Tag: "wilderness" at biology news
US investment firm gives away Rhode Island-sized lands in Chile
...as announced the unprecedented gift of a sprawling wilderness
in Chile to the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The lands, on the island of Tierra del Fuego, are home to the world's southernmost stands of old growth forests as well as unique grasslands, rivers and wetlands containing extraordinary wildlife. ...
Scientists fear new Ebola outbreak may explain sudden gorilla disappearance
...e Congo Basin, one of the last remaining tracts of wilderness
in the world." Western lowland gorillas can grow to six feet tall when standing, and can weigh up to 450 pounds. They have a broad chest, a muscular neck, and strong hands and feet. Short, thin, grey-black to brown-black hair covers their entire body...
Domesticated tree crops may be the 'future of forestry'
... of our limited land resources without treading on wilderness
areas." Identifying gene function is the first ste...mands for forestry products without encroaching on wilderness
areas." The next step in Meilan's research will involve taking genes he identifies through gene and ...
UF study: World shark attacks sink again, may signal long-term trend
...n understanding that when we enter the sea, it's a wilderness
experience, and we're intruders in that environment." Last year's total of 55 unprovoked attacks worldwide dropped nearly 13 percent from the 63 reported in 2002, and was down considerably from the 68 in 2001 and the all-time record of 79 in 2000, s...
Field Museum gives prestigious Parker Gentry Award to Tanzanian anti-poaching activist
...ansformed into a compelling example of outstanding wilderness
management and conservation. "In an arena of wildlife and natural habitats under increasing pressure, Mr. Moirana is a shining light as a conservationist," said Bill Stanley, collection manager, mammals, at The Field Museum. "Respectful of the compl...
New fish species discovered in Venezuela
...he shield supports the single most intact tropical wilderness
area in the world. The Caura River is one of the greatest tributaries of the Orinoco River....
Global analysis finds a large portion of the earth is still wilderness
...ensive global analysis of its kind ever conducted, wilderness
still covers a large portion of the Earth's land s...he world's population but, surprisingly, only five wilderness
areas hold globally significant levels of biodiversity. More than 200 international scientists contr...
Three Gorges Dam is an opportunity for ecoscience
...urrounded by urban development, remnant patches of wilderness
that are left when a forest is cleared for farming, or elevated terrestrial habitats that suddenly become scattered islands when a landscape is flooded. While some plant and animal species initially remain on the habitat fragments, the long-term stab...
Roads pave the way for weed invasions
Improved roads in wilderness
areas spread more invasive weeds than primitive roads, while roadless areas act as refuges for native species against invasions, according to two studies from the University of California, Davis. Cheatgrass, knapweeds and other non-native plants have...
Global analysis finds nearly half the Earth is still wilderness
...most comprehensive global analysis ever conducted, wilderness
areas still cover close to half the Earth's land, ...ces, (University of Chicago Press, 2003). The 37 wilderness
areas identified in the book represent 46 percent of the Earth's land surface, but are occupied by j...
UN Foundation & Conservation International forge $15M partnership to protect global biodiversity
... hectares), forming the largest, and most pristine wilderness
in mainland Southeast Asia. The UN Foundation is also exploring a similar partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The UN Foundation and WWF have already partnered in efforts to conserve World Heritage sites in the Galapagos Islands and in th...
US government commits $36 million to protect Congo's forests
...tect one of the world's most important rain forest wilderness
areas, including the watershed of the second largest river system on Earth this on a continent that is increasingly suffering from major water shortages," said Russell Mittermeier, President of Conservation International. "The future of the Congo Ba...
Without fire, red pines could disappear, model shows
...y. Without it, the characteristics that define the wilderness
of the BWCA will completely change."...
Tropical forests under surveillance
...t much more feasible and cost-effective to monitor wilderness
habitats. Jack Judy, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles discussed the development of a variety of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), including electrical noses and other chemical sensors ...
Cambodian government creates 1,000,000-acre protected area
...,000 hectares), forming the largest, most pristine wilderness
in mainland Southeast Asia. The protected area was officially signed into law by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The declaration allows for the permanent protection of the Cardamoms. Government rangers, military police and community monitors are patrolling...
Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard enhanced with new measures to protect biodiversity
...onservation in the biodiversity hotspots and major wilderness
areas. "For nearly a year, the SFB has been collab...vation of biodiversity hotspots and major tropical wilderness
areas. The 25 biodiversity hotspots cover just 1.4 percent of the Earth's land surface, yet harbor ...
Conservation International and National Geographic Traveler announce World Legacy Awards
...hrough tourism revenue helps ensure protection for wilderness
areas, marine environments, and rare and endangere...on. Eligible nominees include marine environments, wilderness
areas, a unique province, or a region of a country rich in nature and cultural traditions committed ...
2.6 billion years of primate and carnivore evolutionary history at risk
...spots and to protect large areas of major tropical wilderness
areas. To launch this effort, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is providing CI with the largest gift ever given to a private conservation group, with a series of grants totaling up to $261 million over 10 years. With an alliance of conservatio...
The oceans top 10 coral reef hotspots identified for first time
... paper notes that tropical reef ecosystems include wilderness
areas, which remain far less impacted by people, a... places such as New Guinea, a terrestrial tropical wilderness
area that also has coral reefs in near pristine condition relative to other parts of the world. The ...
Can we defy nature's end?
...maining $5 billion would help protect the tropical wilderness
forests and key marine reserves. "This is the first time that a plan for addressing the most important crisis for biodiversity has been articulated from both a scientific and practical application point of view," says CABS Executive Director Gustavo...