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Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in ethiopia
Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Photograph: J.van de Gevel/Bioversity International

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

September 26, 2017 — The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Continue reading Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds

smithsonian’s parasite collection
An assortment of specimens from the Smithsonian’s parasite collection. Photograph: Paul Fetters for the Smithsonian Institution/Courtesy of Science Advances

Parasites such as lice and fleas are crucial to ecosystems, scientists say, and extinctions could lead to unpredictable invasions

September 7, 2017 — Climate change could wipe out a third of all parasite species on Earth, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date. Continue reading Climate change could wipe out a third of parasite species, study finds

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

bank notes are checked in 1929 at the us bureau of engraving and printing
Bank notes are checked in 1929 at the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Photograph: FPG/Getty Images

Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth

November 5, 2016 — When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our economic system. If we don’t keep the Continue reading To deal with climate change we need a new financial system