Biodiversity Protection

Karen Melvin

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Karen Melvin

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Deputy Agriculture Commissioner/Sealer - County of San Diego - Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Karen Melvin is a Deputy Agricultural Commission/Sealer with the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the University of California, Riverside.  Karen manages the Plant Health and Pest Prevention division which is tasked with protecting and promoting our natural and agricultural resources while bolstering economic growth. ... Read more about Karen Melvin

Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran, The Guardian
A soybean farmer in Mato Grosso, Brazil. The country's 'family farmers' are encouraged to feed urban populations. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters
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UN special rapporteur on the right to food champions agroecology as sustainable alternative to existing framework

The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries – which are often dependent on agriculture – to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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SustainableBusiness.com News
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There's nowhere to hide now that Global Forest Watch has launched - citizens around the world now have all the information they need to monitor the state of the world's forests. 

Global Forest Watch combines the latest satellite technology, open data and social media crowdsourcing to produce "near-real time, reliable, and actionable data" about what's happening to forests worldwide. ... Read more about Nowhere To Hide From Global Forest Watch

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A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Lynne Labanne
Devil ray having its gill rakers removed at a fishing port in Sri Lanka. The gill rakers of devil rays and closely related mantas are valuable for use in Chinese medicine. Photo: Sonja Fordham
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A quarter of the world’s sharks and rays are threatened with extinction according to The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, with ray species found to be at a higher risk than sharks. The findings are part of the first ever global analysis of these species carried out by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group (SSG). ... Read more about A quarter of sharks and rays threatened with extinction

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Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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European Geosciences Union - See Abstract
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Abstract. There is growing concern in Europe about the possible rise in the severity and frequency of extreme drought events as a manifestation of climate change. In order to plan suitable adaptation strategies it is important for decision makers to know how drought conditions will develop at regional scales. This paper therefore addresses the issue of future developments in streamflow drought characteristics across Europe. ... Read more about Ensemble projections of future streamflow droughts in Europe

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A Biodiversity Map, Version 2.0

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RACHEL NUWER
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Tigers and pandas live in Asia, kangaroos and koalas in Australia and polar bears and snowy owls in the Arctic. The world can be divided into regions based upon the unique types of animals that live there. Or so the thinking went when Alfred Russel Wallace published the scientific world’s first global biodiversity map in 1876. ... Read more about A Biodiversity Map, Version 2.0

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The Next Pandemic: Why It Will Come from Wildlife

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David Quammen
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Emerging diseases are in the news again. Scary viruses are making themselves noticed and felt. There’s been a lot of that during the past several months — West Nile fever kills 17 people in the Dallas area, three tourists succumb to hantavirus after visiting Yosemite National Park, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims 33 lives. A separate Ebola outbreak, across the border in Uganda, registers a death toll of 17. ... Read more about The Next Pandemic: Why It Will Come from Wildlife

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Impacts of Natural Disasters since the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit

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http://www.circleofblue.org/waternews/2012/world/countdown-to-rio/

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Impacts of Natural Disasters since the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit

Over the 20 last years about 2/3 of the world population were exposed to natural disaster. Most of them are affected by floods and droughts. 1.3 million have been killed, whereas far most of them by earthquakes. ... Read more about Impacts of Natural Disasters since the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit

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