Urban beekeeping the new buzz?

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BBC NEWS reports

Disease, mites and fungal infections may be destroying our native colonies, but a plot has been hatched to restock their numbers on Britain’s urban rooftops and gardens.

Omlet, the firm which fuelled interest in urban chicken-rearing with its modern plastic Eglu coop, has launched the beehaus – a plastic hive aimed at urban dwellers.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Is urban beekeeping the new buzz?

Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

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allAfrica.com reports

Once a town that had numerous wetlands to show for it, Kampala’s wetlands now count for only 16 per cent of the total cover. Al-mahdi Ssenkabirwa writes about the dangers that await us as a consequence.

Wetlands are a vital resource because they serve as sponges and water filters. They also prevent destructive flooding along lakes or rivers. But this resource is considerably disappearing by the day. Reason – excessive pollution and encroachment.

SOURCE allAfrica.com – Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

PilotOnline.com reports

To developers, builders and landowners, his call is crucial. If deemed a wetland, the site will require state and federal environmental permits that can take months to obtain. Compensation for lost wetlands must be arranged before construction can begin.

Now, for the first time in two decades, federal guidelines for making wetland decisions have changed……

read the full article at the SOURCE: PilotOnline.com – Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus

Thirty one million Dutch Center for Biodiversity

The Ministry of Education suggests 30 million euros from the natural gas available for an initiative of the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Wageningen University together with Naturalis a center for biodiversity to form. With the money is a very large, joint collection consisting of 37 million plants, rocks, stuffed animals and fossils, which Dutch Center for Biodiversity (NCB) in the top 5 global state. Moreover, a joint laboratory for DNA barcoding with the Central Bureau Schimmel Cultures, with offices in Leiden and Utrecht.

Het ministerie van OCW stelt 30 miljoen euro uit de aardgasbaten beschikbaar voor een initiatief van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden en Wageningen Universiteit die samen met Naturalis één centrum voor biodiversiteit gaan vormen. Met het geld wordt een zeer omvangrijke, gezamenlijke collectie gevormd van 37 miljoen planten, gesteenten, opgezette dieren en fossielen, waarmee het Nederlands Centrum voor Biodiversiteit (NCB) wereldwijd in de top 5 staat. Bovendien wordt een gezamenlijk laboratorium voor DNA-barcoding opgezet met het Centraal Bureau voor Schimmelcultures, met vestigingen in Leiden en Utrecht.

SOURCE: Wageningen University, 03/08/09 VIA groeneruimte.nl (Netherlands)

Urban water ecology at the ESA annual meeting

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) are holding their annual meeting in Albuquerque Convention Center:

The researchers will present their results in the following sessions at the Albuquerque Convention Center:

Luis Fernando Chaves: Urban Ecosystems Poster Session, Thurs., Aug. 6, 5-7 p.m.
Tessa Francis: Urban Ecosystems Oral Session, Mon., August 3, 1:50 p.m.
Olyssa Starry: Latebreaking Urban Ecosystems Poster Session, Fri., Aug. 7, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

ESA’s 94th Annual Meeting will be held Aug. 2-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The meeting will include more than 3,500 scientists, students and educators, and will center around the theme, “Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society.”

To register for the meeting, contact Christine Buckley at christine@esa.org or 202 833-8773 ext. 211.

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