Creating wildlife-rich wetlands such as ponds, streams and rain gardens in deprived urban areas could help level up inequalities in wellbeing across the UK, according to a report.
International solutions are needed to protect the ocean. Two sets of regulations currently under development offer an opportunity to expand protections, but a greater degree of alignment between the two must be achieved.
A new study of ancient ocean temperatures, published today in Science, shows that the deep North Atlantic Ocean was once 20°C (68 °F)—warmer than the surface of the modern Mediterranean.
UNC-Chapel Hill biologists examine the links between microbial mats and a type of coral disease that has become an urgent conservation concern, and they suggest mitigation strategies to help reduce its spread.
The Miocene, 23 to 5 million years ago, was an important period for the formation of the Antarctic ice sheets (AIS). The mid-latitudes in the southern hemisphere are the area where the westerlies prevailed and the climate there is sensitive to the volume changes of the AIS.
Coastal communities could face losses of food from both fisheries and agriculture as a result of climate change, a study of five Indo-Pacific countries suggests. The research is published in Nature Communications.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, German scientists and surveyors crossed choppy waters and braved dangerous conditions on ships called the Gazelle, Valdivia and Planet.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the major greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. Climate changes under increasing CO2 radiative forcing (called "CO2 ramp-up") have been widely projected using numerical experiments.
Heat waves over Europe have increased three to four times faster than in the rest of the northern mid-latitudes, including the United States and Canada. Why? In a new study, an international team of scientists has shown the increase is linked to changes in the jet stream, the fast air current th ...
Italy was enduring a prolonged heat wave before a massive piece of Alpine glacier broke off and killed hikers on Sunday and experts say climate change will make those hot, destabilizing conditions more common.
Conservationists have conducted the first comprehensive review of national laws across the range of the jaguar (Panthera onca) to show opportunities for strengthening legal protections of the largest cat species found in the Americas.
Future food shortages are expected to become exacerbated in many parts of the world. With this in view, sustainable biological techniques are being explored that could increase the yield of cereals and other food crops and which, unlike the use of chemical pesticides, are environmentally compatible.
A mysterious invasive disease has hit a stand of southeast Michigan trees, adding to a long list of threats faced by state forests.
A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China, the U.S. and Germany has found evidence that suggests that colorful ventral wings help colonizing birds to avoid running into one another.
A trio of researchers, two from Queen Mary University of London, the other from the University of Tehran, has found evidence that suggests insects might be able to feel pain.
When UC Santa Cruz postdoctoral scholar Merly Escalona assembled the first-ever reference genome for the Stephen Colbert Trapdoor Spider, she was shocked by the dataset's unexpectedly large size.
Projects to help wildlife adapt to habitats affected by climate change will become more commonplace, warned a new report. The Wildlife Trusts said people must be prepared to see nature reserves change.
Human-caused climate change has a complex effect on insect-borne diseases. Many may be spreading more, but effective strategies exist to manage this risk. These strategies are available rich and poor.
Rich countries and international financial institutions need to provide more funding for Africa to support global climate goals by preventing African nations from pursuing carbon-intensive development, a senior African Development Bank executive said on Wednesday.
Predicting the impact of climate change is essential to the establishment of efficient conservation and management plans to maintain the present biodiversity and avoid extensive extinction.
The endangered wild dog has shifted its breeding season by 22 days, resulting in fewer pups living through their first year
A three-legged tortoise rescued from smugglers has found a new lease of life at Chester Zoo, where he could help save his endangered species.
Biodiversity faces its biggest threat. Can humans offer salvation instead of a death sentence? The planet is facing its sixth mass extinction, the first in 65 million years. And biodiversity is in peril.
Nature is in decline globally and it clearly needs action at all levels if we are to bend the curve of biodiversity loss in a positive direction. T
Banking giant takes a stab at caclulating biodiversity impacts of its financing activities for first time, as it looks to meet requirements of new French nature reporting law
Based on an analysis of the future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that will apply over the period 2023-2027, more than 300 experts from 23 European Union Member States have analysed its impacts on the protection and restoration of biodiversity.
As the world is struggling to combat climate change, one idea – planting trees – seems to be taking hold as a panacea for curing the ills of pollution, soaring carbon emissions, and degrading soil health.
An ambulance speeds through the streets, but it doesn’t have blue lights or any kind of siren. And instead of medical equipment, it is stocked with gardening tools, fertilizers and ladders.
Reconnecting rural areas, mountains, plains, urban space – reconstructing woodlands and forests, placing with care the right trees in the right places, creating ‘ecological pathways’ able to recreate the natural beauty of world communities: this is the commitment of the Alberitalia Foundation to ...
High levels of food, water and energy insecurity brought on by socioeconomic issues and exacerbated by climate change have been driving research groups to find new solutions.
The government of Malawi has initiated construction works for a water project inside Lake Malawi National Park, despite court challenges and sustained protests from conservationists who say the project threatens the park’s UNESCO-recognized biodiversity and archaeological sites.
Less than a decade since conservation actions helped pull the hyacinth macaw out of Brazil’s endangered species list, the iconic cobalt-blue bird is back in the red, driven there by the loss of its habitat and a changing climate.
Indigenous peoples' understanding of disaster risk uses an enormous dataset -- traditional knowledge and folklore reaching back many generations.
Incidents of human-tiger conflict have increased in line with the growing populations of both the big cats and people, as more people venture into national parks and their buffer zones in search of firewood and food.
Can agroforestry help mitigate climate change and remove CO₂ from our air permanently? In April 2021, Jamaica targeted an ambitious 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The upgraded new goal addressed land use change, forestry emissions, and committing to deeper emission reductions ...
Plastic Free July has rolled around again and we'll all be hearing about reducing plastic use in our daily lives. Much of the messaging is targeted toward young people through school and youth-focused messaging.
Restoring degraded environments, such as by planting trees, is often touted as a solution to the climate crisis. But our new research shows this, while important, is no substitute for preventing fossil fuel emissions to limit global warming.
Groundwater depletion in regions of India where grain is grown for public distribution is a huge challenge for the country of 1.4 billion people. A new study identifies specific adjustments in the Indian government's procurement and distribution system that could rectify this issue, particularly ...
A new study shows that future ecosystem functioning will increasingly depend on water availability. Using recent simulations from climate models, an international team of scientists found several "hot spot regions" where increasing water limitation strongly affects ecosystems.
Heavy rain combined with melting snow can be a destructive combination. In mid-June 2022, storms dumped up to 5 inches of rain over three days in the mountains in and around Yellowstone National Park, rapidly melting snowpack.
Earthquakes can be especially devastating for developing countries, where competing priorities can stymie resource allocation towards earthquake resilience.
Urban beautification campaigns are usually sold to local residents as a way to improve their daily lives. Design elements—from lighting systems to signs, benches, bollards, fountains and planters, and sometimes even surveillance equipment—are used to refurbish and embellish public spaces.
When it comes to climate change, the focus tends to be on carbon dioxide. But hot on its heels is methane (CH₄), the second most important greenhouse gas contributing to the climate emergency.
Sipping a coffee on your way to work is a ritual most people take for granted without thinking about how the delicious coffee beans reached their cup. You probably know it comes from tropical regions. But what is less well-known is that coffee is the product of an incredible partnership between ...
A large team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions in Germany, Austria and Sweden has found the virus behind the mysterious "staggering" disease killing cats across Europe. The group has written a paper describing their work but it has not yet been peer-reviewed—they have posted i ...
Japanese scientists have successfully produced cloned mice using freeze-dried cells in a technique they believe could one day help conserve species and overcome challenges with current biobanking methods.
Humpback whales may one day avoid Hawaiian waters due to climate change and rising greenhouse gasses, according the findings of a new paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science by a team of researchers including three University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate students—Hannah von Hammerstein an ...
Australian Institute of Botanical Science researchers are working with the University of Queensland to figure out world-first ways to store wild and cultivated macadamia genetic material and ultimately ensure the long-term survival of the species.
Whales are huge, but they live in an even larger environment—the world's oceans. Researchers use a range of tools to study their whereabouts, including satellite tracking, aerial surveys, sightings and deploying individual hydrophones to listen for their calls.
Bee populations worldwide have been collapsing under attack from parasitic Varroa mites. Now, these mites have reached Australia. Professor Sasha Mikheyev from The Australian National University (ANU) helps unpack the buzz on the outbreak.