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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.

Pollination and Land Degradation: Top Priorities for New Intergovernmental Body
UNEP News Centre, 15/12/2013 -- The groundbreaking Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has agreed to develop a set of assessments on pollination and food production, land degradation and invasive species aimed at providing policymakers with the tools to tackle pressing environmental challenges.
Prince Charles tells business leaders that nature's 'bank' is being depleted
The Guardian, 13/12/2013 -- The Prince of Wales has warned that the world is fast consuming its grandchildren's inheritance in the pursuit of short-term "untenable economic growth". Prince Charles said the "bank" of the natural world was being depleted and was in the red, as he launched a network that aims to put environmental and social issues at the heart of corporate decisions.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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The decline in bee populations is a big concern. Does it concern you? Answer our Poll below and also check out the Big Bumblebee Discovery (Summer 2014)!
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How concerned are you about declining bee populations?
63.68% 135 (63.68%)
14.62% 31 (14.62%)
21.70% 46 (21.70%)
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