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#132875
2022-02-02

Ocean eddies could explain Antarctic sea-ice paradox

Despite global warming and the sea-ice loss in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea-ice extent has remained largely unchanged since 1979. However, existing climate model-based simulations indicate significant sea-ice loss, contrary to actual observations.

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#132876
2022-02-02

Researchers model 'red snow' algal blooming events

Red snow is a unique phenomenon caused by blooms of red algae that live on the surface of snow. Now, researchers from Japan have developed a model to predict the occurrence of red snow events.

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#132877
2022-02-02

How Brazil's government is turning public land private, clearing the way for deforestation

Imagine that several state legislators decide that Yellowstone National Park is too big. Also imagine that, working with federal politicians, they change the law to downsize the park by a million acres, which they sell in a private auction.

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#132878
2022-02-02

Depletion of mountain snow and ice may be faster than anticipated

Enhanced mountain warming coupled with reduced rainfall at high elevation may deplete stores of mountain snow and ice more rapidly than previously thought.

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#132879
2022-02-02

Hummingbirds found to exert fine control over body heat

At night, hummingbirds lower their body temperature and metabolism drastically by dropping into an energy-saving state of inactivity called torpor. Scientists from multiple universities now find there's more than one level of torpor: shallow and deep, plus the transition stage between levels of ...

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#132880
2022-02-02

Killer whales teach each other how to steal fish from human fisheries

An international team of researchers has found that orcas are teaching one another how to steal fish and their remains from human fisheries. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their study of the number of orcas feeding on fish or their remains at human f ...

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#132881
2022-02-02

'Insect apocalypse' looming under current conservation rules

Current UK conservation policies fail to protect important insect species such as bees which "are vital for our everyday lives and future existence," according to new research from the University of Aberdeen.

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#132882
2022-02-02

Researchers gain insights into the genome of European mistletoe

Researchers around the world are working on decoding the genomes of plants. Detailed knowledge on biochemical processes in plants can provide important contributions to agriculture, environmental protection and medicine.

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#132883
2022-02-02

Insect DNA metabarcoding to assess the state of health of forests

How can we measure the impact on biodiversity of forest dieback caused by global changes to the environment? For the first time, an international research team involving scientists from INRAE, CNRS and the Université de Tours has analyzed the diversity of insect communities that represent 60% of ...

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#132884
2022-02-02

Coordinated conservation and restoration found to be critical to save Asia's threatened native trees

A new study has revealed that the rich native tree diversity in South and Southeast Asia is at risk of potential extinction. The region-wide and spatially explicit threat assessment focused on 63 socio-economically important native trees in Asia, showing that all species are highly vulnerable to ...

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#132885
2022-02-02

How international tourism and travel can be a pathway for introducing invasive species

Tourism is an important economic driver of the world's economy, providing a significant contribution to the income of many countries. However, tourism can also contribute to the introduction and spread of unwanted exotic organisms such as insect pests or weed seeds across countries.

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#132886
2022-02-02

Hunting by humans can change virus evolution, transmission in pumas

Pumas are famously solitary creatures. They typically avoid contact with humans, which makes them a challenge to observe. As a result, very little is known about their movements and even less about how diseases move through puma populations.

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#132887
2022-02-02

Why monkeys attack sick members of their troop and don't socially distance

Life in the wild can be tough, and sometimes animals don't have the luxury of taking time out when they are sick. That's certainly the reality of life for vervet monkeys living in Southern Africa, even though parasites and viruses are an ever-present component of animal life.

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#132888
2022-02-02

Proof found that the last ice age widened the Aare and Gürbe valleys

A team led by the University of Bern was able to prove that the glaciers of the penultimate ice age (the "Riss' glaciation) mainly eroded the bedrock between Thun and Bern, but that during the last glaciation ( the "Würm' glaciation) glacial carving resulted in a widening and not in a further de ...

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#132889
2022-02-02

What does climate change have to do with snowstorms?

Bostonians may have grumbled about digging out from almost 2 feet of snow after a historic snowstorm clobbered the Northeast in late January 2022, but it shouldn't have been a surprise. This part of the U.S. has been seeing a lot of storms like this in recent decades.

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#132891
2022-02-02

Climate change contributes to poorer mental health: study

Concerns and anxiety over climate change are increasingly becoming mental health issues that affect people's everyday lives, a theory researchers say is supported by a new study showing the impact of record-breaking heatwaves in B.C. last summer.

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#132892
2022-02-02

Infographic: How wetlands can help fight climate change

Wetlands – land consisting of swamps or marshes – have, during the centuries, been demonised as places of pestilence, drained for agriculture or urban development, and polluted or paved over.

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#132893
2022-02-02

Indigenous knowledge a way to protect valuable wetlands

Iran is rich in terms of having a variety of wetlands due to its climatic diversity. In the world, the total number of wetlands is classified into 42 types, of which 41 types exist in the country.

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#132894
2022-02-02

Wetlands: ‘Unsung heroes’ of the climate crisis

For the first time, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrates World Wetlands Day, recognizing that these fragile ecosystems make a crucial contribution to biodiversity, climate mitigation, freshwater availability, and economic resilience.

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#132895
2022-02-03

One Health approach to prevent emergence of zoonotic pathogens

In light of the continuing threats to public health posed by the emergence of diseases and new COVID-19 variants, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are looking to strengthen capacities in mainstreaming biodiversity into health frameworks and systems.

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#132896
2022-02-03

‘Wetlands are natural wealth lands supporting vast biodiversity’

Wetlands not wasteland, wetlands are natural wealth lands, wrote Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on a pledge wall to save and protect Hokersar wetland and send a loud and clear message about preservation and protection of all wetlands.

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#132897
2022-02-03

Mt. Everest’s highest glacier is a sentinel for accelerating ice loss

The worldwide retreat of mountain glaciers in recent decades is well documented1 and the resulting loss of water storage capacity for agriculture, hydropower, and both human and ecosystem consumption have significant impacts on the 250 million people living near mountain glaciers2.

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#132898
2022-02-03

The frog and the gecko: why tropical species are at greater climate risk

The effects of climate change – extreme heat waves, wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and devastating floods – have now been occurring for several decades, and the COP26 climate agreement reached in Glasgow will not be enough to keep global warming below 2°C, as the French climatologist Benja ...

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#132900
2022-02-03

Super corals: the race to save the world’s reefs from the climate crisis – in pictures

Few corals are safe from warming oceans, a new study warns, but studies are finding surprisingly hardy corals, natural sunscreens and how coral ‘IVF’ can regrow reefs

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#132901
2022-02-03

Scientists turn underwater gardeners to save precious marine plant

Whoever said there's nothing more boring than watching grass grow wasn't thinking about seagrass. Often confused with seaweeds and rarely receiving the attention they deserve, there's nothing boring about seagrasses. In fact, they are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world.

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#132902
2022-02-03

As world drowns in plastic waste, U.N. to hammer out global treaty

At the end of February, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) will tackle a challenging task: the creation of a landmark treaty to control plastic pollution worldwide.

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#132903
2022-02-03

Tukupu: The women of the Kariña community, guardians of Venezuela’s forests

Cecilia Rivas remembers Tukupu as a place to live freely. The dwellings of the Indigenous Kariña community, spread out under the shade of the trees in the Imataca Forest Reserve, located in the south-east of Venezuela, was where her grandparents and parents were born.

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#132904
2022-02-03

Survey: More Business Leaders Sense the Urgency of Climate Change

A new global survey of senior corporate executives challenges the common perception that companies are overlooking climate change risks, a concern that is especially prevalent among millennial and Gen Z employees.

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#132905
2022-02-03

Fragile Cities Are Being Inundated With People Fleeing the Impacts of Climate Change. How Can They Cope?

When the rains never arrived in the East African nation of Somalia in 2016, nor in 2017, hundreds of thousands of rural residents were forced to abandon their lands and livelihoods due to one of the most severe droughts in decades.

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#132906
2022-02-03

Climate change will ‘greatly impact’ avocado and cashew farmers

Climate change will be having its impacts felt in a myriad of ways in coming decades and one way will involve depriving farmers in tropical countries of suitable conditions to grow important crops such as coffee, cashew nuts and avocados, scientists say.

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#132907
2022-02-03

Extreme weather has cost Europe about €500bn over 40 years

Severe floods and other extreme weather have cost Europe about half a trillion euros in the past four decades, with Germany, France and Italy the worst-hit countries.

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#132908
2022-02-03

Vaccine trial for killer elephant virus begins

"She's our wonder baby!" says elephant keeper Katie Morrison, smiling broadly. Katie points to five-year-old Indali, an elephant survivor of an often deadly virus, which has killed seven calves at Chester Zoo.

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#132909
2022-02-03

Woolly mammoth and other Ice Age remains found in Devon

The remains of a woolly mammoth have been found among a host of hugely significant Ice Age animal bones in a cave in Devon, experts have said.

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#132910
2022-02-03

Brink of extinction: These are the 10 fastest declining species in the world

Wildlife extinction is a global crisis. Poaching often makes the headlines, but habitat loss and environmental pollution are also major killers.

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#132911
2022-02-03

New app among efforts to help fight invasive species

From lionfish to mongooses, and black rats to Giant African Snails, invasive species pose one of the greatest threats to the country’s ecosystems.

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#132912
2022-02-03

Supermountains controlled the evolution of life on Earth

Giant mountain ranges at least as high as the Himalayas and stretching up to 8,000 kilometers across entire supercontinents played a crucial role in the evolution of early life on Earth, according to a new study by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU).

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#132913
2022-02-03

Race is on to save the Great Salt Lake: Will it be enough?

The largest natural lake west of the Mississippi is shrinking past its lowest levels in recorded history, raising fears about toxic dust, ecological collapse and economic consequences. But the Great Salt Lake may have some new allies: conservative Republican lawmakers.

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#132914
2022-02-03

New research reveals cadmium's route into chocolate

Committed chocoholics, be warned. A health-robbing heavy metal, cadmium, lurks in the velvety recesses of your favorite indulgence. Researchers have chased the source of cacao's cadmium contamination for years, but an array of distinct sampling methods and sites led to mixed results.

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#132915
2022-02-03

Satellites and light reflections help environmentalists spot coastal plastic waste

Geospatial scientists have found a way to detect plastic waste on remote beaches that are not visible in conventional satellite images, bringing us closer to global monitoring options.

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#132916
2022-02-03

French crop yield, area and production data for ten staple crops from 1900 to 2018 at county resolution

Agricultural performance is influenced by environmental conditions, management decisions and economic circumstances. It is important to quantify their respective contribution to allow for detecting major hazards to production, projecting future yields under climate change and deriving adaptation ...

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#132917
2022-02-03

Rare flower to get protected zone near ioneer's Nevada lithium mine

he U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will permanently zone off 910 acres (368 hectares) near ioneer Ltd's (INR.AX) proposed lithium mine in Nevada to preserve a rare flower, a major step forward in the project's bid to proceed.

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#132918
2022-02-03

'Make sustainable farming, biodiversity election issue'

With climate, ecology and agricultural sustainability not being poll plank of any party till the 2022 election, NGO Kheti Virasat Mission has come up with its own people’s agenda and a 21-page green manifesto to pressurise political parties into acknowledging environment protection and sustainab ...

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#132919
2022-02-03

Gen Z in China and India more environmentally conscious: Report

Gen Z and millennial consumers in China, India and other emerging economies are more environmentally conscious, more likely to buy sustainable products and more distrustful of corporate sustainability claims than their counterparts in developed countries, according to a Credit Suisse Research In ...

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#132920
2022-02-03

World Wetlands Day, 2 February, the Ramsar Convention

On 30 August 2021, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2 February as World Wetlands Day to raise awareness of the urgency of reversing the accelerating loss of wetlands and to promote their conservation and restoration.

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#132921
2022-02-03

In honour of World Wetlands Day, Caribbean wetlands in photos

World Wetlands Day, marked on February 2 — the day on which the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971 — is an annual acknowledgement of the importance of wetlands to life and sustainability on our planet.

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#132922
2022-02-03

(PHOTOS): Ministry of Environment plants trees to mark World Wetlands Day

A certificates award ceremony crowned the day with participants, including children scooping top prices in their contribution towards environmental conservation.

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#132923
2022-02-03

World Wetlands Day: Sanctuaries in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh listed as Ramsar sites

The Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar in Gujarat and Bakhira Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh have been listed as Wetlands of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

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#132924
2022-02-03

Guest post: Does renewable energy threaten efforts to conserve biodiversity on land?

The world is facing a climate and ecological crisis. The two planetary crises occasionally pull in the same direction: restoring faltering coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves and saltmarshes, sequester carbon, buffer against more frequent extreme weather events and provide for nature.

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#132925
2022-02-03

Western US 'megafloods' during last ice age might not have been so mega

After the Last Glacial Maximum in North America, a kilometer-thick ice dam at the toe of a glacier failed, allowing the waters of massive Lake Missoula to rush out and inundate the landscape of what is now eastern Washington.

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#132926
2022-02-03

Scientists uncover 'missing' plastics deep in the ocean

About 51 trillion microplastics are floating in the surface waters of oceans around the world. Originating from various types of plastics, these tiny fragments (less than 5 millimeters in length) pollute natural ecosystems.

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