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Scientists outline how to save nearly 70 percent of the world’s plant species

In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) pledged to set aside 17 percent of the world's land as protected areas in addition to protecting 60 percent of the world's plant species—through the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC)—by 2020.

Photos: the top ten new species discovered in 2010

If we had to characterize our understanding of life on Earth as either ignorant or knowledgeable, the former would be most correct. In 250 years of rigorous taxonomic work researchers have cataloged nearly two million species, however scientists estima...

Photos: the penis-like mushroom and other top 10 new species of 2009

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University has released its annual top 10 list of new species discovered last year. This time the list includes a two inch penis-like mushroom, a minnow named after Bram Stoker's worl...

World’s largest golden orb weaving spider discovered in South Africa and Madagascar

Golden orb weaving spiders have been garnering media attention recently. Last year stunning photographs of a golden orb weaver eating a bird in Australia made world coverage. Now, over a century after the last legitimate species of golden orb weaver

The “before you go to Madagascar” series- flights

aeroport nosy be This post is part of a serie called “before you go to Madagascar”. Madafan will try to keep this post as updated as possible. You are also encouraged to help us maintain it either by contacting us