Biodiversity Protection

Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

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Alister Doyle
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OSLO (Reuters) - Human activities are causing an alarming decline in the variety of plant and animal life on Earth and jeopardizing food, clean water and energy supplies, a U.N.-backed study of biodiversity said on Friday.

Climate change will become a steadily bigger threat to biodiversity by 2050, adding to damage from pollution and forest clearance to make way for agriculture, according to more than 550 experts in a set of reports approved by 129 governments.  ... Read more about Nature's 'alarming' decline threatens food, water, energy: U.N.

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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). ... Read more about A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Global biodiversity targets won't be met by 2020, scientists say

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Adam Vaughan
Man pulling a baby elephant by the trunk
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World leaders are failing in their pledge to cut the rate at which wildlife lose their homes, according to the the first ever progress report on targets to slow biodiversity loss by the end of the decade. Conservationist called the lack of action a '€œtroubling sign'€ and a '€œreality check'€. ... Read more about Global biodiversity targets won't be met by 2020, scientists say

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Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth

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Chelsea Harvey
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The human handprint on the natural world has become evident in all too many ways in recent decades. The changing climate, the decline of wildlife and the loss of forests and other natural landscapes — all of these factors have led many scientists to conclude that we’re living in a new age they’ve dubbed the “Anthropocene,” in which the planet is dominated by human, rather than natural, influences. ... Read more about Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth

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There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

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http://www.climatechangenews.com - Ed King
Australia's Great Barrier Reef seen from space - is under severe stress from warming and acidifying waters linked to fossil fuel emissions (Pic; NASA)
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UN biodiversity chief tells Climate Home protecting and restoring ecosystems is the best way to protect the world from dangerous levels of global warming. ... Read more about There’s a secret UN climate summit taking place in Mexico

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What a decline of biodiversity below 'safe' threshold means for Earth

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http://www.csmonitor.com - Rowena Lindsay
This photo taken July 8, 2016, shows a bee exploring a flower in a field of donated land in Northeast Vancouver, Wash.  Amanda Cowan/The Columbian/AP
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Earth's ecosystems are becoming more fragile, a study suggests, as biodiversity loss threatens their ability to preform functions vital to their survival and ours.  About 58 percent of land on earth has dropped below the biodiversity safe limit, due largely to human land use practices, says a new study published Thursday in Science.
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Counting the Vanishing Bees

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Dylan Walsh
A bumblebee gathering pollen from a sunflower. Reuters
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A new method for monitoring the decline in bee populations may prove a useful tool in much-needed conservation efforts. It requires only a few hundred pan traps: bright shallow bowls partly filled with soapy water or propylene glycol.

When United Nations experts noticed that crop production was flagging in seven countries around the world, from Brazil to Nepal, they contacted Gretchen LeBuhn, an associate professor at San Francisco State University who studies bees. ... Read more about Counting the Vanishing Bees

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Michael Russell

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