News tagged with biodiversity conservation

21,000 species at risk of extinction

A freshwater shrimp, an island-dwelling lizard and a pupfish from Arizona have been declared extinct, while nearly 21,000 species are at risk of dying out, an updated "Red List" showed.

Jul 02, 2013 4 / 5 (5) 0

To save corals, save the forests, study says

Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combatting local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on ...

Jun 04, 2013 4.2 / 5 (5) 3

Making a conservation conundrum add up

Scientists at Heriot-Watt have helped conservationists trying to protect rare natural habitats but challenged to know how well they're doing when there's no-where else to compare it to.

May 08, 2013 5 / 5 (1) 0

Can synthetic biology save wildlife?

What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemming from this question will require a new dialogue between members of the synthetic ...

Apr 02, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 2

Dragonflies, as climate change indicators

Monitoring communities of climate sensitive species, such as insects, could enable scientists to develop indicators for climate change effects on biodiversity and help devise policies to protect it.

Mar 06, 2013 4 / 5 (4) 1

Europe's natural habitats under threat

Climate change, intensive farming and urban sprawl - are putting Europe's parkland and biological diversity under increasing pressure. The natural environment can only take so much pressure, before it becomes ...

Mar 06, 2013 5 / 5 (1) 0

Madagascar's palm trees at risk of extinction

An environmental group said Wednesday that a vast swath of Madagascar's unique palm tree species was threatened with extinction. Their dying out would harm the livelihoods of local people as well as endanger several animal ...

Oct 17, 2012 4.5 / 5 (2) 0