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Biodiversity isn’t just pretty: it future-proofs our world

Biodiversity isn’t just pretty: it future-proofs our world

A small boy hauls enthusiastically on his fishing rod. The line flies up and a needle-spined fish strikes him in the eye. Desperate to stay outdoors, he ignores the pain, but his sight deteriorates over the following months. He continues to pursue his love of nature but, now blind in one eye, he is confined to studying creatures that are easy to see: insects. He grows to become the global authority on ants, and in later life is given the moniker ‘the father of biodiversity’.

To avoid ‘Fifth Period’ of famine, political action is needed

To avoid ‘Fifth Period’ of famine, political action is needed

After a twenty-year period in which famine had become all but a distant memory, starving people in several countries around the world began making headlines again over the last year. As reported in Political Geography, if political action doesn’t alter this course the world could be headed into a ‘fifth period’ of famine, warns Elsevier Atlas Award winner Alex de Waal, Executive Director at the World Peace Foundation in Somerville, MA, US. He warns that famine almost always has multiple causes; political factors are chief among them.

The Suburban Peasants’ Revolt

The Suburban Peasants’ Revolt

Cab Davidson is a trained microbiologist, a maker of holograms, and a self-confessed cheapskate. He forages, grows vegetables and fruits, makes soaps and jams, all in an attempt to avoid shopping. In a guest article, he explores how many of us have become the new peasant class, how we may escape little-by-little, and gardening as civil disobedience. How do the things we talk about in Locavore translate to everyday life?

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