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Shining a light on fireflies

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 00:00

Aug 4 - Scientists from around the world are convening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week to discuss how best to protect the world's fireflies. Rob Muir reports.

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Thailand's may -- like many waterways in southeast Asia. Has long been home to huge populations of five flies. But I have a recent decades the flickering of the fireflies has been deemed by human intervention . It's a similar story along river banks in -- Angola state in Malaysia. Urbanized nation and a growing agricultural sector a destroying the fireflies habitat and down river in the capital -- and Obama. Experts are trying to resolve what they believe is a crisis. The nature of that station is there. Then younger generation younger -- type books fine I have an eight -- rank and file. Be try and be in these conditions. So without the natural base station you can't have -- complete -- anybody -- have been won without us. The second international firefly symposium has brought together into -- just from all over the world. It aims to promote public awareness. And the economic benefits of preserving the world's more than 2000 species of firefly for eco tourism . But they're fighting an uphill battle. Particularly in developing countries where rapid urbanization is exposing river systems to soil erosion pollution. And -- it. is the political and apply -- because I won't leave I want fly they want night. In an area which is heavily hit so sometimes the the remedy is just a very simple matter of directing the life in one direction and mail. The scientists admit though that such simple measures are often overlooked in areas where human populations are spreading. Apart from habitat preservation. They say they first priority will be to help those human populations signal lies before it's too light. Rob -- Royces.

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Shining a light on fireflies

Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 00:00