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Montana State study compares growth around Yellowstone, Glacier and other national parks
The land around Yellowstone and Glacier national parks might look like it's filling up with people and houses, but it's nothing compared to the rate of development around some other US national parks, according to a new Montana State University study. (2012-03-29)
80,000 acres of Guatemala forest protected
The Wildlife Conservation Society and partners signed an agreement this month that will safeguard some 80,000 acres of intact forest in Guatemala in the heart of the sprawling Maya Biosphere Reserve. (2012-03-27)
Size matters: Large Marine Protected Areas work for dolphins
Ecologists in New Zealand have shown for the first time that Marine Protected Areas - long advocated as a way of protecting threatened marine mammals - actually work. (2012-03-26)
UN hits water target, but 1.8 billion people still drinking unsafe water, study shows
Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of a United Nations' goal of greatly improving access to safe drinking water around the world. (2012-03-23)
Marine Protected Areas are keeping turtles safe
Marine Protected Areas are providing sea turtles with an ideal habitat for foraging and may be keeping them safe from the threats of fishing. (2012-03-18)
Building the European Union's Natura 2000 -- the largest ever network of protected areas
As the European Union's Habitat Directive celebrates its 20th anniversary, Douglas Evans from the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity describes how the Directive's Natura 2000 network of protected areas has grown. (2012-03-16)
Rising ocean temperatures harm protected coral reefs
Special conservation zones known as marine protected areas provide many direct benefits to fisheries and coral reefs. (2012-03-15)
Post-exposure antibody treatment protects primates from Ebola, Marburg viruses
Army scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, that antibody-based therapies can successfully protect monkeys from the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses. (2012-03-13)
Effects of flooding on Cairo, Ill.
When faced with a choice between a deluge or a controlled deluge in May 2011 that would protect the city of Cairo, Illinois, the US Army Corps of Engineers chose the latter by ordering an intentional breach of the Mississippi River levee at Bird's Point, but was it the right decision? (2012-03-08)
'Chum cam' underwater video survey shows that reef sharks thrive in marine reserves
A team of scientists used video cameras to count Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezi) inside and outside marine reserves on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea. (2012-03-08)
Overfishing leaves swaths of Mediterranean barren
Centuries of overexploitation of fish and other marine resources -- as well as invasion of fish from the Red Sea -- have turned some formerly healthy ecosystems of the Mediterranean Sea into barren places, an unprecedented study of the Mediterranean concludes. (2012-03-01)
Nowhere to hide: Study finds future of Sumatran tigers threatened by human disturbances
A study that investigated the use of different land cover types -- not just forests but also plantation areas -- for tiger habitat has determined that the Sumatran tiger subspecies is nearing extinction. (2012-02-29)
Coral reef study traces indirect effects of overfishing
A study of the tropical coral reef system along the coastline of Kenya has found dramatic effects of overfishing that could threaten the long-term health of the reefs. (2012-02-27)
Study IDs new marine protected areas in Madagascar
A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, Wildlife Conservation Society, and others uses a new scientific methodology for establishing marine protected areas in Madagascar that offers a (2012-02-24)
Conservation risk highest off coasts of Canada, Mexico, Peru and New Zealand: UBC research
University of British Columbia researchers have identified conservation (2012-02-20)
Marine protected areas: changing climate could require change of plans
Marine protected areas may turn out to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. (2012-02-16)
New protected areas for dolphins declared
The Government of Bangladesh recently declared three new wildlife sanctuaries for endangered freshwater dolphins in the world's largest mangrove ecosystem - the Sundarbans, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society whose conservation work helped pinpoint the locations of the protected areas. (2012-02-16)
Skiers and snowboarders need better helmets
Skiers and snowboarders in Canada are not adequately protected by the helmets on the market, and the federal government should implement better safety standards, states an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-02-06)
Preserved habitat near national parks helps species conservation
National parks help preserve species native to a particular region, but it appears that some species preservation is more successful if a significant portion of land adjacent to a park also is left as natural habitat. (2012-01-30)
80 percent of 'irreplaceable' habitats in Andes unprotected
Hundreds of rare, endemic species in the Central Andes remain unprotected and are increasingly under threat from development and climate change, according to a Duke University-led international study. (2012-01-27)
New biodiversity map of the Andes shows species in dire need of protection
A new study published in BioMed Central's open-access journal BMC Ecology has used information collected over the last 100 years by explorers, and from satellite images, which reveals detailed patterns of species and ecosystems that occur only in Andes-Amazon basin of Peru and Bolivia. (2012-01-26)
High-tech models help guide restoration efforts to save threatened plants
A team of scientists from the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station and two universities will begin research using sophisticated topographic models to identify areas within dry forests that have the most potential for ecological restoration. (2012-01-23)
Research shows progress toward a genital herpes vaccine
New NIH-funded research points investigators toward finding a genital herpes vaccine that works on both viruses that cause disease. (2012-01-04)
Don't put all your eggs in 1 basket -- or all your horses on 1 pasture
Winters in the Gobi desert are usually long and very cold but the winter of 2009-2010 was particularly severe. (2011-12-29)
Frankincense production 'doomed' warn ecologists
Trees that produce frankincense - used in incense and perfumes across the world and a key part of the Christmas story - are declining so dramatically that production of the fragrant resin could be halved over the next 15 years, according to a new study published in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Applied Ecology. (2011-12-20)
Erosion of traditional 'taboos' threatens Madagascar's lemurs
Madagascar is world famous for its unique animals, many of which are protected by law, but recent research has demonstrated that illegal hunting of these protected species may be widespread and pose an urgent threat the country's globally important biodiversity. (2011-12-14)
Elephant seal travels 18,000 miles
The Wildlife Conservation Society tracked a southern elephant seal for an astonishing 18,000 miles -- the equivalent of New York to Sydney and back again. (2011-12-13)
Life on Kosterhavet's seabed analyzed
Kosterhavet National Park was created to provide a haven for both protected species and nature lovers. (2011-12-13)
Climate-smart agriculture should be livelihood-smart too
Climate-smart agriculture must target the short-term needs of the smallholder farmer to be effective in combating climate change. (2011-12-02)
Where does my beer come from?
Researchers at the University of Seville have developed a technique based on chemical patterns for identifying the country of origin of beer. (2011-12-01)
A vaccination against social prejudice
Evolutionary psychologists suspect that prejudice is rooted in survival: Our distant ancestors had to avoid outsiders who might have carried disease. (2011-12-01)
3 researchers in the Amazon clear up doubts as to the benefits of ecotourism
Ecological tourism has no effect on the presence of large mammals in the Amazon, according to a study that for the first time compares the biological diversity of ecotourism zones with that of protected areas. (2011-11-22)
Neiker-Tecnalia report that noise pollution reduces the presence of songbirds in cities
A study by the University of the Americas in Mexico and the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, highlights the fact that noise pollution has negative effects on songbirds in cities. (2011-11-21)
Taking bushmeat off the menu could increase child anemia, study finds
When the dinner menu includes endangered species, human nutritional needs must contend with efforts to manage wildlife resources, according to a new UC Berkeley study. (2011-11-21)
Satellite images help species conservation
Organisms living on small islands are particularly threatened by extinction. (2011-11-17)
Probiotic protects intestine from radiation injury
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that taking a probiotic before radiation therapy can protect the intestine from damage -- at least in mice. (2011-11-16)
5 rare wild cat species caught on camera in Sumatra
After an amazing five of the seven wild cat species found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra were recently caught on camera in tract of forest being rapidly lost to deforestation, WWF-Indonesia is urging companies and authorities to take immediate steps to save the valuable area. (2011-11-16)
Catching camels in the Gobi
In Oct. 2011 Professor Chris Walzer and Dr. Gabrielle Stalder, veterinary scientists at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology at the Veterinary Science University, Vienna, successfully attached GPS satellite collars to endangered wild Bactrian camels in the Mongolian desert. (2011-11-11)
Research aims to prevent diabetic kidney failure
The enzyme arginase-2 plays a major role in kidney failure, and blocking the action of this enzyme might lead to protection against renal disease in diabetes, according to researchers. (2011-11-04)
Good relationship with teacher can protect first graders from aggression
A new study of 217 Canadian seven-year-old twins finds that children who were genetically vulnerable to being aggressive were more likely to be victimized by their classmates than others. (2011-10-26)
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