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Exposure to water that is both salty and fresh is key to future success

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:54:20 EST ~ According to Charles Darwin the ability to adapt to new conditions is essential for survival of species. The capacity to cope with altered conditions is becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change. New evidence on salt water tolerance in spawning migrating pike from the Baltic Sea suggests that not being adapted to specific local environments may promote persistence in an uncertain, rapidly changing world. Find out more...

California sea lion population rebounded to new highs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:50:03 EST ~ California sea lions have fully rebounded under the protection of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with their population on the West Coast reaching carrying capacity in 2008 before unusually warm ocean conditions reduced their numbers, according to the first comprehensive population assessment of the species. Find out more...

Canine distemper confirmed in Far Eastern leopard, world's most endangered big cat

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:26:48 EST ~ The Far Eastern or Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) is already among the rarest of the world's big cats, but new research reveals that it faces yet another threat: infection with canine distemper virus (CDV). Find out more...

New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:55:50 EST ~ How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Scientists have discovered that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia. Find out more...

Drones confirm importance of Costa Rican waters for sea turtles

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:12:59 EST ~ A new drone-enabled population survey -- the first ever on sea turtles -- shows that larger-than-anticipated numbers of turtles aggregate in waters off Costa Rica's Ostional National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists estimate turtle densities may reach up to 2,086 animals per square kilometer. The study underscores the importance of the Ostional habitat; it also confirms that drones are a reliable tool for surveying sea turtle abundance. Find out more...

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...

Rising temperatures turning major sea turtle population female

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:14:08 EST ~ Scientists have used a new research approach to show that warming temperatures are turning one of the world's largest sea turtle colonies almost entirely female, running the risk that the colony cannot sustain itself in coming decades, newly published research concludes. 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...