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Spotlight on: National Park Week and Arbor Day
April 24, 2012 04:03 PM - Maggie Graham, ARKive.org
This week in the United States it's time to celebrate all things green and leafy with it being both National Park Week and Arbor Day this coming Friday. With entrance fees to national parks across the country being waived, what better opportunity is there to go on an adventure and discover some of the country's most spectacular wildlife.
Climate change making conservation more costly
April 18, 2012 06:46 AM - Editor, ARKive.org
Climate change will make conserving the world’s biodiversity — including the human benefits associated with conservation, such as clean air and water — much more challenging and expensive, research reveals. According to a group of international researchers convened by Conservation International, climate change may in some cases drive up costs by more than 100%. Focussing on species and ecosystems in South Africa, Madagascar and California, the researchers present the first ever estimates of how much it will cost the global community to adapt conservation efforts to climate change, calling the studies a 'wake-up call'. The results of the research have been published as a series of three papers in the journal Conservation Biology, under the title 'Conservation Focus: Costs of Adapting Conservation to Climate Change'.
In the News: New National Park provides hope for world’s rarest wild cat
April 12, 2012 08:37 AM - Kathryn Pintus, ARKive.org
With fewer than 50 individuals remaining in the wild, the Amur leopard is thought to be the world’s rarest wild cat, and the creation of a new protected area in Russia is an important step towards the conservation of this highly threatened species.
Spotlight on: Tiny Reptiles
March 30, 2012 08:54 AM - Becky Moran, ARKive.org
Researchers in Madagascar have discovered the world's smallest species of reptile, a tiny chameleon, Brookesia micra, that reaches just 29 millimetres in length. While people may be familiar with the appearance of a chameleon, with its slightly comical jerking gait and rotating eyes, to see these features in such miniature proportions is extraordinary.
Spotlight on: National Wildlife Week, US
March 23, 2012 08:42 AM - Maggie Graham, ARKive.org
National Wildlife Week is under way in the US this week and the theme is "Celebrating Extra-ordinary Wildlife". Shining a spotlight on incredible species happens to be our specialty here at ARKive (although, we do think every species is special!) so we decided to comb through the collection to highlight some of the species on ARKive with near-super hero powers.
In the News: World temperature records updated
March 21, 2012 09:12 AM - Kathryn Pintus, ARKive.org
New data has been added to global temperature records, which now indicate that the world has warmed even more in the last decade than previously thought.
In the News: Growing illegal trade threatens Jamaica's wildlife
March 15, 2012 07:20 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
A flock of 45 endangered Jamaican parrots recently hatched from smuggled eggs has highlighted concerns over the growing illegal trade in Jamaican wildlife. The 23 yellow-billed Amazons and 22 black-billed Amazons were the survivors from 74 eggs smuggled into Austria by men posing as tourists. After being confiscated at Vienna Airport, the eggs were taken to Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo, where the hatchlings are now being cared for.
In the News: Call for massive Antarctic marine reserve
February 29, 2012 08:05 AM - Liz Shaw, ARKive.org
A coalition of international environmental organisations is launching a proposal for the world’s largest nature reserve in the seas around the Antarctic. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) has called for the protection of 3.6 million square kilometres of ocean, which would include a large proportion of the Ross Sea and create a reserve comparable in size to Australia.
In the News: New sanctuaries to help threatened dolphins
February 22, 2012 09:49 AM - Rebecca Moran, ARKive.org
Three new wildlife sanctuaries have been declared by the Government of Bangladesh, in the hope that they will help to prevent the extinction of the threatened Irrawaddy and Ganges river dolphins.
Charles Darwin's Birthday Feb 12th
February 12, 2012 07:10 AM - Laura Sutherland, ARKive.org
Sunday 12th February 2012 marks what would have been Darwin’s 203rd birthday, so we have decided to take a look back at the life of the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Robert Darwin. Quite possibly the most famous biologist in history, Darwin was born on February 12th 1809 in Shrewsbury. His father was a doctor and Charles looked to be following in his footsteps when he enrolled at the University of Edinburgh to study medicine in 1825. However neither medicine nor theology, which he later studied at Cambridge, was able to captivate the young Darwin as much as his passion for natural history — which can only be seen as a good thing for the advancement of science!