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Study finds shark hotspots overlap with commercial fishing locations
A new study from an international team of scientists found commercial fishing vessels target shark hotspots, areas where sharks tend to congregate, in the North Atlantic. (2016-01-25)
New tiny arboreal toad species from India is just small enough for its own genus
Found on a herb bush, a toad of only 24 mm average length, was quick to make its discoverers consider its status as a new species. (2016-01-25)
Diverse migration helps birds cope with environmental change
Migratory birds that are 'set in their ways' could be more vulnerable to environmental impacts -- according to new research from the University of East Anglia. (2016-01-25)
New book on how to save forest elephants published as extinction crisis deepens
A newly published book focused on promoting research and conservation methods and strategies for the African forest elephant arrives at a crucial time for this species, which is being decimated by poaching, habitat loss, and other threats, according to authors from the Wildlife Conservation Society and other organizations. (2016-01-19)
Camera traps reveal that tropical forest protected areas can protect biodiversity
Biodiversity in tropical forest protected areas may be faring better than previously thought, according to a study publishing in the open-access journal PLOS Biology on Jan. (2016-01-19)
Photos show elusive bush dog to be widespread in Panama
New camera trap photos capture the elusive bush dog in Panama on its way North as it expands out of South America. (2016-01-19)
Promiscuity could reduce benefits of successful mating, research shows
Males that mate with multiple partners may actually experience a reduction in paternity rates, due to sperm competition, as their partners will also mate with many other males. (2016-01-19)
Chemical study of the influence of the marine environment on historical buildings
The UPV/EHU's IBeA research group has studied by means of various analytical tools the influence that may be exerted by various marine and urban-industrial atmospheres on the state of conservation of three buildings located in different places. (2016-01-19)
Study: Deadly amphibian fungus may decline
A new study by WCS and other groups offers a glimmer of hope for some amphibian populations decimated by the deadly chytrid fungus: climate change may make environmental conditions for the fungus unsuitable in some regions and potentially stave off the spread of disease in African amphibian populations struggling to adapt to changes brought about by global warming. (2016-01-14)
Tough times for the tree of life on coral reefs
Marine scientists are calling for a re-think of how marine protected areas are planned and coordinated, following a global assessment of the conservation of tropical corals and fishes. (2016-01-12)
Spider web research shows promise for noninvasive genetic sampling
Using web samples from black widow spiders fed with crickets, researchers at the University of Notre Dame have successfully used DNA samples to identify both the spider and the species of its prey. (2016-01-12)
Stance that tourism harms wildlife refuted
Two Texas A&M University scientists highlighted the conservation benefits of ecotourism worldwide and said a recent research review citing the dangers of ecotourism to wildlife is premature and problematic. (2016-01-08)
Dam projects on world's largest rivers threaten fish species, rural livelihoods
Advocates of huge hydroelectric dam projects on the Amazon, Congo, and Mekong river basins often overestimate economic benefits and underestimate far-reaching effects on biodiversity, according to an article in the Jan. (2016-01-07)
Banning trophy hunting could do more harm than good
Trophy hunting shouldn't be banned but instead it should be better regulated to ensure funds generated from permits are invested back into local conservation efforts, according to a new paper co-authored by a leading University of Adelaide conservation ecologist. (2016-01-07)
Measuring Africa's unsustainable hunting on land -- by sea
Scientists hoping to help stem the rate of unsustainable hunting in West and Central Africa have developed two monitoring indicators based in part on methods used to track populations trends of organisms in an entirely different ecosystem: the sea. (2016-01-06)
Science-driven strategies for more effective endangered species recovery
In a report released by the Ecological Society of America, 18 conservation researchers and practitioners propose six broad strategies to raise the effectiveness of the ESA for endangered species recovery, based on a thorough review of the scientific literature on the status and performance of the law. (2016-01-06)
Twenty new freshwater fish species uncovered in Australia
Researchers have discovered a record 20 new fish species while conducting fieldwork in the remote Kimberley, unveiling it as Australia's most biodiverse region for freshwater fish. (2016-01-05)
A botanical survey to help understand change in our wild flora
Volunteers in the north-east of England have created a benchmark survey of common plants with which to identify change in the countryside, its result and causes. (2016-01-04)
Challenges to conserving freshwater mussels in Europe
New research looks at the status of the 16 currently recognized freshwater mussel species in Europe, finding that information is unevenly distributed with considerable differences in data quality and quantity among countries and species. (2016-01-04)
Large permanent reserves required for effective conservation of old fish
Permanent marine protected areas and wilderness -- places where fish can grow old -- are critical to the effective conservation of marine ecosystems according to a new study conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Society, James Cook University, and Lancaster University. (2015-12-23)
Competition and climate change combine to threaten Bicknell's thrush
Bicknell's thrush is a songbird that breeds in New England mountaintop forests threatened by climate change, and research forthcoming in The Condor: Ornithological Applications shows that this threat could be exacerbated by competition from related birds living downslope. (2015-12-23)
Scientists discover rare sea snakes, previously thought extinct, off Western Australia
Scientists from James Cook University have discovered two critically endangered species of sea snakes, previously thought to be extinct, off the coast of Western Australia. (2015-12-21)
First praying mantis survey of Rwanda uncovers rich diversity
A college student working at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History was lead author on the first formal survey of praying mantises in Rwanda, which revealed a 155 percent increase in praying mantis species diversity for the African country. (2015-12-17)
Threatened species still call cities home, study shows
Australian cities support a remarkable number of threatened species, new research shows, with Sydney boasting the most, at 126 species. (2015-12-17)
Early warning system to save species.
Managers of wildlife conservation programs are being helped by a method commonly encountered in industrial and service industries. (2015-12-17)
Researchers test sustainable forestry policies on tropical deforestation, logging
New research by a Dartmouth scientist and her colleagues shows that policies aimed at protecting tropical forests in the Congo Basin may unexpectedly lead to increased deforestation and timber production. (2015-12-17)
UW conservationists celebrate new protected areas for Argentine penguins
On Dec. 3, the legislature for Argentina's Chubut province established a new marine protected area off Punta Tombo, which would help preserve the feeding grounds for about 500,000 Magellanic penguins that make their home along this rocky stretch of Argentine coast. (2015-12-15)
Clemson researchers receive NSF grant to examine impacts of conservation easements
A team of Clemson University researchers has received $850,000 from the National Science Foundation for a four-year comprehensive study of conservation easements in the United States. (2015-12-14)
Guam research aids in understanding recruitment limitation of rare tree
Research highlights hidden factors in mortality of young plants. (2015-12-14)
Targeted assistance needed to fight poverty in developing coastal communities
Researchers say there needs to be a better understanding of how conservation and aid projects in developing countries impact the people they are designed to help. (2015-12-11)
Harvard, Wildlife Conservation Society launch new 'Planetary Health Alliance' with support from the Rockefeller Foundation
Today Harvard University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and a range of other partner organizations are launching the Planetary Health Alliance, a new effort to dramatically improve our understanding of the linkages between environmental change and human health across the globe. (2015-12-11)
Preventing spread of deadly salamander disease in North America
An emerging fungal pathogen that has caused recent die-offs of salamanders in Europe, faces a formidable foe in North America: the Amphibian Survival Alliance and its partners, who today published a paper outlining the conservation community's proactive efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of the disease in the United States, Canada and Mexico. (2015-12-10)
Research leads to first puppies born by in vitro fertilization
For the first time, a litter of puppies was born by in vitro fertilization, thanks to work by Cornell University researchers. (2015-12-09)
Constantine Dafermos to receive 2016 AMS-SIAM Wiener Prize
Constantine M. Dafermos of Brown University will receive the 2016 Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics. (2015-12-04)
Review of the landscape conservation cooperatives
Because fish, wildlife, habitats, and cultural resources extend beyond political boundaries, there is a national need to develop resource management strategies across jurisdictions and sectors, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2015-12-03)
Global effort 'needed to save migratory birds'
Scientists have called for a greater international collaborative effort to save the world's migratory birds, many of which are at risk of extinction due to loss of habitat along their flight paths. (2015-12-03)
Study: 17K marine species unprotected
A new study says that more than 17,000 marine species worldwide remain largely unprotected, with the US among the bottom in supporting formal marine protected areas that could safeguard marine biodiversity. (2015-12-03)
Protecting ocean species
A new study offers strategic guidance on the placement of marine protected areas to meet global conservation goals. (2015-12-03)
Determinant factors for energy consumption and perception of energy conservation clarified
Change in lifestyle is a key component to realizing a low-carbon society. (2015-12-02)
Neonicotinoid pesticides linked to butterfly declines in the UK
The use of neonicotinoid pesticides may be contributing to the decline of butterflies in the UK, a new study by the Universities of Stirling and Sussex in partnership with Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has revealed. (2015-12-02)
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