Biodiversity

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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How do coral reefs survive without oxygen?

La dégradation de la santé des récifs coralliens

Coral reefs are among the most productive and biodiversity-rich ecosystems on the planet. The degradation of reef health due to the effects of climate change, land use change and overfishing has become a symbol of the global ecological crisis.   Many scientific research efforts have attempted to assess how reefs …

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