Gene changes may save some bats from white-nose syndrome

A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Feb. 21, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bats conservation endangered-species evolution fungus natural-selection

Book: Benefits from greenways are totally worth the cost

Open green spaces called greenways could benefit human health, animal habitats, and fight pollution, according to a new book.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Feb. 20, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation infrastructure land pollution transportation

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

Coral nurseries can shelter threatened species

Underwater coral nurseries can do more than provide transplants for barren ocean areas. They can also offer a home to all kinds of threatened species.

National University of Singapore | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation coral-reefs endangered-species oceans

Predator overlap keeps prey from getting out of control

Sea urchins boomed after a mysterious disease decimated sea stars off the California coast. Researchers say it shows how redundancy can protect ecosystems.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Feb. 13, 2020 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology conservation ecosystems predators starfish

Conserving Earth’s ‘giants’ has outsize impact

New findings show the value of preserving Earth's giants, such as elephants, whales, and sequoias.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Feb. 12, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation ecosystems

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

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

To save honey bees, tinker with their microbiomes?

Genetic engineered bacteria in the guts of honey bees could pump out medicines to protect the bees against Varroa mites and deformed wing virus.

Marc Airhart-Texas | Jan. 31, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bacteria bees conservation genetic-engineering insects microbiomes

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