Elephants Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that elephants—some of the last remaining megaherbivores in rainforests—are crucial to protecting the planet. Analyzing the animals’ feeding habits in Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo and LuiKotale, researchers discerned that elephants are picky eaters whose choices aid the capture of carbon. They tend to opt for leaves from …

The Climate Change Garden

From Cool Springs Press—an imprint that focuses on DIY gardening—this updated version of The Climate Change Garden centers on adapting and protecting plants. Written by Sally Morgan (a botanist and speaker on gardening and farming) and Kim Stoddart (who writes columns on resilient gardening), the book outlines practical approaches to gardening through extreme weather and climate events, and dealing with non-native pests and invasive weeds. …

India’s Enchanting Living Bridges

Flooding rivers, vast mountains and scattered villages characterize Meghalaya, the northeastern state of India considered one of the wettest regions in the world. For centuries, the Khasi people have learned to navigate this challenging terrain by creating living root bridges called jing kieng jri. Like something out of a fairytale, the bridges are feats of nature, innovation and architecture. They are crafted from rubber tree figs …