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Extinction alert: Many animal species could disappear in 50 years

Biologists have expressed concern about plant and animal species extinction, making predictions about what could happen over the course of the next fifty years. A major driver for this threat is climate change.

Predictive model assesses who is likely to be pro-environment

How to predict whether a person will or will not be a supporter of environmental issues? It seems that targeting deeply held values is important for inspiring pro-environmental behavior, according to a new study.

Canada and US lose 3 billion birds in fifty years

Bird populations in both U.S. and Canada are down by some 3 billion over a 50 year period, according to new research. Human activity appears to be the main reason for the population decline.

Call from scientists to make environmental damage a 'war crime'

A consortium of scientists have called for fifth Geneva convention to protect wildlife and nature reserves in conflict regions. This would make it a war crime to damage protected areas during a war or military skirmish.

Virtual reality assesses coral reef recovery after bleaching

Around the world corals are in danger. While different measures are being taken to protect corals, assessing how effective these measures are is not straightforward. New research shows how virtual reality can assist with assessing ecological actions.

Guatemala to deploys bio-fences to slow down plastic pollution

Globally, equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic enters the sea every minute. To play its part Guatemala has pledged to increase waste collection in its rivers by deploying artisanal bio-fences to trap plastic waste.

Canso spaceport project on hold over environmental concerns

Canso - Nova Scotia's environment minister has asked for a rethink in relation to the Canso spaceport. The company have been told to go back to drawing board so that the government can better understand the potential for significant environmental effects.

Renewable energy leaps forward with floating wind farm

Aberdeen - New technology will enable the world's first floating wind farm to be constructed and the platform has emerged, for its first public viewing, off the coast of Scotland. The technology promises lower costs energy for businesses and consumers.

Using microbes to measure ecological health

There are different measures of the state of an environment, such as toxins in soil or gasses in air. One measure, that can be qualified, is the microbial population since living entities directly signal the ‘health’ of a given locale.

Environmentally-friendly concrete manufactured

Materials scientists have succeeded in developing an environmentally-friendly concrete. This is based on energy-efficient technology that harnesses largely low-temperature, water-based reactions.

Prawn shopping bags made to help the environment

Nottingham - Shopping bags are major contributors to waste. Although there have been moves to reduce plastic bags, many types of bags end up in landfill. To create biodegradable shopping bags, a type based on shrimp shells have been developed.

Would you put an hour aside to hunt slugs?

Oslo - One of Norway's political parties has called upon the population to put aside one hour twice per year for the hunting of slugs. This is to deal with the rise of an invasive species.

Ecologists propose technological solution for disease tracking

Many disease patterns are predictable provided that the information about the disease is accurate and a suitable technological framework is constructed. This is complex, but it can work based on appropriate algorithms and accurate information.

Morel mushroom abundance after wildfires is focus of new study

University of Montana forest ecology professor Andrew Larson has posted a research paper that estimates the abundance of morel mushrooms after a wildfire in California's Sierra Nevada mountains.

Drones used for ecological modelling

A new study has concluded that drones are much more accurate for monitoring the size of seabird colonies in tropical and polar environments. This could lead to a wider application of drones for ecological research.

EU delays glyphosate decision

The European Union has delayed any decision about extending the license that permits the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate. This is because of a potential cancer risk.

Extinction of species: humans are speeding up evolution

Vancouver - Scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) claim human actions are responsible for accelerating the evolutionary process by causing the extinction of “younger” species.

Energy crisis solution could be to use human waste

Toronto - Researchers in Canada are considering the feasibility of using biogas, derived from human waste, to produce energy. They argue that each year people produce waste that could be converted to energy worth $9.5 billion, at current prices.

Op-Ed: How ‘green’ are the U.K. Conservatives?

London - The new U.K. Conservative Government has covertly and overtly dropped a number of pro-environmental policies. Many of these were policies the party appeared to support when in coalition.

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Canadians to knit for monarch butterflies Special

The David Suzuki Foundation is asking Canadians to knit during the spring as a way of symbolically welcoming monarch butterflies back to the country after a long, difficult winter in Mexico.

Protecting wetlands is of pressing importance Special

Disturbing data suggests that almost two-thirds of the world’s wetlands have been lost over the past 100 years. This has resulted in a loss of freshwater animals and plants.

British scientists to check on controversial badger culls

The British Ecological Society has offered to scientifically evaluate the controversial badger culling trials taking place in the U.K. The idea is to provide some unbiased data.

European bird populations in precipitous decline

Exeter - Over the last 30 years, bird populations Europe-wide have fallen drastically with the sharpest falls seen among the most common bird species.

New plan for stewardship and conservation in Canada

Toronto - The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) and the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) are to work together in order to “enhance the stewardship and conservation practices” in Canada.

Biodiversity museum opens in Panama

Panama City - A Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum has opened in Panama. Called the Biomuseo, the complex has been built at the entrance from the Pacific ocean to the Panama Canal.

Photo Essay: World's biggest indoor rainforest Special

Saint Austell - The Eden project in Cornwall, England contains two fascinating biomes. One of the ecological centers contains a tropical wonderland. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Half of U.S. bird species under threat

A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of U.S. bird species are under threat. The reasons given range from displacement to extinction due to climate change.

Formerly frozen region of Arctic Ocean now has sixteen-foot waves

According to geophysical research from the University of Washington and the Naval Research Laboratory in Mississippi, a previously frozen section of the Arctic Ocean now has massive waves.

Citizen science success with lionfish research

Miami - A sixth grader’s science project on the salinity tolerance of lionfish has been proved spot on. An academic researcher has confirmed the student’s results. The data expands knowledge about an invasive species.
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