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2011-06-27 16:30:00

Private landowners gain new revenue source by protecting, restoring imperiled ecosystems MADISON, Wis., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ecosystem market experts from Environmental Defense Fund will address a conference by the American Forest Foundation and World Resources Institute to examine success factors in ecosystem markets, a fast-growing opportunity for private landowners to gain a new revenue source by protecting and restoring imperiled ecosystems. The goal of the...

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2011-05-19 06:00:00

A projected wave of extinctions of plant and animal species this century may have been overestimated because the most widely used scientific method can exaggerate losses by more than 160 percent, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The scientists said that habitat destruction by humans is driving animal and plant species toward extinction at just half the pace as previously believed. They attribute the overestimation to flaws in the most popular scientific method,...

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2011-05-17 05:55:00

Hundreds of species across Europe are under threat of extinction in a 'crisis of biodiversity', according to European Union Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik. Animals such as the Iberian lynx of southern Spain, the Mediterranean monk seal off the coast of Greece and Turkey, and the Bavarian pine vole of the Alps could soon be gone, Potocnik said. According to the warning issued this month, up to one-quarter of Europe's native species are now threatened with extinction....

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2011-01-26 11:21:31

Research could rescue fragile ecosystems and halt complex cascade events In an effort to better understand the dynamics of complex networks, scientists have developed a mathematical model to describe interactions within ecological food webs. This research, performed by Northwestern University physics professor Adilson Motter and his student, Sagar Sahasrabudhe, is published in the January 25 issue of Nature Communications. The work illustrates how human intervention may effectively aid...

2010-11-30 21:35:36

Ecologists say prior studies underestimated the specific dietary needs of most species Children aren't the only youngsters who are picky eaters: More than half of all species are believed to change their diets -- sometimes more than once -- between birth and adulthood. And a new study by ecologists at Rice University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, finds this pattern has major implications for the survival of threatened species and the stability of natural ecosystems. With...

2010-11-09 06:00:00

A first-of-its-kind red list of globally threatened ecosystems has the potential to complement the policy successes of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, according to a recent article led by EcoHealth Alliance's Jon Paul Rodriguez NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A recent article by a group of 21 scientists led by Jon Paul Rodriguez, a local conservation partner of EcoHealth Alliance, formerly known as Wildlife Trust, sheds light on the urgent need for...

2010-04-29 14:43:00

OAKLAND, Calif., April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- World leaders have failed to deliver on commitments made in 2002 to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, and have instead overseen alarming biodiversity declines. These findings are the result of a new paper published in the leading journal Science and represent the first assessment of how the targets made through the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have not been met. Compiling over 30...

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2010-01-23 08:50:00

An inter-governmental workshop held in London concluded that governments must get to the root of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss if they are to determine the rate at which ecosystems and their species are disappearing. Delegates at the workshop, which was held in preparation of the UN biodiversity summit being held later this year in Japan, agreed that protecting nature brings economic benefits to the world. Representatives from 54 countries attended the conference. Organizers...

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2009-05-22 06:20:52

A new study of the world's shrinking marine habitats suggests that a large decline in shellfish populations could be having a disastrous effect on already vulnerable ecosystems. In the study, published by The Nature Conservancy, researchers warned that some 85 percent of the planet's oyster reefs have already disappeared and that many of those remaining are now "functionally extinct." The report, which experts in the field have called the first global assessment of its kind, claims that...

2009-04-23 14:07:46

Conservation experts from 24 world-leading organizations including the WWF, Conservation International and Birdlife International have identified one hundred key scientific questions that, if answered, would help conserve global biodiversity. Scientists say if the questions are answered swiftly, it could stem massive biodiversity loss. Some of the questions include: 'are there critical thresholds at which loss of biodiversity disrupts ecosystem functions and services?' and 'how effective are...