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

Loss of bees threatens US crop yields

Declines in populations of bees and other pollinators threatens crop yields of apples, cherries, and blueberries in the US, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation bees food pollinators crops earth-and-environment

Pandemic fight costs 500X more than preventing one

The cost of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is around 500 times greater than what it would take to prevent pandemics by protecting tropical forests.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation covid-19 forests viruses money featured earth-and-environment health-and-medicine pandemics

Governments could stop future pandemics via conservation

By curtailing deforestation and wildlife trafficking across the globe, governments could help prevent the rise of the next worldwide pandemic.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation covid-19 forests money deforestation government earth-and-environment health-and-medicine pandemics

Carbon dioxide threatens life in the Gulf of Mexico

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Gulf of Mexico are putting commercial fishing and marine life at risk, researchers warn.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation water fish carbon-dioxide fishing oceans gulf-of-mexico earth-and-environment

Sharks are disappearing from the world’s oceans

A new study of shark populations in 58 countries around the world detected none in almost 20% of the locations surveyed.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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

Sunny spots for rattlesnakes also attract predators

Removing tree canopy to create breeding areas for timber rattlesnakes also brings in predators like hawks and bobcats, research finds.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation trees snakes earth-and-environment predators rattlesnakes

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

There’s still time to save about half of Earth’s land

"...if we act quickly and decisively, there is a slim window in which we can still conserve roughly half of Earth's land in a relatively intact state."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities conservation agriculture earth-and-environment land

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