LOS ANGELES -- A recent study has revealed 30 previously unknown species of flies, living right here in the bustling city of Los Angeles. This is remarkable because we usually don't think of urbanized areas as being particularly biologically diverse. But our lack of information on urban environments has allowed for an interesting research opportunity. A few years ago, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County initiated a project called BioSCAN to search for biodiversity in heavily urbanized areas.
On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.
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