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Biodiversity (Page 2)
St Kitts wildlife - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 01 Oct 2013
From rare marine snails to 350-year-old trees, the tiny Caribbean island of St Kitts has more than its fair share of fascinating flora and fauna
Breathing underwater: Evidence of microscopic life in oceanic crustEurekAlert | 30 Sep 2013
(Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) Scientists have recently documented that oxygen is disappearing from seawater circulating through deep oceanic crust, a significant first step in understanding the way life in the "deep biosphere" beneath the sea floor is able to survive and thrive.
Tick tock: Marine animals with at least 2 clocksEurekAlert | 27 Sep 2013
Animals living in marine environments keep to their schedules with the aid of multiple independent -- and, in at least some cases, interacting -- internal clocks. The findings, presented by two research groups in papers appearing in the Cell Press journals Current Biology and Cell Reports on Sept. 26, suggest that multiple clocks -- not just the familiar, 24-hour circadian clock -- might even be standard operating equipment in animals.
'Jaw-dropping' fish fossil discoveryBBC | 27 Sep 2013
A leading British scientist describes the discovery of a 419-million-year-old fish fossil in China as a stunning and spectacular development.
Sea lice have time 'and tide' clocksBBC | 26 Sep 2013
The speckled sea louse, a marine cousin of the wood louse, has two body clocks - one for time and other for tides, scientists at Aberystwyth University claim.
Marine species distribution shifts reflect local climate conditionsEurekAlert | 17 Sep 2013
(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Climate change has resulted in shifts in where and at what depths many marine species are found. These shifts have not been uniform, and sometimes have occurred at different rates and in different ways than expected.
Creatures, Strange and Complex, in Colorful DetailNew York Times | 17 Sep 2013
This week, we start a new video partnership with CreatureCast, a video podcast project from Brown University that uses animation to show the evolutionary range of the natural world.
Sea creatures of the deep - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 14 Sep 2013
The good, the bad, the ugly, from the 6ft 'fangtooth' to bioluminescent squid. See seven creatures lurking beneath the waves
A Shark Prowling the Ocean FloorNew York Times | 10 Sep 2013
Scientists in Indonesia have discovered a new species of walking shark that lives on the ocean floor and uses its fins to shuffle around.
Otters restore ocean healthNew Zealand Herald | 28 Aug 2013
The return of sea otters in California's Monterey Bay has caused a remarkable recovery of endangered sea grasses which provide food and shelter for a wide variety of marine wildlife, a study has found. University of California researchers at Santa Cruz were surprised to see how recovering numbers of sea otters, a top of the food chain predator, caused the growth of vegetation at the very bottom of the food chain.
Submarine canyons a source of marine invertebrate diversity, abundanceEurekAlert | 28 Aug 2013
Submarine canyons play an important role in maintaining high levels of biodiversity of small invertebrates in the seafloor sediments of the main and northwestern Hawaiian Islands, according to research from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. What's more, scientists have used this data to draw new connections between the levels of faunal diversity and the heterogeneity of submarine canyon landscapes at various spatial scales.
BBNJ Working Group Makes Progress Towards Rio+20 CommitmentInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 27 Aug 2013
The sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (the Working Group) to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) aimed to identify gaps and ways forward with a view to ensuring an...
Caribbean States Become Biodiversity ChampionsInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 22 Aug 2013
Eight Caribbean governments, in cooperation with business partners, have made significant financial and substantive commitments in support of the Aichi biodiversity targets, as part of the second phase of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, launched at a Summit of Caribbean Political and Business Leaders.
Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in picturesGuardian Unlimited | 21 Aug 2013
Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands
Google, Intel founders support undersea research by UMass Amherst microbiologistEurekAlert | 19 Aug 2013
When microbiologist James Holden of the University of Massachusetts Amherst launches new studies next month of the microbes living deep in the cracks and thermal vents around an undersea volcano, for the first time in his 25-year career his deep-sea research will not be funded by a government source.
Questions & answers: UN marine biodiversity discussionsFIELD - Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development | 12 Aug 2013
UN discussions about marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction could lead to a new international agreement. There is growing concern about the threats to marine biodiversity and legal questions about the rules related to deep seabed marine genetic resources. FIELD has prepared questions and answers about the discussions and legal issues to provide an overview.