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    Feminist political ecologies of the commons and commoning (Editorial to the Special Feature)
    Clement, Floriane ; Harcourt, Wendy ; Joshi, Deepa ; Sato, Chizu - \ 2019
    International Journal of the Commons 13 (2019)1. - ISSN 1875-0281 - p. 1 - 15.
    Speaking Power to “Post-Truth”: Critical Political Ecology and the New Authoritarianism
    Neimark, Benjamin ; Childs, John ; Nightingale, Andrea J. ; Cavanagh, Connor Joseph ; Sullivan, Sian ; Benjaminsen, Tor A. ; Batterbury, Simon ; Koot, Stasja ; Harcourt, Wendy - \ 2019
    Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109 (2019)2. - ISSN 2469-4452 - p. 613 - 623.

    Given a history in political ecology of challenging hegemonic “scientific” narratives concerning environmental problems, the current political moment presents a potent conundrum: how to (continue to) critically engage with narratives of environmental change while confronting the “populist” promotion of “alternative facts.” We ask how political ecologists might situate themselves vis-à-vis the presently growing power of contemporary authoritarian forms, highlighting how the latter operates through sociopolitical domains and beyond-human natures. We argue for a clear and conscious strategy of speaking power to post-truth, to enable two things. The first is to come to terms with an internal paradox of addressing those seeking to obfuscate or deny environmental degradation and social injustice, while retaining political ecology’s own historical critique of the privileged role of Western science and expert knowledge in determining dominant forms of environmental governance. This involves understanding post-truth, and its twin pillars of alternative facts and fake news, as operating politically by those regimes looking to shore up power, rather than as embodying a coherent mode of ontological reasoning regarding the nature of reality. Second, we differentiate post-truth from analyses affirming diversity in both knowledge and reality (i.e., epistemology and ontology, respectively) regarding the drivers of environmental change. This enables a critical confrontation of contemporary authoritarianism and still allows for a relevant and accessible political ecology that engages with marginalized populations likely to suffer most from the proliferation of post-truth politics. Key Words: authoritarianism, environmental policy, political ecology, post-truth, science.

    In-situ observations using tagged animals
    Roquet, F. ; Boehme, L. ; Bester, M.N. ; Bornemann, H. ; Brasseur, S.M.J.M. ; Charrassin, J.B. ; Costa, D. ; Fedak, M.A. ; Guinet, C. ; Hall, A. ; Harcourt, R. ; Hindell, M.A. ; Kovacs, K.M. ; Lea, M.A. ; Lovell, P. ; Lowther, A. ; Lyderson, C. ; Mcmahon, C. ; Picard, B. ; Reverdin, G. ; Vincent, C. - \ 2017
    - 5 p.
    Marine mammals help gather information on some of the harshest environments on the planet, through the use of miniaturized ocean sensors glued on their fur. Since 2004, hundreds of diving marine animals, mainly Antarctic and Arctic seals, have been fitted with a new generation of Argos tags developed by the Sea Mammal Research Unit of the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK. These tags investigate the at-sea ecology of these animals while simultaneously collecting valuable oceanographic data. Some of the study species travel thousands of kilometres continuously diving to great depths (up to 2100 m). The resulting data are now freely available to the global scientific community at Despite great progress in their reliability and data accuracy, the current generation of loggers while approaching standard ARGO quality specifications have yet to match them. Yet, improvements are underway; they involve updating the technology, implementing a more systematic phase of calibration and taking benefit of the recently acquired knowledge on the dynamical response of sensors. Together these efforts are rapidly transforming animal tagging into one of the most important sources of oceanographic data in polar regions and in many coastal areas
    N'dama cattle conservation: the potential roles of artificial insemination and the national policy
    Olaniyan, O.F. ; Hiemstra, S.J. - \ 2012
    In: Book of proceedings Volume 2 : International Conference on Agriculture, Science and Engineering (ICASE2012), Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 3-7 September 2012. - Beverly Scientific Organisation (BSO) - ISBN 9788461284863 - p. 182 - 189.
    The construction of a palaeodischarge time series for use in a study of fluvial system development of the middle to late pleistocen upper Thames
    Stemerdink, C. ; Maddy, D. ; Bridgland, D.R. ; Veldkamp, A. - \ 2010
    Journal of Quaternary Science 25 (2010)4. - ISSN 0267-8179 - p. 447 - 460.
    bed-load transport - climate-change - water-balance - southern england - river thames - environmental-change - quaternary uplift - stanton harcourt - northwest europe - natural rivers
    Recently many studies have attempted to model fluvial system development over a variety of geographical and temporal scales. It is generally recognised that one of the main problems, especially in studies over longer timescales (>100¿ka), is the reconstruction of a robust palaeodischarge time series. Over such extended timescales discharge can only be reconstructed using proxy data, i.e. either field-based (sediment) palaeodischarge estimates or transformation of reconstructed palaeoclimate data series (e.g. ice core data), with only the latter method allowing the reconstruction of a continuous time series. In this study of the Upper Thames catchment, UK, we have developed a new palaeodischarge time series. A sea surface temperature record (ODP 980) from the North Atlantic (off the west coast of Ireland) is used as a proxy for precipitation across the Upper Thames catchment. A vegetation filter, based on pollen data, is then applied to this precipitation record in order to create a runoff model. Finally, this runoff model is transformed to a discharge model via the use of a climate change function which attempts to reflect probable changes in the frequency and magnitude of discharge events. Using our new palaeodischarge model, we present output from the FLUVER2 model of longitudinal profile development for the Middle to Late Pleistocene Upper Thames Valley. This model simulates the possible timing and magnitude of sediment aggradation/degradation events on the floodplain as well as the timing of floodplain abandonment due to tectonic uplift, resulting in terrace formation
    Nutritionally related problems.
    Groot, C.P.G.M. de; Staveren, W.A. van; Sadler, M.J. ; Strain, J.J. ; Caballero, B. - \ 1998
    In: Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition - p. 1479 - 1485.
    Werkhoven, M. ; Graaf, N.R. de; Jonkers, W.B.J. - \ 1996
    In: The Conservation Atlas of Tropical Forests: The Americas / Harcourt, C.S., Sayer, J.A., - p. 303 - 311.
    Root studies on a tropical ultisol in relation to nitrogen management : report of field work at IITA's high rainfall substation at Onne (Port Harcourt, Nigeria) in 1985
    Hairiah, K. ; Noordwijk, M. van - \ 1986
    Haren (Gr.) : I.B. (Rapport / Instituut voor Bodemvruchtbaarheid no. 7-86) - 121
    akkerbouw - bacteriën - veldgewassen - stikstof - stikstofkringloop - stikstofmeststoffen - plantenontwikkeling - plantenfysiologie - wortels - bodem - subtropen - tropen - ultisols - arable farming - bacteria - field crops - nitrogen - nitrogen cycle - nitrogen fertilizers - plant development - plant physiology - roots - soil - subtropics - tropics - ultisols
    The relation between nitrogen fertilization and root development is studied for several crop types. Also the root development in intercropping of maize and cassave is studied
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