Posts Tagged Species

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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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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Using nature to adapt to climate change…

Summary: Climate change poses major threats to people around the world. One important method for adapting to these changes may lie in the deployment of nature-based solutions in urban areas… Read this article at Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190529131140.htm

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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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The Aripo Savannas, Trinidad & Tobago…

Despite the varied challenges we face as a developing small island, the following video recorded in 2012 concerns one of our environmental treasures here in Trinidad & Tobago. I’m also quite proud to say that I was involved with the mentioned stakeholders committee during its 4 year existence… Do enjoy the brief video…

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The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week…

This recap takes us up into space, deep down into the ocean, and way back in history… Read it here at Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/50718-weekend-reading.html

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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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Mangrove Patches Deserve Greater Recognition No Matter the Size…

Governments must provide stronger protection for crucial small mangrove patches, is the call led by scientists at international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), which hosts the IUCN SSC Mangrove Specialist Group, in a letter published in Science today (18 January 2019)… Read the full article here at enn.com: https://www.enn.com/articles/56459-mangrove-patches-deserve-greater-recognition-no-matter-the-size

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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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This week’s strangest science news…

Check out the past week’s strangest science news reports from LiveScience.com: https://www.livescience.com/60046-strange-science-news.html

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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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Hawaiian Island Vanishes Overnight…

A hurricane has wiped a Hawaiian island completely off the map… Read about it here at livescience.com: https://www.livescience.com/63921-hawaiian-island-vanishes.html

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Biodiversity can also destabilize ecosystems…

Summary from ScienceDaily.com:  According to the prevailing opinion, species-rich ecosystems are more stable against environmental disruptions such as drought, hot spells or pesticides. The situation is not as simple as it seems, however, as ecologists have now discovered. Under certain environmental conditions, increased biodiversity can also lead to an ecosystem becoming more unstable… Read the […]

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