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Is the Amazon facing new dangers?

November 1st, 2018|

Environmental groups and politicians have raised the alarm about the policies of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro.

From the BBC Reality Check

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46030592

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Climate change: ‘Wetlands vital to protect cities’

October 30th, 2018|

Cities around the world are frequently flooding during extreme weather, largely because they are fast losing the wetlands that work as a natural defence, experts warn.

From the BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46020176

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The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

October 25th, 2018|

By Brian Kahn

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up.

From: Gizmodo Earther

 

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EU parliament backs ban, limits on single-use plastics

October 24th, 2018|

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution in seas, fields and waterways.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-10-eu-parliament-limits-single-use-plastics.html#jCp

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Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis

October 24th, 2018|

The sixth mass extinction is underway, this time caused by humans. A team of researchers have calculated that species are dying out so quickly that nature’s built-in defense mechanism, evolution, cannot keep up. If current conservation efforts are not improved, so many mammal species will become extinct during the next five decades that nature will need 3-5 million years to recover to current biodiversity levels. And that’s a best-case scenario.

Source: Aarhus University

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What Happens When Humans Fall In Love With An Invasive Species

October 17th, 2018|

What Happens When Humans Fall In Love With An Invasive Species

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Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

October 9th, 2018|

It’s the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures.

Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.

From the BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45775309

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Marine protected areas often expensive and misplaced

October 4th, 2018|

Many marine protected areas are often unnecessarily expensive and located in the wrong places, an international study has shown. The research found protected areas missed many unique ecosystems, and have a greater impact on fisheries than necessary.

Source: University of Queensland

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Satellite Monitoring Could Help Protect Rare Vaquita Marina Dolphin In Mexico’s Sea Of Cortez

October 4th, 2018|

The Mexican government is using a satellite monitoring system that tracks small fishing boats to help protect an endangered dolphin in the Sea of Cortez.

The Upper Gulf of California is home to the vaquita marina, or “little sea cow.” It’s the world’s smallest porpoise, and with as few as 15 left in the Sea of Cortez, it’s also the rarest marine mammal.

The Mexican government has implemented strict fishing regulations in the Sea of Cortez to protect the small dolphin. Now it’s started using a satellite monitoring system to help enforce those rules, says Melissa Garren.

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Amazon rainforest conservation victories spill losses to neighbors

October 4th, 2018|

New research suggests that protecting the Amazon rainforest from deforestation may just be shifting the damage to a less renowned neighbor. The unintended consequences are profound.

Source: Michigan State University

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