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Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Europeans Aim to Provide Better Access to Biodiversity Data

The Nordic states have entered into an agreement to drive and establish a Nordic E-Science for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research infrastructure. Called LifeWatch, this European initiative emerged under the framework of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). LifeWatch seeks to provide improved access to biodiversity data in favour of environmental research. The majority

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

India Convinces Rich Nations to Commit $12 Billion to Biodiversity Conservation

India, backed by vociferous developing countries, ultimately convinced the rich world to double the international funds for conserving biodiversity in the developing world by 2015. The decision was taken at the annual meeting of the UN Convention on Biodiversity, after hard-nosed negotiations with the European Union and some other countries drew the meeting into extra time, stretching

Monday, October 1st, 2012

UW Hires Professor to Lead Biodiversity Institute

Wyoming is one of the last great natural places in the world, says the first director of the University of Wyoming’s new Biodiversity Institute.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Stemming the Tide of Biodiversity Loss on Earth

Life on Earth is astounding in its diversity. Despite centuries of discovery, however, the vast majority of the planet’s biodiversity remains unknown. Only a few years ago, scientists shared the view that Earth’s biodiversity was so vast that it might be beyond cataloging, much less understanding. That’s no longer the case.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

CSIRO Releases a Major Study on the Implications of Climate Change on Australia’s Biodiversity

A project started in late 2008, has built on the results from the 2008 Implications of climate change for Australia’s National Reserve System report.The four priority biomes are: Northern savanna grasslands: wet and dry tropics, including grassy savanna woodlands (Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia) South-East Australian sclerophyll forests: wet and dry sclerophyll forests (NSW, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania,

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Generates First Biodiversity Data Using EPA Exchange Network

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in cooperation with NatureServe has become the first agency in the nation to exchange biodiversity data using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Central Data Exchange. The state agency was awarded an EPA Exchange Network grant to create Internet-based applications for field biologists that allow them to enter species data

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Researchers Say Tropical Areas Struggle to Sustain their Biodiversity

    Stirling researcher Katharine Abernethy is one of over 200 scientists involved in a study which concludes that many of the world’s tropical protected areas are struggling to sustain their biodiversity. The study, “Averting biodiversity collapse in tropical forest protected areas” is published in the journal Nature. It was prompted by the rapid disruption

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Biodiversity Decline in Tropical Wildlife Reserves More Destructive Than Climate Change: Study

Scientists in the journal Nature have released yet another study full of dire predictions. This study analyzed ecological data from protected reserves in 36 tropical countries, the British Independent reported on July 27, and found that half of the reserves are showing the effects of what is happening outside their borders. Moreover, one of the

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Preserving Biodiversity in the Age of Climate Change

Hundreds of scientists are gathered in Oakland this week to share ideas on how to stem the tide of extinctions among plants and animals. On opening night of the inaugural North American Congress for Conservation Biology, they got an earful from Michael Soulé, professor emeritus at UC Santa Cruz, founder of the Wildlands Network and

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

The Human Footprint in the West: A Large-scale Analysis of Anthropogenic Impacts

Humans have dramatically altered wildlands in the western United States over the past 100 years by using these lands and the resources they provide. Anthropogenic changes to the landscape, such as urban expansion and development of rural areas, influence the number and kinds of plants and wildlife that remain. In addition, western ecosystems are also

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