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  • Bees and flowers have had the world's longest love affair. Now it's in danger
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    The oldest love affair in history is between the bee and the flower. It began more than 100m years ago, when nature devised a more efficient way than winds for plants to procreate. About 80% of plant species now use animals or insects to carry pollen grains from the male part of the plant to the female part. The plants developed flowers. Their perfumed scent, colourful displays and sweet nectar are all designed to woo pollinators.
  • If agriculture advances north under climate change, the emissions cost will be huge
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Under future climate change, the northern reaches of the planet will become more suitable for farming, which could help us to feed a growing global population in decades to come. But, researchers warn, as agriculture inches into these new lands, it also threatens to release vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the soil - potentially upending the climate progress we've achieved by that point.
  • 'Maine's Climate Future' documents progression of accelerating change
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Nearly every climate-related parameter measured in Maine is accelerating, according to "Maine's Climate Future-2020 Update," the latest report from the University of Maine. The rate of air and sea warming is increasing. Precipitation is increasing in intensity and volume, and sea level is not only rising, but rising faster than in the previous century.
  • Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time on record, prompting fears of climate instability in the world's greatest repository of ice.
  • Climate Change Tracker: India's future losses
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    In last week's column, I had written about the massive financial losses that the world, and India, has been incurring due to climate change. A major new study published in the interim gives us a sense of just how much worse this can get by 2050.
  • China takes centre stage in global biodiversity push
    [released on: 13/02/2020]
    The world's species and natural ecosystems are in crisis. When nearly 200 countries gather in ten days' time to thrash out a major plan to stem the precipitous decline, China is expected to take a prominent role. The high-stakes negotiations will set the stage for a major biodiversity summit in October, which the country will also host - marking the first time the nation will lead global talks on the environment.
  • Why Paraguay Can Be a "Beacon State" for Forest Management
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Imagine a forest that covered half of your entire country. A biodiverse forest which supports thousands of species from giant anteaters to armadillos to jaguars. A forest that is home to one the world's last uncontacted tribes.1
  • World's largest subterranean fish discovered in Indian cave - and it's blind
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Scientists have discovered the world's largest known subterranean fish in a cave in northeastern India. The "troglomorphic fish" was discovered last year, according to recently released research. "The largest individual seen in the cave was in excess of 400 mm [15.8 inches] in standard length making it, by far, the largest known subterranean fish found to date," scientists explain in an abstract of the study.
  • Looking beyond protected areas to conserve species in tea-garden terrains
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Governments are gearing up to determine biodiversity targets for the next decade in 2020, a year dubbed as the make or break year for biodiversity. Meanwhile, disquiet prevails in a scenic, tea garden-dominated landscape in the Himalayan foothills in north-east India.
  • Caribbean sharks in need of large marine protected areas
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Governments must provide larger spatial protections in the Greater Caribbean for threatened, highly migratory species such as sharks, is the call from a diverse group of marine scientists including Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Ph.D. Candidate, Oliver Shipley, and led by the conservation NGO Beneath the Waves in a letter to published in Science.
  • Biologists investigate the role of the largest animal brain cells
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    The brains of most fish and amphibian species contain two types of conspicuously large nerve cells. These are the largest cells found in any animal brain. They are called Mauthner cells and trigger lightning-fast escape responses when predators approach.
  • Carbon sequestration in oceans powered by fragmentation of large organic particles
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    A team of researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, Sorbonne Université and CNRS Villefranche-sur-Mer, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and the National Centre for Earth Observations, has found evidence of fragmentation of large organic particles into smaller ones, accounting for roughly half of the particle loss in the oceans.
  • Tourists pose continued risks for disease transmission to endangered mountain gorillas
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Researchers at Ohio University have published a new study in collaboration with Ugandan scientists, cautioning that humans place endangered mountain gorillas at risk of disease transmission during tourism encounters.
  • Disappearing snakes and the biodiversity crisis
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    A Michigan State University- and University of Maryland-led study should sound alarm bells regarding the "biodiversity crisis" or the loss of wildlife around the world.
  • Study: Effectiveness of program that pays farmers to conserve water
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Crops need water. And in the central United States, the increasing scarcity of water resources is becoming a threat to the nation's food production.
  • Forest soils release more carbon dioxide than expected in rainy season
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Current carbon cycle models may underestimate the amount of carbon dioxide released from the soil during rainy seasons in temperate forests like those found in the northeast United States, according to Penn State researchers.
  • Protecting indigenous cultures is crucial for saving the world's biodiversity
    [released on: 14/02/2020]
    Species are being lost at about a thousand times the natural rate of extinction. This is faster than at any other period in human history. Ecosystems - the vital systems on which all life depends - are being degraded across the globe.