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phys.orgA strategy for making 'no-mining zones' in the deep seaAn international team of researchers has developed a comprehensive set of criteria to help the International Seabed Authority (ISA) protect local biodiversity from deep-sea mining activities. These guidelines should help identify areas of particular environmental importance where no mining should occur.
science.sciencemag.orgMolecular ‘barcodes’ reveal lost whale huntsAccording to myth, the Maori people arrived in New Zealand riding the back of a whale; today, whales figure prominently in Maori art and stories. Now, it appears that Maori ancestors may also have systematically hunted the animals. A new technique for identifying species from short snippets of DNA in bone scraps has enabled researchers to identify the remains of five whale species in early New Zealand settlements, including smaller or slow-moving species, the likely targets for hunters. And on the opposite side of the world, a team used a simpler barcode method to suggest that the Romans hunted whales, too, potentially pushing back the first known commercial whaling industry by about 1000 years. By revealing species from once-meaningless bone fragments, barcodes are shedding light on the impact ancient cultures had on biodiversity.
popsci.comYes, a tax bill can—and likely will—spoil America’s most pristine wildlife refugeThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the largest swath of undeveloped land in the United States—a pristine frontier boasting unparalleled biodiversity and natural beauty. Protected by law for decades, the region is now at risk. And surprisingly, a tax bill is to blame for its peril.
yoldanciktim.comTaksonomi Nedir?Her yeni araştırma sonucuyla değişen, zenginleşen ve kimi zaman da bu zenginlik içerisinde insan eliyle yitip giden, soyu tükenen canlıların sayısıyla ilgili olarak biyoçeşitlilik (biodiversity) araştırmaları çerçevesinde 2 milyon ile 10 trilyon arasında tür olduğu ve 1.6 milyon civarında türün kayıt altına alınabildiği belirtilmekte.1
phys.orgTeam studies complexities of biodiversity, disease transmissionBiodiversity is disappearing at an alarming rate as infectious diseases increasingly spill over from wildlife to humans. Disease ecologists fervently debate whether biodiversity loss leads to an increased disease risk. Now, a University of Montana researcher has published a new study with some answers.
tenthacrefarm.comCatch More Water for Irrigation by Connecting Rain Barrels to a Rain GardenCollecting rain from your roof in rain barrels is a great way to use a free resource to irrigate the garden. However, rain barrels can fill up within minutes during a rain event. Directing rain barrel overflow into a rain garden is one way to keep more water on your property for irrigation or to create more biodiversity.2
blogs.wwf.org.ukHow porpoises can benefit from quieter wind farm construction - New ReportI’m pleased to tell you about a new WWF report released today which shows how reducing the underwater noise that offshore wind farm construction produces could help harbour porpoises thrive in the North Sea (it’ll make great reading with the weekend papers). Securing the maximum possible deployment of renewable energy at minimal cost to biodiversity is a key priority for …1
graphicspedia.netNorth Shore Oahu Surf Beach Guide - InfographicOahu, Hawaii’s most populated and visited island, is also home to what is considered the world’s surfing Mecca – the North Shore. Its undeniable beauty, pristine beaches, rich underwater biodiversity, and of course, towering waves under the hot sun are the reasons why tourists visiting the island always keep coming back for more year after year. Literally, the North Shore is the part of Oahu that is facing the Northern Coast. It is about an hour drive from Aloha State’s Capital – Honolulu. During summer, its waters are calm enough for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The opposite happens during the1