User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Independent
Category: Specific Organisms :: Plants
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Climate Change This Week: Hot Spiral, Big Oil Cleaning, and More! 25.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Bizarre Biodiversity in the Boreal are wood frogs that freeze in winter, thaw in spring - another reason to help preserve these important carbon storing systems. Source LATimes Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon Boreal Circle of Fire - a wildfire emitted many tons of climate-changing carbon emissions as it burned Fort McMurray, Canada, which helps produce climate-changing fossil fuels that, when burned, help warm and dry out boreal forests. Both fires and fossil fuels up the chances for... more carbon-emitting wildfires. This wildfire is just the latest in a growing lineage of early northern wildfires, indicating climate change. OO Global Warming Spurs Wildfires Increase In Boreal Forest - worldwide, scientists have warned for decades, as rising temperatures, drying trees and earlier melting of snow spur increasing wildfires. Large-scale loss of boreal forest could help speed climate change, since their destruction releases vast ...
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Top 10 new species include a bizarre array of wonders 24.5.2016 TreeHugger
From a spectacularly weird anglerfish to the largest carnivorous sundew plant seen in the New World, this list of novel new species gives hope that all isn't lost.
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10 magical places saved by endangered species 20.5.2016 TreeHugger
In our efforts to save animals at risk of extinction, we've saved some extraordinary places as well.
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'Biting' plants discovered with teeth like ours! 19.5.2016 TreeHugger
For the first time, researchers have found calcium phosphate in the structure of plants – in this case, used to harden the needle-like hairs used to defend against predators.
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Save the butterflies with DIY milkweed seed bombs 17.5.2016 TreeHugger
Munitions to love! It's time to carpet the country with milkweed to give struggling monarchs a chance.
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More evidence: Solar farms can increase biodiversity 13.5.2016 TreeHugger
From wildflowers to birds, many species make their home on a solar farm. But how the land is managed will have a big impact.
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'On Borrowed Time': Human Activity Puts One in Five Plant Species at Risk of Extinction 10.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Human activity, from the razing of forests to the spewing of carbon, has imperiled large swaths of the plant kingdom, according to a landmark survey of the world's flora published Tuesday.

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EPA Finds Atrazine Likely Harming Most Species of Plants, Animals in U.S. 4.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The amount of the herbicide atrazine that’s released into the environment in the United States is likely harming most species of plants and animals, including mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, according to a preliminary risk assessment by the Environmental Protection Agency. Atrazine is well known as a hormone disruptor that has been linked to birth defects and cancer in humans and contamination of ground-, surface- and drinking-water ...
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In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up 3.5.2016 High Country News Most Recent
In a place where history, culture and geography intermingle, ‘local’ can be hard to define.
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Cheerios Giving Bees A Buzz-Worthy 3,300 Acres Of Flowers To Pollinate 3.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Honey Nut Cheerios is the bee’s knees. On April 26, General Mills announced that the farms that supply oats for Honey Nut Cheerios will plant approximately 3,300 acres of habitat for bees and other pollinators by 2020. It’s a size of land that is equivalent to “3,000 football fields,” Tom Rabaey, principal agronomist for General Mills, said in a video  for Cheerios. “I think everybody can agree that by planting more habitat, we’re going to do a lot of good,” Rabaey said. The habitats will be filled with nectar and pollen-rich wildflowers and planted in partnership with the University of Minnesota and Xerces Society, a leading pollinator and wildlife conservation organization. The loss of bees can be really stinging. According to the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services , 75 percent of the world's food crops depend at least in part on pollination. "Without pollinators, many of us would no longer be able to enjoy coffee, chocolate and apples, among many other ...
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Islands and their biodiversity 28.4.2016 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
A new theory on why we have such biodiverse islands, while some are literally desert has been long in coming, but it’s here.
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Mobile "half-plant, half-machine" cybernetic geodesic garden preserves native plant species 26.4.2016 TreeHugger
A cybernetically enhanced garden that is able to move on its own, to fulfill its mission of protecting local plant species.
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Climate Change Alters Genes of a Mustard Plant 14.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
California got a bit more rain and snow this year thanks to El Niño, but is still suffering the effects of many years of drought. This drought is one example of the many extreme events, including storms and fires, that are increasing in frequency as the global climate continues to change. Not only does the drought in California affect the lives of millions of people, but it also has major impacts on many other living things. While some species are declining or going extinct as a result of climatic changes, others may be able to adapt. Understanding how they do so is profoundly important for conservation. Furthermore, examining how climate change alters species gives us the opportunity to increase our understanding of the process of evolution, particularly when we can catch them in the act of evolving. In an article my collaborators and I recently published in the journal Molecular Ecology , we examined how a drought that occurred in southern California between 1997 and 2004 influenced genetic changes in ...
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5 ways to connect with nature this spring 13.4.2016 TreeHugger
Spring has sprung so get outside, get dirty and connect with the nature you love!
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This Is What Dessert Would Look Like Without Bees 13.4.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Slide the bar over the image above to reveal what the dessert counter would look like without pollinators. Bad news for those with a sweet tooth: the absence of pollinators such as bees and butterflies would signal the end of dessert as we know it. Whole Foods Market recently removed all products from an area of the supermarket reliant on the creatures, mirroring past initiatives in the diary aisle and the produce section . The results, seen above in the bakery department for the company's Share the Buzz campaign, are dramatic. Without pollinators , 95 percent of dessert items the grocery chain stocks would either disappear completely or need to be drastically altered. Pollinators including hummingbirds, flies, beetles and moths help in the production of nearly 75 percent of crops and an equal proportion of flowering plants. Foods like chocolate , vanilla, coffee , almonds and berries wouldn't be available without them. Even dairy products used in desserts like cheesecake and creme brulee would be harder ...
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Why You Should Plant Milkweed Right Now 12.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I don't usually tell people what to do (probably because very few people would do what I say anyway), but I'm going to tell you what to do... plant some milkweed! Spring is here, and it's time to plant milkweed (if you haven't already). If you're planting your garden... plant some milkweed too. If you're planting flowers... plant some milkweed too. If you aren't planting anything, plant some milkweed anyway! At this point, you may be wondering, what is milkweed, and what's my obsession with it? You might not be familiar with milkweed, but you're probably familiar with the iconic orange and black Monarch butterfly. Milkweed (a weed) is the ONLY plant the Monarch caterpillar can eat, and thus is it's only food source. Unfortunately, today in the US there is a lot less milkweed, which means there are a lot fewer Monarch butterflies. In fact, the population of Monarch butterflies has dropped so much in the past twenty years, it is possible that the Monarch butterfly could face quasi-extinction in our ...
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These Photos Capture The Startling Effect Of Shrinking Bee Populations 7.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In parts of rural China, humans are doing the work bees once did.  Striking new photos show farm workers in Hanyuan county, in China's Sichuan province, painstakingly applying pollen to flowers by hand.  Hanyuan county is known as the "world's pear capital." But pesticide use has led to a  drastic reduction in the area's bee population, threatening the fruit crop. Workers now pollinate fruit trees artificially, carefully transferring pollen from male flowers to female flowers to fertilize them. For photographer Kevin Frayer, the images of human pollinators tell a story of both loss and human creativity.  "On the one hand it's a story about the human toll on the environment, while on the other it shows our ability to be more efficient in spite of it all," Frayer told The Huffington Post.  Bee populations are declining worldwide, according to a February report from the United Nations. Shrinking numbers of bees could result in the loss of "hundreds of billions of dollars" worth of crops every year. But in ...
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Monarch butterflies face substantial risk of extinction 7.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Preventing monarch extinction will require active intervention by humans on a variety of fronts. It's an opportunity for those of us who believe that abundant nature enhances the quality of our ...
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Got milkweed? Monarchs still need your help 6.4.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Three years ago, the eastern monarch butterfly population plummeted to 35 million , a drop of more than 95 per cent since the 1990s. More than a billion milkweed plants, which monarchs depend on for survival, had been lost throughout the butterfly's migratory range -- from overwintering sites in Mexico to summer habitat in ...
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Calls for Billions of People to Plant Billions of Trees 31.3.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"At first, I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity." -- Chico Mendes, Martyred Brazilian environmentalist (Right to left), Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, botanist and forest activist, Joanne Campell, Graton Rancheria Tribal Council, and Wendy Johnson, ordained lay dharma teacher. Photo 2016 by Elizabeth Fenwick for Point Reyes Books. Diana Beresford-Kroeger appears to be following the dictum, "Make no little plans." The 71-year-old self-described "renegade scientist" has a plan to put everyone on Earth to work planting trees. Her "Bioplan" calls on every able-bodied person to plant a tree a year for six years to bring back the world's lost forests. Her work was the inspiration for a recent day-long, " Call of the Forest: Water, Climate, Spirit " conference attended by more than 200 people in the Northern California ...
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