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Divulgazeral

Divulgazeral is a window open to the multidisciplinary world of Environmental Sciences and a platform for scientific communication and discovery.

01 dic 2019

Assessment of the sustainability of the European turtle-dove harvest

Jaime Rodríguez Estival
Science and management

Ensuring the viability of the European turtle-dove populations and the sustainability of its hunting goes through reducing hunting pressure and adopting agri-environmental and agroforestry measures that improve breeding and feeding habitats for the species in Europe


The European turtle-dove (Streptopelia turtur) is a long-distance migratory bird that spends winters in sub-Saharan Africa and that breeds across a large area of the Western Palaearctic, from the Iberian Peninsula to Russia....

01 nov 2019

ATTENTION! This is a climate emergency!

Jaime Rodríguez Estival
Environmental impacts

A global coalition of scientists has declared a "climate emergency" and warned that we are confronting a catastrophic threat to the human species whose consequences could very soon be irreversible if we do not make considerable changes to our consumption and lifestyle model.


Exactly 40 years ago, scientists began to warn us about the dangerous trends of climate change and its potential consequences for the world and for human beings. At that time they were already attempting to make our...

01 oct 2019

Crayfish and mining pollution: An unfortunate combination

Jaime Rodríguez Estival
Ecotoxicology

The consumption of red swamp crayfish from the former mining districts of Alcudia Valley and Almadén poses a risk to food safety owing to the accumulation of high levels of potentially toxic metals


The recreational fishing for self-consumption of the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) as a seasonal product is deeply rooted in the local culture throughout Spain, especially in rural areas. As a food product, this crayfish could be considered a healthy dish that provides a variety of...

01 sep 2019

Do vultures attack livestock? This is what science says

Jaime Rodríguez Estival & Antoni Margalida
Science and management

Misinterpretations, sensationalist press headlines, a lack of scientific rigour, fake news and the expansive force of social networks are the ingredients of the negative popular perception that has resulted in the absurd conflict generated around vultures and their presumed attacks on livestock. In this article, we explore this subject in the company of science.


From time to time, some of the most diverse components of the media echo the emergence of new cases of vulture "attacks" on live...