Spotlights

California Condor Population Reaches New Heights
June 14, 2016 07:17 AM - Karen Klein, Yale Environment 360

After years of intense — and often controversial — restoration efforts, biologists are finally reporting some good news for the beleaguered California condor: More chicks are surviving in the wild, and the birds are becoming increasingly independent and expanding their range.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced what it called a milestone for the California condor: More chicks had hatched and fledged in the wild during 2015 than the number of condors that had died. In late March, Steve Kirkland, the agency’s condor field coordinator, reported that two more chicks had fledged in 2015 in Baja California, but had only just been discovered, bringing the total in the wild to 270.

It was perhaps the most promising news about the condor in decades.

La iluminación brillante promueve la elección de alimentos saludables
May 30, 2016 07:05 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Cenar en restaurantes con poca luz se ha vinculado a comer lentamente y comer menos que en los restaurantes con luz más brillante, pero en última instancia, ¿la iluminación también afectará el qué tan saludablemente ordenamos?

Los nuevos resultados de investigaciones que se publicarán en el Journal of Marketing Research ilustran que en los comedores bien iluminados las personas son aproximadamente 16-24% más propensos a pedir alimentos saludables que aquellos en que las habitaciones tienen poca luz. Además, los investigadores encontraron pruebas de que este efecto se debe principalmente al nivel de alerta de los comensales. "Nos sentimos más alerta en interiores iluminados y por lo tanto tienden a tomar decisiones más saludables, con visión de futuro", explica el autor principal Dipayan Biswas, PhD, de la Universidad de Florida del Sur.

En primer lugar, los investigadores encuestaron a 160 clientes de restaurantes de comida casual en 4 puntos de una cadena. La mitad de los comensales que estaban sentados en las salas más brillantes, eran más propensos a elegir opciones más saludables (como el pescado a la parrilla/horneado, verduras o carne blanca) en lugar de los elementos relativamente poco saludables (como los alimentos fritos o postre). Por otra parte, los registros de ventas mostraron que los que están en habitaciones con poca luz, en realidad pedimos un 39% más calorías! En cuatro estudios de laboratorio adicionales que implicaban a 700 estudiantes en edad universitaria en total, los investigadores replicaron los resultados.

Bright Lighting Encourages Healthy Food Choices
May 27, 2016 06:26 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

New research findings forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing Research illustrate that those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms. Furthermore, the researchers found evidence that this effect is due mainly to the level of diners’ alertness. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” explains lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, University of South Florida.

Bright Lighting Encourages Healthy Food Choices
May 27, 2016 06:26 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

New research findings forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing Research illustrate that those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms. Furthermore, the researchers found evidence that this effect is due mainly to the level of diners’ alertness. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” explains lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, University of South Florida.

Bright Lighting Encourages Healthy Food Choices
May 27, 2016 06:26 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

New research findings forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing Research illustrate that those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms. Furthermore, the researchers found evidence that this effect is due mainly to the level of diners’ alertness. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” explains lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, University of South Florida.

Bright Lighting Encourages Healthy Food Choices
May 27, 2016 06:26 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

New research findings forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing Research illustrate that those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms. Furthermore, the researchers found evidence that this effect is due mainly to the level of diners’ alertness. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” explains lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, University of South Florida.

Bright Lighting Encourages Healthy Food Choices
May 27, 2016 06:26 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

New research findings forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing Research illustrate that those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms. Furthermore, the researchers found evidence that this effect is due mainly to the level of diners’ alertness. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” explains lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, University of South Florida.

Bright Lighting Encourages Healthy Food Choices
May 27, 2016 06:26 AM - Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University.

Dining in dimly lit restaurants has been linked to eating slowly and ultimately eating less than in brighter restaurants, but does lighting also impact how healthfully we order?

New research findings forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing Research illustrate that those dining in well-lit rooms are about 16-24% more likely to order healthy foods than those in dimly lit rooms. Furthermore, the researchers found evidence that this effect is due mainly to the level of diners’ alertness. “We feel more alert in brighter rooms and therefore tend to make more healthful, forward-thinking decisions,” explains lead author Dipayan Biswas, PhD, University of South Florida.

La Gran Muralla Verde de África
May 19, 2016 07:31 AM - Llowell Williams, Care2

A pesar de que un muro en la frontera con México es actualmente un asunto de debate serio en los Estados Unidos, cuyo objetivo es evitar el movimiento físico de las personas (con algunos otros "beneficios" aparentes), algunas paredes en realidad pueden reunir y preservar las comunidades, en lugar de dividirlos.

En sólo cinco años según la ONU, alrededor de 60 millones de africanos podrían ser desplazados a medida que su tierra deja de ser cultivable, un desastre humanitario potencial de una escala sin precedentes. Esto sería devastador para una gran parte del continente africano no sólo ecológico y económico, sino también social.

Ahí es donde entra la ingeniosa Gran Muralla Verde de África.

Los expertos de las Naciones Unidas dicen que, si no se toman medidas, la desertificación puede reclamar dos tercios de las tierras agrícolas de África en menos de una década. La Gran Muralla Verde, sin embargo, fue concebida como una estrategia de amplio alcance para detener el avance rápido del desierto del Sahara de África del Norte.

La Gran Muralla Verde, una vez completada, tendrá una extensión increíble de 4,400 millas de Senegal en África occidental a la nación de África Oriental de Djibouti. En lugar de ladrillos y mortero, la pared se hace de árboles y otra vegetación, incluyendo las plantas que se pueden comer o se utilizan para crear medicinas.

The Great Green Wall of Africa
May 12, 2016 05:49 PM - Llowell Williams

Though a border wall with Mexico is currently a matter of serious discussion in the United States, the aim of which is to prevent the physical movement of people (with few other apparent “benefits”), some walls can actually bring together and preserve communities, rather than divide them.

In only five years, the UN says, around 60 million Africans may be displaced as their land ceases to be arable, a potential humanitarian disaster the scale of which would be unprecedented. This would be devastating to a huge portion of the African continent not only ecologically and economically but socially as well.

That’s where Africa’s ingenious Great Green Wall comes in.

Experts at the United Nations say without action, desertification may claim two-thirds of Africa’s farmlands in under a decade. The Great Green Wall, however, was conceived as a wide-reaching strategy to halt Northern Africa’s rapidly advancing Sahara Desert.

The Great Green Wall, once complete, will stretch an incredible 4,400 miles from Senegal in West Africa to the East African nation of Djibouti. Instead of bricks and mortar, the wall will be made of trees and other vegetation, including plants that can be eaten or used to create medicine.

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