Climate change threatens the birds people love most

"The birds that people find charismatic and lovable are the ones living in the areas being deforested and dried out as the planet warms."

Sarah Cafasso - Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity birds extinction ecosystems earth-and-environment

How gross ‘chastity belts’ shape butterfly evolution

After mating, some male butterflies seal their mate's genitalia. But females have evolved ways of fighting back or getting around the "mating plug."

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution biodiversity butterflies science-and-technology mating

Forests recover from logging faster with a bit of help

When forests get a little restoration nudge after logging, they recover much faster than when left to regenerate on their own, researchers report.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity forests deforestation earth-and-environment

Racism in cities harms animals and the environment, too

Researchers urge more focus the environmental impact of racism, including on ecosystems, plants, and animals. They say those effects also harm human health.

Michelle Ma-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities conservation biodiversity racism earth-and-environment

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

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