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2014-06-25 10:14:50

PLOS Habitat loss is a primary driver of biodiversity loss – so it isn't surprising that optimising the amount of protected land is high on policy-makers' priorities. However, according to research to be published in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on June 24 by Oscar Venter and colleagues, many protected areas are established in locations of low economic value, failing to protect the imperilled biodiversity found on more valuable land. More of the earth's land surface is set to be...

Amazon Tree Seeds Become Smaller, Weaker Because Of Bird Decline
2013-05-31 11:39:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the last century, the disappearance of large, fruit-eating birds from the tropical forests of Brazil has caused the region´s forest palms to produce smaller, less successful seeds, according to an international team of researchers. The findings, published in Science, provide evidence that human activity can trigger fast-paced evolutionary changes in natural populations. Mauro Galetti, biological sciences professor from the...

Climate Change Forecast Spells Doom For Bamboo, Panda Bears
2012-11-12 08:30:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A disturbing number of reports in recent years have been highlighting the ill effects climate change is, and will be, having on the environment and the delicate ecosystem, with one recent study reporting the possible extinction of coffee within 70 years due to global warming. Now, a new study is predicting climate change to wipe out bamboo, an important food source for pandas, which are already threatened by slow breeding and loss...

Past Influences On Biodiversity In Madagascar
2012-07-25 10:35:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While human activity is usually identified as the primary threat to biodiversity through the loss of species, a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences (PNAS) focused on identifying pre-human causes of pressures that threaten endangered species. The latest research focused on Madagascar, which is world-renowned for its biodiversity and has been plagued by deforestation and the destruction of...

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2012-07-13 11:29:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The clearing of the Brazilian rainforest is racking up a debt than won´t be paid by any government, but instead will be paid by the species that become extinct as a result of the destruction of their habitat. If deforestation and development in the Brazilian Amazon occur at their current rates over the next 40 years, 25 vertebrate species will become locally extinct, according to new research published this week in Science....

2012-05-07 20:27:06

Biodiversity hot spots -- the world's biologically richest and most threatened locations on Earth -- and high biodiversity wilderness areas -- biologically rich but less threatened -- are some of the most linguistically diverse regions on our planet, according to a team of conservationists. "Results indicate that these regions (hot spots and high biodiversity wilderness areas) often contain considerable linguistic diversity, accounting for 70 percent of all languages on Earth," the...

2012-05-02 21:00:36

Loss of biodiversity appears to impact ecosystems as much as climate change, pollution and other major forms of environmental stress, according to a new study from an international research team. The study is the first comprehensive effort to directly compare the impacts of biological diversity loss to the anticipated effects of a host of other human-caused environmental changes. The results highlight the need for stronger local, national and international efforts to protect...

Tropical Birds Affected By Climate Change
2012-02-16 04:24:51

Global warming, extreme weather aggravate habitat loss Climate change spells trouble for many tropical birds — especially those living in mountains, coastal forests and relatively small areas — and the damage will be compounded by other threats like habitat loss, disease and competition among species. That is among the conclusions of a review of nearly 200 scientific studies relevant to the topic. The review was scheduled for online publication this week in the journal...

2012-01-20 11:02:11

Biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world. The challenges of conserving the world´s species are perhaps even larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change. Dealing with the biodiversity crisis requires political will and needs to be based on a solid scientific knowledge if we are to ensure a safe future for the planet. This is the main conclusion from scientists from University of Copenhagen, after 100 researchers and policy experts from EU countries...

2011-07-28 18:06:32

Biodiversity loss is underestimated as the ability of protected areas to address the problem is overestimated Continued reliance on a strategy of setting aside land and marine territories as "protected areas" is insufficient to stem global biodiversity loss, according to a comprehensive assessment published today in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. Despite impressively rapid growth of protected land and marine areas worldwide - today totalling over 100,000 in number and covering 17...


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