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What We Need to Fix Climate Change - Daily Beast

Sun, 2014-04-06 19:14

CTV News

What We Need to Fix Climate Change
Daily Beast
Once again, deepening paleo-ecology research, ever-more refined computer modeling, and incremental gains in courage led the IPCC to say that “we”—the Global Community of Very Cautious Knowers—are a little more certain about trends in global ...
A Travelogue Through A Changing World: Windfall, The Booming Business Of ...CleanTechnica

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Africa without rhinos would be different, and poorer - The Ecologist (blog)

Sun, 2014-04-06 18:50

Africa without rhinos would be different, and poorer
The Ecologist (blog)
The activities of this mega-herbivore diversify plant life and create prime grazing spots for other animals. ... Elephants are known as ecosystem engineers for their tendency to push over trees and stomp shrubby areas in the savannah into submission ...

Grazing Animals To Rescue Grasslands - The Epoch Times

Sun, 2014-04-06 15:38

Grazing Animals To Rescue Grasslands
The Epoch Times
RESEARCH: A team of scientists has come up with a unique solution to conserve and protect the grasslands that cover more than a quarter of the Earth's land area. These rich bio-diverse ecosystems, which support the existence of several indigenous ...

Geography in the News: Tragic Deaths of Amphibians - National Geographic

Sun, 2014-04-06 13:01

Geography in the News: Tragic Deaths of Amphibians
National Geographic
Amphibians (class Amphibia) are cold-blooded animals with moist hairless skin that is permeable—water can pass in and out. The word ... Herpetologists (scientists who study amphibians and reptiles) have cataloged more than 5,000 species of amphibians ...

Release of first peanut genome sequences to aid plant breeders - Online Athens

Sun, 2014-04-06 00:00

Release of first peanut genome sequences to aid plant breeders
Online Athens
Scott Jackson, director of the University of Georgia Center for Applied Genetic Technologies in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, serves as chair of the IPGI. The new peanut genome sequence will be available to researchers and ...
First peanut genome sequencedBusiness Mirror
IGPI releases first peanut genome sequence; Will be available globallyfnbnews.com

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Local cement production: When Dangote unveiled 'Big Oga' - Nigerian Tribune

Sat, 2014-04-05 23:00

Nigerian Tribune

Local cement production: When Dangote unveiled 'Big Oga'
Nigerian Tribune
However, the position of the group was in tandem with the thinking of the management of the Dangote Cement Plc, which by this time had embarked on research on how to raise the quality to the cement and was already into the production of new set of ...

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Lucrative Illegal Animal Trade Thrives In Southern California - SDPB Radio

Sat, 2014-04-05 21:29

Lucrative Illegal Animal Trade Thrives In Southern California
SDPB Radio
Exotic animal trafficking is big business, and Southern California is a hub. In March, Cheng Zhuo Liu of Chula Vista, Calif., pleaded guilty to smuggling frozen sea cucumbers over the Mexico border. The 100 pounds of sea cucumbers, worth up to $10,000, ...

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A Travelogue Through A Changing World: Windfall, The Booming Business Of ... - CleanTechnica

Sat, 2014-04-05 20:02

Washington Post

A Travelogue Through A Changing World: Windfall, The Booming Business Of ...
CleanTechnica
With this week's release of the latest IPCC report, over 300 scientists, citing 12,000 scholarly reports, determined that no one on the planet will be untouched by the damaging effects of global warming in coming decades. In fact, climate change ...
Wake-up call on warmingToronto Star

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Crowd attacks Ebola treatment center in Guinea - Centre Daily Times

Sat, 2014-04-05 12:23

CNN

Crowd attacks Ebola treatment center in Guinea
Centre Daily Times
Experts say that Ebola is carried by fruit bats living in West Africa, and that it could have been transmitted to a human who ate a bat or another animal that had bitten by a bat. Health officials emphasize it can only be spread through direct contact ...
Ebola: Don't kiss the cadaverThe Nation
Ebola fever warning for travelers to West Africa, but it's difficult to catchJerusalem Post
Ebola virus in Guinea 'most aggressive, near totally fatal'euronews

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Neglected bacterial disease has big impact on welfare of working animals - Horsetalk

Sat, 2014-04-05 01:16

Neglected bacterial disease has big impact on welfare of working animals
Horsetalk
Caused by a soil fungus, Epizootic Lymphangitis has been eradicated from many countries, but remains a problem for equids, particularly in northern Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, says Dr Karen Reed, the head of animal welfare and research for ...

Fences and Wildlife Don't Mix - Voice of America

Fri, 2014-04-04 16:33

Science Codex

Fences and Wildlife Don't Mix
Voice of America
An article in the journal Science says fencing can actually harm both animals and ecosystems. Scientists at the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society say the use of fences to protect threatened species should be a last ...
Are Fences Really the Last Resort for African Lions?TakePart
Fences causing "ecological meltdown," claims new studyScience a Gogo
Fences cause 'ecological meltdown'Science Codex

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Adventurous Alternatives to an African Safari - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 2014-04-04 16:31

Wall Street Journal

Adventurous Alternatives to an African Safari
Wall Street Journal
THE WORD "safari"—Swahili for "long journey"—entered the English lexicon in the 19th century, when Europeans led expeditions to observe wildlife and landscapes in Africa. But Botswana and South Africa don't have a monopoly on impressive animals.

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African gays speak out against homophobia - Manawatu Standard

Fri, 2014-04-04 16:20

Manawatu Standard

African gays speak out against homophobia
Manawatu Standard
When South African airport officials threatened to send Dr. Paul Semugoma back to his native Uganda, he shook with fear. Semugoma, an outspoken gay activist, was determined to remain in this country, where he has lived for two years, rather than be ...

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This Mega-Funded Startup Wants to Forget the Chicken and Redefine the Egg - Entrepreneur

Fri, 2014-04-04 15:35

Entrepreneur

This Mega-Funded Startup Wants to Forget the Chicken and Redefine the Egg
Entrepreneur
Tetrick, who has worked in environmental law, spent much of his early career in Africa, through a Fulbright scholarship that led him Nigeria and South Africa, as well as stints working with the U.N. and the government of Liberia. As he worked in ...

Last chance to see: Disappearing glaciers in the 'Mountains of the Moon' - CNN

Fri, 2014-04-04 15:03

CNN

Last chance to see: Disappearing glaciers in the 'Mountains of the Moon'
CNN
(CNN) -- Africa is not a continent one immediately associates with ice. Historically, however, there have been three mountains that, until recently, could proudly boast some of the world's most majestic glaciers: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount ...
Africa's glaciers facing extinctionKSPR

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'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' tells a fascinating story - Edmonton Sun

Fri, 2014-04-04 14:36

Edmonton Sun

'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' tells a fascinating story
Edmonton Sun
This 40-minute IMAX 3D film, which opens Friday at Edmonton's Telus World of Science, tells the enthralling story of how lemurs made it to Madagascar from the African continent between 62 and 65 million years ago, by rafting out across the Mozambique ...
Review: IMAX Nature Documentary 'Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar'Indie Wire (blog)
Island of Lemurs Madagascar Review: Enlightening & Entertaining!Movie Fanatic
Review: 'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' get up close with natureLos Angeles Times

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Algerian president's palm-tree plan falls flat with voters in run-up to elections - The Guardian

Fri, 2014-04-04 09:00

The Guardian

Algerian president's palm-tree plan falls flat with voters in run-up to elections
The Guardian
As the 17 April presidential elections draw near, the trees were meant to provide a showcase for the regime's longevity and the renovation of north Africa's largest city. In short an additional argument for the election ... No one seems to remember the ...

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'Like a demon in a medieval book': is this how the marsupial lion killed prey? - The Guardian

Fri, 2014-04-04 07:38

The Guardian

'Like a demon in a medieval book': is this how the marsupial lion killed prey?
The Guardian
Trees which can coppice and hedge, understorey trees (box, yew, holly) which – though they carry less weight and are subject to lower shear forces from the wind – are stronger and tougher than the big canopy trees. The black and white reticulations of ...

Ancient African Cattle First Domesticated in Middle East, Missouri Study Reveals - AgWeb

Thu, 2014-04-03 17:03

Ancient African Cattle First Domesticated in Middle East, Missouri Study Reveals
AgWeb
Lead researcher Jared Decker, an assistant professor of animal science in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, says the genetics of these African cattle breeds are similar to those of cattle first domesticated in the Middle East ...

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Rapidly Mutating Wheat Stem Rust Keeps Scientists On Their Toes - AllAfrica.com

Thu, 2014-04-03 15:03

Rapidly Mutating Wheat Stem Rust Keeps Scientists On Their Toes
AllAfrica.com
Johannesburg — Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security. ... "the occurrence of stem rust was favoured by a period of ...

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