Crucial steps taken by the Chinese government to protect its grasslands
China now has nearly 400 million hectares of natural grassland, the second biggest in the world.
But 90 % of its usable grassland has degraded to various extents and hence the Chinese vice Premier Hui Liangyu// Friday called for greater efforts to protect the country's grasslands.
He said th...
Global Warming Threatens Tibet
...bilitating impact on Tibet in the near future .
According to them, the Tibet faces the possibility of shrinking glaciers, frozen earth melting, grasslands
turning yellow and rivers drying up.
The scientists came to their conclusions after exploring the source of the Yangtze River on the Qinghai-T...
Rivers in China Shrinking Due to Climate Change
...during 1991-2000 to 323 mm in the period 2001-06.
Another WWF study showed global warming has caused glaciers to shrink, frozen earth to melt, grasslands
to turn yellow and rivers to dry up.
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau used to boast of 36,000 glaciers covering an area of 50,000 sq km. In the past ...
25 Pesticides Banned in India, Others Face Partial Curbs
... the West as acutely toxic to birds and banned in the US and elsewhere.
Large bird kills, especially of Swainson's Hawks from the prairies and grasslands
of western North America, have been reported allegedly from the use of monocrotophos.
On the 'banned' pesticides and formulations list are ald...
Bharatpur Likely To Get Avian Flu Lab
... flu in the region.
The Bharatpur sanctuary is among India's premier wildlife sanctuaries. It is a marshy area spread over 29 sq km of forests, grasslands
and shallow lakes.
Over 370 species of birds, native as well as migratory, are usually visible in the park, especially between October and Marc...
Will large amounts of soil carbon be released if grasslands are converted to energy crops?
MADISON, WI, February 16, 2009 -- Grasslands
in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the United States may be increasingly converted to growing bioenergy grain crops. Questions abound regarding the fate of carbon sequestered in the soil during the CRP program by perennial grasses if the land ...
Prolonged effects of a warming anomaly on grasslands
Professors Yiqi Luo, Linda Wallace and Rebecca Sherry in the Department of Botany and Microbiology coauthored a paper with colleagues Jay Arnone and Paul Verburge at the Desert Research Institute; Dale Johnson from the University of Nevada at Reno; David Chimel from the National Center for Atmosph...
Plague of kangaroos threatens one of Australia's last remaining original native grasslands
This release is available in German .
Canberra/Leipzig. Australian Department of Defence is currently culling hundreds of kangaroos on the outskirts of the capital Canberra that have produced heated discussions and hit international headlines. Australia's iconic animal has multiplied so m...
Field tested: Grasslands won't help buffer climate change as carbon dioxide levels rise
UCLA biochemists reveal the first structural details of a family of mysterious objects called microcompartments that seem to be present in a variety of bacteria. The discovery was published Aug. 5 in the journal Science.
"This is the first look at how microcompartments are built, and what the pie...
Introduced foxes transformed vegetation on Aleutian Islands from lush grasslands to tundra
Huge colonies of seabirds accustomed to nesting on islands free of predators began disappearing when fur traders started introducing foxes onto islands in the Aleutian archipelago in the 18th century. The ground-nesting birds made easy meals for the foxes. A study published this week in the journal...
Key OSU water research receives national funding
"For example, it is known that redcedar trees use water year-round," Zou said. "However, the degree of difference in water use between grasslands
without redcedar and those with redcedar encroachment is not known. Land managers could benefit greatly from having this information."
The study wi...
Stanford's Woods Institute awards new round of Environmental Venture Projects
...over the next two years to tackle environmental challenges, from the desert grasslands
of Australia to the mountain meadows of California.
Thirty-three E...nary Approach to Understanding the Role of Anthropogenic Fire in the Desert grasslands
of Australia: Intentional burning is increasingly being recognized as an im...
Grasslands: The future of sustainable agriculture
... essential resource.
"Past Is Prologue," tracks the history of grassland farming, emphasizing some of the philosophical arguments that advocate for grasslands
as a vital component of an evolving American society.
"The Present: Transitions over 60 Years," aims to provide the reader the foundation needed t...
Fertilization intensifies competition for light and endangers plant diversity
... When grasslands
are fertilized their productivity is increased but...hanisms that lead to the loss of biodiversity from grasslands
Competition Following...all' principle.
Consequences for Management of grasslands
Competition for light following eutrophication...
Biofuels could hasten climate change
...production, and it may help nations meet their international commitments to reduce biodiversity loss.
Alternatively, planting biofuels on degraded grasslands
instead of tropical rain forests would lead to a net removal of carbon from the atmosphere in 10 years. Any biofuel plantations in tropical forest reg...