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Biodiversity

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Bat Suitability Maps Created with Echolocation Calls

Conservation efforts have taken an important step forward, thanks to observations of bats – creatures that make up a quarter of all of the UK’s native mammal species. In a paper published today, researchers at the University of Leeds describe how they recorded the echolocation calls of more than 15,000 bats during 120 walks in

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

World’s Oldest and Largest Species in Decline – IUCN Red List

The latest update of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species shows worrying declines for conifers – the world’s oldest and largest organisms – freshwater shrimps, cone snails and the Yangtze Finless Porpoise. The Santa Cruz Pupfish, a lizard known as the Cape Verde Giant Skink and a species of freshwater shrimp have been declared

Friday, June 28th, 2013

New Research Maps Biodiversity Priority Areas Worldwide

In stunning color, new biodiversity research from North Carolina State University maps out priority areas worldwide that hold the key to protecting vulnerable species and focusing conservation efforts. The research, published online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pinpoints the highest global concentrations of mammals, amphibians and birds on a scale that’s 100

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Our Natural Europe: Conservation Stories Show Importance of Local Action

When fishermen in the Koster Sea in Southern Sweden understood the value of the ecosystems beneath the waves, they voluntarily agreed to change fishing practices. The area became Sweden’s first marine national park in 2006.

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Surprise Species at Risk from Climate Change

Most species at greatest risk from climate change are not currently conservation priorities, finds an IUCN study that introduces a pioneering method to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change. The paper, published in the journal PLOS ONE, is one of the biggest studies of its kind, assessing all of the world’s birds, amphibians

Friday, May 31st, 2013

World’s Largest REDD Project, Rimba Raya, Earns VCS Verification from SCS Global Services

Indonesia’s Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve has become the world’s largest verified “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” (REDD) carbon offset project after successfully undergoing a third-party verification by SCS Global Services under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The project will preserve carbon-rich tropical peat swamp and forest, originally slated for development into palm oil plantations,

Monday, May 20th, 2013

New Zealand Study Looks at Restoring Forests

New Zealand has suffered a dramatic decline in native biodiversity which a University of Canterbury researcher has called the most pervasive environmental issue facing the country. Many of the issues associated with New Zealand’s declining biodiversity have close links to the loss and clearance of native forests. 

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

Endangered Sturgeon Studied with Satellites and Sensors

More than a century ago, an estimated 180,000 female Atlantic sturgeon arrived from the coast in the spring to spawn in the Delaware River and fishermen sought their caviar as a lucrative export to Europe. Overfishing contributed to steep population declines, however, and today numbers have dwindled to fewer than 300 adults.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World

Although Massachusetts is a small state, it is extremely varied. From the beaches and salt marshes of Cape Cod, to the forests and ridgetops of the Taconic Mountains, the Commonwealth supports a remarkable diversity of plant and animal species and natural ecosystems. These ecosystems serve critical ecological and societal functions by purifying water, cleaning the

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

EU Calls for High Seas Biodiversity Protection Treaty

An updated U.N. treaty governing the exploitation of deep-sea bioresources is urgently needed, EU Maritime Affairs Commissioner Maria Damanaki said on April 11 at a U.N.-sponsored conference in Paris, in an attempt to assure a rational and fair harvest of resources from in deep-sea areas. Read More

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