Tag: Biodiversity

Humans Place 1 Million Species At Risk Of Extinction

A new report revealed that 1 million of the planet's 8 million plant and animal species are threatened with extinction in the next few decades. Here's the thing: humans are to blame.

Earth/Environment May 8, 2019

Climate Change Could Have Damaging Effect On Male Insect Fertility Says Study

A new study discovered evidence that climate change is contributing to the collapse of biodiversity worldwide. After scientists had exposed the beetles to heatwaves, they found that the insects produced less sperm and fewer offsprings.

Animals November 14, 2018

New Study Shows That Humans Have Ruined Ocean Wilderness: Just 13 Percent Remains Untouched

Only 13 percent of the Earth’s entire oceanic wilderness areas remain untouched by humans, a new study has found. Worse, only a small portion of them are protected.

Earth/Environment July 27, 2018

Report: Earth Is Losing Plants And Animals At A Dangerous Rate

Despite progress on some conservation efforts, UN reports showed that biodiversity on the planet remains to be on a serious decline. Is humanity on the verge of living in a lonelier planet?

Earth/Environment March 25, 2018

Climate Engineering Can Cool The Earth But With Potentially Dangerous Effects

Climate engineering in an enticing way to alleviate global warming but altering the composition of the Earth's atmosphere could be more dangerous. Scientists warn that geoengineering, once started, would have a severe impact on biodiversity if stopped.

Earth/Environment January 23, 2018

Sea Life Beneath The Antarctic Ice Shelf Is Changing Dramatically: Global Warming To Blame?

A team of scientists are currently in an expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica to study how marine life has changed over the years. What they discovered was startling, and it might be all because of global warming.

Earth/Environment November 28, 2017

Climate Change Threatens Biodiversity Of Ice-Free Antarctica: Study

As the Antarctic continues to thaw, its ice-free zones continue to grow. A new research shows what could happen to Antarctica’s biodiversity should the melting trend endure.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2017

Dummy Caterpillars Glued On Plants Reveal Global Predation Patterns: Where Are They Most Likely To Be Eaten?

A dummy caterpillar experiment revealed a clear pattern in predation risk across the globe. Results show a higher risk for insect prey closer to the equator and at lower elevations.

Animals May 19, 2017

Half Of Earth’s Species Could Be Extinct By 2100: Biologists

One in five species on Earth is now threatened by extinction and the number could rise to 50 percent by 2100. These are some warnings of experts attending the Biological Extinction workshop at the Vatican this week.

Earth/Environment February 28, 2017

New Frog Species Found In India Can Sit Comfortably On A Coin Or Thumbnail

Seven new miniature species of frogs belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus have been discovered in India. Some of them are so tiny they can sit atop a coin or thumbnail, the team that discovered them at Western Ghats has revealed.

Animals February 22, 2017

What Drives Biodiversity? It’s Temperature, According To Researchers

The uneven distribution of animals on the planet has more to do with temperature differences as evidenced by skewed diversity in arctic regions when compared to the tropical regions’ abundance, says a new study.

Earth/Environment December 26, 2016

Wealthier Households Have More Diverse Insect Populations

Scientists at UC Berkley found that richer households tend to have more diverse populations of insects indoors than poorer homes. This phenomenon may have something to do with the presence of more green spaces in affluent houses.

Animals August 4, 2016

World's Greatest Concentration Of Unique Land Mammal Species Is On Luzon Island In The Philippines

The largest island of the Philippines hosts the world's greatest concentration of unique mammals. More than 90 percent of non-flying mammals in Luzon are found nowhere else in the world.

Animals July 18, 2016

Norway Makes History As First Country To Prohibit Deforestation

Norway has officially committed to zero deforestation. The Scandinavian country is known for many of its environmental projects, particularly forest preservation, worldwide.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2016

Saving Plants With One In Five Species Threatened

Around 21 percent of all plant species around the world are in danger of going extinct, a new study reports. What can scientists do to protect global biodiversity?

Earth/Environment May 10, 2016

Revised 'Tree Of Life' Reveals Complex Diversity On Earth

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have revised Charles Darwin's original 'Tree of Life' diagram, revealing more complex biodiversity on Earth.

Animals April 14, 2016

Many Animals May Go Extinct Without Fossil Record: Study

Many animals may vanish without leaving a permanent mark. Scientists studied and compared vital animal databases and discovered that a large percentage of species at high risk of extinction lack a fossil record.

Animals March 23, 2016

Ocean Acidification May Cause Snapping Shrimps To Fall Silent

Snapping shrimps produce the loudest crunching sounds among all invertebrates living in the ocean. A new study revealed that these marine creatures are in danger of falling silent because of ocean acidification.

Earth/Environment March 18, 2016

Earthworms May Threaten Plant Diversity In Natural Ecosystems

Contrary to popular belief, earthworms are not always harmless and beneficial. The abundance of these annelids could threaten certain species of plants and may cause unwanted effects on the ecosystem.

Animals January 28, 2016

More Than 17,000 Marine Species Unprotected In Natural Habitat

More than 17,000 marine species worldwide are still largely unprotected in their natural habitats, a new study revealed. Marine biologists emphasized the importance of establishing marine protected areas in order to safeguard marine biodiversity.

Earth/Environment December 6, 2015

Health Of Coral Reefs Can Be Measured By How Beautiful They Look: Study

Is beauty measurable? Scientists found that the health of reef ecosystems can be measured by their aesthetic quality or how beautiful they look.

Earth/Environment November 11, 2015

Study Reveals Only About 4 Percent Of Ocean Is Protected

A new study revealed that only about four percent of the world’s oceans are protected, despite global efforts such as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Researchers say that more should be done if countries want to completely achieve these goals.

Earth/Environment October 27, 2015

Wondering Why There Aren't More Lions? It All Boils Down To Math

Researchers found, through a mathematical function called the “power scaling law,” that there are more preys than predators, indicating less lions than their catch. The researchers looked at data accumulated for about 50 years, and found similar patterns across several diverse ecosystems.

Earth/Environment September 5, 2015

Experts Surprised At Amount Of Biodiversity In Antarctica

Antarctica may appear to be a vast icy wasteland but it is actually teeming with life. Human activities, however, threaten the biodiversity of the continent.

Animals June 26, 2015

Global Warming Could Lead To Greatest Ocean Migration In 3 Million Years

Biodiversity in oceans could be greatly affected by global warming, a new study concludes. How serious could the problem become in the coming decades?

Earth/Environment June 1, 2015

Climate Change Could Push 1 In 6 Species To Brink Of Extinction

Loss in biodiversity could accelerate if global warming isn't checked, researchers say. World leaders are currently preparing for an important climate summit in December.

Earth/Environment May 1, 2015

Parts Of Amazon Dominated By Crocodiles Millions Of Years Ago

With up to seven species found in one area, the Amazon from millions of years ago was teeming with crocodiles. Researchers attribute this partly to an abundance in food supply.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2015

Diversity Of Small Predators Has Huge Impact On Ecosystems

An area's smallest predators may hold the key to ecosystem health, study finds. Findings suggest link between declining biodiversity and increase in infectious diseases, scientist say.

Animals February 24, 2015

Experts Concerned Phosphorus and Nitrogen Fertilizers Could Be Harmful to Planet

Forget carbon dioxide emissions. Man’s excessive use of phosphorus and nitrogen fertilizers could reach beyond “planetary boundaries.”

Earth/Environment January 18, 2015

Low oxygen level prolonged evolution of animals on Earth

New data shows a link between oxygen and the existence of animals. It was found that a certain level of oxygen was needed for animal life to flourish.

Earth/Environment November 1, 2014

Alien quagga mussels threaten to devastate British waterways

The Quagga mussel, an invasive species that threatens to devastate water supply and structures as well as endanger native wildlife has been found in the United Kingdom.

Earth/Environment October 14, 2014

Human efforts to protect nature not good enough to hit 2020 goal: UN

Human efforts not good enough to protect nature and hit 2020 goals to preserve biodiversity. The United Nations (UN) urges governments to double their efforts to protect biodiversity.

Animals October 7, 2014

Female activists join forces to battle climate change

Female activists rallied for the human rights of indigenous people in a forum presented by the Women’s Earth and Climate Change Action Network. The conversation celebrated the women’s leadership roles.

Feature September 23, 2014

Threatened amphibians are ‘invisible’ under climate change models

Most models of effects of climate change leave threatened or endangered species "under the radar," researchers say. Scarcity of data leaves them virtually invisible to species distribution predictions, they say.

Earth/Environment September 5, 2014

We’re in the midst of a sixth ‘mass extinction’, bleak study claims

The Earth is in the early days of another mass extinction of species, and this time we're to blame, studies say. It's "anthropocene defaunation," or put simply, a loss of animals that's our fault.

Animals July 25, 2014

Prehistoric forest fire fossils capture amazing diversity of ancient plant life

Fossils in Canada show how ancient forests recovered from forest fires. The find dates to the last days of the dinosaurs and will help scientists determine the environment just before the mass extinction.

Animals June 9, 2014

Myanmar boasts flower, fauna never known to science

As Myanmar emerges from global isolation, species previously unknown to science are being discovered, Conservation efforts are urged to protect "biotreasures."

Animals June 6, 2014

Amber fossil catches ancient flowers in act of sexual reproduction

Experts from Oregon State University have found an amber that have immortalized extinct tiny flowers from the Cretaceous era, in the act of sexual reproduction.

Animals January 6, 2014

Amazon rainforest home to nearly 400 bn trees but very few tree species: Study

A new study gives an estimate of the number of trees in the Amazon and paints a picture of how the ecology is dominated by hyperdominant trees.

Earth/Environment October 22, 2013

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