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Biodiversity

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

New Maps Reveal Locations of Species at Risk as Climate Changes

In research published Monday in the journal Nature, CSIRO and an international team of scientists revealed global maps showing how fast and in which direction local climates are shifting. This new study points to a simpler way of looking at climatic changes and their likely effects on biodiversity.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Turner Endangered Species Fund and E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Join Forces to Combat Extinction Crisis

The Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) today announced a new partnership to combat the worldwide decline of biological diversity.  The partnership will serve to support research and education initiatives that inspire a new generation of enthusiastic explorers, environmental policy makers, citizen scientists, and conservation biologists to conserve and

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

A Full Quarter of Shark and Ray Species Threatened with Extinction

A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks.  The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG).

Friday, January 17th, 2014

2013 Worst Ever for Rhino Poaching in South Africa

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs revealed official figures today that 1004 rhinos were illegally killed during 2013 in South Africa, the equivalent of nearly three animals a day, making it the worst year ever on record for rhino poaching in the country.

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Paper Predicts a Future Without Carnivores Would Be Truly Scary

A fascinating paper released today from a team of leading scientists, including Dr. Joel Berger of the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Montana, reports on the current status of large carnivores and the ecological roles they play in regulating ecosystems worldwide, and finds that a world without these species is certainly scarier than a

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Might More Ravens –Aided by Humans – Mean “Nevermore” For Sage-Grouse?

A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Idaho State University and the U.S. Geological Survey suggests that habitat fragmentation and the addition of makeshift perches such as transmission polls in sagebrush ecosystems are creating preferred habitat for common ravens that threaten  sensitive native bird species, including greater sage grouse.

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

The Right Mix of Species is Needed for Conservation

For years, scientists have believed that preserving more species, no matter which ones, is a key component to enhancing how well an ecosystem performs. Not so fast, say scientists at Duke University and the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Scientists Identify the World’s Most Irreplaceable Protected Areas

A new scientific study has identified the protected areas most critical to preventing extinctions of the world’s mammals, birds and amphibians. Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Island Biodiversity in Danger of Total Submersion with Climate Change

Sea level rise caused by global warming can prove extremely destructive to island habitats, which hold about 20% of the world’s biodiversity. Research by C. Bellard, C. Leclerc and F. Courchamp of the University of Paris Sud look at 3 possible scenarios, from optimistic to very pessimistic, to bring attention to the dangers in store

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Brazil and EU Team Up to Tackle Biodiversity Loss

2020 is an important horizon for achieving international biodiversity targets. The goal of the European Union is to “halt the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the EU by 2020 and restore them insofar as possible, stepping up the EU’s contribution to averting global biodiversity loss”.

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