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People and wildlife now threatened by rapid destruction of central America's forests

2017-07-25 06:00:00| LifeSciencesWorld

[NEWS] NEW YORK (July 25, 2017) - Central America's largest remaining forests are disappearing at a precipitous rate due to illegal cattle ranching, oil palm plantations, and other human-related activities, all of which are putting local communities and the region's wildlife species at high risk. A new comprehensive study by WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) titled the “Human Footprint and Cow's Hoofprint Analysis” was presented this month for …

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The oldest 'bad boy' beetle in the world

2017-07-24 06:00:00| LifeSciencesWorld

[NEWS] IMAGE: This is a 3-D habitual and environmental reconstructions of Ponomarenkia belmonthensis restored after linedrawing of the holotype and 2-D reconstruction. The plant is Australian cycadophyt Lepidozamia hopei from the Botanical… <a href=”/multimedia/pub/1461…

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Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire, warn scholars

2017-07-23 06:00:00| LifeSciencesWorld

[NEWS] Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication. The six authors of the commentary argue campaigns which emphasize variations on messages such as, “97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change is happening,” hold several serious drawbacks. Firstly…

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Mixed outcomes for plants and animals in warmer 2080s climate

2017-07-20 06:00:00| LifeSciencesWorld

[NEWS] More than three quarters of plants and animals in England are likely to be significantly affected by climate change by the end of the century, say researchers. Researchers showed that given a 2°C increase in average global temperature by the 2080s, 54% of 3000 species in England could significantly expand their populations into different areas of the country, where climate suitability is increasing, if they are able to get to those locations. The team, whic…

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Destruction of wetlands linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes

2017-07-19 06:00:00| LifeSciencesWorld

[NEWS] Canada's current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo have found. In a recent study, engineering researchers at Waterloo found that small wetlands have a more significant role to play than larger ones in preventing excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus from fertilizer from reaching waterbodies such as the Great La…

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