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Has Jurassic Park fostered misunderstanding about extinction?

Jurassic Park has fueled public misconceptions about science's abilities to bring extinct species back to life. De-extinction technology can resurrect genetic material from extinct species into their living relatives in a way that can assist conservation efforts. Fostering empathy for other-than-human lives through stories might be the key to addressing the current ecological catastrophe.In 1993, cutting-edge ancient DNA discoveries were yanked into the public spotlight when the blockbuster fil...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Dna, Environment, Genetics, Nature, United States, Pollution, Conservation, United Kingdom, Innovation, United Nations, Anthropocene, Jurassic Park, Biodiversity, International Union For Conservation Of Nature


Ski atop the worlds cleanest waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen

Six years after breaking ground, CopenHill — a waste-to-energy plant topped with a year-round ski slope — is officially open, marking a major milestone in Copenhagen’s journey to becoming the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025. Bjarke Ingels Group, SLA, AKT, Lüchinger+Meyer, MOE and Rambøll designed the new architectural landmark that they describe as the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The building includes an environmental education hub as well as a landscaped roof for urba...
Tags: Design, Hiking, Environment, Environmental Education, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Bjarke Ingels, Biodiversity, Copenhagen, Big, Sla, Carousel Showcase, Waste Disposal, Carbon-neutral, Green Roof


Humans causing shrinking of nature as larger animals die off

Average size of wild animals predicted to fall by a quarter in 100 years through extinctionsHumanity’s ongoing destruction of wildlife will lead to a shrinking of nature, with the average body size of animals falling by a quarter, a study predicts.The researchers estimate that more than 1,000 larger species of mammals and birds will go extinct in the next century, from rhinos to eagles. They say this could lead to the collapse of ecosystems that humans rely on for food and clean water. Continue ...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity


Words matter: The Guardian announces updated climate crisis language

Words matter, and last week The Guardian announced it will start using more appropriately strong words that reflect the magnitude of the climate crisis. Instead of “climate change,” which editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said sounds passive and gentle, staff writers will now use the terms “climate crisis” and “climate emergency”. “What scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity,” Viner said in a statement sent to all Guardian staff. “Increasingly, climate scientists and organizat...
Tags: Weather, Design, News, Climate Change, Environment, Climate, Bbc, Ireland, Wildlife, The Guardian, Guardian, Un, Met Office, Biodiversity, Carbon Dioxide, Katharine Viner


Australia's biodiversity at breaking point – a picture essay

Land clearing, deforestation, emissions, drought and warming oceans are all worsening the attack on Australia’s threatened species Australia’s biodiversity is in trouble. The UN global assessment report painted a stark picture: the decline of the world’s natural support systems means that human society is in danger. According to the report, nature is being destroyed at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10 million years. More than a million species are at risk...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Animals, Environment, Australia news, Wildlife, Conservation, Un, Biodiversity


Surviving Despair in the Great Extinction

One million species of plants and animals are heading toward annihilation, and it’s our fault. How can we possibly live with that truth?
Tags: News, United Nations, Biodiversity, Conservation of Resources, Turtles and Tortoises, Endangered and Extinct Species


Life as We Know It

Plant and animal species are disappearing faster than at any time in recorded history. We know who is to blame.
Tags: News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Biodiversity, Trump, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Donald J, Fish and Other Marine Life, Endangered and Extinct Species, Green New Deal


Bio-manipulation to restore clear waters of Norfolk Broads

Conservationists plan for removal of excess algae in two of the region’s lakesIt was once famed for its gin-clear waters but today the waterways of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are more typically a murky greeny-brown.Now a new “bio-manipulation” project aims to restore clear waters to Ranworth Broad and Barton Broad, paving the way for the return of osprey, common terns and rare aquatic plants currently thwarted by the murky depths.
Tags: Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Norfolk, Rivers


Trilobites: Seeking Life in Antarctica? Look for the Penguins’ Outhouse

The continent, a researcher said, is the “ideal experimental lab,” for studying how nutrients relate to an ecosystem’s biodiversity.
Tags: News, Nitrogen, Antarctica, Biodiversity, Penguins, Stef, Current Biology (Journal, Antarctic Regions, Seals (Animals) and Sealing, Your-feed-science, Bokhorst


1 million species are at risk of extinction, says new UN report

A released Monday by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services reports that nearly one million animal and plant species are at risk of extinction largely due to unsustainable economic development. The global assessment is the largest and most comprehensive study about biodiversity loss and the role of capitalism. The report synthesizes more than 15,000 scientific papers published over three years; it was released on May 6 and endorsed by more than 130 countries. ...
Tags: Design, News, Climate Change, Environment, Bees, United Nations, Un, Biodiversity, Extinction, Species, Reuters, Robert Watson, Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change


Raise taxes on firms that harm nature, OECD tells G7 countries

Report calls for change of priorities and culture to avert catastrophic biodiversity lossGovernments need to ramp up investment in nature restoration and raise the tax burden on companies that degrade wildlife, according to recommendations made to the G7 group of rich nations.The proposals are part of a growing debate on how to radically change humanity’s relationship with nature in the wake of a new UN mega-report that showed an alarming decline in the Earth’s life-support systems. Continue rea...
Tags: Business, Science, Environment, Economics, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Global Economy, Un, OECD, Biodiversity, G7


'The future of life on Earth lies in the balance' – a picture essay

Almost 600 conservation experts have signed a letter by the wildlife charity WWF, published to coincide with UN report into loss of biodiversityAlmost 600 conservation experts have signed the Call4Nature open letter written by wildlife charity WWF, which is being published to coincide with the IPBES report (see letter below). Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Wwf, Un, Biodiversity


Are these 100 people killing the planet?

Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start. Houston, we have a problem... Do you carry your shopping home in a reusable bag? Close the tap while you brush your teeth? Well done! But saving the planet will require a more systemic approach. A new UN-sponsored report (1,500 pages in full — consider the e...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Climate Change, China, Russia, Beijing, Pollution, Middle East, Innovation, Anthropocene, Un, Biodiversity, Houston, Map, Natural Resources, Jakarta


Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that climate change is amplifying the danger to humanity.
Tags: News, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations, Biodiversity, Carbon Dioxide, Land Use Policies, Endangered and Extinct Species


Everything Is Fucked, Major New Extinction Report Finds

There has never been a period like this in the history of humanity. In a sweeping report delivered on Monday, the world’s top scientists warned that up to a million species could go extinct in the next few decades. But crucially, the report also shows the world has a choice about whether to let go of nearly 13 percent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Nature, Ecology, Biodiversity, IPBES, Big Problems


Civilization Is Accelerating Extinction and Altering the Natural World at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in Human History’

A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that climate change is amplifying the danger to humanity.
Tags: News, Environment, Global Warming, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, United Nations, Biodiversity, Carbon Dioxide, Land Use Policies, Endangered and Extinct Species


Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life

Scientists reveal one million species at risk of extinction in damning UN report Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life support systems, the world’s leading scientists have warned as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken.From coral reefs flickering out beneath the oceans to rainforests desiccating into savannahs, nature is being destroyed at a rate that is tens to hundreds of times higher than the av...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Farming, United Nations, Biodiversity, United Nations Continue


Economics can help us protect the world’s wildlife

People affect nature, nature affects people. This interaction of humans and nature creates opportunities and risks to both. One major challenge today is how to protect biodiversity. Across the world, scientists tell ­­us the diversity and abundance of life on earth is declining. From coral reefs affected by bleaching and pollution, to lions in Africa, to marine mammals killed by plastic pollution, we hear increasingly bad news from the natural world. Economics can help us understand why these lo...
Tags: Books, UK, Featured, Congress, Africa, Environment, Economics, Elephants, United States, Conservation, Farmers, Trade, Invasive Species, Biodiversity, Common Agricultural Policy, Poaching


Biodiversity crisis is about to put humanity at risk, UN scientists to warn

‘We are in trouble if we don’t act,’ say experts, with up to 1m species at risk of annihilationThe world’s leading scientists will warn the planet’s life-support systems are approaching a danger zone for humanity when they release the results of the most comprehensive study of life on Earth ever undertaken.Up to 1m species are at risk of annihilation, many within decades, according to a leaked draft of the global assessment report, which has been compiled over three years by the UN’s leading res...
Tags: Climate Change, Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, United Nations, Un, Biodiversity, Extinction Rebellion


Climate crisis is about to put humanity at risk, UN scientists warn

‘We are in trouble if we don’t act,’ say experts, with up to 1m species at risk of annihilationThe world’s leading scientists will warn that the planet’s life support systems are approaching a danger zone for humanity when they release the results of the most comprehensive study of life on Earth ever undertaken.Up to a million species are at risk of annihilation, many within decades, according to a leaked draft of the Global Assessment Report, which has been compiled over three years by the UN’s...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, United Nations, Un, Biodiversity, Extinction Rebellion


Studio NAB proposes rebuilding Notre Dame with a greenhouse and apiary

After a devastating blaze consumed the Cathedral of Notre Dame’s wooden roof and iconic central spire, architects around the world have been putting forth their visionary ideas for rebuilding the Parisian landmark. One such architectural firm is Paris-based Studio NAB, which has made headlines with its proposal to modernize the 13th-century cathedral with a massive educational greenhouse and apiary. Dubbed “In Green For All of Us,” the design builds on the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe...
Tags: Design, France, Church, Bees, Architecture, Cathedral, Gallery, Urban Agriculture, Paris, Reuse, Biodiversity, Wikimedia, Notre Dame, Restoration, Carousel Showcase, Salvaged Materials


Climate change may bring acidic oceans full of jellyfish

Since the beginning of the industrial era, humanity has been pumping out unprecedented levels of CO2 into the atmosphere.A significant portion of this CO2 is sucked back into the ocean, where it reacts with water to produce carbonic acid.Most species fair poorly in the newly acidic ocean. Jellyfish, however, seem to resist ocean acidification more than others. None Human beings don't do well when they try to understand things past a certain scale. When you consider the 7.5 billion people on the ...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Earth, Fish, Innovation, Ecology, Biodiversity, Marine Biology, Mediterranean, Northeast US


‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018

Pristine forests are vital for climate and wildlife but trend of losses is rising, data showsMillions of hectares of pristine tropical rainforest were destroyed in 2018, according to satellite analysis, with beef, chocolate and palm oil among the main causes.The forests store huge amounts of carbon and are teeming with wildlife, making their protection critical to stopping runaway climate change and halting a sixth mass extinction. But deforestation is still on an upward trend, the researchers s...
Tags: Climate Change, Indonesia, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Conservation, Palm Oil, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Biodiversity, Ivory Coast


These Otters Are Popular Pets in Asia. That May Be Their Undoing.

Asian small-clawed otters are increasingly popular as novelty pets, particularly in Japan. Now international trade in the species may be banned.
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Indonesia, Pets, Thailand, Smuggling, Biodiversity, International Union For Conservation Of Nature, Conservation of Resources, Poaching (Wildlife, Endangered and Extinct Species, Otters (Animals, Your-feed-photojournalism, Your-feed-science, Traffic International


10 great conservation-led places to stay around the UK

To celebrate Earth Day, here’s our pick of eco-hotels, campsites and cottages that use tourism to fund conservation, promote biodiversity and protect endangered speciesConservation comes first at the UK’s only family-owned and -managed national nature reserve. Elmley’s 1,335 hectares (3,300 acres) of freshwater grazing marsh, salt marsh, hay meadows and newly planted woodland on the Isle of Sheppey allow birdlife to thrive. Sightings of marsh harriers, short-eared owls and merlins are commonplac...
Tags: Travel, UK, Environment, Life and style, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Glamping, Self-catering, Green travel, Cottages, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Elmley


How industry can benefit from marine diversity

The global economy for products composed of biological materials is likely to grow 3.6% between now and 2025. This in response to serious environmental challenges the world will face. Such products have enormous potential to provide solutions to global challenges like food security, energy production, human health, and waste reduction. This economic growth may strongly benefit from organisms that come from the sea. For example, scientists estimate that marine microorganisms have 100-times higher...
Tags: Books, Featured, Eu, Earth, Microbiology, Biodiversity, Caribbean, Marine Biology, Biotechnology, Microbes, Science & Medicine, FEMS, Aquatic Biology, Biological Research, Femsle, Microbial Biodiversity


How Tasmanian devils are evolving to fight back against extinction

Devil facial tumor disease, or DFTD, is a transmissible cancer that Tasmanian devils spread through bites.The cancer is highly infectious and lethal, and the Tasmanian devil population has dropped by 90 percent since it was first discovered.In the short time that we've known about the disease, however, the devils seem to be evolving new defenses that are helping some of them fight back and survive. None In 1996, Dutch photographer Christo Baars was looking through the images he had captured from...
Tags: Cancer, Bbc, Innovation, Population, Evolution, Biodiversity, Tasmania, Hobart, University of Tasmania, Maria Island, Pandemic, Deextinction, Christo Baars, Baars, Tasmanian Parks, Rodrigo Hamede


Let nature heal climate and biodiversity crises, say campaigners

Restoration of forests and coasts can tackle ‘existential crises’ but is being overlooked• Read the letter from campaignersThe restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said.Animal populations have fallen by 60% since 1970, suggesting a sixth mass extinction of life on Earth is under way, and it is very likely that carbon dioxide will have to be...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Biodiversity, Environmental Activism


Dick-Shaped, Wood-Munching Clams Are More Diverse Than We Thought, Study Finds

Wood-boring clams don’t look like the ones you or I might find steamed with pasta. They’re smaller than a pea, and live exclusively in the deep ocean, tunneling into sunken, waterlogged trees that were swept out to sea long ago to eat the wood. Now, scientists have determined that there are quite a few more groups of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Oceans, Biodiversity, Marine Biology, Clams, Animals That Look Like Dicks


Brazilian Biodiversity Information System is bringing Brazil's biological diversity to the internet

As one of the most biologically diverse countries on Earth, Brazil is taking steps to consolidate all of the nation’s biodiversity data and information into one place to support scientific research, as well as decision-making and creation of eco-friendly public policy. In an effort to achieve those goals, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) has created the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr), which is an online platform that gives free acces...
Tags: Design, Earth, Features, Conservation, Farmers, Innovation, Brazil, Un, Biodiversity, Cargill, Endangered Animals, Sustainable, Species, Eco-friendly, Nunes, Scientific Research