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From Nature and Biodiversity News & Views by ALTER-Net: A selection of nature news published on other websites
Nature and Biodiversity News & Views provides a selection of nature-related news items published elsewhere on the web. Links take you to the full story and in some cases we provide comment panels and polls where you can share your views.
- Harlequin ladybirds' success is down to enemy dodging
- NERC Planet Earth Online, 04/12/2013 -- The spectacular spread of the invasive Harlequin ladybird across much of Britain is down to its ability to evade natural predators compared with the native seven-spot ladybird, according to scientists.
- Seahorses stalk their prey by stealth
- BBC News, 26/11/2013 -- Seahorses may appear slow and awkward but they are ferocious and ingenious predators, according to a new study. The beautiful creatures are famously bad swimmers, but they have a secret weapon to sneak up on their prey.
- Kids' stories and new stoves protect the golden snub-nosed monkey in China
- Mongabay, 12/11/2013 -- Puppet shows, posters and children’s activities that draw from local traditions are helping to save an endangered monkey in China. The activities, which encourage villagers — children and adults alike — to protect their forests and adopt fuel-efficient cooking stoves, have worked, according to a report published in Conservation Evidence.
- Killer virus found in migrating dolphins identified in whales, too
- UPI, 11/11/2013 -- A measles-like virus killing dolphins along the U.S. east coast has reached Florida and is now infecting whales as well, wildlife experts say. A die-off of bottlenose dolphins that began in June has been steadily moving south as herds of the marine mammals migrate south, they said.
- Carbon storage recovers faster than plant biodiversity in re-growing tropical forests
- CEH, 06/11/2013 -- A new study of re-growing tropical forests has concluded that plant biodiversity takes longer to recover than carbon storage following major disturbances such as clearance for farming
- Carbon dioxide passes symbolic mark
- BBC, 06/11/2013 -- Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have broken through a symbolic mark. Daily measurements of CO2 at a US government agency lab on Hawaii have topped 400 parts per million for the first time.
- Global change: stowaways threaten fisheries in the Arctic
- ScienceDaily, 04/11/13 -- An international team of researchers has, for the first time, been able to calculate the risk of new species establishing themselves in Arctic waters, inadvertently transported via ships as 'stowaways'.
- British forests under new threat from pests
- BBC, 21/10/13 -- A year after the first case of ash dieback in wild trees in Britain, the disease has now spread across much of England, Wales and Scotland. The public is being asked to be the "eyes and ears" of the countryside amid concern about new global threats that could spell disaster for forests.
- Spanish slugs: Public urged to report sightings
- BBC, 19/10/13 -- Scientists are asking people to report sightings of Spanish slugs, to see how much of a threat they are to Britain. The Spanish slug is much larger, and more resistant to slug pellets than species native to the UK.
- World's biggest insect is so huge it eats carrots
- The Telegraph, 17/10/13 -- Adventurer Mark Moffett has found the world's biggest insect - which is so huge it can eat carrots.