Biodiversity

Why Is Earth So Biologically Diverse? Mountains Hold The Answer

What determines global patterns of biodiversity has been a puzzle for scientists since the days of von Humboldt, Darwin, and Wallace. Yet, despite two centuries of research, this question remains unanswered. The global pattern of mountain...

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India Promotes South-south Cooperation, But Key Questions Unaddressed

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocated, “greater South-South cooperation in addressing climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.” Courtesy: GCIS By Joydeep GuptaSep 10 2019 (IPS) At his speech at the United Nations Convention to...
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Monitoring Air Pollution From Fires

The wildfires that have been devastating the Amazon rainforest have been international headline news over the last weeks. These fires are not only an environmental tragedy in terms of lost forest and biodiversity, but they are also leaving their...
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Pope Says Deforestation Must Be Treated As A Global Threat

Pope Francis said on Saturday rapid deforestation and the loss of biodiversity in individual countries should not be treated as local issues since they threaten the future of the planet.Francis made his appeal on a visit to Madagascar, the world's...
Related topics: Pope Francis, Religion, Deforestation, Madagascar

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Public Action And ‘fundamental Social Change’ Needed To Reverse Biodiversity Decline

Getting the general public to monitor local plants and animals could help paint a clearer picture of the global biodiversity crisis, but fundamental social change ... Read more

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Scientist Says It's Possible The Loch Ness Monster Is A Giant Eel

The idea of the Loch Ness monster has long intrigued people, with sightings of the mysterious creature dating back centuries. To better understand the Scottish lake's biodiversity, researchers went to Loch Ness last year and took hundreds of samples...
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Experts Sequence The Genome Of An Endemic Spider From The Canary Islands

A research team of the Faculty of Biology and the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio) of the University of Barcelona has sequenced the genome of the spider Dysdera silvatica Schmidt 1981, an endemic species living in the laurel forests in the...
Related topics: Genetics

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Tipping Point: Un Biodiversity Chief Warns Burning Of Amazon Could Lead To 'cascading Collapse Of...

Julia Conley, staff writerUnless world governments, consumers, and businesses all work together to address the root causes of the current burning of the Amazon rain forest, the Arctic, and forests in the Congo and Angola, the planet will continue...
Related topics: Amazon, Arctic, Angola

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Where Does Eee Come From? Your Questions About The Mosquito-borne Virus, Answered

Eastern equine encephalitis likely evolved several thousand years ago in the Amazon Basin in South America. “We can’t say for sure, but biodiversity in the tropics is greatest on all continents, so there’s more opportunity for these viruses to...
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Amazon

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New Un High-seas Treaty Must Close Gaps In Biodiversity Governance

Thousands of marine species could be at risk if a new United Nations high-seas biodiversity treaty, now being negotiated in New York, does not include measures to address the management of all fish species in international waters, not just the...

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Plant Diversity And Endemism In China: Unreachable Locations And Diverse Microclimates

A new issue of the scholarly, open-access and peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys focuses on the Chinese biodiversity hotspots and their substantial role in understanding the country's unique flora. The special issue embarks on a treasure hunt into...
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Grassland Biodiversity Is Blowing In The Wind

Temperate grasslands are the most endangered but least protected ecosystems on Earth. Grassland restorations are crucial for recovering this important but highly degraded ecosystem.

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Satellite-based Estimates Of Reduced Deforestation In Protected Areas Needed

In the context of progressing towards new targets for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the debate remains on whether the emphasis should be on protected area coverage or protected area effectiveness. "It is worrying that we still know so...
Related topics: Satellites, Space, Deforestation, Debate

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Pushing For A Green Economy & Clean Energy

Joyce Msuya, United Nations Environment Programme’s Deputy Executive DirectorBy Zipporah MusauUNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 2019 (IPS) Africa is grappling with myriad environmental and climate challenges, from drought to loss of biodiversity, cyclones...

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How The Herring Adapted To The Light Environment In The Baltic Sea

The evolutionary process that occurs when a species colonizes a new environment provides an opportunity to explore the mechanisms underlying genetic adaptation, which is essential knowledge for understanding evolution and the maintenance of...
Related topics: Genetics

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Beaver Reintroduction Key To Solving Freshwater Biodiversity Crisis

Reintroducing beavers to their native habitat is an important step towards solving the freshwater biodiversity crisis, according to experts.

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Trump Skips Meeting With World Leaders On Climate Change — Then Lies About It

Trump was the only G-7 leader to skip the meeting at the conference about climate change, and then he lied about it to reporters. “When U.S. reporters were ushered into the working session on climate, biodiversity and oceans taking place at...

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Some Exoplanets Could Have Greater Biodiversity Than Earth

When you stack up the most promising recent exoplanet finds, as illustrated here, it becomes clear none is Earth’s true twin. But even more habitable worlds may be out there waiting to be found. (Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech) Earth is the only...
Related topics: Exoplanets, NASA, Space

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Shocking Rate Of Plant Extinctions In South Africa

Plant extinctions from South Africa's three biodiversity hot spots represent 45.4 percent of all extinctions from 10 of the world's 36 hotspots, new research finds.

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The Amazon Rainforest Is Burning, But There’s A Way You Can Help From Your Desk

In response to the fires in the Amazon, search engine Ecosia is planting even more -- an additional one million trees in the Brazilian rainforest to help make up for the biodiversity lost in the flames
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