Category: Biodiversity

Plant light sensors came from ancient algae

Taxus (BGCI)

Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science Phytochromes were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University. Topic: Biodiversity

Polar bears can’t cope with food loss by entering hibernation-like state – study

Polar Bear
Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianBears have no special ability to minimise energy loss during increasing periods of fasting brought on by climate change, as some previous research had suggested Topic: Biodiversity

Climate change causing bumblebee habitat loss, say scientists


Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian Scientists shocked at bees’ failure to relocate north to cooler areas as southern climes in Europe and North America become too hot for the species to survive Topic: Biodiversity, Climate

Darwin’s finches have reached their limits on the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Warbler
Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyThe evolution of birds on the Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin’s theory of evolution, is a two-speed process. Most bird species are still diversifying, while the famous Darwin’s finches have already reached an equilibrium, in which new species can only appear when an existing one becomes […]

A Little Fish with Big Impact In Trouble on U.S. West Coast

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Scientists are concerned that officials waited too long to order a ban on U.S. Pacific sardine fishing that goes into effect July 1. The dire state of the sardine population is a cautionary tale about overharvesting these and other forage fish that are a critical part of the marine food […]

Bees are worth billions to farmers across the globe, study suggests

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianPollination by wild bees contributes an average $3,251 per hectare per year to crop production, researchers find.   Topic: Biodiversity

Protein identified in certain microalgae changes conversation about climate change

Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) High-profile science behind climate change and carbon recycling takes a new turn as researchers find a protein in a major group of phytoplankton that keeps them alive in stressed environments in the ocean. Topic: Biodiversity, Ecosystems

China agrees to phase out its ivory industry to combat elephant poaching

29 May 2015, Beijing, China --- CHINA-BEIJING-ILLEGAL IVORY-DESTRUCTION (CN) --- Image by © Li Xin/Xinhua Press/Corbis
Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianConservationists hail China’s first ever commitment to phase out legal, domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products as a victory in the fight to save Africa’s elephants China has committed to phasing out the domestic manufacture and sale of ivory products for the first time. Conservation groups said the […]

‘Dementor’ wasp among 139 new species


Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment 139 new species of have been discovered in the Mekong Delta the past year, increasing our understanding of the rich biodiversity of the area. Topic: Biodiversity, Quick Looks

Saving coffee from extinction

Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day and 25 million families rely on growing coffee for a living. Over the past 15 years, consumption of the drink has risen by 43% – but researchers are warning that the world’s most popular coffee, Arabica, is under threat.