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Crocodiles can climb trees: researchers

Source : Reuters / 17 Feb 2014

Most people entering crocodile territory keep a wary eye out on water and land, but research suggests they need to look up.

Though the reptiles lack obvious physical features to suggest this is possible, crocodiles in fact climb trees all the way to the crowns, according to University of Tennessee researcher Vladimir Dinets.


Illegal hunting in Afghanistan puts wildlife at risk

Source : World Bulletin / 13 Feb 2014

Animal rights campaigners have said that a number of species are under threat from illegal wildlife hunting in Afghanistan, despite regulations that ban hunting.

Afghanistan is home to 150 species of animals and birds at risk of being wiped out, but ongoing conflicts in the country make it almost impossible to monitor them.


Fires create a hazy future for Indonesia's carbon emissions targets

Source : / 11 Feb 2014

Forest fires that ravaged parts of Indonesia in mid-2013 and caused regional tensions have made it harder for the government to meet its goals for reducing carbon emissions, according to a report by climate scientists – and experts and activists are warning that further fires are likely without better government regulation of land clearance in forest and peatland areas.


2013 sixth-hottest year: UN

Source : AFP / 06 Feb 2014

Last year tied for the sixth-hottest on record, confirming that Earth’s climate system is in the grip of warming that will affect generations to come, the UN’s weather agency said Wednesday.

“This is confirmation of the trend of global warming of the planet,” World Meteorological Organization (WMO) chief Michel Jarraud told AFP.


Starving hives: Pesticides cause bees to collect 57 percent less pollen, study says

Source : RT / 3 Feb 2014

Bees exposed to "field-realistic" doses of insecticides gather less than a half the pollen that they normally do, dooming their young to starvation, UK researches have said. While some scientists hailed the findings, pesticide makers remained unimpressed

In a spin-off of their earlier study, a team of British scientists have revealed how the neurotoxic chemicals contained in agricultural neonicotinoids affect the very basic function of the honeybees – the gathering of pollen, or flower nectar.


Iraq's environment, water supply in severe decline - report

Source : / 29 Jan 2014

Iraq is losing between 5 and 8 percent of its gross domestic product to environmental degradation each year, while the amount of water available per person has dropped by more than half since the late 1970s, according to a new government study.

Backed by the United Nations and the World Bank, the report found that Iraq’s environment has suffered severe decline in recent years due to decades of war, a growing population and increasing pressure on natural resources.


Saudi, China scientists decode DNA of date palm

Source : IINA / 10 Dec 2013

Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said yesterday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions.

Scientists from Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and China’s Shenzhen-based BGI have been working on the project since 2008. The sequencing could help increase productivity as well as prevent and help in the treatment of diseases affecting date palms, Saudi research institute head Mohammed Al-Suwail told reporters.


Temperature limit too high to avoid climate change - study

Source : / 5 Dec 2013

An internationally agreed target to limit rises in global average temperatures to within 2 degrees Celsius is around double the threshold that would avoid catastrophic climate change, a study by 18 eminent scientists said.


New species of scorpion discovered in Turkey

Source : / 30 Nov 2013

A new species of scorpion was discovered in Antalya and Muğla province of southwest Turkey.

A new species of scorpion was discovered in Antalya and Muğla province of southwest Turkey, in an area that was once known as Lycia. The scorpion was named Euscorpius lycius, because of its location.


Kyrgyzstan strives to save snow leopard

By Alisher Karimov / 26 Nov 2013

The snow leopard's dwindling population in Kyrgyzstan has the country looking for ways to keep the species flourishing.

In October, the Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum took place in Bishkek, drawing participants from the 12 countries comprising the snow leopard's habitat, biologists and environmentalists. One of their major concerns was the animal's fate in Kyrgyzstan.


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