New Guinea is #1 for island plant diversity

A new study that lists almost 14,000 plant species shows that New Guinea is the most diverse island on the planet when it comes to flora.

U. Zurich • futurity
Aug. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biodiversity plants science-and-technology earth-and-environment islands new-guinea

We can save parasites. Here’s why we should

"Parasites are an incredibly diverse group of species, but as a society, we do not recognize this biological diversity as valuable."

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity ecosystems parasites science-and-technology

Indigenous people are key conservationists

"...Indigenous knowledge is absolutely essential for understanding the cumulative impacts of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation."

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity indigenous-people ecosystems earth-and-environment

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth

How COVID-19 threatens conservation efforts

COVID-19 threatens to derail conservation efforts and research for a year, which could be a huge blow to the field. Here, a biologist explains the threat.

Katherine Gianni-Boston University • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity covid-19 research earth-and-environment

UN treaty could turn high seas ‘hotspots’ into parks

Researchers have identified biodiversity hotspots in the high seas, "the planet's last global commons." Will a UN treaty establish international ocean parks?

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity united-nations fishing oceans international-relations earth-and-environment

Plants and animals share response to climate change

Plants and animals are remarkably similar in their responses to changing environmental conditions across the globe, a new study finds.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

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

Farms with diverse crops protect animals and the climate

Farms with diverse crops can protect endanged species and biodiversity while also standing up better to the effects of climate change, researchers say.

Stanford • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change conservation biodiversity agriculture earth-and-environment

‘Fatal attraction’ may keep small predators in check

In a kind of "fatal attraction," small predators drawn to kill sites for leftover scraps may get killed themselves when big predators return for seconds.

Michelle Ma-Washington • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity featured science-and-technology predators prey

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