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Yosemite as a case study in protected area downsizing and habitat fragmentation
(August 26, 2016, 8:38 pm) Changes to Yosemite’s original boundaries were primarily made in order to enable natural resource extraction, road building, and other human activities. And Yosemite is not alone in having had policy changes chip away at its total area. But what effect has that had on habitat fragmentation?
Rising sea levels could actually help coral reefs survive global warming: Study
(August 25, 2016, 9:08 pm) Waters that are warmer than normal cause coral to eject the algae that reside in their tissues and provide them with food as well as their vibrant colors — but a new study published in the journal Science Advances has concluded that another impact of global climate change might help coral reefs survive increasing sea temperatures.
Human impact on environment may be slowing down: new study
(August 24, 2016, 7:35 am) New maps show that between 1993 and 2009, human pressures on the environment did increase, but at much slower rates compared to population and economic growth. However, regions that are rich in biodiversity, and have a high proportion of threatened species, continue to be under intense, rapidly increasing human pressure.
What conservation isn’t: Eating endangered lemurs to save them
(August 23, 2016, 9:09 pm) Lemur conservation is an issue that requires coordinated, targeted, thoughtful, and sustained action. It also requires a deep understanding of local cultural norms, traditions, and potential consequences to one’s actions. We would wager a guess that consuming lemurs to save them does not meet these criteria.
Atauro island has highest average reef fish diversity in the world
(August 23, 2016, 6:12 am) Ataúro Island, located around 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) north of Dili, Timor-Leste’s capital, has an average of 253 reef fish species per reef site, higher than that of Raja Ampat in Indonesia’s West Papua province that previously held the record.