Tropical diseases are imminent in Europe because of warming

2012 - 05 - 31

Tropical diseases are imminent in Europe because of warming

Dangerous diseases from the tropics can threaten Europeans because of global warming. It is because higher temperatures lead to the spreading of Tiger mosquito, which, for example, spreads dengue fever or chikungunya disease to the more northern European areas. The scientists in magazine Interface of the Royal Society have warned against it.

Tiger mosquito originates from Asia but in the last decades it has widely spread to other warm, but not tropical areas in the …

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Most of the Alpine glaciers continue becoming smaller

2012 - 04 - 30

Most of the Alpine glaciers continue becoming smaller

The glaciers in the Austrian Alps  reduced by 17 metres in average last year. None of 95 glaciers being measured by the Austrian Alpine Club did not get bigger. The volunteers of this organisation found a loss at 97 per cent of them. The above-average temperatures of last summer contributed to it.

Fifteen glaciers, double amount compared to the year 2010, have got smaller by more than 30 metres, some of them even by 50 …

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Two tens of new species discovered in the heart of Europe – in the Sumava mountains

2012 - 03 - 27

Two tens of new species discovered in the heart of Europe – in the Sumava mountains

About two tens of new species have been discovered in Central Europe. Josef Rusek, a scientist, from the Czech Academy of Sciences has discovered fifteen to twenty new species of insects in the Sumava mountains. Their exact number will be determined by a subsequent detailed scientific description.

“We are used to hear similar news from Amazonia or from the tropical rainforests of South-East Asia. The latest discovery shows that also in Europe there is still …

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New wilderness: wisents, wild cats and wild bees are returning to nature

2012 - 03 - 15

New wilderness: wisents, wild cats and wild bees are returning to nature

Several animal species which have become extinct in the past such as wisents, wild cats and wild bees are going to return to nature of Central Europe. Their comeback is a part of a forthcoming project of European Centre of Biodiversity which is being prepared by European Wildife conservation organization.

“Some of those species were exterminated decades ago, some of them centuries ago. They all have one thing in common – they are all extremely …

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The Black Triangle of European Biodiversity: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic

2012 - 03 - 07

The Black Triangle of European Biodiversity: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic

European countries have not been successful in their long-term fight against the loss of biological diversity. The return of many animal species, mainly large carnivores, is being held back because of three countries: Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

It is those particular countries that form a strict boundary beyond which the key species are not able to advance. Such conclusions were made after comparing these three states with adjacent countries in connection with the …

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