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#134767
2022-05-31

African scientists launch biodiversity genomics revolution

Though Africa is home to the second largest collection of biodiversity on earth, many of its unique plants, animals and microbes are facing extinction due to human activities and climate change.

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#134768
2022-05-31

Rainfall across Europe disrupted by climate change

A new study has for the first time shown that human induced greenhouse gas emissions are directly responsible for the long term trends of drying in the Mediterranean and increasing rainfall over the rest of Europe during winter.

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#134769
2022-05-31

Species recovery targets in England damaging and illogical, scientists warn

The government has set damaging and illogical targets for species recovery in England that could mean there is eight years of decline before any improvement, despite already being at “rock bottom”, scientists have warned the prime minister.

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#134770
2022-05-31

Fishing industry still ‘bulldozing’ seabed in 90% of UK marine protected areas

More than 90% of Britain’s offshore marine protected areas are still being bottom-trawled and dredged, two years after analysis of the extent of destructive fishing exposed them as “paper parks”, according to data shared with the Guardian.

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#134771
2022-05-31

At least 91 dead in Brazil floods and landslides with many more missing

The death toll from floods in north-eastern Brazil could rise to more than 100 after authorities in Pernambuco state confirmed 91 deaths with many more people missing.

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#134772
2022-05-31

Megalodon shark extinction may have been linked to great white competition

A prehistoric food fight may have spelled the end for the megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived. A study of the ocean giant's fossil teeth suggests it had to compete for food with another ferocious predator, the great white shark.

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#134773
2022-05-31

50 years of UN environmental diplomacy: What’s worked and the trends ahead

In 1972, acid rain was destroying trees. Birds were dying from DDT poisoning, and countries were contending with oil spills, contamination from nuclear weapons testing and the environmental harm of the Vietnam War. Air pollution was crossing borders and harming neighboring countries.

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#134774
2022-05-31

Tobacco industry has ‘devastating’ environmental impact, WHO says

The tobacco industry is a far greater threat than many realise as it is one of the world’s biggest polluters, from leaving mountains of waste to driving global warming, the WHO charged Tuesday.

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#134775
2022-05-31

Low emission zones: Most-polluting cars to be barred from city centres

Restrictions prohibiting the most-polluting vehicles from the centres of four Scottish cities have moved a step closer following the introduction of low emission zones.

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#134776
2022-05-31

Tiny Pacific island nation declares bold plan to protect 100% of its ocean

The Pacific island state of Niue has announced that it will protect 100% of the ocean in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which spans 317,500 sq km (122,000 sq miles), roughly the area of Vietnam.

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#134777
2022-05-31

In Jamaica, native trees are being driven further up mountains towards extinction

The Blue Mountains of Jamaica are frequently covered in a dense blanket of cloud, but when it lifts the first thing you notice is the cloak of forest extending up their steep slopes to the top of the highest peaks.

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#134778
2022-05-31

Discovery of a tripole winter precipitation change pattern around the Tibetan Plateau in the late 1990s

The Tibetan Plateau (TP) is referred to as the "water tower" of Asia for being home to the headwaters of many major rivers in Asia, including the Yangtze, Yellow, Ganges, and Indus. Therefore, TP precipitation is important for not only local, but regional water resources too.

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#134779
2022-05-31

The history of Lake Cahuilla before the Salton Sea

Today, the Salton Sea is an eerie place. Its mirror-like surface belies the toxic stew within. Fish skeletons line its shores and the ruins of a once thriving vacation playground is a reminder of better days.

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#134781
2022-05-31

How diverse microbial communities remain stable

Government coalitions often dissolve when too many parties disagree on too many issues. Even if a coalition seems stable for some time, a small crisis can cause a chain reaction that eventually causes the system to collapse.

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#134782
2022-05-31

New dinosaur species used fearsome claws to graze along the coast

Scientists have described the youngest therizinosaur fossil from Japan and the first in Asia to have been found in marine sediments Therizinosaurs were a large group of primarily herbivorous theropod dinosaurs (dinosaurs with hollow bones and three-toed limbs). .

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#134783
2022-05-31

Cuttlefish camouflage may be more complex than previously thought

A new study published in Current Biology suggests that the European cuttlefish (sepia officinalis) may combine, as necessary, two distinct neural systems that process specific visual features from its local environment and visual cues relating to its overall background environment to create the ...

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#134784
2022-05-31

Biodiversity Tool Tells You How Much Nature Your Country Has Left

Around 6,000 years ago, more than two-thirds of Europe was covered in forest, a 2018 study found. But because of land clearing for agriculture and the use of wood for fuel, that number has more than halved, and today only around one third of Europe is woodland. In some countries like the UK and ...

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#134785
2022-05-31

Kahnawake residents encouraged biodiversity by not cutting lawns for month of May

The grass in front of Megan Day's home in the Kanien'kehá:ka community of Kahnawake southwest of Montreal is pretty high.But it's not because she's too lazy to mow her lawn. She was among dozens of homes participating in the community's No Mow May challenge.

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#134786
2022-05-31

Year of the Tiger: Illegal trade thrives amid efforts to save wild tigers

In new, covert drone footage, tigers and bears pace inside prison-like cement and corrugated steel cages near a casino complex — a newly built, expanded commercial captive-breeding facility on the banks of the Mekong River in Laos.

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#134787
2022-05-31

Cameroon NGO Creates App to Track Endangered Marine Species

In Cameroon nearly 150 manatees, an endangered aquatic species also known as sea cow, are killed each year by poachers or fisherman, often unintended by the latter. An aid group has created a mobile app to collect data to help reduce manatee deaths. Anne Nzouankeu reports from lake Ossa, Cameroon.

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#134788
2022-05-31

How Countries ‘Import’ and ‘Export’ Extinction Risk around the World

In the dense jungles of Cameroon and nearby countries, the population of the iconic and critically endangered western lowland gorilla declined by nearly 20 percent between 2005 and 2013 to about 360,000 individuals—and their number is expected to plunge by another 80 percent over about the next ...

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#134789
2022-05-31

What It’s Like To Study Endangered Killer Whales

Deborah Giles would know. As the research director of the nonprofit Wild Orca and a research scientist at the University of Washington, Giles has worked for years on a project collecting scat from endangered Southern Resident killer whales to better understand their health.

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#134790
2022-05-31

A look at violence and conflict over Indigenous lands in nine Latin American countries

Indigenous people make up a third of the total number of environmental defenders killed across the globe, despite being a total of 4% of the world’s population, according to a report by Global Witness. The most critical situation is in Colombia, where 117 Indigenous people have been murdered bet ...

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#134791
2022-05-31

Amazon frog highlights appropriation of Indigenous knowledge for commercial gain

The Amazonian giant leaf frog, or kambô (Phyllomedusa bicolor) has bulging eyes and bright green skin, and despite its name, is actually quite small. It’s perhaps best known for its skin secretion, a mucous substance with medicinal properties that several Amazonian Indigenous groups have used fo ...

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#134792
2022-05-31

‘What’s lacking is respect for Mayan culture’: Q&A with Pedro Uc Be on Mexico’s Tren Maya

Pedro Uc Be is a poet and intellectual, but he is also a campesino. He is a teacher, a cultural ambassador and a priest. But, above all, for Pedro, he is Mayan and a defender of his territory.

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#134793
2022-05-31

Drastic declines in Neotropical birds in a protected Panamanian forest

Tropical forests harbor around two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity. The Neotropics—comprising Central America, the Caribbean and South America—are home to a third of the world’s known bird species, the highest among all biogeographical realms.

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#134794
2022-05-31

For 20 years, Comoros had only 1 national park. It’s now creating 5 more

Before the inhabitants of Itsamia in Comoros decided to intervene, turtles arriving to nest on its beaches drew villagers from neighboring hamlets. Anywhere from 10 to 30 green sea turtles were captured every day for their meat. That was in 1991. Today, the village is famous for its annual turtl ...

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#134795
2022-05-31

Borneo: Forests for a better future

Indonesia has lost nearly a fifth of its forests in just the last 20 years. But the island of Kalimantan, also known as Borneo, is beginning to see signs of change.

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#134796
2022-05-31

How illegal logging is threatening Romania's unique virgin forests

Romania is home to Europe's richest forests in terms of biodiversity. But every day they're being diminished - by illegal logging

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#134797
2022-05-31

What's the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change?

Thousands of feet above the Nevada desert, in a part of Great Basin National Park that tourists rarely see, park ecologist Gretchen Baker neared the top of Mount Washington and raised her binoculars. There just below, sprouting directly from the limestone, grew some of the oldest living things o ...

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#134798
2022-05-31

Listen to the communities – Disaster displacement is on the increase, and the affected people must be heard

More than 30 million people were displaced as a result of disasters in 2020 alone, and this number is likely to rise with the mounting severity and number of climate-related extreme events. A panel at the 7th Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR2022), moderated by Sar ...

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#134799
2022-05-31

A cloudless future? The mystery at the heart of climate forecasts

We hear a lot about how climate change will change the land, sea, and ice. But how will it affect clouds? "Low clouds could dry up and shrink like the ice sheets," says Michael Pritchard, professor of Earth System science at UC Irvine. "Or they could thicken and become more reflective."

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#134800
2022-05-31

Rare saiga antelope population now over a million in Kazakhstan

The population of endangered Saiga antelopes in Kazakhstan is now over 1.3 million, the ecology ministry said Tuesday, in the latest boost to a species threatened by poaching and disease.

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#134801
2022-05-31

How moonlight fine-tunes animal reproduction

Animals possess circadian clocks, or 24-hour oscillators, to regulate daily behavior. These typically take their cues from the periodic change of sunlight and darkness. However, many animals are also exposed to moonlight, which reoccurs with ~25h periodicity.

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#134802
2022-05-31

Uncovering best practices for cover crops to optimize crop production

Planting cover crops is a beneficial agricultural practice. One of their many benefits is to cover soil for times when farmers cannot plant cash crops like corn and soy—over the winter, for example. But it is not as simple as just growing cover crops in between growing seasons.

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#134803
2022-05-31

Scientists Find World’s Largest Plant In Australia

Researchers were stunned when they discovered a species of seagrass had effectively cloned itself for 4,500 years and covered nearly 80 square miles.

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#134817
2022-06-01

Biodiversity in Bees and its Critical Role in a Thriving Ecosystem

Although bumblebees and honeybees get all the attention, other bees are just as important to a thriving ecosystem. According to recent research, pollinator diversity is far more important than the bees that are frequently in the spotlight.

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#134804
2022-06-01

Scientists call for decision-making to be transformed to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises together

The global scientific community has issued another warning that increasing climate change and biodiversity loss will together reinforce negative impacts on people around the world, including food insecurity, health risks and disrupted livelihoods, as well as involuntary displacements leading to ...

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#134805
2022-06-01

Record low wild salmon catch in Scotland alarms ecologists

Salmon anglers have called for urgent action to protect Scotland’s wild salmon after the lowest number on record were caught last year.

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#134806
2022-06-01

‘Sea forest’ would be better name than seaweed, says UN food adviser

Seaweed could help feed the world and reduce the impact of the climate emergency, a UN adviser on food has suggested.

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#134807
2022-06-01

We cannot adapt our way out of climate crisis, warns leading scientist

The world cannot adapt its way out of the climate crisis, and counting on adaptation to limit damage is no substitute for urgently cutting greenhouse gases, a leading climate scientist has warned.

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#134808
2022-06-01

Sustainable soil movement grows at COP15 on land desertification and drought

Soil health is crucial for tackling climate change, environmental challenges, building resilience, improving food security and meeting U.N. Sustainable Development Goals on water, human and economic health, yet each year becomes further degraded.

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#134809
2022-06-01

The sustainability movement is 50. Why are world leaders ignoring it?

Sustainability is now a household term, but it wasn’t always so. Fifty years ago, the United Nations held its Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. This landmark event gave the concept of sustainable development its first international recognition. Sweden and the UN are marking the o ...

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#134810
2022-06-01

Spatial aspects of biodiversity and the homogenization threat to forest ecosystems

A study from the Missouri Ozarks highlights the importance of spatial aspects of biodiversity for healthy functioning of naturally occurring forests.

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#134811
2022-06-01

Spate of orchid thefts in England puts rare species at risk

A spate of thefts of rare orchids from sites in southern England has concerned scientists, who say endangered species may be at risk. Orchid experts believe that the plants, from locations including in Sussex and Kent, may have been “stolen to order”.

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#134812
2022-06-01

Indigenous oyster fisheries were ‘fundamentally different’: Q&A with researcher Marco Hatch

About 85% of oyster reefs across the world have been lost since the 19th century due to overharvesting, pollution, introduction of invasive species and habitat loss.

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#134813
2022-06-01

In Jordan, the Middle East’s first Miyawaki-style ‘baby’ forests take root

It’s a quiet day in Omar al-Faisal Park, in the impoverished industrial outskirts of Jordan’s capital, Amman. Sandwiched between the runway of a military airport and residential streets, the park seems unimpressive at first glance, but it shelters a little-known gem.

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#134814
2022-06-01

Study suggests that most of our evolutionary trees could be wrong

New research led by scientists at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath suggests that determining evolutionary trees of organisms by comparing anatomy rather than gene sequences is misleading.

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#134815
2022-06-01

The surprising musical dynamics of a lava lake on Kīlauea volcano

A lava lake in a crater of Kīlauea spent ten years sloshing and churning before the volcano gave a bigger belch. Kīlauea erupted dramatically in 2018. Earthquakes, ash plumes, and lava flows disrupted life on Hawaii's Big Island and changed the volcano's topography.

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#134816
2022-06-01

Research shows how the Gulf of Mexico escaped ancient mass extinction

An ancient bout of global warming 56 million years ago that acidified oceans and wiped-out marine life had a milder effect in the Gulf of Mexico, where life was sheltered by the basin's unique geology—according to research by the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics (UTIG).

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