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#118756
2018-10-31

Estonian soil is surprisingly rich in species

Due to its biodiversity and theoretically huge number of taxa waiting to be discovered, soil fauna has been called the poor man's rain forest. If a researcher cannot head to the tropics but wishes to discover something new, they can take a shovel and start digging in the home forest or meadow.

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#118758
2018-11-01

Transition Plan Lays Out UW Commitment to Biodiversity Science

The University of Wyoming would establish a new “center of excellence” in biodiversity science based at UW’s Bob and Carol Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, under a plan presented to the UW community today.

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#118760
2018-11-01

Swiss entrepreneur donates a billion dollars to environmental protection

The Swiss businessman and philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss, the US-based founder of the Synthes medical technology group, plans to give the huge donation to help better protect wildlife areas.

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#118761
2018-11-01

Conservationists get a billion dollars. Here's how it may help.

In the past century, nearly 80 percent of all land has been modified or impacted by human development. As a result, other species have rapidly declined. One study estimates animals are going extinct 1,000 times faster than they would have without human influence.

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#118762
2018-11-01

Australia among world's wildest places, needs immediate protection scientists say

A group of Australian scientists is calling on the United Nations to protect 100 per cent of the Earth's remaining wilderness areas, ahead of an international conference on biodiversity later this month.

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#118763
2018-11-01

Just Five Countries Hold Most of the World's Remaining Wilderness, a New Report Says

A mere five countries contain 70% of the untouched natural ecosystems left in the world, and will only continue to survive with urgent international cooperation, according to researchers.

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#118764
2018-11-01

Tiny frog takes giant leap for the world's endangered species

Humans have proven adept at wiping out vast numbers of animals. Can we atone by saving species through captivity breeding?

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#118765
2018-11-01

Forest report points to opportunity for recovery

When it released its “State of the World’s Forests 2018” report in July, the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) seemed to have taken to heart that old corporate PR rule of thumb that in times of crisis you should say “opportunity” rather than “problem.”

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#118766
2018-11-01

Coral: Palau to ban sunscreen products to protect reefs

Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs. The government has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals.

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#118767
2018-11-01

Climate change: Oceans 'soaking up more heat than estimated'

The world has seriously underestimated the amount of heat soaked up by our oceans over the past 25 years, researchers say. Their study suggests that the seas have absorbed 60% more than previously thought.

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#118768
2018-11-01

Scientists count whales from space

UK scientists have demonstrated the practicality of counting whales from space. The researchers, from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), have been using the highest resolution satellite pictures available.

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#118769
2018-11-01

Proposal could create world's largest protected area in Antarctic

Across the planet, eco-systems are in a dire state. Many believe a mass extinction is under way, the sixth since life first started in the primaeval melting pot billions of years ago.

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#118770
2018-11-01

Don't rule out severe global climate change yet

A key metric of global warming is the Earth's "equilibrium climate sensitivity" (ECS), which represents the global surface warming that will accompany a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide. For nearly four decades, ECS was thought to be somewhere between 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 8.1 deg ...

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#118771
2018-11-01

What happened in the past when the climate changed?

Once again, humanity might be well served to take heed from a history lesson. When the climate changed, when crops failed and famine threatened, the peoples of ancient Asia responded. They moved. They started growing different crops. They created new trade networks and innovated their way to sol ...

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#118772
2018-11-01

The Push to Safeguard 30% of the Ocean

The ocean covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface and produces more than half of the oxygen on the planet. It provides sustenance and income for billions of people and plays a vital role in regulating climate around the globe.1 It is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s known speci ...

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#118773
2018-11-01

As Insect Populations Decline, Scientists Are Trying to Understand Why

When Susan Weller traveled to Ecuador to study tiger moths in the 1980s, she found plenty of insects. A decade later, Weller, now director of the University of Nebraska State Museum, returned to conduct follow-up research. But the moths she was looking for were gone.

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#118774
2018-11-01

The 'Earth genome project': Complete DNA codes of all 1.5 MILLION animals, plants and fungi will be sequenced to protect the planet's biodiversity

The genomes of all 1.5 million known species of animals, plants, protozoa and fungi on Earth will be sequence for the first time. It is hoped the project will create a new foundation for scientists to come up with new ways of preserving biodiversity on the planet while sustaining human societies.

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#118775
2018-11-01

Leading Plant Scientists In Eu Call For Science-Based Policy Making To Safeguard Plant Breeding Innovation

Leading scientists from more than 85 plant and life sciences research centers and institutes in the European Union (EU) have endorsed a position paper that urgently calls upon European policy makers to safeguard innovation in plant science and agriculture.

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#118777
2018-11-01

Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth

They described the Earth BioGenome Project (EBP) as “the next moonshot for biology” after the Human Genome Project.Scientists launched a vast project on Thursday to map the genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of complex life on earth, aiming to complete the work within a decade.

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#118782
2018-11-02

Has Haiti Lost Nearly All Of Its Forest? It's Complicated

The cloud forests of Haiti's Macaya National Park are believed to carry the world's largest concentration of endemic amphibians. Island ecosystems are hotspots for biodiversity, and historically, Haiti was no different.

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#118783
2018-11-02

India, Egypt hope to enhance environmental cooperation: Kulshreshth

Indian Ambassador to Egypt Rahul Kulshreshth expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries through the implementation of the training program for economic and technical cooperation in various environmental fields, especially climate change.

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#118784
2018-11-02

Bamboo bicycle for biodiversity

Travelling across the continent on a bamboo bicycle to raise awareness about biodiversity, adventurer Kate Rawles chats to Emma Newbery about the cycle of life.

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#118785
2018-11-02

Biodiversity and climate handbook book out

A new handbook titled Engagement on Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Adaptation was launched recently in Madang Province.

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#118786
2018-11-02

UNEP says Africa could benefit from UN forum's resolution on gene sequencing

African countries could reap benefits if delegates attending the UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Egypt later this month back a resolution on gene sequencing, a UN Environment official said on Thursday.

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#118787
2018-11-02

‘Poop vault’ of human feces could preserve gut’s microbial biodiversity—and help treat disease

Whether in villages on the coast of Ghana or in the mountains of Rwanda, asking for people's poop is a good icebreaker, Mathieu Groussin says. "Everybody laughs," says Groussin, a microbiologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. "Especially when we stress that we n ...

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#118788
2018-11-02

New study finds unique immunity genes in one widespread coral species

A new study led by researchers at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science found that a common coral species might have evolved unique immune strategies to cope with environmental change.

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#118789
2018-11-02

Scientists find a 'switch' to increase starch accumulation in algae

Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fu ...

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#118790
2018-11-02

Bioluminescent substance discovered in Brazilian cave worm larva

An insect larva found in the caves of Intervales State Park, an Atlantic Rainforest remnant in the municipality of Ribeirão Grande, São Paulo State, Brazil, was initially of no interest to the research group led by biochemist Vadim Viviani, a professor at the Federal University of São Carlos (UF ...

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#118791
2018-11-02

Editing nature: Scientists call for careful oversight of environmental gene editing

In Burkina Faso, the government is considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to eradicate malaria. In Nantucket, Mass., officials are looking at gene editing as a tool in the fight against Lyme disease. And scientists are using gene technology to adapt coral to changing ocean condit ...

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#118792
2018-11-02

Scientists find a 'switch' to increase starch accumulation in algae

Results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fu ...

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#118793
2018-11-02

Climate change: Number of UK heatwaves and ‘tropical nights’ on the rise, new Met Office report warns

Heatwaves such as the one that struck this summer are lasting twice as long as they did just 50 years ago, according to a new report from the Met Office focusing on weather extremes.

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#118794
2018-11-02

Supermodel Arizona Muse Calls On Fashion To Take Responsibility For Biodiversity

Arizona Muse, the American supermodel who has graced the cover of almost every international edition of Vogue, wants fashion companies to consider their impact on biodiversity.

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#118803
2018-11-06

Africa: A Call to Action for Africa's Biodiversity Crisis

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on his fellow African leaders to take action to tackle the current biodiversity crisis facing the continent and do more to protect Africa's natural resources.

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#118804
2018-11-06

Why forests are the best 'technology' to stop climate change

The warning from the world's top climate scientists that carbon dioxide (CO2) will need to be removed from the atmosphere to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is both a due and dire recognition of the great task in front of us. What must not be forgotten, however, is the hope that our ...

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#118805
2018-11-06

‘Cryptic’ Interactions Drive Biodiversity Decline At Edge of Forest Fragments

The fragmentation of tropical forests weakens the effects of the “natural enemies” of some tree species, reducing their ability to maintain biodiversity, a new study published in Nature Communications found.

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#118806
2018-11-06

Small genetic differences turn plants into better teams

Diverse communities of plants and animals typically perform better than monocultures. However, the mechanisms that are responsible for this have so far been a mystery to science. Biologists at the University of Zurich have now been able to identify the genetic cause of these effects. Their findi ...

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#118807
2018-11-06

Science Together – Contributing To Citizen Science Projects Around The World

Citizen science (CS) is a freely accessible and meaningful way to explore measure and experiment with the world around you. Also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, voluntary monitoring and networked science, the initiative allows the public to engage with, contribu ...

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#118808
2018-11-06

This billion-dollar campaign wants to protect 30% of the planet by 2030

When the world gathers in Egypt’s Sharm El-Sheikh later this month for the biennial conference of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, how well we’re protecting the planet will be in the spotlight.

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#118809
2018-11-06

Africa: How We Arrived At a $1 Billion Annual Price Tag to Save Africa's Lions

A billion dollars. That's approximately what it would cost, to save the African lion. That's a billion dollars each year, every year into the foreseeable future.

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#118810
2018-11-06

Madagascar, troubled vanilla island

The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is the leading global producer of vanilla and blessed with a bountiful biodiversity, yet it remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

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#118811
2018-11-06

Why we need to protect biodiversity from harmful effects of war and armed conflict

Times of war can result in rapid environmental degradation as people struggle to survive and environmental management systems break down resulting in damage to critical ecosystems. For over six decades, armed conflicts have occurred in more than two-thirds of the world’s biodiversity hotspots th ...

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#118812
2018-11-06

Billions to be gained in coral reef investment, new analysis shows

New findings released offer a compelling business case for investing in the protection of the world’s coral reefs, with economic benefits stretching into the tens of billions in just over a decade.

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#118813
2018-11-06

Cleaning campaign commences in Red Sea island Magawish in Hurghada

With the participation of dozens of nursing school students and Hurghada youth center members, a campaign was organized Tuesday to clean up the beaches on “Magawish” island, located near the shores of Hurghada in the Red Sea.

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#118814
2018-11-06

Climate change is impacting us too, says Prince Albert II of Monaco

Rising sea levels, intense heatwaves and invasive species are among climate-related threats that the Principality of Monaco takes extremely seriously, underlines Prince Albert II in an interview with UN Environment’s Patron for the Polar Regions Slava Fetisov.

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#118815
2018-11-06

Climate change and human nature

Sir, – John Gibbons argues that a “profound disconnect between politics and reality” is fatally delaying our response to climate change (“Window for saving Earth from ecological annihilation closing”, Opinion & Analysis, November 5th).

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#118816
2018-11-06

Not-so-wild world: Canada one of five countries holding remaining majority of wilderness

The world is rapidly becoming less wild according to a groundbreaking study published this week, co-authored by a Prince George ecosystem professor. The Wildlife Conservation Society reported that 70 per cent of the world's wilderness is located in just five countries. Of those five, Canada hold ...

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#118817
2018-11-06

'What extinction looks like': U.S. mountain caribou to be moved to Canada

The six mountain caribou remaining in the lower 48 states will be relocated farther north into British Columbia, a move that ends decades of efforts to reintroduce the large animals into Idaho and Washington state.

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#118818
2018-11-06

New report paints disturbing picture of humanity pushing nature to the brink

The report, which comes out every two years, presents a sobering picture of the impact of human activity on the world’s wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers and climate. It underscores the rapidly closing window for action and the urgent need for the global community to rethink and redefine how we ...

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#118819
2018-11-06

Wind farms harm birds, affecting ecosystems: study

Wind farms act as a top "predator" in some ecosystems, harming birds at the top of the food chain and triggering a knock-on effect overlooked by green energy advocates, scientists said Monday.

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#118820
2018-11-06

Tiny thorn snail discovered in Panama's backyard

Five years after one particular tiny thorn snail from Panama was identified as new to science, it is described in a scientific article. The official discovery only became possible after earlier this year glassy shells were collected from the La Amistad International Park, Chiriquí, Panama. Succe ...

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