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Updates of conservation efforts in the fields of genetics, biology and ecology by a Master of Science student. Plus topics that interest me in general, loosely related to conservation :)
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New Research Backs Genetic 'Switches' in Human Evolution - Science Daily (press release)

Science World Report New Research Backs Genetic 'Switches' in Human Evolution Science Daily (press release) June 19, 2013 — A Cornell University study offers further proof that the divergence of humans from chimpanzees some 4 million to 6 million...
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A study conducted by researchers from Cornell University shows that the divergence of humans from chimpanzees was influenced by mutations to transcription factors.

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On the trail of the large tortoiseshell, the UK's most elusive butterfly

On the trail of the large tortoiseshell, the UK's most elusive butterfly | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
There have been fleeting sightings of the insect since 1950, but no one can be sure it really exists in Britain's countryside
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Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bicker

Great Barrier Reef on the brink as politicians bicker | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Environment minister Tony Burke says the government has done its best to stop downgrading of UN heritage status
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Top 10 Endangered Animals - Top10Zen

Top 10 Endangered Animals - Top10Zen | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
The world is home to some truly awe-inspiring and beautiful creatures. Sadly however, some of these unique species are threatened by a number of forces such as loss of habitat, poaching and climate change.
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Spreading awareness is one of the key factors of conservation.

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The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com

The Scariest Environmental Fact in the World | TIME.com | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
China is burning almost as much coal as the rest of the world combined. We won't solve global warming until that changes (So, thanks China....

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Forests and climate change

Forests and climate change | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

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A good collection of articles on climate change, biodiversity conservation and community involvement here.

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June 22, 2013 Spring Returning
PANAMA: "They lied to us" Pristine #indigenous coastal land in #Panama sold to foreign developers http://www.springreturning.com/indigenous-land-sold-to-developers/

 

Thompson Reuter's Foundation October 4, 2013
WORLD'S SACRED FORESTS MAY FALL PREY TO DEVELOPERS, SCIENTISTS WARN http://www.trust.org/item/20131004085253-l4gqn

 

 

May 9, 2013 Reuters
WOMEN ARE 'KEY DRIVERS' IN CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION http://www.trust.org/item/20130509115923-g3z4e/?source=shtw

 

June 24, 2013 Farmlandgrab.org
EUROPEAN "INVESTMENTS" ASSIST PALM OIL LANDGRABS IN LIBERIA
http://farmlandgrab.org/post/view/22248

 

 May 25, 2013 Guardian Environment - John Vidal
INDONESIA: RAPE AND PILLAGE OF SUMATRAN TIGERS LAST STRONG HOLD AND INDIGENOUS LANDS http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/26/tigers-stronghold-sumatra-poachers

 

May 20, 2013 Rainforest Portal - ACTION ALERT:

PROTECT PAPUA NEW GUINEA INDIGENOUS FROM CORPORATE RAINFOREST DESTRUCTION - PETITION  http://www.rainforestportal.org/shared/alerts/sendsm.aspx?id=PNG_indigenous

 

MASSIVE PALM OIL PLANTATION WILL "CUT THE HEART OUT" OF CAMEROON'S RAINFOREST, DESTROY INDIGENOUS AND WILDLIFE HABITAT  http://sco.lt/8lmMBF

 

May 15, 2013 Mongabay
RAINFOREST TRIBE URGES NORWEGIAN KING TO RECALL ENERGY EXECUTIVE http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0513-penan-target-norway-king.html

 

 “SUSTAINABLE" PALM OIL SHOULD NOT DRIVE DEFORESTATION http://sco.lt/7N5vU1

 

CAN UN-REDD EVER BECOME GREEN"? Carbon and Forest Ecocide http://sco.lt/6uQmif

 

TREE HEALTH, FOREST HEALTH LINKED WITH HUMAN HEALTH - OUR INTERCONNECTED LIVES http://sco.lt/85WZ2v

 

June 17, 2013 Guardian Global Development - John Vidal
LA VIA CAMPESINA, WORLD'S LARGEST POLITICAL MOVEMENT,  TO CHALLENGE MULTI-NATIONALS ON POVERTY AND INEQUALITY, LAND GRABS AND DEFORESTATION

'"We have no choice but to change the system"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jun/17/la-via-campesina-henry-saragih?CMP=EMCGBLEML1625

 

ERADICATING ECOCIDE AND GENOCIDE: WHY BUSINESS LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE http://sco.lt/56vkOH

 

 

 

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Protecting endangered bees: news and resources round up

Protecting endangered bees: news and resources round up | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Will the controversial Europe-wide ban on neonicotinoids help the plight of the bee? We pull together the best news and teaching resources for you to investigate in class
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Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife - The Guardian

Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife - The Guardian | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife
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Synthetic biology is the technology of designing and building biological devices from scratch.
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Fossil bird study on extinction patterns could help today's conservation efforts

Fossil bird study on extinction patterns could help today's conservation efforts | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
A new study of nearly 5,000 Haiti bird fossils shows contrary to a commonly held theory, human arrival 6,000 years ago didn't cause the island's birds to die simultaneously.

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Travels in Tasmania

Informative and entertaining travel documentary about Australia's island state of Tasmania that covers many of the outstanding scenic, wildlife and cultural ...
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Tasmania holds many treasures, some unknown to most of its visitors. It is also a beautiful holiday venue - Be sure to check out Bruny Island, and who knows you might see the Diamond Bird (Forty-spotted Pardalote), which is my study species for my Master of Science :)

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Transylvanian Wildlife Project: Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos)

Transylvanian Wildlife Project: Brown Bear (Ursus Arctos) | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

Brown bears of widely distributed in the Carpathians and are subject to hunting quotas which brings funds into local communities.  The area sees human bear conflict on a regular basis through food raids in villages and the taking of sheep.  The project seeks to make Brown Bears more valuable as a tourist attraction than as a trophy.


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Gill Mortimer's curator insight, March 21, 2013 6:01 AM

Similar carnivore human conflicts are ongoing in the Tusheti region of Georgia, where wolves are responsible for the loss of sheep grazing in the highlands.  A project by NACRES and FFI has shown that effectively trained sheepdogs can reduce these conflicts significantly.  http://www.fauna-flora.org/explore/georgia/

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Moving away from animal trophy collection is a good thing, but increased tourism in a wildlife sanctuary may also disturb the animals we seek to protect.
Paul White's comment, May 9, 2013 3:45 PM
Hi Gill, if you want to read more about predator conflicts and co-existence please see the following article http://www.transylvanianwildlifeproject.com/p/coexist-predators.html
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Harvard students offer conservation, community concepts to county - Highlands Today

Harvard students offer conservation, community concepts to county - Highlands Today | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Harvard students offer conservation, community concepts to county Highlands Today A class of Harvard University students studied the greater Lake Placid area's economy and ecology to create broad plans addressing conservation, tourism, wetlands,...
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Conservation Ecology hard at work. It's great to see that the awareness of the importance of conservation is spreading to undergraduates and the community alike.

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Desert tortoise 101: History, conservation efforts; rules for safe, enjoyable ... - Dixie Press Online

Desert tortoise 101: History, conservation efforts; rules for safe, enjoyable ... - Dixie Press Online | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Desert tortoise 101: History, conservation efforts; rules for safe, enjoyable ...
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The desert tortoise is well adapted to live in the desert, and yet its numbers are so low that it is now listed as a threatened species.

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Trash to cash: Norway leads the way in turning waste into energy

Trash to cash: Norway leads the way in turning waste into energy | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
UK cities pay to send rubbish to Norwegian incinerators, but green campaigners warn of dangers
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Why endangered species need conservation champions

Why endangered species need conservation champions | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Without heroic conservationists many of today's most beloved species would be extinct: think of pandas, tigers, and elephants. By single-mindly focused on savin
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In order for planet earth to have balance, animals has a crucial role to play. Be informed.

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One-third of animal species will be hit by climate change, scientists warn

One-third of animal species will be hit by climate change, scientists warn | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Plant and animal species could see dramatic losses as habitats become unsuitable and ecosystems collapse
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Habitat preservation is key.

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Australian Researchers Identify New Freshwater Fish Species - Sci-News.com

Australian Researchers Identify New Freshwater Fish Species - Sci-News.com | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
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Australian Researchers Identify New Freshwater Fish Species
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Biologists at Murdoch University have described a new species of freshwater fish from Western Australia.
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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Conservation of threatened animals and endangered species. Sustainable management of their forests, seas, grasslands and mountains...
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Sad news that the Western Black Rhinoceros has now been officially declared extinct.

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Atmospheric CO2 Poised to Exceed 400 PPM - Ecology Global Network

Atmospheric CO2 Poised to Exceed 400 PPM - Ecology Global Network | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Atmospheric CO2 Poised to Exceed 400 PPM
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Chances are that in the next few days, the concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere will exceed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in about 4 million years.
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Yellow-shouldered parrot conservation in Margarita Island, Venezuela

Yellow-shouldered parrot conservation in Margarita Island, Venezuela | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Yellow-shouldered parrots are threatened by the illegal pet trade and sand mining on Margarita Island, Venezuela. Discover how Provita protect the species

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In the dry forests of Macanao, in the far west of Margarita Island, the Yellow-shouldered parrot (Amazona barbadensis) is clinging onto survival. There are thought to be less than 10,000 Yellow-shouldered parrots left in the wild, with Margarita being the population’s stronghold.

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Educating the next generation Wilderness Entrepreneurs in Western Iberia

Traditionally, nature conservationists are not trained in business development and entrepreneurship. It is often assumed that nature conservation related professions are guided by ecological and sustainable principles which, therefore, define the educational design of nature conservation curricula.

 

However, the uncertain financial contexts for nature conservation and persistent competing claims by diverse stakeholders concerned, require alternative professional competences to address current conservation challenges. Educating the next generation of nature conservationists requires developing curricula that incorporate innovative learning approaches and are consistent with new and upcoming contexts and requirements.


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One of the most successful ways to ensure the continuing survival of species is by educating children and adults alike in the role they can play in conservation.

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Warming World Caused Southern Ocean to Exhale

Warming World Caused Southern Ocean to Exhale | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it

No land intersects the 60° circle of latitude south of Earth's equator. Instead, that parallel marks the northern limit of the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. At this latitude, swift, prevailing westerly winds continually churn the waters as they circumnavigate the continent, earning the region the nickname "the screaming '60s".

 

But the Southern Ocean plays a more benign role in the global carbon budget: Its waters now take up about 50% of the atmospheric carbon dioxide emitted by human activities, thanks in large part to the so-called "biological pump." Phytoplankton, tiny photosynthesizing organisms that bloom in the nutrient-rich waters of the Southern Ocean, suck up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. When the creatures die, they sink to the ocean floor, effectively sequestering that carbon for hundreds or even thousands of years. It also helps that carbon dioxide is more soluble in colder waters, and that the churning winds mix the waters at the surface, allowing the gases to penetrate the waters more easily.

 

For clues to the future, climate scientists look to past glacial-interglacial cycles. Researchers have a record of atmospheric carbon dioxide stretching back millions of years thanks to ice cores from Antarctica, which contain trapped gas bubbles, snapshots of ancient air. But for the other half of the picture—what happened in the oceans during that time—there is only a relatively short record extending back about 20,000 years to the last glacial cycle. Ocean sediment records, which contain evidence of carbon and nutrients, are one way to reconstruct that history.


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Always learn from nature instead of trying to invent something out of the blue. If you listen closely what the earth (or perhaps this time the ocean) is telling us, we will find the answer here.

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Two Magnificent New Lizard Species Found in Peru - Sci-News.com

Two Magnificent New Lizard Species Found in Peru - Sci-News.com | Conservation Biology, Genetics and Ecology | Scoop.it
Two Magnificent New Lizard Species Found in Peru Sci-News.com Biologists led by Dr Kevin de Queiroz from the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, have described two new species of woodlizards in the genus Enyalioides from a montane...
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It's always great when you find a new species. Also a fantastic example of sexual dichromatism here.
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Evolutionary biology: Gentle giant of genetics - Nature.com

Evolutionary biology: Gentle giant of genetics
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The British evolutionary biologist W. D. “Bill” Hamilton (1936–2000) was a naturalist of legendary knowledge, especially of insects, and a complex man, both rugged and compassionate.
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