Let's not kid ourselves: Coral reefs are in serious danger. But numerous ambitious projects are underway with the goal of keeping these ecosystems alive.
- Human activity has made it a serious possibility that coral reefs might cease to exist on Earth.
- It's tempting to give into despair over this prospect, but assuming the game is over already doesn't reflect objective reality.
- There is an increasing amount of research and work going into keeping coral reefs alive. Coupled with a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the next generation stands a chance of growing up in a world with coral reefs.
Project to map global 'species richness' highlights the variety of biodiversity itself
- Biodiversity is essential for ecosystems – and humanity – to survive
- These maps show the diversity of biodiversity itself: the hotspots are all over the place
- Compounding U.S. biodiversity data produces a list of 9 'Recommended Priority Areas', most in need of protection
While the blockbuster franchise might have given us a distorted view of science's capabilities to address species extinction, new research might come close to "resurrecting" lost species' DNA.
- Jurassic Park has fueled public misconceptions about science's abilities to bring extinct species back to life.
- De-extinction technology can resurrect genetic material from extinct species into their living relatives in a way that can assist conservation efforts.
- Fostering empathy for other-than-human lives through stories might be the key to addressing the current ecological catastrophe.
Norway plans to pay Gabon $150 million to protect its vast network of rainforests.
- At the Climate Action Summit in New York on Sunday, Norway announced plans to pay the Gabon $150 million over 10 years to combat deforestation and cut emissions.
- Rainforests cover some 88 percent of Gabon, but in recent years illegal logging has ravaged much of the country.
- The deal is part of the United Nations' Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), which helps six African nations to develop conservation plans.
Satellite movie shows clouds of carbon monoxide drifting over South America.
- The Amazon fires were captured by the AIRS camera on the Aqua satellite.
- A movie clip released by NASA shows a huge cloud of CO drifting across the continent.
- Fortunately, carbon monoxide at this altitude has little effect on air quality.