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Australia's plants and animals have long been used without Indigenous consent. Now Queensland has taken a stand

Wed, 16/09/2020 - 04:25
Our medicine, cosmetics and other everyday products contain compounds taken from nature. But Traditional Owners may not have given permission for the materials or their knowledge to be used. David Jefferson, Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Daniel Robinson, Associate Professor, UNSW David Claudie, Invited User, Indigenous knowledge Jocelyn Bosse, PhD candidate in Law, The University of Queensland Margaret Raven, Senior Scientia Lecturer (Research), UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Mon, 14/09/2020 - 15:34
Wildlife populations have plummeted by 68% since 1970. But we have a plan to turn things around. Michael Obersteiner, Director, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford David Leclère, Researcher in Ecosystem Services and Management (ESM) Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Piero Visconti, Research Scholar, Ecosystem Services and Management Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we've mapped the key places to do it

Tue, 08/09/2020 - 13:16
A new plan targets areas around the world that can store carbon and protect large numbers of species. It calls for preserving these lands, working with Indigenous peoples and connecting wild areas. Greg Asner, Director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science and Professor, Arizona State University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

New research reveals these 20 Australian reptiles are set to disappear by 2040

Wed, 02/09/2020 - 20:58
With targeted conservation action, we might just save many of these species before it's too late. Hayley Geyle, Research Assistant, Charles Darwin University David Chapple, Associate Professor in Evolutionary and Conservation Ecology, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Why grandparents should talk to children about the natural world of their youth

Tue, 01/09/2020 - 14:02
Shifting baseline syndrome affects everyone. It's blinding us to the long-term deterioration of wildlife and ecosystems. Lizzie Jones, PhD Candidate in Zoology, Royal Holloway Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Zoos are key to the planet's healthy future – don't let them go extinct

Wed, 26/08/2020 - 13:09
Zoos are struggling more than most businesses. Matyas Liptovszky, Honorary Assistant Professor of Zoo Animal Medicine, University of Nottingham Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

EU subsidies benefit big farms while underfunding greener and poorer plots – new research

Fri, 21/08/2020 - 16:02
The €24 billion spent supporting farm incomes in richer regions could more than cover the EU's Biodiversity Strategy. Murray Scown, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environment and Sustainability, Utrecht University Kimberly Nicholas, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Lund University Mark Brady, Associate Professor in Agricultural and Environmental Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Pasha 77: Explainer: the oil spill in Mauritius

Wed, 19/08/2020 - 15:31
After the oil spill, the usual sight of families strolling by the sea was quickly replaced by volunteers working hard in a concerted effort to protect their coast. Ozayr Patel, Digital Editor Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

How racism and classism affect natural ecosystems

Wed, 19/08/2020 - 15:04
Scientists find inequality between humans also harms the birds, the bees, the microbes and the trees. Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Mon, 10/08/2020 - 16:24
Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven. Matthew D. Moran, Professor of Biology, Hendrix College Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Culverts – the major threat to fish you've probably never heard of

Thu, 06/08/2020 - 15:58
Fish need to cross roads too. But the tunnels built to channel rivers under roads and railways can block their migrations. Stephanie Januchowski-Hartley, Sêr Cymru Research Fellow in Freshwater Ecology, Swansea University Cecilia Gontijo Leal, Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Ecology, Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Belém Sayali Pawar, Research Fellow in GIS and Environmental Change, Swansea University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Biodiversity loss could be making us sick – here's why

Tue, 04/08/2020 - 10:19
Rich and diverse microbiomes in our local environment are important for keeping us healthy. Jake M. Robinson, PhD Researcher, Department of Landscape, University of Sheffield Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

From superheroes to the clitoris: 5 scientists tell the stories behind these species names

Mon, 03/08/2020 - 20:59
From a Hugh Jackman-esque spider to honouring traditional Indigenous words, these species have memorable names. Anthea Batsakis, Deputy Editor: Environment + Energy, The Conversation Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Giant panda conservation is failing to revive the wider ecosystem – new study

Mon, 03/08/2020 - 16:12
Pandas have done more to raise awareness of biodiversity loss than any other species. But they may not be good at stopping it themselves. Jason Gilchrist, Ecologist, Edinburgh Napier University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Thu, 30/07/2020 - 13:11
Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity. William S. Lynn, Research Scientist, Clark University Arian Wallach, Lecturer, Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Technology Sydney Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

After COVID-19, nations can tackle environmental crises by shifting priorities to sustainable development

Fri, 24/07/2020 - 15:18
To reverse the current climate and ecological crises, governments must put an end to the damaging forms of technology, innovation, investments and incentives that contribute to it. Kai Chan, Professor in Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

We discovered a new species, but war means it may now remain hidden forever

Thu, 23/07/2020 - 11:01
The extraordinary story of a stingray, its discovery and its uncertain fate in the Yemen war. Alec Moore, Post-Doctoral Fisheries Scientist, Bangor University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Humans are encroaching on Antarctica’s last wild places, threatening its fragile biodiversity

Wed, 15/07/2020 - 21:00
Protecting the continent’s remaining pristine wilderness areas is urgent, but achievable. Rachel Leihy, PhD candidate, Monash University Steven Chown, Professor of Biological Sciences, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

A few months ago, science gave this rare lizard a name – and it may already be headed for extinction

Sun, 12/07/2020 - 21:11
The Kaputar rock skink is thought to have have one of the smallest ranges of any reptile in New South Wales – at the summit of a single extinct volcano, Mount Kaputar. Jodi Rowley, Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology, Australian Museum Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats

Thu, 09/07/2020 - 21:46
The steep decline in biodiversity is worrying, especially as wild species are important for pollination and pest control. Lenore Fahrig, Chancellor's Professor of Biology, Carleton University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.