Boris Johnson's newt-counting claim questioned

The PM is accused of inventing an allegation that wildlife rules are holding back house-building.

By Roger Harrabin • bbcnews
July 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment wildlife boris-johnson newts

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana

Some 350 elephant carcasses have been spotted in Botswana's Okavango Delta since May.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 1, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: wildlife botswana elephants

How deforestation helps deadly viruses jump from animals to humans

Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.

Maria Anice Mureb Sallum, Professor of Epidemiology, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity

Noisy humans make birds sleep with one eye open – but lockdown offered a reprieve

Noise pollution can cause long-term stress and harm to wildlife.

Graeme Shannon, Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds sleep wildlife lockdown noise-pollution coastal-ecosystems

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

How forest loss has changed biodiversity across the globe over the last 150 years

New findings show how changes in land use have complex effects on animal and plant species.

Isla Myers-Smith, Chancellor's Fellow in Global Change Ecology, University of Edinburgh • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity trees forests wildlife deforestation forest-cover woodland forest-loss

Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here's how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

Roland Kays, Research Associate Professor of Wildlife and Scientist at NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 china wildlife fishing wildlife-conservation bison endangered-species us-history wildlife-trade asia hunting ivory-ban wildlife-management

A Bee C: Scientists translate honeybee queen duets

Queens "quack" when ready to hatch - but if two are free at the same time, they fight to the death.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
June 16, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: insects bees wildlife

With construction paused, let's rethink roads and railway projects to protect people and nature

Road and rail construction is booming in sub-Saharan Africa, but the pandemic has brought a welcome pause for reflection.

Brock Bersaglio, Lecturer in Environment and Development, University of Birmingham • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: kenya wildlife roads tanzania zambia sub-saharan-africa railways motorways

Red pandas tracked by satellite in conservation 'milestone'

Red pandas in Nepal are being monitored in their last stronghold in the mountainous forests of Nepal.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 12, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: conservation wildlife nepal earth-observation

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