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Washington DC (SPX) May 31, 2012
Climate variability associated with El Nino was associated with higher mortality for eggs and hatchlings of the critically endangered leatherback turtle, an effect that could be worsened by continuing global climate change, according to research published May 23 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.
The El Nino Southern Oscillation brought dryer, warmer conditions to northwest Costa Rica, one of the major nesting sites in the area. The researchers, led by Pilar Tomillo of Drexel University in Philadelphia, found that these weather conditions were associated with increased egg and hatchling mortality.
Furthermore, climate models project that such conditions will become more common in the region over the next hundred years, which could significantly impact the already threatened leatherback turtle population.
Citation: Santidria'n Tomillo P, Saba VS, Blanco GS, Stock CA, Paladino FV, et al. (2012) Climate Driven Egg and Hatchling Mortality Threatens Survival of Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtles. PLoS ONE 7(5): e37602. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037602
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Japan pledges $500m for Pacific islands
Tokyo (AFP) May 26, 2012
Japan pledged aid worth up to half a billion dollars to Pacific island nations Saturday at a summit stressing the importance of maritime law in a region warily eyeing China's growing might at sea. At the close of a two-day meeting on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaders from 16 nations and one territory produced a joint declaration emphasising the need for international rules to ... read more
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