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Rating The Earth’s Oceans
2014-10-02 03:59:24

By Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara The most comprehensive assessment conducted by the Ocean Health Index rates the Earth’s oceans at 67 out of 100 in overall health. In addition, for the first time, the report assessed the Antarctic and the 15 ocean regions beyond national jurisdiction (high-seas areas) — all critical regions for maintaining a healthy climate, safeguarding biodiversity and providing sustainable food sources. In the third annual update of the index, a partnership led...

2014-09-29 23:00:15

Annual Ocean Health Index Report also Assessed the Antarctic and High Seas Oceans for the First Time, Critical Regions for Maintaining a Healthy Climate, Safeguarding Biodiversity and Providing Sustainable Food Sources Arlington Va./Santa Barbara, Calif. USA (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 Today, researchers announced the scores for the most comprehensive assessment done by the Ocean Health Index, which scored the entirety of the Earth’s oceans at 67 out of 100 in overall health. The third...

2014-06-18 23:01:27

Ocean Health Index Shows Loss of Dunes, Salt Marshes and Seagrasses Leaves West Coast More Vulnerable to Erosion and Reduces Natural Carbon Storage Santa Barbara, CA/Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 18, 2014 The first regional assessment by the Ocean Health Index on United States waters showed that habitat destruction, particularly the loss of salt marshes and sand dunes, over the past several decades negatively impacted carbon storage and coastal protection, two of the 10 goals measured by the...

Researchers Create First Regional Ocean Health Index
2014-04-04 14:31:12

Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara Results can help Brazilian officials identify opportunities for strategic management of ocean resources With one of the world’s longest coastlines, spanning 17 states, and very high marine and coastal biodiversity, Brazil owes much of its prosperity to the ocean. For that reason, Brazil was the site of the first Ocean Health Index regional assessment designed to evaluate the economic, social and ecological uses and benefits that people derive from the...

More Native Biodiversity Supported By Cities Than Previously Thought
2014-02-13 13:44:39

Julie Cohen - University of California - Santa Barbara Researchers at UCSB's NCEAS compile the largest global dataset of urban birds and plants, which shows world's cities retain a unique natural palette The rapid conversion of natural lands to cement-dominated urban centers is causing great losses in biodiversity. Yet, according to a new study involving 147 cities worldwide, surprisingly high numbers of plant and animal species persist and even flourish in urban environments — to...

Maps Reveal Expected Redistribution Of Global Species Due To Climate Change
2014-02-11 17:06:51

University of California, Santa Barbara An international team of scientists tracks how fast and in which direction local climates — and species — have shifted As climate change unfolds over the next century, plants and animals will need to adapt or shift locations to follow their ideal climate. A new study provides an innovative global map of where species are likely to succeed or fail in keeping up with a changing climate. The findings appear in the science journal Nature. As...

2013-03-26 19:57:42

Solutions that meet the broad, varied, and often competing priorities of conservation are difficult to come by. Research published in the March 28 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences takes a hard look at why, in an effort to find ways to resolve the issue. "People often think of conservation solutions that are effective, cost-efficient, and equitable —— the so-called triple bottom line solutions —— as the holy grail, the best possible...

Ecological Tipping Points Examined In Hopes Of Preventing Them
2012-10-31 09:26:37

University of California - Santa Barbara Predation by otters keeps urchin populations in check, allowing kelp —— a favorite food of urchins —— to flourish. But what if otters were harvested to near extinction for their fur? The resulting overabundance of urchins would decimate the kelp forest, leaving little food or shelter for fish and invertebrates. And so it may go, as declines in these species are likely to affect others. Such is the potential trickle-down...

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2009-07-30 15:30:00

Scientists have joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment on the status of marine fisheries and ecosystems.The two-year study, led by Boris Worm of Dalhousie University and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington and including an international team of 19 co-authors, shows that steps taken to curb overfishing are beginning to succeed in five of the 10 large marine ecosystems that they examined.The paper, which appears in the July 31 issue of the journal Science, provides new hope for...

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2009-07-09 13:35:00

Coastal marine ecosystems are at risk worldwide as a result of human activities, according to scientists at UC Santa Barbara who have recently published a study in the Journal of Conservation Letters. The authors have performed the first integrated analysis of all coastal areas of the world."Resource management and conservation in coastal waters must address a litany of impacts from human activities, from the land, such as urban runoff and other types of pollution, and from the sea," said...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin