The fossil of a baby dinosaur discovered in China more than 25 years ago has formally been identified as a new species of feathered dinosaur.The hatchling, dubbed Baby Louie, was found within a nest of dinosaur eggs.
Conservationists are to coat pieces of rubber with the scent of female moths as part of a survey of a rare species in the Cairngorms.In the UK, the Kentish glory is only found in north east Scotland.
When Americans come of a certain age, they learn about the birds and the bees. When biodynamic vineyards come of age, though, vineyard owners think back on the story of the bees and the grapes.
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds, Greek story-teller Aesop had said. Even the dullest-looking bird becomes a feast to the eye in the wild.
Catastrophic ecosystem failures can destroy industries and threaten food supplies—just think of the collapse of the North Atlantic cod fisheries in the early 1990s or insect outbreaks that devastated Northern spruce and fir forests in the 1970s. Now, a new study promises a way to predict—and pos ...
Walking along the beaches of New England, it is easy to spot large amounts of a fine red seaweed clogging the coastline, the result of sweeping changes in the marine environment occurring beneath the water. To further investigate, researchers at the University of New Hampshire looked at seaweed ...
The list of species at risk of extinction in Canada has grown to 751, and the effects of climate change may put those species even more at risk — especially the 62 species in the North.
Climate change could produce a refugee crisis that is “unprecedented in human history”, Barack Obama has warned as he stressed global warming was the most pressing issue of the age.
Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, doing for the world’s planes, ships and automobiles what windfarms and solar panels are doing for its electricity grids. With the transport sector accounting for almost one fifth of Australia’s total carbon emissions ...
The historic site of Buddha's birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned. Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted.
A little more than 600 million years ago, you could have drunk from the ocean.After an extreme ice age known as snowball Earth, in which glaciers extended to the tropics and ice up to a kilometre thick covered the oceans, the melt formed a thick freshwater layer that floated on the super-salty o ...
The movement of the dentex, a fish living in rocky sea floors and marine lands in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, is influenced by the changes in ocean temperatures, according to a study carried out in the Medes Islands and published in the journal Scientific Reports.
A group of inspirational women conservationists from nine countries, involved in conservation projects funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) in the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot have shared their experiences, identified a gender gap in conservation activities and discussed ways ...
All certainties on environmental protection have been cast into doubt as the UK leaves the EU. The move could yet be a boost or a curse for Britain's wildlife, which has been in steady decline.
our daily dose of caffeine can influence coffee cultivation practices which in turn affect forest diversity and sustainability. So how should you go about choosing your beans, and what do those certification logos actually mean?
Lyme disease – an infection contracted from the bite of an infected tick– is an important emerging disease in the UK, and is increasing in incidence in people in the UK and large parts of Europe and North America.
Despite Wayanad being a critical biodiversity repository site along the Western Ghats, close to 1739.03 hectares of forest land in the eco-fragile district remain encroached. Environmentalists said that forest encroachments in Wayanad would pose a severe ecological impact as it has led to the de ...
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is unique for its landscape and typical biodiversity of the Deccan Plateau. Situated between Sandur and Hospet taluks of Ballari district, the sanctuary is the largest sanctuary for Indian sloth bears (Melursis ursinus). Spread across 82 square kilometres, it has beco ...
Climbers to Mt. Apo must “observe environmentalism and respect for the biodiversity” to avoid another massive fire that destroyed at least 100 hectares of grasslands and century-old trees on its peak last year, an official said.
The smallest of the Canary Islands wants to shift to 100 percent renewable energy with wind and water power. It's an ambitious goal - but necessary in a warming world. Still, can it be done affordably?
Global warming could threaten the survival of reptiles by reducing the number of bacteria living in their guts, researchers have found. They found that warming of 2-3°C (35-37°F) caused a 34 per cent loss of microorganism diversity in the guts of common lizards.
To the list of global problems the world’s oceans are facing, you can add another: They’re losing oxygen.The Pacific Ocean off the U.S. West Coast, from central California to Alaska, is one of the hardest-hit areas.
A surprising diversity of bugs recorded in upland streams in northern England may indicate a recovery from past acid pollution, according to scientists at the University of York.
t's not a good idea to bring back moa or other extinct species, a new study says.Instead, any "de-extinction" of lost species should target recently extinct species rather than ancient fauna, University of Otago conservation biologist Professor Philip Seddon said.
The POLYPHAGOUS SHOT HOLE borer, a brown-black beetle from southeast Asia, never gets bigger than a tenth of an inch. It breeds inside trees; pregnant females drill into trunks to create networks of tunnels where they lay their eggs. The beetles also carry a fungus called Fusarium; it infects th ...
Bats, too often, get a bum rap. They’re the bloodsucking supernatural villains of Bram Stoker fame. They’re the familiar figure of speech to imply insanity (acting batty, bats in your belfry, batshit crazy). They’re dirty, winged rodents of the night sky. Never mind that most species eat insects ...
Will Bill Laurance and his team find Tasmanian tigers lurking in Australia’s remote Cape York peninsula? Numerous animals that were thought to be extinct have recently been rediscovered. Here are our top five species that came back from the dead – and two more that might also have been written o ...
A new kind of electronic device completely disintegrates within a month when exposed to a mild acid like watered-down vinegar, researchers from Stanford University reported May 1 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It's been a long time since a wild wolf pack has roamed in Denmark. The last of the country's wolves was killed in 1813. That is, until 2012 when a male wolf made its way back into Denmark. Now, a handful of years later, there are not only several males but finally a female.
Scientists have filmed the extremely secretive bay cat (Catopuma badia) in a new location that is about 64 kilometers (40 miles) outside its currently known distribution range in Borneo.
Back in the 60s, just a dozen boats and hotels accommodated fewer than 2,000 tourists in the Galapagos a year . Fifty years later, in 2016, more than 215,000 tourists were lodged in 76 cruises and more than 300 land-based hotels .
Ecosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction.
A massive fire spread over a very large area of the Gautala wildlife sanctuary near Patnadevi and nearby areas since Saturday evening has damaged the local flora and fauna.
Coral reefs are the "rainforests of the sea", prized for their beauty and resources the world over. They are also one of the Earth's most vulnerable ecosystems threatened by climate change. And no place better symbolises their importance and their plight than Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The Philippines remains among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. German Watch’s recent Climate Risk Index 2016, for instance, ranks the Philippines fourth in the world’s top 10 countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years.
ASCENSION ISLANDTouching down on Ascension Island feels like landing on Mars.Clay-colored lava rocks form football field-sized craters visible from my airplane window. Residences near the airfield are low-slung, white, and identical in shape, just like the space colonies in science fiction.
WITH its distinctive brown and yellow flowers and its habit of crowding out the locals along our riverbanks and road verges, the peanut butter cassia is easy to spot.Formally addressed as Senna didymobotrya and a member of the extensive legume or Fabaceae family, its common name comes from the f ...
Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humankind. Other issues make headlines: terrorism kills; inequality affects everyday life for billions around the globe. But climate is paramount, because in sustainability human survival itself is at stake. Why then have the nations governing t ...
Climate change is upsetting rainfall patterns and the frequency of flooding in West Africa as it makes the region’s Sahel storms three times likelier.
As can be seen above, the Waggonwaybreen glacier in Svalbard, Norway, has retreated substantially since 1900. Svalbard's glaciers are not only retreating, they are also losing about two feet of their thickness each year. Glaciers around the world have retreated at unprecedented rates and some ha ...
Tarsiers are small, nocturnal, predaceous primates of the 45-million-year-old family Tarsiidae.They are intermediate in form between lemurs and monkeys, measuring up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and weighing 100 – 150 g.
Australian biosecurity officers have destroyed historic plant specimens on loan from France after a paperwork mix-up. A box of rare daisies from the 1850s had been sent to Brisbane from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.
An Irish beach that disappeared more than 30 years ago has returned to an island off the County Mayo coast.The sand at Dooagh, Achill Island, was washed away by storms in 1984, leaving only rocks and rock pools.
Malaysia has seized more than $2 million worth of scales from pangolins, the world's most poached animal, at Kuala Lumpur airport in the largest haul seen in the country, officials said on Monday.
Ramsar Regional Centre for Central and West Asia with the goal of enhancing the implementation of the Ramsar Convention in the region through training, research, advocacy and public awareness programs was established in in the Iranian city of Ramsar, the northern province of Mazandaran, in 2002.
The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-BMB),together with the Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, is mounting a photo contest titled “Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017” which will run until M ...
New maps of forest biodiversity in Peru illustrate the importance of lands held by indigenous peoples in safeguarding a wide variety of forest types, even as more formal protections such as parks and reserves fall a little bit short.
The morning coffee ritual is serious business; Australians drink roughly 16.3 million coffees a day. Plenty of news coverage has been devoted to its health benefits and cultural significance, but how much do you know about the environmental cost of your daily latte?
Shipping and mining in the Arctic. The spread of invasive microbial pathogens around the world. Changing agricultural practices. Use of genomic-modification tools.
Climate change will bring some surprising effects: Bumpy plane rides, greater mood swings and more volcanic eruptions are just a few of the things we can expect over the decades to come. And yes, even more lightning.