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

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

Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

In 40 years, cities ate up a surprising amount of rural space

Urban expansion and falling population density in cities worldwide over the last 40 years are leading to problems with efficient use of land.

Texas A&M University
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture cities land rural-communities

How concrete production can help or hurt our environment

"Air pollution and climate change problems are really intertwined when we talk about solutions." Strategies for making concrete production greener are an example.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change emissions greenhouse-gas materials-science pollution

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

Sea ice on the move could spread pollution around

The movement of sea ice, expected to significantly increase this century, could lead to an exchange of microplastics and oil between Arctic neighbors.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill
March 20, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment arctic melting pollutants sea-ice

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

‘Sushi parasites’ have spiked 283-fold in 40 years

The next time you eat sashimi, nigiri, or other forms of raw fishi, consider doing a quick check for worms.

Michelle Ma-Washington
March 19, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment fish food oceans parasites

California’s strict air pollution laws are good for farmers

"The irony is that by fighting against certain environmental regulations, these folks may be damaging their own earning capacity."

Brian Bell-UC Irvine
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture california climate-change farmers food laws pollution sustainability

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