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  • Circles in the sand reveal boating damage to marine biodiversity
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    New findings highlight the need for boating activities along the UK's beautiful coastlines to be conducted in a more environmentally friendly manner. […]

  • Project to save the Belize coast provides valuable framework
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems. […]

  • Scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics
    on July 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    A team of researchers has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries in the tropics between 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial. […]

  • Greatest threat to Eastern forest birds is habitat loss on wintering grounds
    on July 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Human-caused habitat loss looms as the greatest threat to some North American breeding birds. The problem will be most severe on their wintering grounds, according to a new study. […]

  • Hot dogs: Is climate change impacting populations of African wild dogs?
    on July 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Climate change may be harming the future of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) by impacting the survival rates of pups, according to one of the first studies on how shifting temperatures are impacting tropical species. […]

  • Damming and lost connectivity for fish in Northeastern ecosystems
    on July 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Fish that migrate between freshwater and sea ecosystems play a multitude of ecological roles. In the centuries since Europeans first colonized the Americas, damming and other disruptions to river connectivity have greatly decreased the migration opportunities of these species. A new article outlines the effects of lost habitat and river connectivity for these crucial fish. […]

  • Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk
    on July 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    A new global analysis of forest habitat loss and wildlife extinction risk shows that species most at risk live in areas just beginning to see the impacts of human activities such as hunting, mining, logging and ranching. […]

  • Too many bats are being killed for research
    on July 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    The work of zoologists worldwide is often an important asset for biodiversity protection, but a new article notes that scientists kill many bats -- even of threatened species -- to study them. […]

  • Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targets
    on July 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Bornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research. These orangutans are critically endangered, and despite intense conservation efforts, their numbers continue to decline. Additional habitat management strategies that account for their presence in forests affected by logging and other human activity are needed to ensure the species' survival. […]

  • Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems
    on July 17, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Invasive plant species like seaweed can provide vital ecosystem functions in coastal areas where native habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined. A new study finds that invasive species could be used to offset the loss of native habitats that provide storm protection, food production and other benefits to billions of people. […]

  • Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species
    on July 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    More species of birds have accumulated, in general, inhabiting climatically stable areas. […]

  • Climate change: Biodiversity rescues biodiversity in a warmer world
    on July 14, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Climate change leads to loss of biodiversity worldwide. However, ecosystems with a higher biodiversity in the first place might be less affected a new study. Scientists found that when they experimentally warmed meadows, the diversity of nematode worms living in the soil went down in monocultures, whereas the opposite was true for meadows with many different herbaceous plant species. […]

  • Chillier Winters, Smaller Beaks
    on July 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Although Charles Darwin lived and worked in the 19th century, modern evolutionary biologists are far from exhausting all avenues of inquiry regarding birds and evolution. For example, in the 1990s, researchers began to explore a new question concerning the relationship between climate and the evolution of beak size. […]

  • Botanists discover hundreds of species of fungi in deep coral ecosystems
    on July 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Hundreds of potentially new species of fungi have been discovered in the deep coral ecosystem in the 'Au'au channel off Maui, Hawai'i. These mesophotic coral ecosystems are generally found at depths between 130 - 500 feet and possess abundant plant (algal) life as well as new fish species. […]

  • Prelude to global extinction: Human impact on Earth's animals
    on July 10, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    In the first such global evaluation, biologists found more than 30 percent of all vertebrates have declining populations. They call for curbs on the basic drivers of these losses. […]

  • Oil spill impacts may perturb entire food webs
    on July 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Oil spills not only have a direct impact on species and habitats, but may also set off a cascade of perturbations that affect the entire food web, new research finds. […]

  • Study warns about the impact of the carp in shallow lakes with high ecological value for the...
    on July 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    The presence of the carp, a freshwater invasive species spread worldwide, is alarmingly reducing the populations of diving ducks and waterbirds, according to a study. […]

  • 'Weedy' fish species to take over our future oceans
    on July 6, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    The ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small ‘weedy’ species dominating marine environments, researchers have demonstrated for the first time. […]

  • Changes in conservation planning can benefit vulnerable mammals
    on July 6, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    New research underscores the viewing of global conservation priority areas through three lenses: taxonomy, traits and evolutionary history. […]

  • Global ocean health relatively stable over past five years
    on July 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    While global ocean health has remained relatively stable over the past five years, individual countries have seen changes, according to a new study. […]

  • The big ecological roles of small natural features
    on July 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Small natural features have big ecological roles but are often overlooked, according to an international team of researchers exploring the disproportionate ecological importance of the small, but unique, environmental elements that provide significant ecological and economic impacts. […]

  • Understanding extinction risk in mammals
    on July 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    The habitat fragmentation has now been successfully measured for over 4,000 species of land-dwelling mammals. Scientists discovered that species with more habitat fragmentation are at greater risk of extinction. […]

  • The Black Forest and climate change
    on June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Silver and Douglas firs could replace Norway spruce in the long run due to their greater resistance to droughts. […]

  • Illegal activities threaten natural World Heritage
    on June 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Illegal fishing, logging and poaching, are impacting two-thirds of the 57 natural World Heritage sites monitored by the International Union for Conservation of Nature this year, putting some of the world's most precious and unique ecosystems and species at risk. […]

  • Wilderness areas are being destroyed but the World Heritage Convention can protect them
    on June 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    A new study urges the UNESCO World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas within Natural World Heritage Sites. The study revealed that only 1.8 percent of the world's wilderness is protected in these sites. […]

  • NASA detects drop in global fires
    on June 29, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    The ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop not only in the use of fire on local lands, but in the prevalence of fire worldwide, researchers found. […]

  • Why there are so many species of tropical trees and other organisms
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Why does biodiversity grade from exuberance at the equator through moderation at mid-latitudes toward monotony at higher ones? Data from an international network of long-term forest dynamics research sites is finally providing an answer. […]

  • Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
    on June 29, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Could cellulosic biofuels -- or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood -- become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In a new article, researchers say yes, but with a few important caveats. […]

  • Camera-trap research paves the way for global monitoring networks
    on June 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    In recent years, there have been numerous calls for coordinated global monitoring networks to understand and mitigate the effects of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss around the world. A new study demonstrates that camera traps are one of the most effective methods of collecting this type of data. […]

  • Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat
    on June 28, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Ice-free areas of Antarctica -- home to more than 99 percent of the continent's terrestrial plants and animals -- could expand by more than 17,000 km2 by the end of this century, a study reveals. The study is among the first to investigate how ice-free areas in Antarctica may be affected by climate change. […]