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October 16, 2019

Last week of August has been a bit hectic. I had barely completed the field sampling in the Pyrenees for the 2019 season, I had just entrusted my walking shoes to the shoemaker for repair (yes, the rocky paths of the Pyrenees are merciless), that I flew to Vienna. Vien...

October 8, 2019

Greta Thunberg has given an emotional speech at the UN. She hit right on what scientists experience since years, how dare the politicians to risk our all future by not listening what science has accumulated on knowledge on climate change and biodiversity loss. We have...

October 4, 2019

During our sampling for our work on the functional ecology of mountains, we regularly visit the Grand Lac de la Fache at 2435m altitude. It is usually an early start from the Refuge Wallon at 1800m asl. with a steady climb up. Fish have been introduced here a few years...

October 2, 2019

Greta Thunberg correctly stated in her UN Assembly Speech that we have accumulated a lot of scientific facts and have scientifically proven that Climate Change is real over 30 years ago. Earliest scientific reports on climate change go as far back as to the late 19th c...

August 26, 2019

Mountains, field season, fantastic landscapes – I was talking about those to an old classmate of mine, who runs mountain trails and cross competitions, but never has set foot in the Pyrenees. In addition, that old friend, with whom I had lost touch for almost 30 years,...

August 17, 2019

Europe was hit by a heatwave early summer 2019. Parts of Europe, including also Eastern Germany, has not even recovered from the 2018 drought and the 2019 heatwave made the lack of water even more pronounced. As a local politician in Toulouse suggested (see my blog ent...

August 15, 2019

Hello friends and readers, I hope this post finds you well. My name is Kurt Lutz, and I am an American biologist in the laboratory of Vance Vredenburg at San Francisco State University, where I study Californian amphibian declines. Tonight, I am far from San Francisco....

August 12, 2019

It's always good to have friends. As a scientist you are also used to the fact that some friends are a bit different. Its part of it, somehow.

It's also always a bit unfortunate when you hike alone into the mountains to collect samples, so why not with some new friends...

July 30, 2019

Jamais je n’aurais jamais pensé écrire un post de blog à ce sujet, et pourtant, voilà où nous en sommes rendus, nous, pauvres humains. Ce n’est pas faute d’avoir tiré la sonnette d’alarme. Les scientifiques l’avaient prédit. Aujourd’hui, plus de la moitié des êtres hum...

July 30, 2019

I never thought I'd write a blog entry about it, and yet, here we are, poor humans. It is not for lack of sounding the alarm. Scientists predicted it. Today, more than half of all human beings live in cities. Their daily lives are therefore increasingly disconnected fr...

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