Extinction: One third of all lemurs 'on the brink'

A third of all the lemur species on Earth are "one step from extinction".

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
July 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment conservation extinction wildlife iucn-red-list

More people eat frog legs than you think – and humans are harvesting frogs at unsustainable rates

Frogs are harvested as food by the millions every year. A new study shows that uncontrolled frog hunting could drive some populations to extinction by midcentury.

Kerim Çiçek, Associate Professor of Zoology, Ege University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: food extinction frogs regulation endangered-species amphibians hunting turkey

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

Extinctions in next 20 years may near 20th-century total

"What we do to deal with the current extinction crisis in the next two decades will define the fate of millions of species."

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change conservation covid-19 extinction endangered-species featured earth-and-environment

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution extinction parasites earth-and-environment predators

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution extinction parasites earth-and-environment predators

Will humans go extinct? For all the existential threats, we'll likely be here for a very long time

Large numbers, huge ranges, and adaptibility make the human species very difficult to eradicate

Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: extinction apocalypse mass-extinction

Nature crisis: 'Insect apocalypse' more complicated than thought

The health of insect populations globally is far more varied than previous research suggested.

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity insects extinction

Do scientists build ‘trees of life’ with faulty methods?

Long-used approaches for reconstructing evolutionary paths, or "trees of life," are deeply flawed, say researchers in a new paper.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution extinction fossils new-species science-and-technology

Volcanic CO2 emissions triggered Triassic extinction

201 million year ago, climate change wiped out nearly half of the species on Earth. New research shows volcanic CO2 emissions played a direct role.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction carbon-dioxide volcanoes earth-and-environment

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