Biodiversity

Biodiversity Collections Address Science Workforce Needs

The task of training an effective cadre of biodiversity scientists has grown more challenging in recent years, as foundational skills and knowledge in organismal biology have increasingly required complementary data skills and knowledge. Writing in...

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Curbing Climate Chaos: Why Nature Is The Unsung Hero In Our Quest For Net Zero

The forests, grasslands and coastal and marine ecosystems that Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and partners are working to safeguard are not just biodiversity havens. They also play a vital role in the global carbon cycle by removing it from the...

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Newly Discovered Coral And Nudibranch Species Reflects Hong Kong's Rich Marine Biodiversity

Biologists from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have discovered in Hong Kong waters a new species of hard coral and two new species of nudibranch, a type of marine mollusc, that have never been identified anywhere else in the world. The...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries

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We Heard Public Development Banks, But Will They Have The Guts To Deliver?

A farmer with her child in the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, 2019. Credit : ForusBy Sarah StrackPARIS, Oct 22 2021 (IPS) Public development banks have committed to ramp up action to tackle climate change, to protect biodiversity, to promote human...
Related topics: Human Rights

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Biodiversity Of Islands Worldwide Is In Peril, Scientists Warn

Scientists are sounding the alarm. The biodiversity of islands around the world is becoming increasingly threatened, due in large part to habitat loss, overexploitation, invasive species and climate change. If healthy island environments are to be...

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Biodiversity Research Institute To Lead Avian Research On $7.5 M Grant From The Department Of Energy

Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) is part of a collaborative team, led by Duke University, that has received a total of $7.5 million to assess the risks that offshore wind energy development along the East Coast may pose to birds, bats, and...

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Coral Reefs In Hong Kong Are Dying. These 3d Printed Tiles Could Bring Them Back To Life.

Hong Kong has long been known for its high coral biodiversity, but in recent years populations have been decimated by pollution, urban development, and coral mining. Now, eco-engineering company ArchiREEF may have a solution that involves 3D...

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The Surprising Marine Biodiversity In The Barcelona Forum Beach

A study identified 514 marine species in the bathing areas of the Barcelona Forum, an artificial beach affected by different anthropogenic impacts. This high biodiversity—which includes the presence of exotic species—is a shocking finding in...

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Unesco ‘edna’ Initiative To ‘unlock' knowledge For Biodiversity Protection  

To understand the richness of biodiversity across World Heritage marine sites, the UN scientific organization launched on Monday a project to protect and preserve biodiversity, based on the study of environmental DNA - cellular material...
Related topics: DNA, Genetics

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Valuable Peatlands At Risk Of Disappearing

Peatlands are valuable ecosystems that store water and large quantities of carbon and that support high biodiversity. However, 20 percent of the European raised bog habitat is currently under threat from climate change and dewatering.

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How The Demise Of Dinosaurs Led To The Rise Of Snakes

The Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction killed 75 percent of all species—and prompted a snakesplosion of biodiversity.
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Paleontology

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Hamburgers And Climate Change

Will the United States and the other major meat consuming countries choose to significantly reduce their beef consumption and move to plant-based diets as part of measures to address climate change, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss?...

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Ground-level Ozone Is A Creeping Threat To Biodiversity

Scientists are learning how this pollutant damages plants and trees, setting off a cascade of effects that harms everything from soil microbes to wildlife.
Related topics: Ozone

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Ecological Redlines: Possible Model For Maintaining Biodiversity In Mainland Southeast Asia

With the upcoming launch of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, identification of conservation targets is essential. However, current global conservation targets focus on biodiversity conservation, ignoring ecosystem services and...

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New Paper Lays Out Agenda For The Next Generation Of Biodiversity Research

Weather and climate disasters in the United States have cost more than $100 billion this year, according to reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The devastating year of heatwaves, flooding and wildfires is making it clear...

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World Leaders Meet To Address Biodiversity Crisis, But U.s. Stays On Sidelines

Negotiations are underway to update the Convention on Biological Diversity to better protect and restore nature -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Humans Are Driving Animals And Plants To The Edge, But Are We Really Heading Into A Mass Extinction?

It is now common to refer to the current biodiversity crisis as the sixth mass extinction. But is this true? Are we in the middle of an event on the same scale as the five ancient mass extinctions Earth has experienced?

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Underwater Gardens Boost Coral Diversity To Stave Off ‘biodiversity Meltdown’

Researchers are building symbiotic 'underwater gardens' in the Pacific Ocean to show how different species of coral can work together to possibly restore degraded reefs.

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Biodiversity Commitment Builds Hope For 'living In Harmony With Nature'

More than 100 countries on Wednesday committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global framework, that aims to put biodiversity on a path to recovery, by 2030 at the latest.  

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Non-english-language Science Could Help Save Biodiversity

It is commonly assumed that any important scientific knowledge would be available in English, and so scientific knowledge used in international studies is predominantly sourced from English-language documents. But is this assumption correct?...

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