An international research team with the participation of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) advocates the worldwide development of a dark infrastructure.
A new study from scientists at Uppsala University shows that it took more than 10 millennia from when the first spruces returned to Sweden after the glacial stage of the last Ice Age until the species became widespread.
Dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases remain a massive threat to human health and well-being. Urbanization and climate change are likely to increase this threat as established mosquitoes spread to new environments and gain a foothold.
Old-growth forests provide windows into the history of both landscapes and climate. Furthermore, as the pressures of climate change and biodiversity loss amplify, studying and monitoring old-growth forests becomes increasingly important.
From all accounts, Australia's blue-gray mouse was a charming little creature. The famous British zoologist Oldfield Thomas of London's Natural History Museum first described the species in 1910 and named it Pseudomys glaucus.
The top predator of the Jurassic and Cretaceous landscapes was usually a species of meat-eating dinosaur. These predators walked on two legs, had powerful jaws lined with sharp teeth and included species from groups known as tyrannosaurs, spinosaurs and carcharodontosaurs.
Aoteaora New Zealand has experienced a dynamic geological and climatic history. There was the separation from the southern super-continent Gondwana, the near drowning during the Oligocene some 27–22 million years ago, and the dramatic changes wrought by ice ages during the Pleistocene which star ...
Sitting anchored to the rocky reef 70 feet (21 meters) below the surface of the ocean, hundreds of scalloped hammerhead sharks swam above me in unison, moving as if one.
Temperature extremes with altered characteristics are among the most threatening impacts of global warming. However, how their characteristics have changed is uncertain, and varies by region.
Think about a river. Now, imagine that river is one you know. Maybe it's near your home, or perhaps it's in a place you've visited.
New research from the University of Warwick, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Reichman University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona School of Economics challenges the conventional theory that the transition from foraging to farming drove the development of complex, hierarchical soci ...
A team of researchers from Austria, Germany, Italy and the UK has created simulations aimed at showing possible landslide scenarios in the Austrian Alps in the coming years as global warming leads to changes in the weather there. Their paper has been published in the journal Communications Earth ...
Deep in a Panamanian rain forest, bird populations have been quietly declining for 44 years. A new University of Illinois-led study shows a whopping 70% of understory bird species declined in the forest between 1977 and 2020. And the vast majority of those are down by half or more.
A recent study shows that genetically modified zebrafish, known as GloFish, have been found and are breeding in creeks in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
Qiang Zheng, a microbiologist at Xiamen University in southeast China, wants to know whether bacteria and other marine microorganisms can be harnessed to help combat global warming.
Scientists have solved a 100-year-old mystery about the evolutionary links between malaria parasites that infect humans and chimpanzees.
Far from the flowery fields that are their natural home, honey bees imperiled by pesticides in rural Colombia are finding sanctuary on university campuses in the bustling capital Bogota.
Efforts related to the management of breeding ducks in North America have often focused on developing and implementing practices that promote the survival of nests.
Scientists looking to measure the biodiversity of wild animals have added a surprising tool to their arsenal—blood-sucking leeches. In a new study led by a team of Harvard researchers, DNA samples extracted from the blood meals of leeches were used to map which animals live in the Ailaoshan Natu ...
The smell of geosmin is unmistakable: It's the odor that permeates the air after a summer rain squall or fills your nose while gardening. It's the smell of wet soil—an earthy, almost comforting scent.
Scientists supported by the EU-funded FORGENIUS project have presented a new data set showing current and potential future distributions of European tree species. Called EU-Trees4F, the data set provides a detailed model on how the ranges of 67 tree species will change between now and 2095.
Animals do all sorts of disgusting things. While these gross behaviours might turn our stomachs, they're often crucial to an animal's survival.
A puzzling, decade-long slowdown in summer warming across Greenland has been explained by researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan. Their observational analysis and computer simulations revealed that changes in sea surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean, thousands of miles to the s ...
Ground-breaking research into the hot structures deep in the Earth suggest they could be much more fluid than once supposed.
Weaver birds that eat seeds flock together and nest in colonies more commonly than those species that eat insects, suggests new research by an international team of scientists led by the Milner Center for Evolution at the University of Bath.
The new Royal Research Ship (RRS) Sir David Attenborough is proving its capabilities as an icebreaker. On its first outing to the Antarctic, the £200m polar vessel - popularly known as Boaty McBoatface - has been smashing through thick frozen floes.
A first-of-its-kind study looking at surface meltwater lakes around the East Antarctic Ice Sheet across a seven-year period has found that the area and volume of these lakes is highly variable year-to-year, and offers new insights into the potential impact of recent climatic change on the 'Froze ...
Deserts may seem lifeless and inert, but they are very much alive. Sand dunes, in particular, grow and move—and according to a decades long research project, they also breathe humid air.
A network of West African Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) covers key sites used by green turtles, new research shows.
A collaborative research project into the green turtles that were released into the wild by what was at the time the Cayman Turtle Farm has shown that the accelerating biodiversity loss from global warming and other human activity could in some circumstances be assisted by the reintroduction of ...
Biodiversity losses in countries with smaller, less-developed economies, impact large, developed economies, according to a new study.
Researchers have combined macro photography with DNA metabarcoding to create a new botanical "CSI" tool that may hold the key to safeguarding the future of Australia's critically endangered carnivorous plants.
When they're prepared for transport, apples and other fruits are often treated with a fungicide to prevent spoilage and extend shelf life.
Tony Goldberg knows that most human diseases, like COVID-19, don't start—or end—with our species. These diseases are really a part of our whole ecosystem, and that includes the animals we interact with.
Mussels in Port Phillip Bay near Melbourne are ingesting microscopic pieces of plastic used in cosmetics. And it's affecting their ability to grow and reproduce, an RMIT University eco-toxicologist has found.
In a few years, apples that are officially deemed allergy-friendly will be available in supermarkets. The apples are a result of a project in which researchers in cooperation with the Züchtungsinitiative Niederelbe (ZIN), an initiative for breeding apple varieties, have successfully developed tw ...
Zebra mbuna (a species of cichlid fish) and stingrays can add and subtract one from the numbers one to five, according to a study published in Scientific Reports.
For 25 years, UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley has been intrigued by humans' love of alcohol. In 2014, he wrote a book proposing that our attraction to booze arose millions of years ago, when our ape and monkey ancestors discovered that the scent of alcohol led them to ripe, fermenting and nu ...
A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and California Polytechnic State University, has found that the broken wing tactic used by some birds to lure predators away from their nest is more widespread than previously thought.
A team of researchers from the University of Strathclyde, Clyde Porpoise CIC and CESIMAR–CCT CENPAT-CONICET, has found evidence of a lone dolphin attempting to communicate with porpoises.
The United States will get only partially toward deep reductions in greenhouse gasses with the policy tools currently available even in the scenario most favorable politically to decarbonization.
Ozone may be weakening one of the Earth's most important cooling mechanisms, making it a more significant greenhouse gas than previously thought, research has found.
Deep in the Earth beneath us lie two blobs the size of continents. One is under Africa, the other under the Pacific Ocean. The blobs have their roots 2,900km below the surface, almost halfway to the center of the Earth.
Researchers from the Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and their collaborators published a high-accuracy and high-resolution permafrost map over the Northern Hemisphere.
Extreme storm surges in Europe have increased since 1960, suggests a paper published in Nature. These findings are comparable to the rate of sea level rise over the same period. The study contradicts current hypotheses suggesting surge extremes will remain the same, and may have implications for ...
Hundreds of dugongs and thousands of turtles will likely starve to death in coming months after flood waters smothered Queensland’s seagrass meadows with sediment.
A new study from researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) rolls back the curtain on half a century of evidence detailing the impact of climate change on more than 60 different bird species.
Continents reconfigure, oceans shift, and ice sheets thicken and thaw, but for the past 95 million years Earth's engine for distributing ocean heat has remained remarkably consistent.
A healthy bee population would represent a financial boon for Ireland's apple growers suggests new UCD research.
Researchers say a large spider native to East Asia that proliferated in Georgia last year could spread to much of the East Coast.