Category: Biodiversity

Banned pesticides pose a greater risk to bees than thought, EU experts warn

More Bees

Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian New study by European Food and Safety Authority finds ‘high risk’ to bees from neonicotinoid pesticide sprays prompting calls for extending ban Topic: Biodiversity

GM trees ‘strangled’ by red tape

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentUS researchers say it has become “virtually impossible” to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world. Topic: Biodiversity, Disasters, Technology

Alien Islands: Why Killing Rats Is Essential to Save Key Wildlife

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Alien rats introduced by ships are decimating populations of birds and other wildlife on islands from the sub-Antarctic to California. Topic: Biodiversity

Rare bumblebee numbers grow in UK

Short-Haired Bumblebee

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment A second attempt to reintroduce an extinct bumblebee to the UK is proving successful, conservationists say. Topic: Biodiversity

As Ocean Waters Heat Up, A Quest to Create ‘Super Corals’


Originally Published by Yale Environment 360 With the world’s coral reefs increasingly threatened by warmer and more acidic seas, scientists are selectively breeding corals to create species with the best chance to survive in the coming century and beyond. Are genetically modified corals next? Topic: Biodiversity, Oceans

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 […]