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Urban growth causes more biodiversity loss outside of cities
In a rapidly urbanizing world, the conversion of natural habitats into urban areas leads to a significant loss of biodiversity in cities. (2019-12-09)
Cities and their rising impacts on biodiversity -- a global overview
The rapid expansion of cities around the world is having an enormous impact on biodiversity. (2019-12-09)
Researchers find some forests crucial for climate change mitigation, biodiversity
Researchers have identified forests in the western United States that should be preserved for their potential to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration, as well as to enhance biodiversity. (2019-12-09)
Animals that evolved in low-disturbance areas more 'sensitive' to modern disruption
Animal species that have evolved, and survived, in low-disturbance environments -- with little interruption from glaciation, fires, hurricanes, or anthropogenic clearing -- are more sensitive to modern forest fragmentation, report Matthew Betts and colleagues. (2019-12-05)
Forest fragmentation hits wildlife hardest in the tropics
Animals that evolved in environments subject to large-scale habitat-altering events like fires and storms are better equipped to handle forest fragmentation caused by human development than species in low-disturbance environments. (2019-12-05)
Female fish can breed a new species if they aren't choosy about who is Mr. Right
Female fish can breed a new species if they aren't choosy about who is Mr. (2019-12-03)
Global levels of biodiversity could be lower than we think, new study warns
Biodiversity across the globe could be in a worse state than previously thought, as assessments fail to account for long-lasting impact of land change, a new study has warned. (2019-12-02)
Clown fish survival depends on environment more than genetics
Clown fish are unable to genetically adapt to changes in their environment. (2019-11-27)
Nearly 40% of species are very rare and are vulnerable to climate change
Almost 40 percent of global flora is categorized as 'exceedingly rare,' and these species are most at risk of extinction by human development and as the climate continues to change, according to new University of Arizona-led research. (2019-11-27)
COP25 special collection: Keep climate change impacts under control by making biodiversity a focus
Under a 2°Celsius warming scenario, 80 to 83% of language areas in New Guinea -- home to the greatest biological and linguistic diversity of any tropical island on Earth -- will experience decreases in the diversity of useful plant species by 2070, according to a new study. (2019-11-27)
Using fungi to search for medical drugs
An enormous library of products derived from more than 10,000 fungi could help us find new drugs. (2019-11-26)
Saving bats from wind turbine death
Wind energy holds great promise as a source of renewable energy, but some have wondered addressing climate change has taken precedence over conservation of biodiversity. (2019-11-26)
People, climate, and water played a role in the extinction of Australia's megafauna
For the first time, the research suggests a combination of climate change and the impact of people sealed the fate of megafauna, at least in south-eastern Australia. (2019-11-25)
Changing experiences of the natural world
Digital innovations have the potential to bring people closer to nature, to help ensure there is the necessary strong public support for conservation measures. (2019-11-22)
Almost a third of tropical Africa's flora faces extinction
31.7% of tropical Africa's vascular plant species could be threatened with extinction, reveals an international study coordinated by an IRD researcher, published in the journal Science Advances on 20 November 2019. (2019-11-21)
When grown right, palm oil can be sustainable
Turning an abandoned pasture into a palm tree plantation can be carbon neutral, according to a new study by EPFL and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). (2019-11-20)
A century later, plant biodiversity struggles in wake of agricultural abandonment
Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new University of Minnesota research. (2019-11-18)
Future rainfall could far outweigh current climate predictions
Scientists from the University of Plymouth analysed rainfall records from the 1870s to the present day with their findings showing there could be large divergence in projected rainfall by the mid to late 21st century. (2019-11-14)
What vision do we have for the deep sea?
The ocean hosts an inconceivable wealth of marine life, most of which remains unknown. (2019-11-14)
Catchment geology rules freshwater plant communities
Whether freshwater plant communities use carbon dioxide or bicarbonate for photosynthesis is largely related to the bicarbonate concentration in their local environment, according to a new study, the first global evaluation of bicarbonate use among aquatic plants. (2019-11-14)
Larger than life: Augmented ants
The first app of its kind allows users to interact with biodiversity research through augmented reality. (2019-11-12)
Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice
One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. (2019-11-12)
Conservation scientists call for reverse to biodiversity loss
A group of international conservationists is urging governments across the globe to adopt a new approach to address the impact of economic development on the natural world. (2019-11-08)
Scientists studied the reasons for plant extinction in different world regions
A team of Russian researchers from Tyumen State University together with foreign colleagues studied the cases of plant extinction in world biodiversity hotspots and coldspots. (2019-11-05)
Palm oil: Less fertilizer and no herbicide but same yield?
Environmentally friendlier palm oil production could be achieved with less fertilizer and no herbicide, while maintaining profits. (2019-11-05)
NRRI scientist sheds light on complexity of biodiversity loss
University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute limnologist Chris Filstrup is the lead author on a paper published in the journal Ecology Letters this month, that suggests that species richness -- the number of different species in a given ecological community -- is not the only, nor necessarily the best, way to measure biodiversity impacts on ecosystems. (2019-11-05)
To save biodiversity, scientists suggest 'mega-conservation'
While the conservation of charismatic creatures like pandas, elephants and snow leopards are important in their own right, there may be no better ecological bang-for-our-buck than a sound, science-based effort to save widespread keystone systems. (2019-11-05)
Global policy-makers must take a more ambitious approach to reversing biodiversity loss
Leading conservationists urge governments to adopt a new approach to address the impact of economic development on the natural world. (2019-11-04)
New evidence that bacteria drive biodiversity in the Cape Floral Region
South African botanists have found evidence that the largest Cape geophyte genus, Oxalis, has developed a unique association with the bacterial genus Bacillus, that help it to fix nitrogen from the air and to perform extraordinary feats of germination. (2019-10-30)
In Southeast Asia, illegal hunting is a more threat to wildlife than forest degradation
A new study carried out by the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) in cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature Vietnam (WWF-Vietnam) and the Sabah Forestry Department of the Government of Malaysia suggests that for ground dwelling mammal and bird communities, illegal hunting using indiscriminate snares may be a more immediate threat than forest degradation through selective logging. (2019-10-30)
Insect decline more extensive than suspected
Compared to a decade ago, today the number of insect species on many areas has decreased by about one third. (2019-10-30)
Viable alternatives to trophy hunting exist, say scientists
A recent letter in Science cited a lack of alternatives to trophy hunting. (2019-10-28)
Yersinia -- a novel genomic tool for identifying strains
The Yersinia genus covers a vast range of bacteria that are distinguished by criteria such as whether or not they are able to cause disease (their pathogenicity). (2019-10-28)
Clear goals but murky path to ecosystem sustainability: Key knowledge gaps identified
International sustainability policies set out clear goals for protecting ecosystems and biodiversity, but how to actually achieve these goals remains elusive in practice, as biodiversity loss continues at an alarming rate. (2019-10-28)
Scientists identify key knowledge gaps in sustainability research
The loss of biodiversity continues at an alarming rate despite decades of research and international policies setting out clear goals in the area. (2019-10-28)
Consumer markets, companies linked to habitat loss for rare species in Brazil's savannah
Global consumer markets could be responsible for more than half of the impact of expanding soy production on rare species in one of the world's most biodiverse regions, the Cerrado savannah, according to a new article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (2019-10-28)
Higher local earthworm diversity in temperate regions than in the tropics
In any single location, there are typically more earthworms and more earthworm species found in temperate regions than in the tropics. (2019-10-24)
Global earthworm biodiversity patterns influenced by climate
Earthworm communities in soils worldwide -- and the critical ecosystem functions they provide -- could be substantially impacted by continued climate change, according to a new report that evaluated data from nearly 7,000 sampled sites in 57 countries across the globe. (2019-10-24)
Nature: Scientists present new data on the evolution of plants and the origin of species
There are over 500,000 plant species in the world today. (2019-10-23)
Evolving alongside other bacteria keeps hospital bug potent
Bacteria that evolve in natural environments -- rather than laboratory tests -- may become resistant to phage treatments without losing their virulence, new research shows. (2019-10-23)
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