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IGF Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at AMNH The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) transforms knowledge – from diverse sources and perspectives, spanning areas of scientific research as well as traditional and local knowledge – into conservation action. We collaborate with partners around the world to increase local and global capacity to address the loss of biological and cultural diversity. Convening professionals, institutions, and communities, we foster connections among practitioners to catalyze conservation on the ground. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, New York 10024 USA Phone: 212 769 5742 Fax: 212 769 5292 What's New at the CBC CBC in the Field Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) now accepting attendance only applications! The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is accepting applications to attend our 5th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science. April 9-11, 2013

Clean Coal Technology fact or fiction Many politicians are touting clean coal technology as a viable fuel source. There is a rising chorus of people from science, alternative energy businesses and industry who dispute these assertions. In the United States, we burn coal to make electricity. Investigate the concept of clean coal. Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 What is clean coal technology? Discover - You use electricity every day. Where is your electricity generated? Explore the concept of clean coal. Identify the positives and negatives of clean coal technology. T. Compare and contrast his plan with the clean coal technology concept using a Semantic Feature Analysis or matrix. Alternative thinking: Read: Garrett Yazzie, 13, invents solar heater for his family's home and Junk Yard Genius What actions can you take to address our energy challenges? Extensions: Show what you know Make an Energy Digital Video - Compare/contrast the clean coal proposal with another energy source option.

UNEP-WCMC OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer The Lorax - Teaching Children Philosophy Author: Dr. Seuss Publisher: Random House Summary by jayme johnson The Lorax has gone. Guidelines for Philosophical Discussion The Lorax , by Dr. One underlying message contained within the Lorax that is a good source of philosophical discussion is the idea of the interconnectedness of the things that live in an ecosystem. Answers to many of the questions about our social responsibility to the ecosystem seem currently to be driven by the notion of sustainability . So far the discussion has been geared to the idea of social responsibility , but we can also ask about what the nature of social responsibility itself is. One final interesting philosophical topic that gets raised in the Lorax might be called the intrinsic value argument for environmental preservation . Questions for Philosophical Discussion The Lorax tries to speak for the trees. When the Lorax first appears to speak on behalf of the tress, the Once-ler claims he is doing no harm by cutting down Truffula Trees to make Thneeds.

The Environmentalist Big animal extinction 'severed nutrient arteries' 12 August 2013Last updated at 02:01 ET By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News The study is the first to look at how prehistoric megafauna distributed nutrients The demise of big animals in the Amazon region 12,000 years ago cut a key way that nutrients were distributed across the landscape, a study has suggested. Researchers say animals such as huge armadillo-like creatures would have distributed vital nutrients for plants via their dung and bodies. The effects, still visible today, raise questions about the impact of losing large modern species like elephants. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Geoscience. A team of UK and US researchers developed a mathematical model to calculate what impact the sudden loss of megafauna - animals with a body mass of more than 44kg (97lb) - had on the Amazonia's ecosystem. Results showed that the extinctions resulted in a 98% reduction in the dispersal of phosphorus (chemical symbol "P"). Essential for life

A Disappearing Planet Given the natural extinction rate, we would not expect more than one mammal species go extinct per century. However according to the scientists, 1,469 are currently in danger of extinction in that time. Primates are highly at risk, especially the lemur family. Rhinos, bears, and big cats are also in trouble. According to the natural extinction rate, we should not see more than one reptile extinction per century. According to the natural extinction rate, we should not see more than one amphibian extinction per century. According to the natural extinction rate, we should not see more than one bird extinction per century. Association pour la sauvegarde de la biodiversité TENDUA a été créée en 2008, après un voyage en Inde où, en dépit de nombreux parcs nationaux, la faune sauvage et ses habitats sont menacés. Le constat est malheureusement planétaire : partout dans le monde, la biodiversité est en danger, sur terre et dans les mers. La 6e extinction majeure de biodiversité est en cours : en 150 ans l’homme a réussi à détruire son environnement comme il ne l’avait jamais fait auparavant. Les précédentes extinctions connues des scientifiques étaient le résultat d’un processus évolutionnaire ; or aujourd’hui, l’équilibre de la planète est menacé par les activités humaines. En août 2013, il a été estimé que l’humanité, par sa consommation effrénée, a dépassé la capacité de régénération de la Terre. Cela étant, nous n’avons plus le temps d’être pessimistes. Une nouvelle relation entre l’homme et la nature TENDUA propose à chacun de réfléchir à un nouveau type de relation entre l’homme et la nature. Adhésions et partenariats Comment adhérer ?

Scientists identify 2,370 'irreplaceable' places An international team of scientists has made a list of Earth's most "irreplaceable" places, highlighting more than 2,300 unique habitats that are key to the survival of rare wildlife. The goal of their research, published in the journal Science, is to help wildlife managers make existing parks and nature preserves more effective at preventing extinction. "Protected areas can only fulfill their role in reducing biodiversity loss if they are effectively managed," says Simon Stuart, chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Species Survival Commission, in a press release about the study. "Given limited conservation budgets, that is not always the case, so governments should pay particular attention to the management effectiveness of highly irreplaceable protected areas." The study offers an irreplaceability score for 2,178 protected areas and 192 proposed sites, ranking their importance to rare wildlife in general and to specific biological groups. Western Ghats, India

Ocean Acidification | EARTH 103: Earth in the Future Background Increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are slowly causing the surface of the ocean to become more acidic. This is because the ocean absorbs some of the CO2, forming a weak carbonic acid. At present, the ocean absorbs about a third of fossil fuel emissions, but this amount is likely to increase to 90% in the future. Over the last century, the average pH of the ocean has decreased, and there are hints that the current levels are beginning to impact organisms that make their shells out of the minerals aragonite and calcite (both composed of CaCO3). Coral reefs that are made of the mineral aragonite are highly vulnerable to ocean acidification. Changes in atmospheric CO2 and consequences on the oceans. The following video provides a thorough overview of the potential impact of acidification on the oceans. Chemistry 101 As we discussed in Module 5 on the Carbon Cycle, the absorption of CO2 in the ocean forms weak carbonic acid (H2CO3). Credit: National Academies

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