Category: conservation

App helps ecologists map vulnerable ecosystems…

App helps ecologists map vulnerable ecosystems within minutes: undefined

How Can I Protect Wildlife in My Community?

How Can I Protect Wildlife in My Community?: undefined

Tax havens shielding companies responsible for…

Tax havens shielding companies responsible for deforestation and overfishing: undefined

Drugged waters – how modern medicine is turnin…

Drugged waters – how modern medicine is turning into an environmental curse:

“Water, despite the built-up infrastructure and technology around it, is ultimately an environmental good that comes from and returns to nature. Pollution of water-related ecosystems directly threatens people’s health and livelihoods, as well as economic, political and security developments within countries and in their relations with other countries.”

The Arctic carbon cycle is speeding up, study …

The Arctic carbon cycle is speeding up, study reports: undefined

Indigenous peoples are crucial for conservatio…

Indigenous peoples are crucial for conservation – a quarter of all land is in their hands: undefined

ecuadorlife: Weevil, Cholus sp.? Curculionidae…

Weevil, Cholus sp.? Curculionidae

ecuadorlife:

Weevil, Cholus sp.? Curculionidae by Andreas Kay

Via Flickr:

from Ecuador: www.flickr.com/andreaskay/albums

One Child’s Outsized Influence On The De…

One Child’s Outsized Influence On The Debate Over Plastic Straws

People are talking a lot about plastic straws these days — how international corporations like Starbucks and Marriott International are banning them, and the deleterious impact they have on the environment.

At the center of these conversations is a statistic: Each day, Americans use an estimated 500 million straws. The number has been used to illustrate the scale of the issue and modern society’s reliance on this ubiquitous piece of disposable plastic.

Statistics like these can move fast. The New York Times, Fox News, CNN and other major news outlets — including NPR— have all cited the figure, as have environmental organizations and even the National Park Service.

It turns out, however, that the number is imprecise and originates from Milo Cress, a young environmentalist who researched straw usage to come up with the 500 million estimate when he was just nine years old.

nationalsciencefoundation: Geologists at the …

nationalsciencefoundation:

Geologists at the University of Utah are pioneering a new way to monitor the structural integrity of natural arches. They have discovered that each arch has its own “voice.” Have a listen!

Expanding ‘dead zone’ in Arabian Sea raises cl…

Expanding ‘dead zone’ in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears:

“Dead zones are areas of the sea where the lack of oxygen makes it difficult for fish to survive and the one in the Arabian Sea is “is the most intense in the world,” says Lachkar, a senior scientist at NYU Abu Dhabi in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.“It starts at about 100 metres and goes down to 1,500 metres, so almost the whole water column is completely depleted of oxygen,” he told AFP.“