Vanishing snakes highlight the biodiversity crisis

After frogs in protected area of Panama died off en masse, the snakes that ate them began to disappear, too. It shows the extent of our "biodiversity crisis."

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment amphibians biodiversity conservation extinction predators snakes

1 in 3 plants and animals could be extinct in 50 years

Unless global warming declines, extinction is in store for as many as one-third Earth's species of plants and animals worldwide.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity climate-change conservation extinction plants

Global map highlights fish genetic diversity hotspots

A new map that tracks the genetic diversity of freshwater and marine fish offers another tool to protect species around the world.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | Feb. 10, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity conservation fish freshwater maps oceans

Biodiversity can be good for farmers’ bottom line

Increasing biodiversity on their land could help farmers boost their revenues, a new study shows.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity crops farmers plants

2B more people will likely live in cities by 2030

In 10 years, urban expansion into undeveloped land will destroy almost 112,000 square miles of natural habitat—an area larger than the United Kingdom.

Texas A&M University | Feb. 5, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity cities conservation land sustainability

Giant kelp show the value of foundation species

A wealth of data on giant kelp affirms that foundation species are key to the function of ecosystem.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity ecosystems

Land-use ‘mosaic’ is best for productivity and stability

When different kinds of land-use mix—including grassland, forest, urban areas, and bodies of water—the landscape is more productive and stable.

U. Zurich | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity cities climate-change forests rural-communities

Focus on new ‘umbrella’ species could save more Aussie animals

The Australian government could improve its conservation efforts by focusing on "umbrella" species like the koala.

U. Queensland | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment australia biodiversity conservation ecosystems endangered-species

Market-based strategy could boost ocean conservation

A market-based system with the right incentives could bring more coastal and island nations together to improve ocean conservation efforts.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity conservation fishing islands money oceans

Why don’t predators ever totally wipe out their prey?

New research digs into the back and forth between predators and prey, confirming that these cycles can last for long periods of time.

Katherine Gombay-McGill | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology biodiversity predators

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