Posts tagged Conservation
GIS: Bringing attention to an underutilized tool in conservation.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is widely used within many disciplines, ranging from earth sciences to public health, and is becoming increasingly recognized by various sectors as a beneficial and necessary tool to advance business and simplify everyday tasks.  Regardless of whether GIS is used to track select addresses, conduct hydrological modeling, map a fuel spill, or plan a hiking route, it is highly recommended that the fundamental concepts and functions of GIS be understood.

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Can biodiversity offsetting reduce environmental loss from urbanization?

Biodiversity offsetting is used by planning authorities and developers to prevent biodiversity loss.  In simple terms, destroying ancient woodlands, wildlife and vital habitats in one location is mitigated by recreating the scene elsewhere. This practice has been used in Canada and the United States for decades; however, it’s currently being introduced to the UK and other parts of Europe as a means to offset environmental loss due to the demanding need of land to overcome housing shortages.  It is also being considered in some Latin American countries and South Africa. However, with the growing population and increasing demand for land for urban development and agriculture, will biodiversity offsetting be able to meet this need without loss to the environment?

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Protecting Kermit: Is a species we just discovered already at risk?

The world was astounded to discover that the newly discovered frog found in Costa Rica (Diane's Bare-hearted glass frog; Hyalinobatrachium dianaei) bears an uncanny resemblance to Kermit the Frog, the lovable Muppet character.  With its green body, large eyes, and black horizontal pupils, all that’s missing is Kermit’s charming voice.  But unlike Kermit, the Bare-hearted frog's underside is see-through. While it is unknown why the underside of its body is translucent, it is known that the green body colour helps the species to hide from predators by stationing themselves under leaves during the daytime.

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