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Thursday, July 12th, 2012

UNESCO Adds 20 Sites to the Global Network of Biosphere Reserves

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today added 20 new sites to its global list of biosphere reserves, bringing the total to 599 in 117 countries.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Biodiversity Survey Launched in Tibetan Forest

A group of researchers and photographers have started a 15-day biodiversity survey in the virgin forest of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The team will use cameras to record endangered species in Lulang Forest of Nyingchi prefecture in the southeast of Tibet, an area known for its rich biodiversity including all major vegetation of the

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Building Global Collaboration for Biodiversity Intelligence

A landmark conference has agreed key priorities for harnessing the power of information technologies and social networks to understand better the workings of life on Earth, focussing on how biodiversity can continue to sustain human lives and livelihoods. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC), gathering some 100 experts from around the world from 2-4 July,

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Farm-forest Mix May Keep Species Diverse

To keep up with projected demand, farming output will need to double in the next few decades. This inconvenient fact is bad news for the environment as a whole, and biodiversity in particular. Large-scale, high-intensity agricultural production, scientists say, dramatically reduces variation between bird communities of different areas. But Stanford University scientists say there may

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Climate warming causes cascading biodiversity loss as large predators and herbivores fall out

Global warming may cause more extinctions than predicted if scientists fail to account for interactions among species in their models, Yale and UConn researchers argue in Science. “Currently, most models predicting the effects of climate change treat species separately and focus only on climatic and environmental drivers,” said Phoebe Zarnetske, the study’s primary author and

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

A New Vision for Harnessing Data About Life on Earth

Experts from around the world are preparing to address the urgent need to improve understanding of the complexities and patterns of global biodiversity. The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) will convene 100 leading specialists in biodiversity science, informatics, conservation and policy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2-4 July.

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Looking for Solutions in the Fight to Preserve Biodiversity

For decades, conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy has repeatedly warned — sometimes in dire terms — about the loss of biodiversity. But Lovejoy, who this week was awarded the prestigious Blue Planet Prize, remains an optimist. “There is no point in being unduly pessimistic, because that just guarantees all the bad things will happen,” says Lovejoy,

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Sea Level Rise hidden Impact on Biodiversity and Habitat Loss in Asia

A new scientific study published in Global Change Biology raises alarm bells about global climate change and the secondary impact of sea level rise on habitat loss and species biodiversity, especially in the Asian and Pacific regions. We already know that Climate change and habitat loss threaten biodiversity with the extinction rate underestimated and that

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Citizen Scientists to Document Biodiversity with High-resolution Imagery

A high-resolution image of a palm tree in Brazil, which under close examination shows bees, wasps and flies feasting on nectars and pollens, was the top jury selection among the images captured during last December’s Nearby Nature GigaBlitz. It’s also an example of what organizers hope participants will produce for the next GigaBlitz, June 20-26.

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Retention Forestry Now Sparing Trees and Benefitting Biodiversity Worldwide

The management practice known as retention forestry, which involves deliberately leaving selected trees standing when wood is harvested, has spread to forests over much of the world and is bringing broad benefits to conservation, according to an assessment published in the July 2012 issue of BioScience. The study, by an international group of researchers headed

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