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Archive: Biodiversity

19 Mar 2015

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

by TED WILLIAMS
For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators. READ MORE

05 Mar 2015

Perennial Rice: In Search of a Greener, Hardier Staple Crop

by WINIFRED BIRD
Scientists have long sought to create a perennial rice that would avoid the damage to the land caused by the necessity of planting annually. Now, Chinese researchers appear close to developing this new breed of rice, an achievement that could have major environmental benefits. READ MORE

02 Mar 2015

Along Cuba’s Coast, The Last Best Coral Reefs in the Caribbean Thrive

Decades of communist rule and a U.S. embargo have stifled coastal development in Cuba, which has had the beneficial effect of leaving many of the country’s coral reefs intact. In this gallery, photographer Robert Wintner documents the exquisite beauty and biodiversity of Cuba’s coral reef ecosystems. READ MORE

18 Feb 2015

Why Ocean Health Is Better And Worse Than You Think

by FEN MONTAIGNE
The good news is the world’s oceans have not experienced the extinctions that have occurred on land. But as ecologist Douglas McCauley explains in a Yale Environment 360 interview, marine life now face numerous threats even more serious than overfishing. READ MORE

12 Feb 2015

Atlantic Sturgeon: An Ancient Fish Struggles Against the Flow

by TED WILLIAMS
Once abundant in the rivers of eastern North America, the Atlantic sturgeon has suffered a catastrophic crash in its populations. But new protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are giving reason for hope for one of the world’s oldest fish species. READ MORE

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31 Mar 2015: Natural Filters: Mussels Deployed To Clean Up Polluted Waterways

26 Mar 2015: Pollution May Trigger Heath Problems in Deep-Water Fish, Study Says

24 Mar 2015: Extreme Forest Fragmentation Documented in Comprehensive New Study

23 Mar 2015: Back from the Brink: Success Stories Of the U.S. Endangered Species Act

13 Mar 2015: Obama Administration Doubles Size of Key California Marine Sanctuaries

09 Mar 2015: Blue Crabs Are Moving Into Gulf of Maine's Warming Waters, Study Says

09 Mar 2015: Interview: What Lies Behind the Surge of Deforestation in Amazon

04 Mar 2015: Hurricanes Help Spread Invasive Marine Species, Researchers Find

02 Mar 2015: Emperor Penguins Had Few Refuges During Last Ice Age, Study Finds

25 Feb 2015: Global Pesticide Map Shows Large Areas of High Water Pollution Risk


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