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Why This Matters: Is the glass half empty or half full? It all depends on how you look at it. These scientists argue that “the way global averages were being estimated could be strongly influenced by a small number of populations that were experiencing extreme declines, even if most were stable.” The news provides some reason for optimism because those natural systems experiencing systematic loss can be prioritized for conservation. And it also shows that humans are what cause the greatest damage.
How Did the Authors Count?
The team of researchers from the US and the UK looked at wildlife data from the Living Planet Index, covering more than 14,000 animal populations spanning 57 systems across the world, defined by geography and types of species. They then created a statistical model to look first at whether some populations were in extreme decline and realized that those few species might be skewing the data. When they separated out the species in extreme declines, the overall picture changed to something they describe “as clustered rather than catastrophic.”
The Trump Administration wreaked havoc on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that brings together eight nations and six Arctic Indigenous organizations to discuss issues impacting the melting top of the globe.
We have no time to waste when it comes to getting this virus under control and building our economy back better. Tune in as I announce my American Rescue Plan. https://t.co/4YAg0nhJMn — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 15, 2021 Yesterday, President-elect Joe Biden announced his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan which he described as “a two-step […]
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