Category: Biodiversity

Smeagol found underground in Brazil: New eyeless and highly modified harvestman species


Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science Called after Tolkien’s character from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, a new eyeless harvestman species was found to crawl in a humid cave in southeastern Brazil. Never getting out of its subterranean hiding, the new daddy longlegs species is the most highly modified representative among its close […]

Climate Change Threatens an Iconic Desert Tree

Originally Published by National GeographicClose your eyes and imagine a species living in a harsh environment threatened by climate change. Topic: Biodiversity

Neonicotinoids: new warning on pesticide harm to bees

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianConsensus builds among scientists though review of evidence also finds there is not enough data on whether pesticide causes population decline There is a strong scientific consensus that bees are exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides in fields and suffer harm from the doses received, according to a new analysis of […]

Howler monkeys return to Rio forest

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentRio park gets noisy new inhabitants. Topic: Biodiversity

Police investigate after wombats found dead at Kangaroo Valley campsite

Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianPolice believe up to 10 wombats – including nursing mothers – were deliberately run down late on Friday night or early on Saturday. Topic: Biodiversity

Huddling rats behave as a ‘super-organism’

Photograph of a rat. Image: Nigel Cattlin/Science Photo Library)

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily Rodents huddle together when it is cold, they separate when it is warm, and at moderate temperatures they cycle between the warm center and the cold edges of the group. Topic: 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