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Archive: Biodiversity

28 Jul 2014

Why Restoring Wetlands Is More Critical Than Ever

by BRUCE STUTZ
Along the Delaware River estuary, efforts are underway to restore wetlands lost due to centuries of human activity. With sea levels rising, coastal communities there and and elsewhere in the U.S. and Europe are realizing the value of wetlands as important buffers against flooding and tidal surges. READ MORE

21 Jul 2014

Primate Rights vs Research: Battle in Colombian Rainforest

by CHRIS KRAUL
A Colombian conservationist has been locked in a contentious legal fight against a leading researcher who uses wild monkeys in his search for a malaria vaccine. A recent court decision that banned the practice is seen as a victory in efforts to restrict the use of monkeys in medical research. READ MORE

17 Jul 2014

Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars

by ERIC WAGNER
Sea stars on both coasts of North America are dying en masse from a disease that kills them in a matter of days. Researchers are looking at various pathogens that may be behind what is known as sea star wasting syndrome, but they suspect that a key contributing factor is warming ocean waters. READ MORE

24 Jun 2014

Life on the Mississippi: Tale of the Lost River Shrimp

by PAUL GREENBERG
The 20th-century re-engineering of the Mississippi River wreaked havoc on natural systems and devastated once-abundant populations of native river shrimp. Biologist Paul Hartfield has focused his work on studying these creatures, which were known for making one of the world’s great migrations. READ MORE

05 Jun 2014

How Weeds Could Help Feed Billions in a Warming World

by LISA PALMER
Scientists in the U.S. and elsewhere are conducting intensive experiments to cross hardy weeds with food crops such as rice and wheat. Their goal is to make these staples more resilient as higher temperatures, drought, and elevated CO2 levels pose new threats to the world’s food supply. READ MORE

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23 Jul 2014: Earth Observation Satellites Help Scientists Understand Global Change

10 Jul 2014: A Possible Advance in Fight To Combat a Deadly Amphibian Fungus

08 Jul 2014: Protection of Parrotfish Could Slow Decline of Caribbean Reefs

30 Jun 2014: Antarctica's Emperor Penguins To Be in Serious Decline By 2100, Study Says

26 Jun 2014: Major U.S. Retailers to Limit Pesticides That May Be Harmful to Bees

23 Jun 2014: How Citizen Scientists Are Using The Web to Track the Natural World

17 Jun 2014: Livestock Maps Highlight Regions Prone to Disease and Pollution

11 Jun 2014: Group Will Pay Farmers To Create Temporary Migratory Bird Habitat

23 May 2014: Oil Drilling Permits Issued for Key Area of Yasuni Park

22 May 2014: Donors Commit $220 Million To Protect and Expand Huge Amazon Reserve


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