Day: November 8, 2019

2019 is the year of the ‘climate strike’

“Climate strike” has been crowned word of the year by Collins Dictionary. The term, which refers to people leaving work or school as a way to demand action on climate change, was used 100 times more often in 2019 compared to last year, Collins’ lexicographers found. The company says that they monitor a 9.5 billion-word…

Pangolins threatened by criminal networks in southern Africa

Pangolins are under threat from illegal trafficking networks, conservationists said on Wednesday, as they urged southern African countries to step up protection of one of the world’s most smuggled mammals.Around 100 000 pangolins are plucked from the wild each year in Africa and Asia, according to conservation group WildAid.The flesh of these endangered scaled mammals…

Plants and Fungi Together Could Slow Climate Change by Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere

A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change. Human-induced transformations of Earth’s ecosystems have strongly affected distribution patterns of plant-fungus symbioses known as mycorrhiza. These changes have greatly reduced…