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#116073
2018-02-22

Cryptic New Species of Shark Identified: Atlantic Sixgill Shark

The sixgill sharks of the genus Hexanchus are large, rarely encountered deep-sea sharks. With ancestors dating back over 250 million years, well before dinosaurs, they are among the oldest creatures on Earth.

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#116074
2018-02-22

Circular Economy 101: Waste Not, Get More

Across the globe, about 50 percent of CO2 emissions are tied to materials — goods that often produce a significant amount of physical and financial waste. The United Nations estimates that the 41.8 million tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste generated in 2014, for example, included 16 Mt of copper a ...

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#116075
2018-02-22

The Seychelles has struck a 'debt-for-nature swap' with Leonardo DiCaprio

The Seychelles has floated a plan to deepen its marine conservation efforts in return for a groundbreaking sovereign debt deal backed by funds including the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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#116076
2018-02-22

First evidence that seals can consume microplastics via their prey

Microplastics can transfer up the food chain from fish to top predators, such as seals, reveals new research by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), University of Exeter and the Cornish Seal Sanctuary.

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#116077
2018-02-22

Seasonal patterns in the Amazon explained

Environmental scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have led an international collaboration to improve satellite observations of tropical forests.

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#116078
2018-02-22

‘Photo Ark’ a quest to document global biodiversity: Q&A with photographer Joel Sartore and director Chun-Wei Yi

At turns haunting, humorous or just downright bizarre, the studio portraits of the thousands of animal species that photographer Joel Sartore has collected are more than just a catalog of life on Earth. When someone sees one of his photographs for the National Geographic Photo Ark, Sartore wants ...

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#116079
2018-02-22

U.S. cities are the vanguard for a sustainable future

In the absence of federal leadership on climate change, America’s cities have become the vanguard of the country’s efforts to create a sustainable future. Recently, 233 mayors from 46 states and territories, representing 51 million residents across the country, have signed an open letter opposin ...

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#116080
2018-02-22

How Scotland's beavers came back, and how you can help

Beavers were extirpated from Scotland by about the 16th century. Our ancestors hunted them for their pelts and for castoreum, a secretion that contains natural aspirin.

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#116081
2018-02-22

Climate Change Checkup, February 2018

As La Niña runs its course and continues to prevent global temperatures from reaching new record highs, there is still much to report about global warming and its effects on the atmosphere and ocean — some good, but mostly bad.

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#116082
2018-02-22

Bolivia's indigenous women cope with climate change

Bolivia is among the many countries around the world now dealing with the consequences of global warming, including extreme weather patterns.

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#116083
2018-02-22

Involve indigenous people in climate change fight

In October 2015, Uganda submitted her Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) way ahead of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that took place in Paris, December 2015.

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#116084
2018-02-22

Climate change will force mammals to get picky about mating

For obvious reasons, it pays for prey to blend in with the environment around them. For individual animals, it means hunters won’t spot them as easily. Entire species benefit, though, when the survivors make it to mating season to pass on their successful genes.

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#116085
2018-02-22

Researchers optimise broad beans for bees

Scientists from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Cambridge have been taking part in an experiment to optimise broad beans to increase bee visitation rates; and their findings could benefit both the beans and the bees.

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#116086
2018-02-22

Asian elephants have different personality traits just like humans

Researchers of the University of Turku, Finland, have studied a timber elephant population in Myanmar and discovered that Asian elephant personality manifests through three factors. The personality factors identified by the researchers are attentiveness, sociability and aggressiveness.

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#116087
2018-02-22

Bleached coral reefs to heal by 2022 Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies

Why are scientists turning to aerial images to monitor the health of ecosystems found beneath the ocean’s surface? Coral reefs support millions of species ranging from single-celled algae to sharks and sea turtles. However, this diversity, coupled with the scattered and often remote (underwater) ...

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#116088
2018-02-22

We should protect our forests

Forests are the lungs of the earth. The air we breath, the stability of our climate and the rich variety of life all depend on forests. Forests are home to nearly two-thirds of all plant and animal species found on land and millions of people depend on them for survival.

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#116055
2018-02-21

Conflicts between male and female can take place in the development of new species

Male and female of same species can develop to be different to the point that they keep different species from advancing or colonizing living spaces. The study also challenges long-held hypotheses in transit normal choice drives the advancement of biodiversity.

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#116056
2018-02-21

Conserving our planet, hectare by hectare

Scientists and policymakers agree that we need to step up efforts to conserve biodiversity. We need to move beyond legally protected areas, and we need to engage as many actors as possible from different economic sectors.

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#116057
2018-02-21

Science films can help promote scientific temperament

Over 200 films makers along with a large contingent of scientists, students and film critics from across the country have gathered here for eighth edition of the National Science Film Festival of India (NSFFI) which began today at the P.D Hall of Gauhati University.

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#116058
2018-02-21

Green toads with multiple genomes have ancestors that are only distantly related

Diploid vertebrates have two sets of chromosomes, one from each parent. In contrast, polyploidy, meaning to possess three or more sets of chromosomes, is very rare in animals. To find out how new vertebrate species have evolved, and, more generally, how the current biodiversity emerged, evolutio ...

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#116059
2018-02-21

Dispersal of fish eggs by water birds—just a myth?

How do fish end up in isolated bodies of water? For centuries, researchers have assumed that water birds transfer fish eggs into these waters—however, a systematic literature review by researchers at the University of Basel has shown that there is no evidence of this to date.

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#116060
2018-02-21

Quang Tri to set up biodiversity corridors

The central province of Quang Tri has planned to set up corridors to protect its biodiversity from urbanisation and illegal exploitation

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#116061
2018-02-21

10,000 coffee seedlings

A hundred coffee farmers in the Windsor Forest and Richmond Gap communities in St Thomas who lost millions of dollars worth of crops to a bush fire in the summer of 2015, are slowly making a recovery.

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#116062
2018-02-21

These women from the Western Ghats are championing the cause of environmental conservation

This is the story of a collective in the hinterlands of the Western Ghats where ecologically conscious women are taking it upon themselves to conserve nature, preserve biodiversity and also provide sustainable livelihoods to the people around.

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#116063
2018-02-21

Management Of Invasive Plants Could Prevent Spread Of Deadly Malaria, Scientists Suggest

CABI scientists have joined an international team of experts who suggest that the large-scale management of a range of some invasive plants could hold the key to reducing the spread of deadly malaria.

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#116064
2018-02-21

Singapore Turns to Biomimicry, Big Data to Save Water

Earlier this month, PUB, Singapore’s national water agency, issued a grant call for three categories of projects worth a collective total of SG$30 million (US$22.6 million). The money will go to improving energy efficiency in water production, optimizing water efficiency in industrial processes, ...

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#116065
2018-02-21

Biomimicry: Learn from nature’s genius

During African Utility Week’s keynote session on 16 May 2018, Janisch will address attendees on 'Biomimicry: Learn from and emulate nature’s genius to create more sustainable designs.'

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#116066
2018-02-21

Ocean College: Guardians of the rainforest

This was to be a very special day: We'd spent the whole week at the One World Farm, a wildlife sanctuary in the rainforest of Costa Rica. The aim here isn't just to protect the rainforest and those who live in it, but to give volunteers a chance to get a taste of life within it and learn more ab ...

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#116067
2018-02-21

Dust in Wind Could be Key to Predicting Climate Change

According to a recent study published in the journal Science Advances, dust that blew into the North Pacific Ocean could help illuminate why the Earth’s climate cooled 2.7 million years ago.

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#116068
2018-02-21

Tasmanian tiger 'joeys' revealed in 3D

It is a fascinating insight into the biology of an extinct animal. Scientists have scanned all known preserved Tasmanian tiger "joeys" to better understand the marsupial's key early development phases.

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#116069
2018-02-21

How green is your brasserie?

I was 10 years old when the mad cow disease scandal broke and I realized for the first time that the food I ate could be dangerous.I had no idea where my food came from and no way of understanding the potential negative impact it could have on my health. This was just the first of a series of fo ...

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#116070
2018-02-21

Beyond breaking point': European cities should brace for climate impacts

Impact of floods, droughts and heatwaves on European cities will be worse than previously feared, say scientists. Late last month the banks of the River Seine burst and the Parisian waterway rose to almost three times its normal height, flooding several stations on Paris's busiest metro routes, ...

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#116071
2018-02-21

A global view of species diversity in high elevations, via mountain birds

A new look at mountain birds is helping Yale University researchers test long-held assumptions about species richness in high elevations.

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#116031
2018-02-20

Scientists Complete Butterfly Evolutionary Tree

An international team of lepidopterists has compiled the most comprehensive evolutionary tree for butterflies to date. The results appear in the journal Current Biology.

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#116032
2018-02-20

Promoting food production that values ecosystems

Kenya is looking to develop agricultural activity that recognizes the benefits of biodiversity and climate-friendly land management.UN Environment and the National Museums of Kenya have agreed to work together to develop policy reforms in agriculture that take into account the value of ecosystem ...

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#116033
2018-02-20

Ministry of Environment and Tourism

Query: The Ministry of Environment and Tourism seems to want to take over the whole country and turn it into a park. There is almost nowhere to go anymore, where you don’t need a permit and vast areas of the country are cut off from citizens. What kind of country is Namibia becoming and for who?

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#116034
2018-02-20

22 plants, 16 animals listed as threatened in Himachal

The Himachal Pradesh State Biodiversity Board has identified and listed 22 plant and 16 animals species as “threatened”, an official said on Monday. Separate committees of experts were notified by the board in December 2016 to identify the plants and animal species facing extinction, the board’s ...

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#116035
2018-02-20

How honeybees make the internet work

Computer engineers study the mathematics of how to optimize complex systems. In one example, they face a logistics challenge known as the "travelling salesman problem:" how can a hypothetical salesperson visit every city on their route in the shortest distance?

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#116036
2018-02-20

‘It’s our home’: Pygmies fight for recognition as forest protectors in new film

The word “pygmy” conjures images of hunter-gatherers living deep in the Congo rainforest, far removed from the modern world. But that modern world is closing in on them, as the forests in which they live fall to provide the rest of the world with timber and make way for huge industrial farms.

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#116037
2018-02-20

Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling a story as much as it is selling salad.

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#116038
2018-02-20

Cities of the future could be a forest of ‘Plyscrapers’

Standing in the heart of Tokyo, it will be 70 stories tall and 1,148 feet, or 350 meters, high. It will also be a mixed development tower block with residential, retail and business spaces. And, of course, it will be made out of wood.

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#116039
2018-02-20

Ocean plastic tide 'violates the law'

The global tide of ocean plastic pollution is a clear violation of international law, campaigners say. They have been urging for a new global treaty to tackle the problem.

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#116040
2018-02-20

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought. Land plants evolved from "pond scum" about 500 million years ago, according to new research.

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#116041
2018-02-20

Deposit schemes reduce drink containers in the ocean by 40 percent

Plastic waste in the ocean is a global problem; some eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.

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#116042
2018-02-20

Cracking the genetic code for complex traits in cattle

A massive global study involving 58,000 cattle has pinpointed the genes that influence the complex genetic trait of height in cattle, opening the door for researchers to use the same approach to map high-value traits including those important for beef and milk production.

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#116043
2018-02-20

Climate projections show a warmer future for the Pacific northwest

In the midst of an unseasonably warm winter in the Pacific Northwest, a comparison of four publicly available climate projections has shown broad agreement that the region will become considerably warmer in the next century if greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere rise to the highest l ...

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#116044
2018-02-20

Climate change reception cloudy

Ecosystem, biodiversity and ozone layer — for a layman in Zimbabwe these, among other technical jargon related to the environment and climate change, are complex words, which despite being publicised lack importance as they do not address the urgent “bread and butter” issues they are faced with ...

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#116045
2018-02-20

5 ways India must help its farmers face the threat of climate change

Agriculture is central to the Indian economy. It accounts for 50per cent of the country’s employment and 18per cent of its GDP.

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#116046
2018-02-20

Roundup: Kenya's major towns facing water crisis as climate change bites

Several towns across Kenya, including the capital Nairobi, are facing an acute water shortage following a prolonged dry spell in the East African nation.

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#116047
2018-02-20

Kenya's climate change plan leaves out poor people - lobbies

Several groups want Kenya's strategy to fight climate change revised to include projects that can directly help poor people. The environment lobbies say the strategy only focuses on large-scale infrastructure projects such as building more geothermal plants for energy production.

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#116048
2018-02-20

Scientists race to explore Antarctic marine life revealed by giant iceberg

A team of international scientists is due to set off for the world’s biggest iceberg on Wednesday, fighting huge waves and the encroaching Antarctic winter, in a mission aiming to answer fundamental questions about the impact of climate change in the polar regions.

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#116049
2018-02-20

Research finds evolutionary ‘secret sauce’ against climate change

Research suggests hares and jackrabbits hopping along in the Rocky Mountains demonstrate the “secret sauce” for how animals can adapt to a new climate. (Wikimedia commons)

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#116050
2018-02-20

Food insecurity in Africa is “very strongly related to climate change”

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN has warned that hunger in Africa is being made worse by the impacts of climate change.

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#116051
2018-02-20

Preventing land degradation must be made a priority

According to an as yet unpublished report sponsored by the ministry of environment, forests, and climate change , India may be incurring a loss of more than 2% of the GDP (by 2014-15 estimates) due to land degradation. The estimated loss has been calculated to be about Rs 3 lakh crores. One of t ...

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#116014
2018-02-19

The number of invasive species will only rise — up to 16% of species have invasion potential

Invasive alien species are one of the largest threats to biodiversity. They can become predators, competitors, parasites, hybridizers, and spread diseases, wiping out native species. Examples of notorious invaders are the brown tree snakes that ate away almost all of the birds on the island of G ...

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#116015
2018-02-19

Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely

HELENA, Mont. — Snow comes early to the Teton mountain range, and when it does the white-bottomed pronghorn that live here get the urge to move.

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#116016
2018-02-19

Canada to introduce mandatory reporting of whale interactions this year

The phrase "Save the Whales" will take on new importance for Canadian fishermen in 2018 as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans introduces mandatory reporting for interactions Canada's commercial fishing fleets have with marine mammals.

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#116017
2018-02-19

The ‘evil twin of global warming’ is melting starfish and other sea creatures, scientists discover

Sea creatures are literally being eaten away and ‘dissolved’ by pollution, scientists have discovered. It’s feared that high levels of carbon dioxide in the water could cause irreparable damage to marine ecosystems after tests found acute levels of the gas cause starfish to dissolve.

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#116018
2018-02-19

India to host World Environment Day 2018 celebrations with 'Beat Plastic Pollution' theme

India will host World Environment Day, 2018, scheduled to be held on June 5, with a ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ theme. The announcement was made by Dr Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Erik Solheim, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Head of UN Environmen ...

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#116019
2018-02-19

Supporting a shift to more sustainable fishing

The global seafood trade is estimated to be worth about $140 billion. However, the health of fisheries and ocean ecosystems are increasingly being put at risk by overfishing, as well as illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. In 2016, such practices accounted for one quarter of all fish caught.

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#116020
2018-02-19

Sustainability: 2050 food challenge

GLOBALLY, 800 million out of 7.6 billion people suffer from hunger. Although the number has decreased in recent decades, roughly one in 10 people goes to bed hungry every day, many of them from developing countries.

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#116021
2018-02-19

What’s going on with the Earth’s climate?

Many people may be wondering, “what the heck is going on in climate science,” and, for that matter, “what the heck is happening to our climate?” On the one hand, reports from U.S. government agencies indicate that 2017 was the 3rd warmest year on record, 1.5 degrees (Fahrenheit) above the averag ...

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#116022
2018-02-19

A switch to plant-based protein could help tackle climate change and hunger

Agriculture – both victim and cause of climate change. New research shows moving away from animal protein towards legumes makes sense nutritionally and environmentally.

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#116023
2018-02-19

Five ways India must help its farmers face the threat of climate change

Climate change could hurt farmers’ income by up to 20-25% in the medium term, according to the Indian government’s latest annual economic survey. Extreme weather events, temperature rise and lower rainfall all threaten to derail the Indian government’s agenda of doubling farmers’ income across t ...

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#116024
2018-02-19

Climate change spells turbulent times ahead for air travel

Phoenix gets hot. But not usually as hot as last June, when the mercury at the airport one day soared above 48C. That exceeded the maximum operating temperature for several aircraft ready for take-off. They didn’t fly. More than 50 flights were cancelled or rerouted.

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#116025
2018-02-19

Could tackling climate change help bring peace to South Sudan?

The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, has been embroiled in war and conflict for years. The oil-rich nation - which won independence from Sudan in 2011 - descended into civil war in 2013, with tens of thousands of people killed and a third of the population forced to flee their homes.

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#116026
2018-02-19

The 11th species of an endemic Australian wasp genus

As well as an interest in all insects, Flinders biological sciences Ph.D. Ben Parslow has a fascination for wasps.The focus of his doctorate research on the wasp genus Gasteruption has accidently has put him on the trail of describing the 11th species of an endemic Australian wasp genus.

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#116027
2018-02-19

New moth species discovered in Denmark

Scientists have discovered a new species of moth in northern Europe, which was previously unknown to science.It is a type of moth from the family Gelechiidae and the scientists have given it the Latin name, Anarsia innoxiella.

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#116028
2018-02-19

Microplastics found inside fish from Lake Winnipeg

A recent study by an undergraduate student in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources has found disturbing levels of microplastics in Manitoba waters and in fish from Lake Winnipeg.

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#116029
2018-02-19

Biodiversity loss raises risk of 'extinction cascades'

New research shows that the loss of biodiversity can increase the risk of "extinction cascades," where an initial species loss leads to a domino effect of further extinctions.

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#115997
2018-02-16

Action plan released to conserve one of Africa's richest sites for biodiversity

A team of scientists led by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) has developed a conservation blueprint to protect one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa: the Albertine Rift, home to mountain and Grauer's gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and 162 vertebrate, and 350 plant sp ...

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#115998
2018-02-16

Researcher Discovers New Ant Species, Calls For Gov’t Support On Biodiversity Studies

A young local researcher has discovered a rare ant genus Leptanilla in Ilha Verde, which represents the second record for this genus in Southern China. Leong Chi Man, a master student at Taiwan National University, discovered the rare ant early last year and has named it Leptanilla macauensis, r ...

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#115999
2018-02-16

Celebrate biodiversity with a photography exhibition in Gurgaon

The exhibition will also feature works of contributing photographers — Aditya Arya, Bharat Goel, Vinod Goel, Sharat Sharma, Vijay Dhasmana, Anil Advani, among others. So much so that I fell in love with the trees, forests and the ridge,” says curator Aditya Arya. “Some of the species are so rare ...

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#116000
2018-02-16

Queen conch dying out in the Bahamas despite marine parks

It’s hard to adequately describe the importance of conch to the Bahamas. Conchs are ingrained in the culture; there are conch festivals, conch homecomings and conch-cracking competitions. On the Bahamian coat of arms, a queen conch takes pride of place, sitting right at the top.

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#116001
2018-02-16

Integrated management of the Fall Armyworm on maize. A guide for Farmer Field Schools in Africa

Faced with the infestation of millions of hectares of maize, most in the hands of smallholder farmers, and the relentless spread of Fall Armyworm (FAW) across most of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched today a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of ...

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#116002
2018-02-16

Borneo's orangutan population slashed by more than half in 16 years

The number of orangutans on the island of Borneo has more than halved in 16 years, as hunting of the critically endangered species continues and rampant deforestation destroys its habitat, scientists say.

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#116003
2018-02-16

A theory of physics explains the fragmentation of tropical forests

In order to analyse global patterns of forest fragmentation, a UFZ research group led by Prof. Andreas Huth used remote sensing data quantifying forest cover in the tropics in an extremely high resolution of 30 meters, resulting in more than 130 million forest fragments.

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#116004
2018-02-16

“We are not prepared” for climate change—scientists issue bleak warning

Researchers have determined that countries around the world are failing to fulfill their greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement, inevitably subjecting the world to unpredictable extreme weather. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, scientists conc ...

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#116005
2018-02-16

Romanian environment agency applies EUR 8.5 mln worth of fines in one year

Romania’s National Environmental Guard, the expert authority verifying compliance with environmental laws and regulations, applied nearly 2,000 fines last year, worth a total of over RON 39 million (some EUR 8.5 million), according to its annual activity report.

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#116006
2018-02-16

Plants are given a new family tree

A new genealogy of plant evolution, led by researchers at the University of Bristol, shows that the first plants to conquer land were a complex species, challenging long-held assumptions about plant evolution.

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#116007
2018-02-16

Starfish can see in the dark (among other amazing abilities)

If you go down to the shore today, you're sure of a big surprise. Many will have witnessed the presence of a starfish or two when visiting the seashore or a public aquarium. Starfish come in an exciting range of colours and sizes, but have you ever given a thought to how this multi-armed wonder ...

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#116008
2018-02-16

Birds and beans: Study shows best coffee for bird diversity

It's an age-old debate for coffee lovers. Which is better: Arabica beans with their sweeter, softer taste, or the bold, deep flavor of Robusta beans? A new study by WCS, Princeton University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison appearing in the journal Scientific Reports has taken the questi ...

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#116009
2018-02-16

World's tallest timber tower proposed for Tokyo

Japanese timber company Sumitomo Forestry has revealed plans for the world's tallest wooden building in Tokyo, a 350-metre skyscraper that would also be the country's highest.

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#115976
2018-02-15

Natural capital and its preservation is essential to financial system stability

Natural capital has recently come to the fore with recognition that it is "critical for virtually all kinds of production, and [that] most of the SDGs are either directly concerned with or strongly dependent on natural capital". This is according to the recent EU High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) o ...

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#115977
2018-02-15

East Africa’s Albertine Rift needs protection now, scientists say

The equatorial ecosystems of the Albertine Rift are packed with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Formed as tectonic plates in eastern Africa have slowly pulled away from each other for millions of years, the unique habitats in this epicenter of biodiversity have rapidly come under ...

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#115978
2018-02-15

Rapid evolution of a calcareous microalgae

When simulating future environmental conditions, researchers confront a problem: Laboratory experiments are easy to control and to reproduce, but are insufficient to mimic the complexity of natural ecosystems. In contrast, experiments under real conditions in nature are much more complicated and ...

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#115979
2018-02-15

Botswana: Bio-Diversity Important to Economy

Maun — Deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Mr Thabang Botsoma says biodiversity and ecosystem are vital to the economy and development of Botswana.

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#115980
2018-02-15

More than 90 pct of rare Australian shellfish reefs wiped out: study

The number of rare shellfish reefs off the coast of Australia has declined by up to 99 percent since British colonization, a new study revealed on Thursday.

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#115981
2018-02-15

More Wild Weather to Come If Climate Change Goals Not Met

Extreme weather such as severe flooding and droughts will become much more common if the targets in the Paris Agreement on climate change aren’t reached, researchers warn.

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#115982
2018-02-15

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

Before man-made climate change kicked in — and well before “Day Zero” in Cape Town, where taps may run dry in early May — the global water crisis was upon us.

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#115983
2018-02-15

White nose syndrome is killing millions of bats via a contagious fungus – here's how to stop it

A dangerous fungus has been sweeping across North America with devastating consequences. In the past decade, between 5m and 7m bats in the US and Canada have been wiped out as a result of the fungal disease known as white nose syndrome, which alters their behaviour in potentially deadly ways. Bu ...

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#115984
2018-02-15

Small lakes and temporary ponds release CO2 even when dry

Temporary lakes and ponds emit CO₂ even when they are dry, and dry areas emit a larger amount of carbon into the atmosphere. This phenomenon, described now for the first time, could have an impact on the global carbon cycle that controls Earth's climate, according to a study led by Biel Obrador ...

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#115985
2018-02-15

The winners of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018

A panoramic photograph of British World War Two military vehicles deep inside a shipwreck sees German photographer Tobias Friedrich named as Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018.

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#115986
2018-02-15

Why the Jaws shark is not a 'man-eating monster'

"When you're on top of the water, and you just see the fin, I think it's more scary because it's the unknown. But when you are underwater and you see the shark it is much less scary. When I saw him for the first time, he was bigger than expected and so much more colourful."

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#115987
2018-02-15

Increased efforts to save rare harbour porpoise

Mexico plans to protect the harbour porpoise - an endemic Mexican species in danger of extinction: Mexico will increase its efforts to save the Gulf of California harbour porpoise - an endemic Mexican species in danger of extinction - with a strategy that includes three courses of action, the En ...

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#115988
2018-02-15

Government weighs doubling of protected areas over next few years

India’s environment ministry is considering doubling the number of protected areas such as national parks and wildlife sanctuaries from the current 729 over the next few years.

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Bringing Uganda to Ugandans

All those Ugandans who have never seen a lion in real life are, therefore, advised to make plans and be there. The king will be in the company of other powerful cats such as leopards and the cheetah, up close and personal.

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Big cats find love and habitat in Switzerland

Hunted to extinction in Switzerland in the early 1900s, lynx are doing well now – thanks partly to the successful matchmaking services of the Swiss government.

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2018-02-14

Carefully managed fire can promote rare savanna species

Carefully managed fires generate the maximum diversity of birds and mammals in savannas, new research from the University of York suggests.

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2018-02-14

Safeguarding biodiversity - José Herrera

Malta is adorned with diverse characteristics when defining our identity, one of which is certainly biodiversity. However, this is often misinterpreted, and many compare Malta’s biodiversity to that of continental Europe, where the habitats, species and climatic regime are different.

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