Posts Tagged Biodiversity

Why You Shouldn’t Kill Your Friendly Neighbourhood Spiders…

When that itsy-bitsy spider climbs up the spout, resist the urge to stomp it out—even if it makes your skin crawl… Read the rest of this article at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/58781-why-you-shouldn-t-kill-your-friendly-neighbourhood-spiders Advertisements

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Local environmental news: Govt moves to protect 136 land, marine spaces…

In keeping with my local/Caribbean news updates, here’s an article from one of our local (Trinidad & Tobago) newspapers last week regarding a new protected areas initiative. Read all about it here: https://newsday.co.tt/2019/06/24/govt-moves-to-protect-136-land-marine-spaces/?fbclid=IwAR0GSBDLxVzJE7Oi9ITvmVy7vWm5KAejQjjlG84RsRWj04UXaFd2vXe0U0c

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Climate Change Could Affect Symbiotic Relationships Between Microorganisms and Trees…

(From article at enn.com) …microorganisms help trees access water and nutrients from the atmosphere or soil, sequester carbon, and withstand the effects of climate change. In exchange, they receive carbohydrates, which are essential to their development and are produced by the trees during photosynthesis… Read more on this article here: https://www.enn.com/articles/58476-climate-change-could-affect-symbiotic-relationships-between-microorganisms-and-trees

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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week…

From advances in artificial intelligence to new evolutionary species knowledge, check out the most interesting science news for the past week from Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html

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As Water Scarcity Increases, Desalination Plants Are on the Rise…

After decades of slow progress, desalination is increasingly being used to provide drinking water around the globe. Costs for processing salt water for drinking water have dropped, but it remains an expensive option and one that creates environmental problems that must be addressed… Read about this rise in desalination processes here at Yale Environment 360: […]

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‘FMD’ Digest, Issue #20…

Welcome to another edition of ‘FMD’ digest… In this issue we highlight some of the best posts for the last three months, and look at some interesting local and international news…

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T&T cops gold at Chelsea Flower Show…

Trinidad & Tobago just won a gold medal for their display at the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show with the display ‘Rhythm of Our People’… Read about it here: http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/tt-cops-gold-at-chelsea-flower-show-6.2.850895.b9e17b4e61

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Great Icacos Lagoon dries up…

On Trinidad’s southern coast there’s a beautiful wetland called Great Icacos, however, with this year’s exceptionally harsh dry season, all of it has dried up. The initiative has been taken by the area’s councillor to clean the wetlands with volunteers… Hopefully we’ll have a much better wet season later this year, with more wildlife visiting […]

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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week…

Whether you like history, biodiversity, or things about outer space you could just visit Live Science for the past weeks most interesting stories. Read them here: https://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html

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Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need…

Nations around the globe have pledged to increase their forest cover by planting millions of trees. But new research shows much of this growth would be in monoculture plantations that would be quickly cut down and do little to tackle climate change or preserve biodiversity… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-green-pledges-will-not-create-the-natural-forests-we-need  

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Interesting facts #37…

The Coral Triangle, known as ‘the Amazon of the ocean’, is a network of coral reefs in the waters around the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that’s a little over 2 million square miles in area and home to over 500 coral species… Read more about this natural underwater oceanic […]

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A Highway Megaproject Tears at the Heart of New Guinea’s Rainforest…

The Indonesian government is building a 2,700-mile road network on the island of New Guinea, opening up some of the world’s last great tropical rainforests to development and threatening unique indigenous cultures. Can international pressure force Indonesia to scale back this megaproject?… Read this article at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/a-highway-megaproject-tears-at-the-heart-of-papuas-rainforest

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Diet and food production must radically change to save planet…

Summary: Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries — driving climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution due to over-application of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, and unsustainable changes in water and land use… […]

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Earth’s Mysterious ‘Deep Biosphere’ Is Home to Millions of Undiscovered Species, Scientists Say…

An article posted here on ‘FMD’ recently discussed the over 200 new species discovered on the planet during studies by the California Academy of Sciences this year. (Here’s the article: 229 new species described…) This article from livescience.com highlights the millions of unknown species yet to be discovered within our sphere: https://www.livescience.com/64272-carbon-mass-in-earth-deep-biosphere.html

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229 new species described by the California Academy of Sciences in 2018…

Summary from ScienceDaily.com: In 2018, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of Earth’s complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. The new species include 120 wasps, 34 sea slugs, 28 ants, 19 fish, seven […]

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Sparing vs Sharing: The Great Debate Over How to Protect Nature…

Intro from Yale Environment 360: What is the best way to save nature – to cordon off areas for parks and open space or to integrate conservation measures on working lands? Recent research makes a case for each of these approaches and has reignited a long-standing debate among scientists and conservationists… Read the full article by […]

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Is Warming Bringing a Wave of New Diseases to Arctic Wildlife?…

Intro: Rapid warming and vanishing sea ice in the Arctic has enabled new species, from humpback whales to white-tailed deer, to spread northward. Scientists are increasingly concerned that some of these new arrivals may be bringing dangerous pathogens that could disrupt the region’s fragile ecosystems… Read the full article here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/is-warming-bringing-a-wave-of-new-diseases-to-arctic-wildlife

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Last Week’s Strangest Science News…

Last week, Live Science presented some rather unusual stories ranging from strange nebulae to Halloween chickens, check out the stories here: https://www.livescience.com/60046-strange-science-news.html

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