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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.

Intensive farming is eating up the Australian continent – but there's another way

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 03:47
It's painfully clear nature is buckling under the weight of farming's demands. There's another way – but it involves accepting nature's limits. Sue McIntyre, Honorary Professor, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil – new findings

Mon, 06/07/2020 - 16:18
The coconut – an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls – causes more environmental harm than many people realise. Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor of Conservation, University of Kent Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.