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

Wildlife scientists examine the great 'human pause'

Tracking wildlife before, during and after lockdown will aim to analyse the slowdown in human activity.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
June 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment nature wildlife coronavirus-lockdown-measures

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

Conservation: Glimmer of hope for world's rarest primate

The discovery of a new breeding pair raises hope for the future of a critically endangered gibbon.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 31, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation nature

COVID-19 is eroding scientific field work – and our knowledge of how the world is changing

The COVID-19 pandemic is interrupting scientific field work across North America, leaving blank spots in important data sets and making it harder to track ecological change.

Casey Setash, PhD student in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University • conversation
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change covid-19 biology nature ecology coronavirus-2020 wildlife ducks phenology massachusetts migratory-birds colorado thoreau field-research

Mothers behind bars nurture relationships with visitors in this unusual prison garden

About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.

Julie Stevens, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University • conversation
May 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: children mental-health parents mothers nature plants prisons green-space jails landscape-architecture female-prisoners prisoners prison-design jail green-spaces moms

Coronavirus lockdown: Can nature help improve our mood?

How the outside world can be good for body and mind - with expert tips on making the most of it.

By Emily Kasriel • bbcnews
May 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health nature gardening coronavirus-lockdown-measures outdoor-activities

Lockdown isn’t good news for all wildlife – many animals rely on humans for survival

What a hungry Red kite tells us about human-animal relationships.

Ben Garlick, Lecturer in Human Geography, York St John University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: environment covid-19 birds nature animals wildlife goats

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