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Fat cowboys with big trucks, gun racks, horse haulers and 3000 sqft houses surrounded by barbed wire fences don't understand #ecology.

They call themselves "ranchers" or "farmers", but they are delusional.

Our lands were made for Bison, not cattle.

"He found out by fencing off small patches of land along the bison migration route. By comparing the plants within and beyond the fences, the team learned that bison graze so intensely that they freeze plants in early spring for weeks at a time, preventing them from maturing and forcing them to continuously produce young shoots. Other North American mammals like mule deer can’t do this, because they travel in small-enough groups that plants can still outgrow the effects of their grazing. Bison, however, gather in the thousands. By moving in synchrony, they don’t have to surf the green wave. Uniquely, they can also create it.

Their actions change the landscape. In areas where bison graze, plants contain 50 to 90 percent more nutrients by the end of the summer. This not only provides extra nourishment for other grazers, but prolongs the growing season of the plants themselves. And by trimming back the plant cover in one year, bison allow more sunlight to fall on the next year’s greenery, accelerating its growth. When Geremia’s team looked at parts of Yellowstone where bison numbers have fluctuated, it found that the green wave grew in intensity and crested over a longer period as the herds grew larger. The bison engineer and intensify the spring. And astonishingly, they had a stronger influence on the timing of plant growth than weather and other environmental variables. They’re equivalent to a force of nature."

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

rollingstone.com/politics/poli

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I'd like to know more about the "quantified-self movement". Is anyone into this?

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My housemates are convinced our house is haunted.

I've lived here for 274 years and not noticed anything strange.

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RT @simongerman600@twitter.com
Animated map shows the path of the sun over the UK on the summer solstice, spring/autumn equinox and winter solstice. Yet another outstanding piece by @neilrkaye@twitter.com! Source: buff.ly/2lHttUg

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Good news as EU formally adopts Ecodesign measures:

- As of 2021, all TVs, monitors, fridges, freezers, washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers and lighting products on the EU market will have to meet minimum repairability requirements
- Manufacturers will have to ensure easy disassembly with commonly available tools.
- Spare parts and repair information will have to be made available to professional repairers for a minimum number of years.

bbc.co.uk/news/business-498848
coolproducts.eu/news/eu-to-pul

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And so it has begun. Day 1 of Inktober with the prompt being ring. So clearly the rather stylized otter is forming a ring shape, but why an otter? The Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell was a (audio)book that featured a lot in my life when I was a kid. I was obsessed with otters
Drawing made with copic multiliner 0.3 in black and Pentel Pocket Brush pens in black and grey

#ink #inktober #inktober2019 #pentelbrushpen #copics #otter #mastoart #creativetoot

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Ein random Foto von meinem Telefon für das #inktober2019warmup. Der Grüne See, in der Nähe meines Heimatortes.

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you have the right to scream at ass; if you are unable to scream at own ass, an ass will be provided for you

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