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#135523
2022-08-04

‘It sustains us all’: IPBES report calls for accounting of nature’s diverse values

A focus on valuing nature through the lens of the market has contributed to the global biodiversity crisis, according to a recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

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#135524
2022-08-04

New global map of ant biodiversity reveals areas that may be hiding undiscovered species

They are hunters, farmers, harvesters, gliders, herders, weavers and carpenters. They are ants and they make up a large part of our world, including more 10 000 species and a large part of the animal biomass in most terrestrial ecosystems.

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#135525
2022-08-04

Researchers use artificial intelligence to create a treasure map of undiscovered ant species

E. O. Wilson once referred to invertebrates as “the little things that run the world,” without whom “the human species [wouldn’t] last more than a few months.”

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#135526
2022-08-04

United States announces partnership to reduce ocean plastic pollution in Indonesia

The United States, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Clean Cities, Blue Ocean program, joined Circulate Capital, an impact-focused investment management firm, and Prevented Ocean Plastic Southeast Asia (POPSEA), a plastic recycling company that is developing sorting and ...

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#135527
2022-08-04

Where did these holes in the ocean floor come from? 'Nobody knows,' says scientist

Social media users consider aliens or sea monsters — but NOAA researcher suspects an animal culprit. Mysterious, neatly aligned holes have been discovered deep in the ocean — and scientists are stumped about their origin.

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#135493
2022-08-01

Heatwaves, rains, floods: Climate change is here and Pakistan needs to act now

Social media is awash with horrifying images of the havoc monsoon rains that have wreaked on a wide swathe of Pakistan. People living in low-lying areas, in the path of hill torrents, or on poorly made embankments are awash in the misery of floods brought in the wake of the monsoon spell.

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#135494
2022-08-01

The importance of hedgerows in the battle against climate change

Up to a million tonnes of carbon are stored by our hedgerows, between 2,000km and 6,000km of which are being lost each year. Alan Moore loves hedgerows. They are remnants of the wilder world of his boyhood.

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#135495
2022-08-01

Hotter than Dubai: US cities at risk of Middle Eastern temperatures by 2100

The climate crisis risks pushing many Americans into entirely new climatic realities, with a new analysis finding there are 16 US cities at risk of having summer temperatures on a par with locations in the Middle East by the end of the century.

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#135496
2022-08-01

UK farmers count cost as heatwave kills fruit and vegetable crops

The UK heatwave has caused fruit and vegetables to die on the vine as growers fear the drought and further hot temperatures could ruin harvests this year.

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#135497
2022-08-01

The crowd goes wild as sports clubs bring nature off the bench

Across the UK, cricket and golf clubs are starting to do their bit for local biodiversity by ditching the pesticides and nurturing wildlife. Arow of apple trees defends the mid-wicket boundary at Whalley Range cricket club in south Manchester, while aged lime trees sporting bird feeders and nest ...

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#135498
2022-08-01

After 14 Years, the Google Maps of Biodiversity has Launched

If you want to find the name of a good steakhouse in the town you are visiting, you would pull up Google Maps. If you want to find the name of the closet relative of red fox, you would pull up LifeGate. At least, that’s how creator Martin Freiberg sees it.

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#135499
2022-08-01

Could This Upcycled Sugar Company Help Solve the Obesity and Biodiversity Crises?

Supplant breaks down typically wasted sugarcane fiber into its signature product, Sugars from Fiber — an entirely new category of sugars that perform like sugar in the kitchen while retaining the nutritional properties of fiber, and mitigating the impacts of one of the world’s most environmental ...

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#135500
2022-08-01

The challenges of valuing biodiversity in Singapore

The task requires ecologists and economists to work closely and refine existing valuation techniques to account for the complexities of biodiversity.

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#135502
2022-08-01

Waitrose removes best-before dates from fresh food to reduce waste

Waitrose is removing best-before dates from nearly 500 fresh food products in an effort to reduce food waste. From September, the staff-owned supermarket chain will scrap the dates on packaged fruit and vegetables, including lettuce, cucumber and peppers, to encourage consumers to use their own ...

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#135503
2022-08-01

New study finds global forest area per capita has decreased by over 60%

Over the past 60 years, the global forest area has declined by 81.7 million hectares, a loss that contributed to the more than 60% decline in global forest area per capita.

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#135504
2022-08-01

Safe steps for using 'probiotics' to revive biodiversity

Time is running out, say researchers who are proposing a framework to guide the safe use of microbes to restore global biodiversity loss.

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#135505
2022-08-01

Biodiversity education key priority

There can be no higher priority for the education of our children than a love for New Zealand’s unique biodiversity, and an awareness of how soon so much of this precious heritage will be lost if we humans do not change our ways.

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#135501
2022-08-01

Cloud study demystifies impact of aerosols

Aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover—but less effect on cloud brightness—than previously thought, new research shows.

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#135507
2022-08-01

New study finds global forest area per capita has decreased by over 60%

Over the past 60 years, the global forest area has declined by 81.7 million hectares, a loss that contributed to the more than 60% decline in global forest area per capita.

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#135508
2022-08-01

How the blue economy will shape the future of Canada's oceans—and its coastal communities

The words "blue economy" will soon shape the future of Canada's oceans, from the fiords and straits of British Columbia to the rugged coastlines of the Atlantic to the vast seascapes of the Arctic.

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#135509
2022-08-01

Marine heatwaves have devastating impacts on marine life in the tropical western and central Pacific Ocean region

Research published in Global and Planetary Change examines the trends and projected frequency, intensity and duration of marine heatwaves (MHWs). A MHW is a 'discrete, prolonged anomalously warm water event' lasting five or more days, with temperatures warmer than the 90th percentile relative to ...

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#135511
2022-08-01

Ocean variability contributes to sandstorms in Northern China

Extreme events such as the "North China Super Sandstorms" in March 2021 have significant impacts on human life, socio-economics and agricultural production. In addition to local meteorological conditions, sea surface temperature (SST) variability in different ocean basins also contributes to san ...

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#135512
2022-08-01

VegSense makes sense for forest studies

Rice researchers set up a Microsoft HoloLens as a mixed-reality sensor to feed VegSense, their application to measure understory vegetation, plant life that grows between the forest canopy and floor.

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#135513
2022-08-01

Scientists now understand the genetics responsible for leaf mimicry in butterfly wings

The top side of the Kallima butterfly's wings are brightly colored, featuring vibrant bands of deep blue, black, and orange. But when this butterfly flaps its wings, the undersides reveal a sharp contrast—they are shades of dull brown that perfectly mimic a dead leaf, camouflaging the butterflie ...

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#135514
2022-08-01

Scientists uncover mechanism that shapes centromere distribution in plants

Since the 1800s, scientists have noted configuration of centromeres, a special chromosomal region that is vital for cell division, in the nucleus.

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#135515
2022-08-01

Recovering biodiversity in Brazil's pioneering Atlantic Forest through conservation and ecological restoration

When managing degraded tropical landscapes to achieve global biodiversity and ecosystem services targets, it is necessary to not only restore new forests but conserve natural remnants of old forests as well finds a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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#135516
2022-08-01

Study shows top 'ingredient' to good-tasting coffee

But is it the type of bean, the way it is grown—or the way it is processed that makes the most of every last drop of coffee? Researchers recently published a paper about this question in Agrosystems, Geosciences and Environment journal. The journal is a publication of the American Society of Agr ...

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#135517
2022-08-01

Molecular basis of high nitrogen use efficiency of wheat cultivar

A research team led by Prof. Ling Hongqing from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), together with collaborators from Ludong University and the Computer Network Information Center of CAS, have generated a high-quality genome of Keno ...

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#135518
2022-08-01

Three Yukon First Nations combine traditional knowledge and modern mapping in preparation for land use planning

How We Walk with the Land and the Water is an undertaking by three Yukon First Nations that uses modern technology to support traditional local knowledge of the land and wildlife by bringing it into a more recognizable form for those in a western scientific setting.

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#135519
2022-08-01

The sharks of the St. Lawrence, managers of the ocean pantry

The basking shark feeds on the surface with its mouth wide open to filter plankton, explains the St. Lawrence Shark Observatory (archives).

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#135520
2022-08-01

Volunteers Spot 16 Animals During UW’s Biodiversity Institute Summer Moose Day

For the seventh year, community scientists helped identify moose populations in the mountains outside of Laramie for Summer Moose Day. And the numbers were comparable to previous summer counts.

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#135521
2022-08-01

Air pollution boosts cloud cover but reduces rain, study finds

Researchers have found that aerosol particles in the atmosphere have a bigger impact on cloud cover than previously thought, despite a smaller effect on cloud brightness than expected.

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#135522
2022-08-01

Climate change will severely impact bird species by 2080: Study

Climate change will not only impact the number of bird species by 2080 but also have profound effects on their diversity and community composition, according to a study.

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#135483
2022-07-27

A surprising win-win: Intensive vanilla farming and biodiversity conservation

The sweet scent of vanilla has an unusual origin. The aromatic seed pod is the product of a pale yellow orchid that blooms from tree-climbing vines. Native to the tropical Americas, it is now grown around the world, particularly in Madagascar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

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#135484
2022-07-27

Species Biodiversity: Rare Plants in Urban Gardens Can Also Attract a Rare Biodiversity of Bees and Birds

Species biodiversity has been found in a new study to be possible when rare plants grow in urban gardens in the city, causing an attraction of a rare biodiversity of bees and birds.

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#135485
2022-07-27

Gov’t urged to gather comprehensive primary data on Ghana’s ecosystems

Professor Alfred Apau Oteng-Yeboah, a renowned botanist and Chairperson of the National Biodiversity Committee (NBC) of Ghana, is asking the Government to gather comprehensive primary data on Ghana’s ecosystems, plant and animal species.

News Headlines
#135487
2022-07-27

Photos: Mauritanians dig deeper wells to cope with climate change

Droughts have long been an issue in Mauritania but in recent years, rains have been erratic and inconsistent there.

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#135488
2022-07-27

5 Genius African Solutions Fighting Climate Change & Protecting the Environment

Nothing can top the resilience of Africa’s people; in the face of adversity, Africa responds with boundless creativity designed to benefit an entire region, or better, the entire continent. This is true of many situations — but for right now, we’re going to look at how it rings true for the cont ...

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#135489
2022-07-27

Eating less food from animal sources is key to reducing the risk of wildlife-origin diseases and global warming

The world is at greater risk of infectious diseases that originate in wildlife because people are encroaching on tropical areas of wilderness to feed livestock and hunt wild animals.

News Headlines
#135490
2022-07-27

Midwest forests lost 8,000 years of stored carbon in just 150 years new animated maps track the changes, revealing lessons for climate projects today

“Plant a tree” seems to be the go-to answer to climate change concerns these days. Booking a rental car online recently, I was asked to check a box to plant a tree to offset my car’s anticipated carbon dioxide emissions. In 2020, the governor of my state, Indiana, launched an initiative to plant ...

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#135491
2022-07-27

Big falls in crop yields across Europe feared due to heatwaves

Yields of key crops in the EU will be sharply down this year owing to heatwaves and droughts, further exacerbating the impacts of the Ukraine war on food prices.

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#135492
2022-07-27

Marine protected areas celebrated for safeguarding SA’s biodiversity

Cape Town - Following the success of the first Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Day, celebrated last year on August 1, numerous environmental and conservation groups were stressing the importance of MPAs in South Africa and their role in protecting ocean ecosystems while also raising awareness for t ...

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#135439
2022-07-26

Saffron, biodiversity and glaciers: Kashmir’s women scientists lead climate action

Several women scientists from Kashmir are at the forefront of research to tackle changing climatic patterns that threaten local ecologies, livelihoods and networks that sustain them. Scientists Nasheeman Ashraf, Ulfat Majeed and Mehreen Khaleel come from different backgrounds and work in differe ...

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#135440
2022-07-26

Do Cities Hold the Key to Protecting Biodiversity?

From the smallest organism to the largest, all living things play unique roles that keep the earth in balance. With numerous functions spanning insects and birds that pollinate flowers to bear fruits, plants absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing oxygen to purify the air and ...

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#135441
2022-07-26

Biodiversity called into focus

With ASEAN’s critical history and experience with pandemics, biodiversity and health have become among the key focus areas at the national and regional levels, according to Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) Dr Theresa Mundita S Lim.

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#135442
2022-07-26

Europe’s record summer of heat and fires – visualised

Europe has already endured a record amount of fire damage in 2022, as the continent has baked in extreme – and in some cases, unprecedented – high temperatures, Guardian analysis shows.

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#135443
2022-07-26

Keep starfish off the barbecue: New Zealanders call for rockpool protections

New Zealanders are calling for authorities to restrict the pillaging of the country’s rockpools and shorelines, amid fears that a taste for shellfish, limpets, octopuses and barbecued starfish is disrupting ecosystems and driving some species toward extinction.

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#135444
2022-07-26

The scientists who switched focus to fight climate change

It was during a car journey to California in temperatures sometimes exceeding 40 °C that Sophie Gilbert decided she needed to make a major career change.

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#135445
2022-07-26

Get outside for science, says the Nature Conservancy of Canada

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is hoping you'll get outside this weekend, in the name of science. The NCC is holding its annual event, Big Backyard BioBlitz project, which aims to get people to take photos of the plants, animals and insects in their regions and upload them to the organi ...

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#135446
2022-07-26

We Can’t Fight Climate Change Without Fighting for Gender Equity

As the climate crisis becomes increasingly urgent, organizations around the world have begun investing in a wide array of environmental sustainability initiatives. Some of these efforts target technological solutions, while others prioritize behavioral or economic changes, but what the vast majo ...

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