(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.
(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.
(New York Times) The beekeeping traditions of the Hemshin people, an ethnic minority originating from Armenia, are both evolving and at risk of vanishing.
(Entomology Today) How much do homeowners know about pesticide use, and about integrated pest management in general? Are people just using the “spray and pray” tactic, or are they using multiple forms of pest management together as part of an integrated plan? A recent study explores these questions.
(Twitter, Tufts Pollinator Initiative @PollinateTufts) “Think you know a lot about #pollinators? Join TPI to test your knowledge at our virtual Zoom trivia event! Questions will range from science to music to pop culture.”
(Twitter, Elva Robinson @Elva_Robinson) “I recommend other social insect lab groups also discuss this paper about the culturally and racially-loaded words we use to talk about social insects.” The original paper.
(Xerces Society) “Our annual report for 2019 – 2020 is available. Find out what we have achieved with your donations and support. Thank you to all of our project partners, collaborators, and donors!”
(University of British Columbia) UBC conservation biologist Claire Kremen is this year’s winner of the Volvo Environment Prize, recognizing her world-class research on how humanity can feed itself while also protecting biodiversity.