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Map of the 22 sampled communities of animals and plants. The colors represent the strength to which each community shifted towards warm (pink) or cold-dwelling species (blue).
17/02/2017

More Warm-dwelling Animals and Plants as a Result of Climate Change

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Reinout Verbeke

Populations of warm-dwelling species have increased in Central Europe since 1980, particularly among terrestrial species, a new comprehensive study claims.

A typical city-dwelling carabid beetle: Harpalus affinis. De species tolerates higher temperatures and has long wings. (Photo: Andrey Vlasenko)
07/02/2017

Urbanization Leads to Poorer Insect Communities

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Reinout Verbeke

Cities eliminate less mobile species and favour those that thrive at higher temperatures. This is the conclusion of a field study conducted in 81 places in Belgium.

Top left: a Dwarf Sperm Whale (image Hannah Jones; not the animal of 22 January 2017), bottom left: Harbour Porpoise (image Peter Evans). Right: images of the animal of 22 January 2017 (Bart Van Gelder, An Ceulemans, Bram Conings, Jean-Paul Théâtre).
31/01/2017

First Observation of a Dwarf Sperm Whale in Belgium

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Sigrid Maebe

On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 there was a special observation at sea: a very rare marine mammal, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) has been spotted near Ostend!

Wave converter (Nemos)
24/01/2017

Public Consultation for a Research Structure for Wave Energy

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Sigrid Maebe

In December NEMOS has introduced a request for an environmental permit for the construction and exploitation of a temporary research structure for wave energy conversion. The public consultation for this permit is now open.

 

Retired taxonomists Patrick Grootaert and Léon Baert. 'Taxonomy is more than collecting stamps' (Photo: Reinout Verbeke, RBINS)
18/01/2017

Taxonomists, An Endangered Species

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Reinout Verbeke

Taxonomists describe, define and identify life on Earth. This fundamental work is necessary to preserve and protect declining biodiversity.

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