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  • New species of tree discovered in Tanzania mountains
    on July 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Researchers have discovered a new species of tree in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania, part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, and a globally important region for species in need of conservation. […]

  • Joshua trees facing extinction
    on July 16, 2019 at 11:37 am

    They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century. […]

  • Impacts of selective logging on Congo's intact forest landscapes
    on July 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    A new study says that the tropical forests of Western Equatorial Africa (WEA) -- which include significant stands of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) -- are increasingly coming under pressure from logging, poaching, and associated disturbances. […]

  • Invasive parrots have varying impacts on European biodiversity, citizens and economy
    on July 15, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Non-native parrots can cause substantial agricultural damage and threaten native biodiversity. While substantial evidence of negative impact in Europe is currently lacking, there are numerous already established wild populations. A pan-European team of researchers, conservationists, wildlife managers and policy-makers worked together as part of an EU COST Action: ParrotNet, to conclude that measures to prevent parrots from invading new areas are paramount for limiting future harm. […]

  • No new males: Climate change threat to Cape Verde turtles
    on July 11, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Rising temperatures could mean no male loggerhead turtles hatch at a key breeding ground by the end of this century, new research suggests. […]

  • DNA analysis reveals cryptic underwater ecosystem engineers
    on July 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    They look like smears of pink bubblegum on the rocks off British Columbia's coast, indistinguishable from one another. But a new DNA analysis of coralline algae has revealed a wealth of different species -- a diversity that could hold the key to protecting critical underwater habitats like kelp forests. […]

  • Severely disturbed habitats impacting health of Madagascar's lemurs
    on July 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    A new study finds that degraded rainforest habitats are impacting the health of at least one species of Madagascar's treasured lemurs. Researchers captured, measured and released 113 critically endangered diademed sifakas -- and then compared the health of the animals living in intact continuous rainforest versus those in fragmented habitats. In the two most degraded of all fragmented habitats, there were key differences -- adults were skinnier, and the growth of immatures was delayed. […]

  • Marine scientists discover an important, overlooked role sea urchins play in the kelp forest ecosystem
    on July 10, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Marine scientists discover an important, overlooked role sea urchins play in the kelp forest ecosystem. […]

  • New research helps predict locations of blue whales so ships can avoid them
    on July 10, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    A new model based on daily oceanographic data and the movements of tagged whales has opened the potential for stakeholders to see where in the ocean endangered blue whales are most likely to be so that ships can avoid hitting them. […]

  • Unprecedented display of concern towards unknown monkey offers hope for endangered species
    on July 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    A wild group of endangered Barbary macaques have been observed, for the first time, 'consoling' and adopting an injured juvenile from a neighboring group. […]

  • Decades-long butterfly study shows common species on the decline
    on July 9, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    The most extensive and systematic insect monitoring program ever undertaken in North America shows that butterfly abundance in Ohio declined yearly by 2%, resulting in an overall 33% drop for the 21 years of the program. […]

  • Live fast and die young, or play the long game? Scientists map 121 animal life cycles
    on July 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Scientists have pinpointed the 'pace' and 'shape' of life as the two key elements in animal life cycles that affect how different species get by in the world. The findings have important implications for predicting which species will be the winners and losers from the global environment crisis. […]

  • Climate change and deforestation together push tropical species towards extinction
    on July 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Only 38 per cent of tropical forest is 'wildlife friendly' as a result of deforestation, increasing the likelihood that vulnerable species will go extinct, say scientists. […]

  • Is wildfire management 'for the birds?'
    on July 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk of large and destructive wildfires in the region, these iconic animals face the real threat of losing even more of their forest habitat. Wildfire management -- through prescribed burning and restoration thinning -- could help save the species, argues a new article. […]

  • Last chlamydia-free koala population may safeguard future of species
    on July 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    The last, large, isolated, healthy chlamydia-free population of koalas in Australia may have been identified on Kangaroo Island. […]

  • Analysis finds US ecosystems shifting hundreds of miles north
    on July 1, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Researchers used 50 years of data on bird distributions and concluded that ecosystems have shifted northward by hundreds of miles. The data suggests that climate change and other phenomena are at play. […]

  • 'Gentle recovery' of Brazil's leatherback turtles
    on July 1, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Brazil's leatherback turtles are making a 'gentle recovery' after 30 years of conservation efforts, new research shows. […]

  • Corals in Singapore likely to survive sea-level rise
    on July 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Marine scientists found that coral species in Singapore's sedimented and turbid waters are unlikely to be impacted by accelerating sea-level rise. […]

  • Immediate, science-based community action can mitigate insect decline
    on June 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Environmentalists in Germany collected 1.75 million signatures for a 'save the bees law.' Citizens believe they can stop insect declines by halting habitat loss and fragmentation, producing food without pesticides and limiting climate change. […]

  • Probiotic bacteria reduces the impact of white-nose syndrome in bats
    on June 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Researchers did a field trial on the effect of probiotic bacteria on white-nose syndrome in bat populations. They found that it reduces the impact of the disease about five-fold. […]

 

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