60% of deforested Amazon used for cattle: study
More than 60 percent of deforested areas of the Brazilian Amazon forest are used for grazing cattle, while only five percent is used for agriculture, a new government study said.
Experts urge protected areas to save Canada caribou
Canada needs to create large protected areas of woodlands to help save caribou from the threat of extinction, scientists and environmentalists said Wednesday.
Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairie
A new study offers a detailed look at the status of Lyme disease in Central Illinois and suggests that deer ticks and the Lyme disease bacteria they host are more adaptable to new habitats than previously ...
The same type of forest is good for both birds and people
Birds and people both enjoy urban woodlands that have been cleared to just the right degree. This is the conclusion of scientists at the University of Gothenburg who have carried out large-scale field experiments ...
Journey to the center of the Amazon
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest on Earth and home to millions of species. Yet, deforestation, or the clearing of forested areas, poses a threat to the livelihood of the forest.
Study: The bright red of cardinals means less in urban areas
Normally, the brilliant red of a male cardinal signals to females that he is a high-quality mate. But that may not be true of cardinals living in urban areas, a new study suggests.
Fires in Amazon challenge emission reduction program
Fire occurrence rates in the Amazon have increased in 59% of areas with reduced deforestation and risks cancelling part of the carbon savings achieved by UN measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ...
New population of rare giant-mouse lemurs found in Madagascar
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new population of rare giant mouse lemurs was discovered in southwestern Madagascar?s Ranobe forest, World Wildlife Fund said.
Money woes threaten Romanian protected areas
(PhysOrg.com) -- Dwindling resources and bureaucratic hurdles are threatening to destroy Romania’s protected area system - home to some of Europe’s largest remaining natural forests.
Greater Yellowstone elk suffer worse nutrition and lower birth rates due to wolves
(PhysOrg.com) -- Wolves have caused elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to change their behavior and foraging habits so much so that herds are having fewer calves, mainly due to changes in their nutrition, ...
Texas is second to Alaska in acres of forest land
(AP) -- The first detailed statewide tree count in Texas history is headed toward this conclusion: Texas is No. 2.
Papua New Guinea declares first national conservation area
The southeast Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, home to some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth, has created its first national conservation area to preserve forever a swath of pristine tropical forest ...
Seamounts may serve as refuges for deep-sea animals that struggle to survive elsewhere
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the Mystery of the Missing Sinks
(PhysOrg.com) -- Picture a tree in the forest. The tree "inhales" carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, transforming that greenhouse gas into the building materials and energy it needs to grow its branches and ...