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Coverage of nature conservation since March 25, 2021.

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Conservation organization focuses on prairie grasslands in fight against climate change

"...Catherine Grenier, Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC)'s president and CEO, told 680 CJOB there's often so much focus on the environment in other parts of the world that Canadians often overlook what's right here in front of them. “When I'm thinking of grasslands, it's such an important ecosystem, and it's something that as Canadians, we often overlook. We talk about the Amazonian (forests) and we talk about the coral reefs, but we don't know that one of the most important ecosystems in the world is here in Canada and we need it and we need to take care of it in a way that brings everyone together,” she said..."

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Nature Conservation in Canada – Sharing Leadership, Inspiring Action

"...Discover the passion for and connection to nature that unites Canadians..."

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Environmentalists, with help of public, categorize biodiversity in Saint-Jacques Escarpment

"...Along the lush four-kilometer stretch of the Saint-Jacques Escarpment, UrbaNature Education's biologist Marc-Antoine Poulin taught participants about the smallest critters on the forest floor. The Saturday morning bug walk is one of several workshops the environmental education group is hosting this weekend..."

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Why does Russia need hydrogen buses? A contribution by Sergey Ivanov, CEO of Drive Electro

"...In late 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his government to design and launch production by 2023 of buses using hydrogen fuel, followed by railway locomotives. He noted that given the need for nature conservation, especially in major cities where a lot of diesel fuel is used, it is extremely important to switch urban transport systems to natural gas and, in particular, hydrogen fuel..."

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Sacred natural sites protect biodiversity in Iran

"...In the contested border areas between Iran and Iraq, state-run environmental protection programs are often failing, while natural resources are under a lot of pressure. Even in such areas of conflict, patches of highly biodiverse woodlands still exist thanks to informal conservation traditions - in the form of decades-old sacred natural sites, some of which are known as the 'sacred groves'..."

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Are zoos inadvertently complicit in wildlife trade? The case of a rare Borneo lizard

"..."To me, the current situation concerning the purchasing and proudly displaying of earless monitor lizards by accredited zoos can be compared with a road safety organisation posting online videos of its CEO doing wheelies on a motorbike and then adding that it was done on a private road where neither wearing a helmet nor having a driver's licence is required," said Vincent Nijman of the Oxford Wildlife Trade Research Group, author of the study that was published in the open-access journal Nature Conservation. "Both may be legal in a technical sense, but the optics are not good. "..."

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Study: Hope for critically endangered gorillas in eastern DRC

"...Additionally, there is good news for chimpanzee populations, which have also held steady over the past twenty years. Many other primates have declined however, likely due to bushmeat hunting, especially the Endangered Ulindi River Red Colobus (Piliocolobus lulindicus). Grauer's gorillas are a subspecies of eastern gorilla found only in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and can weigh over 450 pounds (204 kilograms)..."

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One Great Shot: Fish Overhead Hakai Magazine

"...Twelve hours by boat from the nearest landmass, Mexico’s Roca Partida teems with marine life and is a fantastic, if intimidating, dive spot. The island, once an active volcano, is part of the Islas Revillagigedo and falls within North America’s largest marine protected area. Today, it’s shaped like devil horns; the highest of its two peaks barely rises 20 meters above the tide, with nothing but blue in every direction..."

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How smartphones can help detect ecological change

"...With the help of Artificial Intelligence, plant species today can be classified with high accuracy. Smartphone applications leverage this technology to enable users to easily identify plant species in the field, giving laypersons access to biodiversity at their fingertips. Against the backdrop of climate change, habitat loss and land-use change, these applications may serve another use: by gathering information on the locations of identified plant species, valuable datasets are created, potentially providing researchers with information on changing environmental conditions..."

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Conservationists concerned about illegal hunting and exploitation of porcupines in Indonesia

"...A new study examining seizure data of porcupines, their parts and derivatives in Indonesia found a total of 39 incidents from January 2013 to June 2020 involving an estimated 452 porcupines. The research was published in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Nature Conservation..."

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Flower size correlates with pollinator size, evolved independently among mountains

"...### Acknowledgements: We thank the Chubu District Forest Office (Forestry Agency), the Chubu Regional Office for Nature Conservation (Ministry of the Environment), and the Matsumoto Regional Office (Nagano Prefectural Government) for permission to work in the area. This study was supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) (15H02641, 19H03300, 19J22443) and the fund of Nagano Prefecture to promote scientifc activity..."

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Without commuter traffic, pandemic-era drivers are speeding up, increasing noise pollution

"...As pandemic lockdowns went into effect in March 2020 and millions of Americans began working from home rather than commuting to offices, heavy traffic in America's most congested urban centers--like Boston--suddenly ceased to exist. Soon afterwards, the air was noticeably cleaner. But that wasn't the only effect..."

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Beth Thoren |The National Nature Service

Duration: 36:45

"...Beth Thoren is Deputy CEO of Client Earth, and someone who's spearheading a huge and exciting drive to create 20,000 jobs in nature through a new National Nature Service. ..."

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Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about nature conservation.

Saving Amazonia - Part 1: Raids in the Rainforest | Free Documentary Nature

"...In order to save the rainforest, she has declared war on the drugs gangs, logging mafia and illegal fishing..."

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Kenton R. Miller Award 2020 Winner - Nizar Youssef Hani

"...After being involved in the management and development of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve for twenty years, Mr Hani rose to become its manager in charge, and has overseen the realisation of a vision of the reserve as a model for restoration of nature, community development, resilience to climate change, sustainable economic development and the facilitation of peaceful reconciliation..."

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Vital Sites – Fred M. Packard Award 2021 - Online Ceremony

"...RAMBALDI (Brazil), for her work to establish the São João River Watershed Environmental Protection Area in Rio de Janeiro State, now designated as a federal protected area of 150,000 hectares, among a rich list of other achievements..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about nature conservation relevant to the latest news.

Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: different non-crop habitats increase diversity of ground-dwelling beetles (Coleoptera)

"...These results suggest that different greening measures are effective in promoting the biodiversity of beetles, and that permanent grassland fallows are essential for nature conservation..."

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Small-scale private forest owners and the European Natura 2000 conservation network: perceived ecosystem services, management p

"...We conducted a quantitative survey (n?=?1671) in Northwest Germany focusing on the perceived importance of ecosystem services, the performance of management practices, nature conservation attitudes, as well as stand characteristics of small-scale private forest owners with and without Natura 2000 sites..."

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Environmental Issues in Serbia: Pollution and Nature Conservation

"...It is facing the serious air pollution in the major cities (category III), low level of the wastewater from utility and industrial sources (that less than 15%), an inadequate waste management with a small percentage of recycling, as well as the degradation and pollution of the quality soil which is one of the key natural resources in Serbia..."

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Environmental and Socio-economic Impact Assessment of the Switchgrass Production in Heavy Metals Contaminated Soils

"...These conflicts may be solved by producing dedicated crops for energy on surplus land that cannot be used for food, feed, nature conservation, or urbanization, reducing the indirect land-use change (ILUC) problems..."

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Understanding cultural ecosystem services related to farmlands: Expert survey in Europe

"...To achieve this goal, we developed a questionnaire on CES which was answered by experts working with various issues of European agricultural landscapes, including sustainable agriculture, landscape ecology, grassland management, nature conservation, cultural heritage conservation, environmental policy, sustainability research and rural development..."

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Agroforestry for sustainable landscape management

"...Key steps to harness agroforestry for sustainable landscape management comprise: (i) moving towards an ?agroforestry sustainability science?; (ii) understanding local land-use trajectories, histories, and traditions; (iii) upscaling agroforestry for landscape-scale benefits; (iv) promoting the multiple economic, environmental, social, and cultural values of agroforestry; (v) fostering inclusive forms of landscape governance; and (vi) supporting the innovation process of agroforestry system analysis and design..."

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A hard-to-keep promise: Vegetation use and aboveground carbon storage in silvopastures of the Dry Chaco

"...This is particularly true in agricultural frontiers such as the Argentine Dry Chaco, where silvopastoral systems have the potential to mitigate the seemingly irremediable conflict between commodity production and nature conservation..."

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Resolving the trade-off between production and biodiversity conservation in integrated forest management: comparing tree select

"...In continuous cover forest management, this culminates in decisions about tree harvesting (or retention) determining both the prevalence of tree-related microhabitats in the forest and the economic viability of timber management..."

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Geoheritage and Potential Geotourism in Geoparks?Indian Perspective

"...Ever since the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has adopted a Resolution (2015) that affirmed Geodiversity and Geoheritage as integral parts of Natural Diversity and Natural Heritage; it is imperative to treat geodiversity and geoconservation as inseparable from biodiversity and nature conservation..."

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Environmental and Recreational Uses

"...Ecological valuation, nature conservation and environmental protection have acquired significant importance in Chile, as knowledge and awareness of environmental sustainability increase, and the need to maintain ecosystem services provided by river basins becomes more evident..."

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The impacts of agricultural and urban land-use changes on plant and bird biodiversity in Costa Rica (1986?2014)

"...Our results confirm that deforestation has been reversed and most of the biodiversity considered is housed in forestland, but also that the expansion of export monocultures and urban sprawl have fragmented and isolated these tropical forests..."

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