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Can Biodiversity Be Saved By Nature Parks?
2012-08-07 16:10:47

The 14 years of wildlife studies in and around Madagascar's Ranomafana National Park by Sarah Karpanty, associate professor of wildlife conservation at Virginia Tech's College of Natural Resources and Environment, and her students are summarily part of a paper on biodiversity published July 25 by Nature's Advanced Online Publication and coming out soon in print. As human activities put increasing pressures on natural systems and wildlife to survive, 200 scientists around the world carved...

Biodiversity Preservation Efforts In Peril
2012-07-26 10:40:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nature preserves have been remarkably successful in maintaining the biodiversity within their borders, but some threats to the species that live there are making those borders obsolete. A recent study published in Nature that included over 200 scientists from around the world found that many of these modern-day Noah´s Arks are facing a threat to their biodiversity through mismanagement and insufficient enforcement of preserve...

2011-10-07 12:21:58

Cities are generally regarded as hostile for wildlife and urbanization a dramatic form of destruction of natural habitats. Still, they are far from dead zones. Their biodiversity may even exceed that of surrounding landscapes, owing to heterogeneous environments and frequent localization in naturally rich areas that historically supplied diverse resources for their human inhabitants. "This is definitely the case of the city of Prague, Czech Republic", says the lead author Prof....

2009-06-30 09:33:52

A new study out today found that many nations throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, are seeing an annual increase in visitors to their conservation areas.The research, published today (29 June) in the journal PLoS Biology, found that in 15 of the 20 countries for which information was available there was an increase in the number of visitors to their nature reserves. This has important implications for nations who are reliant on nature-related tourism to generate funds for...

2008-10-09 21:00:24

By Joanne Ginley Visitors can see water voles, birds such as skylarks, goldfinches, kestrels and swallows, along with speckled wood and meadow brown butterflies and flowers such as harebells, bird's foot trefoil and vetches.The wildlife constantly changes and in winter visitors will find birds such as fieldfares and redwings as well as ducks such as goldeneye on the reserves that have lakes.It was announced yesterday that six of Wakefield's parks and wildlife areas are to be classified as...

2008-07-15 15:00:28

THE waters surrounding Scotland's most remote National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will be charted for the first time when Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) conducts a marine survey of the area next week. North Rona is one of Scotland's most isolated island outposts, sitting 47 miles out in the Atlantic northeast of the Butt of Lewis. Despite its NNRs designation, the marine environment of the island has never been fully surveyed. SNH hopes to explore North Rona's reefs, caves and gullies...

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2008-07-09 12:58:42

Rather than suppressing local communities in developing nations, nature reserves attract human settlement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. In an analysis of 306 rural protected areas in 45 countries in Africa and Latin America, the researchers found that, on average, the rate of human population growth along the borders of protected areas was nearly twice that of neighboring rural areas. Justin Brashares, UC Berkeley assistant professor of...


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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