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Category: Biodiversity :: Species Loss
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Teeth ‘time capsule’ reveals that 2 million years ago, early humans breastfed for up to 6 years 23.7.2019 Raw Story
Humans’ distant ancestor Australopithecus africanus had a unique approach to raising their young, as shown in our new research published today in Nature. Geochemical analysis of four teeth shows they exclusively breastfed infants for about 6-9 months, before supplementing breast milk with varying amounts of solid food until they were 5-6 years old. The balance […]
Once nearly extinct, California condor comeback reaches 1,000 chicks 22.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In the 1980s, there were less than two dozen California condors left. Today, more than 500 exist in the world, thanks to the efforts of conservationists.
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Our taste for turtle soup nearly wiped out terrapins. Then prohibition saved them 19.7.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
By the turn of the 20th century, America's love affair with diamondback terrapin soup — a subsistence food turned gourmet fare — had left the turtle's population teetering. Booze ban to the rescue.
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‘Unprecedented’ decline of plants and animals as Global ‘Red List’ reveals nearly one-third of assessed species under threat 18.7.2019 Raw Story
“We must act now both on biodiversity loss and climate change.” Calling on global policymakers to act immediately to preserve biodiversity and save tens of thousands of species from extinction, the group behind the world’s most definitive list of endangered animals and plants has added more than 2,600 threatened species to its annual report. The […]
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Trump administration reopens dangerous ‘longline’ fishing off California 16.7.2019 Raw Story
The Pacific leatherback sea turtle, at up to 2,200 pounds the largest turtle on earth, could disappear from our oceans, yet Trump regulators have OK’d a type of fishing that could wipe out the massive animals. Pacific leatherback sea turtles are one of eight turtle species the Fisheries Service has identified as most at risk […]
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Fireflies’ glow could soon be extinguished by human actions 16.7.2019 Raw Story
Species’ extinction rates are accelerating on a global scale. We need solutions that match the severity of the problem. Say goodbye to one of the dreamiest things about childhood. In the Midwest, fireflies are dying off. For many Americans, it’s hard to imagine summer nights without the magical glow of dozens of bioluminescent bodies fluttering above […]
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2 Million-year-old Teeth of Extinct Early Human Reveal Species Breastfed Infants to Make up for Seasonal Food Shortages 15.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The teeth might help explain why the species went extinct, the lead author of the study told Newsweek.
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Battle to save Colorado high-country toads goes microbial with ground-breaking Purple Rain treatment 13.7.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
These boreal toad tadpoles, however, have a chance. They darted out of tubs in which Colorado scientists had bathed them in a lab-grown anti-fungal bacteria called Purple Rain that, when coating amphibians, protects them.
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Mediterranean sharks risk ‘disappearing’: conservationists 13.7.2019 Raw Story
Sharks — the sea’s top predators for millions of years — are at risk of disappearing from the Mediterranean as overfishing and plastic pollution choke populations of the endangered hunters, conservationists warned Friday. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said that more than half of shark and ray species in the Mediterranean were under threat, and […]
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High-Value Opportunities Exist to Restore Tropical Rainforests Around the World 7.7.2019 Truthout.com
Replenishing forests is an urgent global imperative.
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California needs housing, but not in mountain lion country 6.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

The mountain lions of Southern California — facing dangerous freeway traffic, lethal poisons in their prey and the continued encroachment of humans into their habitat — are threatened with extinction. The question now is how much we care and what we’re willing to do, spend or sacrifice to protect...

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A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the U.S. Now it’s in California 5.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States and left caves littered with their tiny carcasses has arrived in Northern California and appears poised to spread throughout the state, according to officials.

Government biologists confirmed Friday that a number...

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US agriculture needs a 21st-century New Deal 3.7.2019 Raw Story
These are difficult times in farm country. Historic spring rains – 600% above average in some places – inundated fields and homes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that this year’s corn and soybean crops will be the smallest in four years, due partly to delayed planting. Even before the floods, farm bankruptcies were already […]
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Megalodon: Prehistoric Tooth From World's Biggest Shark Discovered on North Carolina Beach 1.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The megalodon shark once ruled Earth's oceans. Now, a fossilized tooth from the extinct apex predator has been found by a man on a beach who was walking his dog.
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More than 620 toads released by Denver Zoo in southwestern Utah 28.6.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
More than 620 toads, raised and hatched by The Denver Zoo, were released earlier this month into the wild in a  remote area of southwestern Utah.
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Crocodiles were once vegetarians, but it was just a phase 28.6.2019 Raw Story
Crocodiles are sometimes described as living fossils for their close resemblance to their forebears who roamed the Earth during the age of the dinosaurs. But if you happened to find yourself a time machine that sent you back to the Mesozoic Era, not all the crocs you’d come across would size you up as a […]
Family planning is our only hope for healing a wounded world 27.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

To the editor: It was a welcome surprise to see The Times giving space to the issue of family planning, although the cautious solutions advanced by Potts and Graves (“Foreign aid for family planning works. So why don’t we do more of it?” Opinion, June 23) stop far short of matching the existential...

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Rare golden eagle nest found in Santa Monica Mountains for first time in 30 years 27.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A pair of golden eagle chicks have been found in the Santa Monica Mountains for the first time in nearly three decades, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

A nest discovered in the western portion of the mountain range held a pair of 12-week-old golden eagles, a fully protected species in California,...

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Hearing on wolves' protected status draws large, passionate crowds 26.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The hearing was the only opportunity, anywhere in the country, for members of the public to give input in person on the federal proposal to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list.
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Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering? 25.6.2019 LA Times: Science
Genetic engineering could help save chestnuts and other trees threatened by pests, disease and climate change. But how much we should intervene in nature?
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