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Biodiversity News
December 12, 2019

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Biodiversity across the globe could be in a worse state than previously thought, as assessments fail to account for long-lasting impact of land change, a new study ... read more

Miniature Fanged 'Deer' Rediscovered Tiptoeing Through Vietnam's Coastal Forests

Biologists have rediscovered a species lost to science since 1990 called a silver-backed chevrotain -- a deer-like species that is the size of a ... read more

Why Is Earth So Biologically Diverse? Mountains Hold the Answer

Life on Earth is amazingly diverse, and exhibits striking geographical global patterns in biodiversity. A pair of companion papers reveal that mountain regions -- especially those in the tropics -- ... read more

Climate Change May Cut Soil's Ability to Absorb Water

Coasts, oceans, ecosystems, weather and human health all face impacts from climate change, and now valuable soils may also be affected. Climate change may reduce the ability of soils to absorb water ... read more
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Operational Mapping System for High-Resolution Tropical Forest Carbon Emissions

For the first time, scientists have developed a method to monitor carbon emissions from tropical forests at an unprecedented level of detail. The approach will provide the basis for developing a ... read more

Compliance With Paris Agreement Would Limit Loss of Productivity in Fishing, Agriculture

Scientists show that 90% of the global population may face decreases in productivity for both agriculture and fishing if greenhouse emissions are not reduced. On the other hand, most countries are in ... read more

Nearly 40% of Plant Species Are Very Rare and Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

Almost 40 percent of global flora is categorized as 'exceedingly rare,' and these species are most at risk of extinction by human development and as the climate continues to change, ... read more

Biodiversity and Wind Energy

The location and operation of wind energy plants are often in direct conflict with the legal protection of endangered species. The almost unanimous opinion of experts from local and central ... read more

Bad News for Nemo: Clownfish Can't Adapt to Rapid Environmental Changes

The beloved anemone fish popularized by the movies 'Finding Nemo' and 'Finding Dory' don't have the genetic capacity to adapt to rapid changes in their environment, according ... read more

Woody Plants With Undesirable Tendencies

A weed is normally defined as a plant, native or non-native, that is not valued where it is growing. An invasive species is generally defined as a species that not only spreads geographically outside ... read more

Climate Change Is Reshaping Communities of Ocean Organisms

Climate change is reshaping communities of fish and other sea life, according to a pioneering study on how ocean warming is affecting the mix of species. The study covers species that are important ... read more

Changing Experiences of the Natural World

Digital innovations have the potential to bring people closer to nature, to help ensure there is the necessary strong public support for conservation ... read more

Pollinator Friendliness Can Extend Beyond Early Spring

A study investigated whether bulbs can flower and persist in warm-season lawns while providing nutrition for pollinating ... read more

Almost a Third of Tropical Africa's Flora Faces Extinction

31.7% of tropical Africa's vascular plant species could be threatened with extinction, reveals an international study. Using a new approach based on the key elements of the assessment process ... read more

Mathematician Develops Model to Control Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Adjusting the water flow rate in a river can prevent invasive species from moving upstream and expanding their range. An applied mathematician has developed a partial differential equation model to ... read more

When Grown Right, Palm Oil Can Be Sustainable

Turning an abandoned pasture into a palm tree plantation can be carbon neutral, according to a new study. These findings, based on measurements of 56-year-old palm tree plantations in Colombia, ... read more

A Century Later, Plant Biodiversity Struggles in Wake of Agricultural Abandonment

Decades after farmland was abandoned, plant biodiversity and productivity struggle to recover, according to new ... read more

Saving 'Half Earth' for Nature Would Affect Over a Billion People

Plans to save biodiversity must take into account the social impacts of conservation if they are to succeed, say ... read more

The Little Duck That Could: Study Finds Endangered Hawaiian Duck Endures

New research has found that the genetic diversity of the koloa is high, and conservation efforts on the island of Kauai have been ... read more

The Forests of the Amazon Are an Important Carbon Sink

The world's tropical forests store huge quantities of carbon in their biomass and thus constitute an important carbon sink. However, current estimates of the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ... read more

There Are Variations in Plankton Biodiversity and Activity from the Equator to the Poles

New results between 2009 and 2013 show that the diversity and functions of planktonic species in the global ocean change dramatically according to ... read more

Future Rainfall Could Far Outweigh Current Climate Predictions in UK

Scientists analyzed rainfall records from the 1870s to the present day with their findings showing there could be large divergence in projected rainfall by the mid to late 21st ... read more

Plants Might Be Helping Each Other More Than Thought

Contrary to the long-held belief that plants in the natural world are always in competition, new research has found that in harsh environments mature plants help smaller ones -- and thrive as a ... read more

Applying Biodiversity Conservation Research in Practice

One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is ... read more

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