Biodiversity

Foreign Bees Monopolize Prize Resources In Biodiversity Hotspot

New research revealed that foreign honey bees often account for more than 90 percent of pollinators observed visiting flowers in San Diego, considered a global biodiversity hotspot. The non-native bees have established robust feral populations and...

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Protecting Small Forests Fails To Protect Bird Biodiversity

Simply protecting small forests will not maintain the diversity of the birds they support over the long run, a new study says. Forests need to be carefully monitored and managed to maintain their ecological integrity.

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Trump’s Wall An Ugly Scar Across Hot Zone Of Biological Diversity

Juan Cole"We have environmental laws and we protect endangered species for a reason. These laws enrich our lives and preserve biodiversity that may be key to our own survival. Setting these laws aside for a stupid wall is extremely damaging to us."...

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Halting Biodiversity Loss In Madagascar Requires Greater Collaboration Between Researchers And...

Madagascar has been repeatedly identified as a top priority for biodiversity conservation globally and merits attention for its high levels of endemic species. Yet, the country struggles with high poverty levels and an unstable political...

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How Much Does Biodiversity Really Matter?

A professor at Oxford University has said that "Without biodiversity, there is no future for humanity." But what if the conceptual frameworks underpinning what is known as biodiversity and the...

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Species 'hotspots' Created By Immigrant Influx Or Evolutionary Speed Depending On Climate

New research reveals that biodiversity 'hotspots' in the tropics produced new species at faster rates over the last 25 million years, but those in temperate regions are instead full of migrant species that likely sought refuge from shifting and...

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Q&a: The Nature Of Value Vs The Value Of Nature

Grazing rhino picks out grass from thorny, pink-flowered mimosa weed. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is collecting perspectives from science to indigenous knowledge in a new assessment on the many...

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Dinosaur Relative Antarctanax Lived In Antarctica After Biggest Mass Extinction

A dinosaur relative about the size of an iguana, which lived at the bottom of the world 250 million years ago, is throwing paleontologists for a loop. Antarctanax shackletoni, named for explorer Ernest Shackleton, hints at unexpected biodiversity on...
Related topics: Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Antarctica (science)

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Urban Biodiversity: Remarkable Diversity Of Small Animals In Basel Gardens

Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. This has been found by researchers in a field study carried out with the support of private garden owners from the Basel region. Furthermore, the research team shows that...

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How A South African Industrial Site Is Providing A Safe Haven For Wild Cats

Ever since the industrial revolution, human activities have resulted in rapid environmental changes including degradation, fragmentation, and destruction of habitat, climate change and biodiversity loss. Animals, such as large carnivores, are often...

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Research Reveals New Species Are Evolving Fastest In Antarctica

New research published in Nature overturns previous theories about how the stunning biodiversity of the oceans evolved, with important implications for conservation.
Related topics: Antarctica (science)

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Tanzania Is Finally Protecting Its “globally Unique” Endangered Rainforest

Tanzania’s government has announced it will protect a tropical forest long recognized for its high biodiversity value and as home to numerous endangered primates and plants. The government said it would protect the 6,463-acre Magombera Nature...
Related topics: Tanzania

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Bee Surveys In Newest Us National Park Could Aid Pollinator Studies Elsewhere

Declines in native bee populations are widely reported, but can existing data really analyze these trends? Entomologists report findings about pollinator biodiversity in California's Pinnacle National Park derived from three separate surveys...

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Climate Forecast: World Is "sleepwalking Into Catastrophe"

In an annual World Economic Forum report, climate change, extreme weather and biodiversity loss were named among the highest global risks -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Researchers Set Standards For Models In Biodiversity Assessments

Over the past 20 years, more than 6000 studies have used one of the most common classes of biodiversity modeling, species distribution models (SDMs). Over half of the studies using SDMs sought to apply their results to at least one type of...

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Fixing The Environment: When Solutions Become Problems

In a world where climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, ozone depletion, and other environmental problems overlap, a fix in one arena can cause trouble in another.

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Experts Warn Against Mega-dams In Lowland Tropical Forests

Mega-dams should not be built in lowland tropical forest regions due to the threat they pose to biodiversity and ecosystems, according to experts.

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From Dreams To Fire: How Aboriginal Australians Shaped Biodiversity

For many wild species, Aboriginal Australians shaped their diversity and distribution and even helped them thrive.

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Forest Soundscapes Monitor Conservation Efforts Inexpensively, Effectively

Recordings of the sounds in tropical forests could unlock secrets about biodiversity and aid conservation efforts around the world, according to a new article.

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How Trump's Wall Would Alter Our Biological Identity Forever

It would destroy an extraordinary web of biodiversity that evolved over millions of years -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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