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Armageddon For Wildlife In Shrinking Rainforests
2013-09-27 04:31:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists reveals that species living in rainforest fragments could be far more likely to disappear than was previously thought. The scope of the two decade study, published in the journal Science, allowed the researchers to witness the near-complete extinction of native small mammals on forest islands created by a large hydroelectric reservoir in Thailand. "It was like ecological Armageddon," said Luke...

World's Forests Moving Uphill
2013-09-24 14:15:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A relaxing stroll through the woods is increasingly becoming an intense cardiovascular workout, as a new report from researchers at Aarhaus University in Denmark indicates that that the world’s forests are slowly being relegated to steep, mountainous slopes. According to study author Brody Sandel, the increasingly efficient removal of trees from flat areas around the world raises concerns about the biodiversity of the world's forests...

2013-09-23 11:42:22

Systematic conservation planning is a multiple-objective process. Identification of important areas and species with high conservation priority is two of the research objectives. China is one of mega-biodiversity countries of the world. Along with rapid economic development and environmental degeneration, native and endemic species of China are confronting growing threats in the last two decades. It is an urgent agenda to set up relevant conservation policies, researches and decision supports...

Scientists Discover New Rat Genus In Birthplace Of The Theory Of Evolution
2013-09-21 08:22:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online The story of evolution sometimes circles back to its roots as biologists announced they have recently discovered a new species in the very location that gave birth to what we now know as the Theory of Evolution. With a high-flying tuft of spiny hair on the back, a white tail-tip and three pairs of teats, the discovery of the unique-looking rat also helped to solidify theories about a specific corner of the Pacific. The new rodent...

No Single Factor Behind Cambrian Explosion Of Animal Life
2013-09-20 07:58:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the UK reveals that the explosion of animal life on Earth that occurred around 520 million years ago was the result of a combination of interlinked factors, rather than a single underlying cause. Over the past few decades, dozens of individual theories have been put forth for the rapid diversification of animal species in the early Cambrian period. The new study, published in Science, suggests a more holistic...

Threats Of Overfishing And Extinction Can Be Predicted Decades Before Population Declines
2013-09-18 12:19:10

University of California - Santa Barbara A new UC Santa Barbara study shows that threats created by overfishing can be identified decades before the fish species at risk experience high overly harvest rates and subsequent population declines. Researchers developed an Eventual Threat Index (ETI) that quantifies the biological and socioeconomic conditions that eventually cause some fish species to be harvested at unsustainable rates. The findings are published in the Early Edition of the...

2013-09-14 12:20:11

TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The world's largest BioBlitz was launched today in what will be Canada's first national urban park, with the signing of a new collaborative agreement between Parks Canada and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). On behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, and Ms. Janet Carding, ROM Director and CEO, signed a...

2013-09-13 13:28:22

Our current pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are projected to set the global mean temperature increase at around 3.5°C above pre-industrial levels, will expose 668 million people worldwide to new or aggravated water scarcity. This is according to a new study published today, 13 September, in IOP Publishing's journal Environmental Research Letters, which has calculated that a further 11 per cent of the world's population, taken from the year 2000, will live in water-scarce...

2013-09-13 08:22:04

The worst impacts of climate change on the world's poorest fishing communities can likely be avoided by careful management of the local environment and investing in the diversification of options for local people, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society and James Cook University. Climate change is already putting pressure on fishers who depend on nature for their livelihoods. In a new study, scientists found large differences in the potential to adapt based on the local mixture of...

Protecting Key Regions May Help Preserve Plant Species Worldwide
2013-09-06 05:21:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Focusing conservation efforts on key regions that comprise less than one-fifth of the Earth’s land could help protect and preserve over two-thirds of the world’s plant species, according to new research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Science. Researchers from Duke University, along with an international team of colleagues, used computer algorithms to identify the smallest set of regions globally that could...


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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