Scene & Herd

Posts by Megan Mendenhall

  1. The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

    Article published by the New York Times.

    When asked recently what the “canary in the coal mine” is for ecosystem health, our colleague Jonathan Lundgren of Ecdisys Foundation said insects. Even though he is an entomologist, which may have affected his response, we agree with him. Given their position in the food chain, insects are clearly of great importance in terrestrial ecosystems. This article explains what may be happening to insect populations around the globe. It is also an excellent illustration of the benefits of citizen science, and the fact that academic scientists are not studying many of the extremely relevant issues facing us today for a variety of reasons.

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  2. Celebrating World Soil Day!

    We believe that soil is life. When in a good state, it builds health and fertility for people and planet. Soil has the ability to re-balance the carbon cycle beyond reducing emissions, in a way that benefits the oceans and agriculture; it can ensure that the water cycle is thriving, and prevent the dangerous extremes of flooding and drought; it can build the nutrient content of food and take a truly holistic approach to food security. We’ve fallen in love with soil and its capacity to solve the majority of our ecological destruction problems if treated well.

    And to say it in Sallie’s words: “Even if climate change wasn’t a thing, building soil health would be the most important work of the 21st century”

    Want to learn more about soil? Dive in with our Soil Health Primer.



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