Biodiversity

June 18, 2013--Dams, the whole picture (Environmental News Network)

Dams are good for hydroelectric power. But just like figuring how to reduce waste or improve energy efficiency, one has to look at the whole picture and all of the potential media effects.


October 4, 2012--Lakes react differently to warmer climate (Science Daily)

A future warmer climate will produce different effects in different lakes. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have now been able to explain that the effects of climate change depend on what organisms are dominant in the lake. Algal blooms will increase, especially of toxic blue-green algae.


December 8, 2011--One quarter of world’s agricultural land ”Highly Degraded’, UN report concludes (Environmental News Network)

On Monday, the UN released the results of the first ever global study on the state of Earth’s land. The main finding: 25 percent of all land is highly degraded making it unsuitable for agriculture.


April 6, 2011--Biodiversity improves water quality in streams through a division of labor (Science Daily)

Biologically diverse streams are better at cleaning up pollutants than less rich waterways, and a University of Michigan ecologist says he has uncovered the long-sought mechanism that explains why this is so. Bradley Cardinale used 150 miniature model streams, which use recirculating water in flumes to mimic the variety of flow conditions found in natural streams.


October 18, 2010--U.N.: World must act immediately to avoid mass extinction (USA Today)

The world needs immediate action to stop the rapid loss of animal and plant species and their habitats, the United Nations warned Monday as a major summit on biodiversity began. The 193 members of the U.N.'s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened for a 12-day conference in Nagoya, Japan, aimed at trying to avoid man-made mass extinction.


October 14, 2010--WWF's living planet eeport shows humans consuming 1.5 Earths (Environmental News Service)

"The unprecedented drive for wealth and well-being of the past 40 years is putting unsustainable pressures on our planet," writes WWF Director General James Leape in the newly released 2010 edition of WWF's Living Planet Report, a biennial survey on the state of the planet's health.


October 20, 2008--Putting a price on nature can save forests, rivers (Environmental News Network)

Putting a price on nature by creating tradable credits can the limit the loss of forests, wetlands and rivers from the expansion of agriculture, the head of an international forestry investment firm said on Monday.


July 30, 2008--Wetlands 'must be preserved' say experts (Environmental News Network)

Participants in an international wetlands conference have issued a declaration urging recognition of the importance of wetlands and calling for basic wetlands research.


January 1, 2008--Deep-sea species' loss could lead to oceans collapse, study suggests (Environmental Network News)

The loss of deep-sea species poses a severe threat to the future of the oceans, suggests a new report publishing early online on December 27th and in the January 8th issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press.


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