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  • Narwhal Tusks Reveal Pollution Threat

    Scientists have been studying the tusks of narwhals in the Arctic. They reveal that their exposure to toxic pollutants like mercury has increased since the 1960s due to sea-ice decline and human-caused carbon emissions.

    By Alex Taylor on 23rd June 2021
  • Primate Protected by Speedbumps

    Cars are a significant threat to many species throughout the world, killing animals indiscriminately. Yet new research involving the Zanzibar red colobus shows that the installation of speedbumps on roads significantly reduces mortality levels.

    By Alex Taylor on 22nd June 2021
  • Climate Change Threat from Coastal Lupine

    Research on an endangered coastal lupine plant shows that it is threatened specifically by climate change. Only four species from more extreme habitats have climate change listed as their main threat, however this study shows that even species from milder, temperate areas are at risk.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st June 2021
  • Starvation Threat for Orangutans

    Orangutans are facing threats from habitat destruction and climate change. A new study has shown that, because orangutans lose muscle mass when less fruit is available to them, it is vital to protect their habitats to ensure their survival.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th June 2021
  • Intensive Agriculture Causes Pollinator Declines

    Research has found that intensive croplands in tropical regions are driving declines of pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Sustainable practices in both urban and agricultural areas are essential if we are to prevent these losses and protect our food crops.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th June 2021
  • Turtle Migration Mystery Solved

    North Pacific loggerhead turtles’ years-long oceanic journeys remain poorly understood. Using data from satellite tracking and other techniques, scientists reveal a unique phenomenon that may explain the endangered migrants’ pathway.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th June 2021
  • Black Bears Protect Grey Foxes

    New research shows that the presence of black bears may protect grey foxes from predation by coyotes. Grey foxes were more likely to be in areas populated by black bears, however when the bears hibernate, the coyotes move in and the grey foxes move out.

    By Alex Taylor on 16th June 2021
  • Species Can Be Saved in Fraser River

    The Fraser River Estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction – species who are relied upon by many people who live in or near the ecosystem for their livelihoods. A new study brings hope that it’s not to late to save them all.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th January 2021
  • Ghost Fishing Threatens Species

    Surveys along the length of the River Ganges, alongside interviews with local fishermen, have revealed that waste fishing gear is posing a serious threat to many species. A system that would provide fishermen to recycle their nets could be effective at preventing entanglement.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th January 2021
  • Understanding Long-term Stressors on Koalas

    The Australian icon, the koala, is facing extinction due to bushfires and habitat loss. However, impacts of these stressors over the long-term has not been known. A recent study has shown that this species is facing a significant impact of human population growth and that conservation action must be taken.

    By Alex Taylor on 9th January 2021