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Places to Watch: 5 Forests at Risk This Month 13.12.2017 WRI Stories
Places to Watch: 5 Forests at Risk This Month Comments|Add Comment|PrintOil palm plantation in Indonesia. Photo by James Anderson/WRI Places to Watch is an initiative and blog series that uses Global Forest Watch’s weekly deforestation alerts to identify forest clearing on a regular basis, spurring further investigation action. Sign up here to receive each new Places to Watch update. Tropical forests, and the people and animals who call them home, are constantly threatened by development.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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We need to talk about genetically modifying animals 12.12.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
We need to talk about genetically modifying animals
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Mysterious disease wastes South Florida's corals, and scientists are racing to find a cure 10.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A mysterious epidemic continues to sweep South Florida’s reefs, transforming corals into lifeless skeletons and threatening undersea structures that support tourism, provide hurricane protection and serve as homes to a vast range of marine life.

Called white plague, white blotch and other names,...

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Too late for the extinct or critically-endangered on Earth. 8.12.2017 The Earth Times Online Newspaper - Health News
IUCN must be listened to, unless you are one of those who disregards any science on the grounds that it could be fake. Acting is the opposite to disinterest, but what can we do to counter the actions of great industries or the governments of large populations of people? The answer seems bland, but it proves individuals are always important.
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In Theory: What ethical questions come to mind over the ‘de-extinction’ movement? 6.12.2017 LA Times: Commentary

A new book examines the questions raised by the proposed reintroduction of extinct species into their native habitats. In “Rise of the Necrofauna,” CBC broadcaster and science writer Britt Ray examines a number of perspectives on using genetic engineering to foment “de-extinction.”

These include...

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Study Finds Variation Within Species is a Critical Aspect of Biodiversity 5.12.2017 Environmental News Network
Concerns about biodiversity tend to focus on the loss of species from ecosystems, but a new study suggests that the loss of variation within species can also have important ecological consequences.
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Scientists discover mother lode of fossil eggs from pterosaurs 1.12.2017 Washington Post: World
The fossil eggs and embryos found in northeastern China suggest that pterosaurs guarded their young and nested in large colonies, researchers said.
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The shot hole borer beetle could kill 38% of all trees in the L.A. region 30.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Pick a tree at random anywhere in Southern California and examine it closely. Chances are good that you will find small wet stains on its trunk. Those wet stains are most likely signs of a fatal tree disease that is spreading throughout the region at an alarming rate, and which has the potential...

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Delta Dispatches: Reviewing Our Coastal Master Plan Projects 29.11.2017 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
On today’s show, Simone & Jacques are talking about the new report from Restore the Mississippi River Delta "Recommendations for Coastal Restoration Projects and Programs in Louisiana." To highlight some of the projects, they are joined by Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist at National Wildlife Federation and Erik Johnson, Director of The Bird Conservation at Audubon Louisiana. Below is a transcript of this week's Delta Dispatches Podcast. Subscribe to our feed in iTunes and Google Play.     Listen Now! ...
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Don’t worry about climate change — it will all be fine if you can just wait a few million years! 27.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Don’t worry about climate change — it will all be fine if you can just wait a few million years!
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We don’t need to save endangered species. Extinction is part of evolution. 22.11.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The only creatures we should go out of our way to protect are Homo sapiens.
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Stop Cutting Down Trees. Cities Need Birds to Eat Gross Bugs that Transmit Disease. 19.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  A grove of five or six mature trees, some of them rising more than 50 feet into the air, once grew on a lot abutting our East Boston yard. In the summer, they shaded the cluster of five townhouses that wrapped around […]
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Billions or bust: New genetic clues to the extinction of the passenger pigeon 17.11.2017 Washington Post
Billions or bust: New genetic clues to the extinction of the passenger pigeon
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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a "Second Notice" to Humanity. Can We Listen Now? 14.11.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Yikes. Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire  warning  to humanity: "Time is running out" to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink. The new warning was published Monday in the international journal  BioScience , and marks an update to the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity" issued by nearly 1,700 leading scientists 25 years ago. The 1992 plea, which said Earth was on track to be "irretrievably mutilated" baring "fundamental change," however, was largely unheeded. "Some people might be tempted to dismiss this evidence and think we are just being alarmist," said William Ripple, distinguished professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, and lead author of the new warning. "Scientists are in the business of analyzing data and looking at the long-term consequences. Those who signed this second warning aren't just raising a false alarm. They are acknowledging ...
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15,000 Scientists in 184 Countries Warn About Negative Global Environmental Trends 13.11.2017 Environmental News Network
Human well-being will be severely jeopardized by negative trends in some types of environmental harm, such as a changing climate, deforestation, loss of access to fresh water, species extinctions and human population growth, scientists warn in today’s issue of BioScience, an international journal.
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If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct 7.11.2017 LA Times: Science

Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a new study finds.

The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth’s living things.

Scientists have...

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Help track mosquitoes with your smartphone 7.11.2017 TreeHugger
Calling all citizen scientists! Stanford needs your help monitoring the disease-spreading insects.
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If you enjoy sleeping at night instead of the day, thank the dinosaurs for going extinct 7.11.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Mammals were largely creatures of the night until the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid some 66 million years ago, a new study finds.

The findings, described in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, illuminate a pivotal transition in the history of Earth’s living things.

Scientists have...

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A powerful lawmaker wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act. He’s getting close. 6.11.2017 Washington Post
For decades, Rep. Rob Bishop has wanted to undo the law. Under Trump, victory is within the Utah Republican’s grasp.
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Frizzy-haired, smaller-headed orangutan may be new great ape 2.11.2017 AP Top News
A remote population of frizzy-haired orangutans on the Indonesian island of Sumatra seems to be a new species of primate, scientists say....
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