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

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

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

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

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

Birds indicate homogenization’s threat to biodiversity

"One of the most critical and conspicuous ways that diversity is changing is by changing the distribution of species across space." Bird "census" data indicate the risks.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment biodiversity birds conservation land

Super popular weed killer threatens biodiversity

Roundup, one of the world's most popular weed killers, can make ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change.

McGill University • futurity
March 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity climate-change evolution pesticides plankton

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 • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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 • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~5 min

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 • futurity
Feb. 10, 2020 ~4 min

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

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