User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-National
Category: Specific Organisms :: Plants
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Ban on GMO plants advances at L.A. City Hall 21.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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How predators protect plant biodiversity 20.10.2014 TreeHugger
Herbivores are having a field day Kenya.
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Photo: Saguaro cactus defines a landscape 18.10.2014 TreeHugger
Their blossoms are the official wildflower of Arizona, where this cactus enjoys special conservation protections.
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Scientists Mull Change Of Epoch To Reflect Human Impact On The Planet 17.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Emma Anderson BERLIN (Reuters) - Scientists from around the world met this week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch after 11,700 years and begin a new geological age called the Anthropocene - to reflect humankind's deep impact on the planet. For decades, researchers have asked whether humanity's impact on the Earth's surface and atmosphere mean we have entered the Anthropocene - or new human era. "What we see is the urban phenomenon and the boom of China has a direct marking in the forms of the strata," said John Palmesino, a London-based architect who has worked with the scientists to capture on film the impact of humans on the Earth. "You can no longer distinguish what is man-made from what is natural." A group of geologists, climate scientists, ecologists and an expert in international law that have been conducting research since 2009, all met face-to-face for the first time in Berlin on Thursday and Friday to discuss the issue. They appeared to agree it is time for a change of ...
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More California gardeners go native 16.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Landscaping with California native plants has probably never been more compelling than it is today, when gardeners throughout Southern California are taking drastic measures to keep their yards looking green or, at the very least, alive.
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Can Organic Agriculture Really Reverse Climate Change? 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by guest blogger "Coach" Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute executive director Over the past 14 days, I have been on a walk --a walk that, I hope, will change the way that we look at climate change. Each day I walk 10 miles on a journey from the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, to Washington, DC. Along the way, I have had the honor of meeting with farmers, local public officials, community members, students, and activists. Every person I meet has been affected by the impacts of climate change, from the disastrous hailstorm that occurred in Reading, PA, in May to the local fisherman concerned that atrazine was found in spawning beds of smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River. Climate change affects us all, and the impacts and destruction caused by catastrophic weather events are more noticeable with each passing year. Along the way, I continue to tell people that climate change is a gift. This is Mother Nature's way of letting us know that she is sick. We have broken our ecological systems, and ...
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Global Climate Deal Shouldn't Be Legally Binding, Top State Department Official Says 15.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The United States wants to broker a global agreement on climate change that would contain some legal elements but would stop short of being legally binding on an international level, the country's top diplomat on climate change issues said. Todd Stern, the State Department climate change special envoy, addressed one of the thorniest issues in ongoing talks to secure a global plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions - its legal form. Stern said a recent proposal by New Zealand for countries to submit a "schedule" for reducing emissions that would be legally binding and subject to mandatory accounting, reporting and review offers an approach that could get the buy-in of countries like the United States that are wary of ratifying an internationally binding treaty. The content of the schedule itself and the actions each country pledges would not be legally binding at an international level. "Some are sure to disapprove of the New Zealand idea, ...
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Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals Making Very Cute Comeback 14.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hawaiian monk seal births are on the rise, according to The Marine Mammal Center. The species is considered critically endangered, with fewer than 1,200 individuals left in the wild. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program recorded 121 monk seal pups this year, up from 103 in 2013. The increase might seem minor, but for a species with such a small population, it's a huge victory. Plus, it means more of this kind of adorableness: **Swoon!** Conservationists hope to see additional population increases in the future, now that a new healthcare facility devoted entirely to the Hawaiian monk seal is up and running. Located in the town of Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Ke Kai Ola hospital opened in early September and aims to "give monk seal pups a better shot at survival and adult seals a second chance when they need it." Ultimately, the hospital hopes to restore the Hawaiian monk seal population. For now, administrators ...
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Bee campaign takes flight for General Mills 14.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Its Cascadian Farm unit began a campaign to help increase the insect’s failing population.
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The Planet Just Had Its Warmest September On Record, Continuing Hot Streak 14.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This past September was the warmest since records began in 1880, according to new data released by NASA this weekend. The announcement continues a trend of record or near-record breaking months, including May and August of this year. The newly released data could make it very likely that 2014 will become the warmest year on record . September temperature anomalies (in degrees Celsius) compared to the 1951-1980 average. (PHOTO: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ) Dr. Gavin Schmidt , a climatologist and climate modeler at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies , told The Huffington Post last month that although these temperature records are significant, they are just one piece of the data that "point[s] towards the long-term trends" of warming. He cautioned against focusing too intently on any one month or year, but rather the broader scope of human-caused climate ...
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Minnesota's newest wildlife management area is a quiet oasis 40 miles from the Twin Cities 13.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Loring Park cattails are getting a close shave 10.10.2014 Star Tribune: Local
Not everyone saw eye to eye on how fast the Loring Park invaders should be removed.
Illegal Marijuana Farms Among Threats To Fisher Populations, Federal Biologists Warn 8.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Citing a threat from rat poison used on illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists on Monday proposed Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published notice in the Federal Register that it wants to list the fisher as a threatened species in Oregon, California and Washington. The full proposal was expected Tuesday. Other reasons for the proposal include the loss of forest habitat to wildfire, logging and urban development, disease, being eaten by other predators, illegal fur trapping and climate change. The fisher is the second species in the West for which biologists have formally recognized a threat from marijuana cultivation. A recovery plan for coho salmon calls for reducing pollution from pesticides and fertilizers used on pot plantations; decreasing illegal water withdrawals from salmon streams; and easing clear-cut logging. Scientists are also working to see how ...
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State officials, conservationists work to remove invasive vine in southeast Minnesota 7.10.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
What Do Global Warming And Sweaters Have In Common? This Climate Scientist Explains. 7.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate scientist Adam Levy got sick of hearing all the usual arguments against the existence of climate change, so he decided to fight back with a clever and easy to understand YouTube channel . His latest video explains global warming using a sweater analogy. "We've known for over a hundred years that the carbon dioxide that exists naturally in the earth's atmosphere helps trap heat to keep the world warm, just like a sweater in winter." By adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, Levy explains, we're adding more hot clothes. "When a sweater's making you hot, you can just take it off," Levy says. "Unfortunately for us, carbon dioxide doesn't work like that. Once it's in the atmosphere, it sticks around for hundreds of years, so if you want to stop the world getting warmer, we need to stop too much carbon dioxide getting in to the atmosphere in the first place." Levy, who calls himself "Climate Adam," also provides links to serious scientific sources to back up his playful movies. In between making ...
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World Falling Behind On Plan To Protect Natural World By 2020, UN Says 6.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Governments are failing to meet goals to protect animals and plants set out in a biodiversity plan for 2020 that also aims to increase food supplies and slow climate change, a U.N. report showed on Monday. Many rare species face a mounting risk of extinction, forests are being cleared by farmers at an alarming rate, and pollution and over-fishing are continuing despite the U.N. push agreed in 2010 to reverse harmful trends for nature. "There has been an increase in effort (by governments) ... but this will not be enough to reach the targets," Braulio de Souza Dias, executive secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), told Reuters, citing a progress report. Overall, the Global Biodiversity Outlook issued at the start of a biodiversity meeting in South Korea on Monday showed that only five of 53 goals set for preserving nature were on target or ahead of schedule. The other 48 were lagging. Governments were on ...
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Should we upgrade photosynthesis and grow supercrops? 6.10.2014 New Scientist: Opinion
A long-awaited breakthrough by crop scientists raises some thorny issues for conservation. Michael Le Page proposes a radical ...
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In virtual mega-drought, California avoids defeat 6.10.2014 LA Times: Environment
A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades of unrelenting mega-drought similar to those that dried out the state in past millennia.
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Japan volcano victims leave photos of last moments 6.10.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
The victims include hiking enthusiasts from a major insurance company. Members of a group of nature lovers studying wild plants. A construction manager who snapped about 100 photos -- found on his scratched and dented camera -- to show his wife what she was missing because she had to work that day.
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Japan volcano victims leave photos of last moments 6.10.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The victims include hiking enthusiasts from a major insurance company. Members of a group of nature lovers studying wild plants. A construction manager who snapped about 100 photos -- found on his scratched and dented camera -- to show his wife what she was missing because she had to work that day.
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