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Category: Biodiversity :: Species Loss
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Alexander von Humboldt was the first person to understand climate change — more than 200 years ago 21.9.2019 Raw Story
Alexander von Humboldt was born on September 14, 1769. In his day, he was a globetrotting, convention-defying hero— one of the first recorded individuals to raise environmental concerns. To make him hip for a new generation, all it takes is a rediscovery of Humboldt by the young climate strikers across the globe. Their numbers are […]
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Opinion: Listen to the climate strikers. It's suicidal to stick your head in the sand next to a rising sea 20.9.2019 LA Times: Opinion

Today's climate protests reinforce what we already know: The world must act quickly and radically to upend how we create and consume energy.

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North America lost 3 billion birds since 1970: report 20.9.2019 Raw Story
The number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by an astonishing 29 percent, or almost three billion, since 1970, scientists reported Thursday, saying their findings signaled a widespread ecological crisis. Grassland birds are the most affected, because of the disappearance of meadows and prairies and the extension of farmland, as well […]
Video featuring Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot details magical solution to climate crisis: Nature 20.9.2019 Raw Story
“We need to stop funding things that destroy nature and pay for things that help it.” Youth climate leader Greta Thunberg and writer and environmentalist George Monbiot explain in a short video published Thursday by The Guardian how the world can tackle the human-caused climate crisis by harnessing nature’s restorative powers. “We are living in the beginning […]
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Missing: Nearly 3 billion birds that used to live in North America 20.9.2019 LA Times: Science

North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds since 1970, and the continent has also seen widespread population declines among hundreds of bird species.

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North America has lost 3 billion birds, scientists say 20.9.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Researchers estimate that the bird population has fallen by a quarter since 1970. More than 90 percent of the loss can be attributed to just a dozen bird families, including sparrows, blackbirds and finches.
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Seventh Mass Extinction? Severe and Deadly Event 260 Million Years Ago Discovered by Scientists 10.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Scientists believe that the Earth is currently going through its sixth mass extinction event.
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Boulder’s battle against emerald ash borer tree loss fueling local woodworking economy 9.9.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Woodworkers like Evan Kinsley, who started the Boulder-based business Sustainable Arbor Works several years ago, have turned to ash trees to supply their furniture and art crafting practices as a way to preserve a local benefit provided by the species slated for a county-wide death at the hands of the insect.
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Dinosaur DNA Was Hurled to the Moon by the Asteroid Impact—lunar Exploration Could Destroy It 5.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Any living matter from Earth that reached space after an impact would be freeze-dried immediately, with its DNA preserved.
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Hurricane Dorian Probably Just Made a Species of Bird Go Extinct 4.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
"Our thoughts are with the people and biodiversity in this tragedy," Diana Bell—a professor of Conservation a Biology—said
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National Wildlife Day: Most Endangered Species and How You Can Help 4.9.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A landmark U.N. report recently warned that one million species around the world are at risk of extinction due to human pressures and climate change.
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Surveying archaeologists across the globe reveals deeper and more widespread roots of the human age, the Anthropocene 3.9.2019 Raw Story
Examples of how human societies are changing the planet abound – from building roads and houses, clearing forests for agriculture and digging train tunnels, to shrinking the ozone layer, driving species extinct, changing the climate and acidifying the oceans. Human impacts are everywhere. Our societies have changed Earth so much that it’s impossible to reverse […]
Star Wars: the evolution of the Death Star reflects Hollywood’s growing fears of a climate apocalypse 3.9.2019 Raw Story
Science fiction films are rarely about the future. Their distant planets and remote time periods instead seem to reflect upon the concerns and anxieties of the contemporary moment. For instance, 1978’s Invasion of the Bodysnatchers played on the US public’s fear of communism at the height of the Cold War. Terminator 2: Judgement Day capitalised […]
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It's a mammal. It looks like an artichoke. And China is driving it toward extinction 1.9.2019 LA Times: Nation

Instead of protecting confiscated pangolins -- already critically endangered -- a local government body is accused of sending them back to smugglers.

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Trump to Lift Logging Restrictions in America's Largest National Forest: A Climate Change Threat 'Like the Fires Burning in the Amazon,' Warns Expert 29.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The latest moves could potentially open up more than half of Alaska's Tongass National Forest to logging, mining and energy projects.
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What Is Happening to the Animals in the Amazon? 29.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Experts say the fires are effectively endangering and eliminating the animals of the Amazon.
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Scientists studying effects of climate change, invasives in Minnesota -- plant by plant 27.8.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is establishing about 600 long-term monitoring sites in forests and prairies across the state. The goal is to monitor decades of landscape changes.
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Environmental Groups Sue Trump Administration Over 'Head-in-the-sand' Approach to Protecting Endangered Species 23.8.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Earlier this month, the Trump administration finalized changes to a set of regulations which would diminish the protections afforded to threatened species.
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Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction 23.8.2019 Raw Story
Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink of extinction, scientists said in Kenya on Friday. Science is the only hope for the northern white rhino after the death last year of the last male, named Sudan, […]
Craving for caviar is driving the Danube River's sturgeon to extinction 22.8.2019 LA Times: Nation

Rising demand from unwitting consumers, local greed amid a failing economy, weak controls and corrupt law enforcement are driving the Danube's last wild sturgeons to the brink of extinction.

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