To save wild chimpanzees, imagine their habitat is an electrical circuit

To understand the barriers endangered species face when trying to traverse their habitat, it helps to think of their environment like an electrical circuit board.

Fiona Stewart, Lecturer in Wildlife Conservation, Liverpool John Moores University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

conservation chimpanzees rainforest habitat-fragmentation circuits wild-chimpanzees electricity-networks

Free food lures wildlife to suburban backyards

Free food—and to a lesser extent free shelter—may be why wild animals often hang out in suburban backyards, a new study shows.

Laura Oleniacz - NC State • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~6 min

conservation habitat earth-and-environment suburbs

Biodiversity: where the world is making progress – and where it's not

The world missed all 20 targets for stemming the tide of biodiversity loss. But there has been some progress over the last decade.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~8 min

climate-change biodiversity extinction united-nations wildlife invasive-species habitat-loss species-loss unep convention-on-biodiversity

Monarch butterflies' spectacular migration is at risk – an ambitious new plan aims to help save it

Can a plan that brings together government and private landowners create enough habitat for monarch butterflies?

D. André Green II, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~9 min

conservation insects migration wildlife-conservation pollinators trump-administration endangered-species habitat butterflies endangered-species-act

One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish west coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

One of Earth's most biodiverse habitats lies off the Scottish coast – but climate change could wipe it out

Maerl beds are the coral reefs of the British Isles. But like their tropical counterparts, they're threatened by climate change.

Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, PhD Candidate in Marine Conservation, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~6 min

climate-change uk-wildlife marine-biodiversity marine-ecosystems habitat-loss marine-life sealife

'Extinction: The Facts': Attenborough's new documentary is surprisingly radical

A conservation scientist interviewed on the programme says Sir David tells it like it is.

Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

climate-change extinction wildlife-conservation david-attenborough habitat-loss

Coral sex: how reproducing species in the lab could be key to restoring reefs in the wild

Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.

Jenny Mallon, PhD Candidate in Coral Reef Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

coral-reefs caribbean marine-ecosystems corals sexual-reproduction reef-restoration threatened-habitats

Don't blame cats for destroying wildlife – shaky logic is leading to moral panic

Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.

Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

conservation biodiversity birds ethics mice science australia rats cats sixth-mass-extinction conservation-biology logic justice moral-panic predator compassion apex-predators habitat-degradation

Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil – new findings

The coconut – an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls – causes more environmental harm than many people realise.

Erik Meijaard, Adjunct Professor of Conservation, University of Kent • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~7 min

biodiversity deforestation palm-oil tropical-forest coconut-oil habitat-loss coconuts coconut-water

/

2