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  • Potatoes for oysters Potatoes for oystersRestoring ecosystems All over the world wet ecosytems like mangroves, marshes, coralreefs, coasts, are playing an important role in keeping the local nature in balance. This is common knowledge, but still  many of these ecosystems are disappearing or degraded. People are trying to restore these ecosystems, but usually not very successful . It is so difficult ...
  • Ants’ shit may help feed humanity Ants' shit may help feed humanity About 12.000 years ago humans started cultivate crops. But farming is much older; it is known from fungi farmed by ants, termites or beetles. Leafcutter ants, the best known farmers among insects derive from insects that have been running mould farms based on plant material already 50 million years ago. Farming based on flowering plans ...
  • Trees could sink two-thirds of human-generated carbon Trees could sink two-thirds of human-generated carbon  A worldwide effort to restore trees would be the single biggest and cheapest way to pull carbon out of the atmosphere. Researchers have found that there is 1.7 billion hectares of treeless land on which 1.2 trillion trees could grow without sacrificing crop land or urban areas. In 50–100 years, those trees would remove 200 ...
  • Sacred forests – conservation by tradition Sacred forests – conservation by traditionIn many regions around the world smaller or bigger forests have been preserved because the local people consider them sacred. They occur throughout the world and share many features, they are a kind of natural conservation area, often a forested hill where the gods are said to reside. All the plants and animals that inhabit ...
  • Trees and climate (the lesson) Trees and climate (the lesson)Read Trees change their anatomy as drought persists Trees depend on climate as every living creature does, but they also  can adapt to change, and may be help prevent climate change. Questions: The observed changes: 1/ narrower water-carrying vessels, 2/ shrinkage in the tissues 3/ blockages in water conducting vessels 4/ thinner leaves in some species.  1. ...
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