How gross ‘chastity belts’ shape butterfly evolution

After mating, some male butterflies seal their mate's genitalia. But females have evolved ways of fighting back or getting around the "mating plug."

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution biodiversity butterflies science-and-technology mating

Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation'

One in five species of maple are threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 21, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: environment conservation biodiversity trees botany wildlife

Experts call for new era for wildlife in UK

Conservation experts urge the prime minister to take a lead on reversing the decline in nature.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 16, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity nature extinction wildlife wildlife-conservation

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Wildlife populations have plummeted by 68% since 1970. But we have a plan to turn things around.

Piero Visconti, Research Scholar, Ecosystem Services and Management Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity agriculture wildlife ecosystem-services ecosystems biodiversity-loss sixth-mass-extinction food-systems

Wildlife in 'catastrophic decline' due to human destruction, scientists warn

Conservation group WWF says global wildlife populations have shrunk by two-thirds since 1970.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: environment conservation biodiversity extinction animals wildlife wildlife-conservation amphibians

Protecting half of the planet is the best way to fight climate change and biodiversity loss – we've mapped the key places to do it

A new plan targets areas around the world that can store carbon and protect large numbers of species. It calls for preserving these lands, working with Indigenous peoples and connecting wild areas.

Greg Asner, Director, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science and Professor, Arizona State University • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  climate-change  conservation  biodiversity  indigenous-peoples  endangered-species  ecosystems  wildlife-corridors  earth-observation  sixth-mass-extinction  paris-climate-accord  monitoring  connectivity

Earth's 'lost species' only the tip of the iceberg

Hundreds of mammals will go extinct if we do not act now to address biodiversity loss, say scientists.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity extinction fossils animals

Why grandparents should talk to children about the natural world of their youth

Shifting baseline syndrome affects everyone. It's blinding us to the long-term deterioration of wildlife and ecosystems.

Lizzie Jones, PhD Candidate in Zoology, Royal Holloway • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: biodiversity wildlife oral-history generations grandparents baseline-assessments

Forests recover from logging faster with a bit of help

When forests get a little restoration nudge after logging, they recover much faster than when left to regenerate on their own, researchers report.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity forests deforestation earth-and-environment

Zoos are key to the planet's healthy future – don't let them go extinct

Zoos are struggling more than most businesses.

Matyas Liptovszky, Honorary Assistant Professor of Zoo Animal Medicine, University of Nottingham • conversation
Aug. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity coronavirus animals interdisciplinarity animal-welfare zoos

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