Category: Biodiversity

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

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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

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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

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

Protein identified in certain microalgae changes conversation about climate change

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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.

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

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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

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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.

Saving coffee from extinction

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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.

Obama just unveiled a big new plan to save the honeybees

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Originally Published by The VoxA decade ago, beekeepers in the United States started noticing that their honeybees were dying at unusually high rates each winter. It was a disturbing trend, given that these bees are so crucial for pollinating many of our favorite fruits and vegetables. In the years since, honeybees have kept dying at alarming […]

‘Warm-blooded fish’ traps own heat

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentThe deep-water opah becomes the first fish known to regulate its own temperature, using heat from its flapping fins to warm its heart and brain.

Invasive lionfish discovered in Brazil

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Originally Published by Nature News and CommentLionfish have overwhelmed ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean over the past three decades, eating or out-competing native species in what has been called the worst marine invasion ever. Now the fish seem to have extended their range to South America.