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Solar eclipse’s tides blamed for broken net, up to 305,000 Atlantic salmon dumped into waters near San Juans

Solar eclipse’s tides blamed for broken net, up to 305,000 Atlantic salmon dumped into waters near San Juans | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon were accidentally released into the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands, and officials are asking people to catch as many as possible. Tribal fishers, concerned about native salmon populations, call the accident “a devastation.”
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Exceptional and rapid accumulation of anthropogenic debris on one of the world’s most remote and pristine islands

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An artist created terrifying travel posters of national parks after they’ve been destroyed

An artist created terrifying travel posters of national parks after they’ve been destroyed | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Hannah Rothstein created posters based on 1940s ads for national parks. Her work imagines what parks will look like in 2050, after climate change has worsened.
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Yale Environment 360: Six Years After BP Spill, Remaining Oil More Toxic Than Ever To Fish

Yale Environment 360: Six Years After BP Spill, Remaining Oil More Toxic Than Ever To Fish | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
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6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

6 Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
It seems counterintuitive, right? Rip out eight lanes of freeway through the middle of your metropolis and you’ll be rewarded with not only less traffic, but safer, more efficient cities? But it’s true, and it’s happening in places all over the world.
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Park Service: Bison calf euthanized after tourists put it in vehicle - East Idaho News

Park Service: Bison calf euthanized after tourists put it in vehicle - East Idaho News | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Some concerned tourists in Yellowstone National Park thought a bison calf was cold and put it in their SUV on May 9. | Courtesy of Karen Richardson The National Park Service released a statement Monday after a pair of tourists put a bison calf in an SUV over concerns the animal was too cold, as first reported by EastIdahoNews.com: In recent weeks, visitors in the park have been engaging in inappropriate, dangerous, and illegal behavior with wildlife. These action
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Gov. Jerry Brown orders long-term conservation measures as California drought persists

Gov. Jerry Brown orders long-term conservation measures as California drought persists | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a sweeping executive order that permanently prohibits certain forms of water waste.
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Florida drops bill to open fracking in the Everglades after public outcry

Florida drops bill to open fracking in the Everglades after public outcry | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Opponents of the oil industry-backed fracking bill say it would have threatened the environment and south Florida’s drinking water
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Going Rogue

Going Rogue | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of cobia that escaped from an aquaculture farm off the coast of Ecuador may be Southern California bound
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Genetic Analysis of the Henry Mountains Bison Herd

Genetic Analysis of the Henry Mountains Bison Herd | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Wild American plains bison ( Bison bison ) populations virtually disappeared in the late 1800s, with some remnant animals retained in what would become Yellowstone National Park and on private ranches. Some of these private bison were intentionally crossbred with cattle for commercial purposes. This forced hybridization resulted in both mitochondrial and nuclear introgression of cattle genes into some of the extant bison genome. As the private populations grew, excess animals, along with their history of cattle genetics, provided founders for newly established public bison populations. Of the US public bison herds, only those in Yellowstone and Wind Cave National Parks (YNP and WCNP) appear to be free of detectable levels of cattle introgression. However, a small free-ranging population (~350 animals) exists on public land, along with domestic cattle, in the Henry Mountains (HM) of southern Utah. This isolated bison herd originated from a founder group translocated from YNP in the 1940s. Using genetic samples from 129 individuals, we examined the genetic status of the HM population and found no evidence of mitochondrial or nuclear introgression of cattle genes. This new information confirms it is highly unlikely for free-living bison to crossbreed with cattle, and this disease-free HM bison herd is valuable for the long-term conservation of the species. This bison herd is a subpopulation of the YNP/WCNP/HM metapopulation, within which it can contribute significantly to national efforts to restore the American plains bison to more of its native range.
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Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans

Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego also uncovered some good news?concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years.

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Declining is good.  But I would also note that they folks looked at one category of pollutants.  Heavy metals like mercury, emerging contaminants (like drugs, hormones, etc.) were not the focus.

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Two Hundred Bears Killed in Florida's First Hunt in Decades [Updated]

Two Hundred Bears Killed in Florida's First Hunt in Decades [Updated] | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
After 21 years of cohabiting peacefully, Florida’s residents have turned on their most majestic of neighbors: the bears.
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Study finds plastic debris and man-made fibers in fish sold in markets

Study finds plastic debris and man-made fibers in fish sold in markets | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Scientists have long suspected that plastic trash eaten by fish, crabs, bivalves and other marine species may be spreading through the food web.
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This remote island in the South Pacific is covered in 18 tons of our trash

This remote island in the South Pacific is covered in 18 tons of our trash | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
One of the most pristine islands in the world now has the highest density of trash ever reported in nature. Read on.
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Conceptual Art

Conceptual Art | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Hannah Rothstein Art is exploding with witty viral art, hilarious photo
series, lively paintings and illustrations, and plenty of puns.
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Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Researchers Say

Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Researchers Say | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
By tripling their emission of pollutants, Asian countries have contributed as much as 65 percent of a rise in ozone levels in the western U.S., scientists say.
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This Artist Builds Kinetic Sculptures That Run on Windpower and Evolve Like Living Beings

This Artist Builds Kinetic Sculptures That Run on Windpower and Evolve Like Living Beings | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
A traveling exhibit of Dutch artist Theo Jansen’s wind-powered Strandbeests (“beach animals”) makes its only West Coast appearance at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, opening tomorrow and running through Labor Day. We got a chance to talk to Jansen and see his massive creations up close and in action.
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NASA Maps Show How Fast New Orleans Is Sinking

NASA Maps Show How Fast New Orleans Is Sinking | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Using NASA airborne radar, scientists have shown the degree to which New Orleans and its surrounding areas are sinking each year. Mostly caused by groundwater extraction, it’s yet another disaster in the making.
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Wildfire at Fort McMurray quickly overtakes Canada's environmental debate

Wildfire at Fort McMurray quickly overtakes Canada's environmental debate | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
-- A wildfire was growing just outside Fort McMurray, but Matt Hepditch went to work in the oil sands the way he always does.
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Guns, beer and vomit: Rampage leaves endangered fish dead in Death Valley

Guns, beer and vomit: Rampage leaves endangered fish dead in Death Valley | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
A $5,000 reward is being offered for details leading to the arrest and conviction of three men who went on a drunken rampage in Death Valley National Park.
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Mosul dam engineers warn it could fail at any time, killing 1m people

Mosul dam engineers warn it could fail at any time, killing 1m people | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Iraqis who built dam say structure is increasingly precarious and describe government response as ‘ridiculous’
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Genetically Pure Bison Still Exist; Provide Stronghold For Conservation

Genetically Pure Bison Still Exist; Provide Stronghold For Conservation | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Utah's Henry Mountains is home to a viable population of genetically pure, disease-free American bison. Researchers say this could open new doors for improved conservation of these animals, which were recently named the U.S. National Mammal.
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Tiny bits of plastic in ocean are hurting oyster reproduction

Tiny bits of plastic in ocean are hurting oyster reproduction | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Plastics could make farming oysters more difficult
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Plastic Contaminates Table Salt in China

Plastic Contaminates Table Salt in China | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
Supermarket products have tiny plastic particles, probably from ocean pollution attached to sea salt
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Accidental orange peel discovery could save lives | The New Daily

Accidental orange peel discovery could save lives | The New Daily | Conservation Biology | Scoop.it
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