Loss of Biodiversity in Streams Threatens Vital Biological Process

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Loss of Biodiversity in Streams Threatens Vital Biological Process

Restoring your biological clock

Green (Living) Review

The technical term for our biological clock, also often called “body clock”, is called a circadian rhythm. Ultimately, it is sleep quality rather than quantity that’s key to positively influencing our biological clock. We all have got one, all animals, in fact all life. by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Did you know that you possess your greatest level of cardiovascular efficiency and muscle strength at around 17:00?


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International day for biological diversity

Green (Living) Review

On the UN International Day for Biological Diversity, The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) calls for a greater awareness of the threats to marine biodiversity as without life in the ocean there would be no life on Earth. The Convention on Biological Diversity has established a target of 10 percent of all coastal and marine waters being protected in reserves by 2020.

Recovery: The Return of Native Fish, Victims of Bucket Biology

Nature Conservancy - Science

“Conservation” is no longer enough. Instead of just saving what’s left we need to restore what’s lost. Only in the last half century or so have Americans begun to appreciate fish as having a function beyond bending rods and posing prettily on platters. Consider the fate of America’s landlocked Arctic char. As the last glacier retreated sea-run char stranded in North American lakes, adapting to a freshwater life cycle.

BioLogic FreeCharge Empowers Green Bike Geeks!

Green Living Ideas

In 2010 Dahon will introduce the BioLogic FreeCharge, an electricity storage battery that connects to a bike dyno hub. The BioLogic FreeCharge comes off the bike and can be carried around- it becomes stored electricity power that you can charge any device that uses a USB, from an iPod to a GPS [.] [ BioLogic FreeCharge Empowers Green Bike Geeks! Tags: Bicycles Technology battery power bicycle biking BioLogic Free Charge Dahon.

New strain of E-coli a biological weapon?

Green (Living) Review

Is the new, extremely virulent, strain of E-coli making the rounds in Europe a biological weapon? By Michael Smith (Veshengro) June 2011: While this question of mine may sound like conspiracy theory but with the first outbreak in Hamburg, Germany and the one at the last weekend of June 2011 in Bordeaux, France, being that far distance from each other and probably with different farms involved can make one but think.

LED Lights Mess More With Our Biological Clocks?

Green Prophet

Melatonin is a compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-cancerous properties. Also known is the fact that suppressing the production of melatonin, which is responsible, among other things, for the regulation of our biological clock, causes behavior disruptions and health problems.

Tools developed for making complex biological machines from yeast


Ishan Sidhu: A way to create a new type of biological wire that interacts with DNA using proteins and behaves like electronic circuitry wires has been demonstrated by the researchers of Imperial College London. According to the scientists, their new biological wire has several advantages such as to create probably billions of connections between DNA components and the wire can be re engineered over and over again.

How synthetic biology can help build sustainable cities


For a more productive, efficient circular economy, an engineering approach to cellular biology could be the key. See more here: How synthetic biology can help build sustainable cities. Business Eco Green biomaterials carbon removal circular economy cities efficient-circular energy & climate land use more-productive- power points risk & resilience smart grid

Why Cultural Diversity Is as Essential to Human Survival as Biological Diversity

Green (Living) Review

Just as we recognize the importance of biodiversity for the survival of the planet, so we must preserve the diverse ways of knowing that exist among humanity. In the late 1990s, a Ugandan intellectual and civil society activist called Paulo Wangoola returned home to the Kingdom of Busoga on the Eastern shores of Lake Victoria.

Convention on Biological Diversity Meeting Hopes To Reach Governments Through Cost Indicators Of Loss

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1992, the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity was created at the Rio Earth Summit. Unfortunately, world leaders have not met this goal despite the Convention on Biological Diversity being nearly twenty years in the making. Information such as this is being discussed in detail at the ongoing UN Convention on Biological Diversity meeting in Nagoya, Japan. It was created to address growing concerns regarding the disappearing biodiversity on the planet.

Synthetic Biology gets a shot in the arm with illuminated living plant cells


B.Sameer Kumar: Synthetic Biology is a field that is still in the nascent stage of development. The field of Synthetic Biology deals with engineering artificial biological systems and circuits that will mimic natural ones found in plants systems and will help in design of future products that are far more efficient and ecological than man made artificial ones. Lighting up plant cells to engineer biology.

Smart reason to like mosquitos

Green Prophet

Animals biological controlCan a protein found in a mosquito lead to a better understanding of the workings of our own brains?

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Digging into chickpea family for less pesticides in the United States

Green Prophet

Food biological control chickpeas hummus natural pesticidesIn recent years, hummus has become a pop culture food phenomenon, drawing praises from dieticians for the health benefits and chefs for the flavor. However, the core ingredient, the chickpea, has had its production threatened.

Genetic Engineers and Conservation Biologists: Scenes From a First Date

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fast forward a week later and I was in Cambridge, England, along with Conservancy Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva, at an international conference organized by the Wildlife Conservation Society on the topic of synthetic biology and how it may influence the future of nature and conservation. You may already be asking yourself, just what is synthetic biology? It is but one high-profile tip of the iceberg of the vast and rapidly growing field of synthetic biology.

Fireflies use music as armor against bats

Green Prophet

Nature biological control sustainable agricultureA macro shot of a lightning bug showing off its glow light as it takes off in flight. A new Tel Aviv University study reveals a possible defense mechanism developed by fireflies for protection against bats that might prey on them.

Cities, Biodiversity and Governance: Perspectives and Challenges of the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the City Level

The Green Changemakers

City governments can contribute more to implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as the 2010 target to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss set by governments during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 is not being achieved. This report was written by Jose Antonio Puppim de Oliveira, Osman Balaban, Christopher Doll, Raquel Moreno-Penaranda, Alexandros Gasparatos, Deljana Iossifova, and Aki Suwa The report is available for download here.

Weird Nature: A Bat that Eats Scorpions

Nature Conservancy - Science

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Big Fish: Rodent-Eating Trout

Nature Conservancy - Science

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Genetically engineered plants to replace airport security checkpoints?

Green Prophet

Medford is a “synthetic biologist” (not to imply she’s artificial, but to clarify that she dabbles in the re-design of existing, natural biological systems in attempt to find new useful purposes). along with Timothy Kerbs to pioneer commercialization of plant synthetic biology. Design Energy Genetically engineered plants GMO plant sentinels synthetic biology components

Connect: Helping Animals Move in a Changing Climate

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new paper published in Conservation Biology by Tristan Nuñez and colleagues from the Washington Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group provides a simple and straightforward method for land managers to account for species shifting their ranges in response to climate change, and to protect and restore land accordingly. Conservation Biology. Canada lynx are one of many species that may shift its range due to climate change. Flickr/Keith Williams.

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Mitosis: sustainable living modules cloaked in plants


Named after the biological process of a single cell dividing itself into two identical daughter cells, the Mitosis project was designed to mimic a flexible organism that evolves to adapt to different settings.

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Marine Fisheries: Does Local Protection Mean Local Benefits?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Their results, published today in the journal Current Biology , clearly show that local management of this species provides local benefits. Current Biology (2013), [link]. Local fishers assist researchers at a spawning site for coral groupers. Will protecting such areas benefit local communities? Richard Hamilton/TNC. by Matt Miller, senior science writer. If a community protects a portion of its fishing grounds, will it actually benefit them?

Review: Cristina Eisenberg’s The Carnivore Way

Nature Conservancy - Science

Book Review bears book review Conservation Biology mammals predators trophic cascades western US wildlife management Photo: © Scott Copeland. The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators. By Cristina Eisenberg. Island Press, 2014. 308 pages. Review by Matt Miller, senior science writer. Yesterday, a moose made an appearance along a popular biking and running path near my home in Boise, Idaho.

Helen Crowley on the role of business in biodiversity and conservation


According to a draft plan from the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, world leaders must enact protections for at least 30 percent of the world’s land and oceans in the next decade to protect current biodiversity levels and avert the extinction of many species.

Private Sector Biodiversity Commitments Leveraged by CBD COP13

Cool Green Science

Biodiversity was high on the agenda in Mexico when the country hosted the 13 th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) last month. Central America Conservation Issues Environmental News Global Solutions Mexico The Nature Conservancy Biodiversity Conference of the Parties Convention on Biological Diversity Editor's Choice government Latin American Water Funds Partnership mexican partnership monterrey water funds

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Human actions are causing endangered whales to shrink in size


Right whales born today are shorter by approximately one meter as compared to their counterparts born in the 1980s, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. Current Biology Via NPR Image via NOAA. Business Green a-sandbag-tied belgium current-biology england florida study whales

COP26: Postpone, virtual or as you were?


climate convention and a planned summit of its sister treaty, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), are more important than usual. Business Green a-planned-summit are-more bonds-and cbd convention convention-on-biological corporate strategy packaging packaging-and planned-summit policy & politics yearThis year’s U.N. So far, neither has been postponed. Here is the original: COP26: Postpone, virtual or as you were?

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Why oil and gas companies should buy whales hearing aids

Green Prophet

Travel Marine Biology marine environment Whales Whales, the earth’s largest marine mammals, have had more than their share of ecological problems in all parts of the world’s seas and oceans. One of their biggest risks is noise in marine habitats caused by drilling for oil and gas. . Who’s at risk? Those in unlikely marine habitats such as the Eastern Mediterranean, where a rare grey whale was sighted.

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“Heavily-armed” octopus escapes from aquarium!

Green Prophet

Cities aquariums Hebrew University Marine Biology sea lifeAn octopus at New Zealand’s National Aquarium decided he’s had enough of life in captivity and deftly devised his own escape to the sea. His amazing getaway won Inky the octopus instant fame, and raises new questions about cephalopod intelligence. In 2014, biologists rescued Inky from a crayfish pot where he had become entangled, suffering injuries to his arms and body.

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Potty-trained cows: A new approach to reduce emissions


The study, published in Current Biology, included 16 calves trained to defecate in one spot In a recent study, scientists "potty-trained" cows in an attempt to reduce the animals' greenhouse gas emissions.

Mad Men Go Falcon Trapping

Nature Conservancy - Science

Birds bird conservation citizen science conservation history falconry falcons natural history reintroduction Virginia wildlife biology The thrill of victory: bird banders capture a falcon. By Joe Smith , ornithologist and restoration ecologist. I recently came across a 1952 LIFE magazine article profiling a group of falcon banders working on Assateague Island, Maryland. Along with the article is a series of striking photos of the banders and their lifestyle on the coast.

Rising to the Challenge of Biodiversity Conservation in a Human-dominated World

Nature Conservancy - Science

In a recent peer-reviewed article in the scientific journal Conservation Biology , I propose a framework that conservation organizations can use in today’s complex world to set objectives and plan strategies to achieve them. Biodiversity biodiversity Conservation Biology conservation effectiveness Ecosystem Services people and nature LEAF interns Sharon Tam and Keira Adams have fun battling invasive invasive sweet clover (Melilotus sp.) on Santa Cruz Island, California.

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Whale Sharks: Swimming with the World’s Largest Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

Whale sharks are migratory, and their movement patterns appear to be related to physical and biological oceanographic features, such as seamounts and boundary currents, where primary productivity (and therefore their food) may be enhanced. Fish Marine Traveling Naturalist Alison Green coastal diving marine marine biology natural history sharks A whale shark, the largest fish on earth. Photo: Elite Diving Agency. By Alison Green, senior marine scientist.

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Green Miner Pulls Minerals from Desalination’s Seawater Brine

Green Prophet

Biomineralogist Damian Palin is turning to biology to mine valuable minerals from desalination brine. “I Palin teams up with metal-munching bacteria to biologically “mine” minerals from seawater: the byproduct of his process is pure, potable water. Palin’s developing something different: a biological mining (not melting) process. Cleantech, Science & Technology Water bioleaching biological mining desalination Jordan magnesium potable water

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Citizen Science Tuesday: NestWatch

Nature Conservancy - Science

You can be a part of reporting data on the reproductive biology of birds, helping scientists understand how successful birds are. In addition, the many observations from citizen scientists have led to other discoveries about the reproductive biology of birds. Chickadee at nest hole with a caterpillar. Photo by Flickr user Dave Bonta through a Creative Commons License. What is NestWatch?

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Alternatives To Aerial Spraying

Eco Friendly Daily

Instead, they will implement a biological control method, where millions of sterile moths are released. Environment aerial spraying biological control misting moth pesticide Many communities use aerial spraying to tackle widespread insect problems. From gypsy moths to spruce budworm , pesticides have played a role in reducing a range of different organisms.

Oil from Grocery Bags, Elephant Repellent, Roadkill and More

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Cooler Climate Change evolutionary biology fish and wildlife research University of Illinois researchers make a fine diesel oil from plastic grocery bags. Credit: MTSOfan through a Creative Commons license. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, and Lisa Feldkamp of the TNC Science Communications team. We find tons of cool conservation and conservation science stuff every week on the Internets — now we’re sharing some of the best with you every week in The Cooler: Wildlife.

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The Cooler: Conservation’s Identity Crisis

Nature Conservancy - Science

Against a backdrop of growing global resource demand and climate change — as well as emerging technologies, such as synthetic biology — that are wreaking philosophical havoc, finding the answers is urgent.”. Focusing on protecting biological processes, not species or places, is a key strategy that all conservationists can agree with, she says. Synthetic biology might unfold without any thought for the needs of natural ecosystems. Identity crisis?

Crayfish interbreeding causing the extinction of native species


The study, published in the Journal Aquatic Invasions, also mentioned the species are going through biological inversion that may lead to the extinction of native species In a new study conducted by Illinois Natural History Survey, scientists discovered by chance that the virile crayfish species, faxonius virilis, are interbreeding with native crayfish in the Current River in Missouri, leading to disruptions in the ecosystem.

New Study: Marine Protection Goals Are on Target, But Still Not Enough

Nature Conservancy - Science

The latest targets for marine protection — set forth in the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Aichi Target 11 — include, for the first time, a mandate to protect for ecosystem services and human wellbeing in addition to biodiversity. So far the conservation community has primarily looked at biological and ecological criteria to select protected areas. Visitor snorkeling over coral reef in a marine protected area (MPA) of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea. Photo © Mark Godfrey.

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Poorly Known Species at Most Risk from Extinction

Nature Conservancy - Science

A major obstacle for conservation is our incomplete knowledge of the biological world. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is the most comprehensive tool for assessing species’ extinction risk, and is key to monitoring progress towards the targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The small-toothed sportive lemur is poorly known by science, a fact that increases its extinction risk. Photo: Edward E. Louis Jr. under a Creative Commons license.

Close Encounter: Swimming with the Sharks

Cool Green Science

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