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orangutan conservation
2014-07-18 03:45:37

ARC CoE for Environmental Decisions (CEED) Protecting the forest homes of orangutans is the most cost-effective way of boosting the great apes’ chances of survival in the long-run, international scientists have found. New research at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) has established the best strategies for maintaining orangutan populations for more than 20 years on a limited budget. “The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has...

Better Protection From Humans Needed For Antarctica's Ice-Free Land
2014-06-19 06:55:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the harsh conditions, the number of visitors arriving in the Antarctic is soaring each year. This worries the world's leading environmental scientists who say that Antarctica's ice-free land needs better protection from human activities. Of the 55 Antarctic areas designated for protection, all of them lie close to human activity sites and seven are at a high risk for biological invasions. According to the study, published in...

Ugly Animal Preservation Society Mascot
2013-09-12 10:48:25

[ Watch the Video: Who Wins The Ugliest Animal Award? ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An oddball conservation group called the Ugly Animal Preservation Society has finally decided on a mascot meant to champion their cause — the blobfish. Just as the name implies, the blobfish is a gelatinous blob that resembles a cartoonish and grumpy old man, complete with a large nose and drooping face. The society allowed the general public to pick the world’s ugliest...

Celebrity Animals Stealing Conservation Money From Ugly Plants
2013-06-11 11:25:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online All over the world, animal and plant species are being threatened by extinction, likely at the hand of humans encroaching on their ecosystem or affecting the environment in some other way. Fortunately there are some humans who realize this and actively give funds to conservatory efforts to rescue these near-extinct species. However, a new report has been released which finds these species can´t even count on these generous...

Australia May Have To Pick And Choose Which Species To Save From Extinction
2012-12-26 14:16:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In an impassioned plea to raise awareness and funding for species conservation, two Australian scientists argue that society may have to prioritize endangered species and possibly allow some of them to become extinct because of a lack of funding for conservation efforts. University of Melbourne professor Michael McCarthy and Hugh Possingham of University of Queensland and Australia´s Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental...

2012-11-19 12:55:49

Australian cities can keep their native wildlife — but only if they can kick their habit of urban sprawl. That´s the finding of a new study by leading Australian environmental researchers Jessica Sushinsky, Professor Hugh Possingham and Dr Richard Fuller of The University of Queensland. “While urban development usually reduces the number of birds in a city, building more compact cities and avoiding urban sprawl can slow these reductions significantly,” says lead...

2012-05-28 19:22:05

The responsibility for choosing which Australian native species survive — and which go extinct — may ultimately fall to ordinary Australians. The dilemma over how much of Australia we will pass on to our grandchildren cannot be solved by science — but only by society, one of the nation´s leading ecologists, Professor Hugh Possingham, warned today. Prof Possingham, who is director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) at the University...

2008-06-29 06:02:25

By Luntz, Stephen Dr Michael Bode of the University of Queensland's Ecology Centre has called for conservationists to take the cost of conserving locations, rather than just the number of endangered species, into account when prioritising areas for protection. "We should worry more about costs of conservation and other socioeconomic factors and obsess less about exactly what species is where," Bode says. Bode sees advantages beyond simply anticipating the responses of legislators or donors....


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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