The Second Kind of Impossible: The Extraordinary Quest
for a New Form of Matter
Nonfiction book by Paul J. Steinhardt
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
More info at Simon & Schuster
An international review led by the University of Queensland and WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) says that many native carnivores that live in and around human habitation are declining at an unprecedented rate -- spelling bad news for humans who indirectly rely on them for a variety of beneficial services.
Christopher O'Bryan, the lead author based at UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences said the study revealed examples where native predators, ranging from leopards and bats to scavengers such as vultures, provide critical services including disease regulation, agricultural productivity, and waste disposal.
"While predators and scavengers are a large source of conflict, such as big cats in Africa and Asia or dingoes in Australia, there are many examples where they provide benefits to humans," O'Bryan said. "Our paper identifies studies that have shown these benefits across a broad spectrum, from mountain lions reducing deer-vehicle collisions and bats saving corn farmers billions per year by reducing crop pests, to vultures saving million in livestock carcass removal.
An estimated 80 people have been killed in communal violence in Nigeria since Dec. 31, police and officials said Tuesday.
The clashes are mostly between Muslim cattle herders and Christian farmers over the use of land in parts of the Middle Belt — the country's most diverse region.