Academic Articles Feb. 12

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  • Scientists’ warning to humanity on insect extinctions
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Pedro Cardoso et al
    • Here we build on the manifesto ‘World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, issued by the Alliance of World Scientists. As a group of conservation biologists deeply concerned about the decline of insect populations…
  • Solutions for humanity on how to conserve insects
    • Source: Biological Conservation
    • Author(s): Michael J. Samways et al
    • The fate of humans and insects intertwine, especially through the medium of plants. Global environmental change, including land transformation and contamination, is causing concerning insect diversity loss, articulated in the companion review Scientistswarning to humanity on insect extinctions.
  • Options for managing human threats to high seas biodiversity
    • Source: Ocean & Coastal Management
    • Author(s): Bethan C. O’Leary et al
    • Areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) constitute 61% of the world’s oceans and are collectively managed by countries under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)…
  • Inferring the extinction of species known only from a single specimen
    • Source: Oryx
    • Author(s): David L. Roberts, Ivan Jarić 
    • Many species are poorly known, with the sum of our knowledge represented by specimens in museums. For assessment of conservation status the most enigmatic and challenging species are probably those known only from a single specimen.
  • A major threat to a unique ecosystem
    • Source: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
    • Author(s): Nicolás Battini  Alejandro Bortolus
    • Along the Atlantic shore of northern Patagonia there is a rare hard‐    bottom ecosystem known as rocky marsh, representing a unique and striking environmental intersection… 
  • Global reforestation and biodiversity conservation
    • Source: Conservation Biology
    • Author(s): Krista M.S. Kemppinen et al.
    • The loss of forest habitat is a leading cause of species extinction, and reforestation is one of two established interventions for reversing this loss. However, the role of reforestation for biodiversity conservation remains debated, and lacking is an assessment of the potential contribution…
  • Carbon release through abrupt permafrost thaw
    • Source: Nature Geoscience
    • Author(s): Merritt R. Turetsky
    • Abrupt thawing of permafrost will double previous estimates of potential carbon emissions from permafrost thaw in the Arctic, and is already rapidly changing the…
  • Shaping the Fate of Life on Earth: The Post‐2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
    • Source: Global Policy
    • Author(s): Walter R. Erdelen
    • Loss of biological diversity continues at alarming rates, despite valiant UN efforts aided by the international community. The 2010 Target for biodiversity has been missed. The Aichi Targets, adopted in 2010, may also not be met by their timeline of 2020. The Convention on Biological Diversity…
  • The megabiota are disproportionately important for biosphere functioning
    • Source: Nature Communications
    • Author(s): Brian J. Enquist, Andrew J. Abraham, Michael B. J. Harfoot, Yadvinder Malhi, Christopher E. Doughty 
    • A prominent signal of the Anthropocene is the extinction and population reduction of the megabiota—the largest animals and plants on the planet. However, we lack a predictive framework for the sensitivity of megabiota during times of rapid…

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