Envirotech Online: Gemini Data Loggers sponsors Low Energy Buildings Database

Envirotech Online: Gemini Data Loggers sponsors Low Energy Buildings Database. “The Low Energy Buildings Database is the leading publicly accessible database on sustainable buildings and building practices in the UK. Gemini Data Loggers, manufacturer of the Tinytag range of data loggers, is sponsoring a project by AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) to upgrade the platform into an international repository for low energy buildings.”

Current Affairs: Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire”

Current Affairs: Why This Computer Scientist Says All Cryptocurrency Should “Die in a Fire”. “One of cryptocurrency’s most vocal skeptics is Nicholas Weaver, senior staff researcher at the International Computer Science Institute and lecturer in the computer science department at UC Berkeley. Weaver has studied cryptocurrencies for years. Speaking with Current Affairs editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson, Prof. Weaver explains why he views the much-hyped technology with such antipathy. He argues that cryptocurrency is useless and destructive, and should ‘die in a fire.’ The interview transcript has been lightly edited for grammar and clarity. “

New non-English language studies database: increasing the availability of conservation evidence (Conservation Evidence Blog)

Conservation Evidence Blog: New non-English language studies database: increasing the availability of conservation evidence. “We are delighted to announce that we have now launched our non-English language database of studies testing conservation actions on our website. This forms part of our freely available Conservation Evidence resource of systematically-gathered evidence designed to help support conservation management or policy decisions.”

Vancouver Sun: UBC prof creates social media hub to address climate and ecological crises

Vancouver Sun: UBC prof creates social media hub to address climate and ecological crises. “Hearing that ‘transformative change’ is required to address the world’s climate and ecological crises can feel overwhelming. That’s one of the reasons why UBC professor Dr. Kai Chan and his team at the university created CoSphere, a new online social media hub where people can connect and learn how to take action for a sustainable future. While the site is up and running, Chan and his team are officially launching it on Monday.”

Ars Technica: Study finds 90 percent of medieval chivalric and heroic manuscripts have been lost

Ars Technica: Study finds 90 percent of medieval chivalric and heroic manuscripts have been lost. “Teasing out how much of a cultural domain may have been lost is a considerable challenge. The field of ecology might be able to help. According to a new paper published in the journal Science, an international team of researchers has adapted an ecological ‘unseen species’ model to estimate how many medieval European stories in the chivalric romance or heroic tradition survived and how much has been lost.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Science Education Center Launches New Biodiversity Guide for Youth

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Science Education Center Launches New Biodiversity Guide for Youth. “The Smithsonian Science Education Center, in collaboration with the InterAcademy Partnership, announces the launch of Biodiversity! How can we balance the needs of people with the needs of other living things? This community research guide for youth ages 11–17 is the newest guide in the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals series. Based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to help young people understand the relationship between people and other living things in their community to ensure a more sustainable world.”

Coastal Review (North Carolina): Interactive maps show benefits of natural, working lands

Coastal Review (North Carolina): Interactive maps show benefits of natural, working lands. “Duke Univerity’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions launched last month the North Carolina Natural and Working Lands Dashboards for communities, land managers, nongovernmental organizations and the public to have access to information on these lands that ‘can store carbon, enhance community and ecosystem resilience, and provide many other social, economic and environmental benefits,’ according to the website.”

National Academies: Biodiversity at Risk — New Booklet

National Academies: Biodiversity at Risk — New Booklet. “The booklet, written by an international committee of experts and intended for policymakers and the public, examines the causes of biodiversity loss and presents actions that can be taken at all levels to stop this decline. Halting and reversing the biodiversity crisis will require systemic changes to the ways we build, farm, and live, the booklet says. Individual actions also have an important role to play, and the booklet outlines how individuals can change their habits to benefit biodiversity.” The booklet is free to download or read online.

EurekAlert: Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds, “GLUBS,” will help monitor changing marine life

EurekAlert: Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds, “GLUBS,” will help monitor changing marine life. “…a team of 17 experts from nine countries has set a goal of gathering on a single platform huge collections of aquatic life’s tell-tale sounds, and expanding it using new enabling technologies – from highly sophisticated ocean hydrophones and artificial intelligence learning systems to phone apps and underwater GoPros used by citizen scientists. The Global Library of Underwater Biological Sounds, ‘GLUBS,’ will underpin a novel non-invasive, affordable way for scientists to listen in on life in marine, brackish and freshwaters, monitor its changing diversity, distribution and abundance, and identify new species.”

PV Magazine: The Nature Conservancy releases map to help site renewables

PV Magazine: The Nature Conservancy releases map to help site renewables. “…the Site Renewables Right map, released today by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), is intended to help companies, state agencies, and communities quickly plan, permit, and purchase renewable energy in ways that helps conserve natural areas. The map is intended to be used early on in the development process to inform due diligence analyses by power purchasers and to support application of state and federal renewable energy siting guidance.”

Hakai Magazine: China’s Surprisingly Robust System of Marine Protection

Hakai Magazine: China’s Surprisingly Robust System of Marine Protection. “China, as the world’s largest producer and consumer of seafood, is well known for its voracious international fishing fleet. But a comprehensive understanding of the country’s efforts on marine protection, at least in its domestic waters, has remained elusive—even to many experts within China. Now, an international group of researchers has compiled the first database of marine conservation efforts in the country, and it is more extensive than many expected.”

North Carolina State University: Wildlife Scientists Are Solving Big Data Problems to Track Animals Around the Globe

North Carolina State University: Wildlife Scientists Are Solving Big Data Problems to Track Animals Around the Globe. “In a new study, [Roland] Kays and researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and other sites around the world published a paper in the journal Methods of Ecology and Evolution on technology they’ve developed to analyze, visualize and store data in the new ‘golden age’ of wildlife tracking. The study describes Movebank, a free set of tools to help researchers address the big data problems of wildlife tracking. Scientists are already using it to manage more than 3 million new data records generated each day.”

Phys .org: Visually stunning tree of all known life unveiled online

Phys .org: Visually stunning tree of all known life unveiled online. “The OneZoom explorer… maps the connections between 2.2 million living species, the closest thing yet to a single view of all species known to science. The interactive tree of life allows users to zoom in to any species and explore its relationships with others, in a seamless visualisation on a single web page. The explorer also includes images of over 85,000 species, plus, where known, their vulnerability to extinction.”

Google Blog: Explore resilience in the face of the California wildfires

Google Blog: Explore resilience in the face of the California wildfires. “Through detailed 3D models of famed redwood trees, archival photographs, and multimedia stories from Park employees, you can now explore Resilience of the Redwoods on Google Arts and Culture. Travel through time at California’s first park from the budding preservation movement to Park Rangers’ connections to the trees today. Through interactive 3D, explore centuries of scars and growth of some of the oldest trees in the park and learn about the increasing impacts of fire on the ancient redwood habitat.”

Scienmag: Global database of plants reveals human activity biggest driver of homogenization of plant communities

Scienmag: Global database of plants reveals human activity biggest driver of homogenization of plant communities. “In a study published December 6 in Nature Communications researchers have compiled a dataset of over 200,000 plant species worldwide to demonstrate the extent to which species extinctions and non-native invasive plants reorganize plant communities in the Anthropocene, the current geological age dominated by human activity.”