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
March 30, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

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

Dragon lizard is a brand new species in the Smaug family

Researchers have found a new species in the Smaug genus, named for the deadly dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology africa climate-change conservation lizards

COVID-19 threatens endangered great apes, too

Endangered apes also face the threat of COVID-19. And they'll need our help to stay safe and avoid extinction, experts warn.

Carol Clark-Emory
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine apes conservation covid-19 endangered-species viruses

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
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

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

Here’s the right way to move a group of giraffes

Conservationists often translocate giraffes to establish new populations. Two new studies offer insight on what's needed to best ensure success.

Gail McCormick-Penn State
March 19, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation ecosystems genetic-diversity

‘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
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

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

Sensory ‘danger zones’ can mess with animal survival

Sensory danger zones, where light, noise, and chemical pollution overlap with animal habitats, put animals at serious risk, researchers say.

U. Michigan
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation light pollution senses sound

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change conservation coral-reefs ecosystems oceans

Soft coral survivors can’t replace stony coral decline

Soft corals in the US Virgin Islands recovered from back-to-back hurricanes in 2017, but stony corals haven't—and one species can’t just replace the other.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured climate-change conservation coral-reefs ecosystems oceans

Acidic oceans mess with oysters passing on ‘memories’

Ocean acidification limits the ability of some oysters to pass on "memories" of environmental trauma to their offspring.

U. Washington
March 16, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment acidity conservation oceans oysters

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