ecology

eDNA expands species surveys to capture a more complete picture

Tiny bits of DNA collected from waters off the West Coast allowed scientists to identify more species of marine vertebrates than traditional surveys with trawl nets. They also reflect environmental
India’s Capital Delhi Suffers ‘Coldest December Since 1901’

India’s Capital Delhi Suffers ‘Coldest December Since 1901’

India’s capital city has recorded its coldest December in over a century, with its lowest average temperatures since 1901, Firstpost reported Saturday.
MarketWatch: Electric Cars and Vegetarianism ‘Pointless Virtue Signaling’ Against Climate Change

MarketWatch: Electric Cars and Vegetarianism ‘Pointless Virtue Signaling’ Against Climate Change

Efforts to rein in global warming by eating less meat, driving electric cars, or subsidizing solar energy are completely ineffective, writes a professor at the Copenhagen Business School, and

Colombian botanist risking his life to preserve nature's memory

For the last three decades, botanist Julio Betancur has braved minefields and penetrated deep into jungle territory infested with drug traffickers and armed gangs in a bid to document Colombia's rich

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.

Rhino poaching rises in Botswana despite government crackdown

Thirteen rhinos have been poached in Botswana in the last two months, the tourism ministry said, as the government tries to crackdown on hunting of the endangered species.

Chesapeake Bay oysters get more attention at pivotal time

Robert T. Brown pulled an oyster shell from a pile freshly harvested by a dredger from the Chesapeake Bay and talked enthusiastically about the larvae attached—a sign of a future generation critical

Overuse of herbicides costing UK economy GBP400 million per year

Scientists from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) have for the first time put an economic figure on the herbicidal resistance of a major agricultural weed that is

Endangered rays may have secret nursery in Mexican waters

The discovery of dozens of pregnant giant devil rays entangled in fishing nets along Mexico's Gulf of California could mean the endangered species has a previously unknown birthing zone in nearby

Organic crop practices affect long-term soil health

Prior organic farming practices and plantings can have lasting outcomes for future soil health, weeds and crop yields, according to new Cornell University research.

Berlin's bright sky isn't great for bats

People can hardly imagine a city without night-time street lighting. But how do nocturnal animals such as bats respond to the illuminated urban landscape? In a recent study, scientists from the

Forecast to help shellfish growers weather toxicity

The same technology that powers facial recognition and self-driving cars may soon help Maine's shellfish industry protect people from the dangerous effects of harmful algal blooms. A recent paper

When good plants go bad

A study out of the University of Florida offers a comparison between introduced species that attempt to outcompete native plants within an ecosystem and certain native plant species that mimic that

Integrating social and ecological science for effective coral reef conservation

While many conservation plans focus on only environmental indicators for success, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)'s coral reef program is trying a relatively new approach: focusing on both

Understanding why songbirds choose their homes

New research by University of Alberta biologists uses a new approach to modelling the populations of six species of songbirds in Canada's boreal forest—and the results show that standard modeling

Easy prey: The largest bears in the world use small streams to fatten up on salmon

It's a familiar scene to anyone who's watched footage of brown bears catching sockeye salmon in Alaska: They're standing knee-deep in a rushing river, usually near a waterfall, and grabbing passing

Research finds positive community action can help coral reef health

New research has found that positive community action can boost fish numbers in coral reefs and safeguard fish numbers there in the future.

Acidified oceans may corrode shark scales

Prolonged exposure to high carbon dioxide (acidified) seawater may corrode tooth-like scales (denticles) covering the skin of puffadder shysharks, a study in Scientific Reports suggests. As ocean CO2

Willow-dominated wetlands of Lapland fells are resilient to reindeer grazing

A long-term study across the Finnish-Norwegian border in Lapland proved wetland vegetation to be resilient to reindeer summer grazing. The reindeer fence along the national border, built in 1950s,

Biodiversity has substantially changed in one of the largest Mediterranean wetlands

The Camargue in southern France is widely recognised as one of the largest and most biodiverse wetlands in the Mediterranean region.