User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Species Loss
Last updated: Apr 21 2018 01:45 IST RSS 2.0
 
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These whales will be extinct in 25 years, scientists say — unless we act now to save them 21.4.2018 Washington Post: World
Not a single newborn North Atlantic right whale was seen this year.
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Hey, climate-change mitigators, you can start right now, with the Great Barrier Reef! 20.4.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Hey, climate-change mitigators, you can start right now, with the Great Barrier Reef!
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The more humans spread, the smaller other mammals get. Elephants, rhinos and hippos had better watch out 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

Thirteen thousand years ago Southern California was crawling with enormous mammals — all of which are extinct today.

There were massive mammoths three times bigger than modern-day elephants, giant ground sloths up to 20 feet in length, and strange, armadillo-like beasts known as glyptodons that...

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H.B. wildlife center reports positive results with new incubators and aviary for threatened shorebirds 20.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach is seeing positive results with new equipment for a program designed to nurse abandoned western snowy plover eggs and release the birds into nature once hatched, officials say.

The center bought two new Grumbach egg incubators and an outdoor...

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Earth's mammals have shrunk dramatically, and humans are to blame 20.4.2018 Washington Post
Earth's mammals have shrunk dramatically, and humans are to blame
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Global warming has changed the Great Barrier Reef 'forever,' scientists say 19.4.2018 Washington Post: World
"Unprecedented.” “Radical.” “Catastrophic.” The damage to the Great Barrier Reef is even worse than experts thought.
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7 Polish female bison heading to Spain to help herd grow 16.4.2018 Washington Post: World
A bison reserve in eastern Poland says seven young female animals are traveling to Spain to help boost a bison herd there.
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Here’s How to Mourn a Bird, a Butterfly, a Bat, or any Endangered Species You Love 14.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Undark and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. An oversized paper mâché sunflower rose like a pale moon against the dusk of a central Brighton park. Amid the shivering group of 30 people on the chilly south coast of England, a funereal gong sounded. Several faces were hidden behind self-made bat […]
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Leaked Proposal Shows Trump Administration Planning to Kill Crucial Protections for Threatened Animals 12.4.2018 Mother Jones
Trump’s Department of the Interior is seeking to “revise” key, 40-year-old regulations which currently protect more than 300 threatened plant and animal species listed under the 1973 Endangered Species Act, according to a draft document that quietly leaked last week. The document, a memo from the Interior to the White House, outlines a proposed rule […]
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U.S. agency wants to protect butterfly found only on island 12.4.2018 AP Washington
SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare white and green butterfly found only on Washington's San Juan Island....
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Feds propose dropping songbird from endangered species list 11.4.2018 AP National
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- The Kirtland's warbler, a colorful songbird that was nearly wiped out by habitat loss and a wily rival, has bounced back and is ready for removal from the endangered species list, federal officials said Wednesday....
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A finger bone from an unexpected place and time upends the story of human migration out of Africa 9.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

It’s only 3 centimeters long and less than 1 centimeter wide, but it has the potential to rewrite the history of our ancestors’ migration out of Africa.

The object in question is a fossilized piece of a bone, probably the middle portion of a middle finger. Based on its shape, scientists believe...

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Why Antarctica’s Prehistoric Forests Might Foreshadow Its Future 8.4.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Atlas Obscura and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. On their way back from the South Pole in 1912, Robert Falcon Scott and his team discovered the delicate lines of plant leaves pressed into the hard rock of Antarctica. They were “beautifully traced” fossils, Scott wrote. Despite the explorers’ fatigue and […]
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Saving the world one plant at a time in 'The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species' by Carlos Magdalena 6.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

“The tiny islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, which sit in an otherwise empty stretch of the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, share a notorious distinction in the world of conservation: home to at least 30 native plant species that have stopped reproducing in the wild, they are considered “islands...

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The planet will survive Scott Pruitt's EPA tenure. Humanity has less of a chance 4.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Your editorial that highlights how U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s policies are likely to accelerate global warming at a huge economic and human cost is well taken. (“The EPA’s Scott Pruitt has to go,” editorial, March 30)

I must question the statement...

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If two eyes are good, four were even better for this lizard species 4.4.2018 LA Times: Science

Here’s a sight for four eyes. Scientists say they’ve found evidence of a fourth eye in the fossil skulls of extinct monitor lizards — an ocular abundance found in no other known jawed vertebrate.

The discovery, published in the journal Current Biology, offers scientists a strange bloom on the vertebrate...

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The mysterious and tragic story of the Carolina parakeet, America’s only native parrot 31.3.2018 Washington Post
The mysterious and tragic story of the Carolina parakeet, America’s only native parrot
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The Trump Administration Might Let the World’s Rarest Marine Mammal Go Extinct 26.3.2018 Mother Jones
Last week, environmental groups took the Trump administration to task for failing to protect the vaquita porpoise, the world’s rarest (and perhaps cutest) marine mammal, from likely extinction. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses the Trump team of violating federal laws designed to protect the vaquita and other marine mammals. The species has seen a rapid decline in recent years; researchers estimate there are fewer than […]
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Goodall, ever hopeful: We will save the chimp 24.3.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The 83-year-old primatologist spoke to a sold-out crowd at Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota.
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Earth Hour: Sydney goes dark for global climate campaign 24.3.2018 Hindu: Health
This year’s theme is the impact of warming on biodiversity and wildlife
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