Biodiversity: why foods grown in warm climates could be doing the most damage to wildlife

Food farmed in tropical and Mediterranean climates comes at a higher cost to biodiversity than that grown elsewhere.

Jessica J Williams, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, UCL • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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Scientists address myths over large-scale tree planting

Scientists propose 10 golden rules for restoring forests to maximise benefits for the planet.

bbcnews
yesterday ~5 min

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Whale sharks: boat strikes in protected areas could be harming the animals' development

This is the first study to link human activity with a change in whale sharks’ life stages.

Jessica Harvey-Carroll, PhD Researcher, University of St Andrews • conversation
Jan. 22, 2021 ~7 min

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Invasive tawny crazy ants have an intense craving for calcium – with implications for their spread in the US

The spread of tawny crazy ants may be driven, in part, by their need for calcium.

Ryan Reihart, Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. Candidate of Ecology, University of Dayton • conversation
Jan. 21, 2021 ~5 min

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Elephants counted from space for conservation

Satellite imagery is being used to count elephants in a breakthrough that could aid conservation.

bbcnews
Jan. 21, 2021 ~2 min

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Florida manatee with 'Trump' etched on back prompts investigation

An investigation is launched after the marine mammal was found with the president's name on its body.

bbcnews
Jan. 12, 2021 ~2 min

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£3bn UK climate finance to be spent on supporting nature

The PM says investment is needed to protect marine life, forests and sustainable food production.

bbcnews
Jan. 11, 2021 ~3 min

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Pikas are adapting to climate change remarkably well, contrary to many predictions

Pikas – small cousins of rabbits – live mainly in the mountainous US west. They've been called a climate change poster species, but they're more adaptable than many people think.

Andrew Smith, Professor Emeritus of Life Sciences, Arizona State University • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~8 min

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Islanders help rescue orca stranded on Orkney beach

Volunteers led the rescue effort to save the young 11ft-long stranded orca in Orkney.

bbcnews
Jan. 6, 2021 ~2 min

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Why David Attenborough cannot be replaced

Wildlife television as we know it was constructed around Attenborough. Take him away and the whole thing needs to be reinvented.

Jean-Baptiste Gouyon, Associate professor in Science Communication, UCL • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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