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  • EC consults over legislation on invasive alien species — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    plants that are introduced accidently or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found They represent a serious threat to native plants and animals in Europe causing millions worth of damage every year Recognising the increasingly serious problem of invasive alien species in Europe the Commission is currently working on a dedicated legislative instrument on Invasive Alien Species which is due to be adopted in 2012 This is one of six key objectives of the new EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy adopted in May 2011 The European Commission is now seeking citizens and stakeholders views on the specific choices to be made when setting up dedicated legislation on invasive species The consultation is open until 12 April 2012 To find out more follow this link http ec europa eu environment nature invasivealien index en htm Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives

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  • Online Earth Debates, #2: Beyond GDP – how do we measure progress? (22 Feb) — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    February The second of four webcast Earth Debates www nhm ac uk nature online biodiversity earth debates in advance of Rio 20 will be webcast live at 19 00 GMT on Wednesday 22 February Beyond GDP how do we measure progress will be chaired by BBC environment correspondent Richard Black The theme has a particular link to biodiversity loss and ecosystem services as GDP takes no account of the depreciation of natural capital What questions would you like the experts to answer Tweet your views using hash tag earthdebates and join the debate online You can also view the first Earth Debate Ecosystem Economics can we put a price on nature recorded live on 25 January 2012 See www nhm ac uk natureplus videos 1485 fromGateway true Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the

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  • Special issue on landscape connectivity — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    this special issue constitute a valuable addition towards an integrated approach to conservation by showing how a diversity of analytical approaches and data types from different regions and different systems of the world can be applied in order to address various aspects that are at play while quantifying landscape connectivity and to support related management decisions The special issue which was co edited by Dr Sandra Luque of ALTER Net partner Irstea formerly CEMAGREF can be found online here http www springerlink com content 0921 2973 27 2 subscription required This issue was made possible thanks to support from Landscape Ecology Journal and also from the IUFRO Forest Landscape Ecology working Party and IALE members Full details Luque S Saura S and Fortin M J eds 2012 Special Issue Landscape connectivity analysis for conservation insights from combining new methods with ecological and genetic data Landscape Ecology 27 2 http www springerlink com content 0921 2973 27 2 Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/landscape-connectivity-special-issue (2016-02-15)
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  • IPBES assessment survey — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    establishment UNU IHDP and UNU ISP in collaboration with DIVERSITAS have been commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan to undertake a survey on the process of the new Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES The survey is reaching out to natural and social scientists as well as relevant stakeholders to solicit their feedback in the nascent stages of the establishment of the platform Their voice is important in shaping the guiding principles of making IPBES a fully functioning body that will make a difference on a global scale Further information To access the survey and read more about the IPBES see http www ihdp unu edu article read global survey on the process of ipbes launched IPBES website Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the ocean Jul 14 2014

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  • ALTER-Net partners contribute to study of mountain-top vegetation responses to climate change — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    at a continental scale cold loving plants traditionally found in alpine regions are being pushed out of many habitats by warm loving plants We expected to find a greater number of warm loving plants at higher altitudes but we did not expect to find such a significant change in such a short space of time said Michael Gottfried from the Global Observation Research Initiative in Alpine Environments GLORIA programme which coordinated the study Many cold loving species are literally running out of mountain In some of the lower mountains in Europe we could see alpine meadows disappearing and dwarf shrubs taking over within the next few decades he warned The study which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world confirmed that there is a direct link between growing summer temperature and the shift in alpine plant composition While regional studies have previously made this link this is the first time it has been shown on a continental scale said Gottfried This phenomenon which the GLORIA researchers have called thermophilization has now been measured and quantified for the first time and is expressed by the researchers as a thermophilization indicator All 32 of the study s authors used exactly the same sampling procedures and returned to the same sampling sites thus enabling a pan continental comparison to be made for the first time We hope that our thermophilization indicator could be used by other research groups around the world and enable a global comparison said Harald Pauli GLORIA s network coordinator The research also showed that the effect is independent of altitude it is happening at the tree line as well as on high mountain peaks and latitude the effect is seen in northern countries such as Scotland as well as southern mountain ranges such those

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  • 'What future for the Arctic?' our latest News & Views topic asks ◄A► — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    newsandviews ceh ac uk Despite its cold climate the Arctic is home to a wide range of specially adapted plants and animals The rich biodiversity of the region supports indigenous peoples who maintain traditional practices like reindeer herding hunting and fishing whilst also embracing modern technologies The Arctic is one of the world s last wildernesses but it is not pristine Pollution and over exploitation affect the environment of the region Recent global warming appears to be reducing the thickness and extent of Arctic sea ice threatening some species and enabling others to move north In recent years sea routes have opened up increasing territorial claims on the region from nations eager to exploit reserves of oil water and marine species If the plants animals and peoples of the Arctic are to have a future we must reduce pressures on these fragile polar ecosystems Scientific research of the kind that the EU s INTERACT project is supporting can help By studying the Arctic to better understand the many complex and interacting pressures we can find solutions that can be adopted by Governments and local people You can read the complete article here and share your views and concerns about the Arctic in two ways by text comments and by answering 4 multi choice questions This article was contributed by members of the EU funded INTERACT project Several ALTER Net partners are also involved in INTERACT Filed under news ALTER Net Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien

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  • Have we lost touch with nature? — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Quickpoll asks whether you agree Visit News Views and take part in our Quickpoll on the home page Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback

    Original URL path: http://www.alter-net.info/news/lost-touch-with-nature (2016-02-15)
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  • Climate change talks open in South Africa — ALTER-Net: Europe's ecosystem research network
    Info Climate change talks open in South Africa The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change starts today in Durban The United Nations Climate Change Conference takes place from 28th November until 9th December in Durban South Africa The talks will bring together representatives of the world s governments international organizations and civil society The discussions will seek to advance in a balanced fashion the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol as well as the Bali Action Plan agreed at COP 13 in 2007 and the Cancun Agreements reached at COP 16 last December For details see the UNFCC website http unfccc int meetings durban nov 2011 meeting 6245 php Check out our sister website News Views for links to nature and biodiversity news stories polls and featured topics Nature in the news Sharing the planet Hen harrier conservation and grouse shooting Oct 22 2014 Public help needed to map fungus infecting invasive ladybird Oct 16 2014 Status of chalara ash dieback in the UK Oct 10 2014 Invasive alien quagga mussel arrives in UK Oct 08 2014 Litter now everywhere in the ocean Jul 14 2014 Nature in the news More ALTER Net is supported by its partner

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