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extinction event
2014-07-25 04:50:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After nearly 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, the biodiversity of our planet is the highest it has ever been. An international group of scientists warns, however, that it may be reaching a tipping point. The team — consisting of scientists from Stanford University, University of California, Santa Barbara, Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, the Natural Environment...

Long-Term Research Foretells Reversal Of Caribbean Coral Decline
2014-07-02 12:48:14

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Within the next 20 years most of the Caribbean corals could be gone, according to a report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Due to the loss of grazers, there is only about one-sixth of the coral cover left in the region. The report covers research from 1970 to 2012 by 90 experts over a three-year study...

endangered okapi
2014-05-31 05:57:42

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Plant and animal species are becoming extinct at rates more than 1,000 times more quickly than they did before the arrival of humans, indicating that the Earth could be edging closer to a sixth great extinction, according to a new study published May 30 in the journal Science. In the study, Duke University biologist Stuart Pimm and his colleagues examined both past and present rates of extinction using the IUCN Red List of...

IUCN Red List Update Includes Endangered Forest Giraffe
2013-11-27 04:43:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Two rare African creatures – a giraffe-like mammal known as the okapi and an extremely rare bird known as the white-winged flufftail – are on the verge of extinction, according to the latest update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. The okapi, which is also known as the “forest giraffe,” was reclassified as an endangered species by the IUCN in the update released...

Most Irreplaceable Habitats
2013-11-15 14:49:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international scientists has identified the world’s protected areas that are the most important to stopping animal extinctions in a new report published by the journal Science. Using data on over 170,000 protected areas and assessments of nearly 22,000 species on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the team assessed each protected area for the long-term prospects of birds, mammals and amphibians. The researchers...

Generation Length For Mammals Is An Essential Reference Point For Conservation Studies
2013-11-13 14:21:28

Pensoft Publishers Life history traits are the basic ecological descriptors of a species. These include physical traits, such as body mass and physiological traits, such as reproductive rate. Ecologists have investigated the variation in life history traits and their role in determining the response of species to changing conditions, such as climate change, as well as to anthropogenic stressors. Generation length is one of the most studied among such traits. It represents the age at...

Black Rhino Extinct
2013-11-08 10:27:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The world's largest conservation network had considered the rhino, last seen in 2006, "critically endangered" up until it made the official declaration earlier this week. "Given the wildlife poaching taking place, lack of political will and conservation effort by Cameroon conservation authorities in the past, and...

Climate Change Redefines Endangered Species
2013-06-24 12:17:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The forces of climate change are redefining what it means for a species to be endangered, according to a new study in the open access journal PLOS ONE. The wide-ranging study from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) found as many as 83 percent of birds, 66 percent of amphibians and 70 percent of corals are highly susceptible to the effects of climate change, yet not currently classified as threatened with...

2013-06-11 21:00:15

Population viability analysis (PVA) is a method used by conservation scientists for a range of purposes — including advancing conservation theory, planning, policy and management. PVAs are particularly important for assessing the risks of population extinction and for comparing alternative management options to protect species. The fact that so many PVAs are already available, for hundreds of species, offers an exciting opportunity for learning and especially for moving from...

Hula Frog Rediscovered In Israel
2013-06-05 10:50:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thought to have been extinct for over 50 years, the Hula painted frog recently came bounding out of the desert and into the hands of an Israeli park ranger. Discovery of the specimen is not only important because the frog can now be taken off the International Union for Conservation of Nature´s (IUCN) extinction list; the frog also represents a lineage that was thought to have vanished, according to a report in the journal Nature...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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