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Popular doesn’t mean influential among Cambodian farmers

(University of Sydney) Published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, their research examined the role of social network brokers – well-connected individuals within a community – in the adoption of innovative farming practices in Battambang Province in North-Western Cambodia. The authors, Dr Petr Matous, Junjian Zhang and Associate Professor Daniel Tan found that less popular farmers were better influencers, compared to their more popular peers.

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Twitter fight: Birds use social networks to pick opponents wisely

Researchers say animals such as monk parakeets seem to understand where they fit in a dominance hierarchy and pick their fights accordingly. This high-level social information helps animals improve or maintain their status.

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Twitter fight: Birds use social networks to pick opponents wisely

Researchers say animals such as monk parakeets seem to understand where they fit in a dominance hierarchy and pick their fights accordingly. This high-level social information helps animals improve or maintain their status.

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Plant disease primarily spreads via roadsides

A precise statistical analysis reveals that on the Åland Islands a powdery mildew fungus that is a common parasite of the ribwort plantain primarily spreads via roadsides because traffic raises the spores found on roadsides efficiently into the air.

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Hunter-gatherer networks accelerated human evolution

Humans began developing a complex culture as early as the Stone Age. This development was brought about by social interactions between various groups of hunters and gatherers, a new study has now confirmed. The researchers mapped the social networks of present-day hunter-gatherers in the Philippines and simulated the discovery of a medicinal plant product.

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Climate-change activists say you can’t fight global warming through individual actions. They’re wrong. – The Washington Post

The economists and activists who hope to stop global warming know that small measures won’t cut it. Which is why “conscious consumption” — taking individual actions to reduce your carbon footprint — often looks like a distraction: Purchasing hybrid cars,…

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Climate-change activists say you can’t fight global warming through individual actions. They’re wrong. – The Washington Post

The economists and activists who hope to stop global warming know that small measures won’t cut it. Which is why “conscious consumption” — taking individual actions to reduce your carbon footprint — often looks like a distraction: Purchasing hybrid cars,…

Increasing opportunities for sustainable behavior

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) To mitigate climate change and safeguard ecosystems, we need to make drastic changes in our consumption and transport behaviors. A new IIASA study shows how even minor changes to available infrastructure can trigger tipping points in the collective adoption of sustainable behaviors.