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Rhino poaching still rampant - defenceWeb

Rhino poaching still rampant - defenceWeb | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
defenceWebRhino poaching still rampantdefenceWebThe attentions of the park's ranger corps, now overseen by retired SA Army major general Johan Jooste have not yet impacted dramatically on the number of rhino killed by poachers.
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The clock is ticking!Conservation right now is looking like a total fail.Despite 50years of hard work from scientists activists and fundraisers, the planet is worse off now than at any time in recent history.We need a "green spring". No, I take it back.Bring on the Green Army.The Green Tsunami must come!
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It Took 126 Photos, But Scientists Finally Fit The Biggest Tree On The Planet Into One Amazing Image

It Took 126 Photos, But Scientists Finally Fit The  Biggest Tree On The Planet Into One Amazing Image | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it

 

Cloaked in the snows of California’s Sierra Nevada, the 3,200-year-old giant sequoia called the President rises 247 feet. Two other sequoias have wider trunks, but none has a larger crown, say the scientists who climbed it. The figure at top seems taller than the other climbers because he’s standing forward on one of the great limbs.

 

The trunk is 27 feet wide and the his mighty branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet. On top of that, he still adds one cubic meter of wood per year – making him one of the fastest growing trees in the world.

 

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.........  A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to take at least 126 separate photos of ‘the President’.

 

.........  The President is 75 metres tall. That’s a 20 storey building! It boasts a circumference of 28 metres at the base and at over 3,200 years old pre-dates the Iron Age.

Clouds Creek's curator insight, April 3, 2014 9:57 PM

Old growth trees continue to sequester much more carbon than initially estimated.
"3,200 year old tree still adds one cubic meter of wood per year - making it one of the fastest growing trees in the world."

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Noam Chomsky slams Canada's shale gas energy plans

Noam Chomsky slams Canada's shale gas energy plans | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Exploitation of Canada's tar sands and shale gas will have dire consequences for the environment, says Chomsky
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Scientists: to save the Malayan tiger, save its prey

Scientists: to save the Malayan tiger, save its prey | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
A major premise of biology, as any high-schooler can tell you, is the study of the connections between organisms.
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How Greenland Can Turn Climate Change Into Cash - The Atlantic Wire

How Greenland Can Turn Climate Change Into Cash - The Atlantic Wire | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“The Atlantic WireHow Greenland Can Turn Climate Change Into CashThe Atlantic WireClimate change is, and always has been, an economic issue.”
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A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant by Jeremy Hance: Yale Environment 360

A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant by Jeremy Hance: Yale Environment 360 | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“ As Bangladesh makes a controversial turn to coal to produce electricity, the construction of a large coal-fired power plant is threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.”
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Destruction of Peru’s rainforest by illegal gold mining is twice as bad as experts thought

Destruction of Peru’s rainforest by illegal gold mining is twice as bad as experts thought | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
The destruction of a global biodiversity hotspot deep in the Peruvian Amazon by illegal gold mining is twice as bad as previously thought, an authoritative new study using ground-breaking technology has revealed.
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Winery plans to chop down California redwoods to make room for vineyards

Winery plans to chop down California redwoods to make room for vineyards | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
As the world warms, winemakers are moving into new regions. Along the California coast, that's bad news for redwoods.
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Lions rising: community conservation making a difference for Africa's kings in Mozambique

Lions rising: community conservation making a difference for Africa's kings in Mozambique | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that tigers, pandas, and blue whales are threatened with extinction—but lions!?
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Yellow peril: Are banana farms contaminating Costa Rica''s crocs?

Yellow peril: Are banana farms contaminating Costa Rica''s crocs? | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Shoppers spend over $10 billion on bananas annually and now this demand is being linked to the contamination of Central America's crocodilians.
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Should the media pay for wildlife conservation?

Should the media pay for wildlife conservation? | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“ With their large profits and universal impact, do wildlife filmmakers have a responsibility to help protect the species they film? Should they pay for the biodiversity they rely on?”
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Absolutely yes! Think Esso, Tony the Tiger, Kung Fu Panda. Many franchises take advantage of our diminishing but visceral connection to nature to market products and services with no benefit a accruing to the species concerned. Just think of the tiger and its perilous state when compared to the billion dollar business Esso whose annual profit would make a small countries GDP look tiny. If it were a human being whose profile was used they would be forced to pay, so I think its time that we examined animal rights in greater detail, far beyond the scope of cruelty etc. and visit their right to freedom and to an identity.
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Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news

Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Scientists have delved deeper into the mystery of dying bees, and discovered that the cause of the problem is more pervasive than thought.
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UK: no new funding for coal-fired power stations abroad

UK: no new funding for coal-fired power stations abroad | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Pledge by energy secretary Ed Davey comes as United Nations climate talks enter final phase
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Anti-deforestation market finally set to bloom

Anti-deforestation market finally set to bloom | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
The world's forestry CO2 traders are bullish about the future again – and are expecting to quickly bury the value cuts that poisoned 2012.
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Redwoods Record Ancient Ocean Climate : DNews

Redwoods Record Ancient Ocean Climate : DNews | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
The tallest trees on the planet, the coastal redwood, trapped a record of the Pacific Ocean within their ancient wood. Continue reading →
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Scientists gain new insights into dolphin's evolutionary history and conversation - Phys.Org

Scientists gain new insights into dolphin's evolutionary history and conversation - Phys.Org | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“Scientists gain new insights into dolphin's evolutionary history and conversation Phys.Org The study gives new insight into the genetic and evolutionary adaptations of Dolphin, and provides valuable resources for the conservation of mammals and...”
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A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant by Jeremy Hance: Yale Environment 360

A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant by Jeremy Hance: Yale Environment 360 | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“ As Bangladesh makes a controversial turn to coal to produce electricity, the construction of a large coal-fired power plant is threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.”
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Illegal logging remains rampant in Brazil

Illegal logging remains rampant in Brazil | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“ Illegal logging remains pervasive in the Brazilian state of Pará, finds an assessment released Monday by Imazon..”
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S. Africa rhino poaching toll hits record near 700

S. Africa rhino poaching toll hits record near 700 | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day.
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Europe importing more palm oil for biofuels, raising risks for rainforests

Europe importing more palm oil for biofuels, raising risks for rainforests | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“ Palm oil imports into Europe for use as car fuel increased by more than three-fold since 2006, raising concerns than renewable fuels targets may be contributing to deforestation, displacing marginalized communities, and driving greenhouse gas...”
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Windswept German island gives power to the people

Windswept German island gives power to the people | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
The clock may tick a little slower on the remote, windswept German island of Pellworm, but when it comes to renewable energy, it has long been ahead of its time.
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Monkey's Alarm Calls Reveal Predator's Who and Where: Scientific American

Monkey's Alarm Calls Reveal Predator's Who and Where: Scientific American | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
“ Black-fronted titi monkeys mix and match their calls to detail and expose threats”
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Fire Salamanders in the Netherlands Wiped Out by Newly Discovered Fungus | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

Fire Salamanders in the Netherlands Wiped Out by Newly Discovered Fungus | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | Environment and Conservation News | Scoop.it
Five years ago the Netherlands was home to a small but healthy population of fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra terrestris). That is no longer the case. The ...
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