Posts Tagged Extinction

Halting biodiversity loss: Political actions are required, not additional scientific knowledge…

Summary:  Over 15 years, almost 13,000 scientific papers have been published in the leading conservation science journals. Yet biodiversity remains threatened at a global scale. Researchers have now focused on this worrisome paradox by taking a deeper look at this large volume of literature. One of the major problems is that decisions are usually more […]

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Just 13% of the Ocean Is Untouched by Humans…

Oceans cover approximately 70 percent of the earth’s surface, and it seems almost none of that marine expanse is off-limits to adventurous and resource-needy humans… The article is here at LiveScience.com: https://www.livescience.com/63171-disappearing-ocean-wilderness.html

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In Defense of Biodiversity: Why Protecting Species from Extinction Matters…

A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world…  Read the full article here at Yale Environment 360: http://e360.yale.edu/features/in-defense-of-biodiversity-why-protecting-species-from-extinction-matters

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Earth May Be Close to ‘Threshold of Catastrophe’…

Source (livescience.com): Earth May Be Close to ‘Threshold of Catastrophe’

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Extinction Risk for Many Species Vastly Underestimated, Study Suggests… 

Environmental news from enn.com: http://www.enn.com/ecosystems/article/51112

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Sprinting towards extinction? Cheetah numbers crash globally… 

Summary:  A new study confirms that the iconic cheetah is sprinting towards extinction…  Read about it here @ ScienceDaily.Com: Cheetah numbers crash globally

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Climate change is already causing widespread local extinction in plant and animal species… 

Summary from ScienceDaily.Com: Extinctions related to climate change have already happened in hundreds of plant and animal species around the world. New research shows that local extinctions have already occurred in 47% of the 976 plant and animal species studiedClimate change is already causing widespread local extinction in plant and animal species…  Read more of […]

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Galápagos faces first-ever bird extinction…

Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News Scientists have discovered a new species of colorful songbird in the Galápagos Islands, with one catch: it’s extinct… Read the article here at enn.com: Wildlife and Habitat Conservation News: Galápagos faces first-ever bird extinction

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U.N. report warns 40% of pollinators face extinction…

A growing number of pollinator species that are key to the world’s food supply are headed towards extinction, warns a new United Nations report…  (Source futurity.org) See post and a link to the original study here: U.N. report warns 40% of pollinators face extinction…

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Rare Caribbean Lizards on the Verge of Extinction…

Source: Caribbean News Service (CNS) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Jan 11 2016 – The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday announced that seven species of Caribbean skinks or lizards may qualify for Endangered Species Act protection… Read on here: Rare Caribbean Lizards on the Verge of Extinction  

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Global Extinction Rates: Why Do Estimates Vary So Wildly? by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360…

Is it 150 species a day or 24 a day or far less than that? Prominent scientists cite dramatically different numbers when estimating the rate at which species are going extinct. Why is that? Read the full article below, by Fred Pearce for Yale Environment 360: Global Extinction Rates: Why Do Estimates Vary So Wildly? […]

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Galapagos Tortoises Make Dramatic Recovery On Española Island – Science News – redOrbit…

from redorbit.org… “Tortoises living on the Galapagos island of Española have made a dramatic recovery after their population had reached a low point of just 15 individuals. According to a newly published study in the journal PLOS ONE, captive breeding and reintroduction of the reptiles over a 40-year period has led to a resurgent population of around 1,000 individuals living on […]

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Extinction events…

“An extinction event occurs when a large number of species die out in a relatively short time period… Since life began on Earth, a number of mass extinctions have greatly exceeded the background extinction rate present at other times… Extinctions have occurred during the Archean, Proterozoic and the Phanerozoic Eon from which a fossil record […]

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Forest fragmentation leading to higher extinction rates

Mongabay.com’s  Jeremy Hance compiled the following article focusing on the continuing global forest fragmentation issue with unsettling thoughts of species extinction due to such activities… Forest fragmentation leading to higher extinction rates.

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