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Baby hyena makes his debut at Busch Gardens - ABC Action News

Wed, 2016-08-24 19:32

ABC Action News

Baby hyena makes his debut at Busch Gardens
ABC Action News
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced Wednesday that a baby spotted hyena has just been introduced to the park's hyena group or clan at the Edge of Africa habitat. The 20-week-old ... Since 2008, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported ...

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Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture Potsdam Institute for Climate ... - EurekAlert (press release)

Wed, 2016-08-24 18:03

Climate change: Trade liberalization could buffer economic losses in agriculture Potsdam Institute for Climate ...
EurekAlert (press release)
Global warming could create substantial economic damage in agriculture, a new study conducted by a team of scientists of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research finds. Around the globe, climate change threatens agricultural productivity ...

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South African Finance Minister Says He Won't Obey Police Summons on Spying Probe - Wall Street Journal

Wed, 2016-08-24 17:05

Wall Street Journal

South African Finance Minister Says He Won't Obey Police Summons on Spying Probe
Wall Street Journal
South Africa's finance minister said Wednesday he wouldn't obey a police summons linked to an investigation into whether he used the state revenue service to spy on other politicians in the ruling African National Congress, intensifying a battle ...

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Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star - The Economist

Wed, 2016-08-24 17:01

Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star
The Economist
Life on Earth leaves a sign of its existence in the atmosphere, in the form of oxygen. This is produced by plants and it is such a reactive chemical that if their photosynthesis stopped it would disappear rapidly from the air. Free oxygen in Proxima ...

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Documenting the risk of invasive species worldwide - EurekAlert (press release)

Wed, 2016-08-24 15:18

EurekAlert (press release)

Documenting the risk of invasive species worldwide
EurekAlert (press release)
Bradley and colleagues found that the dominant pathways by which invasives are introduced differs by income, with higher-income countries facing the highest risk from imported exotic plants and pets, while low-income nations face the highest threat ...

Scientists: White sharks in South Africa prone to extinction - Press TV

Wed, 2016-08-24 15:11

Press TV

Scientists: White sharks in South Africa prone to extinction
Press TV
The divers then joined hands with scientists to study the extent and causes of the problem. They estimated the number of these large sharks in South Africa through photo identification and genetics. Their studies put the population size of the great ...

Small farmers from around the world learn how they can grow far more food - PRI

Wed, 2016-08-24 13:36

PRI

Small farmers from around the world learn how they can grow far more food
PRI
Both are Africans, but these mini-farms are 140 miles north of San Francisco in Mendocino County, better known for the harvesting of redwood trees and marijuana plants than kale and potatoes. Benedict ... Headed by organic gardening pioneer John ...

Hit by Climate Change, Central American Coffee Growers Get a Taste for Cocoa - Scientific American

Wed, 2016-08-24 13:20

Scientific American

Hit by Climate Change, Central American Coffee Growers Get a Taste for Cocoa
Scientific American
Cocoa is native to the region, whereas coffee was introduced from Africa. August 24 ... SAN SALVADOR, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing ...

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Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy and human livelihood in developing countries - Phys.Org

Wed, 2016-08-24 13:13

BBC News

Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy and human livelihood in developing countries
Phys.Org
Increasing globalization, especially imports of pets and plants, has caused much of the biological invasions in the past. In the future air travel will be responsible for biological invasions of Africa and Asia. This will be exacerbated by climate ...
Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy in developing countriesU of M News Service
Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive speciesBBC News

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New Clues to Control Spread of Common Parasite - Agricultural Research

Wed, 2016-08-24 12:46

Agricultural Research

New Clues to Control Spread of Common Parasite
Agricultural Research
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and colleagues have provided new clues about the virulence of Toxoplasma gondii—the most widespread parasite in the world. The study described mechanisms involving genetic expression that help a ...

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Why Some Countries Don't Want to Do More to Protect Elephants - National Geographic

Wed, 2016-08-24 11:00

National Geographic

Why Some Countries Don't Want to Do More to Protect Elephants
National Geographic
In 2008 most elephant-range countries agreed to join the African Elephant Coalition, an independent consortium dedicated to ensuring a healthy continent-wide elephant population free from poaching. It also seeks to .... Defending WWF's and the EU's ...
African nations should withdraw from CITESDaily Maverick
Extinct Woolly Mammoth Could Become Protected Species In Crackdown On Ivory SmugglingTech Times

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Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance - SciDev.Net

Tue, 2016-08-23 17:45

SciDev.Net

Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance
SciDev.Net
... protection measures. The onus, however, is on individual national plant protection organisations to keep up with modern technologies such as utilising molecular biology tools and global positioning system-enabled tools in diagnostics and surveillance.

The “Great Green Wall” Didn't Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might - Smithsonian

Tue, 2016-08-23 17:07

Smithsonian

The “Great Green Wall” Didn't Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might
Smithsonian
The plan: plant a Great Green Wall of trees 10 miles wide and 4,350 miles long, bisecting a dozen countries from Senegal in the west to Djibouti in the east. ... "This was a stupid way of restoring land in the Sahel," says Dennis Garrity, a senior ...

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Scientists to Study How Rice Adapts in Salty Soil Under $4 Million NSF Grant - NYU News (press release)

Tue, 2016-08-23 16:17

NYU News (press release)

Scientists to Study How Rice Adapts in Salty Soil Under $4 Million NSF Grant
NYU News (press release)
A team of scientists will study the response of rice, a food staple for half the world's population, in saline soil conditions under a four-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Plant Genome Research Program. ... The study will ...

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Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy in developing countries - U of M News Service

Tue, 2016-08-23 16:16

Global Michigan

Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy in developing countries
U of M News Service
ANN ARBOR—Invasions from alien plants, animals and pathogens threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents in some of the world's poorest nations, according to a new study by an international research team including a University of Michigan ...
Biological invasions threaten developing countriesScience Daily
Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive speciesBBC News

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'Heading for extinction': Off South Africa's coast, great white sharks threatened - National Post

Tue, 2016-08-23 14:59

National Post

'Heading for extinction': Off South Africa's coast, great white sharks threatened
National Post
GANSBAAI, South Africa — On the edge of a boat off this coastal village, Michael Rutzen stubs his cigarette into a soda can and stares pensively out to sea. He has free-dived with great white sharks for nearly 20 years, and he has never known it to be ...

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Condoms Filled with Chili Powder and Firecrackers Teach Elephants to Stay Away - Live Science

Tue, 2016-08-23 11:18

Live Science

Condoms Filled with Chili Powder and Firecrackers Teach Elephants to Stay Away
Live Science
According to Matthew Brown, Africa region conservation director for The Nature Conservancy, the population density has more than doubled and much of the grasslands surrounding the park are being converted to farmland. [Elephant ... Before the program ...

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Bark beetle scourge: Can Poland's primeval forest survive? - CNN

Tue, 2016-08-23 03:36

CNN

Bark beetle scourge: Can Poland's primeval forest survive?
CNN
Since 2012, there has been a major infestation of beetles that bore into the tree and both feed and breed beneath the bark, killing the plant. It's estimated that 20% of the spruce trees in the forest have been attacked by these bark beetles. About 35 ...

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Using Pulp from Plants Makes Packaging Earth-Friendly - VOA News - Voice of America

Mon, 2016-08-22 23:24

Voice of America

Using Pulp from Plants Makes Packaging Earth-Friendly - VOA News
Voice of America
The average American throws away approximately 84 kilos of plastic every year, and much of it ends up in the ocean, according to the marine research group, ...

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COMING TO THE UK? Salmonella mutates in Africa to create two DEADLY new strains - Express.co.uk

Mon, 2016-08-22 17:09

Express.co.uk

COMING TO THE UK? Salmonella mutates in Africa to create two DEADLY new strains
Express.co.uk
The discovery followed the first global-scale genetic study of the Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria, which is a major cause of blood poisoning and death in Africa, and food poisoning in the West. The research found for the first time there are three ...

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