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The World's Tree Cover Is Headed in the 'Wrong Direction'

The world is failing to protect its oldest forests. Even as we need forests to store carbon more than ever, the world lost tree cover last year. According to a new report, a soccer field of forest cover was wiped out every six seconds last year. What’s more, new hotspots are popping up within the Brazilian Amazon…Read more...
Tags: Science, Deforestation, Amazon Rainforest, Biodiversity, Bush Fires


Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn

Analysis shows 500 species on brink of extinction – as many as were lost over previous centuryThe sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth is accelerating, according to an analysis by scientists who warn it may be a tipping point for the collapse of civilisation.More than 500 species of land animals were found to be on the brink of extinction and likely to be lost within 20 years. In comparison, the same number were lost over the whole of the last century. Without the human destruction of natu...
Tags: Animals, Environment, World news, Earth, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Biodiversity, Extinct wildlife


Trees are Getting Shorter and Younger

The world’s collective forests have become shorter and younger overall in the past 50 years, according to a study published in the journal Science on Friday. This means that forests have less capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere and are less hospitable to the many species that rely on them for shelter. Oh,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Drought, Deforestation, Wildfires, Biodiversity, Trees Are Disappearing At An Alarming Rate


EU plan for 3bn trees in 10 years to tackle biodiversity crisis

Concern that new strategy, which also includes protecting primeval forests, ‘lacks tools’The European commission will launch a sweeping effort to tackle the global biodiversity crisis on Wednesday, including a call for 3 billion trees to be planted in the EU by 2030 and a plan to better protect the continent’s last primeval forests.The draft policy document, by an environmental NGO, admits that to date in the EU, “protection has been incomplete, restoration has been small-scale, and the implem...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Biodiversity


Madagascar: A Cornucopia of Beauty

Join us for a visual tour of the island nation of Madagascar, about 90 percent of whose flora and fauna is found nowhere else on Earth.
Tags: Photography, News, Africa, Biodiversity, Madagascar, Islands, Travel Warnings, Lemurs


'This is no damn hobby': the 'gangsta gardener' transforming Los Angeles

Lockdown is an unlikely ally for Ron Finley, who has set about revolutionising attitudes to gardening in inner city areas Read more stories from our wild cities week“The garden seduces me,” says Ron Finley, who is known around the world as the “gangsta gardener”. “I’ll get out there at 9am and next thing I know it’s 7pm … gardening takes your mind off things. Everybody should have a garden to cultivate.” English horticulturalists fiddling with well-maintained roses might know the feeling. But fo...
Tags: Environment, Americas, Los Angeles, Cities, Epidemics, Biodiversity, Gardens, Finley, Ron Finley, Coronavirus outbreak


The most dangerous place on Earth 100 million years ago

A new study compiles a comprehensive record of a fossil-rich area of southeastern Morocco.Giant swimmers in a long-gone river system fed huge terrestrial and flying predators.The area was home to a diverse population best studied from afar. Set the Wayback Machine to 100 million years ago. Where do you want to go? Well, where you really don't want to go is the Sahara. According to the lead author of a new study of Cretaceous rock formations in southeastern Morocco, the region was "arguably the ...
Tags: Biology, Earth, Nature, Egypt, Morocco, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Biodiversity, Sahara Desert, Paleontology, Ibrahim, Sahara, Nizar Ibrahim, University of Portsmouth, David Martill


Halt destruction of nature or suffer even worse pandemics, say world’s top scientists

Exclusive: only one species is responsible for coronavirus – humans – say world’s leading wildlife expertsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic is likely to be followed by even more deadly and destructive disease outbreaks unless their root cause – the rampant destruction of the natural world – is rapidly halted, the world’s leading biodiversity experts have warned.“There is a single species responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic – us,” they said. “R...
Tags: Science, Environment, World news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Coronavirus outbreak


Insect numbers down 25% since 1990, global study finds

Scientists say insects are vital and the losses worrying, with accelerating declines in Europe called ‘shocking’ The biggest assessment of global insect abundances to date shows a worrying drop of almost 25% in the last 30 years, with accelerating declines in Europe that shocked scientists.The analysis combined 166 long-term surveys from almost 1,700 sites and found that some species were bucking the overall downward trend. In particular, freshwater insects have been increasing by 11% each decad...
Tags: Europe, Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Biodiversity, Insects


19th-century atlas offers glimpse of North Sea's fish-rich past

In little more than a century, fish stocks in the North Sea declined by 99%.For people living today, a grey and exhausted sea is all they know.O.T. Olsen's Atlas of the North Sea's fish species is a reminder of the richness that once was. "Specialist and magnificent" Ole T. Olsen's 'Piscatorial Atlas' is a masterclass in data presentation, and it doesn't half look bad either. As map guru Tim Bryars says: "The late nineteenth century was the heyday of the thematic atlas, but I have rarely seen o...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, London, Wales, Sustainability, Eu, European Union, Rome, Britain, Ireland, Pollution, Conservation, Innovation, Arctic, West Africa


Entire Ecosystems Could Abruptly Go Extinct Within This Decade

The world is undergoing its sixth major extinction crisis, and as many reports have shown, our warming planet puts many more species at risk of annihilation. A new study published in Nature on Wednesday takes an even deeper look at the crisis and what ecosystem-wide changes could look like.Read more...
Tags: Science, Rip, Biodiversity, Greenhouse Gases, Extinction


Grouse shoots scrapped as heather burning is banned on moors

Torching heather, popular with gamekeepers but bad for the environment, is now outlawed in several upland areas of northern EnglandThe controversial practice of setting heather-covered moorland on fire – often carried out by gamekeepers to create more attractive habitats for grouse – is now banned on more than 30 major tracts of land in northern England. Three large landowners have confirmed that their tenants are no longer allowed to burn heather routinely.The ban is a blow to grouse shoots, wh...
Tags: England, Animals, Environment, UK News, Wildlife, Conservation, Rural affairs, Hunting, Biodiversity


Canada mourns Takaya – the lone sea wolf whose spirit captured the world

The life – and this week’s sudden death – of the legendary wolf shone a light on the often-strained bond between humans and wild animals When Doug Paton burst from his trailer on a warm spring afternoon, he expected to confront yet another stray dog agitating the livestock on his sister’s farm outside Victoria, a city on Canada’s west coast. Instead, standing barefoot in the grass, he found himself face to face with a wolf.“It stopped dead in its tracks and it stared me down,” he says. Then, as ...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Wildlife, Victoria, Biodiversity, Paton, Takaya, Doug Paton


Welcome to the Virosphere

SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the pandemic, belongs to one of 6,828 named species of virus. Hundreds of thousands more species are known, with perhaps trillions waiting to be found.
Tags: News, Microbiology, Epidemics, Biodiversity, Science and Technology, Matthew, Sullivan, Kuhn, Genetics and Heredity, Your-feed-science, Your-feed-health, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Dr. Jens H


‘A manatee is worth more alive’: the mission to save Africa’s sea mammals

Once branded ‘rogue animals’, the elusive creatures were on the brink of extinction, but hope is rising for their survivalIt is a blistering day in the Senegalese coastal town of Joal and a group of biologists are standing in a motorised dugout canoe, scanning the cyan waters for floating manatee dung.Suddenly, a bobbing brown mass appears in the distance. Continue reading...
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Environment, Senegal, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Biodiversity, Joal


Taxi! Endangered New Zealand seabirds get a lift to safety after crash landing in fog

Volunteer army led by a local taxi driver scours the streets in the middle of the night to save endangered birdsA taxi driver in New Zealand has swapped drunken revellers for wayward seabirds in an attempt to halt the decline of one of the nation’s endangered species.Local cabbie Toni Painting leads a volunteer army that scours the streets of the South Island town of Kaikoura in the middle of the night in search of Hutton’s shearwater chicks that crash-land onto the road – mistaking the shiny bi...
Tags: Environment, World news, Birds, Asia Pacific, Oceans, New Zealand, Biodiversity, South Island, Hutton, Kaikoura


David Attenborough calls for ban on 'devastating' deep sea mining

Proposed mining of seabed could destroy unstudied ecosystems and disrupt vital carbon-storing functions, says naturalistSir David Attenborough has urged governments to ban deep sea mining, following a study warning of “potentially disastrous” risks to the ocean’s life-support systems if it goes ahead.The , by Fauna and Flora International (FFI), warns proposed plans to mine the seabed could cause significant loss of biodiversity, disruption of the ocean’s “biological pump”, and the loss of micr...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Mining, Conservation, Oceans, Biodiversity, David Attenborough, Fauna and Flora International FFI


Ecosystems the Size of the Amazon Rainforest Could Collapse Within Decades

 The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, covering an area roughly the size of Australia. And yet it and other large ecosystems could be gone within our lifetime.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Climate Change, Australia, Amazon Rainforest, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Coral Reefs


Ecosystems the size of Amazon 'can collapse within decades'

Large biomes can break down like Jenga bricks once tipping point reached, research findsEven large ecosystems the size of the Amazon rainforest can collapse in a few decades, according to a study that shows bigger biomes break up relatively faster than small ones.The research reveals that once a tipping point has been passed, breakdowns do not occur gradually like an unravelling thread, but rapidly like a stack of Jenga bricks after a keystone piece has been dislodged. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Climate Change, Environment, Americas, World news, Colombia, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Peru, Amazon Rainforest, Venezuela, Biodiversity, Ecuador


Indigenous rangers get $102m in funding for critical role protecting environment

Traditional owners say deal will provide job security and support families in remote and regional AustraliaThe federal government has committed $102m over the next six years to support Indigenous rangers, who are playing a “critical role” in protecting our environment, the environment minister, Sussan Ley, says.Indigenous protected areas (IPAs) make up about 45%, or 67m hectares, of Australia’s network of national parks and reserves, and hold some of the most culturally significant and biodivers...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Australia news, Conservation, Australian politics, Indigenous Australians, Biodiversity, Sussan Ley


The Great Barrier Reef Faces Third Mass Bleaching Event in Five Years

Australia’s forests burned over the summer, but now its underwater ecosystems are in trouble, too. The Great Barrier Reef is facing some severe stress due to extreme heat and faces a “widespread bleaching event,” according to an update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Great Barrier Reef, Biodiversity, National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, Corals, Not Again


Rich countries could be asked to pay billions to protect biodiversity

NGOs express disappointment with ambition of UN talks on global nature agreementWealthy nations could be asked to make significant financial contributions to biodiverse countries such as Brazil under proposals put forward during talks on a global agreement to halt and reverse biodiversity decline.Paying countries with life-sustaining ecosystems such as the Amazon rainforest billions of pounds a year for the services those ecosystems provide for the world was proposed during negotiations on a Par...
Tags: Amazon, Environment, World news, Rome, Paris, Brazil, Un, Biodiversity


Welsh woman declares vindication after ‘guerrilla rewilding’ court case

Sioned Jones convicted of stealing logs after 20 years of felling non-native trees in CorkSioned Jones used to adore the landscape and wildlife of her adopted home in Bantry, a bucolic region in west Cork on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. She planted vegetables and herbs, foraged for nuts and berries and observed birds, insects, frogs and lizards.Then, on land above her house, the state-owned forestry company Coillte planted a forest of Sitka spruce, a non-native species that Jones considered a dark,...
Tags: Europe, Wales, Environment, Atlantic, Ireland, Wildlife, Conservation, Trees and forests, Biodiversity, Jones, Sitka, Bantry, Coillte


Newly waterproofed Arctic seed vault hits 1m samples

Rapid climate change forced urgent upgrade of ‘failsafe’ doomsday storage facilityThe Arctic global seed vault has reached the milestone of having 1m varieties stored in its deep freeze. The new deposits are being made after unexpected flooding of its entrance tunnel in 2017 prompted an upgrade.Seeds from 60,000 crop varieties from across the world are being placed in the vault to back up those held in other seed banks. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, Conservation, Farming, Arctic, Plants, Biodiversity


How youth could save the Earth

Major global environmental problems threaten us. Recent scientific reports show that we are falling short on tackling climate change or stopping biodiversity loss, meaning that the Earth’s climate is under threat and natural species are undergoing a mass extinction wave. While these global environmental issues persist and become more urgent, policymakers have trouble elaborating and implementing solutions helping society to adapt. Considering the paralysis of the international system, new actors...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, Climate Change, Earth, Uganda, United Nations, Protests, Un, Biodiversity, Greta, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, John Cameron, Environmental Politics, Thunberg


Why the lights are going out for fireflies

Fireflies face a dim future because of habitat loss and light pollution. How can conservationists help?At dusk, graduate student Sara Lewis was sitting on her back porch in North Carolina with her dog. “We were supposed to be mowing our grass, but we never did, so we had long grass in our yard,” she recalls. “Suddenly this cloud of sparks rose up out of the grass and started flying around me.”Each spark was a firefly: a beetle that glows in the dark. Hundreds of fireflies had gathered in Lewis’s...
Tags: Science, Conservation, Biodiversity, North Carolina, Insects, Lewis, Sara Lewis




World leaders urged to 'step back from precipice' of ecological ruin

As governments prepare to negotiate a Paris-style UN agreement on nature, 23 former foreign ministers have issued a call for urgent actionHumanity’s ongoing destruction of nature threatens the survival of our species, a group of former foreign ministers has warned, calling on leaders to step back from “the precipice” of irreversible ecological ruin and protect the planet.The planet’s rapidly warming oceans must be the focus of increased conservation efforts due to their importance in producing o...
Tags: Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Oceans, Paris, United Nations, Un, Biodiversity


Climate Change is Decimating the Chinstrap Penguins of Antarctica

Chinstrap penguins are exquisitely adapted to their environment. They live and breed in some of the world’s harshest conditions, nesting in the windblown, rocky coves of the Antarctic Peninsula, a strip of land comprising the northernmost part of the frigid continent. In water they are precision hunters, darting after krill, the tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that are their sole food source, utilizing barbed tongues engineered for catching the slipperiest of prey. On land, these 2-2.5-foot-ta...
Tags: News, Climate Change, Uncategorized, Antarctica, Biodiversity, Greenpeace, Antarctic, Stony Brook University, Peninsula, Southern Ocean, Forrest, Upstate New York, STONY BROOK, South Shetlands, Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands


150,000 nature illustrations from around the world enter the public domain thanks to the the Biodiversity Heritage Library

A huge collection of flora and fauna illustrations have just entered the public domain. Hyperalleric writes: Had he lived in our time, Thoreau would’ve been thrilled to know that the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the world’s largest open-access digital archive dedicated to the natural world, is now offering more than 150,000 high-resolution illustrations for copyright-free download. These public domain images belong to an archive of more than 55 million pages of literature about earth’s ...
Tags: Post, News, Biodiversity, Illustrations, Flora, Thoreau, Climate Crisis, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Biodiversity Heritage Library BHL, Hyperalleric