Category: Biodiversity

Hidden lives of Chernobyl’s wildlife

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentScientists’ camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

A decade in, have Australia’s no-take reserves protected life on the Reef?

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Originally Published by EurekAlert!The expansion of no-take marine reserves (NTMRs) within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park more than a decade ago is working to protect fish just as experts had hoped it would, say researchers who have been monitoring the reef via underwater surveys. The findings, reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology […]

New lobster-like predator found in 508 million-year-old fossil-rich site

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science(University of Toronto) What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago — more than […]

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators. BY TED WILLIAMS

Ethiopia burns 1.6 tonnes of ivory – video

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianSome 6.1 tonnes of ivory is burned in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Friday as part of efforts to deter poachers. The country has lost 90% of its elephant population in the last thirty years and the ivory was destroyed in an attempt to reduce the demand for it. The […]

Bringing Soil Biodiversity Into the Light

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Soil biodiversity is critical in determining aboveground biodiversity and promoting agricultural success. An interview with Tandra Fraser explores how and why this below-ground science is conducted.

To save the rainforest, let the locals take control

Originally Published by New Scientist – Environment Global intervention in tropical forests to combat climate change could sideline their most effective guardians, warns Fred Pearce

Beetle boost as rare insect turns up

Originally Published by BBC News -An endangered beetle is sighted in Cambridgeshire for the first time in more than 40 years.

Human Settlements Have Boosted Plant Growth Globally, NASA Data Show

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 – On a global scale, the presence of people corresponds to more plant growth, according to an analysis of three decades of global vegetation greenness data from satellites.

Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn

Originally Published by The Guardian – Pangolins are being “eaten to extinction” due to a demand for their meat at banquets in China and Vietnam and their scales for use in Chinese medicine, conservationists have warned.