Environment

  • Fishing for Mammals

    An innovative new technique has been developed to survey for animal species. Scientists have used environmental DNA shed by animals in water to provide a snapshot of the local mammal community.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th March 2020
  • Abrupt Land Change Impacts Local Biodiversity

    Biodiversity across the globe could be in a worse state than previously thought as current biodiversity assessments fail to take into account the long-lasting impact of abrupt land changes.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th January 2020
  • Connecting Corridors

    The creation of corridors between restored patches of declining longleaf pine habitats in South Carolina has resulted in an increase in number of plant species within the fragments and a drop in number of species disappearing from them.

    By Alex Taylor on 1st November 2019
  • Insect Decline Extensive

    An international team of researchers has documented the decline of insects in Germany, in many areas it is by one third. The decline is mainly in grasslands near to farmland, but is also in forests and protected areas.

    By Alex Taylor on 31st October 2019
  • Whole Ecosystems Shifting North

    Entire ecosystems are shifting north in the Great Plains of North America, according to analysis of 50 years worth of data on bird distributions. These findings could aid the development of an early-warning system for land managers.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th July 2019
  • Empathy for Insects

    Entomologists are calling for greater research and science-based community actions to save insects. They say specific legislation is required to preserve the incredible diversity of insects, as well as addressing the huge gaps in our knowledge.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th July 2019
  • Antarctic Winners and Losers

    The impacts of climate change in the Antarctic will include temperature rise, sea-ice reduction and changes in food availability. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey used risk assessments like those used in the workplace to determine which species will benefit and which are at risk.

    By Alex Taylor on 2nd March 2019
  • Damming Caused Decline

    The damming of the Yangtze River has been shown to have caused declines in population size and spawning ground capacity of the critically endangered Chinese sturgeon.

    By Alex Taylor on 10th December 2018
  • New Threat to Forests from Palm Oil Production

    Oil palm production in Malaysia has an impact beyond the direct loss of habitat,a new study has shown. It also provides a rich food source for crop-raiding wild boars, which then multiply in big numbers and damage forest trees, preventing regeneration.

    By Alex Taylor on 18th July 2018
  • Wildfires May Cause Harm to Orangutan Health

    Human activity has resulted in an increase of wildfires in Borneo, which may cause long-term health problems for endangered orangutans due to smoke inhalation.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th May 2018