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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

USGS Launches Interactive Online BIodiversity Map for the Nation

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U. S. and territories.  Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Study Led by NUS Scientists Reveals Escalating Cost of Forest Conservation

In the face of unprecedented deforestation and biodiversity loss, policy makers are increasingly using financial incentives to encourage conservation. However, a research team led by the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that in the long run, conservation incentives may struggle to compete with future agricultural yields. 

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

National Coastal Awareness Committee to Focus Efforts on Invasive Species

The Coastal Awareness Committee of The Bahamas, a group of stakeholders from the private and public sectors with an interest in promoting the sustainable development of The Bahamas, has announced the focus for their campaign in 2013 – the effects that Invasive Species have on our coastal environment.  

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

CSIRO and the ANU Launch Biodiversity Research Centre

The Centre is a joint initiative established in partnership with CSIRO and the Australian National University (ANU). “The Centre is drawing on CSIRO and ANU’s world class expertise, and harnessing new and emerging technologies in biodiversity science to improve our knowledge of Australia’s biodiversity and enable governments and conservation NGOs to translate policy into meaningful

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Amphibian Study Shows How Biodiversity Can Protect Against Disease

The richer the assortment of amphibian species living in a pond, the more protection that community of frogs, toads and salamanders has against a parasitic infection that can cause severe deformities, including the growth of extra legs, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

An Interactive Atlas to Preserve Agricultural Biodiversity

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and cooperators have developed an interactive atlas of wild plants in Guatemala that are closely related to crop plants. The atlas will make it easier to preserve plants with genes that may be vital to global food security.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

New Zealand Undertakes Biodiversity Monitoring Blitz

The most comprehensive biodiversity monitoring blitz ever undertaken on New Zealand’s rocky shoreline is a key feature of NZAEE Seaweek from March 2 – 10. School children, community groups and iwi will work alongside scientists to take a close-up look at 1m sq patches of their local marine environment in just one of the many

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Tasmania Forest Study Finds Production Lands Retain Biodiversity

A landmark study has found that appropriately managed production forest landscapes have a similar biodiversity to that of largely undisturbed landscapes. The research, commissioned by Forest and Wood Products Australia and carried out by Forestry Tasmania and the University of Tasmania, has shown that tall eucalypt forests do not necessarily need to be in large reserves

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

BC’s Land Use Laws and Plans ‘Hardwired for Failure’

Two reports released today show gaping holes in BC conservation, both on the ground and hardwired in its laws. Maps of BC depicting all environmental land use designations in the province –the legacy of 20 years of land use planning –were released by ForestEthics Solutions. Drawing together this information for the first time, the maps

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

CSIRO Opens up an Instrumented Rainforest Research Plot

CSIRO and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)have established Australia’s first large-scale rainforest research plot at Robson Creek in North Queensland. The 25 hectare plot will allow scientists to monitor the rainforest over the long term and answer questions about the health of this highly biodiverse Australian ecosystem.

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