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The Greenpeace activists who spent two months in jail after a peaceful protest in the Arctic have expressed relief after the Russian parliament voted to grant them amnesty. But they also declared: “There is no amnesty for the Arctic.” The Duma today voted for an amendment that extends an amnesty ... keep reading
A new scientific organization—ALERT, the Alliance of Leading Environmental Scientists and Thinkers—has urged Indonesian officials to support World Heritage listing for a critically endangered ecosystem on the island of Sumatra. In recent years, Sumatra’s forests have been rapidly felled for industrial plantations and slash-and-burn farming. Now the ... keep reading
Nature has funny ways of doing things. Rhinos, elephants and lions have no natural predators, but as the great flowchart in the link shows, this doesn't matter. Both the survival and demise of the species are consequences of human actions. While around 18,000 new animal, insect or plant ... keep reading
For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and ... keep reading
This article by Julia Reisser and Charitha Pattiaratchi comes from The Conversation- Australia. Each square kilometre of Australian sea surface water is contaminated by around 4,000 pieces of tiny plastics, according to our study published today in journal PLOS ONE and data repository Figshare. These small plastic fragments, mostly ... keep reading
This article is from Jaymi Heimbuch, originally from Treehugger. So what is with all the dying bees? Scientists have been trying to discover this for years. Meanwhile, bees keep dropping like... well, you know. Is it mites? Pesticides? Cell phone towers? What is really at the root? Turns out the ... keep reading
The untapped potential of marine micro-organisms in the Pacific is massive. Not much research has been done either- but these bacteria could provide solutions from cosmetics, to medicines and biodegradable plastics. Bernard Costa is a Polynesian bio-chemist who established the first biotech company in French Polynesia. Pacific Biotech and three ... keep reading
Researchers at the University of Western Australia have found out that some marine plant ecosystems can develop strategies to adapt to, and even mitigate, climate change. Professor Carlos Duarte, Director of UWA's Oceans Institute said seagrass, mangrove and salt-march ecosystems ranked among the world's most intense carbon sinks ... keep reading
Even without the official tally it looks like the fires that started in Blue Mountains will be the most costly in terms of property since 1968. But how have they come about? Why is the area vulnerable to bushfires? The Sydney Basin is home to unique vegetation that comes from ... keep reading
As human life expectancy increases, so does the percentage of invasive and endangered birds and mammals, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the September issue of Ecology and Society, examined a combination of 15 social and ecological variables -- from tourism and ... keep reading
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