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Bermuda Triangle to become humpback whale sanctuary

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced a letter of intent signed by the Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection to establish a sister sanctuary to NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for the gentle

September 04, 2011

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Phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea

At times nature exceeds the ability of the artist’s brush to blend brilliant colors, interweave textures and combine patterns to create stunning panoramas, while using only the palette of land, water, cloud and vegetation. This stunning and artistic image of a

August 17, 2011

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New coral map ranks reefs most at risk

The world's coral reefs face a multitude of threats, from rising ocean temperatures to overfishing. A new map aimed at aiding coral conservation has been developed that points out the reefs that are most and least at risk.The map, and the study that led to it, say

August 12, 2011

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Routine roadwork on rural roads may contribute to the spread of invasive species

Emily Rauschert, a plant ecologist at Pennsylvania State University in State College  presented her findings at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Austin, Texas. A new study found that routine roadwork on rural roads may be aiding the rapid

August 11, 2011

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Cold snap triggered massive coral die-off

While warming seas are a leading cause in the decline of the world's coral reefs, U.S. researchers have discovered cold temperatures can be just as devastating.Scientists are the University of Georgia conducted a study of coral reefs in the Florida Keys following an

August 10, 2011

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Sudden oak death disease kills oak and tan oak trees

Sudden oak death disease kills oak and tan oak trees. The disease is present in coastal areas of California and in southern Oregon. It is also present in commercial nurseries in Europe, the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, according to an article by the International

August 09, 2011

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Global plant database set to promote biodiversity research and Earth-system sciences

The world's largest database on plants' functional properties, or traits, has been published. Scientists compiled three million traits for 69,000 out of the world's 300,000 plant species. The achievement rests on a worldwide collaboration of scientists from 106

July 29, 2011

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Loss of top animal predators has massive ecological effects

"Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth," a review paper that was published on July 15, 2011, in the journal Science, concludes that the decline of large predators and herbivores in all regions of the world is causing substantial changes to Earth's terrestrial,

July 20, 2011

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New study suggests severe deficits in UK honeybee numbers

A study published by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri Environmental Research suggests that honeybees may not be as important to pollination services in the UK than previously supposed. The research was published in the Journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and

July 13, 2011

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Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years

Warming ocean waters are causing the largest movement of marine species seen on Earth in more than two million years, according to scientists.In the Arctic, melting sea ice during recent summers has allowed a passage to open up from the Pacific ocean into the

July 11, 2011

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Plants bloom earlier in Canada

Scientists in Canada have recorded temperatures for the 71-year peiod from 1936 to 2006, and have seen that mean monthly temperatures have increased enough to provide what they call a "substantial warming signal." Specifically, mean monthly temperatures increased by

July 11, 2011

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Spectacular discoveries in New Guinea

Scientists made the astounding discoveries, which also included a river shark and dozens of butterflies, on New Guinea at a rate of two a week from 1998 to 2008, WWF said in a new report on the island's natural habitat. A frog with fangs, a blind snake and a

June 29, 2011

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More than 300 new species discovered in the Philippines

This spring, scientists from the California Academy of Sciences braved leeches, lionfish, whip-scorpions and a wide variety of other biting and stinging creatures to lead the most comprehensive scientific survey effort ever conducted in the Philippines, documenting

June 28, 2011

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Planting forests won't stop global warming

The UN is failing to accurately measure the global climate benefits of preserving forests. As well as providing homes for many species, trees store carbon dioxide that would otherwise warm the planet. With this in mind, the UN set up the REDD programme (Reducing

June 25, 2011

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Honeybee colonies in the US reduced in number by 30 percent over the 2010-2011 winter

Honeybee colonies in the United States reduced in number by 30 percent over the 2010-2011 winter, according to a recently released annual survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA).The loss was actually lower

June 05, 2011

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Locust plague ravages NW China

Large swarms of locusts have laid waste to vast tracts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with authorities expecting the plague to worsen as the weather heats up. The locust plague began in the pastureland of the Ili River Valley and Taer Basin in

May 26, 2011

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Sacred Valley of the Incas to send 1,500 potato varieties to Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Arctic circle

On April 15 peruvian president Alan García signed a decree allowing the import and planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the country. The official decree puts at risk the genetic diversity of the Peruvian Andes, including the tuberous crop we know as

May 22, 2011