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There are 40 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Conservation".

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1. Devil rays get worldwide protection, and genetic tools could catch out illegal traders

Devil rays, close cousins of the enormous manta rays, are stars of nature documentaries. These charismatic creatures are under threat from humans, specifically, because of the gill plate trade.

Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation, Fish, Genetics, Marine life, Oceans
2. Equipping the UK to cope with coastal erosion

Frequently linked to an increased threat from flooding, coastal erosion was widespread in the 20th century. We explain how the iCOASST project is helping to reveal what the next hundred years could hold.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Conservation, Flooding, Hazards, Mapping, UK
3. Citizen science: The people behind the data

From the UK Ladybird Survey to the Big Bumblebee Discovery, volunteer field workers are helping to answer some of science's big questions.

Tags: Conservation, Environmental change, Insects, Ecology, Pollinators, Bees
4. Amphibians under threat

Frogs, toads, newts and salamanders look like hardy creatures and anyone observing a pond full of frogspawn could be forgiven for thinking their future was secure. But several emerging diseases are attacking the world's amphibians, sometimes with devastating results. Trent Garner explains how we're starting to understand the extent of the threat.

Tags: Animals, Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation
5. Looking to the future of conservation

As NERC looks forward to its next 50 years, we can't know for sure what issues will arise. But some scientists have had their eye on the future for some time. Tom Marshall talks to Bill Sutherland about his work bringing environmental research into the 21st century.

Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation, Environmental change
6. NERC then and now

The past may be a foreign country, but when it comes to the ancient history of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) it's one that feels oddly like home. As part of the events to mark NERC's 50th anniversary, Tom Marshall spent a stint in the archives. He describes what it revealed about the organisation's early years.

Tags: Biodiversity, Climate, Conservation, Earth system, Environmental change, Hazards, Natural resources
7. Plain wonderful

Covering an area the size of the Isle of Wight, Salisbury Plain contains the largest military training area in the UK and the largest single expanse of chalk grassland in Western Europe. John Redhead explains how this sometimes turbulent landscape provides both a conservation challenge and some unique habitats for wildlife.

Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecology, UK
8. Much ado about moths

What's up with British moths? Like much of our wildlife, they're being hit hard by habitat loss and responding to warmer weather. Richard Fox and Tom Oliver explain.

Tags: Biodiversity, Conservation, Environmental change, Insects, Pollinators, UK
9. The pull of charisma

It's not unusual to see polar bears and tigers fronting conservation campaigns and adverts, but worms and crustaceans? Not so common. Lydia Bach explains why some lesser-known species deserve more of the limelight.

Tags: Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Marine life
10. Ocean acidification - How will marine life cope?

CO2 emissions are making the oceans more acidic. We're still not sure what this will do to marine life, but in many places the result's unlikely to be good. Jason Hall-Spencer describes his efforts to understand the impact by investigating places where the gas bubbles naturally from the seabed.

Tags: Biodiversity, Climate, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental change, Marine life, Oceans

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