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With more than one million unique visitors per month, Mongabay.com is one of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. The news and rainforests sections of the site are widely cited for information on tropical forests, conservation, and wildlife.
Mongabay.com aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Originally the site was based around a text on tropical rainforests written by Rhett A. Butler, but today the site has expanded to other topics (like Madagascar [WildMadagasacar.org]) and is available in versions for kids and in more than two dozen non-English languages. Mongabay.com is also publisher of Tropical Conservation Science, a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that seeks to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research in their native languages.
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Fertilizer Threatens Grasslands Globally
July 15, 2014 05:10 PM - Paul Sutherland, MONGABAY.COM
The world's grasslands are being destabilized by fertilization, according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. In a study of 41 grassland communities on five continents, researchers found that the presence of fertilizer weakened grassland species diversity. The researchers surveyed grasslands in countries around the world, such as China, the U.S., Switzerland, Tanzania and Germany, and discovered that grassland communities that had not been managed by humans contained more species. They also had greater species asynchrony, which means that different species thrive at different times so that the grassland produces more consistently over time, resulting in more stable biomass production.
La Amazonia: Una Sabana antes de ser un Bosque
July 14, 2014 09:02 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM, MONGABAY.COM
La Amazonia es la selva tropical más grande del planeta, la cual abarca alrededor de 6.5 millones de kilómetros cuadrados, aunque se ha perdido mucho (alrededor de 18-20 por ciento) en las últimas décadas. El gran bosque muy probablemente también contiene la mayor biodiversidad de especies en la tierra; por ejemplo, una sola hectárea en el Parque Nacional Yasuní contiene más especies de árboles que todos los EE.UU. y Canadá juntos. Sin embargo, una nueva investigación publicada en las Actas de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias (PNAS) encuentra que hace muy poco, apenas unos 500 años, parte importante del sur de la Amazonía no era el bosque de altura con dosel que es hoy, sino que era sabana.
The Amazon: A Savannah before a Forest
July 11, 2014 08:11 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
The Amazon is the largest tropical forest on the planet, covering about 6.5 million square kilometers, although much has been lost (around 18-20 percent) in recent decades. The great forest also, very likely, contains the highest biodiversity of species on land; for example a single hectare in Yasuni National Park contains more tree species than all of the U.S. and Canada combined. Yet new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) finds that quite recently—just 500 years ago—a significant portion of the southern Amazon was not the tall-canopied forest it is today, but savannah.
Nuevo software predice cuándo el impacto humano será demasiado.
July 9, 2014 09:11 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM, MONGABAY.COM
Los grupos indígenas controlan aproximadamente la mitad de las áreas con vegetación en el mundo. Dado que la globalización cambia la forma en que las comunidades tradicionales interactúan con la tierra en la que viven, es importante ser capaz de predecir cómo el ambiente que nos rodea responderá.
A Fine Line : New Program Predicts When Human Impact Becomes Too Much
July 6, 2014 10:25 AM - Morgan Erickson-Davis, MONGABAY.COM
Scientists at Stanford University recently unveiled a new modeling program that can predict the response of the environment to the land-use changes of human communities. Using their model, they found that natural resources can support humanity — up to a certain point. They recently published their findings in the journal Environmental Modelling & Software.
Small Elephant-Relative Spotted in Namibia
July 2, 2014 11:35 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Forget marsupials, the world's strangest group of mammals are actually those in the Afrotheria order. This superorder of mammals contains a motley crew that at first glance seems to have nothing in common: from the biggest land animals on the planet—elephant—to tiny, rodent sized mammals such as tenrecs, hyraxes, golden moles, and sengis. But there's more: the group even includes marine mammals, such as dugongs and manatees. Finally, they also include as a member the most evolutionary-distinct mammal on the planet: the aardvark. While these species may seem entirely unrelated—and many were long shuffled into other groups—decades of genetic and morphological research now point to them all springing from the same tree. Last week, though, scientists announced the newest, and arguably cutest, member of Atrotheria: the Etendeka round-eared sengi. Described in the most recent edition of the Journal of Mammology, the Etendeka round-eared sengi (Macroscelides micus) was discovered in the northwest corner of Namibia.
Conectando el crecimiento demográfico con la biodiversidad
June 30, 2014 08:27 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM, MONGABAY.COM
Le tomó al ser humano alrededor de 200.000 años para llegar a una población mundial de mil millones. Pero, en doscientos años hemos multiplicado eso por 7 veces. De hecho, durante los últimos 40 años hemos añadido un extra de mil millones aproximadamente cada doce años. Y las Naciones Unidas predice que vamos a añadir otros cuatro mil millones de un total de 11 mil millones para fin de siglo. A pesar de esto, son pocos los científicos, políticos e incluso los ambientalistas, que están dispuestos a conectar públicamente el crecimiento demográfico increíble con el cambio climático, la pérdida de la biodiversidad, la escasez de recursos o la crisis ambiental global en general.
Connecting population growth and biodiversity decline
June 27, 2014 08:11 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
It took humans around 200,000 years to reach a global population of one billion. But, in two hundred years we've septupled that. In fact, over the last 40 years we've added an extra billion approximately every dozen years. And the United Nations predicts we'll add another four billion—for a total of 11 billion—by century's end. Despite this few scientists, policymakers, or even environmentalists are willing to publicly connect incredible population growth to worsening climate change, biodiversity loss, resource scarcity, or the global environmental crisis in general.
Cloud Forests and Biodiversity
June 25, 2014 08:00 AM - Nicholas Barrett, MONGABAY.COM
Tropical cloud forests are situated in mountains and are characterized by the frequent presence of low-level clouds. Scientists have always regarded them as having high biodiversity, but a study published recently in mongabay.com's open access journal, Tropical Conservation Science adds a new dimension: it found cloud forests contain a significant and surprising array of tree and bromeliad species, even when they are relatively small.
800+ Species added to IUCN Threatened List
June 17, 2014 08:58 AM - Jeremy Hance, MONGABAY.COM
Experts have added 817 species to the threatened categories of the IUCN Red List in the latest update. Those added include 51 mammals—mostly lemurs—and over 400 plants. The new update finds that over 90 percent of lemurs and 79 percent of temperate slipper orchids are threatened with extinction.