Tag: Biodiversity

US appoints biodiversity envoy to tackle species issues abroad

The United States appointed a new advocate for issues relating to animal and plant species conservation.  Monica Medina will serve as a special envoy for biodiversity and water resources, working on global matters related to these issues, the State Department said Wednesday.  Medina is currently the State Department’s assistant secretary for oceans and international environmental […]

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How About Them Apples? Research Orchards Chart a Fruit’s Future.

Imagine reaching up to a tree branch and plucking an apple that’s unusually tall and narrow — a variety called Kandil Snap, native to the Black Sea region. In an adjacent arboreal row, 11 trees to the north, you’ll find the equally exotic dark purple Black Oxford apples, resembling large plums. Add 1,000-plus more varieties […]

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Let’s Stop Paying for Wildlife Conservation Through Gun Sales

By contrast, between 2011 and 2016, “the most substantial increases in participation” in “wildlife-related activities” involved “observing and photographing wildlife,” which surged 20 percent, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service survey. Unsurprisingly, spending by wildlife watchers rose too, by 29 percent, from $59 billion to $76 billion on equipment and trip-related expenses. Opinion Conversation […]

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Monarch Butterflies Are Placed on IUCN Red List

North America’s monarch butterfly, whose showy looks and extraordinary migration have made it one of the continent’s most beloved insects, has been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world’s most comprehensive scientific authority on the status of species. The decision comes after decades of falling populations driven by losses […]

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Found: One Oak Tree, Famously Missing

Instead, the group hopes to propagate or graft small sprouts they found at the base of the tree, and protect those offshoots in living collections at arboretums or botanical gardens. “That is going to be our insurance policy against extinction,” said Murphy Westwood, vice president of science and conservation at the Morton Arboretum, a partner […]

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