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WCS launches new program aimed at reducing unsustainable hunting overseas
The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has launched a new program aimed at eliminating unsustainable hunting overseas, calling it the single greatest threat to wildlife in tropical forests today. (2002-05-10)

Primate bushmeat : Populations exposed to simian immunodeficiency viruses
Humans are exposed to a wide range of simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIV) by hunting and eating primate bushmeat. This has been revealed by a survey conducted in Cameroon by IRD researchers in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry from Cameroon as part of a wider programme for Aids Prevention (in Cameroon) (PRESICA ). (2002-04-02)

Mexican reserves fail to protect monarch butterflies
Despite decades of legal protection, the billion or so monarch butterflies that overwinter in Mexico are losing the cloudbelt forests they depend on. New research shows that logging in these forests has actually increased and, if unchecked, will destroy most of the monarch's overwintering habitat within decades. (2002-04-01)

Outside-in conservation: What's around an area
While most conservation planners focus on preserving certain areas, new research shows that an area's surroundings may be just as important. Specifically, ant diversity near forest fragments is higher in shade than in sun coffee farms, and salamander abundance is higher in disturbed streams that are confluent with undisturbed streams. (2002-01-24)

Smithsonian researchers show Amazonian deforestation accelerating
U.S. and Brazilian scientists led by William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute find that deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have accelerated over the last decade. Analyzing deforestation estimates based on satellite images of the Amazon since 1978, the team reports that - contrary to Brazilian government claims that threats to Amazonian forests have fallen in recent years because of improved environmental laws and public attitudes - rates of deforestation have risen sharply since 1995. (2002-01-14)

The influence of disturbance on tropical rain forest biodiversity: End of a controversy in sight
How to explain the maintenance of high tree species diversity in tropical rain forests ? A study conducted by IRD researchers in French Guiana as part of the SOFT programme (1) provides the first-ever validation, in this ecosystem, of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis. According to this theory, already demonstrated in other environments, either natural (both aquatic and terrestrial) or artificial (such as in vitro micro-organism cultures), an ecosystem reaches a maximum species diversity when subjected to disturbances of moderate frequency and intensity. (2002-01-10)

Homosexual behavior discovered among wild orangutans
A researcher from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has observed homosexual behavior among orangutans in Sumatra, marking the first time scientists have witnessed this activity among wild populations of these critically endangered great apes. The researcher, Dr. ElizaBeth Fox, who has studied orangutans since 1994, published her observations in last month's American Journal of Primatology. (2001-12-06)

NSF awards $55 million in grants to study biocomplexity in the environment
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $55 million in research grants to scientists, engineers, and educators to discover the relationships between living things and their environment. (2001-10-17)

Disturbance can benefit some rare forest plants
While human disturbances can destroy ecosystems, new research shows that a little disturbance can be good for forest plants with small ranges. Called endemics, these species are often a conservation priority and this is the first study of how human disturbances affect them. (2001-05-28)

How to keep invasive plants out of forest fragments
Fragmented habitat is vulnerable partly because it has more edges, which are susceptible to invasion by non-native species. There may be an effective approach: intact edges can help keep seeds out of the forest interior, according to new research in the February issue of Conservation Biology.Please mention Conservation Biology as the source of these items. For faxes of papers, contact Robin Meadows ((2001-03-06)

Dieting study finds Internet effective in producing initial weight loss
The Internet appears to be a viable method for delivery of structured behavioral weight loss programs, says Deborah F. Tate of the Brown Medical School. Tate's study in the March 7, 2001, Journal of the American Medical Association is the first to examine the use of information technology to aid weight loss. (2001-03-05)

Organgutan numbers plummeting worldwide; species may vanish in ten years, study says
The orangutan - the only great ape found in Asia - may vanish from the wild within a decade, unless illegal logging of its habitat and poaching can be greatly reduced, according to research funded by the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). (2001-02-25)

UNC-CH computer expert receives patent for device that summons emergency help
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill computer scientist Leandra Vicci's idea is to marry a global positioning system (GPS) receiver, which provides precise coordinates of its location, with a microprocessor and cell phone chips to make wireless connection with a geographic information system (GIS) server. The server in turn translates geographic coordinates into locations understandable in plain language and can notify an emergency response service such as 911. (2001-02-07)

Amazon roads may lead to peril for rainforest
Brazil may call its plan to carve roads through the fragile Amazon rainforest (2001-01-17)

Taking the long view: examining factors which influence Northern Spotted Owls
When the Northern Spotted Owl was federally listed as a threatened species in 1990, environmental groups working in the Pacific Northwest quickly embraced the animal as a mascot for the natural areas of the region. Results from a long-term study published this month provide insight into the population dynamics of these birds of prey and explore the role which climate and habitat quality play in determining the survival of this species. (2000-11-16)

Gabon ends logging in key wildlife area
In a unique agreement with logging companies and conservation organizations, the Government of Gabon has agreed to end logging in the 1,900-square-mile Lopé Reserve, home to the highest density of large mammals ever recorded in a rainforest, the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced today. (2000-07-24)

Amazon rainforest field research facility opens for ecological, global change studies
A new research facility in the Amazon rainforest sponsored by NASA and the Brazilian government will be completed this month as part of an experiment to study the region's impact on global change and develop information for sustainable resource management. Extensive ecological field studies get underway this summer. (2000-06-22)

Biological legacies a key of ecological rebirth after Mount St. Helens eruption
Even in desolate-looking areas after the eruption of Mount St. Helens there were (2000-05-01)

Study suggests that logging may affect monkey health
Secondary forests, areas that have been logged and allowed to regenerate, may provide second-rate habitat for primates, even decades after the forests have been allowed to regenerate, according to a study of monkeys living in African forests. (2000-02-27)

El Niño triggers tropical forest reproduction
On the island of Borneo, the world's second largest tropical rain forest is dying. Its death will mean the disappearance of a unique ecosystem where trees time their reproduction to the periodic arrival of El Niño. Loss of the forest could have a global financial impact, according to a University of Michigan scientist. (1999-12-07)

Chemistry's in the forecast for National Chemistry Week
Whether the weather's good or bad, most people turn to polymers for protection - and polymers are the focus of this year's National Chemistry Week, November 7-13. Both natural and synthetic polymers are natural insulators and are in lots of the products we use to protect ourselves in bad whether, from Teflon in sports gear and plastics in umbrellas and sunglasses to acrylic fibers in jackets. In nature, the same is true - you'll find polymers in animal fur and feathers. (1999-10-28)

Threatened marbled murrelet first to be hatched in captivity
A three-week-old marbled murrelet that was hatched and raised at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby Mountain campus is scheduled to be released this weekend. British Columbia is the only province in Canada where the threatened bird nests. It only nests in old-growth forests. As the trees disappear due to logging, so does the nesting habitat. (1999-07-14)

Free E-mail Services Are Vulnerable To Hackers
Free Web-based e-mail services are vulnerable to hackers, according to findings by an Internet security consultancy in Maryland, US. They found that the three biggest Web-based e- mail services failed to provide a basic security feature that helps keep hackers out. (1999-05-05)

In Logged Forests, Hunting of Wildlife Becomes Deadly 'Second Harvest'
It's not just trees being removed from the world's rainforests, but staggering numbers of gorillas, elephants and other wildlife, which are being killed and sold as (1999-04-23)

33,000 Web Tests Show Unconscious Roots Of Racism, Ageism
People have taken more than 33,000 tests that measure unconscious components of prejudice and stereotyping in the first week since twin Web sites were opened to the public by University of Washington and Yale psychologists. Results show test takers show a preference for white over black and young over old. (1998-10-08)

Study Demonstrates High Conservation Potential Of Logged Rainforest
A scientific study shows that, eight years after their marketable timber was logged, parcels of Indonesian rain forest contained levels of tree species diversity comparable to those measured in nearby unlogged forest land. (1998-08-27)

Sand In Sediment Can Predict River Damage
A Johns Hopkins engineer has devised a method to estimate the speed at which suddenly unleashed sediment in a river will flow downstream. The technique will aid analysis of the potential environmental damage. (1998-04-17)

Book From The New York Botanical Garden Focuses On Threats To Indonesia's Forest Riches
What is the world giving up when the tropical rain forests are destroyed? The author explores this question by examining the Uma'Jalan, an indigenous Kenyah people of Eastern Borneo, looking at the complex management systems they have developed for their tropical rain forests. (1997-10-20)

In Madagascar, Park For People Is Born
Madagascar's largest remaining rainforest containing animals found nowhere else on earth will be preserved, thanks to an historic compromise that blends the two competing pressures faced by poor countries worldwide: conserving natural resources versus human development. A formal inauguration takes place on Sat., Oct. 18, 1997. (1997-10-15)

Rain Forest Permanently Damaged By Logging, Study Finds
DURHAM, N.C. -- The delicate ecological web of the tropical rain forest is permanently unraveled by heavy logging, according to the most comprehensive long-term study yet done of the effects of timber-cutting on a rain forest (1997-04-04)

DNA Detective Work Helps In Fight To Save Endangered Seabird
Researchers at Simon Fraser University have successfully used a new molecular DNA technique to learn more about an endangered seabird--the marbled murrelet, a small Pacific seabird, listed as endangered thoughout most of its range, including British Columbia, due to loss of old-growth forest. The results will make study easier and may ultimately affect logging practices along the Pacific coast. (1997-03-28)

Clear-Cutting In Central Africa
The U.S. must play a key role in saving central Africa's tropical forests, now in sudden peril due to an unprecedented land rush by high-volume logging companies, according to Michael Fay, a conservation biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) headquartered at the Bronx Zoo. (1997-03-21)

Logging Issues Not Clear Cut, Say Conservationists
An unlikely tool to save tropical forest wildlife may be the chainsaw, according to participants of a forest-diversity workshop, organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society. With logging regimes owning more forest land than all national parks combined, conservationists look toward forest departments and production forests to complement existing reserves (1997-01-23)

The Swallowing of Earth's Ocean Floors
An international team of scientists representing nine countries will this month board the drill ship JOIDES Resolution -- currently docked in San Diego, California -- to study the ocean floor off Costa Rica. (1996-10-23)

Duke Ecologist Says Logging Is Creating 'Mahogany Deserts'
In findings with implications for the future of a commercially-important tropical wood, Duke University ecologist Laura Snook has discovered that seedlings of American mahogany trees seem to become successfully established only on open land (1996-09-24)

Duke Primate Center Sets October Expedition To Find 'Juliet'
The Duke University Primate Center has announced an Oct. 2-18 expedition to capture a mate for Romeo, the only diademed sifaka in captivity. The diademed sifaka, a graceful bright- eyed lemur, is considered perhaps the most beautiful of primates, with its silky fur in rich shades of yellow, orange, gray, white and black (1996-09-18)

Bark Beetle Infestation Spurs Multifaceted Study
A beetle infestation near Lake Tahoe, Nev., may lead to a better understanding of pre-European contact forest ecology and shed light on the early history of the area, according to a Penn State geographer. (1996-08-12)

Study Reveals African Hornbill Is Link To Rainforest Regeneration
After two years of research deep inside a primordial, West African rainforst, Bay Area scientists believe they've found an important key to tropical forest regeneration in a large, Toucan-like bird called the hornbill. It is the only forest species that moves through deforested areas, dropping fruit-baring tree seeds as it goes, fostering the first stages of reforestation (1996-06-21)

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