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Con­ser­va­tion areas help bird­life ad­apt to cli­mate change
A warming climate is pushing organisms towards the circumpolar areas and mountain peaks. A recently conducted Finnish study on changes in bird populations reveals that protected areas slow down the north-bound retreat of species.
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Global warming may diminish European plant genetic variety
A team of researchers studied one plant species from various locations in Europe and found that only few of the varieties had enough mutational ability to adapt to heat and drought. Genetic information for most plant species is still lacking, but new methods will enable scientists to make predictions on plant genetic fitness in times of climate change.
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IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has launched in May 2019 the first global assessment on the state of ecosystems. According to the report, biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services are deteriorating worldwide at unprecedented rate due to human activities, and climate change is one of the direct drivers of this change in nature and human well-being.
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Putting climate change data in the hands of forest managers
Forest owners and forestry managers in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park (Southern France) are testing a new mobile application which will help foresters plan forest management based on future climate changes.
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