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Antarctica to face more threats, warn researchers


July 15th, 2012 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 15 (IANS) Urgent steps are required to protect the planet's last great wilderness Antarctica, which is likely to face more critical threats than ever before, an international team ... Read more...

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Exotic cactus species found in Cuba


June 4th, 2012 - 9:55 am ICT by IANS
Havana, June 4 (IANS) Scientists in Cuba have discovered the presence of a rare and exotic but harmful coastal species of cactus called Opuntia stricta, on small islets in the ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Catching killer weeds easier with geographic profiling


February 12th, 2012 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 12 (IANS) Catching killer weeds and invasive species has just got easier with geographic profiling (GP), a statistical tool that tracks wanted criminals, a study reveals. A team ... Read more...

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Female mosquitofishes prefer well-fed males


January 12th, 2012 - 3:10 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 12 (IANS) Being well fed is a sign of prosperity, good health and security, not only among humans but also surprisingly among fish species. Female mosquitofish prefer males ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Daring animals hitchhike to colonise new lands


October 24th, 2011 - 3:37 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 24 (IANS) Hitchhiking, believed to be the preserve of poets and wanderers, is also an activity undertaken by daring animals to explore and colonise new lands.David Chapple, Bob ... Read more...

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Loss of large predators hits ecosystem


July 17th, 2011 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, July 17 (IANS) The loss of large predators at the top of the food chain has hit ecosystems across the world.An analysis of research from a wide range of ... Read more...

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Amphibian declines have multiple causes with no simple solution


April 26th, 2011 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 26 (ANI): A new study has found that amphibian declines around the world have multiple causes that are still not fully understood, and which have no simple solutions.Researchers said the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Wily wasps dump foraging ants far from food sources


March 31st, 2011 - 12:56 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 31 (IANS) Wasps, frustrated at having to compete with foraging ants, pick them up in their mandibles and dump them far from food sources. As the number of ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Deal locally with climate change impact


March 21st, 2011 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 21 (IANS) Think globally, but act locally when studying about plants, animals and the impact of global warming, advise researchers.Policy makers have been pressing biologists to dissect how ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Loss of plant diversity ‘disrupting Earth’s life-support systems’


March 8th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): Plant communities-threatened by development, invasive species, climate change, and other factors-provide humans with food, help purify water supplies, generate oxygen, and supply raw materials for building, clothing, paper, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Is Earth already on the brink of 6th mass extinction?


March 3rd, 2011 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 3 (ANI): A new study has laid down the possibility that Earth may already be on the brink of a sixth mass extinction, like those that occurred only five times ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Earth’s ancient marine life could reveal what triggers mass extinctions


December 31st, 2010 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 31 (ANI): A new study has found that an influx of invasive species can hinder the natural evolution of new species and trigger mass extinction events.Scientists at Ohio University studied ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Destructive rabbits cost Britain 260 mn pounds


December 15th, 2010 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, Dec 15 (IANS) Rabbits, introduced to Britain by the Romans, have cost the country more than 260 million pounds a year in damage to crops, businesses and infrastructure, according to a ... Read more...

Posted in Business |

A fifth of world’s life at extinction risk: Report


October 27th, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 27 (ANI): A new report has suggested that an increasing numbers of birds, mammals and amphibians have moved closer to extinction in the last several decades-but not as far as ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Galapagos Islands ‘no longer endangered’


July 29th, 2010 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 29 (ANI): UNESCO has removed the Galapagos Islands from its list of sites endangered by environmental threats or overuse.The island chain, about 620 miles off Ecuador's coast, is home to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Mountain plants unable to withstand invasion by exotic species


January 22nd, 2010 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 22 (ANI): A recent study by an international research team has revealed that mountain plant communities are not particularly resistant to invasion by exotic species.In 2005, scientists from various ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Cold War limited bird species invasions


January 8th, 2010 - 6:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 8 (ANI): A recent study has found out that the Cold War offered an odd benefit, as in it limited bird species invasions.The research found that during an extended ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Whiskers reveal secret life of invasive minks


December 24th, 2009 - 6:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 24 (ANI): A new analysis of the whiskers of minks, which escaped from fur farms and now live wild in the UK, is revealing the secret lifestyle of the animals.Scientists ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Sea levels likely to rise by 1.4 meters by 2100 as polar ice melts


December 1st, 2009 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 1 (ANI): A major review of climate change in Antarctica has indicated that sea levels are likely to rise by about 1.4m (4ft 6in) globally by 2100 as polar ice ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Asian Carp Feared To Damage Eco-System Of Great Lake


November 21st, 2009 - 7:28 pm ICT by GD
By Meena Kar Chicago, Nov.21, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The giant sea fish, 'Asian Carp' which weighs around one hundred pounds and can be up to four feet long is feared to break the barriers ... Read more...

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Roads are the biggest threat to tropical rainforests


October 26th, 2009 - 3:40 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 26 (IANS) Roads, the most visible symbols of progress, are the biggest threat to the world's tropical rainforests, says a new study. "Clearing wide paths in any forest has a strong ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

One in five species of Australian mammals are at risk of extinction


September 29th, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI
Sydney, September 29 (ANI): A report has found that one in five species of Australian mammals are at risk of extinction.According to www.news.co.au, of the 388 species of mammals found naturally in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Shipwrecks can wreck coral reefs


August 4th, 2009 - 3:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 4 (ANI): A team of researchers has for the first time shown that shipwrecks and other man-made structures increase the potential for large invasions of unwanted species into coral reefs, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Invasive crabs and snails threaten oyster reefs in California coastal estuary


July 18th, 2009 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 18 (ANI): In a study, scientists have found new evidence of invasive species threatening native ones, in the form of oyster reefs in a once-pristine California coastal estuary devastated by ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

How plants use nitrogen to invade and take over native plants


July 7th, 2009 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): A research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), US, gives important new information on how plants can change "nitrogen cycling" to gain nitrogen and how this allows plant ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Feminine looking “sneaker” goby male fish end up getting the most sex


June 16th, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): Researchers at McMaster University have discovered the existence of two types of males of a fiercely invasive fish spreading through the Great Lakes, which might help explain how ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Most polluted ecosystems recoverable within a lifetime


May 28th, 2009 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 28 (ANI): An analysis of 240 independent studies by researchers at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has revealed that most polluted or damaged ecosystems worldwide can recover ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Most polluted ecosystems can recover


May 28th, 2009 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 28 (IANS) There's some cheerful news for conservationists. Most polluted or damaged ecosystems can recover within a lifetime if societies commit to their clean-up or restoration, according to an analysis ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Snail shells increase dramatically in size in less than 100 years


March 28th, 2009 - 4:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 28 (ANI): A long-term research has concluded that the shell of a particular snail has dramatically increased in size, during less than a century, thus providing a clear illustration of ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

11,000 alien species have invaded Europe


November 21st, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI
Berlin, Nov 21 (ANI): A unique three year research project has determined that there are more than 11,000 alien species present in Europe, that have biologically invaded the continent.Known as DAISIE ... Read more...

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Climate change opens new avenue for spread of invasive plants


November 20th, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 20 (ANI): A new research by a team of scientists has suggested that climate change can open new avenues for spread of invasive plants.The teams findings indicate that ... Read more...

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Grasshoppers and crickets identified as ideal trackers of climate change


September 15th, 2008 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 15 (ANI): The fact that grasshoppers can be used to tack climate changes, has worked in their favour, as they, along with bush crickets, have been identified as the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Brown tree snake wiped out Guam’s bird species


August 8th, 2008 - 12:16 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 8 (IANS) Brown tree snakes which caused the extinction of nearly every native bird on the Pacific island of Guam could be inflicting even more severe consequences indirectly, according to ... Read more...

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Invasive plant species predate humans arrival on Galapagos Islands


July 18th, 2008 - 3:02 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 18 (ANI): Fossil remains have proved that certain plants found on the Galapagos Islands, which were thought to be invasive species brought there by humans, have actually grown there ... Read more...

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Census of marine life lists 122,500 known species residing in the sea


June 26th, 2008 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 26 (ANI): Soon, the world will get to know the total number of creatures that reside in the sea, thanks to the launch of the World Register of Marine ... Read more...

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