Shrinking habitats have adverse effects on world ecosystems
An extensive study of global habitat fragmentation - the division of habitats into smaller and more isolated patches - points to major trouble for a number of the world's ecosystems and the plants and animals ...
Size matters in the battle to adapt to diverse environments and avoid extinction
A new University of Toronto study may force scientists to rethink what is behind the mass extinction of amphibians occurring worldwide in the face of climate change, disease and habitat loss.
New study shows healthier food choices could dramatically decrease environmental costs of agriculture
The world is gaining weight and becoming less healthy, and global dietary choices are harming the environment. Those are among the findings of a paper co-authored by David Tilman, a professor in the Bren ...
Top marine scientists call for action on 'invisible' fisheries
To protect our oceans from irreversible harm, governments, conservationists, and researchers around the world must address the enormous threat posed by unregulated and destructive fisheries, say top marine ...
Land policy changes would sequester more carbon and conserve habitat
Rewarding landowners for converting farmland into forest will be key to sequestering carbon and providing wildlife habitat, according to a new study by Oregon State University and collaborators.
Dwindling waterways challenge desert fish in warming world
(Phys.org) —One of Arizona's largest watersheds – home to many native species of fish already threatened by extinction – is providing a grim snapshot of what could happen to watersheds and fish in arid ...
Less than $200 million would conserve Atlantic Forest in Brazil, researchers find
Brazil could conserve its valuable Atlantic Forest by investing just 0.01 per cent of its annual GDP, according to a new study.
Great apes face extinction: conservationist Jane Goodall
The world's great apes face extinction within decades, renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall warned Tuesday, in a call to arms to ensure man's closest relatives are not wiped out.
Reef fish arrived in two waves
(Phys.org) —The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before ...
Shade will be a precious resource to lizards in a warming world
Climate change may even test lizards' famous ability to tolerate and escape the heat—making habitat protection increasingly vital—according to a new study by UBC and international biodiversity experts.
Presence of humans, urban landscapes increase illness in songbirds
(Phys.org) —Humans living in densely populated urban areas have a profound impact not only on their physical environment, but also on the health and fitness of native wildlife. For the first time, scientists ...
Mexico's 'water monster' may have disappeared (Update)
Mexico's salamander-like axolotl may have disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City's few remaining lakes.
Over 8,000 pig-nosed turtles rescued in Indonesia
Indonesian officials said on Friday they have rescued more than 8,000 baby pig-nosed turtles hidden in suitcases and thought to be destined for China and Singapore.
Adaptability to local climate helps invasive species thrive
University of Toronto research has found that purple loosestrife – an invasive species that competes with native plants for light and nutrients and can degrade habitats for wildlife – has evolved extremely ...