A list of news and blog items we stumbled upon in the past week…
- Transforming lion killers into ‘Lion Guardians’ (CNN) This article highlights an approach for species conservation that acknowledges the interests, values and culture of communities impacted by predators to proactively protect and support both human communities and lions — an example of how accounting for the needs and interests of impacted parties can lead to creative mutual gains solutions.
- Water Supply at Risk, Las Vegas Considers $650 Million Insurance Policy (Circle of Blue)
- Conservation ag may not reap hoped for global yield gains (American Society of Agronomy Blog) New meta analysis on conservation agriculture paints a less clear picture of its benefits. The paper highlighted in this post indicates yield losses across most agroecosystems but acknowledges that conservation agriculture has other benefits and should not be completely ruled out. The paper also found that conservation agriculture performed better than conventional tillage in rainfed systems in the dry areas. This is important, as dryland ecosystems cover almost half of the world’s land surface.
- Searching for the Best Weather App Among Weather Underground, Weatherbug and More (NY Times) Highlights some commercial weather forecasts and the challenges for creating accurate and useful weather predictions.
- A Point of View: Which comes first – trust or trustworthiness? (BBC News)
- Water Stress: #9 on WEF’s global trends 2015 list (WEF)
Contributed by Margaret Garcia, Shafik Islam, Amanda Repella and Greg Sixt.