Insects decline in Germany!

This video says about itself: 5 September 2017 Due to a reduction in biodiversity, insect populations have declined in Europe by as much as 80%. Educators in South Africa predict the same fate for their country. From PLOS one: More than 75 percent decline over 27 years in total flying insect biomass in protected areas […]

via Insects decline in Germany — Dear Kitty. Some blog

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CURRENT THREATS TO OUR OCEANS!

I don’t know where to start. I really don’t “text mining” oy ~ctm From Eurekalert Public Release: 3-Aug-2017 A new method of surveying published research, which has highlighted current issues faced by the marine environment, hopes to place scientific knowledge at the heart of policy agendas Frontiers Share Print E-Mail Covering two-thirds of our planet, […]

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Scientists Speak UP For Australian Ocean Conservation

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/sep/27/david-suzuki-australia-sickening-threat-to-marine-reserves-undermines-global-protection Guardian,Michael Slezak, 26 Sept 17, Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists.David Suzuki: Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves […]

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An Interesting ‘BIG CATS’ Evolutionary Study

A new paper in Science Advances by Henrique V. Figueiró et al. (reference below, free download with legal UnPaywall app) resolves the contested phylogeny (family tree) of five big cat species: lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, and tiger. In so doing, the researchers uncovered some interesting evolutionary history. Previously, the family tree of this group had […]

via The complex evolution of the big cats — Why Evolution Is True

amazing discovery!

The CBC reports Scientists in Norway have discovered the almost perfectly preserved remains of a bird that soared the skies 4,200 years ago. “It was very exciting,” Jorgen Rosvold, a researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, told As It Happens guest host Rosemary Barton.”I t looks almost fresh. It looks like it died just […]

via Scientists Find 4,200-year-old Redwing Thrust  Preserved In Glacial Ice  — Natural History Wanderings