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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...

Human Life Span Linked To Endangered Species
2013-10-10 08:59:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of California, Davis reveals that as human life expectancy increases, so does the number of endangered and invasive bird and mammal species. The research team examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables, ranging from tourism and per capita gross domestic product to water stress and political stability, then analyzed the correlations with invasive and endangered birds and mammals, which are...

2013-10-02 23:01:00

Laurie Anderson, Ph.D., head and professor of the Department of Geology & Geological Engineering and director of the Museum of Geology at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, has received a $405,080 National Science Foundation grant to examine the functional biodiversity of chemosymbiosis in clams and its role in supporting sensitive coastal biomes. A collaboration among three universities – SDSM&T, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Clemson University –...

NSF Dimensions Of Biodiversity Program Announces 13 New Awards
2013-09-30 07:19:20

National Science Foundation The diversity of life on Earth is seemingly endless, yet much still remains to be discovered. With climate change and habitat loss threatening that biodiversity, the challenge of discovery is a race against time. To fill the gaps in understanding our planet's biodiversity, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 13 grants totaling $25 million in the fourth year of its Dimensions of Biodiversity program. Dimensions of Biodiversity is part of NSF's...

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...


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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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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