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20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Picture: Thierry Hubin – RBINS)
23/05/2016

Save the biodiversity - 1001 decisions

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Sigrid Maebe

On May 20, 2016 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Belgian ratification of the Convention on Biological Diversity in the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Biodiversity is life! But that life is threatened ...

NSOSC2016
12/05/2016

Last chance: Call for abstracts North Sea Open Science Conference 2016

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Sigrid Maebe

From 7 – 10 November 2016, OD Nature of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, organise the North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 in Ostend, Belgium. The call for abstracts will be closed on May 15th.

Narwhal in the autopsy room (Picture RBINS-OD Nature).
03/05/2016

Narwhal in the river Scheldt probably died of starvation

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Sigrid Maebe

On 27 April 2016, a dead narwhal was found in the river Scheldt, near the sluice of Wintam (Bornem). The autopsy revealed that the animal probably died of starvation. The narwhal is an arctic species that has never before been observed in Belgium.

Artist's impression of an Ice Age man (Image: Stephano Ricci)
02/05/2016

Belgian Fossil Represents Earliest Ancestors of Europeans

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Reinout Verbeke

A new study analysing the genomes of a few dozens of individuals from the ice age has identified the early ancestors of present-day Europeans. A 35 000 year old humerus from the Goyet caves in Belgium belongs to the earliest ancestors of Europeans.

Flinterstar wreck and oil pollution (Picture MUMM-OD NATURE-RBINS)
14/04/2016

Marine Pollution Results for 2015

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Sigrid Maebe

In 2015 a total of 214 flight hours were logged at sea under the Belgian programme for aerial observations over the North Sea. During these flights 73 spills of ship-source marine pollution were observed: 5 operational and 68 accidental spills.

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