User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Biodiversity Threats
Last updated: Jun 17 2018 17:19 IST RSS 2.0
 
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How an Ancient Extinction Foreshadowed the Planet’s Future 17.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  In January, I stood in a ditch in the middle of nowhere in South Africa, and the summer sun beat down as I stared at a heap of grape soda-colored rocks. Bob Gastaldo, the paleontologist whose research team I had been following […]
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Forced Migrants Make New Homes in Sanctuary Cities—With Nests, Burrows, and Dens 11.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by CityLab and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Her name was Lola. No, not “L-O-L-A, Lola,” from the Kinks’ song, but a Mexican Redhead. Well, actually, not that either, it turned out. “We don’t really say that anymore,” the avian veterinarian said as he helped Lola out of her […]
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New Study Says Your Gadget Addiction Could Save Us All 5.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by WIRED and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Boy, it’s hard to stay optimistic these days, what with the impending doom of our species at the hands of…our species. Namely, human-caused climate change. Climbing temperatures are ripping apart ecosystems, and rising seas are already forcing people from their homes. If an asteroid […]
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There is a strong link between plastic and poverty: Heather Koldewey 5.6.2018 Hindu: Policy & Issues
Environmentalist Heather Koldewey emphasises the need for finding a sustainable solution to protect marine life
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The Creepy Science Behind the Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies 1.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Wired and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Raquel Loreto is a zombie hunter, and a good one. But traipsing through dried leaves in a hot forest in Sanda, at the southern end of Japan, she needed a guide. Just a few months before, she’d been on the internet and come […]
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Desert Bees Have Figured Out Something We’re All Going Need To Learn 25.5.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  A cluster of leafcutter bees are foraging for nectar and pollen on an unseasonably hot May morning in Bandelier National Monument, in northern New Mexico. Tiny, with few bright markings, they don’t look like bees at first—more like dark-colored buzzy insects. But […]
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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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Punjab: Congress’ ‘green manifesto’ plan in cold storage 23.5.2018 Ludhiana – The Indian Express
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I Asked a Bunch of Scientists if Climate Change Was Affecting the Bacteria in My Gut 20.5.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  Those of us who believe in climate change (and maybe some who don’t) jokingly blame all kinds of things on it, from flat tires to summer hailstorms. Case of the flu? Climate change. Mudslide? Climate change. (Usually, we’re right.) But I was […]
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Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats 20.5.2018 Washington Post: World
No one knows how many snow leopards are left in the world. Researchers are trying to find out.
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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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Some endangered frogs may be leaping back from extinction 17.5.2018 Washington Post: World
Some endangered frogs may be leaping back from extinction
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As salinity grows and toxic dust spreads, patience wears thin at Salton Sea 17.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia watched with ill-disguised frustration as a hearing aimed at expediting state projects to restore habitat and control dust storms at the shrinking Salton Sea instead dissolved into discussion of why the efforts were falling further behind schedule.

“We have a plan, we...

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This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won 17.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
The Bishnois of northwestern India, devotees of wildlife and a 15th century Hindu guru, fought for 20 years to get Bollywood icon Salman Khan imprisoned for killing two rare antelope.
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Trump officials faulted climate panel for having only ‘one member from industry’ 16.5.2018 Washington Post
An exchange among Commerce Department officials, which was released in response to a lawsuit by an advocacy group, sheds light on the demise of a committee aimed at helping policymakers and the private sector incorporate the government’s climate science into long-term planning.
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Excess of lovemaking puts Marsupials at risk 15.5.2018 Hindu: S & T
Species in Australia may face extintion
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We’re Running Out of Clean Water. Bats Know Where to Find It. 12.5.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Desert life depends on reliable access to water. In Namibia’s stark Namib Desert, where I spent 18 months doing research for my Ph.D., wildlife concentrates around natural springs. Increasingly, animals there also rely on man-made ponds intended for livestock. But water can […]
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Australia pledges US$34-million to help save the koala 7.5.2018 Hindu: Internet
Just 43,000 left in the wild as habitat loss, dog attacks, car strikes, climate change and disease take their toll on the iconic marsupial.
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Microbes offer a lesson in biodiversity, and how to avoid killing ourselves off 2.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary
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Owens Lake: Former toxic dust bowl transformed into environmental success 29.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Fearsome gusts of desert wind routinely kicked up swirling clouds of choking dust over Owens Lake on the east side of the Sierra Nevada after 1913, when its treasured snowmelt and spring water was first diverted into the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

It was not until 2001, and under a court order, that...

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