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Taking the heat: a weathercaster’s view | UCAR

Taking the heat: a weathercaster’s view | UCAR | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

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Taking the heat: a weathercaster’s view

Guest Column | Dan Satterfield, broadcast meteorologist February 6, 2012 •

The past twelve months have seen some of the most extreme weather of modern times, especially in North America. NOAA announced in Januarythat more of the United States was either extremely wet or extremely dry in 2011 than in any other year on record.

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Why Biodiversity Loss Deserves as Much Attention as Climate Change

Why Biodiversity Loss Deserves as Much Attention as Climate Change | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Biodiversity loss is probably a challenge that is often ignored as climate change looms. Currently the world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, further, it is currently seeing the sixth mass extinction.

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Biodiversity in danger without swift action, Europe MEPs say

Biodiversity in danger without swift action, Europe MEPs say | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

With Europe facing a “silent crisis” of biodiversity loss, MEPs are considering ways to strengthen protections for habitats and species but are divided over how to compel EU national governments to live up to their commitments.

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South Pacific ‘Free-for-All’ Decimating Fish Stocks, Report Says

South Pacific ‘Free-for-All’ Decimating Fish Stocks, Report Says | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Years of lax oversight, corruption, and political rivalry have allowed industrial fishing fleets from Asia, Europe, and Latin America to decimate fish stocks across the southern Pacific, a “free-for-all” that has pushed one critical species to the brink, according to a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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Protecting original wetlands far preferable to restoration

Protecting original wetlands far preferable to restoration | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Even after 100 years have passed a restored wetland may not reach the state of its former glory.
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"Sustainable" Genetically Engineered Runaway Salmon Stir Conservation Worries

"Sustainable" Genetically Engineered Runaway Salmon Stir Conservation Worries | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The disappearance of 300,000 farmed Scottish salmon from their cages in a storm has left many wondering whether they will breed with wild ones and upset the gene pool.

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NRC Report Calls for New Nano Safety Research Strategy

NRC Report Calls for New Nano Safety Research Strategy | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

Despite billions of dollars spent on nanotechnology research and development over the past decade, the human and environmental safety of nanomaterials remains unclear. As a result, a new nanomaterials safety research strategy is needed, and new governmental oversight is required to ensure the essential research is carried out, according to a report released today by the National Research Council (NRC).


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Global warming increasing death rate of US trees, scientists warn

Global warming increasing death rate of US trees, scientists warn | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Trees in the western United States are dying twice as quickly as they did three decades ago and scientists think global warming is to blame...
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Commodifying and Privatising Nature: RIO+20 and the greenwashing of the global economy

Commodifying and Privatising Nature: RIO+20 and the greenwashing of the global economy | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The focus on technologies is problematic because of the types of controversial new technologies that are promoted, including biomass incineration, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, etc. Nuclear and GMOs are not explicitly endorsed, but would fit with the approach.

The market-based approach has been heavily criticised by NGOs as it would mean assigning private property rights to nature, commodifying and privatising nature. Leaving nature to the market would undermine the opportunities of communities and states to protect the commons. Also the bitter lessons from the carbon trading debacle seem to be entirely ignored when UNEP proposes tradeable biodiversity credits. The UNEP reports exposes a misguided belief in markets, which is astonishing after the financial crisis. It is as if that example of the chronic failure of deregulation and market-based approaches had never happened.

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Biodiversity crisis: Habitat loss and climate change causing 6th mass extinction : scientists

Scientists meeting at the University of Copenhagen have warned that biodiversity is declining rapidly throughout the world, describing the loss of species as the 6th mass extinction event on the earth. The world is losing species at a rate that is 100 to 1000 times faster than the natural extinction rate, with the challenges of conserving the world's species larger than mitigating the negative effects of global climate change.

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SDGs: a new generation of development goals?

SDGs: a new generation of development goals? | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

One of this generation’s greatest tragedies – and oncoming catastrophes – is the failure to stem the accelerating rate of biodiversity loss. Biodiversity underpins the ecosystem goods and services on which humanity depends, and its loss represents a betrayal for the world’s poor as progress towards development is undermined.

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Hungry Polar bears eating more threatened eider duck eggs

Hungry Polar bears eating more threatened eider duck eggs | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Eider ducks in the Arctic are already facing a large-scale outbreak of avian cholera. Now, a new threat - polar bears - seems to be affecting the birds.
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UN launches Decade on Biodiversity to stem loss of ecosystems

UN launches Decade on Biodiversity to stem loss of ecosystems | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The United Nations today launched the Decade on Biodiversity with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanity to live in harmony with nature and to preserve and properly manage its riches for the prosperity of current and future generations.
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Video Message from Misia - United Nations Decade on Biodiversity launch in Kanazawa

Video message from MISIA screened at the global launch of United Nations Decade on Biodiversity in Kanazawa (2011).
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Biodiversity Loss Costs EU 450 Billion Euros a Year

Biodiversity Loss Costs EU 450 Billion Euros a Year | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

"Natural capital needs to be integrated into the national accounts," said Gerbrandy. "It is profitable to cut down a forest. We need to make it economically worthwhile to preserve it too."

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Big trees, like the old-growth forests they inhabit, are declining globally

Big trees, like the old-growth forests they inhabit, are declining globally | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Already on the decline worldwide, big trees face a dire future due to habitat fragmentation, selective harvesting by loggers, exotic invaders, and the effects of climate change, warns an article published this week in New Scientist magazine.
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Biodiversity Hotspots - Madagascar - Unique Biodiversity

Biodiversity Hotspots - Madagascar - Unique Biodiversity | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

The hallmark of the flora and fauna of Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands is not necessarily their diversity (though this is high in some groups of organisms, particularly given the islands' size), but their remarkable endemism. The high level of species unique to Madagascar and its surrounding islands resulted from tens of millions of years of isolation from the African mainland and from people, who didn't arrive until 2,000 years ago

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Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail

Amazon rainforest mapped in unprecedented detail | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Scientists record Amazon's structure and biodiversity by bouncing laser beams off forest 400,000 times per second...
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Environment: Commission asks Italy to strengthen laws on environmental liability

Environment: Commission asks Italy to strengthen laws on environmental liability | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Brussels – The Commission is concerned that Italy has incorrectly implemented EU legislation on environmental liability, leading to insufficient protection...

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Biodiversity in danger without swift action, MEPs say

Biodiversity in danger without swift action, MEPs say | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

 

With Europe facing a “silent crisis” of biodiversity loss, MEPs are considering ways to strengthen protections for habitats and species but are divided over how to compel EU national governments to live up to their commitments.

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Geology has split the Amazon into two distinct forests

Geology has split the Amazon into two distinct forests | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
The common view of the Amazon is that it is one massive, unbroken forest. This impression is given by maps which tend to mark the Amazon by a large glob of green or even by its single name which doesn't account for regional changes.

 

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Conservation in an Age of Mass Extinction

Conservation in an Age of Mass Extinction | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it

This thought-provoking book raises the question: as the biodiversity crisis spreads from the rainforest canopy to the deepest ocean, how will the world's cleverest species act?

In a series of essays, Jeremy Leon Hance, environmental reporter with mongabay.com, explores the challenge of mass extinction and the different ways conservationists, with limited support and funds, are rising to meet it.

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Mercury Moves Up Food Chain into songbirds and bats

Mercury Moves Up Food Chain into songbirds and bats | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Dangerously high levels have been detected in Northeastern songbirds as the most toxic form of the heavy metal moves through the food chain.
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Sumatran Elephants Could Be Extinct Within 30 Years

Sumatran Elephants Could Be Extinct Within 30 Years | Biodiversity IS Life  – #Conservation #Ecosystems #Wildlife #Rivers #Forests #Environment | Scoop.it
Over the next three decades, the human population is projected to reach 9 billion people. In that same time, Sumatran elephants, currently numbering around 2,500, are expected to reach zero.
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What is Biodiversity - Videos

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INTRODUCTION

http://eowilsonfoundation.org/introduction/

 

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THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE

http://eowilsonfoundation.org/the-diversity-of-life/

 

BIODIVERSITY PHOTO GALLERY

http://eowilsonfoundation.org/biodiversity-photo-gallery/

 

 

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