Four Links to Make You Think October 18th - 22nd

Vanessa Munteanu
How human evolution led to an extreme thirst for water, the unprecedented health journal coalition calling for emergency action, the 19th-century female scientist linking carbon dioxide to global warming, and why almond milk is acceptable but threatens the bees’ existence.

Human Evolution Led to an Extreme Thirst for Water

‘Getting enough water is one of humanity's oldest and most pressing challenges. Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that we map the locations of water sources in our minds, whether it is a highway rest stop, desert spring or jungle plant.’ An interesting view on how humanity developed around the water sources and how we interact with water.

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Call for Emergency Action to Limit Global Temperature Increases, Restore Biodiversity, and Protect Health

Twenty three health journals around the world have published a call for emergency simultaneously. They are drawing attention to the fact that the global targets as they are currently set ‘do not adequately incorporate health considerations.’  

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Eunice Foote understood the physics of climate change in the 1800s

‘The year was 1856. Foote’s brief scientific paper was the first to describe the extraordinary power of carbon dioxide gas to absorb heat – the driving force of global warming.’ Sylvia G. Dee walks us back to the 19th century when the first scientific observations on global warming were noted.

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Almond milk is better than its dairy version but...

‘Satisfying continual demands for larger almond crops is also placing unsustainable pressures on US commercial beekeepers. Nearly 70% of commercial bees in the US are drafted every spring to pollinate almonds. Last year, a record number –over one-third of them– died by the season’s end as a result of these pressures and other environmental threats’. Nevertheless, consuming any alternative, vegetable milk is actually a far better environmental habit. You can check the data here.

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