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2014-06-25 10:14:50

PLOS Habitat loss is a primary driver of biodiversity loss – so it isn't surprising that optimising the amount of protected land is high on policy-makers' priorities. However, according to research to be published in the Open Access journal PLOS Biology on June 24 by Oscar Venter and colleagues, many protected areas are established in locations of low economic value, failing to protect the imperilled biodiversity found on more valuable land. More of the earth's land surface is set to be...

2014-02-24 23:00:13

Protected natural areas in Costa Rica reduced poverty by 16 percent in neighboring communities, mainly by encouraging ecotourism, according to new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 Protected natural areas in Costa Rica reduced poverty by 16 percent in neighboring communities, mainly by encouraging ecotourism, according to new research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Upstream Forest Conservation Linked To Saving Fiji's Coral Reefs
2013-12-18 13:50:06

Wildlife Conservation Society The health of coral reefs offshore depend on the protection of forests near the sea, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that outlines the importance of terrestrial protected areas to coastal biodiversity. In a study conducted by WCS and the University of Queensland evaluating the effects of terrestrial protected area designs on Fiji's coral reefs, it turns out that what's best for land ecosystems is also best for coastal corals....

2013-12-05 23:38:24

Five hundred miles southeast of Hawai‘i, in international waters far out of sight of any land, there are vast mineral resources 5,000 meters below the sea. Manganese nodules, rich in commercially valuable mineral resources including nickel, copper, manganese, cobalt and rare-earth elements, overlay a broad swath of the deep-sea floor.  It took millions of years to form these deposits. The potato-sized nodules themselves and the deep sediments where they are found are home to a...

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...

2013-10-22 23:30:01

Science-based strategy helps leaders safeguard ocean places essential to human life and livelihoods. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 Marine Conservation Institute today announced the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES), a comprehensive science-based strategy for advancing marine protected areas worldwide. Oceans are essential to human survival and prosperity and yet human activities are pushing many critical marine species toward extinction. Marine protected areas are generally...

Researchers Identify Unprotected Regions That Harbor The Majority Of Life On Earth
2013-09-05 16:23:48

American Association for the Advancement of Science Can the separate international commitments of protecting 17% of the planet's terrestrial surface and of conserving 60% of the world's plant species within these protected areas be met simultaneously by 2020? A new study suggests that they can—but only if researchers and conservationists do more to safeguard particularly hot spots of biodiversity. According to Lucas Joppa from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England, and colleagues...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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