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Category archives for: Biodiversity

Scientist unveils blueprint to save bees and enrich farmers

The collapse in bee populations can be reversed if countries adopt a new farmer-friendly strategy, the architect of a new masterplan for pollinators will tell the UN biodiversity conference this week. Stefanie Christmann of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas will present the results of a new study that shows substantial gains […]

Wales ‘Rich soup of life’ in Gwent wetlands at risk from motorway

The Gwent Levels is a low-lying patchwork of wetlands, divided by drainage ditches first dug by the Romans, that is so full of life that conservationists compare its diversity to the Amazon rainforest. But this quiet corner of south-east Wales may soon disappear under concrete if the Labour-led Welsh government gives the go-ahead for a new 14-mile stretch of […]

Surge in marine refuges brings world close to protected areas goal

A record surge in the creation of marine protected areas has taken the international community close to its goal of creating nature refuges on 17% of the world’s land and 10% of seas by 2020, according to a new UN report. Protected regions now cover more than five times the territory of the US, but […]

Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN

The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief The world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s […]

Stop biodiversity loss or we could face our own extinction, warns UN

The world has two years to secure a deal for nature to halt a ‘silent killer’ as dangerous as climate change, says biodiversity chief he world must thrash out a new deal for nature in the next two years or humanity could be the first species to document our own extinction, warns the United Nation’s […]

Biodiversity loss at Chalan Beel

Two poachers hold a pole with a heron perched on each. The birds, which are tied to the poles, are used to lure in other birds, such as the Indian Pond Heron, who are then illegally hunted by the man. The picture was taken from Chalan Beel in Rajshahi.

Buzz kill: bumblebee decline is expected to worsen at unprecedented rates due to climate change

Bumblebees play a crucial role in the pollination of multibillion-dollar crops, contributing to yearly crop yields and increasing diversity in foods available for us to consume. Bumblebees are especially valuable to agro-industry because these insects tolerate cooler temperatures than other bees. They also use a unique technique called “buzz pollination”, where they vibrate their flight […]

Humanity is ‘cutting down the tree of life’, warn scientists

Humanity’s ongoing annihilation of wildlife is cutting down the tree of life, including the branch we are sitting on, according to a stark new analysis. More than 300 different mammal species have been eradicated by human activities. The new research calculates the total unique evolutionary history that has been lost as a result at a […]

Coral Bleaching Increases Disease Risk in Threatened Species

Bleaching events caused by rising water temperatures could increase mortality among a coral species already threatened by disease, says new research by Mote Marine Laboratory and Penn State, US, published in eLife. The study on the species Acropora cervicornis, known as the staghorn coral, emphasizes the need for maintaining genetic diversity while at the same […]

Polluted Groundwater Likely Contaminated South Pacific Ocean Coral Reefs for Decades

The finding suggests human activities have long-lasting impacts on coral reef communities and could be contributing to their decline. Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species per unit area than any other marine environment, according to NOAA. Reefs buffer adjacent shorelines from waves and prevent erosion. […]

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