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Botswana “Prevailing” in Struggle Against Weeds Threatening Okavango

Three decades after the first reports of the arrival in Botswana of Salvinia molesta–a free-floating, mat-forming water fern native to Brazil– scientists from the southern African country’s Department of Water Affairs say they are at last prevailing in the struggle against a weed that has come to close to threatening the entire Okavango, Africa’s largest wetlands that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to some of the world’s most endangered species.

Cause for Hope: Ocean Inspiration from the World Heritage community

As I reported Saturday, the managers of the world’s most beloved ocean places are meeting in the Galapagos this week to chart a path forward for Marine World Heritage. Each time we bring this global network together, I am filled with hope. National Geographic readers are well aware of the tremendous challenges facing our oceans.…

Saving the Reef: Lionfish in Florida

Lionfish, a brightly-colored, spiny fish that are not native to Florida, are taking over our reefs. How can we fight off this alien invasion? Floridians have come together to fight them off and save the reef.

Reprogramming Memory May Reduce Life-Long Fear of Spiders

Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have shown how the effect of exposure therapy can be improved by disrupting the recreation of fear-memories in people with arachnophobia (the extreme fear or loathing of spiders).

How Lobsters eat Jellyfish Without Harm From Venomous Stingers

Hiroshima University scientists examined lobster feces to discover that the crustaceans surround their servings of jellyfish in protective membranes that prevent the stingers from injecting their venom. The results inform aquaculture efforts to sustainably farm lobsters for diners around the world, the university said in a news statement.

Rainbows Reveal What’s Really Going on in the Sky, Researchers Say

Scientific understanding of rainbows highlights many practical applications of their interaction between light, liquid and gas.

Sunflowers Track the Sun, Like Solar Panels

Sunflowers use their internal circadian “clocks,” acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow, say plant biologists at the University of California, Davis.

Humans Projected to Number Ten Billion by 2050s, Half of us Living in Asia

The world population will reach 9.9 billion in 2050, up 33 percent from an estimated 7.4 billion now, according to projections included in the latest World Population Data Sheet from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). While Africa will see a doubling in population density in that period, several countries will experience a decline. There will be fewer…

Is De-Extinction a Good Idea? Scientists Offer Guidelines to Avoid “Eco-Zombies”

University of California-Santa Barbara colleagues lay out a set of guidelines for how de-extinction can be made more ecologically responsible

Experts Convene in Galápagos to Brainstorm Protection of Earth’s Marine Heritage

Today in the Galápagos, UNESCO is bringing together the guardians of our planet’s most unique and beloved ocean places. Our goal: to chart a sustainable future for the 49 marine World Heritage sites that the global community has deemed of irreplaceable value. World Heritage is more than just a list of special places.

Large Wildlife and the Global Carbon Cycle: Studies at the Mpala Research Center

The exact nature of the relationship between large, charismatic wildlife species and the comparatively invisible carbon compounds that cycle around an ecosystem is not abundantly clear. As far as ecosystem carbon goes, it’s understood that the tiny microorganisms in soil do a lot of work, breaking down carbon compounds and releasing carbon dioxide by respiring.…

Planning for Change in One of the Most Intact Places on Earth

For the first time in Ontario’s Far North, efforts to encourage a regional approach as well as a fundamental transformation in Canadian environmental assessment law may converge. Such a process could unite First Nations, government staff, scientists, and other groups in the shared goal of protecting the ecological and cultural web of life that will sustain the Far North for future generations.

Conservationists Call on Japan to ban all Trade in Ivory

My organization, WildlifeDirect, recently became aware of the scale of laundering of illegal ivory in the ivory markets of Japan through its contact with the Japanese NGO Tears of the African Elephant. Please see more about the interview we did on NTV Wild via this link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Cvsj21F_FI4 (or watch the video embedded on top of this post). We…

Book saves bird’s life: The story of Albie the Albatross

Co-authored by Erica Cirino About a year and a half ago, Melissa Ursey was riding in the car as her husband Jerry drove across the Southern California desert back to their home in Rancho Mirage from their friends’ house in Desert Springs. As the car cruised through the town of Palm Desert, Jerry noticed something…

Study: Glacial Lakes Appearing in Antarctica

Antarctica is home to Earth’s largest ice mass, which unlike the Arctic remains frozen year round. But a new satellite-based study in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that atop the coastal Langhovde Glacier in East Antarctica’s Dronning Maud Land, large numbers of meltwater lakes have been forming. The study suggests that the lakes—nearly 8,000…