This Earth Day, spot plants and animals to boost research

"Sometimes we have very little documentation of what’s right around us. The things you think are mundane might become really important."

Alisson Clark-Florida • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment apps citizen-scientists conservation holidays internet research

How insecticide could harm monarchs in added habitat

The research on insecticides could lead to better strategies for how to plant milkweed on agricultural land to expand monarch butterfly populations.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture butterflies conservation insects pesticides

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

Innovative birds have lower risk of extinction

Birds who can innovate in how they forage for food face lower risk of extinction, research finds.

McGill University • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-and-environment birds climate-change conservation extinction

Captive apes’ gut microbiomes are a lot like some people’s

The gut microbiomes of apes living in captivity resemble those of some people more than they resemble apes living in the wild.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment apes chimpanzees conservation endangered-species gut-bacteria

Why West African lions don’t avoid hunting areas

Images from camera traps show West African lions venturing out of protected areas and closer to humans. Researchers have an idea why.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: earth-and-environment featured cats conservation endangered-species hunting national-parks predators west-africa

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

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 • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

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 • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

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 • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~6 min

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

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