Climate Change

  • Extinctions in the Black Forest

    Rising temperatures and longer dry spells caused by climate change have already caused two species of plant to go extinct in the bogs of the Black Forest in Germany. Should conditions remain unchanged, scientists believe that ten more species will disappear by 2045.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th January 2021
  • Murrelets Require Marine and Terrestrial Conservation

    Two decades of surveys of marbled murrelets on the west coast of the United States shows that these elusive seabirds are impacted by changing ocean conditions and the loss of old forest. Conservation actions must, therefore, take into account factors that influence both marine food resources and terrestrial nesting habitat.

    By Alex Taylor on 5th January 2021
  • Seagrass Loss Leaves Caribbean Islands Vulnerable

    New research from the Caribbean shows that pressures on seagrass meadows, such as clearance for tourism development, will leave coastlines more prone to erosion and flooding. The rich marine life that live in these meadows will also be lost, so urgent conservation action is required to save them.

    By Alex Taylor on 4th January 2021
  • A Quarter of Carnivorous Plants at Risk of Extinction

    International research has discovered that approximately one quarter of the world’s carnivorous plants may be at risk of extinction. The causes behind the losses include climate change, poaching and habitat loss, and this could have detrimental impacts in many ecosystems.

    By Alex Taylor on 3rd January 2021
  • Coral Reefs Devastated by Loss of Predators and Climate Change

    Scientists are warning that coral reefs in the Aleutian Islands’ kelp forests are on the verge of collapse. This is due to climate change exacerbating the impact of sea urchins, and the loss of the urchins’ natural predator, the sea otter.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd January 2021
  • Komodo Dragons Threatened by Climate Change

    The Komodo Dragon, already under threat from habitat loss, has found to be also threatened by climate change – both rising temperatures and rising sea-levels. Researchers predict local extinctions and urge rapid intervention.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st December 2020
  • Marine Species on the Move

    Rising temperatures caused by climate change have resulted in a shift in population sizes of marine species – in general, populations are growing at the poles and declining at the equator.

    By Alex Taylor on 17th April 2020
  • Severe Weather Impacts Wildlife

    In 2017, Hurricane Irma offered scientists the chance to study the impact of a severe weather event on white-tailed deer. They discovered that the deer changed their movement rate and their habitat selection, thus are able to alter their behaviour in order to survive.

    By Alex Taylor on 7th February 2020
  • Platypus on Brink of Extinction

    Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus. With increasing reports of rivers drying up and platypuses becoming stranded, it is feared that local populations are declining rapidly.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th January 2020
  • Rare and Vulnerable Plants

    The largest botanical dataset ever has been created by scientists, who discovered that nearly 40% of land plant species are classified as ‘exceedingly rare’. And these species are found in areas that will be impacted by climate change.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st December 2019