Category: Biodiversity

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

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