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Humanity decimating planetary wildlife

Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone—fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals—have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released Thursday.

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Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

dateOct 26, 2016 in Ecology
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Irrawaddy dolphins functionally extinct in Laos

The population of critically endangered Mekong River Dolphins—also known as Irrawaddy Dolphins —  in the Cheuteal trans-boundary pool between southern Laos and northern Cambodia has shrunk by 50 per cent this year alone ...

dateOct 26, 2016 in Ecology
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A rare window on the lives of young albatrosses

Understanding population dynamics is crucial for the conservation of long-lived species like albatrosses, but collecting data on albatrosses before they reach adulthood and begin to breed is challenging. A new study from ...

dateOct 26, 2016 in Ecology
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Border fences need not harm large fauna

Although the increasing number of fences and walls along national boundaries is intended to prevent human migration, these can also have disastrous consequences for the natural spread of large animals. These constructions ...

dateOct 25, 2016 in Ecology
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Genetic diversity crucial to Florida scrub-jay's survival

Ithaca, NY-Legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold once advised: "To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering." For the Endangered Florida Scrub-Jay, new research shows that saving every last ...

New study maps currents and marine animal movement

Ocean currents are not super highways for animal movement in the sea as they were once thought to be. A new Flinders University study shows that coastal ocean currents in parts of southern Australia not only move animals ...

Past climate linked to mammal communities in Africa today

Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on the world's biodiversity, and much effort has been placed into forecasting the response of species to these changes over the next century. Research ...

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