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World Habitat Day

The World Habitat Day, established by the United Nations for the first Monday of October of each year, will this year be celebrated on 2 October. The World Habitat Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution…

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The panda population is increasing but its habitat is shrinking

Just when the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) population has begun to increase, its habitat is becoming ever more fragmented and endangered by human activity. This is what a recent study published in the Nature Ecology and Evolution journal reports. A…

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World Rhino Day

Today is World Rhino Day, set up in 2010 by the WWF South Africa in an attempt to raise the awareness of governments and world population on what is happening to this animal due to poaching. The five species of…

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World Day to Combat Desertification

In 1994, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared June 17 "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" in order to focus public opinion on the problem of drought and to promote the implementation of the United Nations Convention…

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Let’s clean up Europe!

12 May is European Clean-up Day, the European day established to raise citizen awareness on waste reduction. An important initiative: every year, millions of tons of rubbish invade the oceans, rivers, forests and any corner of the planet. To solve…

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Noise pollution: what effect on protected areas?

In the United States, the noise generated by human activities is a threat to the survival of many plant and animal species. Saying so is an article published in the journal Science published last May and prepared by Rachel Buxton…

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How many trees are there on Earth?

Worldwide, there are more than 60,000 tree species! Saying so is research by Botanical Gardens Conservation International that involved 500 botanical institutions around the globe. The data collected confirmed that Brazil is the leading country in terms of plant biodiversity…

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Antibiotics, cattle and soil alteration

Antibiotics administered to cattle can alter soil ecology. This is demonstrated by a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, which analysed a number of soil samples of dairy farms located in the United States. What emerged from…

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Mystery of red tides solved

For more than a century, scientists have wondered what was at the origin of so-called "red tides", the phenomenon whereby the build up of algae on the surface of the sea near the coast gives the water a reddish brown…

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