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Golden-headed Lion Tamarin of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin

The Golden-headed Lion Tamarin is one of the native species to Brazilian Atlantic Forest which is still endangered despite conservation works.   The Brazilian Atlantic Forest, one of the Earth’s tropical rainforests, is ranked among the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots thanks to the animal and plant wealth it preserves. This …

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Oil palm cultivation: What could more deforestation cause?

The conversion of natural lands to agricultural lands has contributed significantly to forest damage. The plantation of oil palm trees is particularly known for the deforestation that it causes to tropical forests.   In South-East Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia, more than 16 million hectares of land, mainly tropical forests, have …

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Wild flora extinction risks need further evaluation

Wild flora extinction risks need further evaluation

The extinction of mammals, birds or fish often makes the headlines of media coverage assessing the problem of species extinction. But for scientists, the extinction of wild flora is as worrying and important as animals despite its ignorance by the general public because it supports all life on earth.   …

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Ocean ecosystem: some climate change impacts are still neglected

Ocean ecosystem: some climate change impacts are still neglected

Climate change is expected to alter all Earth’s ecosystems and various biological services in a great part of the world. Its impacts are sometimes discreet but the majority are perceptible or traceable on the distribution, growth and mortality of species. The effects of climate change are particularly strong for land …

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Indian elephants migration journey across the “killer tracks”

Indian elephants migration journey across the "killer tracks"

In the Indian subcontinent, to the east of the Himalayan chain, the phenomenon of the migration of herds of animals, especially elephants, in search of water, food and shelter, takes place biologically and seasonally. However, increasing habitat fragmentation due to agricultural and transport activities and habitat loss have caused more …

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Islands, where biodiversity is particularly vulnerable to climate change

Islands, where biodiversity is particularly vulnerable to climate change

The Earth has undergone drastic changes throughout its history, but the current changes caused by increased human activity are peculiar to the fact that they are occurring at an accelerating rate, over the span of a century, or less, affecting all ecosystems, humans, plants, animals, and threatening biodiversity everywhere, including …

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General features of Canada goose, USA

General features of Canada goose in USA

Thanks to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation programs started in the 20th century, the populations of Canada goose have been revived considerably. Today, the presence of geese has become familiar and efforts have shifted towards population control due to their bad effect on crops.   Identification of Canada goose The …

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Larger green urban space improves children’s IQ !!

Larger green urban space improves children’s intelligence such as memory skills and attention and decreases the levels of difficult behaviour, a study found.   There are many studies on how high levels of pollution could affect children’s cognitive development but this is the first one to evaluate the link between …

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Mangrove Ecosystem Day : only 6.9% are protected !

Mangrove Ecosystem Day : only 6.9% are protected !

The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2015 and celebrated each year on 26 July, aims to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable …

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Wood harvesting increased by 34% across Europe !

Wood harvesting increased by 34% across Europe !

Data revealed that the average patch size of forests affected by wood harvesting increased by 34% across Europe in recent years.   Human well-being is absolutely connected to the forests that provide a series of services to the society, from the production of raw materials and regulation of water flows …

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Exceptional coral reefs bleaching events would become the new norm

Exceptional coral reefs bleaching events would become the new norm

Scientists reported a coral reef sector’s exposure to warming as the projected year of onset of annual severe bleaching events, under the ‘business-as-usual’ emissions scenario.    Coral reefs are one of most inspiring ecosystems, with their beauty for tourism, their role in protecting our shorelines from storm waves, and holding …

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Forests protection, remaining hope to save the planet

Forests protection, remaining hope to save the planet

Talking about the next environmental challenge has become one of major common debates around the world. Climate change and biodiversity loss are still the headlines. But, ensuring effective biodiversity conservation for this century needs an international development agenda for forests protection.   Actually, the damage caused to biodiversity is in …

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12 Possible human-induced threats to soil biodiversity

12 Possible human-induced threats to soil biodiversity

A decline in soil biodiversity is generally considered to be the reduction of forms of life living in soils, both in terms of quantity and variety, and this can significantly affect the soils’ eco-function ability to respond to perturbations and to recover. Scientists have highlighted 12 potential threats to soil …

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Vultures among the most endangered birds on the planet

Les vautours parmi les oiseaux les plus menacés de la planète

12 vulture breeds are now listed as endangered or critically endangered, which means that vultures are one of the most endangered bird groups on the planet.   Vultures are among the most adaptable birds to changing habitats on the planet. They also learned to live alongside humans. They are used …

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How does ocean temperature affect small sharks?

Quel effet l'augmentation de températures des océans induit-elle pour les petits requins?

By 2100 and with the current scenarios of greenhouse gas emission, the average global temperature will increase by 5 ° C. One of the direct effects of global warming is the increase in ocean temperature, that provokes reducing the solubility of oxygen in water, while increasing the metabolic rate of …

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The ecosystem is largely endangered by grazing

The ecosystem is largely endangered by grazing

Several human perturbations have endangered ecosystem and biodiversity and caused unprecedented degradation of native lands. Food production is particularly impactful on biodiversity by changing natural habitats to cultivated land or pastures. Domestic livestock grazing is currently holding 26% of all land cover according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of …

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