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Jan 2012

Selected "In the News" items previously featured on NISIC for this month. See the In the News Archives to view previously posted items by year and month.

See our What's New section for current items of interest.


Report: America's Wildlife Struggling to Keep Up with Changing Climate - Urgent Action Needed to Protect Ecosystems and Communities (Jan 30, 2013)
National Wildlife Federation.
"Climate change is the biggest threat wildlife will face this century," says the report, Wildlife in a Warming World, released by the National Wildlife Federation. "Shifting ranges for pests and disease-causing pathogens may have some of the most devastating impacts for wildlife and habitats. For example, warming ocean waters have enabled the outbreak of microbial disease in reef-building corals and pathogens of the eastern oyster. Mountain pine beetle outbreaks decimated trees on more than 26.8 million acres in western North America from 1997-2010."

Citrus greening - Invasive.org

Fighting Back Against Citrus Greening (Jan 25, 2013)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
USDA scientists are helping citrus growers and juice processors address the threat posed by Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that is costing the citrus industry millions of dollars each year.

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Tree and Human Health May be Linked (Jan 16, 2013)
USDA. FS. Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health. Results suggest that loss of trees to the emerald ash borer increased mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness. This finding adds to the growing evidence that the natural environment provides major public health benefits.

Little brown bat with fungus on muzzle (White-nose syndrome) -  NY Dept of Envrionmental Conservation

White Nose Syndrome (WNS) Fungus Persists in Caves Even when Bats are Gone (Jan 10, 2013)
DOI. USGS. Science Features.
The fungus, white-nose syndrome (WNS), that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America since 2006 can survive in the environment for long periods of time, according to new research. This research has important implications for managing WNS and vulnerable bat species by revealing the important role that the environment plays in the disease. The findings suggest that susceptible bats may not be able to effectively re-colonize caves and mines that have been previously contaminated and that the reintroduction of certain bat species to such sites may not be a sound strategy for reestablishing lost populations.


Flushing Nemo: Home Aquarium Species a Potential Threat to California Waters (Jan 9, 2013)
University of California - Davis.
Well-intentioned children and aquarium hobbyists seeking to "free" their pet fish down a toilet bowl or into a local waterway may inadvertently be contributing to the threat of invasive species downstream, according to a new report from the University of California, Davis. See Aquatic Invasive Species Vector Risk Assessments for more information.

Brown marmorated stink bug

Combating USDA's Top-ranked Invasive Insect (Jan 7, 2013)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
First detected in the U.S. a decade ago, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops. ARS researchers are making progress in developing ways to deal with the brown marmorated stink bug, now USDA number one "invasive insect of interest."

Antarctica - NASA image

Antarctica Braces for Influx of Invasive Species (Jan 7, 2012)
National Geographic. News Watch.
Antarctica and the Southern Ocean may seem very far away from civilization, but they are at great risk of losing their unique qualities due to human activities. Warmer temperatures and human visitation are increasing the likelihood that invasive species can take up residence in the Antarctic, and potentially cause major changes. Two studies have found evidence of invasions both on land (from a midge) and at sea (from crabs). The remoteness of the Antarctic can no longer protect it from potentially destructive invaders.

Burmese python

Python Challenge 2013 -- Jan 12, 2013 through Feb 10, 2013
Wildlife Foundation of Florida.
The intent of the 2013 Python Challenge™ is to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife.

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