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California Academy Of Sciences Described 91 New Species In 2013
2013-12-20 16:26:05

California Academy of Sciences In 2013, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences discovered 91 new plant and animal species and two new genera, enriching our understanding of the complex web of life on Earth and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species, previously unknown to science, include 38 different ants, 12 fishes, 14 plants, eight beetles, two spiders, one reptile, and one amphibian. In addition, Academy scientists discovered a new...

Norway Identifies 1,165 New Species Since 2009
2013-12-19 12:18:03

Norwegian University of Science and Technology More than a thousand new species –nearly one-quarter of which are new to science – have been discovered in Norway since a unique effort to find and name all of the country's species began in 2009. The Norwegian Taxonomy Initiative is one of just two government efforts worldwide where scientists are being funded to find and catalogue the country's true species diversity. The Norwegian initiative is focused on describing poorly known...

Nations Approve First Plan And Budget For Intergovernmental Platform For Biodiversity And Ecosystem Services
2013-12-16 13:57:30

Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services The groundbreaking Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) today agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges. Around 400 delegates from over 100 governments, scientific organizations, civil society and the private sector, attended...

Young Tropical Forests Contribute Little To Tree-Biodiversity Conservation
2013-12-12 17:14:28

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute A satellite image of a green swath of tropical forest does not tell the whole story. About half the world's tropical forests are relatively young. Unless protected, they are unlikely to last more than a human generation before falling to bulldozers and chainsaws. These ephemeral secondary forests may contribute little to tree-biodiversity conservation, according to a new report by scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama....

Salt Marsh Ecosystems Need Quality Biodiversity, Not Just Quantity
2013-12-07 06:03:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have believed for years that preserving more species, no matter which ones, was a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs. A research team from Duke University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston investigating biodiversity loss in a salt marsh says that this isn't quite right. Their findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that it's not just the total...

Collared Treerunner More Than A Single Species
2013-11-25 12:33:19

Pensoft Publishers The lowland tropics were once though filled with widespread species, while moderate and higher elevations were thought to contain species with more restricted distributions. That idea is turning out to be partially incorrect. Widespread species now appear to be the exception, instead of the rule. A new study describes four species once considered to be the collared treerunner, a lizard known to the scientific community as Plica plica. The study was published in the open...

New Species Arise Faster In Temperate Regions Than In The Tropics
2013-11-23 05:39:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Biodiversity tends to be higher in the tropics, and new research appearing in the journal Molecular Ecology has an explanation as to why that region of the world is home to so many different types of plants and animals. As part of their study, North Carolina State University geneticist Carlos Botero and his colleagues reviewed 2,300 species of mammals and 6,700 species of birds from all over the world. They found that, even though...


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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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.