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New Research on the Extinct Barbary Lion

The Durrell Institute of Conservation located at the University of Kent recently published new research on the now extinct Barbary Lion.  The new research reveals that the Barbary Lion remained unnoticed for over a decade in its last days of existence. Researcher, assuming its complete extinction, failed to notice the existence of this species. Moreover, [...]

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Impact of Exurban Residences on Avian Communities

Studies have shown that the rapidly advancing urbanization has a great adverse effect on the sustainability of many species of birds. To determine this possibility in Adirondack Park, a study was conducted and a total of about 20 species of birds both near and far from as many as 30 rural residences in the Adirondack [...]

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DNA Barcoding: The Key To Restoring Biodiversity

Professor Paul Bentzen, together with his colleagues at the Dalhousie University, created a marine DNA database that aims to solve problems involving the many creatures of the sea. The database will be accessible to the public to aid in the identification of fish groups common in the oceans of Atlantic Canada. The information contained in [...]

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Research now reveals that cloud forest trees absorb water through leaves

Scientists from the University of California in Berkeley have now established that Tropical montane cloud forest trees not only take up water through their roots like other trees but also through their leaves directly from the clouds. Trees growing in arid areas usually find alternative means of survival and this is a classic example of [...]

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Cities impact on birds

Australia as a continent is blessed with indigenous wildlife. In cities, it can be able to maintain the indigenous species. This is only possible if the reduce the rate of urbanization. This is after a research carried out by environmentalists; Jessica Sushinsky, Dr. Richard Fuller and Professor Hugh Possingham from the University of Queensland. The [...]

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Why there will be no Arabica coffee in a century

Coffee of the species Wild Arabica will be extinct in 100 years. This is according to a study that was done by the RBG, Kew (UK), working hand in hand with Ethiopian scientists and it attributes this to climate change. The report was published on 7 November 2012 in PLOS ONE. Being genetically diverse, it [...]

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Where are the Pacific sharks going?

In 1996, only 15 shark species were under threat of extinction. But 15 years down the road and the number of species has neither doubled nor tripled, but it stands at an alarming 180 species. This explains why at the moment, the number of the oceanic white tip shark in the Pacific Ocean has decreased [...]

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Study of fossils helping pinpoint risks faced by ocean animals

The study of fossils helps in pinpointing the extinction risks faced by ocean animals. Researchers have found a clue through the study of marine fossils ,why some animals of the ocean are more likely to get extinct than others. An analysis that cumulatively put together fossil data of nearly 500 million years for sea or [...]

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Weakened Genetic Mechanism of Soybeans is Susceptible for Other Insects

Pertaining to a study conducted at Iowa State University (ISU), a very small insect called Aphid has started to target the Iowa soybeans plants recently; and blocking the crop’s genetic defense against other pests becoming a major threat to the industry. A journal on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions granted by the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and [...]

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Carbon from salt marshes may slow global warming

According to a recently released report, by an an environmental scientist in Virginia, rising ocean levels along with warmer climates, allows the marshes to more quickly absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. The report was circulated in the September 27th issue of Nature magazine. According to the theory of the greenhouse gas effect, emission of carbon [...]

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How the pressure on tropical forests threatens rain

A recent study conducted jointly by two leading universities in the United Kingdom, has revealed startling developments regarding the world’s tropics, and the even dire effects on the future of rainfall. The study has revealed that air passing over tropical areas, actually produces twice as much rain as air passing over areas with little to [...]

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Effects of Rising CO2 in Red Rice

Several studies have been carried out in the recent past regarding the effects of global alteration, more so global warming, on the preferred environment for optimal growth of land and water species. It has been found that agricultural ecologies have been directly affected by the increasing levels of greenhouse gases. For the rice grown in [...]

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