User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Insects
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A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018 23.5.2018 LA Times: Science
The highest branches of a Brazilian forest. The permanent darkness of a cave in China. The deepest place on Earth. Meet the Top 10 new species that were described by science in the previous year.
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How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal 22.5.2018 L.A. Times - World News

India’s most famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once wrote that the Taj Mahal stood on the banks of the river Yamuna “like a teardrop suspended on the cheek of time.”

One wonders whether the late Nobel laureate could have found a lyrical description of the latest threat facing the grand, white-marble...

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A little extra global warming will mean a lot more habitat loss for plants and animals, study says 19.5.2018 LA Times: Science

What difference does half a degree Celsius of global warming make?

To many plants and animals, and especially insects, it could mean the difference between life and death, according to a new study.

In a paper published Thursday in Science, researchers report that limiting global warming to 1.5...

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How Water World has gardened with its patrons in mind — no matter how many legs they have 18.5.2018 Denver Post: Local
Sanctuary, by definition means a place of refuge or safety, a nature reserve, which is what Hyland Hills Water World has created as the park has evolved over nearly 40 years.
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Saving Taj Mahal: Supreme Court says throw out ASI, Govt says calling experts 10.5.2018 Front Page – The Indian Express
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Europe Just Banned the Chemicals That Lay Waste to Honeybees. But They’re Still Everywhere in the US. 3.5.2018 Mother Jones
In late April, the European Union banned a blockbuster trio of neonicotinoid insecticides, marketed by chemical giants Syngenta and Bayer. The decision, motivated by mounting evidence of harm to bees exposed to the chemicals, entrenches a temporary moratorium the EU placed on them back in 2013.  Here in the United States, use of neonicotinoids continues unabated. […]
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Models and mimics are marvels in SE Asia 2.5.2018 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Environment News
Look at those modified wings and the bee antennae. But this is no stinger or biter. It’s a clearwing moth, and you can find similar species near your own location worldwide. It’s all about the mimic, and its model- in this case a generalised stingless bee. Trouble is, you won’t find this guy. Good luck, but he seems to be almost extinct. One of those many new species that will disappear rapidly, just like many others that have been seen just as we destroy their habitat.
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The extraordinary life and death of the world's oldest known spider 2.5.2018 Washington Post
A trapdoor spider in Australia lived at least 43 years, evading many hardships and outlasting the career of the zoologist who first took note of her.
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Trends in agriculture show organics on top 30.4.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
'Organic doesn't mean what it used to — it's not just an "alternative" system to conventional agriculture anymore.
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EU to 'completely ban' outdoor use of pesticides blamed for devastating bees 27.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union moves to protect bees from a popular insecticide.
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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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The GOP House’s Farm Bill Would Gut a Key Conservation Program 19.4.2018 Mother Jones
Last week, the US House Agriculture Committee released a draft of the farm bill, the once-every-five-years legislation that shapes and funds the country’s agriculture funding and policy. On Wednesday, the ag committee approved it, setting it up for a vote on the House floor.  It would gut what is arguably the most important program to encourage […]
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Keeping up with the Kangaroos 15.4.2018 Eye – The Indian Express
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Here’s How to Mourn a Bird, a Butterfly, a Bat, or any Endangered Species You Love 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. An oversized paper mâché sunflower rose like a pale moon against the dusk of a central Brighton park. Amid the shivering group of 30 people on the chilly south coast of England, a funereal gong sounded. Several faces were hidden behind self-made bat […]
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Novel bed net provides greater protection against malaria 12.4.2018 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Guitar makers hit hard by new regulations on prized rosewood 12.4.2018 AP Business
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments, whose top-end products require small amounts of rosewood, a material prized for its rich, multicolored grain and resonant sound....
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U.S. agency wants to protect butterfly found only on island 12.4.2018 AP Washington
SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare white and green butterfly found only on Washington's San Juan Island....
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Feds want to protect butterfly found only on San Juan Island 11.4.2018 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare white and green butterfly found only on Washington's San Juan Island....
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Study spiders and hike the jungle on Amazon River tour in Peru 27.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Travel the Amazon River, explore the forest floor and spend time with scientists in the Peruvian jungle on a 10-day workshop that focuses on conservation and wildlife.

International Expeditions has organized a trip that gives participants an opportunity to join experts for hands-on investigations...

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WSJ's Ben Fritz weighs in on the present and future of movies 20.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

In the 21st century, cinematic universes housing the canons of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, Harry Potter and other franchises have largely replaced movie stars on the big screen.

As Netflix and Amazon Prime gobble up content for their streaming services, and cable networks such as HBO and FX attract...

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