What would Earth be like in the absence of elephants, gorillas and other large, plant-eating species roaming its habitats? According to a frightening new analysis from a group of 16 international researchers, we’re dismayingly close to finding out. Out of a group of 74 large, terrestrial herbivores — from bison to rhinos to hippopotamuses — about 60 percent are on the fast-track to extinction. The loss, the researchers write, puts us at the cusp of transforming much of the world’s desert, grassland, savanna and forest ecosystems into “empty landscapes.”

Elephants, rhinos and gorillas could all disappear, a new study warns, leaving “empty landscapes” behind

anonymous asked:

There is a post going around stating that people need to stop fish because of overfishing and I can't help but to think of people who live in countries where fish is the main resource of food...

TBH it’s the wealthier and developed countries who are taking more than their fair share tho. Though I’d readily admit that wealthy Chinese are also guilty of driving up the demand for many reef fish we consider to be delicacies. Or shark’s fin…all my relatives insist on serving it at their weddings and stuff even though I personally don’t see what the big deal is.  (It’s kind of become a status symbol just to show off imo.)

And the main problem is people using extremely destructive fishing methods that cause long-term damage to the seabed and corals where many species of fish spawn, which impedes the repopulation. Like the way trawlers often drag a heavy metal frame across the sea floor (dredging). This kind of fishing by big corporations is a lot more destructive than what subsistence fishermen in developing countries use, normally. It’s unfortunate especially as those people who depend on smaller scale fishing get hurt by the damage to the seabed caused by the giant trawlers. 

“Traffic emissions have well-established human health impacts, including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, especially in susceptible individuals living near roads.”

In celebration of Asthma Awareness Month, find out how adoption of low-emission vehicles by government employees could help in the International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies.

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What, then, do we mean by the word ‘place’? Obviously we mean something more than abstract location. We mean a totality made up of concrete things, having a material substance, shape, texture and colour. Together, these things determine an ‘environmental character’, which is the essence of place.