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Protein oxidation reveals the environmental pollution level in Doñana National Park
A Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology team at the University of Cordoba assessed the environmental pollution of Doñana National Park by means of its effects on mice that dwell in the area. (2019-07-17)
Protected area designation effective in reducing, but not preventing, land cover changes
The designation of protected areas in Europe has been effective in reducing, but not completely preventing, land cover changes associated with human activity, according to a study published July 17, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Niels Hellwig of Potsdam University and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and colleagues. (2019-07-17)
Protecting a forgotten treasure trove of biodiversity
The lesser-known Cerrado biome in Brazil is a hotspot of biodiversity, but it is being destroyed at an alarming rate by unsustainable agricultural activities. (2019-07-17)
Do marine protected areas work?
A study describes how to use data collected before and after Marine Protected Areas are created to verify that they work. (2019-07-17)
Limits on pot fishing can result in win-win for fishermen and marine wildlife
The first major study into the impact of inshore potting for crab and lobster within a Marine Protected Area has found that in areas of low potting intensity the industry is operating in a way that had little impact on seabed species or economically-important shellfish. (2019-07-16)
The path to China's 'ecological civilization' starts with national parks
President Xi Jinping staked out China's role as a committed player to tackle the climate crisis and build an 'ecological civilization.' In a review published July 10 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, researchers discuss one of the Chinese government's efforts -- reforming the management of protected areas by streamlining agencies' responsibilities and reducing functional overlaps. (2019-07-10)
Scientists see how a protein preserves vision in a unique group of diabetic patients
An analysis of samples obtained from a well-studied cohort of over 1,000 patients affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 50 years or longer has identified a protein that protects against an eye condition called diabetic retinopathy (DR) -- one of the most common consequences of diabetes -- which impacts most diabetic patients after 20 years of living with the disease. (2019-07-03)
Holy crocodiles
Sebastian Brackhane of the University of Freiburg has researched the cultural status of the reptiles in East Timor. (2019-07-02)
Few US higher education campuses have gone completely smoke and/or tobacco-free
Just one in six accredited US colleges and universities have gone completely smoke and/or tobacco free, reveals the first study of its kind, published in the journal Tobacco Control. (2019-07-02)
How to protect corals facing climate change
The best way to protect corals threatened by climate change is to conserve a wide range of their habitats, according to a study in Nature Climate Change. (2019-07-01)
Global agriculture: Impending threats to biodiversity
A new study compares the effects of expansion vs. intensification of cropland use on global agricultural markets and biodiversity, and finds that the expansion strategy poses a particularly serious threat to biodiversity in the tropics. (2019-06-28)
To increase bike commuters, look to neighborhoods
People agree that bike commuting improves health, reduces air pollution and eases traffic, a recent survey suggests. (2019-06-26)
Gold for silver: A chemical barter
From effective medicines to molecular sensors to fuel cells, metal clusters are becoming fundamentally useful in the health, environment, and energy sectors. (2019-06-20)
Novel model for studying intestinal parasite could advance vaccine development
The intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium causes frequent outbreaks in the US, and has been historically difficult to study. (2019-06-20)
Understanding Amazonia's mysterious ocelots
Researchers conducted a 12-year study from 2010 to 2017 on ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) in the Brazilian Amazon, deploying 899 camera traps at 12 stations to determine habitat preferences, which were largely unknown. (2019-06-06)
Working landscapes can support diverse bird species
Privately-owned, fragmented forests in Costa Rica can support as many vulnerable bird species as can nearby nature reserves, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. (2019-06-05)
Analysis: World's protected areas safeguard only a fraction of wildlife
A new analysis published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment shows that the world's protected areas (PAs) are experiencing major shortfalls in staffing and resources and are therefore failing on a massive scale to safeguard wildlife. (2019-06-05)
Child deaths in Brazil fall following comprehensive smoking ban
Child deaths have fallen in Brazil following complete smoking bans in public places, according to a new study. (2019-05-31)
How protected areas are losing ground in the United States and Amazonia
Once champions of global conservation, the United States and Brazil are now leading a troubling global trend of large-scale rollbacks in environmental policy, putting hundreds of protected areas at risk, a new study suggests. (2019-05-30)
Cycling lanes, not cyclists, reduce fatalities for all road users
The most comprehensive study of bicycle and road safety to date finds that building safe facilities for cyclists is one of the biggest factors in road safety for everyone. (2019-05-29)
More safe havens for native plants and animals needed in New South Wales' west
Location matters for species struggling to survive under a changing climate. (2019-05-29)
Africa's elephant poaching rates in decline, but iconic animal still under threat
Elephant poaching rates in Africa have started to decline after reaching a peak in 2011, an international team of scientists have concluded. (2019-05-28)
Chimpanzees at the crossroads: adapt to living outside protected areas
Chimpanzees at the crossroads: how they adapt to living outside protected areas Research carried out into the impact of changes to chimpanzee habitats found they have adapted to human developments in a number of ways -- including learning how to cross roads safely and the best times to visit human habitats -- but their survival is still threatened. (2019-05-22)
New study finds distinct microbes living next to corals
Symbiotic algae living inside corals provide those animals with their vibrant color, as well as many of the nutrients they need to survive. (2019-05-21)
Changes in subsistence hunting threaten local food security
Scientists with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and WCS Ecuador Program publishing in the journal BioTropica say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests -- the mainstay of local people as a source of protein and a direct connection to these ecosystems -- is in jeopardy from a variety of factors. (2019-05-17)
Protection by the malaria vaccine: not only a matter of quantity but also of quality
The quantity and quality of antibodies recognizing the end region of the malaria parasite's CSP protein is a good marker of protection by the RTS,S/AS01E vaccine, shows a study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), an institution supported by 'la Caixa.' The results provide valuable information for guiding the design of future, more effective vaccines. (2019-05-15)
Producing food whilst preserving biodiversity
In nature conservation and agriculture, there are two opposing views of how to combine high biodiversity and sustainable food production: nature conservation should either be integrated into agricultural land, or segregated into protected areas in order to enable maximum yields in the food production areas. (2019-05-14)
Scientists estimate: Half of tropical forests under hunting pressure
Over half of the tropical forests is under hunting pressure. (2019-05-14)
In rural areas, buprenorphine is provided by primary care clinicians
As the United States undertakes intense efforts to increase the number of prescribers of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder, it is critical to understand who currently provides such treatment and how. (2019-05-14)
Wild red deer contribute to the preservation of open landscapes
Similar to farm animals such as cattle or sheep, wild red deer grazing in open landscapes can also contribute to the conservation of protected habitats. (2019-05-09)
Study questions current regulations on light pollution and calls for paradigm shift
Researchers from the Universities of Granada and Krakow have warned that Spain's current legislation on light pollution fails to take into account all the necessary factors -- including human vision itself. (2019-05-09)
Grading conservation: Which reserves defend forests?
Lands that shelter forests have value often readily tallied by developers, but until now it's been more difficult to prove the success of protecting those forested lands in pursuit of sustainability. (2019-05-08)
It's hard to be a nomad in Mongolia
Scientists tracked 22 Mongolian gazelles (Procapra gutturosa) over the vast grasslands of Mongolia for a 1-3 year period using GPS. (2019-05-02)
The last chance for Madagascar's biodiversity
A group of scientists from Madagascar, UK, Australia, USA and Finland have recommended actions the government of Madagascar's recently elected president, Andry Rajoelina should take to turn around the precipitous decline of biodiversity and help put Madagascar on a trajectory towards sustainable growth. (2019-04-29)
Preventing collapse after catastrophe
As the impacts of climate change escalate, ecosystems will likely undergo events that will disrupt entire populations. (2019-04-25)
Study: Mediterranean diet deters overeating
Eat as much as you want and not gain weight? (2019-04-23)
Time for a new global protected area target
The world needs a new international protected area target based on scientific evidence, according to a team including University of Queensland scientists. (2019-04-11)
Rethinking conservation efforts for improved biodiversity
A study published online by the journal Science, looked into why the global commitment towards the expansion of protected areas has not delivered the expected conservation benefits. (2019-04-11)
Scientists say world's protected areas need a re-boot
An international study published today in the journal Science argues that the current international target for the protected area estate, accepted by over 190 nations, is failing. (2019-04-11)
Conservationists clash over ways forward despite sharing 'core aims', study finds
Latest research reveals rifts within global conservation movement while confirming support for aims underpinning it. (2019-04-09)
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