Wakes in the waves – why do dolphins and whales attend to their dead?
May 30, 2019
Similar to humans and other intelligent animals, dolphins and whales sometimes show interest in and attend to their dead. Recent research suggests that such behavior is common in species with larger brains, and may have been evolved to assist the survival of their kin. The animals might understand death, and be affected emotionally by it.
Cows, crops and climate change: China’s meat producing industry needs to change
May 28, 2019
Meat consumption in China is on the rise. This trend carries significant environmental implications. Despite environmental concerns, Chinese consumers continue to seek out meat. To keep the increase in meat demand from threatening global sustainability, the country will need to manage its livestock feed sourcing and manure in creative new ways.
Cutting down the amphibian tree of life: how humans are changing amphibian habitats
May 23, 2019
Humans are changing the environment in ways that are causing extreme loss of amphibian species. Amphibians thrive in forests, but when those forests are cut down, amphibians can disappear on a massive scale. New research also shows that when forests change, amphibians that are unique on an evolutionary level are more likely to become locally extinct. Losing these distinct amphibian species could have devastating effects on future forest ecosystems.
How to Engage People In Climate Change Negotiations? With Role Playing Games
May 21, 2019
Despite scientific evidence on the catastrophic impacts of climate change, public opinion is still not strong enough to force the bold policy actions necessary to counter it. A new role-playing game, “World Climate”, could be more effective than traditional science communication strategies and help encourage more people—and policymakers—to act on climate change.