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A Collection of News by Moos
  • 201623OctSun

    Silent roar – conserving the snow leopard landscape

    | News biodiversity

    In the world’s high places, there remains an animal rarely seen and almost never heard - the snow leopard. This is the story of one of the world’s great cats, noteworthy for the fact that it does not...
  • 201622OctSat

    New species are evolving but that’s not good news

    | News evolution

    Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human activities, but humans are also causing rapid evolution and the emergence of new species. A study published on 29 June summarises the ca...
  • 201621OctFri

    Hundreds of snow leopards poached each year

    | News biodiversity

    With possibly as few as 4,000 snow leopards surviving in the wild, a new report from TRAFFIC has found that hundreds of the endangered big cats are being killed illegally each year across their range...
  • 201620OctThu

    World's mammal wildlife is being hunted and eaten into extinction

    | News biodiversity

    The ongoing decline of more than 300 species of animals is having significant environmental impacts and posing a food security threat for millions of people in Asia, Africa and South America, accordin...
  • 201619OctWed

    Can Tasmanian devils naturally recover from deadly transmissible facial can...

    | News biodiversity

    Researchers have seen evidence for the first time that some Tasmanian devils are capable of naturally recovering from the deadly Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The research was performed by scien...
  • 201619OctWed

    Tasmanian devils evolve to resist deadly transmissible facial cancer

    | News evolution

    Tasmanian devils are evolving in response to a highly lethal and contagious form of cancer, a Washington State University (WSU) researcher has found. Andrew Storfer, WSU professor of biology, and an i...
  • 201618OctTue

    Ornamental plants have potential for conserving pollinators such as bees

    | News biodiversity

    Insects play a vital role in ecosystem health, helping to aerate soil, keeping the natural system in balance, and preventing detrimental pests from taking over essential natural resources. Additionall...
  • 201617OctMon

    Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools, video study confirms

    | News evolution

    The first documented evidence of wild chimpanzee mothers teaching their offspring to use tools has been captured by video cameras set to record chimpanzee tool-using activity at termite mounds in the...
  • 201616OctSun

    Peccaries of Mesoamerica now highly threatened, warn experts

    | News biodiversity

    Hunting, deforestation, and cattle ranching in Mesoamerica have become a triad of trouble for the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), an ecologically important species now threatened with regional...
  • 201616OctSun

    Genome of the tarsier, the carnivorous primate, reveals ties to humans

    | News evolution

    Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, with enormous eyes and an appetite for meat, tarsiers are an anomaly of nature. They are also our distant cousins, according to scientists at Washington...
  • 201630SepFri

    New report finds no slow down in tiger trafficking

    | News biodiversity

    A new report from TRAFFIC and WWF finds no evidence of a decline in tiger trafficking across Asia, with parts equating to a minimum of 1755 tigers seized between 2000 and 2015 – an average of more tha...
  • 201630SepFri

    Trophy hunting of lions can aid in conservation of lions

    | News biodiversity

    New research has found that controlled trophy hunting of lions can actually help conserve the species, but only in areas where hunting companies are given long-term land management rights. One year af...


    Nasa's State of Flux shows our ever changing world



    In celebration of this year's Earth Day on April 22, NASA's Webby Award-winning Global Climate Change website, http://climate.nasa.gov , has unveiled a new version of its popular image gallery, "State of Flux."

    The gallery, which can be found at http://climate.nasa.gov/sof , presents stunning images, mostly from space, of our ever-changing planet, chronicling changes taking place over time periods ranging from days to centuries.

    Each image pair in the continuously updated gallery highlights before-and-after impacts of change, including the destruction wrought by extreme events such as wildfires and floods, the retreat of glaciers caused by climate change, and the expanding footprint of urban areas due to population growth.

    It underscores how fragile and interconnected our planet is, and how it is constantly changing. With this new version of the gallery, we want people to be better able to immerse themselves in the images, and gain that sense of perspective

    The redesigned gallery, which currently features more than 160 comparison views, is now organized and sortable by categories, including ice, human impact, water, land cover and extreme events. A selection of some of the Global Climate Change website team's favorite images is highlighted in a new "Top Picks" category.

    Another new feature is a map view, which places each image into its geographical context. Guests can zoom in to specific locations on the map, or select by region, and see where particular changes are taking place around the globe. They can also share links to each image set and download high-resolution versions of the images.

    "Seeing our planet from space gives us a global view that we can't get elsewhere," said Amber Jenkins, editor of the Global Climate Change website, who established the gallery in 2009.

    NASA's Global Climate Change website is devoted to improving the public's understanding of Earth's changing climate, providing easy-to-understand information about the causes and effects of climate change and how NASA studies it. For more on NASA's Earth Science activities, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/index.html.


    The above news item is reprinted from materials available at ScienceDaily. Original text may be edited for content and length.

    (Source: Sciencedaily, 20.04.2012)

    UN Biodiversity decade

    Goal: 7000 tigers in the wild

    Tiger range countries map


    "Tiger map" (CC BY 2.5) by Sanderson et al., 2006.


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