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New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on planet's resources

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 11:19:58 EDT ~ The World Desertification Atlas by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures. Find out more...

The sounds of climate change

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:02:03 EDT ~ Researchers describe a way to quickly sift through thousands of hours of field recordings to estimate when songbirds arrive at their Arctic breeding grounds. Their research could be applied to any dataset of animal vocalizations to understand how migratory animals are responding to climate change. Find out more...

'Green'-feed: Industrial microbes could feed cattle, pigs, chicken

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:48:25 EDT ~ Today, producing feed for pigs, cattle and chicken causes immense impacts for the climate and the environment. In the future, animal feed production is likely to be shifted from croplands to large-scale industrial facilities as it could bring both financial and environmental benefits. Replacing 2 percent feed with protein-rich microbes could decrease agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, global cropland area and nitrogen losses by over 5 percent. Find out more...

Climate change to overtake land use as major threat to global biodiversity

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:08:46 EDT ~ Climate change will have a rapidly increasing effect on the structure of global ecological communities over the next few decades, with amphibians and reptiles being significantly more affected than birds and mammals, a new report finds. Find out more...

Museum collection reveals distribution of Carolina parakeet 100 years after its extinction

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:29:47 EDT ~ While 2018 marks the centenary of the death of the last captive Carolina parakeet -- North America's only native parrot, a team of researchers have shed new light on the previously known geographical range of the species. Find out more...

Light pollution a reason for insect decline

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:24:56 EDT ~ Climate change, pesticides and land use changes alone cannot fully explain the decline in insect populations in Germany. Scientists have now discovered that regions that have experienced a sharp decline in flying insects also have high levels of light pollution. Many studies already suggest that artificial light at night has negative impacts on insects, and scientists should pay greater attention to this factor when exploring the causes of insect population declines in the future. Find out more...

Bolder targets needed to protect nature for people's sake

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:30:14 EDT ~ Researchers argue that the world needs more diverse, ambitious and area-specific targets for retaining important natural systems to safeguard humanity. Find out more...

Agricultural intensification not a 'blueprint' for sustainable development

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 21:38:17 EDT ~ New research suggests that the combined social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification in low and middle-income countries are not as positive as expected. The study is the first to bring together current knowledge on how agricultural intensification affects both the environment and human wellbeing in these countries. Find out more...

Deadly fungus found for first time in critically endangered amphibian species

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:37:12 EDT ~ A fungal pathogen which has led to the extinction of entire species in South America has been recorded for the first time in critically endangered amphibians in India. Find out more...

New technology has bright prospects for understanding plant biodiversity

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:51:04 EDT ~ Biologists get a new look at plant biodiversity and function with new imaging technology. Find out more...