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Key Pollinators for Food Security and Biodiversity To Be Protected By $27 Million Global Environment Facility Project

A new project worth $26.45 million has been launched by  the  Global  Environment  Facility  (GEF)  to  better  protect  bees,  bats and birds that are essential to the world’s crop production.                                                    


Wild Dolphin Project Contributes to Understanding of Atlantic Spotted and Bottlenose Dolphins

Through their research, the Wild Dolphin Project has learned a great deal of information about spotted and bottlenose dolphins, which has greatly contributed to the scientific understanding of these species.


Window Opens on the Secret Life of Microbes: Scientists Develop First Microbial Profiles of Ecosystems

Even though microbes essentially rule the Earth, scientists have never before been able to conduct comprehensive studies of microbes and their interactions with one another in their natural habitats.


Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic Opens Doors for 100 Million Seeds from 100 Countries

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard opened on February 26, 2008 on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving inaugural shipments of 100 million seeds that originated in over 100 countries.


Encyclopedia Of Life (EOL) Species Pages Now Available

An international group of scientists, research institutions and museums is currently working to assemble the most comprehensive online biodiversity encyclopedia on the planet.


Study Shows In Monarch Butterflies Cry2 Is King of the Clock

Internal clocks govern the daily rhythms of the most basic functions of waking, eating, and sleeping. The molecular basis of such pacemakers is best understood in fruit flies, where the interactions of a small set of molecules drive the insects' behaviors just as they do our own.


Project BudBurst Volunteers Across United States to Track Climate Clues in Spring Flowers

A nationwide initiative in the United States of America, Project BudBurst, started on February 15, 2008 to enable volunteers to track climate change by observing the timing of flowers and foliage.


Illuminating Study Reveals How Plants Respond to Light

Most of us take it for granted that plants respond to light by growing, flowering and straining towards the light, and we never wonder just how plants manage to do so. But the ordinary, everyday responses of plants to light are deceptively complex, and much about them has long stumped scientists.


Germany to Use CO2 Funds to Help Developing Nations

Germany will use part of the proceeds it gets from selling carbon permits to industry from 2008 to help support the fight against climate change in developing nations, Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.


New Reserves In Vietnam To Protect Saola, One Of The World's Rarest Animals

The provincial People’s Committees of the central Vietnamese provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam endorsed a set of conservation actions on September 28, 2007, that will help ensure the saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) will survive in Vietnam.


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