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Conserving biodiversity in palm plantations

Near Tarapoto, Peru, a private company is clearing rain forests to establish a heart-of-palm plantation.  The company is interested in mitigating the impacts to biological diversity and has planned to leave 25 m buffers… 340 more words


Ecosystem restoration: Out with the new, in with the old

Restoring ecosystems is becoming a leading priority worldwide and at the United Nations, the European Commission, leading conservation organizations, and at multinational resource corporations and development banks. 475 more words


How SMART is Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy?

“By 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems.”

From the very beginning this text raised numerous questions. 390 more words


Beach Banana Genome Project

There is a property soon to open called Marari Pearl. It could easily be called the Beach Banana Genome project because there are 30 varieties of bananas on the property. 353 more words


Precious Water

Recently I feel like the mariner in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” The recent fundraiser for ALS has been a lot of fun to watch and has done a lot of good for those stricken with a horrible disease. 439 more words

Natural selection 4 - Gills allowed

The Mexican who never grew up

Spill the beans, amphibian Pedro Pan,
Can you resolve the mystery
Of your preternatural history?
Prince of perpetual adolescence;

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What a glorious scene at the Greenwood Medical Centre today.  The display of Prunus campanulata enthralls passers-by, staff, and locals, year after year.  I’ve found the blossom particularly beautiful this year, and with a week of fine weather coming up it can only get better.   65 more words