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2014-05-13 23:03:44

US$4.5 Million Initiative Spans Six Countries to Foster Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities and a Healthy Climate Tokyo, Japan & Arlington, VA, USA (PRWEB) May 13, 2014 Today, Conservation International (CI) and Daikin Industries, Ltd. announced an expansion of their partnership into a multi-year collaboration across six critical forest ecosystems around the world. The new endeavor between CI and Daikin, a leading Japanese multinational air conditioning company, will focus on forest...

2012-08-15 11:46:48

The small fragments of tropical forests left behind after deforestation are suffering extensive species extinction, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Publishing today in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers carried out a comprehensive assessment to estimate the long-term impact of forest fragmentation and hunting on tropical biodiversity in Brazil. They studied the Atlantic Forest of eastern Brazil, including the region's largest and least disturbed...

2012-05-07 20:27:06

Biodiversity hot spots -- the world's biologically richest and most threatened locations on Earth -- and high biodiversity wilderness areas -- biologically rich but less threatened -- are some of the most linguistically diverse regions on our planet, according to a team of conservationists. "Results indicate that these regions (hot spots and high biodiversity wilderness areas) often contain considerable linguistic diversity, accounting for 70 percent of all languages on Earth," the...

2011-07-05 12:27:34

Most of the world's "missing" or undiscovered species live in regions already identified by scientists as conservation priorities, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study's findings suggest recent conservation efforts have been on target and should reduce uncertainty over global conservation priorities, its team of international authors say. But, they add, the extinction threat for many of the as-yet undiscovered...

2009-02-21 09:35:26

In a startling result, a new study published by the scientific journal Conservation Biology found that more than 80 percent of the world's major armed conflicts from 1950-2000 occurred in regions identified as the most biologically diverse and threatened places on Earth. Titled "Warfare in Biodiversity Hotspots," the study by leading international conservation scientists compared major conflict zones with the Earth's 34 biodiversity hotspots identified by Conservation International (CI). The...

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2008-08-01 11:44:49

A recent study of marine fossils is revealing ancient clues to conservation efforts. Through studying marine fossils, researchers have found that regions in the Mediterranean and an area off the Middle East used to be hotspots for marine life in the past 50 million years. The formation of each marine hotspot, previously little understood, coincided with shifts of vast plates in the earth's crust, they said. Shallow seas suitable for thousands of species can emerge when continents start to...

2005-08-17 14:14:00

The first full map of where the world's birds live reveals their diversity 'hotspots' and will help to focus conservation efforts, according to research published in Nature today (18 August). The findings are drawn from the most complete and detailed picture of bird diversity yet made, based on a new global database of all living bird species. The map also shows that the pattern of bird diversity is much more complicated than previously thought. The researchers conclude that different...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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