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Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:11:21 EST ~ Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years. Find out more...

Protecting corridors is critical to preserving genetic diversity in tigers, and mizimising extinction, study finds

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:14:16 EST ~ Tigers have lost 95% of their historical range, and what remains is highly fragmented. According to a new study, high traffic roads and densely populated urban areas are a severe impediment to tiger movement between fragments. Unplanned development in the future will result in loss of connectivity and an increased possibility of extinction for several tiger populations. To ensure future persistence, tiger populations need to be managed as a network of protected areas connected by corridors. Find out more...

Spider eat spider: Scientists discover 18 new spider-hunting pelican spiders in Madagascar

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:14:10 EST ~ Scientists examined and analyzed hundreds of pelican spiders both in the field in Madagascar and through study of pelican spiders preserved in museum collections. Their analysis sorted the spiders studied into 26 different species -- 18 of which have never before been described. The new species add to scientists' understanding of Madagascar's renowned biodiversity, and will help scientists investigate how pelican spiders' unusual traits have evolved and diversified over time. Find out more...

As climate is warming up, more bird nests are destroyed in Finnish farmland

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:08:48 EST ~ A new study shows that birds have shifted the time of their breeding much faster than the farmers are anticipating their sowing times in Finnish farmland. This means that more birds are nowadays laying their eggs on fields that are still to be sown, a mismatch in timing that is most likely fatal for the bird nests. Find out more...

New hope for critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:07:00 EST ~ Eight years after the discovery of a new primate species in Myanmar, scientists have released a new report revealing how the 'snubby' is faring. Find out more...

Hiding from a warmer climate in the forest

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:49:41 EST ~ Global warming threatens forest plants adapted to cooler temperatures. An international team of scientists have unraveled where these species could survive within colder spots in the same forest. The findings can help to understand the effect of climate change on forest biodiversity and what we can do to protect it. Find out more...

Dramatic decline in genetic diversity of Northwest salmon

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:13:12 EST ~ Columbia River Chinook salmon have lost as much as two-thirds of their genetic diversity, researchers have found. The researchers reached this conclusion after extracting DNA from scores of bone samples -- some harvested as many as 7,000 years ago -- and comparing them to the DNA of Chinook currently swimming in the Snake and Columbia rivers. The work is 'the first direct measure of reduced genetic diversity for Chinook salmon from the ancient to the contemporary period.' Find out more...

The ecological costs of war: Conflict a consistent killer of African megafauna

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:15:16 EST ~ Researchers report that war has been a consistent factor in the decades-long decline of Africa's large mammals. But the researchers also found that wildlife populations rarely collapsed to the point where recovery was impossible, meaning that even protected areas severely affected by conflict are promising candidates for conservation and rehabilitation efforts. Find out more...

Strong support for ocean protection: Study

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:10:08 EST ~ People around the world strongly support ocean conservation measures, according to a new study of public perceptions of marine threats and protection. Find out more...

Grocery store program improves farmers' adoption of environmental practices

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 12:49:39 EST ~ In one of the first analyses of a company-led sustainability program in the food and agriculture space, researchers found a major grocery chain fostered increased adoption of environmental practices at the farm level. Find out more...