Amami Tip-nosed Frog
Status: 🟠 Endangered
I think about how most of the farmable landmass in the entire world is used to raise #animalfeeds.
How nearly all of it, from rainforest to kelp forest, from fields to reefs could regenerate back to #carbonCapture #resilience #biodiversity if we ate traditional mostly plants. If animal products became again more special feast day events, a few times a year .
Sydney's mass tree vandalism
“This is happening all over the country, all of the time."
"A disjunct between weak punishment and the crime, a colonial-settler impulse to control native bush, an overriding sense, perhaps, that public property has less value than private – impels them, regardless, to vandalise majestic trees."
"The novelist and celebrated nature writer James Bradley says the “hatred of trees” is a settler-colonial legacy of the desire to impose order on the natural landscape and a symptom of increased alienation from nature."
“Trees have helped shape and sustain human cultures for hundreds of thousands of years. Many Indigenous cultures recognise this with systems of reciprocity that connect them to trees, within which trees are not just living beings, but actually relatives or kin. That connection has been disrupted by the processes of extraction that have seen most of the world’s forests cleared, and the hostility to trees you hear when people complain about their messiness, or them blocking their view."
“The more science learns about trees, the more we realise that even though they exist upon quite different timescales to humans, they are beings, with the ability to communicate and learn. And that they aren’t just good for the environment, they’re good for us, and just being around them makes us calmer, improves our mood, and makes us feel more connected to the world around us.”
#HarbourViews #PropertyValues #Sydney #views #LaneCove #CastleCove #crime #entitlement #SettlerSociety #legacy #BotanicalColonisation #LoggingIndustry #values #extractivism #reciprocity #NativeForests #biodiversity #wildlife #TheBush
(2/2) Alternatives to animal products such as #meat & #dairy can reduce GHG #emissions, land degradation & #deforestation, water & soil #pollution, loss of #biodiversity, risks of zoonotic #diseases & anti-microbial resistance, and #animalwelfare concerns: https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/press-release/novel-meat-and-dairy-alternatives-could-help-curb-climate-harming
“One of the things that people kept saying to us over and over again is, ‘We really wish there was a Kijiji for native seeds, somewhere we can actually make trades.’ So that’s what we built.”
it's estimated that a complete phaseout of #meat over 15yrs would cut as much as one-third of all methane emissions & two-thirds of all nitrous oxide emissions. #Water use would fall dramatically. #Biodiversity loss would slow.
@paulcox Oh yes, this one with @emergencemagazine was one of her first audio essays that I heard before I found live sessions and all the Youtube videos with her. I strongly recommend her books "Braiding Sweetgrass" and "Gathering Moss": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3FSpMMzUNI
Advancing global and actionable collaboration for sustainable food systems.
Notable efforts to lower emissions: India.
A teeny wee baby, Thicklip grey mullet (Chelon labrosus) - although adults are common in Irish inshore waters and estuaries throughout the summer months they are rarely targeted as a food species and fished mainly for sport.
County Clare, Ireland.
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Ongoing decimation of species once (recently) thriving in nature, especially island and freshwater species. Biodiversity and food loss.
Here's my photo: Cougar, Mountain Lion, Puma, Catamount, or Panther (male, Puma concolor) in snow. ©Carl R. Englander
#CatsOfMastodon #Cat #Cats #Catstodon #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotographersOfMastodon #Photo #Photographer #Color #Film #Kodak #Outdoors #Snow #Winter #Mammal #Nature #Naturalist #Conservation #BiologicalDiversity #Biodiversity #Environment #Ecosystem #Ecology
“The fight against the #climatecrisis endangers [that #prosperity], denies it, and to that extent there is a growing fear in the middle and upper classes of the world about what the leap to a decarbonised economy means”
“rise of the #extremeright is fundamentally driven by fear”
“The countries with the most #biodiversity in the world, in order, are #Brazil, #Colombia and #Venezuela. If we notice, we have our #wealth there” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/09/middle-class-fear-green-policies-fuels-rise-of-far-right-colombias-petro-warns-aoe #energytransition #migration #climaterefugees
“Stop generating so much #garbage, and reap the many intertwined social, economic, & environmental benefits”
“cutting waste will yield myriad co-benefits, from boosting #biodiversity & improving #food systems to mitigating #climatechange”
“a comprehensive #zerowaste strategy that includes better material sorting, more #recycling, & source reduction could reduce waste-sector greenhouse #emissions by 84% globally” https://grist.org/international/in-france-zero-waste-experiments-tackle-a-tough-problem-peoples-habits/ #France #Roubaix #NouvelleAquitaine #behavior #longreads
@MaggieCi It's a great discovery. Unfortunately, this kind of articles often exaggerates the speed for hope.
In France, we get the world-wide first factory to break down #PET into its components using an #enzyme. It will open in 2025. Science about bacteria and enzymes eating #plastics, started in the 1990s. The enzyme was discovered in 2016 and they spent billions for the test plant opening in 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/05/how-super-enzymes-that-eat-plastics-could-curb-our-waste-problem
Most of these catalysts you can't put into nature. #biodiversity #waste
The unseen impact of the country's relentless urban sprawl on the native wildlife population. The displacement of biodiversity with wo/men and their dogs
“The wildlife is suffering ..., the kangaroos haven't got anywhere to go. They can’t go back to where they came from because it’s just houses now."
"While developments are financially lucrative for both construction companies and the local council, residents (wildlife carers) say they’ve been left to clean up the mess with little help."
#monoculture #sprawl #roads #cars #roadkill #WildlifeCarer #council #wildlife landlocked #HabitatFragmentation #biodiversity #ExtinctionCrisis
Outrage as endangered species living in forest goes unnoticed by loggers chopping it down. 'Nothing to see here': Greater gliders, yellow-bellied gliders, koalas and powerful owls.
“Forestry Corporation admitted that they don’t do surveys for the nocturnal greater gliders at night! No wonder they aren’t finding any — they don’t want to find them, as it would seriously restrict their operations,” CEO Jacqui Mumford
"Endangered marsupials have been discovered inside a forest that was being chopped down by the NSW government, prompting calls for its operations to be suspended across dozens of sites across the state."
"After the Environmental Protection Agency was asked to intervene this week, NSW Forestry Corporation voluntarily asked its contractors to cease operations at the Styx River State Forest which borders the Cathedral Rock National Park, west of Coffs Harbour. It’s the second time since August the state-owned agency has been forced to down chainsaws because of the discovery of greater gliders."
#MoonparSF #CoffsHarbour #NativeForests #NSWForestry #NSWLogging #gliders #Koalas #wildlife #biodiversity #surveys #ExtinctionCrisis #StopLogging
Global #marine life is on move due to sea temperature rise
Mass movement of marine life, termed #tropicalization, is changing ecological landscape of our #oceans and leading to a cascade of consequences for #ecosystems, #biodiversity, and potentially global economy. Given how closely #ecology and #evolution interact, altered species interactions may lead to evolution of new traits or #behaviors. Researchers need to monitor ecosystems undergoing tropicalization.
Dec 8 EWE: #Biodiversity — Future of 200 migratory bird species put at risk by cyclones & droughts. A new study led by ZSL and Imperial researchers reveals the extent to which migratory birds – such as cranes, buzzards and nightjars – are exposed to cyclones and droughts. With these extreme weather events likely to intensify with climate change, scientists behind the study warn that conservation opportunities to protect these birds may be being missed. https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/250034/future-200-migratory-bird-species-risk/ #ClimateCrisis
南アフリカのケープ地方での生物多様性調査プロジェクトBioSCapeについて。NASAの衛星や航空ツールが活用され、地球の植物や動物の研究に役立つ。成果は将来の衛星ミッションに影響を与える。 #NASA #Biodiversity #SouthAfrica
Hi Jawns, I'm happy to see some new faces 🙂
Let's do more #introduction toots! Hashtags can help people find you, if you want more followers. Pin your intro to your profile if you like.
I'm Nelson, an admin on Jawns.club, your local #Philly Mastodon server. I love:
-🖋️ #fountainPens that I refill with bottled #ink, as part of my #zeroWaste journey.
- 🌱 🏡 growing #nativePlants in my #garden to preserve #biodiversity
- 🛤️ #TrainTravel
- :jurassic: #dinosaurs, whether they are #birds or fossils
Here's my photo: Denali through the dining room window, Camp Denali, Denali National Park, AK, USA. ©Carl R. Englander
#FensterFriday #WindowFriday #Fenster #Window #PhotographersOfMastodon #NaturePhotography #Photography #Photo #Photographer #Canon #Alaska #Denali #NationalPark #NationalParkGeeks #CampDenali #Mountain #Autumn #Snow #Mountain #Wild #Outdoors #Nature #Naturalist #Conservation #Biodiversity #Environment #Ecosystem #Ecology
Ecology expert, @KorimakoEcology, expands on the latest New Zealand biodiversity news, pulling into the Biodiversity & Rewilding community.
Got a comment? You're just one click away. Join in at https://newsmast.org/communities/status/biodiversity_rewilding
"The son of a farmer who shot and killed an environment officer involved in land-clearing prosecutions has been ordered to pay $405,000 by the New South Wales Land and Environment Court in Sydney today."
"The court heard the illegal clearing included Brigalow trees, an endangered species, in a landscape of the New England region that had already been over-cleared."
"The 2014 clearing has had, or is likely to have had, a highly significant effect on the population of koalas on the property and on surrounding properties."
#Moree #LandClearing #crime #wildlife #habitat #Brigalow #EnvironmentOfficer #GlenTurner #biodiversity #Koalas
@ioew "Ein neues Mensch-Natur-Verhältnis, ganzheitliche Wertkonzepte und die Veränderung von Governancemechanismen sind bereits in den aktuellen Berichten des #IPBES angelegt[..]. Auf dieser Basis diskutiert er insbesondere das Potenzial, die #Natur mit Rechten auszustatten.
Viele der Biodiversitätsziele, die im Globalen Biodiversitäts-Rahmenabkommen von Kunming-Montreal vereinbart wurden, leisten einen positiven Beitrag zum Klimaschutz. Shin et al. (2022) zeigen, dass Erhaltungsmaßnahmen, die den Verlust der biologischen Vielfalt aufhalten, bremsen oder umkehren, gleichzeitig den vom Menschen verursachten Klimawandel erheblich verlangsamen können. Das gilt zum Beispiel für das Ziel, auf mindestens 30% der Erde Schutzgebiete zu etablieren und zu vernetzen [30x30]. [..] Aktuellen Zahlen [..] zufolge lag die Fläche [..] an Land bei 15,7%, im Meer bei 7,7%. Andere [..] positive Ziele sind der Ausbau von grünen und blauen Infrastrukturen in Städten"
Graceful sun orchid (Thelymitra simulata) near the Cotter River, ACT. Have only ever seen a handful of plants at this location and have only seen the flowers actually open on several very warm summer days. Also known as the collared sun orchid.
Displaced koala found adjacent to a clearfell logging operation in the proposed Great Koala National Park
"The National Parks Association NSW (NPA) has obtained video of a likely displaced koala barely 40m from the edge of a clearfelled logging coupe in Pine Creek State Forest within the proposed Great Koala National Park (GKNP).
Koala Hubs contain critical multi generational koala populations and their habitat. Logging of Koala Hubs within the proposed GKNP was suspended by the NSW Government last September, but unfortunately Koala Hubs in plantations were not included in the decision and continue to be logged."
#Koalas #TheGreatKoalaNationalPark #wildlife #Biodiversity #PineCreek #NSWLogging #NSWForestry #StopLogging
How many species live at your place? Brilliant, simple bit of lockdown #biodiversity research here: https://theconversation.com/we-thought-wed-find-200-species-living-in-our-house-and-yard-we-were-very-wrong-217082
Last Spring, a breeding season for most of our #beetle species at this latitude, none got recorded for extended periods of time at several of my survey points, which I have been monitoring for 6 years. I talked about this incredible event here at the time.
This afternoon, I chatted with a colleague. He told me, he heard of numerous similar accounts from places around the world this year.
📢 Time to wake up guys!
It is is turning very bad for #biodiversity
"It’s a beautiful community of people who are genuinely interested in healing the Earth. It’s giving people, in these dark times, agency – something to do that’s tangible, that you can touch. It’s a step toward making a difference."
US: #Livestock grazing harms threatened & endangered #wildlife and is the primary driver of riparian #ecosystem degradation and #biodiversity loss in the Southwest as #grazing tears up the habitat of endangered species: https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/biden-administration-faces-new-legal-action-over-chronic-cattle-damage-in-arizona-national-monument-2023-11-30/ #cattle #beef
I’m enjoying #ArtAdventCalendar so much, I wrote about it in my blog today & included 3 pieces of my wintry art.
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#festive #Christmas #holiday #SciArt #art #illustration #watercolor #painting #sketchbook #NatureJournal #NatureJournaling #Substack #blog #Tucson #SonoranDesert #biodiversity #environment #ecosystem #nature #tree #Winter #snow #aspen
Nickel mine threatens Philippines biodiversity hotspot on Sibuyan Island (analysis) #Philippines #biodiversity #environment #mining https://news.mongabay.com/2023/12/nickel-mine-threatens-philippines-biodiversity-hotspot-on-sibuyan-island-analysis/
Happy #ArtAdventCalendar Day 7!
Here's my photo: Ring-Necked Pheasant(Male, Phasianus colchicus) in snow, Celery Farm, Allendale, New Jersey, USA ©Carl R. Englander
#Snow #Winter #Cold #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotographersOfMastodon #Photo #Photographer #Color #Outdoors #Nature #Naturalist #Conservation #Wild #Biodiversity #Environment #Ecosystem #Ecology #NewJersey #NJ #Film #FujiFilm #Canon #ThrowbackThursday #Mood #Moods #Birds #Birding #Birder #Birdwatcher #Birdwatching
Guten Morgen! Was war gestern schön was hat euch gefreut? Es sind #diekleinendinge die zählen.
#fungifact 🍄📷 Cortinarius violaceus oder der Dunkelviolette Schleierling ist einer der auffälligsten Pilze. Er ist weltweit verbreitet und formt Mykorrhiza mit vielen Bäumen. Er ist nicht giftig, gilt aber als minderwertiger Speisepilz. Also ein Pilz fürs Auge, nicht die Pfanne.
#MushroomMonday #fungi #fungifriday #Pilze #biodiversity #artenkenntnis #biodiversität #fungiphotography #naturfotografie
Happy #ArtAdventCalendar Day 6!
Here's my photo: Red Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) leaves on ground in fall, Harriman State Park, New York, USA
#Film #Kodak #Canon #Color #Red #Fall #FallColor #FallFoliage #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotographersOfMastodon #Photo #Photographer #Color #Nature #Naturalist #Pattern #Wild #CloseUp #Conservation #Biodiversity #Environment #Ecosystem #Ecology #NewYorkState #NewYork #NY #HarrimanStatePark #Outdoors #Throwback #Mood #Moods ©Carl R. Englander
Happy #ArtAdventCalendar Day 5!
Here's my photo: Red Maple tree (Acer rubrum) after a winter snowstorm Celery Farm, Allendale, New Jersey, USA
#Snow #Winter #Cold #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotographersOfMastodon #Photo #Photographer #Color #Outdoors #Nature #Naturalist #Conservation #Wild #Biodiversity #Environment #Ecosystem #Ecology #NewJersey #NJ #Film #FujiFilm #Canon #Throwback #Mood #Moods #ThickTrunkTuesday ©Carl R. Englander
Beadlet Anemones (Actinia equina) providing crimson starbusts in a rockpool coated in light pink Coralline algae (Lithophyllum incrustans).
County Clare, Ireland.
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On #WorldSoilDay a fascinating being will tell you how important healthy #soil is: for your brain, your gut and your immune system, and also apparently for mental health. An episode of my #NatureMatchCuts #podcast teeming with #microorganisms. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/season-01-ep-04-sitting-with-your-beloved-sourdough/id1630784381?i=1000587422166 Podcast website https://naturematchcuts.net
Happy World Soil Day 2023! :ecoanarchism_heart:
This year's title is "Soil and Water". The one doesn't do well without the other. And humans need definitely both.
Be kind to your soil.
Learn about your soil.
See your soil, feel your soil.
Eat your soil (seriously, if your soil isn't polluted, there are tons of micronutrients and millions of microbes that your gut microbiome will welcome).
Gardening, especially in community, is great: you learn, you chill, you produce fresh, healthy and cheap veggies.
Let us protect the soils. I know, right now there is so much stuff we are treating badly, but the soils have really an astonishing small lobby.
We nee to change the way we produce foods. An #AgroecologicalTransformation will help to mitigate #ClimateChange, improve #Biodiversity, repair the WaterCycle and will make the lives of the ones that come after us much, much easier.
New guidelines provide practical tips for creating and managing sustainable private nature reserves, based on a global survey of more than 50 practitioners worldwide.
Three-quarters of private reserves rely heavily on fundraising, and only 4% are financially self-sufficient, highlighting the need for diverse income streams.
Sun orchid (Thelymitra sp.) near Corin Dam, ACT - probably the closest match to T. nuda I saw this spring - although could also just be a form of T. alpina. The various T. nuda complex orchids near this location are generally free flowering - even on cloudy days.
As ocean temperatures rise, more and more coral reefs are put at risk of extinction.
A collaborative research team have developed a method of isochoric vitrification that allows coral to be cryopreserved without harm and then revived with a prepared solution, allowing them to be moved to increase biodiversity and genetic resistance to increasing temperatures.
Logging and koalas do not mix
Spoiler: End native forest logging altogether, seek World Heritage protection for these forests.
"Koalas cannot read maps, and do not understand human zoning. If their habitat in plantations is cleared, they die – just as we’ve seen in Victoria, where deaths of koalas in blue gum plantations have made national news."
"For a koala-protecting National Park to actually protect koalas, it must be based on the identification and reservation of high value habitat – such as hardwood plantations. If we leave all plantations out, some of the best habitat in the park will continue to be logged. Without plantations, the park will be filled with holes, severing critical corridors and hampering the movement of koalas."
What should we do?
"We have to restore the areas lost to logging and the Black Summer bushfires and flag more forested areas for inclusion – especially unburnt habitat. And the government has to end logging within the proposed park area. If we want a viable alternative, the government should begin new plantations outside the park area and buy out existing logging contracts inside the park. Logging and koalas do not mix."
"We should give up on the idea of protecting koala “hubs”. Instead, we should prioritise the protection of koala populations unaffected by fire and in untouched forest areas wherever they are, whether inside or outside of these hubs.
Every bit of habitat on public land should be ruled in, as this is what counts, not zoning. Local communities – not just the forest industry and environment groups – need to be included in negotiations. The government should also consider community efforts to seek World Heritage protection for these forests."
Tim Cadman, Danielle Clode
#conservation #logging #Koalas #LoggingIndustry #NSWForestry #extinction #SaveTuckersNob ##restoration WorldHeritage #Biodiversity #ClimateEmergency #EndNativeForestLogging
Happy #ArtAdventCalendar Day 4!
Here's my photo: Tree with Bison on the ridge in winter, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
#NationalPark #NationalParkGeek #Snow #Winter #Cold #NaturePhotography #Photography #PhotographersOfMastodon #Photo #Photographer #Color #Outdoors #Nature #Naturalist #Conservation #Wild #Biodiversity #Environment #Ecosystem #Ecology #Mammal #Film #Kodak #Kodachrome #Kodachrome25 #Wyoming #Throwback #Mood #Moods #FotoMontag #PhotoMonday ©Carl R. Englander
#BilboToday becomes #BilboPaths. You can follow the hashtag for more. I'll never forget what this fascinating and loving personality of a dog taught me about #nature and how to change my perspective.
As soon as I'm mobile again (carrying the dog last threw my physiotherapy back), I'm walking our old #paths again and talk about #nature!
Late spring sun orchids (Thelymitra) near Corin, ACT. Most plants here have the forward pointing spurs on the anther lobe often associated with T. alpina - but the single pink-flowering plant doesn't have spurs and may be closer to T. megcalyptra (or T. nuda). Have seen sun orchids still out here well into December in past seasons but most have finished up before the end of November this year.
Once again it’s time for #ArtAdventCalendar thanks to @jayispainting - hooray! 😀 A couple of years ago I created an art series in which I painted 1 color/day of something from nature I saw in/from my yard: plants, animals, birds, arthropods, reptiles & skies. Here’s my Tucson Color Journal ~ December.
Shot: The new ‘scramble for #Africa’: how a #UAE sheikh quietly made carbon deals for #forests bigger than UK
“#UnitedArabEmirates has the third biggest plans for #oilandgas expansion in the world” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/30/the-new-scramble-for-africa-how-a-uae-sheikh-quietly-made-carbon-deals-for-forests-bigger-than-uk #biodiversity #carbonoffsets
Chaser: #SaudiArabia’s grand plan to ‘hook’ poor countries on oil
“The #Saudi government is like a drug dealer trying to get #Africa hooked on its harmful product” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/nov/27/revealed-saudi-arabia-plan-poor-countries-oil #globalwarming #climatechange #COP28 #fossilfuel
Dying and dead wildlife on a remote Australian timber plantation. Eagles were soaring.
"Disturbing video shot ...at a remote Australian timber plantation has sparked an investigation. Footage and images to Yahoo News Australia showing dead and dying wildlife strewn across a track in a recently logged Tasmanian forest."
"The videos were taken on a Cradoc Hill acreage owned by Reliance Forest Fibre, which has private property signs erected along the fence line...In Tasmania, the poisoning of native wildlife like possums and wallabies is not always an offence."
#plantation #LoggingIndustry #LoggingImpacts #Tasmania #NativeForests #wildlife #biodiversity #biodiversityCrisis #extinction makers
Kerinci Seblat National Park on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has lost more than 4% of its primary forest cover over the past 20 years, satellite data from Global Forest Watch show.
Much of the deforestation is driven by nearby communities logging and farming, in particular potatoes, and possibly also illegal gold mining.
@chrisvanswaay #ctgb #lnv #biodiversity #biology #agriculture
#insects #bees #BBB #lto #bayer
Our results from 316 Bombus terrestris colonies at 106 agricultural sites across eight European countries confirm that the regulatory system fails to sufficiently prevent pesticide-related impacts on non-target organisms.
These findings support the need for postapproval monitoring of both pesticide exposure and effects to confirm that the regulatory process is sufficiently protective
"To counteract the potential loss, research indicates humanity must work to restore nature across the planet, adopt more environmentally friendly farming practices, reduce meat consumption, stop the spread of invasive species and dramatically cut the use of fossil fuels."
“If we do not take the necessary actions to conserve biodiversity, the world’s future and that of our people can be described in one word: desert."
"Invasive alien species … will have replaced the unique local ecosystems, causing some native species … to go extinct."
“The boom in mining for the green-energy transition will send miners into the last biodiversity refuges over the next 25 years. Those minerals will get dug up, and we need them. To avoid a biodiversity catastrophe, we need to develop ways to mine far different from the environmentally and socially destructive methods of yesterday and today.”
Guten Morgen! Was war gestern schön was hat euch gefreut? Es sind die kleinen Dinge die zählen.
#fungifact 🍄📷 Nach dem ersten Schnee am Wochenende beginnen nun die ersten Winterpilze aufzutauchen, wie der gemeine Samtfussrübling, der erst nach dem ersten Frost beginnt Fruchtkörper zu bilden. Wenn die Fruchtkörper größer sind als die ca 5 mm großen Babies im Bild, ist er ein guter Speisepilz
Dumping of cats and dogs a danger to native wildlife
"Cats not accepted at RSPCA NSW shelters for another month amid vaccine shortage. The decision has prompted concern that the illegal dumping of unwanted animals could increase. Invasive Species Council conservation officer Candice Bartlett said a rise in feral cat populations could have devastating impacts on native wildlife...Each year in Australia, cats that are allowed to roam kill 323 million native animals."
#pets #cats #dogs #OverCrowding #consumers #ThrowAwaySociety #dumping #ferals #ChristmasHolidays #wildlife #TheBush #conservation #biodiversity #ExtinctionCrisis
What more tragic, more reprehensible, than destroying the Amazon Rain Forest?
Now 60% lost or degraded. Record drought this year. Predictions that global warming will turn the Amazon into savanna go back 40 years.
60 million years of evolution…
Miyawaki forests are named after the Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. They represent an alternative approach to afforestation and biodiversity restoration. The method emphasizes the creation of dense, native forests, which can thrive in a variety of environments, including urban areas. Unlike traditional forestry methods, the Miyawaki technique focuses on planting a huge variety of native species close together, which accelerates growth and creates a self-sustaining ecosystem in a remarkably short period.
The origins of the Miyawaki method lie in Akira Miyawaki’s extensive research on natural vegetation. He observed that native forests are more resilient and adaptable to local conditions compared to single-species plantations. This led to his advocating for planting indigenous trees and shrubs in dense clusters, mimicking natural forest conditions. The result is a complex, multi-layered ecosystem that supports a diverse range of flora and fauna.
One of the key benefits of Miyawaki forests is their rapid growth and development. These forests can grow up to 10 times faster than conventional plantations, creating a mature ecosystem in just 20-30 years. This speed is a significant advantage in urban environments where space and time are limited, and the need for green spaces is immediate.
Miyawaki forests also excel in carbon sequestration. Due to their high density and diversity, these forests can absorb more carbon dioxide compared to traditional forests. This makes them a valuable tool in the fight against climate change, especially in urban areas where carbon emissions are high. Additionally, these forests contribute to the improvement of air quality and reduce the heat island effect, making them beneficial for urban residents.
Another important aspect of the Miyawaki method is its adaptability. These forests can be established in various environments, from temperate to tropical regions. They can thrive on degraded land, making them ideal for restoring ecosystems that have been damaged by industrial activities or urbanization. This adaptability extends to the variety of plant species that can be used, allowing for a tailored approach to each specific location.
The implementation of Miyawaki forests also fosters community engagement and environmental awareness. Planting and maintaining these forests often involves local communities, schools, and organizations, providing educational opportunities and fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility towards the environment. This community involvement is crucial for the long-term success and preservation of these urban green spaces.
Miyawaki forests represent a potent and versatile tool for environmental restoration and urban greening. Their ability to create dense, diverse, and rapidly growing ecosystems offers a sustainable solution to environmental challenges, particularly in densely populated urban areas. As the world grapples with issues like climate change and biodiversity loss, the Miyawaki method provides a way forward in Greening our planet and Urban Areas.
You can find some good videos on YouTube
A Beginner’s Guide to Miyawaki Method of Tree Plantation
Urban Forests: Restoring Nature Through the Miyawaki Method of Afforestation
Miyawaki forest Wikipedia
This little fellow 👇 is an axolotl, a type of salamander know for its ability to regrow limbs and heal wounds.
#Axolotls are a cultural icon in Mexico and also an endagerered species. Its population density has dropped by 99.5% in less than 20 years. threatened by encroaching water pollution, disease and non-native rainbow trout.
Ecologists launched a campaign to to raise funds and awareness for the protection of the species.
🧵 1/5 Perhaps you know this feeling: unpleasant current events come thick and fast, #doom & #gloom & #ecogrief can almost paralyse us. What's really good then: immersing yourself in #deepTime,shifting perspectives. What was it like on this #planet between the ice ages and the greenhouses? Why was the #earth never empty even when it looked desolate? And how does #evolution work?
The Eucalyptus Plantations of the Plantationocene
“Introducing monoculture stands of eucalyptus into other regions brings a new and dangerous flammability into ecosystems. Using exotic fire-prone trees for afforestation in tree-planting schemes under a heating and drying climate has the potential to literally backfire, releasing carbon while also risking local tragedy and ecological damage.”
"From the Amazon rainforest to California, Madagascar to Spain, monoculture forests are being grown over huge areas, with eucalyptus among the most popular species. A growing number of tree-planting schemes are allocated to carbon offsetting projects and government contributions towards the Paris agreement – with many countries looking to plant increasing swathes of forest to meet their obligations. According on one estimate, eucalyptus plantations cover at least 22m hectares (54m acres) around the world."
By the way, these are the best kind of broom for outdoors. They’re stiff enough to scrape up wet leaves and won’t scratch your driveway like metal rakes. They don’t have the springiness of synthetic or “corn” brooms so the leaves go where you shove them and stay there. Aside from the plastic ferrule the whole thing is biodegradable. They last four or five years of regular use.
#gardening #GardeningMastodon #insects #biodiversity #Autumn #FallColors #LeafBlowers #LeaveTheLeaves
But by the time you check the oil/fuel mix, mess with the choke, troubleshoot, change batteries, plug in cords, dance around the driveway spewing CO2 at like nine hard-to-get leaves, grandma there is already done with sweeping and moved on to something else. Also, sweeping and raking are good for your abs.
#gardening #GardeningMastodon #insects #biodiversity #Autumn #FallColors #LeafBlowers #LeaveTheLeaves
Leaf blowers are the perfect tool for macho guy landscapers because they make it look like you’re doing Hard, Important, Definitely Man’s Work. These dudes wouldn’t be caught dead with a broom because sweeping up is Women’s Work and definitely not worthy of a Manly Man getting paid Man’s Wages.
#gardening #GardeningMastodon #insects #biodiversity #Autumn #FallColors #LeafBlowers #LeaveTheLeaves
A rant about leaf blowers. Just stop with them. Gas ones spew CO2 and particulates at an alarming rate, they’re the definition of noise pollution, and they disturb insect habitat under your hedges. But they’re also just not that good at getting leaves together. Here’s the thing that no blower guy will tell you, but every SE Asian grandma knows: the best way to get leaves off your hard surfaces is this tool right here. 1/4
#gardening #GardeningMastodon #insects #biodiversity #Autumn #FallColors
"Conservation groups challenge Labor over ‘lack of urgency’ on environment laws. Australia’s major conservation organisations have taken the Albanese government to task over what they say is a lack of urgency on environmental reform."
"The letter, signed by nine groups from the Places You Love alliance, including WWF Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation, BirdLife Australia and the Wilderness Society, was sent a few weeks before the government announced it would selectively consult key stakeholders and experts instead of releasing draft legislation for public consultation before the end of the year."
Reforms "include a proposal that would give the environment minister powers to override a proposed decision from a new independent environment protection agency (EPA) and another that would allow developers to pay money into a fund rather than identify direct offsets to compensate for the destruction of habitat caused by their projects."
#Law #EPBC #Biodiversity #conservation #PlacesYouLove #EPA #PYL #PublicConsultation #consultation #NatureRepair #NatureRepairMarket #offsets #destruction #ExtinctionCrisis
Beautiful pink form of Thelymitra alpina (Highland sun orchid) near Square Rock, Namadgi NP, ACT. Most plants at this location had the more typical blue flowers this year -this was the only pink form I saw on my last visit to the mountains.
@lproven @Reuters There are concrete, achievable steps you can take right now to slow the insect apocalypse. Leave your autumn leaves in place. Or rake them aside beneath a garden hedge, don’t trash them. Don’t cut your flowers down, but leave the dead plants standing till spring. Insects— nearly all beneficial—use this habitat as shelter. Reduce your lawn in favor of diverse perennial plant species. Stop using pesticide sprays.
#gardening #GardeningMastodon #insects #biodiversity
"Um die Gewässer in Deutschland vor Pestiziden zu schützen, bräuchte es der Studie zufolge deutlich größere Abstände zwischen Äckern und Gewässern, also sogenannte „Randstreifen“, auf denen nicht gespritzt wird. Hoher, dichter Pflanzenbewuchs kann verhindern, dass #Pestizide vom Acker etwa in einen Bach oder Entwässerungsgraben gelangen.
Die Agrarlandschaft ist von kleinen Fließgewässern durchzogen – häufig wurden sie begradigt. Wasser wird nur dann effektiv vor Pestizideintrag geschützt, wenn Randstreifen mindestens 10 Meter breit und dicht bewachsen sind."
Late Leopard Orchid (Diuris semilunulata) near Square Rock, Namadgi NP, ACT. Another orchid out a little earlier than usual in the mountains this year - grows alongside Diuris sulphurea in places (with some possible hybrids of the two).
Guten Morgen! Was war gestern schön was hat euch gefreut? Es sind die kleinen Dinge die zählen.
#fungifact 🍄📷 Armillaria mellea, der honiggelbe Hallimasch ist ein bevorzugt auf Laubholz vorkommender Parasit. Auffällig ist sein büscheliges Wachstum. Das aktiv wachsende Myzel kann fluoreszieren, der Fruchtkörper nicht. Grund ist dass das Enzym Luciferin im Fruchtkörper nicht gebildet wird.
#MushroomMonday #mycology #fungifacts #fungifriday #Pilze #biodiversity #artenkenntnis #biodiversität
We are reframing ecosystems as infrastructure
"Living landscapes are a form of infrastructure in the sense that forests, for example, clean our water and our air."
"...It is not enough simply to restore natural systems to their former condition. “There is no ‘pure nature’ that’s outside of us, untouched up there in the foothills somewhere...We’ve ‘made’ the world what it is already, so now we need to take a very, very strong hand in the remaking. … A big part of climate adaptation may simply be unbuilding what we’ve already built.”
"A big part of climate adaptation may simply be unbuilding what we’ve already built. Rather than thinking of design as something merely additive or “beautifying,” we need to think about undoing our environmental mistakes, like damming rivers, bulkheading our shorelines, and concretizing streams. We need to start making room for rivers and floods."
"What we are trying to do is integrate many local projects into a larger-scale systemic approach, into a larger-scale resilience plan."
#extinction #biodiversity #nature #restore #depave #RegenerativeDesign #MobilityDesign #ReFraming #beautification #rivers #floods #NativeForests #transition #resilience #ClimateEmergency
Copper beard orchid (Calochilus campestris) variations at Genoa (left) and Mallacoota (right). Both forms were growing on roadside verges and wide open on a coolish, cloudy day.
Many plants at Mallacoota are very similar to the Genoa form with impressive 'moustaches' while the plants with longer/bushier beards probably have the best 'eyes' and most aggressive/annoyed facial expressions ;)
Ruling leaves koala populations exposed but door opens to further legal action
North East Forest Alliance laments Land and Environment Court loss, says koalas will suffer
"The Land and Environment Court has rejected an application to stop logging in two bushfire affected forests in north-east NSW."
"This was our last official legal attempt to try and save the koalas. "They're going to take out most of their feed trees."
#NativeForests #LoggingIndustry #koalas #wildlife #Bushfires #law #lawfare #NSW #Braemar #MyrtleStateForests #NEFA #EDO #EPA #court #vidence #ForestryCorporation #NorthEastRegionalForestAgreement #ClimateEmergency #biodiversity