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#135447
2022-07-26

Monarch butterflies join the Red List of endangered species, thanks to habitat loss, climate change and pesticides

On July 21, 2022, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature placed the migratory monarch butterfly on its Red List of threatened species and classified it as endangered. Monarchs migrate across North America each year and are one of the continent’s most widely recognized species.

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#135448
2022-07-26

Some conservation good news? Yes for tigers, no for sturgeons

According to a new assessment by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are about 40% more tigers in the wild than in 2015 — translating to around 5,600 more tigers.

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#135449
2022-07-26

Density estimates reveal that fragmented landscapes provide important habitat for conserving an endangered mesopredator, the spotted-tailed quoll

Native predators are increasingly exposed to habitat loss and fragmentation globally. When developing conservation and management strategies, it is important to determine whether fragmented landscapes can still support similar predator densities to intact areas, and thereby constitute important ...

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#135450
2022-07-26

A few jaguars now roam the Arizona borderlands—why that’s a big deal

When biologist Ganesh Marin first observed a jaguar on a preserve in northern Sonora, Mexico, in 2020, he was elated. The feline continued showing up on Marin’s grid of camera traps along the Arizona border, which indicated he was making the region his home. Marin nicknamed the jaguar El Bonito, ...

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#135453
2022-07-26

Plastic in the Depths: how pollution took over our oceans

By now, it is well known that the oceans swirl with plastic. More than 8m tonnes pour into the seas every year, spewed out via rivers, dumped along coastlines or abandoned by fishing vessels.

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#135454
2022-07-26

Urban biodiversity: What is it, and why is it urgently needed?

Did you know that urban biodiversity makes you happier, increases sales at local businesses, and makes children develop their cognitive skills better, among other benefits? Urban restoration aims to renaturalize cities to make them compatible with lost nature, which is part of humanity. Why is i ...

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#135455
2022-07-26

International leading scientists issue critical guide for using microbiomes to combat global issue of biodiversity loss

A group of leading experts have issued a critical framework for using microbiomes to protect wildlife in an ethical and efficient way.

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#135456
2022-07-26

Evidence found of stingrays making noise

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Australia working with one colleague from Sweden and another from Spain, has obtained recorded evidence of rays generating sound. In their paper published in the journal Ecology, the researchers describe the noises and how the recordi ...

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#135457
2022-07-26

Net-zero carbon emissions for aircraft overlooks non-CO2 climate impact

A trio of researchers, two with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Department of Environmental Systems and the other with Climate Service Center Germany, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, say that reducing CO2 emissions from aircraft will not fully solve the problem of their negative climate co ...

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#135458
2022-07-26

The physics of snow slab avalanches similar to that of earthquakes

Scientists from EPFL and the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF have gained deeper insight into how snow slab avalanches form, paving the way to more effective risk assessment measures for these catastrophic events that induce more avalanche accidents and fatalities every year tha ...

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#135459
2022-07-26

Supervolcano study finds CO2 emissions key to avoiding climate disasters

Lead researcher Dr. Qiang Jiang, a Curtin Ph.D. graduate from Curtin's School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, said the findings were vital to understanding how to prevent future climate disasters.

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#135460
2022-07-26

Measuring the environmental impact of a hydroelectric dam at Inukjuak

The Innavik Hydro Project currently being built by the Pituvik Landholding Corporation in partnership with Hydro-Québec, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and CRT Construction will soon enable the Inuit community of Inukjuak to switch entirely to hydroelectric power. There will be a dam on the Innu ...

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#135461
2022-07-26

Underlying microbial mechanisms driving temperature sensitivity of soil respiration vary by season

The intensity of soil respiration increases with temperature on a global scale. Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration, usually termed as Q10, is defined as the increase in CO2 efflux for a 10°C increase in temperature.

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#135462
2022-07-26

Thaw and redraw: melting glacier moves Italian-Swiss border

Way up in the snowy Alps, the border between Switzerland and Italy has shifted due to a melting glacier, putting the location of an Italian mountain lodge in dispute.

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#135463
2022-07-26

Iraqi Kurd farmers battle drought as Lake Dukan retreats

Farmers in Iraqi Kurdistan seeking to irrigate crops face seeing their economic lifeline slip away as the waters of Lake Dukan recede and dams upstream in Iran stem the flow.

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#135464
2022-07-26

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and other manifestations of c ...

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#135465
2022-07-26

Effect of environmental contaminants on the health of pet cats

Companion animals are in close contact with human surroundings, and there is growing concern about the effects of harmful substances on the health of pet cats.

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#135466
2022-07-26

I spent a year squeezing leaves to measure their water content. Here's what I learned

How do you tell if your plants need water? Recently, I asked this question of a group of about 40 biologists at the Australian National University.

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#135467
2022-07-26

Plesiosaur fossils found in the Sahara suggest they weren't just marine animals

Fossils of small plesiosaurs, long-necked marine reptiles from the age of dinosaurs, have been found in a 100-million year old river system that is now Morocco's Sahara Desert. This discovery suggests some species of plesiosaur, traditionally thought to be sea creatures, may have lived in freshw ...

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#135468
2022-07-26

Shedding light on more efficient ways to breed cassava

Crop breeders are always looking for ways to improve a crop. They know that even small differences in quality and quantity can mean big differences in profits for farmers. So, making the breeding process faster and cheaper makes it more likely they will have success.

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#135469
2022-07-26

Winter precipitation and temperature constrain distribution of cedrus plants

The genus Cedrus Trew (Pinaceae) compromises four species of evergreen coniferous trees, which have important cultural, aesthetic, scientific and economic values.

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#135470
2022-07-26

Researchers reveal how parasitic plants evolved

Parasitic plants are extraordinary plants with unique physiology, ecology, and evolutionary histories, and little is known about their origin and evolution. Initially, certain autotrophs evolved to be facultative hemiparasitic plants which obtained only water and mineral nutrients from their hos ...

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#135471
2022-07-26

Infrared heater arrays help to simulate ecosystem-scale forest soil warming

Under global warming, the rising temperature will exert profound impacts on forest ecosystems. How forest ecosystems respond to climate warming will determine forest trajectories over the next 100 years.

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#135472
2022-07-26

Tree fern genome provides insights into its evolution

Land plants evolved 470 million years ago from algae and have since reshaped our world. Throughout their evolution, ferns have undergone a series of changes that have helped them survive on land. For the first time, researchers have characterized the genome arrangement of tree ferns, which sheds ...

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#135474
2022-07-26

How likely would Britain’s 40°C heatwave have been without climate change?

Every heatwave occurring today is made more likely and intense by human-caused climate change. Early estimates by the UK Met Office suggest that days over 40°C have become ten times more likely to happen in the UK as a result of the rising global temperature.

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#135475
2022-07-26

Jellyfish invasion: Climate change blamed as swarm swamps Israeli coast

A vast swarm of jellyfish has appeared off the coast of Haifa in Israel in recent days, turning beaches normally packed with summer bathers into no-go areas. Scientists say the phenomenon is a result of climate change and human impact on the marine ecosystem.

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#135476
2022-07-26

A moral imperative’: how southern ministers are trying to change minds about the climate crisis

Robin Blakeman, an eighth-generation West Virginian, has been a practicing minister since 2004. This May, the city where she lives flooded for the second time in nine months. Several inches of rain left roads in disarray, with cars washed out and first responders rushing to evacuate families. Th ...

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#135477
2022-07-26

Climate change: When does planting trees make sense?

Trees can be powerful allies in the fight against global heating because they can trap CO2 and lock it away. But planting billions more of them won't be enough to save the climate.

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#135478
2022-07-26

Will extreme weather spur world leaders to act on climate change?

It’s been a long and painful summer for much of the world. Blistering heatwaves in Europe, Asia and the Americas have left thousands dead, buckled roads and runways and fueled wildfires and floods across the globe.

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#135479
2022-07-26

Minister Barbara Creecy invites comments on the draft biodiversity management plan for the African penguin

he Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms. Barbara Creecy, published a notice in the Official Gazette on Friday 22nd July 2022 inviting the public to comment on the draft Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) for the penguin African.

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#135480
2022-07-26

Applying the concept of liquid biopsy to monitor the microbial biodiversity of marine coastal ecosystems

Liquid biopsy (LB) is a concept that is rapidly gaining ground in the biomedical field. Its concept is largely based on the detection of circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) fragments that are mostly released as small fragments following cell death in various tissues. A small percentage of these f ...

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#135403
2022-07-21

How Fish Poop Might Help Corals Overcome Bleaching

Researchers are working to prove that coral-eating fish spread corals’ symbiotic algae in their feces. If they’re right, it could open new opportunities for helping struggling reefs cope.

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#135404
2022-07-21

How are Cities Adapting to Heatwaves in the Face of Climate Change

The climate crisis has made heat waves more likely and more intense around the world. In the northern hemisphere, the record-breaking temperatures are putting millions of people in danger.

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#135405
2022-07-21

Explainer | What does 1 degree on the thermostat mean for climate change?

The hottest day of this year’s heat wave is bearing down on us. The sun’s scorching effect on Earth will be at its peak on the 12th of the lunar calendar’s 24 solar terms - known as Dashu - which falls on July 23 this year.

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#135406
2022-07-21

A third of Wellington’s kākā parrot chicks found to have lead in their blood

Lead has been detected in nesting native kākā chicks in Wellington, but unusually, the birds look to have developed a tolerance to the toxin, a study has found.

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#135407
2022-07-21

Weatherwatch: arrival of bee-eaters is a worrying sign of climate crisis

News that a flock of European bee-eaters has turned up in Norfolk – and appear to be settling down to breed – is guaranteed to delight Britain’s birders. Yet the arrival of these multicoloured birds has also caused concern. Why? Because it is a sure sign that the climate crisis is really startin ...

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#135408
2022-07-21

St. Lawrence shoreline erosion: We must work with, not against, nature

The St. Lawrence riverbanks are eroding. This has an impact on infrastructure, economy and inhabitants’ well-being. It exposes communities to flooding and can destroy local ecosystems.

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#135409
2022-07-21

Rwanda Opens State-Of-The-Art Eco-tourism Park In Kigali City

Nyandungu Eco-tourism is now opened for public and seeks to raise awareness on the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and nature. The facility was inaugurated by Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Ngirente, alongside Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Primer Minister of Ethiopia.

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#135410
2022-07-21

The westward spread of zebra and quagga mussels shows how tiny invaders can cause big problems

The zebra mussel has been a poster child for invasive species ever since it unleashed economic and ecological havoc on the Great Lakes in the late 1980s. Yet despite intensive efforts to control it and its relative, the quagga mussel, these fingernail-sized mollusks are spreading through U.S. ri ...

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#135411
2022-07-21

Americans recognize the climate is changing. But they disagree on why — and what to do about it

As images of melting runways, buckling railway tracks and raging wildfires consumed the world's attention this week, Americans remained deadlocked on how to slow the climate change that scientists say is driving much of the extreme weather we're seeing.

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#135412
2022-07-21

IUCN and MoCC launch Pakistan’s First-ever Climate Change Gender Action Plan

IUCN comes forward with new commitments and initiatives in its Climate Change Gender Action Plan (ccGAP) to strengthen the resilience of women and girls in the face of climate-related impacts, while aiming to accelerate progress and support gender-responsive climate action plan.

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#135413
2022-07-21

New study suggests seafood retailers can protect biodiversity and profitability

An increase in seafood sustainability matched with greater supply chain disclosure could improve the health of world's oceans while boosting the profitability of major retailers, an investigation by Planet Tracker has found.

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#135414
2022-07-21

UP Forest Department to tap technology to check human-wildlife conflict

The Uttar Pradesh Forest Department will install light and sound-emitting devices in villages adjoining the Dudhwa-Katarniaghat forest buffer zone to prevent wild animals from entering human habitats.

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#135416
2022-07-21

A Tool for Fighting Superbugs Has Been Found Deep in the Desert

IN NORTHERN CHINA, where the Gobi Desert meets the Tibetan Plateau, lies a vast expanse of rippling sand dunes, mountains, and bare rock.

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#135418
2022-07-21

Destruction of nature as threatening as climate crisis, EU deputy warns

The human-made crisis engulfing the natural world is “just as threatening, perhaps even more so” than the climate crisis, one of the EU’s most senior officials has warned.

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#135419
2022-07-21

Effective laws needed to protect large carnivores from extinction

Effective national and international laws are needed to reverse the decline of populations of large carnivores—such as tigers, wolves, and eagles—and reduce their risk of extinction, reports a paper published in Scientific Reports.

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#135420
2022-07-21

Lonely old deer: Aging red deer become less social as they grow older

A multidisciplinary team led by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh has found that wild red deer become less sociable with age.

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#135421
2022-07-21

How the zebrafish repairs a broken heart

An MDC research team led by Jan Philipp Junker and Daniela Panáková has found that zebrafish can regenerate heart tissue after injury. Connective tissue cells play an important role in the process by temporarily entering an activated state, as the team reports in Nature Genetics.

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#135422
2022-07-21

Plant buddies now at odds over declining pollinators

Competition for pollinating insects may reduce the ability of plant species to coexist, according to a paper published in Nature. This effect, which may impact plant diversity, is expected to be heightened as the number of pollinators decreases.

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#135423
2022-07-21

Not only are bird species going extinct, but they might also lose the features that make each species unique

Climate change is causing a mass extinction the likes of which has not been seen in recorded history. For birds, this biodiversity loss has implications beyond just species loss. In research publishing in the journal Current Biology on July 21, researchers use statistical modeling to predict tha ...

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