Category: Biodiversity

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.

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.

Hidden lives of Chernobyl’s wildlife

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentScientists’ camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

‘Lost’ turtles don’t go with flow

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentA new tracking study shows that young sea turtles make a concerted effort to swim in particular directions, instead of drifting with ocean currents.

Werewolf plant waits for the light of the full moon

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Originally Published by New ScientistIt’s the only known plant species that relies on the lunar cycle for survival – and we found out by complete accident. At night, Ephedra foeminea, a non-flowering relative of conifers and cycads, secretes small translucent globules of sugary liquid to attract nocturnal pollinating insects. The globules are like tiny beads oozing […]

A decade in, have Australia’s no-take reserves protected life on the Reef?

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Originally Published by EurekAlert!The expansion of no-take marine reserves (NTMRs) within Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park more than a decade ago is working to protect fish just as experts had hoped it would, say researchers who have been monitoring the reef via underwater surveys. The findings, reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology […]

New lobster-like predator found in 508 million-year-old fossil-rich site

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science(University of Toronto) What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a newly identified species called Yawunik kootenayi, a marine creature with two pairs of eyes and prominent grasping appendages that lived as much as 508 million years ago — more than […]

With Fins Off Many Menus, A Glimmer of Hope for Sharks

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360For decades, the slaughter of sharks – sought after for their fins and meat – has been staggering. But bans on finning and new attitudes in Asia toward eating shark fin soup are leading to optimism about the future for these iconic ocean predators. BY TED WILLIAMS