User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Endangered Species
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Threatwatch: Chikungunya virus hits the US and Europe 23.7.2014 New Scientists HIV
Locally acquired cases of chikungunya virus have been identified in the US for the first time, while cases soar in Europe and Central ...
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Rare Amur leopard cubs born in Twycross zoo - video 23.7.2014 Guardian: Environment
Footage released by Twycross zoo in Leicestershire shows two Amur leopard cubs in a den with their mother just minutes after birth. Panthera pardus orientalis are the rarest sub-species of big cats with experts estimating less than 50 individuals in the wild, putting them on the critically endangered list. International negotiations continue around plans to reintroduce Amur leopards to their native Russia

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Wouldn’t you want to monitor these critters? 22.7.2014 Durango Herald
The Mountain Studies Institute has two training sessions involving classroom and field work scheduled for people who want to monitor a high-elevation relative of the rabbit that may be losing its home to global warming.The pika, which resembles a hamster, is disappearing in some Western mountains. Biologists say the tiny member of the...
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Northwest wildlife refuges to phase out pesticide 22.7.2014 AP Washington
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Federal wildlife refuges in the Northwest and Hawaii will phase out a class of pesticides that are chemically similar to nicotine because they pose a threat to bees and other pollinators key to crop growth....
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Wildlife refuges in Northwest, Hawaii are 1st in nation to phase out bee-killing pesticide 22.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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South Africa considers plan to move rhinos to protect them from poachers 21.7.2014 Guardian: Environment
Kruger national park says goal is to 'spread the risk' because it has been heavily targeted, but no guarantee other parks safer Continue reading...
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Utah study: The right poop helps packrats eat poisonous plants 21.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Poop, packrats and poisonous plants may seem like a repellent combination for University of Utah biologists to study. But the results could help feed livestock in developing countries, improve care for endangered species and even tackle the spread of unwanted juniper plants in Utah. U. scientists found that woodrats, also known as packrats, were able to eat toxic creosote bushes for the first time thanks to fecal transplants from other rats accustomed to eating the yellow-flowered bush. The ke...
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Sixth-Grader Lauren Arrington's science fair finding shocks ecologists 21.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
Lauren Arrington's project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results blew away professional ecologists. The invasive species has no predators on the Florida Coast, so if they were to migrate upstream in rivers, they could pose a threat to the ecosystem.
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Its time to value the old they are not merely tiresome relics 21.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Its wrong to think of the poor old souls; in the next 20 years, those aged 55 and over will account for 80% of extra spending You sometimes get the impression that the aged are either an endangered species or the carrier of a new disease; what, the papers ask, are people younger men and women, doctors, financiers to do about them? The old use too much medical time and resources; theyre lonely and everyone ought to be trying to befriend them; they go on living in their capacious houses so the poor young things cant buy them. They may, of course, have to sell the houses to cover their nursing home fees. The mansion tax, if it comes, will only be paid by those who havent had to sell up for later-life care costs. It may be not so much a wealth tax as a health tax. What confuses anyone trying to sort out how the old should be treated or marketed to is there being no agreement about how old is old, as now even the retirement age varies vastly. You start thinking the poor old souls, and then someone comes ...
We're growing living walls to save lions 21.7.2014 New Scientist: GM Organisms
Masai people in Tanzania kill lions that kill their livestock – so conservationist Laly Lichtenfeld is helping them make corrals to keep all the animals ...
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Back to the future with antibiotic resistance 21.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
The evidence is clear and the pressure to act is growing. Without a cutback in the use of antibiotics, healthcare faces major disruption Alarm bells have been ringing in Britain, the United States and the World Health Organization about antibiotic resistance. It seems the world is suddenly sitting up and beginning to worry about this looming catastrophe . Britains chief medical officer, Sally Davies, has called it a threat as great as terrorism or climate change. The World Health Organization estimates that 25,000 people in Europe died last year directly because of resistance. The number of deaths in the US is probably of a similar order . The toll in Australia is hard to estimate, but extrapolating from overseas numbers suggests 1,500 to 2,000 deaths a year, somewhere near the annual carnage from motor vehicle accidents. The deaths occur because the antibiotics given to people with life-threatening infections are no longer effective against the infecting organisms because they have developed ...
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Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists 21.7.2014 NPR Health Science
Florida-native Lauren Arrington discovered that invasive lionfish, which usually live in the ocean, could survive in nearly fresh water. The 12-year-old's experiment blew away professional scientists.
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As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts 20.7.2014 AP National
ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) -- Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt....
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As numbers of gray seals off New England rise, so do conflicts with fishermen and beachgoers 20.7.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes review a state-of-the-art battle for supremacy 20.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Apes and humans are torn between a wary truce and mutual obliteration in a striking addition to the sci-fi saga From its origins in Pierre Boulle's Swiftian 1963 novel La Planète des singes to this state-of-the art 21st-century 3D-CG cinema outing, the darkly satirical Apes saga has proved both resilient and flexible. Born amid the social upheavals of the late 60s and early 70s, the first cycle of five movies (Planet, Beneath, Escape, Conquest and Battle) covered all the hot political topics of the day; nuclear destruction, racism, vivisection, apartheid, slavery, warfare v diplomacy, revolution and, ultimately, reconciliation (Battle ends with an unsteady truce and the hope of averting foretold catastrophe). Tim Burton's stylish but empty 2001 Planet remake somehow lost the thematic plot; advanced prosthetics enabled the ape actors to move their mouths only to discover that they had little of substance to say. It took British director Rupert Wyatt to get things back on track with his 2011 reboot, Rise ...
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Whales under threat as US approves seismic oil prospecting in Atlantic 19.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Sonic cannons to be used in ocean from Delaware to Florida
Study estimates 138,000 sea creatures could be affected

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EDGE is the new endangered: The top species to save 18.7.2014 New Scientists HIV
Animals with high EDGE scores typically have few close relatives and have distinct looks and ways. If they become extinct there will be nothing like them ...
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Today on New Scientist 18.7.2014 New Scientists HIV
All the latest on newscientist.com: why we should save weird species first, US libraries reinvented, hunting Australia's WIMPs underground and ...
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Sorry, tiger: Why we should save weird species first 18.7.2014 New Scientist: Living World
With more than 4000 species on the brink of extinction and limited resources to help them, conservation needs to move beyond the cuteness factor (full text available to ...
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Mexico reports birth of 1st litter of Mexican gray wolf pups in wild in re-introduction effort 18.7.2014 Star Tribune: World
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