prosecuted by state-owned #forestry company #Coillte for cutting down hundreds of #Sitka spruce trees and replacing them with a new broadleaf forest. Pic: @_goneill
This is why you should care:
In place of the spruce trees she has planted and tended to a large number of native trees. Her rewilding project is now a young woodland teeming with wildflowers, insects and bird life.
You can clearly tell the difference in this video:
Wildflowers like this foxglove are able to grow under Sioned’s broadleaves, but not in the dark emptiness under the #Sitka spruce
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A thread on the Emergency Recovery Plan for #freshwater #biodiversity, just published by @BioScienceAIBS

6 actions to Bend the Curve on freshwater biodiversity loss

#1 Implement environmental flows, such as below Three Gorges Dam on Yangtze River

academic.oup.com/bioscience/adv…
#2 To bend the curve on freshwater biodiversity, improve water quality.

The Cuyahoga River (below in @CVNPNPS) once was biologically dead from pollution. Actions-local to federal-tackled pollution & bent the curve for Cuyahoga; sections which lacked fish now have > 40 species.
#3 to bend the curve on freshwater biodiversity loss, protect and restore critical habitats.

Ramsar designation and other protected areas can safeguard habitats and species, such as this American crocodile in the Terraba-Sierpe National Wetlands in Costa Rica
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Winnipeg City Hall adult ally #ClimateStrike

Week 27

So this is my worst Strike selfie yet - accidental shot while struggling to hold the ph for the pic at which point my camera died ;)

#Wetsuweten shirt art credit @christibelcourt

Thread incoming, will be pauses while I type
Disclaimer - everything I say here has already said, by better writers (often Indigenous) & by more knowledgable ppl (often Indigenous).

None of this should be taken as my own original thoughts, tho is not the fault or deficiency of the original thinkers if I get anything wrong.
Hello World, we need to talk about Canada.

I'm doing this in the context of my #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike, because the Winnipeg youth Climate Strike group, @mbyouth4climate, has been very involved in #WetsuwetenSolidarity #ShutDownCanada actions.
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This article has been making the rounds: ourworldindata.org/food-choice-vs….

And we’ve noticed it being used to shut down discussion about the societal and environmental benefits of eating #localfood - so we did some digging below the controversial headline.
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The article cites (among other things) a study comparing growing lettuce in the UK during winter to importing it from Spain (where it’s still in season). Growing out-of-season food is often energy-intensive and this naturally makes a local diet look bad. But…
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A local diet isn’t just about eating what you can BUY locally; it’s about eating what can naturally GROW locally. If one were to compare local in-season food vs imported food of the same type, the results would look very different.
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Today’s #HS2 announcement shows that our expert opinion, that of other NGOs, and the concerns of the public worried about the destruction of the irreplaceable habitat, has been utterly disregarded.
Some 61 #AncientWoods along the #HS2 route are earmarked for total or partial destruction while a further 47 will suffer damage from noise, vibration, light, and pollution. woodlandtrust.org.uk/protecting-tre…
“The Government is riding roughshod over its own environmental ambitions and ignoring lessons learned from the past, by allowing destruction of #AncientWoodland and other important habitats on this scale." - @AdamCormack_ #HS2
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🚜🌎💚 Land use, #farming & how this impacts on #ClimateChange is under scrutiny

Today, the Committee on Climate Change (@thecccuk) have launched their new Land Use report

What does it say, does it focus on the right things and is it ambitious enough? ow.ly/HSDC50y2HXK
@theCCCuk @UKSustain @SoilsAlliance @SusFoodTrust @LandworkersUK @FOLUCoalition @GreenerUK_ @GreenAllianceUK @WCL_News @DefraGovUK @NFUtweets The report comes at a time when #farming, #landuse and its impact on #climatechange is under the spotlight like never before.

This @theCCCuk report will be a major influence on what farmers will be rewarded for doing to adapt to climate change. ow.ly/HSDC50y2HXK
Nature must be given equal emphasis in shaping the future of post-#Brexit #farm support, as #farming and #landuse is also the primary driver of global #insect decline and the #biodiversity crash.

ow.ly/HSDC50y2HXK
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Created Nov 2017:

#2020SuperYear: "We're working to secure an ambitious #NewDealForNature and People in the year 2020."

2017: 1 #WWF retweet on Dec 18

Created/managed by Bernadette Fischler Hooper - works at WWF-UK as Head of Advocacy – Our Planet / 2020 Project.
April 2019, Friends of the Earth:

"Happy 2020. It's going to be a big year"

"Will our government and business leaders act on the triple emergency of climate, nature and poverty, or will business as usual win?...
"What would life be like in 2030 if restoring nature, stabilising our climate & making strides in human development & poverty reduction were daily priorities for all gov'ts & every business for the decade starting in 2020?"
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*THREAD* Second session today at #RSPBScieConf19 features @Natures_Voice work on "Saving Nature Through People" #conservationscience #socialscience
@Natures_Voice First up: @tomswinfield on tropical forest restoration🌴🌳 Private sector restoration concessions must be profitable if they are to be a scaleable restoration option. An enabling regulatory environment is needed. @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia #RSPBScieConf19
@Natures_Voice @Tomswinfield @hutan_harapan @ICRAF @BurungIndonesia Next, Sierra Leone: Reconciling #biodiversity and #livelihoods in high biodiversity developing world settings is a perennial problem. New @Darwin_Defra project seeks to achieve this goal in greater #Gola landscape @FionaJSanderson bit.ly/2qCUlrc bit.ly/33n1Tve
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*THREAD* This #RSPBScieConf19 session thread presents advances in @Natures_Voice's goal to champion land well-managed for nature #ornithology #conservationscience
@Natures_Voice Now @Tomfinch89 shows that combining high-yield farmland with natural habitat and low-yield farmland can reconcile conflict between food production and nature conservation @RSPBScience @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies and @NaturalEngland.

*Paper here* conbio.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.111…
@Natures_Voice @tomfinch89 @_BTO @CamZoology @savebutterflies @NaturalEngland In the first of a set of #agri-environment talks @pebellamy tests the effectiveness of targeted grants in delivering increases in #woodland birds @ForestryComm @NaturalEngland #RSPBScieConf19
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What's our #beef with beef?

Public interest on #climate, #biodiversity & #diet is rightly growing

#Meat is often at the heart of the debate but it's important we look past headlines & unpick the detail

THREAD 👇

#EatBetterMeat #EatOrganic #BBCOne 👉ow.ly/MjQ150xjJI9
Our #meat comes from different #farm systems

When animals are grazed on grass, as in #organic, this can have positive impacts on #climate & #nature. Intensively produced #grain-fed chicken & pigs can have the opposite effect

#EatBetterMeat #EatOrganic 👉ow.ly/MjQ150xjJI9
🐄🐖🐔 Intensively farmed animals are almost always fed on #grain & imported #soya

The production of animal feed can exhaust soils and drive #rainforest clearance

This is devastating for the #climate & #biodiversity

#EatBetterMeat #EatOrganic #Meat 👉ow.ly/MjQ150xjJI9
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You talk about #Indian #Biodiversity.

These are different #birds found in India only of one #colour. Different shades of #blue. #Unknown
For names Please read from Left to Right every ROW.

1. White Bellied Blue flycatcher
2. Lesser Niltava
3. Niligiri Flycatcher
4. White bellied Blue robin.
5. Small Niltava
6. Black Naped Monarch
7. Andaman Shama.
8. Beautiful Sibia.
9. Asian Glossy Starling.
10. Andaman Drongo.
11. Ultramarine Flycatcher.
12. Grandala.
13. Tickell's Blue-flycatcher.
14. Crested Treeswift.
15. Blue Rock-Thrush
16 Spangled Drongo
17. Pale Blue flycatcher.
18. Asian fairy-bluebird (M)
19. Blue Fronted redstart.
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In a paper published this week @NaturePlants, we present the main results of seven years studying #MorningGlory taxonomy and evolution: "A taxonomic monograph of Ipomoea integrated across phylogenetic scales". And there is sweet potato too! nature.com/articles/s4147… 🌿🍠⬇️⬇️
This project, led by Robert Scotland at @OxfordPlants, involved researchers from @OregonState, @Cipotato, @DukeU, @TheBotanics and @KewScience, as well as really important collaborators during field work, herbarium curators, other taxonomists, funders... So much help!🙏
Our aim was to show how powerful evolutionary studies become when they integrate with a good, comprehensive taxonomic study (especially for relatively poorly known groups of tropical plants). This idea was proposed 7 years ago (cell.com/trends/ecology…) and here we show it works.
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Visiting #LaReunion allowed for a very special adventure with my 8-month old son. We wanted to see one of the rarest birds in the world before it disappeared: the Reunion Cuckoo-shrike.

This is a thread about #birds, #birding, fatherhood, #biodiversity and #extinction ... 1/13
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 2. What does #extinction mean? What does it feel like? How does our species internalise, let alone rationalise, the loss of another?

Perhaps, like the Universe itself, the #anthropocene sixth mass extinction is too big, too abstract, just too *much*, for us to absorb.
@Team_eBird @BirdLife_News @BirdWatchingMag @Natures_Voice @WildlifeMag @Britnatureguide @RareBirdAlertUK @extinctsymbol @BirdNoteRadio 3. So let's focus on just one species: a bird few have heard of, and fewer would likely think or care about. A type of cuckoo-shrike found only on #Reunion, the next-door island to my home in #Madagascar.

A bird from an island where avian extinctions have already occurred.
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What if I told you that #BigTech and #SocialMedia platforms are manipulating you, steering you toward #Health information that they think is right, rather than letting you evaluate content for yourself?

Commentary by @MaryamHenein (Thread 👇) theepochtimes.com/google-censors…
Accredited professionals, meanwhile, who stand for #Health freedom and who criticize Big Anything, are losing posting privileges, getting banned, being buried, finding themselves deranked, and getting digitally assassinated.
Content is literally disappearing from the Internet along with our #Health choices.

It sounds conspiratorial because it is. Independent #Journalists and health experts are blowing the whistle. But it’s become a silent one.
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Shocking revealations by @Dev_Fadnavis

When it is was decided to build @MumbaiMetro3 carshed inside #Aarey, govt received 13,000 objections of which 10,000 were put up on a #Bengaluru based website.

The handwritten objections recd were a few 100

#AareyAikaNa
#AareyAiklaNa
#SC has already said that the proposed area for car depot in #Aarey is #notAForest or a place rich in #biodiversity, but it is #Govt land where permission can be given

It has also ruled out the #feasibility of any #alternatives

#AareyNotAForest
#AareyAikaNa
#AareyAiklaNa
. @Dev_Fadnavis has dubbed @MumbaiMetro3 project as a #CarbonUltraPositive

He said: We will be putting 13,000 trees in place of the trees that will be cut

Plus, his govt will be planting #50crore trees across the State of which #33crore have already been planted

#AareyAikaNa
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Stark prospect. Oxygen deprivation. Can't be rest assured, w/ inherent risks of lack of Co2. Amassing looters, expunging such a large carbon footprint. Selling land for quick profits. #AmazonFire
2/n In sync with axes at the grind -- leading to inevitable deforestation. Coming dawn of no less, extinction of the planetary ecosystem. This disastrous outcome with many factors have been congregating for many years, now. #ClimateStrike
3/n And, where I helm. Nor in any respect "us" Aussies or elsewhere immune. The die has already been cast, and triggers of misuse — via politician's have ignited by fusion of friction. The vein has already been mined. Global problem besetting the world remains unresolved. #Change
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When I first came to Borneo in 1990, I flew across the whole island looking down on endless perfect forest. Not any more. Making a program on deforestation and palm oil is so frustrating & depressing. Inside the forest the wild orchestra is deafening. cont...
Biodiversity is close to zero. We’ve been nose to nose with sun bear & orang utan orphaned & homeless. Been in perfect riverside forest but finding it only extends metres from the banks. cont...
But there MUST be positivity. Buying and protecting forests is one solution World Land Trust Sustainable palm oil is another; strips of forest within the plantations, encouraging epiphytes and other plants beneath the palms. cont..
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45 scientists & policy wonks are meeting this week in Addis Ababa to make sure their agricultural research/development programs are run in compliance with national/international ABS laws and regulations. The meeting is coordinated by @CGIAR Genebank Platform and @ILRI. 1/n
@CGIAR @ILRI ABS=access to biodiversity and sharing of benefits arising from its use. That means the @UNBiodiversity Nagoya Protocol, the @planttreaty and relevant national regulations. 2/n
@CGIAR @ILRI @UNBiodiversity @planttreaty There's a bunch of research leaders and #genebank managers at the meeting. I'll add pix and other snippets to this thread as I get them from my "mole" at the meeting, who is apparently social media challenged. 3/n
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