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How a global ocean treaty could protect biodiversity in the high seas

Thu, 04/06/2020 - 20:34
International law does not meaningfully address biodiversity conservation in the high seas. We risk losing marine species before we have a chance to identify and understand them. Jennifer Silver, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Guelph Leslie Acton, Assistant Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi Lisa Campbell, Professor of Marine Affairs and Policy, Duke University Noella Gray, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Guelph Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 15:00
A decade of no grazing has demonstrated positive effects on the richness of bird species. Lisa Malm, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Umeå University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

The next global health pandemic could easily erupt in your backyard

Tue, 02/06/2020 - 05:47
Australia has been identified as a hotspot for emerging diseases, which occurs when human activities collide with a richness of animal species. Penny van Oosterzee, Adjunct Associate Professor James Cook University and University Fellow Charles Darwin University, James Cook University Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate, James Cook University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Marine heatwaves spell trouble for tropical reef fish — even before corals die

Thu, 21/05/2020 - 21:17
Reef fish vanish during marine heatwaves, but may bounce back quickly on reefs that have few other environmental stressors. Jennifer M.T. Magel, Research Assistant, Biology, University of Victoria Julia K. Baum, Professor of Biology, University of Victoria Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Rewilding: lessons from the medieval Baltic crusades

Mon, 11/05/2020 - 02:11
The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear. Aleks Pluskowski, Associate Professor in Medieval Archaeology, University of Reading Alex Brown, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading Rowena Banerjea, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Covid-19 or the pandemic of mistreated biodiversity

Wed, 29/04/2020 - 18:03
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing. Philippe Grandcolas, Directeur de recherche CNRS, systématicien, ISYEB - Directeur de l'Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (CNRS, SU, EPHE, UA), Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) Jean-Lou Justine, Professeur, UMR ISYEB (Institut de Systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité), Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Want to help rare birds? Dig a pond

Tue, 28/04/2020 - 10:43
Ponds create 'insect chimneys' which are a boon for hungry farmland birds. Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor, Ecology, Northumbria University, Newcastle Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

The mystery of Chernobyl's wild horses

Tue, 28/04/2020 - 07:17
Wild horses native to the steppes of Asia live now in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine), with an expanding population, 34 years after the nuclear accident. Germán Orizaola, Investigador Programa Ramón y Cajal, Universidad de Oviedo Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Insects: worldwide study reveals general decline since 1925

Thu, 23/04/2020 - 19:14
The largest study of insect declines to date gives us the best indication of how species all over the world are faring. Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Bath Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Mapping key areas for conservation could help plants and animals survive climate change

Wed, 22/04/2020 - 15:48
New research identifies areas where species may take refuge as the climate changes and finds they're largely unprotected. Diana Stralberg, Research Associate, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.

Biodiversity and climate change: size matters, and it depends on the region

Tue, 21/04/2020 - 17:17
Climate change is affecting our planet's biodiversity, yet some species can find ways to adapt. Using citizen-science data, a French research team is studying how birds adjust to local heat levels. Nicolas Dubos, Researcher in Ecology, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.