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South Africa: Low Levels of Genetic Diversity Are Putting Great White Sharks At Risk

By Sara Andreotti, Stellenbosch University | 29 November 2015 Despite international protection, great white sharks face several threats. These include reduction of their food supply, pollution, baited hooks and lethal gill nets used as beach protection measures. The cryptic nature of white sharks makes them challenging to study. And it is difficult to protect a species we don’t know much about. But new research has now added another piece of the puzzle towards understanding these …

Earth’s magnetic fields headed towards switch: Rare event believed to have caused extinction of Neanderthal species

… believes Mars lost its once thick atmosphere, and consequently, its ability to sustain life. Jakoksy warned that once the Earth’s magnetic fields switch, the planet will somewhat lose its protection against the Sun’s dangerous radiation. “When the polar shift happens the Earth will have no magnetic field for about 200 years,” he explained. The researcher added that the Earth will be more vulnerable to solar flares, which cause interruptions to communication devices and …

California Proposes Largest Wildlife Overpass Over Los Angeles 101 Freeway For Animals

… in their natural habitat. Probably the latest example of this is when President Barack Obama pursued wilderness protection for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, we are one of the major causes for the extinction of animal species, too. Though it is common to link such to topics like cultural views and sport hunting, sometimes contributing to a species’ extinction may be by accident. This is the case for people killing animals with their vehicles that are crossing roads …

Oil and gas officials scramble after feds weigh new species protections | Fox News

… Collette Adkins, a lawyer and biologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “Without Endangered Species Act protection, we’re likely to lose these rare turtles, toads and salamanders forever.” In its own statement, the USFWS said, “The findings do not mean that the Service has decided to grant federal protections to these species. Rather, the findings trigger a more thorough review of all the biological information available for the …