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Global conservation priorities based on human need

2009-07-16 11:19:30

Gary Luck and colleagues' paper Protecting ecosystem services and biodiversity in the world's watersheds, recently posted online in Conservation Letters, is a novel approach to an admittedly problematic aspect of conservation biology: global prioritisation schemes.

Tropical forests worth more standing

2009-06-08 13:57:10

A paper just published online in Conservation Letters by Venter and colleagues entitled Carbon payments as a safeguard for threatened tropical mammals gets my vote for the Potential list.

The Island Rule: Made to be Broken?

2008-11-25 17:51:15

Think of island-dwelling animals and enormous Kodiak bear, giant tortoises, and huge man-eating lizards alongside miniature mammoths, and dwarf hippos spring to mind. In 1964, a scientist called John Bristol Foster quantified the size changes seen in island animals,...

Marine reserves and climate change: study finds no-take reserves do not increase reef resilience

2008-10-03 17:26:08

A variety of human activities have caused the recent global decline of reef-building corals. The key drivers of anthropogenic coral mortality and loss are nearly all regional- to global-scale stressors, including ocean warming, and coral predator and disease outbreaks...

The Rockefeller Foundation and climate change

2008-09-26 13:43:18

I noted in early August that the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) closed its Center for Capacity Building, a center focused on social effects of climate change. Apparently, the Rockefeller Foundation noticed. Andy Revkin reports on Dot Earth that the foundation and the University of Colorado...

The costs of drilling

2008-09-18 18:45:10

Robert Hahn, Reg-Markets Center at the American Enterprise Institute, and Peter Passell, senior fellow at the Milken Institute, had an op-ed piece in the New York Times this week arguing that environmentalists ought to be in favor of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuges and in offshore sites...

Carbon Forest Protection Payments: Who Gets the Check?

2008-07-16 15:15:23

I have long protected my forests, now where is my money? The Rights and Resources Initiative provides some interesting cautionary advice in new reports, suggesting that rushing to pay for forest protection with carbon funds (REDD) will fail unless land rights in tropical countries,...

The Antioxidant Function of Iodide in Kelp Impacts Coastal Climate

2008-06-02 15:20:57

A new study found that large brown seaweeds, when under stress, release large quantities of inorganic iodine into the coastal atmosphere, where it can contribute to cloud formation, thus influencing coastal climate.

Marine Pollution Control by Seaweed Planting and Composting

2008-05-12 12:05:42

According to a new study by researchers in China and Japan, we found that marine bacteria were helpful in enhancing composting process of wakame, a kind of seaweed generally existed in the coastal area of the sea. The discovery was reported in the International Journal of Biotechnology,...

Climate Changes and Effects on Marine Resources in Greenland and Polar Waters

2008-04-25 09:53:20

Ms Helle Siegstad, MSc in Biology, is the Department Manager of the Department of Fish & Scrimps in Greenland's Nature Institution. This video is from Workshop 1: Marine environment and sustainable resource management, held on 8th of April 2008 for theTransAtlantic Climate Conference (TACC2008),...

Climate Changes and Effects on Marine Resources in Greenland and Polar Waters, Part II

2008-04-25 09:53:16

Part II of the video above from Ms. Helle Siegstad, TACC2008.

A New Model to Protect Biodiversity

2008-04-14 12:37:35

In an era of climate change, pollution, and rapid habitat loss, it?s all too easy for doom and gloom to prevail when discussing conservation issues. However, armed with the right information, it is still possible to create conservation success storie

Logging Road Threatens Biodiversity

2008-04-03 11:33:39

In an investigative report published today by Eyes on the Forest, evidence shows that a new logging road in Riau Province -- strongly indicated as illegally built by companies connected to Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) -- is cutting into the heart of Sumatra's largest contiguous peatland forest,...

Streams are Important Nitrogen Filters in the Landscape

2008-03-31 13:12:04

If you plan to vacation at the beach this summer or open the tap for a clean glass of water, that small stream in your neighborhood may be more important than you think. Why is this? It's because streams are the kidneys of our landscape, helping filter pollutants that drain from their watersheds...

Nitrogen Pollution Boost Plant Growth

2008-03-07 09:36:10

Overview from Laurens Rademakers on*: A study by UC Irvine ecologists finds that excess nitrogen in tropical forests boosts plant growth, countering the belief that such tropical ecosystems would not respond to nitrogen pollution. Surprisingly,...

A New Way to Assess Local Ecosystems Sustainability

2008-02-29 09:08:57

Ecosystems are in flux around the world. Important species are disappearing due to mismanagement and climate change, while invasive new species are appearing. These changes are striking fear into many communities that depend on ecosystems for their livelihood.

Reviving the Coral Reef

2008-02-20 12:37:14

A report from CNN examines a project which uses electricity to revive the dying coral reef in Bali.

Deep-Sea Biodiversity Conservation Needed to Avoid Ecosystem Collapse

2008-02-12 11:53:38

The exploration of the abysses of our planet is one of the last frontiers of ecological research. The dark portion of the biosphere likely hosts millions of undiscovered-yet new species. A global scale study conducted on biodiversity collected down to 8000 m depth reveals for the first time that small...

Climate Influences on Deep Sea Populations

2008-02-07 18:39:25

A recent research study coordinated by Joan B. Company and Pere Puig from the Marine Sciences Institute in Barcelona (CSIC) has demonstrated that the formation of dense shelf water cascades is behind the inter-annual landing fluctuations of the highly priced Mediterranean red shrimp (Aristeus antennatus)...

Habitat Protection for the "Big Picture" of Environment Conservation

2007-12-27 12:08:46

Amphibians across the globe are facing a mass extinction event, believed by many to be worse than any other witnessed by humans. Nearly a third of all amphibian species are threatened with extinction, and at least half are declining in number. We know that habitat loss, pollution,...

Trouble for Birds

2007-12-21 11:41:00

6-14% of birds are likely to go extinct in the 21st century as a result of habitat loss, hunting, pet trade, and introduced animals like cats that kill birds. This 2004 study did not examine the effects of climate change, which Dr. Sekercioglu did in a new 2007 study published in Conservation Biology...

Human Influence on Ecology

2007-12-18 11:30:28

Scientists have reclassified biomes like deserts and forests into ecosystems that show how humans have altered the Earth. Jorge Ribas (Discovery News) talks to one of the proposal's authors, Dr. Erle Ellis.

Surprising Sustainability of Great Plains Agriculture

2007-11-22 11:01:10

A century-long examination of trends in population, farm income and crop production in the Great Plains reveals stability of farm income and population during the last 40 years, while simultaneously revealing large increases in crop yields.

The Long Hard Reign of Acid Rain

2007-10-24 11:59:29

For many environmentalists, acid rain was the cause c?l?bre of the 1980s, but how far have we come in solving the problem? Recent work shows how continuing acid episodes can explain the weak biological recovery of acidified rivers.

Brazil's Atlantic Forest Under Threat

2007-10-17 10:59:39

Al Jazeera's Gabriel Elizondo travels to the Mata Atlantica, which is as rich in biodiversity as the more famous Amazon and in danger of disappearing under expanding cities.

Spatial Patterns of Tropical Tree Species Retain Little Signature of Species Interactions

2007-10-08 16:30:38

A persistent challenge in ecology is to explain the high species diversity of tropical forests. One approach to facing this challenge is to analyze the spatial patterns of explicit maps of individual tree locations, which should retain a signal of processes promoting coexistence...

Biodiversity: a "Rock-Paper-Scissors" Game Played at Multiple Scales

2007-09-26 11:08:21

Biological diversity is being lost at unprecedented rates around the world, both in the number of different species and the genetic variety within a species. Do these processes happen independently, or can loss of diversity at one level result in losses at the other?...

Are Snails Too Slow for their Own Good?

2007-09-25 10:10:33

Recent research in south-east England shows how constraints on the dispersal of threatened and declining snails has been overlooked as a constraint on their survival and persistence.

Two Hundred More Endangered Species than Last Year

2007-09-13 16:02:41

IUCN-The World Conservation Union released yesterday its 2007 Red List of Threatened Species. There are now 41,415 species endangered and 16,306 of them are threatened with extinction, up from 16,118 last year. Watch BBC Report.

Indo-Pacific Coral Reefs are Disappearing More Rapidly Than Expected

2007-08-31 10:49:57

Until now, we knew very little about geographic and temporal patterns of coral loss in the Indo-Pacific, which contains 75% of the world?s reefs and is the global center of marine biodiversity. Results from a paper recently published in PLoS One indicate that coral loss in the Pacific began earlier...