User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Fungi
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As a killer fungus looms, scientists call for a ban on salamander imports 31.7.2015 LA Times: Science
If it makes its way to our shores, a newly discovered fungus from Asia could wipe out large numbers of salamander species and spark a major North American biodiversity crisis, scientists are warning.
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What It’s Like to Watch a Species Go Extinct 30.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
When scientists talk about the sixth extinction, there's one example that stands out above all others: ...
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Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers 26.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Migrating salmon on the Columbia River face tough odds for survival as the lack of snowmelt water and searing summer heat have sent water temperatures soaring.
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Key to bats' health to be researched in Minnesota 21.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Scientists across Minnesota are doubling down efforts to understand one species in particular: the northern long-eared bat.
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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill giving labor protections to pro sports cheerleaders 16.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday legislation that will ensure cheerleaders for professional sports teams receive the minimum wage, workers' compensation and other benefits.
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How microbes are cleaning up the BP oil spill 12.7.2015 Environmental News Network
Microbes, primarily bacteria and fungi, get a bad rap in today’s society. However they’ve long played an incredible role within the Earth’s ecosystem. And one of the most important places microbes are transforming the earth is in the Gulf of Mexico, where a number of strains are busy munching up the oil still left over from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.The Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which took place just over five years ago caused a massive ecological disaster in and around the Gulf of Mexico. This is partially because the spill took so long to quell, with oil companies scrambling (and often failing) to stem the flow of oil from the seabed.
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Once And Future Nut: How Genetic Engineering May Bring Back Chestnuts 19.6.2015 NPR News
The American chestnut is poised to return — as a bionic, blight-resistant tree. Scientists hope to plant about 10,000 transgenic plantlets to pollinate trees in the "wild."
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Fighting microbe with microbe in race to defeat the fungus plaguing bats 28.5.2015 MinnPost
REUTERS Two research teams have identified bacterial agents that may be able to keep bats from developing white-nose syndrome. After nine years of deepening gloom, there’s some very good news for our endangered bats. Two research teams, working independently, have identified bacterial agents that may be able to keep bats from developing white-nose syndrome. In a field test reported a week ago, about 150 bats already under attack from the flesh-eating fungal infection were able to fight their way back to health with help from a soil bacterium. And in laboratory tests reported a few weeks earlier, six strains of bacteria commonly found on bats were shown to be effective fungus-killers if their presence could be boosted a bit. Because both approaches rely on essentially natural elements already present in the bats’ environment, these microbe vs. microbe strategies carry a smaller risk of unintended harm than, say, chemical fungicides. Since its discovery in a cave in New York State in the winter of ...
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The Newest Strategy to Save Bats From Extinction? Bacteria 28.5.2015 Wired Top Stories
Researchers think they may have stumbled on an intervention that can both treat WNS and prevent more colonies from being ...
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Fungus' Unchecked Advance Threatens Hibernating Bats Across West 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Petition Seeks Emergency Moratorium on Imports of Salamanders for Pet Trade 14.5.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Local Briefs 13.5.2015 Durango Herald
Mesa Verde to hold native graves talkPeter Pino will present insights into his 20-year involvement with issues related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and Mesa Verde National Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park.Pino, former Zia Pueblo tribal administrator and...
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Meatless Monday: Small Steps, Big Changes -- Gene Baur and 'Living the Farm Sanctuary Life' 27.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There was no plan, there was only "concern about animals and nature," says Gene Baur. "I wanted to do something positive it the world." He did. In 1986, he co-founded Farm Sanctuary . Now almost 30 years later, Farm Sanctuary is America's premier farm animal protection organization, a safe haven for factory farm animals abused and/or left for dead, and a transformative place for people, too. Farm Sanctuary offers education, outreach and the opportunity to rediscover our primal bond with animals. "Farm animals are not that different from cats and dogs," says Baur. "They have feelings, relationships, respect and compassion." Their open affection remind of us our own humanity. And our responsibility. "We don't share our lives with animals just because we want to. We do it because we need them," Baur writes in Living the Farm Sanctuary Life. Co-written with Gene Stone, Baur's new book provides a little Farm Sanctuary wherever you are, with adorable farm animal photos, pleasing plant-based recipes from fab ...
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Bat Disease Epidemic Still Expanding Throughout North America 24.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the past decade, an epidemic called White-Nose Syndrome has had severe impacts on bat populations throughout North America. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, feeds on soft tissues of bats such as their wings and noses. Little Brown Bat with white-nose syndrome Credit: Jonathan Mays, Wildlife Biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife White Nose Syndrome was first discovered in Haile's Cave at John Boyd Thacher State Park by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation during a routine bat survey in March 2007. The earliest evidence of the disease in North America can be seen in photographs taken by a cave hydrologist at Howe Caverns in Schoharie County, New York in the winter of 2006. New York State DEC states that since March 2007 "we discovered the disease in every hibernation site in New York in which we have looked for it." The U.S. Fish & Wildlife estimates a death toll between 5-7 million bats based on the most recent survey conducted in 2012 . Impacts ...
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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Ants avoid traffic jams 22.4.2015 Environmental News Network
Rather than slowing down, ants speed up in response to a higher density of traffic on their trails, according to new research published in Springer's journal The Science of Nature - Naturwissenschaften. When the researchers increased the supply of food by leaving food next to the trail, ants accelerated their speed by 50 percent. This was despite more than double the density of traffic.
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How to grow mushrooms in your garden path 15.4.2015 TreeHugger
Plants don't like being trodden on. Mushrooms, however, do not seem to mind.
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Federal Government Protects Bat, Angers Industry 12.4.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
The northern long-eared bat has been designated as a threatened species, triggering new regulations to protect it. But oil and gas and agriculture organizations say those new rules will hurt them.
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Bats In Pennsylvania Threatened By White Nose Syndrome 6.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of the most common bat species in Pennsylvania is being threatened by white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed millions of bats of that species and others in North America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the northern long-eared bat as a "threatened" species, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1Cb0Nh3 ) reported Monday. The agency was considering listing the species as "endangered" — a more serious designation — but decided on "threatened" because the bat's population has not been affected outside areas where the fungal disease has caused problems, the newspaper reported. The agency is proposing interim rules meant to safeguard the bat's habitat, including limits on forest timbering. But the rules could also impact the wind energy and natural gas and oil drilling industries. Lora Zimmerman, a project leader with the Fish and Wildlife Service, said the "threatened" listing in Pennsylvania might seem odd in light of the fact that the long-eared bat's ...
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Feds propose a bat-protection program of minimal restrictions, dubious outlook 2.4.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/USFWSmidwest The principal killer of northern long-eared bats is a fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. Any fears that the northern long-eared bat would become a latter-day northern spotted owl, federally protected at the cost of loggers’ jobs, pipeline projects and wind farms, were put to rest yesterday with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement of a protection plan that might fairly be described as minimalist. I’m not saying that’s a travesty. I think everybody understands that the principal killer of these bats is a fungal disease, white-nose syndrome, that so far has eluded both a cure and effective controls as it marches westward with generally genocidal impact. Nor am I saying, as some environmentalists are, that this decision represents an FWS cave-in to powerful industrial interests, simply because it anticipates restrictions on a minuscule portion of forestland in the bats’ overall range across 37 states. If the agency is taken to court over this application of the ...
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