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Air pollution found harmful to young brainsLast Updated on 2014-09-16 11:23:40Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Click here to read more
Has the great climate change migration already begun?Last Updated on 2014-09-16 11:20:26The island paradise is under attack. Thanks to destabilizing forces of climate change – rising sea levels and strengthening storms, particularly – some of Earth’s most picturesque locations are being scrubbed from the map. And the residents of these postcard settings are being forced to consider relocating to avoid being swept away into the sea. Click here to read more
BiodiversityLast Updated on 2014-09-15 23:53:05
The word "biodiversity" is a contracted version of "biological diversity". The Convention on Biological Diversity defines biodiversity as:"the variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are a part; this includes diversity within species, between species, and of ecosystems."
Thus, biodiversity includes genetic variation within species, the variety of species in an area, and the variety of habitat types within a landscape. Perhaps inevitably, such an all-encompassing definition, together with the strong emotive power of the concept, has led to somewhat cavalier use of the term biodiversity, in extreme cases to refer to life or biology itself. But biodiversity properly refers to the variety of living... More »
“Extinct” Snail Found Alive—But for How Long?Last Updated on 2014-09-15 11:10:09Scientists are, well, tickled pink to rediscover a rosy-colored snail once deemed extinct in the Seychelles.
A little over a century ago, it was easy to spot the colorful shells of the Aldabra banded snail (Rhachistia aldabrae). The mollusk was the most common snail species on Aldabra Atoll, a coralisland in the Indian Ocean that’s part of the Seychelles but is located closer to Madagascar. Click here to read more
Kashmir monsoon floods leave 460 dead and displace almost a millionLast Updated on 2014-09-12 11:25:32Authorities in Pakistan and India are struggling to cope with raging monsoon floods which have killed more than 460 people, displaced nearly a million people, and still threaten many more.
Pakistani military specialists blew up dykes with explosives to divert water from rivers running close to three cities, while Indian authorities admitted that relief efforts had not yet reached about 300,000 people in Kashmir. Click here to read more.
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