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Dramatic Glacial Melting In Andes Blamed On Climate Change
2013-01-22 13:47:37

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Only four months ago and a continent away, researchers were looking into the varying degrees of ice accumulation and ablation within the Himalayan glacial system. In that report, published by the National Research Council (NRC), the team concluded that glacial melt could pose significant issues for the native populations that depend on the water runoff from these glaciers for their day-to-day lives. An international team of...

Biodiversity Abounds In Madidi National Park
2012-09-14 04:45:24

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online At the IUCN World Conservation Congress, an international gathering of conservationists, held this year in Jeju, South Korea, it was announced that the Madidi National Park, located in the remote Northwestern region of Bolivia, may be the most biologically diverse location on the globe. The Wildlife Conservation Society, in conjunction with the Bolivian Park Service (SERNAP), has published a compendium of species that provide the...

2012-05-07 20:27:06

Biodiversity hot spots -- the world's biologically richest and most threatened locations on Earth -- and high biodiversity wilderness areas -- biologically rich but less threatened -- are some of the most linguistically diverse regions on our planet, according to a team of conservationists. "Results indicate that these regions (hot spots and high biodiversity wilderness areas) often contain considerable linguistic diversity, accounting for 70 percent of all languages on Earth," the...

Tropical Birds Affected By Climate Change
2012-02-16 04:24:51

Global warming, extreme weather aggravate habitat loss Climate change spells trouble for many tropical birds — especially those living in mountains, coastal forests and relatively small areas — and the damage will be compounded by other threats like habitat loss, disease and competition among species. That is among the conclusions of a review of nearly 200 scientific studies relevant to the topic. The review was scheduled for online publication this week in the journal...

2012-01-27 11:21:19

The Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia is one of the most biologically rich and rapidly changing areas of the world. A new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Ecology has used information collected over the last 100 years by explorers and from satellite images which reveals detailed patterns of species and ecosystems that occur only in this region. Worryingly, the study also finds that many of these unique species and ecosystems are lacking vital national level...

2012-01-27 10:53:35

Hundreds of rare, endemic species in the Central Andes remain unprotected and are increasingly under threat from development and climate change, according to a Duke University-led international study. "These species require unique ecological conditions and are particularly vulnerable to changes in the environment or climate. Yet our analysis shows that region-wide, about 80 percent of the areas with high numbers of these species lack any protection," said Jennifer Swenson, assistant...

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2009-09-15 13:05:00

One in six Mediterranean mammals are under threat from extinction on a regional level, according to a new report issued Tuesday. The IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species report gathered information from 320 mammals in the Mediterranean region, apart from dolphins and whales. The report marks the first time all Mediterranean animals have been included in the report. The study found that the three percent of the mammals analyzed are "critically endangered," while five percent are "endangered"...

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2006-04-11 00:45:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Global warming will become a top cause of extinction from the tropical Andes to South Africa with thousands of species of plants and animals likely to be wiped out in coming decades, a study said on Tuesday. "Global warming ranks among the most serious threats to the planet's biodiversity and, under some scenarios, may rival or exceed that due to deforestation," according to the study in the journal Conservation Biology. "This study provides...