More than half of Europes native trees face extinction

September 30, 2019 by  
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Europe’s endemic trees are threatened by extinction, states a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessment on biodiversity. The unfortunate decline is due to the combination of three paramount factors: problematic invasive species , unsustainable deforestation from logging and wood harvesting and urban development. According to the IUCN’s European Red List , there are 454 native European tree species, of which 265 species are found nowhere else on the planet except in continental Europe, and 252 species are found only in the 28 European Union (EU) member-states. Of these, 168 species (or 42 percent) are regionally threatened with extinction. Related: Ireland will plant 440 million trees in 20 years Circumstances adversely affecting European trees include changes in forest and woodland management. More poignant is the significance of ecosystem modification, as in the case of forest fire, land abandonment, agricultural encroachment, livestock farming and even tourism. But the three most hazardous are invasive species, deforestation and urban development. “It is alarming that over half of Europe’s endemic tree species are now threatened with extinction ,” said Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the IUCN Red List Unit. “Trees are essential for life on Earth, and European trees, in all their diversity, are a source of food and shelter for countless animal species, such as birds and squirrels, and play a key economic role. From the EU to regional assemblies and the conservation community, we all need to work together to ensure their survival.” The IUCN report calls for more data gathering and analysis, especially regarding overlooked species. By improving knowledge of all these “overlooked” European species, the continent’s biodiversity can be better managed and protected. Tree species , unfortunately, are rarely prioritized in conservation planning and policy making. But it is hoped that the recent disclosure of the IUCN’s European Red List findings will change that. Growing public awareness can help galvanize urbanization control, conservation action and sustainable management. “This report has shown how dire the situation is for many overlooked, undervalued species that form the backbone of Europe’s ecosystems and contribute to a healthy planet,” explained Luc Bas, director of IUCN’s European Regional Office. “We need to mitigate human impact on our ecosystems and prioritize the protection of these species.” + IUCN Images via Noël Zia Lee

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Can digital ecosystems save species from extinction?

November 3, 2016 by  
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It’s a fact: Homo sapiens are wiping out the rest of the planet’s species. How can the surge of digital technology be harnessed to protect biodiversity?

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General Mills, NRG and P&G shoot for 2 degrees

November 3, 2016 by  
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Over 170 companies have signed onto the Science Based Targets Initiative and have set emissions reduction targets that are in line with climate science’s mandated limit.

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New study finds eco-assets boost property sale price

November 3, 2016 by  
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Assessing property for the endangered species it saves or wetlands it preserves could pay off for some California landowners.

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Study of biodiversity loss yields beautiful tropical forest photos

February 1, 2016 by  
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Pickathon Music Festival reveals new artists and an exclusive video by Liz Vice

February 1, 2016 by  
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Last week Inhabitat was proud to release Pickathon Music Festival’s 2016 lineup. This week we’re excited to announce that the lineup has expanded to include both the celebrated Kevin Morby and Montreal’s Wolf Parade for their first US festival in five years. Fans of indie and folk rock now have two more reasons to check out America’s favorite eco-conscious music festival located at Pendarvis Farm, just outside of Portland, Oregon on the weekend of August 5-7. And if you’re not much of an indie rock person, fear not, the lineup includes a diverse array of talent including the French-Cuban downtempo soul duo Ibeyi, Toronto based improv group BadBadNotGood, and the country-soul group The Deslondres, hailing from New Orleans. To give you a taste of the kinds of musical treats that are in store, we’ve included an exclusive video from last year’s Mountain Stage. Check it out after the jump. Read the rest of Pickathon Music Festival reveals new artists and an exclusive video by Liz Vice

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Playful renovation in Barcelona squeezes more out of a tiny home

February 1, 2016 by  
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Canadian clay kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria on contact

February 1, 2016 by  
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Aboriginal Canadians used clay from Kisameet Bay, British Columbia to treat their ailments for centuries – from stomach complaints to skin irritation. Now, researchers have found that there might just be something to the clay’s purported healing properties after all. It turns out this 10,000-year-old deposit of clay is highly effective against many serious antibiotic-resistant infections. Read the rest of Canadian clay kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria on contact

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Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth

May 14, 2012 by  
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A team of researchers from Yale University is developing the Map of Life , an online platform that will monitor the existence of all plants and animals on the planet. When completed, users can search for any species in the world, locate them on satellite or terrain maps and then add their knowledge and feedback. If Wikipedia, Google Maps and the best nature field guides were combined into one web site, the result would be Map of Life. This intuitive platform could help increase the understanding of the world’s biodiversity–and perhaps even save it. Read the rest of Map of Life Provides Online Resource to Monitor All Animal and Plant Life on Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodiversity , biodiversity loss , Climate Change , habitat destruction , map of life , threatened species , Walter Jetz , Yale University

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Worst Oil Spills Infographic (T Farrant) | Infographics Blog

March 29, 2011 by  
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This infographic compares the worst oil spills in history, taking into account not only size, but economic and environmental damage. Figures for the current spill in the Gulf of Mexico are estimates, and this infographic uses these estimates to put the current spill into historical perspective

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