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Most Irreplaceable Habitats
2013-11-15 14:49:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international scientists has identified the world’s protected areas that are the most important to stopping animal extinctions in a new report published by the journal Science. Using data on over 170,000 protected areas and assessments of nearly 22,000 species on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the team assessed each protected area for the long-term prospects of birds, mammals and amphibians. The researchers...

Google Aids Researchers In Mapping Global Forest Gain And Loss
2013-11-15 11:45:08

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Google and the US government has put together the first comprehensive, high-resolution map of changes in global forest cover over the last 12 years. The study, published online on November 14, in the journal Science, shows that the world lost nearly 900,000 square miles of forest cover and gained less than half that number between 2000 and 2012. The map was developed...

Island Ecosystems In Peril Due To Sea Level Rise
2013-11-14 05:08:52

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Before he was deposed as president of the island nation of the Maldives last year, Mohamed Nasheed was a fierce advocate and proponent for addressing the seemingly inevitable environmental crisis coming about as a result of global sea level rise. President Nasheed and his efforts were chronicled in the 2011 documentary ‘The Island President.’ In addition to the threat of sea level rise, we were reminded this past weekend about...

2013-11-04 15:41:37

Prime Minister Najib addresses new UN biodiversity organization The Prime Minister of Malaysia today outlined his country's position on the United Nations' next set of global development goals, saying they need to address the relief of poverty within a green agenda reflecting deep environmental concerns. Prime Minister Najib Razak commended the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, http://bit.ly/HpIK1V), a set of eight objectives agreed by nations in 2000 for completion in 2015, which...

Species Such As The Cyber-Centipede Get Big Help From Big Data
2013-10-29 06:43:21

[ Watch the Video: 3D Model Of Cyber-Centipede ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1735, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus introduced taxonomic descriptions that are designed to allow scientists to tell one species from another. A new study, published in Biodiversity Data Journal, describes a new futuristic method for describing new species that moves far beyond traditional ones. This new method combines next generation molecular methods, barcoding, and novel...

Two New Species Of The Endangered Ancient Genus Gyronotus
2013-10-22 15:05:38

Pensoft Publishers Famous as the sacred beetles of ancient Egypt the scarab beetle group in fact represents much greater diversity around the globe. Some of the most vulnerable representatives are contained in the flightless genus Gyronotus, which currently includes six known species. A recent study published in the open access journal Zookeys describes two new species with unusual distribution from southern Africa. The two new species G. perissinottoi and G. schuelei both dwell in...

Amazon Forestry Survey Finds Roughly 16,000 Tree Species
2013-10-18 04:14:34

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered that there are nearly 400 million individual trees in the Amazon, and while there are over 16,000 different types, approximately half of them belong to just 227 unique species. Those startling findings are the result of a study, published Thursday in the journal Science, in which more than 100 scientists, taxonomists and students from 89 global institutions set out to determine the total number of trees...

Plant Mapping Project Highlights Where Rarest Species Thrive
2013-10-17 15:35:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international group of researchers has created the most comprehensive map of rare plants to date. The new map, published in Ecology Letters, shows how climate stability plays a crucial role in the distribution of plants on Earth. It shows that rare species in the Americas are located in California, Mexico, the Caribbean islands, parts of the Andes mountains, the south of South America, and the region around Rio de Janeiro. "This...

Pragmatic Approach To Saving What Can Be Saved
2013-10-17 10:45:55

Technische Universität Darmstadt How can biodiversity be preserved in a world in which traditional ecosystems are increasingly being displaced by “man-made nature”? Biologists at the TU Darmstadt and ETH Zurich have developed a new concept for conservation measures that incorporates current landscapes formerly considered ecologically “of little value”. Numerous experiences from islands have shown that this concept has a positive effect on biodiversity. Now the authors are...

Food Provision Remains An Area Of Great Concern According To The 2013 Ocean Health Index
2013-10-16 06:53:48

University of California - Santa Barbara In the 2013 Ocean Health Index (OHI) –– an annual assessment of ocean health lead by Ben Halpern, a research associate at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management –– scientists point to food provision as the factor that continues to require serious attention. The OHI defines a healthy ocean as one that sustainably delivers a...


Latest Biodiversity Reference Libraries

Heirloom plant
2013-09-20 13:16:15

Heirloom plants are plants that were grown centuries ago, handed down through the generations, and are still grown today without genetic modification. Heirloom plants maintain their traits year after year even though they are subjected to open pollination. Growing heirlooms is becoming more popular in North America and Europe because of their resistance to disease, pests, and extreme weather. Plants that have been genetically altered through artificial means, otherwise known as hybrids,...

Conservation Biology
2012-05-12 20:05:54

Conservation Biology is a peer-reviewed academic journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. It was established in 1987 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell. Conservation Biology was originally developed to provide a global voice for an emerging discipline. It quickly became the most important journal dealing with the topic of biological diversity. Editor-in-chief is Gary Meffe; managing editor is Ellen Main. Stanley A. Temple, President of the SCB from 1991-1993, said: “The...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.