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Biologist warn of early stages of Earth's sixth mass extinction event

Date:
July 24, 2014
Source:
Stanford University
Summary:
The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists caution that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the…
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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on July 25, 2014 at 19:08 — No Comments

San Diego's Newesr Non-Profit Teams Up With National Geographic

I am pleased to announce that we have set up an ocean nonprofit group focused on shark related citizen science projects called Ocean Sanctuaries.org.



The first project, uses a pattern recognition algorithm to identify Sevengill sharks, called 'Wildbook' which as been used successfully to identify whale sharks.



The second, and most recent project, is one in which we have been selected by National Geographic to test their newest citizen science tool, called Fieldscope, which… Continue

Added by Michael Bear on July 13, 2014 at 3:59 — No Comments

Citizen Science: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Michael Bear

Enter the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, where citizen scientists from all over the world (without Ph.Ds or white lab coats) can enter data about their bird sightings and even discover new species.

“Collecting the observations of everyday birders for scientific use is a hallmark of the Lab. Bird watchers of all ages and skill levels help gather the data needed to capture the big picture about the distribution and abundance of birds.…

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Added by Michael Bear on July 13, 2014 at 3:22 — No Comments

Healthy Seas 'fish net' socks available in Kaufland stores

18-06-2014

PRESS RELEASE – HEALTHY SEAS

ECNC Land & Sea Group, Aquafil and Star Sock

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Added by Wijnja on June 18, 2014 at 9:09 — No Comments

Importing Nepal's community Forestry Ideas to West Africa

Bringing Nepal’s community forestry Ideas to West Africa

A long journey it was indeed, from Liberia to Southeast Asia. And finally, I arrived at the Tribhuvan International Airport and headed strict to the Kathmandu Guest House. I was four days late for class.

The purpose of my visit, to form part of Future Generations Graduate School class 2014 term III residential to gain insight into the successes leading to Sustainable Community Based Natural Resource Management in…

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Added by Amos Smith on June 12, 2014 at 17:36 — No Comments

Climate Change Adaptation: Illiterate Farmers Go Back to School



some community farmers learning basic numerals, modern agric practices, picture Francis Npong…

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Added by Npong Balikawu Francis on May 9, 2014 at 12:51 — No Comments

Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for traditional New Year

Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season becoming the messenger of Biodiversity to announce the dawn of the spring. (photos by Susantha Udagedara) 

This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in winter and in spring…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 17, 2014 at 6:18 — No Comments

WHEN A COMMUNITY FOREST BECOMES A PRIVATE FARM

prunus.jpgOn the right flange of the winding road leading to Oku from Babungo is an extension of the ‘Shingaa Community Forest’’; one amongst the forests managed under the Community Forest Management (CFM) tenure system in Oku. This scene located on the slopes of the Kilum Mountain in the North West Region of Cameroon is an…

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Added by SOPISDEW Cameroon on April 13, 2014 at 18:13 — No Comments

Garden lizard gains an elite relative from a Sri Lankan forest

Pethiyagoda’s Crestless Lizard – Calotes pethiyagodai The The common green garden lizard that belongs to the Agamid lizard family this week gained a new relative that brings to 19 the number of spcies in this group, 16 of them endemic to Sri Lanka. new addition is been a result of strenuous scientific analysis under difficult conditions by young researchers Thasun Amarasinghe and Sameera Suranjan Karunaratne.

This lizard lives in the forests in the Knuckles Range. It had been misidentified as the Crestless…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on April 12, 2014 at 7:15 — No Comments

Look Who’s Helping Olive Ridley



Look Who's Helping Olive Ridley

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Added by Manipadma Jena on March 28, 2014 at 8:54 — No Comments

Provinces get their own butterflies

verybody loves a butterfly and perhaps Sri Lankans more than most: four years after the Sri Lanka Birdwing was declared the national butterfly each of the nine provinces are to get their own butterfly.

The nine are considered flagship species due to their attractive colour patterns and have been selected because they are endemic to Sri Lanka, charismatic and readily seen. None of the butterflies are a pest at any stage of its life cycle nor a vectoring agent of…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:04 — No Comments

Beaked whale with Sinhala name retakes its place in history

Push to honour Dr. P.E.P. Deraniyagala for his research

This week, an enigmatic whale first described studying a specimen found in Sri Lanka has been reclassified as a new marine mammal species. The whale species – member of a family known as beaked whales for their elongated beak-like snouts – bears an interesting history.On 26 January 1963 a specimen of a dying 4.5m-long, blue-grey female beaked whale was washed ashore at Ratmalana. After…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:02 — No Comments

Largest day gecko the first on 2014 endemic new species list

A gecko has become the first creature in 2014 to join the impressive list of endemic species of Sri Lanka. The new species, discovered in Rammalakanda forest, has been named Rammale day gecko (Rammale diva huna), classified scientifically as Cnemaspis rammalensis.

New species: Active during the day

Unlike the common house gecko that is found hunting insects near lamps in most households at night, the new species is mostly active during the day.

Sri…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Ankutta join list of endemic fish

Sri Lanka is home to four species of Ankutta or catfish. One, scientifically classified as Mystus keletius, has been identified as a species native to both Sri Lanka and India, but new analysis by Dr. Heok Hee Ng and Rohan Pethiyagoda on this species has confirmed the Sri Lankan species is different from the Indian fish and…

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Added by Malaka Rodrigo on March 12, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

Environmental Impacts of activities from mechanic workshops in Nigeria

Indiscriminate dumping of heavy metals from auto-mechanic workshops can endanger public health and ecosystem.

A professor of chemistry, Babajide Alo warns that other activities at the mechanic workshops put the artisans and their clients at risk.

http://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=6vBkaPYK-pk

Added by Vivienne Irikefe on February 2, 2014 at 21:39 — 1 Comment

Busines Unusual for the Energy Sector

For the energy sector, it is not “business as usual,” not only because of supply factors, but also related to focus on more efficient and sustainable uses of energy and climate change....

http://www.guardian.co.tt/archives/features/life/2009/04/18/triple-whammy-hit-energy-sector#sthash.yBclsR0O.cmfs

Added by Kris Rampersad on January 20, 2014 at 19:15 — No Comments

Media and Agriculture: A Marriage of Necessity? Producer: Kris Rampersad Director: Kris Rampersad Duration: 6 minutes and 36 seconds Country: Trinidad and Tobago, Language: English License: CC - Attr…

Media and Agriculture: A Marriage of Necessity?

Producer: Kris Rampersad
Director: Kris Rampersad
Duration: 6 minutes and 36 seconds
Country: Trinidad and TobagoLanguage: English
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Added by Kris Rampersad on January 20, 2014 at 18:55 — No Comments

Dirty water kills more people than war in Africa -UN

By Douglas Namale:

Drinking dirty water kills more people than war in developing countries, the United Nations announced on last year’s…

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Added by Blasio Douglas Namale on January 20, 2014 at 13:54 — No Comments

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