Spiders are becoming aggressive thanks to climate change

August 22, 2019 by  
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Can climate change influence a spider’s aggressive behavior? According to a recent study, yes! A team of researchers from Canada and the U.S., who were led by Alexander Little at the University of California, Santa Barbara, concluded that colonies of communal spiders ( Anelosimus studiosus ), who typically reside over rivers or streams, can be impacted by climate change and hurricanes in what they call a “cyclone-induced disturbance.” Related: The ‘tipping point’ has arrived as temperatures rise in 70 US counties The research group conducted its study in North America’s Atlantic coast and observed 211 spider sites before and after a hurricane struck. This was accomplished by traveling to the areas at various times, before and after a hurricane, and measuring the spiders aggression to web vibration caused with an electric toothbrush and piece of paper. Little and his colleagues study is “a remarkable example that addresses this knowledge gap; by studying the impacts of tropical cyclones with spatiotemporal replications and control sites, they show that selectivity for more aggressive colonies of Anelosimus studiosus  is a robust evolutionary response to cyclone-induced disturbance,” wrote Eric Ameca, a researcher at Beijing Normal University, in a Nature commentary . While aggression ranges in communal spiders, the group’s overall observations revealed that after a hurricane, the more aggressive colonies produced extra egg sacs and had more babies survive. Researchers also believe that spiders might become more aggressive due to less food availability after a cyclone or if a storm killed a mother spider. If so, it  forced the babies to survive on their own. In addition to this study, others have surmised that some weather patterns can be attached to animal behavior, however, those have centered on observations solely after an extreme weather event. Ameca said this study showed the importance into how some species like the Anelosimus studiosus can conform and survive in extreme weather. Via Gizmodo Image via Flickr

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Erika Karp of Cornerstone Capital Group on fixing capitalism with ESG analysis

August 3, 2019 by  
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Impact investors need the right language to communicate the importance of environmental, social and governance factors.

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How Morgan Stanley is investing in change

April 1, 2019 by  
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The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: Audrey Choi from Morgan Stanley on the importance of ESG finance.

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4 creative ways cities are transitioning to a clean energy future

April 1, 2019 by  
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The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge is accelerating community climate leadership.

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Get Ready To ‘Spring’ Into Composting

March 25, 2016 by  
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Spring is around the corner, and for many people gardening beckons. Whether you grow flowers, vegetables, houseplants or herbs, you know the importance of using great soil. And that means using compost. Composting, according to the U.S. Department…

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Mohawk’s Rochelle Routman on transparency

December 17, 2015 by  
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The Mohawk Flooring vice president talks about the importance of transparency in her industry. Customers want to know the chemical ingredients of their built environment.

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Repreve transforms millions of plastic bottles into graduation gowns and caps

April 30, 2015 by  
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During the spring 2015 graduation season alone, more than 300,000 students around the nation will graduate wearing Oak Hall Repreve -based gowns, which were created using more than 8 million recycled plastic bottles, hopefully giving graduates a greater understanding of the importance of recycling along the way. The company transforms plastic bottles into fine fiber, and then uses that to create fabric for clothing, including graduation gowns and caps. + Repreve The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: graduation caps , graduation gowns , plastic bottle fabric , Plastic bottles , recycled plastic bottles , recycled plastic graduation gowns , repreve

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How She Leads: Kate Heiny, Target

December 11, 2013 by  
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The retailer’s senior group manager of sustainability discusses new initiatives, the importance of teamwork and more. 

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America Recycles Day Is Nov. 15. What Will You Pledge to Recycle?

November 7, 2013 by  
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As part of the 16th annual America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, U.S. schools, universities, businesses and government entities are planning fun events to drive home the importance of recycling.

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