How racism adversely affects wildlife, too

Aerial images of two neighborhoods.

(High Country News) A new paper highlights how racism and classism impact biodiversity, and why it’s so important to factor social justice issues into ecological research. The authors boil down the many human impacts on the environment ⁠— disparities in vegetation and tree density, pollutant exposure, urban heat islands, access to healthy waterways, and proportions of native to non-native plants ⁠— and connect them to racist policies like redlining, displacement, gentrification and Jim Crow laws. When people in power wield influence over the landscape in ways that devalue people’s lives, animals and plants suffer, too ⁠— often in ways that further worsen human health.

Research finds that Canadians need to ‘bee’ more curious

Image of orange-belted bumble bee on flower.

(Excalibur) Researchers at York recently found that the majority of Canadians lack significant knowledge about bees. Native pollinators in Canada are essential to sustain the many species that rely on them, and the ecosystem as a whole. Experts say that increasing and improving the Canadian public’s knowledge of bees is a key step in increasing their legal protection and supporting conservation efforts.