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ECO EVOLUTION TODAY - curated by Al Cannistra. A brief look into ecological and evolutionary dynamics, often the subject of opinionated debate. #SanAntonioONE    #ECOEvolutionToday   #AlCannistra
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Scientists Made Wine and Cheese Using an Annoying Weed

Scientists Made Wine and Cheese Using an Annoying Weed | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A team of scientists found out that the invasive weed Bidens pilosa a cheap source of enzymes that help make wine and cheese.
Al Cannistras insight:

weed - to wine and cheese (no, not the smoking weed - the annoying weed....

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Scientists Discover “Vantablack” Deep-Sea Creatures

Scientists Discover “Vantablack” Deep-Sea Creatures | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A team of marine biologists have discovered 16 new species of deep-sea fish that reflect close to no light at all — like the ultra-black material Vantablack.
Al Cannistras insight:

many creatures in our eco system - not sure I would want to meet the Vantablack group....

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We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?

We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change? | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The similarities between coronavirus and climate change are many. It's just the time scale that's different.
Al Cannistras insight:

corona - climate...  interesting.....  what it?

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Filling Arctic With Giant Animals Could Slow Climate Change

Filling Arctic With Giant Animals Could Slow Climate Change | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that filling the Arctic with huge numbers of grazing animals could help fight climate change and keep the permafrost frozen.
Al Cannistras insight:

mother nature working with mother nature.....

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Mary Sojo's curator insight, April 26, 10:08 PM
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Bees and wildflowers may bounce back as roadsides go untrimmed

Bees and wildflowers may bounce back as roadsides go untrimmed | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Silent lawn mowers in the United Kingdom may spell a summer bonanza for bees.
Al Cannistras insight:

so, the only question really is - are we listening?

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Iceland recommends hugging trees instead of people

Iceland recommends hugging trees instead of people | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The Icelandic Forestry Service is giving lessons in tree hugging, literally, and we are here for it.
Al Cannistras insight:

i guess it is fairly easy to find a tree...  might be hard to get your arms around some of them - maybe not so much with "city trees"...

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Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII

Greenhouse gases could fall to levels not seen since WWII | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Researchers are predicting a massive drop in carbon emissions this year, levels last experienced around World War II.
Al Cannistras insight:

a lesson to be learned - and do we listen?

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We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change?

We're taking coronavirus seriously. What if we did that with climate change? | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
One of the biggest problems facing all life on Earth right now is human-caused climate change, but there's a problem in how we relate to it: The scale and tempo are different from the human one.
Al Cannistras insight:

"The bigger the animal, the slower the tempo of the heart,"

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'Blood snow' invades the Antarctic

'Blood snow' invades the Antarctic | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Blood snow not only looks sinister, it contributes to a feedback loop that accelerates warming.
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blood snow?

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The world's largest privately owned giant sequoia forest is now protected

The world's largest privately owned giant sequoia forest is now protected | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Alder Creek is home to hundreds of giant sequoias, from seedlings to millennia-old Methuselahs.
Al Cannistras insight:

simply magnificent....

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This Team Wants to Capture Unlimited Energy From Inside the Earth

This Team Wants to Capture Unlimited Energy From Inside the Earth | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A team of scientists has nearly dug deep enough inside Earth to tap into a reservoir of supercritical fluid, which could serve as a limitless power supply.
Al Cannistras insight:

Can it be harnessed?

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The economic cost of destroying nature is astronomical

The economic cost of destroying nature is astronomical | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Turns out, we use a lot of natural processes—bees to pollinate, rivers to irrigate crops, reefs to act as flood protection. When they’re gone, it’s going to get expensive.
Al Cannistras insight:

why worry? it is only 83 billion - a year.....   the kids will figure it out

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This new Ikea store in Vienna has zero parking spaces

This new Ikea store in Vienna has zero parking spaces | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
In Vienna, you have to come to Ikea by foot or bike or transit. (Don’t worry, they’ll deliver your furniture.)
Al Cannistras insight:

new IKEA - No parking!....

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Check Out This Amazing Design for an Underwater “Space Station”

Check Out This Amazing Design for an Underwater “Space Station” | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, wants to build the equivalent of the space station — but several leagues under the sea.
Al Cannistras insight:

below water - or off planet - which serves humanity the best?

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Decarbonisation is our future. It must be factored into the coronavirus recovery | Pradeep Philip and Will Rayward-Smith | Australia news | The Guardian

Decarbonisation is our future. It must be factored into the coronavirus recovery | Pradeep Philip and Will Rayward-Smith | Australia news | The Guardian | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Decarbonisation
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inevitable....

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2020 Has Officially Gotten Even Worse: "Murder Hornets" Now In U.S.

2020 Has Officially Gotten Even Worse: "Murder Hornets" Now In U.S. | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Murder Hornets
Al Cannistras insight:

murder hornets from Asia?  2020 go away! ......

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some bees can deal with them.....  https://youtu.be/K6m40W1s0Wc

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Empowering Students to Design the Change They Want to See in the World

Empowering Students to Design the Change They Want to See in the World | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
The answer to empowering our learners by giving them purpose and inspiring their passion may be right under our noses. In play, one group of children may use dozens of LEGO pieces to recreate the excavator they found fascinating on their neighborhood walk, while another group of students uses Minecraft to create a fireworks display in honor of the Chinese New Year. Taken together, students learn the science and engineering behind simple machines or the importance of cultural practices in social studies, while learning how to collaborate with others and create something better together. In each instance, students use elements of design thinking to cocreate and problem solve, engaging in thoughtful dialogue and continuous iteration. This play can be made into so much more if educators guide students by demonstrating the utility of the content they're learning and inviting students into the process of meaning making.

Via Kim Flintoff
Al Cannistras insight:

one to read....

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 21, 8:08 PM
"The answer to empowering our learners by giving them purpose and inspiring their passion may be right under our noses. In play, one group of children may use dozens of LEGO pieces to recreate the excavator they found fascinating on their neighborhood walk, while another group of students uses Minecraft to create a fireworks display in honor of the Chinese New Year. Taken together, students learn the science and engineering behind simple machines or the importance of cultural practices in social studies, while learning how to collaborate with others and create something better together. In each instance, students use elements of design thinking to cocreate and problem solve, engaging in thoughtful dialogue and continuous iteration. This play can be made into so much more if educators guide students by demonstrating the utility of the content they're learning and inviting students into the process of meaning making."
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1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan

1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A gorgeous 1,000-year-old cherry tree blooms in Japan without any adoring fans to see it.
Al Cannistras insight:

a nice story to share today - from Japan....

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Oceans could return to a picture of health in just one generation

Oceans could return to a picture of health in just one generation | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A major new review calls for urgent action to restore our ailing oceans.
Al Cannistras insight:

imagine....

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Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay

Ocean creatures keep millions of viruses at bay | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A new study finds some marine animals are brilliant virus exterminators.
Al Cannistras insight:

so all we need to do is look under water and figure out how these creatures keep the viruses at bay....

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Half the world's beaches could be gone by the end of this century

Half the world's beaches could be gone by the end of this century | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
Scientists call for quick action to save beaches from climate change. Beaches offer protection from extreme weather events.
Al Cannistras insight:

no more beach vacations?

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Most plastics in our recycling bins aren't getting recycled, new report finds

Most plastics in our recycling bins aren't getting recycled, new report finds | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
It's the latest chapter in the unravelling of the American recycling system, which started when China stopped accepting U.S. recycling in 2018.

"This survey confirms what many news reports have indicated since China restricted plastic waste imports two years ago — that recycling facilities across the country are not able to sort, sell, and reprocess much of the plastic that companies produce," Jan Dell, independent engineer and founder of The Last Beach Cleanup, who led the survey of plastics acceptance policies told Greenpeace in a news release on the subject.
Al Cannistras insight:

plastics - again...

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46,000-year-old frozen bird uncovered in Siberia

46,000-year-old frozen bird uncovered in Siberia | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
A frozen horned lark bird was discovered in Siberia and is estimated to be 46,000 years old.
Al Cannistras insight:

doesn't look a day over 10,000 years....  what is in your freezer?

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Prime Roots launches bacon made from fungus—not pork

Prime Roots launches bacon made from fungus—not pork | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
If bacon is the food you crave the most after giving up meat, Prime Roots has something for you.
Al Cannistras insight:

BACON lovers - are you ready for change?  FAKE MEAT - made from fungus....   mmmmmm....

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Recognizing Eco-Anxiety — What It Is and Ways You Might Be Affected

Recognizing Eco-Anxiety — What It Is and Ways You Might Be Affected | ECO EVOLUTION TODAY | Scoop.it
While there's no clinical diagnosis for eco-anxiety, more and more people are feeling the emotional effects of climate change.

Whether it's fears about rising sea level, sadness about wildfires worldwide, or just a general sense of dis-ease about the future of our planet, you aren't alone. There are things you can do to cope.
Al Cannistras insight:

Eco-Anxiety...

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Delphine ORFILA's curator insight, January 19, 12:09 PM
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