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A new Geospatial Centre for Biodiversity is being developed in Bolivia to “collect, assimilate, synthesize, distribute, and disseminate spatially explicit information and scientifically robust biodiversity knowledge to students, policy-makers, and the public to promote the sustainable management of Bolivia‚Äôs biodiversity as natural capital.” The new centre is being developed by Cranfield University alongside the Noel […]

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The Federal Biodiversity Fund was approved in December with funds to reimburse landowners for improved vegetation and diversity management on their properties. The six-year program has $946 million in funds that are aimed at reforestation, tackling invasive species, and also close management of lands of high conservation value. This biodiversity fund is part of a […]

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The BioWeatherMap initiative looks to uncover insight into the geographic and temporal distribution of microbial life through an distributed and volunteer environmental sensing effort. The intent is to gather environmental samples from around the world that will be DNA sequence for ongoing discovery and surveillance. This effort teamed with Autodesk to explore the visualization aspects […]

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I had the pleasure to meet and interview Javier de la Torre at the recent FOSS4G event in Denver. de la Torre and his team at Vizzuality have been responsible for a wide array of interesting websites and crowdsourcing initiatives that are helping to gain understanding and perspective on issues of global environmental change. The […]

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The Encyclopedia of Life Expands and Adds Features

by Matt Ball on September 5, 2011

The Encyclopedia of Life (www.eol.org), the online directory of species information, has just come out with a new version that adds 20 times more pages since the site launched in August 2009, and improves the navigation. There are now 700,000 of the 1.9 million known species represented, with the aim to build one “infinitely expandable” […]

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While scientists have cataloged 1.3 million species, the total number of existing species has remained a mystery. The issue is that taxonomy takes time to correctly catalog each species that is discovered, as well as the fact that we simply haven’t encountered and cataloged all species, particularly in our oceans. Researchers have now worked to […]

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Do Corridors Work? is a landing page for ongoing research by a Northern Arizona University professor and researcher to determine the effectiveness of wildlife corridors to stem the loss and fragmentation of wildlife. The site is focused on the growing trend of conservation corridors that connect diverse habitat preserves to aid biodiversity, identifying the need […]

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The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research has released a new book, “Singapore Biodiversity: an Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment.” The 552-page book is the effort of more than 65 contributors who have cataloged the natural environment in Singapores parks, forests and shoreline. While Singapore is a small country, this significant effort is important for its […]

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New Report Warns of Ocean Mass Extinctions

by Matt Ball on June 22, 2011

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean was created to assess and mitigate the decline of the global ocean, “earth’s circulatory system that performs vital functions to make the planet habitable.” The organization just released an international and interdisciplinary report by marine experts that reviews the latest scientific research and concludes that the […]

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More than a million feral camels wander the arid inland of Australia, harming the fragile rangeland and waterholes. The Australian Feral Camel Management Project has taken a crowdsourcing approach to help get a handle on this invasive species problem. The group have set up an interactive mapping website called CamelScan and are asking travelers to […]

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