User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Hotspots
Last updated: Jun 05 2018 22:31 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Student birders at Cinchona Government High School in Valparai 5.6.2018 Hindu: News
Along with English, teacher K. Selvaganesh has instilled a love for birds and trees in his students at the Cinchona Government High School in Valparai
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Hydropower projects in the Balkans threaten Europe's last wild rivers 29.4.2018 Hindu: News
Hydropower projects in the Balkans are particularly damaging because water is diverted through pipelines, leaving empty channels where rivers used to be, and causing loss of fauna and erosion.
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Turtles Have Led Us to Their Secret Seagrass Meadows 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Far from shore, the ocean floor is more than an unbroken swath of sand and mud: It can be blanketed with lush, green carpets of seagrass. These wavy expanses are biodiversity hotspots and have significant ecological benefits, but because so little of […]
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These Denver birders are trying to turn 2018 into a “big year” by seeing as many species as they can 27.1.2018 Denver Post: Outdoors
The Denver Field Ornithologists are chasing a group big year, aiming to see or hear as many species of birds as they can in one calendar year in Colorado.
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Munnar gears up for Kurinji season, 8 lakh tourists expected 12.10.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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New spider species named after Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama 27.9.2017 New Kerala: World News
Washington D.C. [USA], Sep 27 : A team of researchers has identified and named 15 new species of spider in the Caribbean after A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama and David Attenborough.
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Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests 22.8.2017 AP National
APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine (AP) -- When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster....
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Where’s the kelp? Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests 22.8.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine (AP) — When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster. But Dijkstra, a University of New Hampshire marine biologist, saw only a patchy seafloor […]
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Spillover Beasts: Which Animals Pose The Biggest Viral Risk? 22.6.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
Rodents, primates and bats likely carry hundreds of thousands of viruses we haven't yet identified. But how do you know which ones might infect humans?
Revisiting the ‘Minnesota Iceman’ hoax 2.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
It's a fair bet that if the "missing link" is discovered, it won't be in a trailer in Altura, Minn.
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AP Exclusive: Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life 16.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii (AP) — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts. The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes on: Cook seamount, a 13,000-foot extinct […]
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Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy projects 15.9.2016 AP Business
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation....
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Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy projects 15.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation. The long-awaited blueprint finalized by the U.S. Interior Department after a yearslong process seeks to balance renewable energy development […]
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A British woman holds the world's most charming job title: Hedgehog officer 29.8.2016 Washington Post
A British woman holds the world's most charming job title: Hedgehog officer
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Climate change poses huge threat to primates 11.8.2016 New Kerala: World News
Toronto, Aug 11 : Climate change is likely to pose a huge challenge to the survival of the world's primate populations, including monkeys, apes and lemurs, especially in Central America, the Amazon and southeastern Brazil, as well as portions of East and Southeast Asia, says a study.
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Plastic plague in world's oceans 1.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become the stuff of legend. This hotspot of marine waste, created by the spiral currents of the North Pacific Gyre, has been described as a floating trash island the size of Russia.
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Ocean 'robot' to help identity toxic algae off Washington 30.5.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool that could provide an early warning of future problems....
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Britain's wild places are vital to our imaginations 30.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
The UK has hundreds of islands, hills and rivers and a coastline almost 20,000 miles long, inspiring a passion deep within us. Plus: top five wild hotspots Recently, I climbed Maol Chean-dearg, a mountain in the far north-west of Scotland. Down in the glens, it was not far above freezing, and the cold air pooled as mist. But up on the summits the sun blazed, and the temperature touched 15C. The result was one of the most dazzling cloud inversions I have seen in 30 years. In the high corries of the peak, I climbed out of the mist and into clearness. To the west, jagging from a glowing sea of cloud, were the Black Cuillin of Skye and the Clisham on the Outer Hebrides. Nearby were the graceful Torridon tops: Beinn Alligin, whose Gaelic name means the jewelled hill, and Liathach, the grey one. Far to the east rose the white domes of the Cairngorms. I had a sight-span of almost 200 miles, across mountain, glen, sea and loch. There was nowhere I would rather have been than ...
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LA, a surprise nature hotspot, is home to one of the biggest biodiversity studies 15.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is trying to collect and inventory all of the region’s urban wildlife, some of which hitched a ride to the metropolis

Los Angeles – synonymous with cars, concrete and urban sprawl – turns out to possess a secret, thriving underworld: nature.

A host of animal, mammal, reptile, spider and insect species has hitched a ride to the metropolis on planes and ships and flourished in the balmy climate alongside native species, helping to turn LA into one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.

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Indonesia threatens to bar DiCaprio over rainforest comments 2.4.2016 AP Top News
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio may be banned from returning to Indonesia over his criticisms that palm oil plantations are destroying the country's rainforests and endangering wildlife, an immigration official said Saturday....
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