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Scientists: FWS Wrong To Remove Gray Wolf From Endangered Species List
2013-12-30 16:55:39

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online While the removal of an animal from the federal endangered species list would normally be cause for celebration among environmentalists, a new report in the journal Conservation Letters asserted that a proposal by the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the gray wolf from the list would have unintended negative consequences for other endangered species. "The Fish and Wildlife Service is supposed to detail what the threats are and...

Conservationists Reflect On Four Decades Of Endangered Species Act
2013-12-28 07:50:03

[ Watch the Video: Endangered Species Act Turns 40 ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, the landmark piece of legislation designed to protect critically imperiled creatures from extinction in the US due to economic growth and development. According to National Geographic, the law has helped recover more than 30 species and prevented the extinction of 99 percent of all species it was designed to...

2013-12-23 23:19:58

Emmy award winning TV Host Jeff Corwin shares 7 simple ways to be more planet friendly and mark the 40th anniversary of the passing of the Endangered Species Act. (PRWEB) December 23, 2013 December 28 will mark the 40th anniversary of Congress passing the Endangered Species Act (ESA), designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction. The legislation continues to be crucial, not only for protecting endangered species, but also for helping preserve the environment and...

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...

2013-12-19 23:03:15

Wilderness Society annual awards note eight areas of achievement by agency staff. Denver, CO (PRWEB) December 19, 2013 In an annual Wilderness Society review of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) activities, eight land management efforts are being recognized as significant achievements for 2013. The annual Comparative Analysis of Particular Excellence (CAPE) awards highlight agency plans and activities that promote conservation of our wildlands and seek to achieve “balance” for the...

2013-12-18 15:15:20

Wildlife conservation projects in countries where management costs are low are less likely to succeed and could also have a negative impact on people, according to new research by the University of Kent and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). Published in PLOS ONE and titled “Cheap and Nasty? The Potential Perils of Using Management Costs to Identify Global Conservation Priorities”, the research is the first to investigate links between conservation management costs and a...

Upstream Forest Conservation Linked To Saving Fiji's Coral Reefs
2013-12-18 13:50:06

Wildlife Conservation Society The health of coral reefs offshore depend on the protection of forests near the sea, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that outlines the importance of terrestrial protected areas to coastal biodiversity. In a study conducted by WCS and the University of Queensland evaluating the effects of terrestrial protected area designs on Fiji's coral reefs, it turns out that what's best for land ecosystems is also best for coastal corals....

2013-12-11 11:59:25

Important new findings reveal promise and peril of land-use decisions A groundbreaking study by Harvard University's Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. The scientists researched and analyzed four plausible scenarios for...

2013-12-05 23:38:24

Five hundred miles southeast of Hawai‘i, in international waters far out of sight of any land, there are vast mineral resources 5,000 meters below the sea. Manganese nodules, rich in commercially valuable mineral resources including nickel, copper, manganese, cobalt and rare-earth elements, overlay a broad swath of the deep-sea floor.  It took millions of years to form these deposits. The potato-sized nodules themselves and the deep sediments where they are found are home to a...

2013-11-27 23:02:41

Four-month Tiger speaker campaign provides funds to the non-profit organization. Westlake Village, Calif (PRWEB) November 27, 2013 In a new partnership, Accessory Power is collaborating with Panthera to assist in their mission of conserving the future of the world’s largest and most endangered cats, including the wild tiger. During a four-month fundraising campaign that begins Black Friday, Accessory Power will donate a percentage of net profits from the newly-released GOgroove Groove...


Latest Conservation Reference Libraries

Helicia
2014-10-13 13:09:47

Helicia is a genus of about 100 species of shrubs and trees. It is part of the Proteaceae family. The genus name is derived from the Greek word "elix", which refers to its petals that spiral around each other or coil up on themselves at the time that the anthers open. Helicias are small trees generally with some species only shrubs and some species growing to be medium sized trees of about 100 feet. Over 100 species in the genus have been scientifically described. Helicias grow...

Large Black
2014-08-28 08:46:32

The large black, also known as the Cornwall black or the Devon black, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Great Britain. The breed was a result of crossing black colored pigs from the southwestern areas of Cornwall and Devon and the eastern areas of Suffolk, Kent, and Essex. The pigs taken from Devon were chosen for their physical traits, but selective breeding changed their constitution and confirmation, giving them a standard size and appearance. This breed grew in popularity...

Monito del Monte, Dromiciops gliroides
2014-04-30 10:08:55

The monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides), Spanish for little bush monkey, is a species of marsupial that can only be found in southwestern areas of South America, specifically in Argentina and Chile. This species prefers to reside in Valdivian temperate rain forests and mountain bamboo forests. It was once thought that this species is descended from marsupials living in Australia, but studies have shown that Australidelphia marsupials most likely originated in South America and later moved...

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Selasian wood, Cinnamomum parthenoxylon
2014-02-10 07:32:18

Cinnamomum parthenoxylon is an evergreen tree species. The species may also be commonly referred to as Selasian Wood, Saffrol Laurel or Martaban Camphor Wood. The plant is a member of the Lauraceae family. It is indigenous to south and eastern Asia, specifically, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Cinnamomum parthenoxylon trees grow anywhere between 33 and 66 feet tall. Its trunk and branches are covered by a grey or...

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  • A unit of saved energy.
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