How to improve our relationship with nature after coronavirus

Human encroachment on the environment is increasing the threat of diseases like COVID-19, but spending more time in nature could also be part of the solution to this pandemic.

Zita Sebesvari, Head of Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity covid-19 coronavirus zoonotic-diseases green-spaces coronavirus-insights

How one teaspoon of Amazon soil teems with fungal life

Scientists discover hundreds of different fungi in Amazonian soil, thought to play a vital role in nature.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: biodiversity nature kew-gardens amazon-rainforest

Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.

Richard Yanagihara, Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, University of Hawaii • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: dna biodiversity covid-19 pandemic zoonotic-diseases infectious-disease-research natural-history-collections museums genetic-research

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years

New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.

Isla Myers-Smith, Chancellor's Fellow in Global Change Ecology, University of Edinburgh • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity trees forests wildlife deforestation forest-cover woodland forest-loss

Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth

New global extinction target proposed

With species fast disappearing, the world needs a single target for fighting extinction, say experts.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 12, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity nature extinction wildlife-conservation amphibians

Rewilding: rare birds return when livestock grazing has stopped

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 • conversation
June 2, 2020 ~26 min

Tags: biodiversity birds agriculture nature interdisciplinarity farming sheep grazing in-depth insights-series rewilding

Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'

A study presents more evidence that the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: biodiversity birds nature animals endangered-species amphibians

'Billions of years of evolutionary history' under threat

'Weird and wonderful' animals unlike anything else on Earth are sliding toward extinction, say scientists.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 26, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment conservation biodiversity wildlife-conservation

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