How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country Into Coding Country
Driven by a tech-industry vision of rural economic revival, Wyoming is requiring all of its K-12 public schools to offer computer science.
Global Hotspots of Conflict Risk between Food
Security and Biodiversity Conservation
Access to full text: http://mdpi.com/2073-445X/6/4/67
Interview with David Suzuki
Naomi Klein in her book, This Changes Everything, puts her finger right on the problem; and that is capitalism; the construct that we’ve made. And yet, capitalism, the economy, markets, corporations — these are human creations. You can’t change the rules of Nature. Our chemistry and biology dictate the way we have to live.
Yet — national borders, economies, or concepts like capitalism or communism — it’s crazy to act as if these things come before everything else. We can change those things; we can’t change Nature.
With the call for public input just ending, the GCF will be incorporating more protections for Indigenous Peoples. Will this bring a new era of respect for Indigenous Peoples’ lands and resources, whether those lands have been formally titled or not? Will it lead to respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights in conservation and public protected areas? Already Indigenous Peoples and local communities conserve as much area as is in government-managed protected areas and invest significantly in protection and conservation activities.
Call for Public Input
Green Climate Fund Indigenous Peoples Policy
Deadline: 12 August 2017 at 23:59 Korean Standard Time
U.N. Post-2015 Development Agenda Adopted Amidst Closed-Door Deals
Bhumika Muchhala is Senior Policy Analyst, Finance and Development at Third World Network
The linked article by Bhumika reports on negotiating the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the World and finds that bolder language already in the Convention on Biological Diversity and the updating of the Climate Change conventions is being watered down in the SDGs. Why? Are we going backwards? In 1972 we wanted to ‘ensure’ sustainability, now it seems the negotiators want to replace all that ‘ensurance’ with just ‘promoting’ it. Forward or back?
SDGs under negotiation
Bumblebees in Trouble
The recently published European Red List of Bees revealed that 24% of Europe’s bumblebee species are threatened with extinction and 46% have a declining population. While this was only a regional assessment, it is likely that bumblebees in other parts of the world are faring similarly badly. Changes in land use, including agricultural intensification, as well as climate change and introduced pathogens are among the main threats to the world’s bumblebees.
Habitat destruction and degradation as a result of urbanisation and especially agricultural intensification is a major cause of bumblebee decline. Wide-scale conversion of wildflower meadows to monocultures deprives bumblebees of forage and potential nest sites. Agricultural insecticides can spread widely into the surrounding environment. They are often picked up by foraging bumblebees and carried back to their nests, poisoning working colony members as well as the developing brood. Herbicide use can also detrimentally affect bumblebees by killing their preferred forage plants.
Climate change is another growing threat to bumblebee populations, either affecting bumblebees directly or indirectly via their food plants. For example, the Vulnerable Bombus alpinus, a boreal-alpine species favouring higher altitudes, is declining in the southern Alps due to climate change reducing the amount of suitable habitat.