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Natural solutions can reduce global warming

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:00:45 EST ~ A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollution from every single US car and truck on the road. Find out more...

Modern slavery promotes overfishing

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:38:07 EST ~ Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are 'hidden subsidies' that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing. Find out more...

A changing climate necessitates rethinking tropical marine conservation, researchers say

Tue, 06 Nov 2018 10:42:18 EST ~ In a new article, researchers are calling for a rethink on tropical marine conservation efforts, as people who previously relied on coral reefs for food and income are increasingly looking to alternative habitats which is putting pressure on the animals that inhabit seagrass meadows. Find out more...

Despite government claims, orangutan populations have not increased

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 12:24:46 EST ~ Orangutan populations are still declining rapidly, despite claims by the Indonesian Government that things are looking better for the red apes. Scientists criticize the use of inappropriate methods for assessing management impacts on wildlife trends. The researchers call for scientifically sound measures to be employed in order to ensure that wildlife monitoring provides reliable numbers. Find out more...

Deep sea chemical dispersants ineffective in Deepwater Horizon oil spill, study finds

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:51:44 EDT ~ A new study of the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico showed that massive quantities of chemically engineered dispersants injected at the wellhead -- roughly 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) beneath the surface -- were unrelated to the formation of the massive deepwater oil plume. Find out more...

A wilderness 'horror story'

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:15:07 EDT ~ Producing the first comprehensive fine-scale map of the world's remaining marine and terrestrial wild places, conservation scientists say that just 23 percent of the world's landmass can now be considered wilderness, with the rest -- excluding Antarctica -- lost to the direct effects of human activities. Find out more...

Too many fishers in the sea: The economic ceiling of artisanal fisheries

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 12:48:56 EDT ~ Researchers have found that even if fishers used the most efficient and sustainable known practices, they wouldn't generate enough revenue to maintain a living above poverty level. Find out more...

Staggering extent of human impact on planet revealed in new report

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 09:09:14 EDT ~ Humanity and the way we feed, fuel and finance our societies and economies is pushing nature and the services that power and sustain us to the brink, according to a new report that presents a sobering picture of the impact of human activity on the world's wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers and climate. Find out more...

Pretend porpoise sounds are helping conservation efforts, research shows

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 14:11:08 EDT ~ An examination into the detection of harbour porpoises is helping to give new understanding of effective monitoring of species under threat from anthropogenic activities such as fisheries bycatch and coastal pollution. Find out more...

Male humpback whales change their songs when human noise is present

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 14:26:02 EDT ~ Male humpback whales reduce or cease their songs in reaction to human-generated shipping noise, according to a new study. Find out more...