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Tuesday
Sep202011

Biodiversity may reduce infectious disease, study shows

Researchers have shown for the first time that loss of biodiversity may be contributing to a fungal infection that is killing amphibians around the world – a finding that provides more evidence for why biodiversity is important to many ecosystems...

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Friday
Sep162011

Songbirds with bigger brains have benefited from the end of communism

The abundance of songbirds with relatively large brains in Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic has increased since 1989...

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Friday
Sep162011

Comparing urban growth boundaries with targeted land protection tools

A recent analysis of the effectiveness of several regulatory and land protection mechanisms provides evidence of their ability to work together to achieve focused conservation that provides both societal and natural resource benefits...

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Thursday
Sep152011

Decline of species at dams and weirs more severe than previously believed

Dams and weirs have a stronger impact on the ecosystem of watercourses than previously realized. Species diversity in the dammed area upstream of weirs shows a significant decline: the diversity of fish species is one-quarter lower on average, and species diversity among invertebrates is up to 50 percent lower...

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Wednesday
Sep142011

First stem cells from endangered species produced to strengthen populations

Starting with normal skin cells, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have produced the first stem cells from endangered species...

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Invasive Forest Insects Cost Homeowners, Taxpayers Billions 

Homeowners and taxpayers are picking up most of the tab for damages caused by invasive tree-feeding insects that are inadvertently imported along with packing materials, live plants, and other goods...

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Sparing or Sharing? Agricultural intensification may be key to protecting biodiversity

In parts of the world still rich in biodiversity, separating natural habitats from high-yielding farmland could be a more effective way to conserve wild species than trying to grow crops and conserve nature on the same land...

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Warming streams could end spring-run Chinook salmon in California

Warming streams could spell the end of spring-run Chinook salmon in California by the end of the century, according to a study...

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Risk-screening for invasive species pays off, economists find

A new study is the first to estimate the net benefits of screening potentially invasive wild animals, to prevent them from being introduced to the United States...

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Poverty and national parks relationship debunked by new study

If so many poor people live around national parks in developing countries, does that mean that these parks are contributing to their poverty?

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