User: irge304 Topic: Biodiversity
Category: Protection :: Conservation Efforts
Last updated: Oct 31 2014 02:38 IST RSS 2.0
 
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European newts and salamanders at risk from deadly skin-eating fungus 31.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
Epidemic threatening protected UK native species may have spread from Asia to Europe through the exotic pets trade Continue reading...
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Community Agriculture Alliance: Rethinking grazing 31.10.2014 Steamboat Pilot
In the '50s and '60s, there was a real movement to remove grazing as a use for public lands here in the West because it was thought that grazing was responsible for all sorts of ecological ills such as erosion and endangering species. In the past, the solution was to remove all human activity from the land. However, the results were not what was expected. Dan Dagget, a self-proclaimed environmentalist with memberships in Sierra Club and Earth First, searched out the places that were removed from livestock grazing and took photos to record the improved health conditions. His surprising results were that the cure was worse, so much worse that the damage done is really severe and potentially permanent. The renowned ecologist who advocated for the removal of grazing to stop desertification, Allan Savory, has found that grazing livestock and not letting the land return to its natural state has caused an increase in the process. He established a system called “Holistic Range Management," which utilizes ...
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What's fishy about your shrimp? 30.10.2014 CNN: Top Stories
You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it and saute it, but one of America's favorite seafoods -- the humble shrimp -- might not be what you think it is.
Thirty percent of US shrimp is "misrepresented" 30.10.2014 Guardian: Environment
Almost a third of shrimp sold in America is mislabeled by origin, fishing method, or species Continue reading...
Regreening program to restore one-sixth of Ethiopia's land 30.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Tree and shrub-planting program has transformed degraded and deforested land across Africa, with Ethiopia planning to restore a further 15m hectares by 2030

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Image of Asia: The blessing of the baby Humboldt penguin 29.10.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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Pond project awarded £1.3m 29.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

People, ponds and water scheme will train thousands of citizen scientists to monitor and protect freshwater wildlife

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Eight-legged orange creatures evolved in darkness of Colorado caves 29.10.2014 Denver Post: Local
A Denver museum scientist has discovered two new species of arachnids in Colorado caves — creatures separated from their out-of-cave cousins for 8 million years and evolving entirely ...
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African lion is headed for threatened species list 29.10.2014 Star Tribune: World
Numbers have dropped by 30 percent in 20 years.
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Why would someone steal the worlds rarest water lily? 28.10.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal. The Princess of Wales Conservatory is what staff at Kew Gardens call a honeypot. The worlds largest and most prestigious botanical garden, Kew receives 2 million visitors each year, and a huge proportion of these, perhaps 30,000 a week, make sure they see the conservatory, a large armadillo-like structure near the eastern gates. Built in 1986, the glasshouse has climate controls that allow it to contain 10 plant habitats under a single roof. In the space of a few minutes, visitors can examine ghostly, egg-shaped cacti in the desert cool; tumbling red Passiflora in the heat of the forest; and the fibrous mangroves of a swamp. On any given morning, squads of children, dressed in yellow high-visibility jackets, trek among the lurid, flowering bromeliads and tropical leaves the size of pillowcases, and squeal at ...
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A message from Martha by Mark Avery - review 28.10.2014 Guardian: Science

This absorbing book is an engaging and wistful, yet measured, chronicle about the tragic loss of one very special, iconic, species, the passenger pigeon.

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African lions are set to become the last big cat listed under the Endangered Species Act 28.10.2014 Washington Post
Fearing that the world’s most iconic big cat could soon go extinct as humans invade its range, the Obama administration on Monday proposed listing the African lion as a threatened species. The proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would make the African lion the last big cat to receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In the last two decades, their numbers have fallen by 30 percent, according to the International Union for Conservation of ...
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27 new species found in Tanzania mountain forests: study 27.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
Dar-es-Salaam, Oct 27 : Twenty-seven new vertebrate species have been found in Tanzania's Eastern Arc Mountain forests, said a new study availed by Xinhua Monday.
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Gritty Santa Ana River is streaming back toward restoration 27.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Milton couples honored for work to save rare orchid 27.10.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Bison are welcomed home on the range 26.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
The battered white pickup truck is bouncing across a pasture of sagebrush and alfalfa when Bronc Speak Thunder turns the steering wheel east and points to the far side of a creek bed. Scattered across a grassy slope are what appear to be a field of brown boulders — until they rise onto furry black legs and turn their shaggy heads in our direction. In another minute, the sun captures them in full relief, and we can make out the curving horns and distinctive humped backs of the American Plains bison. Bronc turns off the engine. The only sounds are the fluty singsong of meadowlarks and the whoosh of wind across miles of Montana prairie. The thirty cows stand silent, staring at us in unison, while a dozen cinnamon-colored calves frolic around their legs. For the calves, it’s just another day of play in a spring ritual as old as the prairie itself. But for Bronc Speak Thunder and his tribe, these animals represent the future of an epic experiment. They are offspring of the historic bison of Yellowstone ...
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Rare feline may be reintroduced to the wild 25.10.2014 New Kerala: World News
Lisbon, Oct 24 : Portugal plans to reintroduce the Iberian lynx, the world's most endangered feline species, into the wild, the country's environment ministry said in a statement Friday.
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Illegal foragers are stripping UK forests of fungi 24.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Gangs commercially picking edible fungi to sell to restaurants and markets are leaving a trail of destruction across ancient woodlands, such as Epping and New Forest

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Ripping up the sea floor on behalf of royal profits 24.10.2014 Guardian: Environment

Even the pathetic laws protecting marine life in this country are instantly swept aside in response to lobbying by Prince Charless tenants

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Striking Portraits Bring the Bizarre Beauty of Marine Invertebrates to Life 23.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
In her new book, Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, The Backbone of Life , Susan Middleton gives jellyfish, nudibranchs, and anemones (among many others) the type of photographic treatment usually reserved for sports stars and heads of state. Shot against plain black or white backgrounds, the weird beauty of these creatures---many of them rare species seldom seen by human eyes---really stands ...
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