Biodiversity

Earth lost 50% of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Originally Published by The Guardian - Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats.

Posted on September 30th, 2014
Biodiversity

Retro Report: The Head-Scratching Case of the Vanishing Bees

Originally Published by NYT - Several years ago, beekeepers were vexed: Honeybees, those versatile wovanishing beesrkhorses of pollination, were vanishing by the millions.

Posted on September 29th, 2014
Biodiversity, Earth Observation

Beetle boost as rare insect turns up

Originally Published by BBC News -An endangered beetle is sighted in Cambridgeshire for the first time in more than 40 years.

Posted on August 7th, 2014
Biodiversity

Human Settlements Have Boosted Plant Growth Globally, NASA Data Show

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 - On a global scale, the presence of people corresponds to more plant growth, according to an analysis of three decades of global vegetation greenness data from satellites.

Posted on August 4th, 2014
Biodiversity

Pangolins being eaten to extinction, conservationists warn

Originally Published by The Guardian - Pangolins are being "eaten to extinction" due to a demand for their meat at banquets in China and Vietnam and their scales for use in Chinese medicine, conservationists have warned.

Posted on July 29th, 2014
Biodiversity

New posts in the Notes from the Field blog – Beakers and Blankets: Readying for SABOR’s Ocean Voyage

Originally Published by EO - Starting July 2014, scientists with NASA’s Ship-Aircraft Bio-Optical Research (SABOR) experiment will make observations from ship and aircraft off the U.S. Atlantic Coast aimed at advancing the technology needed to measure microscopic plankton in the ocean from space. For the next three weeks, follow SABOR researchers as they work toward finding out how and why plankton are changing around the planet, and where the carbon associated with plankton goes. Plankton play an important part of the climate system and deliver oxygen to the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, and form the base of the marine food chain.

Posted on July 16th, 2014
Biodiversity

Study shows how young genes become essential for life

Caption: This is imagery of cells dividing, recorded from video microscopy. The image on the left depicts normal cell division in a fruit fly cell. The cell on the right has had the Umbrea gene removed, and has failed to divide normally, resulting in cell death.  Credit: Photos courtesy Barbara MelloneOriginally Published by EurekAlert! - Researchers from UConn and other institutions in the US and abroad have shown how a relatively young gene can acquire a new function and become essential to an organism's life.

Posted on June 8th, 2013
Biodiversity

Ancient Plants Reawaken: Plants Exposed by Retreating Glaciers Regrowing After Centuries Entombed Under Ice

Photograph of grasses. Credit: ScienceDailyOriginally Published by ScienceDaily - When University of Alberta researcher Catherine La Farge threads her way through the recently exposed terrain left behind by retreating glaciers, she looks at the ancient plant remains a lot closer than most.

Posted on June 4th, 2013
Biodiversity, Would You Believe?

Russian scientists make rare find of ‘blood’ in mammoth

 A researcher in Yakutsk on May 13 next to a carcass of a female mammoth found on an island in the Arctic Ocean. Russian scientists claimed Wednesday they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal.  Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-05-russian-scientists-rare-blood-mammoth.html#jCpOriginally Published by Phys.org - Russian scientists claimed they have discovered blood in the carcass of a woolly mammoth, adding that the rare find could boost their chances of cloning the prehistoric animal.

Posted on June 3rd, 2013
Biodiversity, Would You Believe?

Anti-badger cull rally takes place

- Several hundred people attend a rally in London opposing the badger culls aimed at tackling TB in cattle.

Posted on June 1st, 2013
Biodiversity