Biodiversity

Meet 9 Creepy Species That Pose Greatest Threat To Europe

Scientists have identified 66 species of plants and animals that pose the greatest threat to biodiversity and ecosystems. These species, entering and falling into new territories, displace the local flora and fauna.

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Researchers Verify That Agricultural Biodiversity Is An Effective Tool To Fight Plagues

Researchers of the Ecophysiology and Biotechnology group of the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) in Castellón, Spain, have taken part in a study that reveals how agricultural biodiversity is an effective tool for combatting plagues and the effects that...
Related topics: Medical Research, Biotechnology

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Scientists Warn Of Slow Progress Towards United Nations Biodiversity Targets

Researchers praises widespread commitment but call for broader participation to better protect global marine ecosystems.

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European Network Of Protected Areas Has Not Yet Been Able To Stop The Decline Of Butterflies In...

The Natura 2000 network of protected areas runs across the EU as a conservation network for biodiversity. However, only a few studies have so far analysed whether these refuges actually have a positive effect on species diversity. Studies have...
Related topics: Germany

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Radical Environmentalists Are Fighting Climate Change – So Why Are They Persecuted?

Climate change, deforestation, widespread pollution and the sixth mass extinction of biodiversity all define living in our world today – an era that has come to be known as "the Anthropocene". These crises are underpinned by production and...
Related topics: Deforestation

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Bioenergy Crops Could Be As Bad For Biodiversity As Climate Change

A large scale expansion in bioenergy crop production could be just as detrimental to biodiversity as climate change itself, according to new research.

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Invasive Species And Habitat Loss Our Biggest Biodiversity Threats

Invasive species and habitat loss are the biggest threats to Australian biodiversity, according to new research. Australia was rich in unique biodiversity, but has had a poor track record since European settlement.

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Why Biodiversity Is Key To Our Survival

Diversity, be it genetic, morphological, behavioural or ecological, is at the heart of many controversies. It fascinates us or worries us, depending on the context. But what is biological diversity? How useful is it, how is it generated and what are...
Related topics: Genetics

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Study Finds Indications For Recovery After Ecosystem Pollution

Environmental damage caused by human activity can reduce the number of plant and animal species dramatically. At the same time, very little is known about how biodiversity recovers after ecosystem pollution is curtailed and has been cleaned up. As...

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Think About Bees, Say Researchers, As Grand-staircase Escalante National Monument Shrinks

A year ago, President Donald Trump announced his intention to reduce the size of Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which Utah State University researchers say is a hotspot for bee biodiversity. The entomologists urge federal...
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Forest Fragmentation Disrupts Parasite Infection In Australian Lizards

In a study with implications for biodiversity and the spread of infectious diseases, ecologists have demonstrated that deforestation and habitat fragmentation can decrease transmission of a parasitic nematode in a particular species of Australian...
Related topics: Parasites, Medical Research, Deforestation

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Over Half Of The World’s Tropical Forests Have Been Destroyed, Say Conservationists

UN Biodiversity Conference in progress in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. The conference ends November 29. Credit: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)By Rabiya JafferySHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 28 2018 (IPS)Biodiversity...
Related topics: Egypt

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Scientists To Study Whale Poo’s Impact On Biodiversity

Scientists are going on a major ‘whale poo’ expedition to Antarctica to study how blue whale feces might impact biodiversity. On the seven-week voyage, scientists will collect poop samples and test a theory […] The post Scientists...
Related topics: Antarctica (science)

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Egypt Hosts The First Un Biodiversity Convention Held In The Middle East

The Convention of Biological Diversity, 2018. Source: Ahmed Saba. Used with permission. The first United Nations Biodiversity Convention held in the Middle East will take place November 17-29, 2018, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for the 14th Conference...
Related topics: Egypt

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Calling For 'corridor Of Life And Culture,' Indigenous Groups From Amazon Propose Creation Of...

Jessica Corbett, staff writerAlarmed by rampant destruction in the Amazon rainforest and the long-term impacts on biodiversity, an alliance of indigenous communities pitched the creation of the world's largest protected area, which would reach from...
Related topics: Amazon

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Ngos Call For Disinvestments In Biodiversity Destruction

Credit: Global Forest CoalitionBy Rabiya JafferySHARM EL SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 21 2018 (IPS)A discussion held earlier this week at the ongoing Convention of Biodiversity’s (CBD) Conference of Parties in Egypt highlighted that grants to curb...
Related topics: Egypt, Deforestation

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Hyena Population Recovered Slowly From A Disease Epidemic

Infectious diseases can substantially reduce the size of wildlife populations, thereby affecting both the dynamics of ecosystems and biodiversity. Predicting the long-term consequences of epidemics is thus essential for conservation. Researchers...
Related topics: Medical Research

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'final, Pathetic Stab' At Cherished Endangered Species As House Gop Votes To Strip Protections From...

Jessica Corbett, staff writerIn a move fiercely condemned by conservation experts and advocates, House Republicans continued their crusade against "arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity" and voted mostly...

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Protecting Biodiversity In Palm Oil

News that chocolate, bread and dried fruit all share a common ingredient with household detergents and cosmetics might sound both unlikely and unappetising.
Related topics: Chocolate

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The Dawn Of A New Era For Genebanks

One important aspect of biodiversity is genetic variation within species. A notable example is the variety of cultivars of crop plants. Scientists have now characterized at the molecular level a world collection of barley, comprising seed samples...
Related topics: Genetics

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