Tag Archives: biodiversity

Controversial cat management

Gareth Morgan, a conservation campaigner and economist, has recently made a controversial suggestion to confine or eradicate cats from New Zealand because of their impact on wildlife. New Zealand birds are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of introduced mammalian predators … Continue reading

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Trade endangering wildlife

The illicit capture and trade of wildlife products has garnered the attention of the UN General Assembly during discussions about strengthening national and international governance. International trade in endangered species products is estimated to be worth $8-10B per year globally. … Continue reading

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Coral sperm bank

Less than a third of corals have legal protection from damaging activities and fishing and the oceans are both warming and becoming more acid, meaning the future is looking bleak for these sessile organisms. Seed banks are commonly used to … Continue reading

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Global oceans score a ‘D’

An international team of 65 has taken on the daunting task of assessing the health of coastal oceans for every country and territory in the world that borders the sea. A scoring system has been developed that can be used … Continue reading

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Earths tipping point? Shift change!

According to a number of respected biologists the earth is rapidly approaching a critical threshold that will lead to a new and highly uncertain future. It is well established that global biological systems undergo rapid wholesale shifts and these shifts … Continue reading

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Effect of sunlight on nanoparticles may kill phytoplankton

A recent experiment has shown that titanium dioxide nanoparticles, used for killing harmful and unpleasant bacteria in applications such as wastewater treatment and delivering cancer treatment drugs, may also kill ocean phytoplankton when the particles, suspended in seawater are excited … Continue reading

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Sharks show us Marine Protected Areas are working

Sharks may be an indicator of the success of marine protected areas according to research from the Stony Brook University Institute for Ocean Conservation Science using baited remote underwater cameras placed both inside and outside of marine reserve areas on … Continue reading

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