Returning the 'three sisters' – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

For centuries Native Americans intercropped corn, beans and squash because the plants thrived together. A new initiative is measuring health and social benefits from reuniting the "three sisters."

Christina Gish Hill, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Iowa State University • conversation
Nov. 20, 2020 ~9 min

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Why COVID-era campaigns against wildmeat consumption aren’t working

Indigenous people in rural Borneo associate the coronavirus with modern life, not their traditional hunting.

Liana Chua, Reader in Anthropology, Brunel University London • conversation
Nov. 6, 2020 ~7 min

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How affordable health care can fight climate change

Affordable health care could be a key tool in the fight against climate change, research from Indonesia finds.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~9 min

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Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we've mapped the key places to do it

A new plan targets areas around the world that can store carbon and protect large numbers of species. It calls for preserving these lands, working with Indigenous peoples and connecting wild areas.

Greg Asner, Director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science and Professor, Arizona State University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~9 min

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American environmentalism's racist roots have shaped global thinking about conservation

US ideas about conservation center on walling off land from use. That approach often means expelling Indigenous and other poor people who may be its most effective caretakers.

Prakash Kashwan, Co-Director, Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights Institute, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science., University of Connecticut • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~11 min

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How racism and classism affect natural ecosystems

Scientists find inequality between humans also harms the birds, the bees, the microbes and the trees.

Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Indigenous people are key conservationists

"...Indigenous knowledge is absolutely essential for understanding the cumulative impacts of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation."

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~4 min

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Evidence rewrites early Indigenous-colonizer encounters

Indigenous people in Oconee Valley—now central Georgia—actively resisted European influence for nearly 150 years after the arrival of Hernando de Soto.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

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As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame

Tribal lands are hot spots for COVID-19 infections and deaths. Racism is one of the reasons.

Sonja Michal Smith, Graduate student, Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Northern Arizona University • conversation
June 30, 2020 ~10 min

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Indigenous Alaskans probably didn’t eat sea otters

Before fur traders decimated sea otters, ancestors of at least one Alaskan indigenous group hunted them for their pelts, not food, researchers say.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~9 min

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