Biodiversity Protection

In Mackerel's Plunder, Hints of Epic Fish Collapse

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MORT ROSENBLUM and MAR CABRA
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TALCAHUANO, Chile — Eric Pineda, a dock agent in this old port south of Santiago, peered deep into the Achernar’s hold at a measly 10 tons of jack mackerel — the catch after four days in waters once so rich they filled the 17-meter fishing boat in a few hours.

Mr. Pineda, like everyone here, grew up with the bony, bronze-hued fish they call jurel, which roams in schools in the southern Pacific. ... Read more about In Mackerel's Plunder, Hints of Epic Fish Collapse

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Banking against Doomsday

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Gene banks represent an overdue push to preserve crop biodiversity. It also needs conserving on farms

WITH a heavy clunk, the steel outer doors of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault closed on February 28th, shutting out a howling Arctic gale and entombing a tonne of new arrivals: 25,000 seed samples from America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Tajikistan, Armenia and Syria. For Cary Fowler, the vault’s American architect, the Syrian chickpeas and fava beans were especially welcome. ... Read more about Banking against Doomsday

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Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change-report

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Reuters
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* Animals most at risk on islands, mountains and coasts
* Global warming threatens 20-30 pct of plant, animal species Climate change hotspots in Africa

Several animal species including gorillas in Rwanda and tigers in Bangladesh could risk extinction if the impact of climate change and extreme weather on their habitats is not addressed, a UN report showed on Sunday. ... Read more about Gorillas, tigers at risk due to climate change-report

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Counting the Earth's living riches is a landmark moment

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Damian Carrington
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Moths, cicadas, and other insects attracted to a backlit sheet in the rainforest of Peru in 2008. Most of the 75% of all species that live in land are insects. Photograph: Gerry Bishop/Corbis

Some numbers are fundamental and iconic: think pi in mathematics and the speed of light in physics. They provide a cornerstone upon which a vast edifice of science can be built, leading ultimately to much of our prosperity and wellbeing. ... Read more about Counting the Earth's living riches is a landmark moment

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Small fish said vital to seas; lower catches urged

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OSLO, July 21 (Reuters) - Small fish play a big role in the oceans and catches should be cut sharply to safeguard marine food chains from plankton to blue whales, an international team of experts said on Thursday.

Rising human exploitation of little fish -- including anchovy, sardine, herring, mackerel and capelin -- had had far less attention in marine research compared to big commercial species such as cod, tuna, swordfish or salmon, they said. ... Read more about Small fish said vital to seas; lower catches urged

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Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms

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Fiona Harvey
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European fisheries chief hopes phasing out 'discarding' and agreeing plans with member states will preserve Europe's fish stocks

The biggest shake-up of European fisheries regulation in four decades was unveiled on Wednesday in Brussels, intended to preserve dwindling fish stocks.

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Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms

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Fiona Harvey
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European fisheries chief hopes phasing out 'discarding' and agreeing plans with member states will preserve Europe's fish stocks ... Read more about Maria Damanaki unveils EU fishing reforms

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UN Puts Price On Biodiversity Loss

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By environment reporter Sarah Clarke Updated Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:53pm AEST

The survey, commissioned by UNEP, puts a price on biodiversity loss in the natural world (Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters) ... Read more about UN Puts Price On Biodiversity Loss

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