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18 September 2018

Too expensive to save? Why the best way to protect endangered species could mean letting some go [The Globe and Mail]

The provocative new approach aims to protect more animals by prioritizing those that offer the best return on investment, but it could mean saying goodbye to some well-known species.

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14 September 2018

Half the planet should be set aside for wildlife – to save ourselves [New Scientist]

If we want to avoid mass extinctions and preserve the ecosystems all plants and animals depend on, governments should protect a third of the oceans and land by 2030 and half by 2050, with a focus on areas of high biodiversity. So say leading biologists in an editorial in the journal Science this week.

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14 September 2018

Pigments in butterfly wings lead scientists to colorful conclusions [Phys]

A study of the pigment molecules that give color to the wings of butterflies, led by two City College of New York professors and two former students, was published in the science journal PLOS ONE.

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14 September 2018

Ancient bird bones redate human activity in Madagascar by 6,000 years [Phys]

Analysis of bones, from what was once the world’s largest bird, has revealed that humans arrived on the tropical island of Madagascar more than 6,000 years earlier than previously thought—according to a study published today, 12 September 2018, in the journal Science Advances.

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14 September 2018

Turtle species decline may impact environments worldwide [Phys]

Approximately 61 percent of the world’s 356 turtle species are threatened or already extinct, and the decline could have ecological consequences.
These findings are according to a paper in the journal BioScience synthesizing the global status of turtles and their ecological roles by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, University of California, Davis, and the University of Georgia.

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