Archive for the ‘Wildlife and Habitat’ Category

Apr15

Is the Atlantic a re-circulating bathtub?

atlantic ocean

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From the shore, we are likely to overlook the real dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean.  Surface and deep ocean currents stir its waters in a global circulation that each year carries more water than all the rivers of the world combined. (more…)

Apr14

Oil-palm in Africa

Oil Palm

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Palm oil is in demand. It’s found in nearly half of the processed foods in our supermarkets, from ice cream and cookies to canned soup and baby formula. But plans to cultivate the oil palm tree in its native Africa are raising concern about deforestation and the protection of primates. (more…)

Apr10

Local wildlife protection

Blue Iguana

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As of 2012, national governments have designated over 177,000 protected areas around the world for the long-term conservation of nature.  These areas cover an amazing 12.7% of the earth’s land surface.  In fact, over the past 20 years or so, such protected acreage has increased by 48%. (more…)

Apr09

Salt-water fish save water

Halibut

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An estimated 80% of the water used in the U.S. supports crop and livestock production. Resource managers are increasingly concerned about the excessive amount of water required to satisfy our nation’s appetite for beef.  Using conservative estimates, it takes 441 gallons of water to produce one pound of conventionally raised beef. (more…)

Apr07

Evolutionary traps

Vervet Monkey

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It’s no secret that humans affect wildlife in a myriad of ways. But scientists are discovering that even seemingly benign human activities can have enormous consequences when they create evolutionary traps. (more…)

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