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Global supply chains cause extinction of many species

Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in developed world according to research made by University of Sydney. The study mapped the world economy to trace the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee,

June 16, 2012

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Swarms of unknown spiders spread panic across Assam, India

Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists. Indian media said that a dozen people had been bitten and treated in hospital, with two unconfirmed

June 07, 2012

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The absence of elephants and rhinoceroses threatens biodiversity in tropical forests

According to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), elephants are in 'danger of extinction' and the two rhinoceros species are 'critically endangered'. The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and

June 04, 2012

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Alien species a growing menace in China

Alien species of plants and animals in China will become an increasing menace over the next decade due to the rapid development of the world economy and a lack of awareness of proper prevention measures, experts have warned. A greater number and variety of invasive

May 14, 2012

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Remarkable natural event seen from space: Algae-coated ice phenomena at Princess Astrid Coast, Antarctica

A few weeks ago, NASA’s Terra satellite flew over East Antarctica and detected swirls of green amidst the ice off the Princess Astrid Coast. For three weeks since, scientists have been trying to figure out what Terra saw in this remote region of the world’s

March 18, 2012

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Hydrogen sulfide emissions off Namibia coast

Namibian coast was tinted with pale green water in late February 2012. The Namibian Coast has the most intense upwelling of fertile deep-ocean water in the world. Hydrogen sulfide gas is emitted periodically along Namibian coast due ocean currents that carry

March 04, 2012

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The invasion of African giant snails in Florida, US

Southern Florida is in a panic over potential crop damage and plant diseases. The reason for this are the slimy gastropods. The US and Florida departments of agriculture have mobilized 34 agents to battle the invasion of African giant snails, up to 20 centimeters

February 11, 2012

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Mass migration of snowy owls from the Arctic

Thousands of snowy owls from the Arctic have been spotted from coast to coast, in Idaho, Montana,  Missouri and Massachusetts. Owl experts say the phenomenon is likely linked to lemmings, a rodent that accounts for 90 percent of the diet of snowy owls during

January 29, 2012

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Scientists predict major shifts in Earth's ecosystems

Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., investigated how Earth's plant life is likely to react over the next three centuries as Earth's climate changes in response to rising levels of

December 17, 2011

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208 new species discovered in Mekong region in one year

The conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) just released a new report called "Wild Mekong" hightlightning the 208  species discovered in Greater Mekong region in past year. The Greater Mekong region, which sprawls across the countries of Cambodia,

December 13, 2011

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Extreme weather events fatal for walnut trees

Drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome - possibly fatal - for walnut trees, according to research at Purdue University. Researchers now suspect and predict that climate change is going to

December 03, 2011

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Impact of deforestation on global warming varies with latitude

The new research, from a team of scientists representing 20 institutions from around the world, discovered that the impact of deforestation on global warming varies with latitude. It depends where the deforestation is. It could have some cooling effects at the regional

November 19, 2011

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Massive movement of tree species

Global warming, insect attack, diseases and fires caused a huge "migration" of trees across much of the West. Many tree species are projected to decline or die out in regions where they have been present for centuries, while others move in and replace them. In an

November 11, 2011

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Misterious creatures washed up on Wellington beach in Lyall Bay, New Zealand

Thousands of the tiny creatures were spotted washed up Thursday afternoon on beach in Lyall Bay in New Zealand. Puzzled expert are trying to identify misterious creatures with black eyes and little legs. They guess that it could be from deeper water as they were

November 05, 2011

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Seaweed moves south as ocean warms

A new study by marine ecologist Dr Thomas Wernberg, of the University of Western Australia and colleagues reveals that swathes of Australia's seaweed are shifting south to escape warming oceans, and many risk going extinct.  Their findings are published in Current

October 30, 2011

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Papua New Guinea deforestation at critical level

More than half trees in Papua New Guinea could be lost by 2021, according to a new satellite study of the region. The University of Papua New Guinea and the Australian National University conducted the stady that  found that deforestation is much more widespread

October 30, 2011

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Yasuni (Ecuador) - The world's last great wilderness threaten to become new oil extraction location

When large reserves of oil were discovered under Yasuní national park, Ecuador offered the world a choice: give us money and we will not allow drilling. Now $60m must be found by December.Ecuador has earned $130bn from the oil found so far in its forests and it

October 09, 2011