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 • futurity
March 18, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
March 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation oceans earth-and-environment oysters acidity

Cats don’t roam far, but they do lots of killing

Is your outdoor cat a wildlife-killer? "We found that house cats have a two- to 10-time larger impact on wildlife than wild predators—a striking effect."

Mick Kulikowski-NC State • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: conservation birds pets cats lizards featured earth-and-environment predators

This coral reef is super resilient. Here’s the plan to save it

Red Sea coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba withstand water temperature irregularities that decimate other corals. It's time to save them, say researchers.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
March 10, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change conservation ecosystems earth-and-environment corals

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: conservation biodiversity birds earth-and-environment land

Myanmar lost 60% of mangrove forests in 20 years

In the last 20 years, more than 60% of Myanmar's mangrove forests were converted to agricultural use, report researchers.

National University of Singapore • futurity
March 5, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation agriculture forests earth-and-environment land

Fishing targets the ‘super-urinators’ that ecosystems need

Certain fish are super-urinators, meaning that they contribute more nitrogen to the ecosystem. Unfortunately, they're also prize catches.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation fish fishing nitrogen ecosystems earth-and-environment urine fertilizer

With bear trophies and lion genitals, US wildlife trafficking booms

Illegal wildlife trafficking and the demand for animal parts rose in the United States between 1979 and 2014, researchers find.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
March 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation pets endangered-species hunting featured society-and-culture earth-and-environment crimes

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