Strange Animals 28:06:2019



An appetite for dried seahorse in China could spell the marine animal’s demise | DW | 26.06.2019

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Jennifer Wilson – Piles of writhing sea life cover a narrow wedge of golden sand at the southern tip of Djiffer, a compact but bustling fishing town on the coast of Senegal. In the late afternoons, colorfully painted …ENVIRONMENT

Climate change and biodiversity

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Sunita C Bhagatjee – Human greed threatens over a million species of life with extinction as rush for profits trumps preservation. The roll of bad news on environment seems to be unending. Practically, every month, some …SCIENCE

Are cities planting the right trees – not just for the present, but for the future?

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atltreepros – City governments are increasingly interested in how trees can help alleviate the urban heat island effect and protect city dwellers from high temperatures as climate change unfolds. But they haven’t …SCIENCE

Sponges supply DNA for new method of monitoring aquatic biodiversity

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Pablo Rodas-Martini – Feeding aquatic sponges could provide biologists with unexpected underwater data collection assistance. Sponges (phylum Porifera) are immobile aquatic animals that eat by filtering out food particles…SCIENCE

‘Frightening’ number of plant extinctions found in global survey

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maigol mel – Human destruction of the living world is causing a “frightening” number of plant extinctions, according to scientists who have completed the first global analysis of the issue. They found 571 species…SCIENCE

Elephants’ footprints provide homes for frogs

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Juank – Nothing in the wild goes to waste—not even a footprint. It turns out that Asian elephant tracks serve as important as nurseries for frog eggs and tadpoles during the dry season in Myanmar, according …SCIENCE

Specially trained dogs try to save threatened turtle species

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Bossy Boots – Facing the possibility of becoming endangered, scientists turn to specially trained dogs to find rare turtles. FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. — Some dogs find joy in bones and treats. For John Rucker’s seven …SCIENCE

Trump Administration urged to protect giraffes on World Giraffe Day – Humane Society International

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Humane Society Int’l – WASHINGTON—On World Giraffe Day, a coalition of conservation and animal-protection organizations will pressure the Trump administration to move forward with Endangered Species Act protection for gira…SCIENCE

The Quixotic Quest to Birth a Baby Northern White Rhino

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Ol Pejeta – Meanwhile, Galli and others plan to travel to Kenya in 2019 to harvest eggs from Najin and Fatu, and to combine the eggs with frozen sperm from northern white rhino males. Even if that process works …SCIENCE

Why Climate Activists Threaten Endangered Species With Extinction

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Izu ひhiara ☥ – Only a deep religious fervor could justify extinctions to prevent extinctions. (Extinction Rebellion protesters walk to Hyde Park in London, April 25, 2019.) ASSOCIATED PRESS Last Saturday, police in…SCIENCE

Scientific Peer Reviewers Find Flaws in Federal Wolf Delisting Rule

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Wilderness Watch – Nearly 1.5 Million Comments Oppose Removing Protections Washington, D.C. – Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a scientific peer review of a proposed rule to remove Endangered Species …SCIENCE

Why climate change means a rethink of coffee and cocoa production systems

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Nate’s Coffee – Global demand for coffee and cocoa is on the rise. Yet across the equatorial belt where these two crops are produced, the future is not looking bright. Climate change in the tropics is pushing coffee…SCIENCE

A Genetic Ghost Hunt: What Ancient Humans Live On In Our DNA? – The Crux

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ASHG – When the Neanderthal genome was first sequenced in 2010 and compared with ours, scientists noticed that genes from Homo neanderthalensis also showed up in our own DNA. The conclusion was inescapable:…ART & ENTERTAINMENT

Harvard Law Journal Concludes Unborn Babies Have Constitutional Rights |

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Douglas Lawrence – The Fourteenth Amendment, which was adopted in 1868, declares that no state shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its juri…SCIENCE

SMU-aided right whale death study: Ropeless gear needed to give population a chance | The Chronicle Herald

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Jord – There are about 410 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. Biologist Tim Frasier has the genetic “names” for most of them in his database at Saint Mary’s University. “We have samples from abo…SCIENCE

DarkDivNet | Macroecology workgroup

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Riin Tamme – DarkDivNet is a global network to explore the dark diversity of plant communities. In January 2019 we had >120 potential study areas all across the world. Registration is now open for our first DarkD…SCIENCE

Symbiotic Relationships

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❤Elissa🎨Renee❤ – Everybody wants to be in a relationship that is #relationshipgoals. It is important to understand the different types of relationships. It helps gives us insight on how people interact, how different…ENVIRONMENT

Botswana’s doomsday: Over 500 vultures poisoned

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🐾🐾Layla🐾🐾 – At least 537 vultures in Botswana have been wiped out – through mass poisoning. They represented five species of vultures and two tawny eagles. In Africa alone, there are only eight species of vultur…SCIENCE

Sea slug species named after Muppets creator

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BBC Wildlife – Olea hensoni was discovered by a museum curator when walking along a sandflat on Cedar Keys waterfront in Florida, and has been named after the Muppets creator Jim Henson. The name of the slug came a…

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