Oil and gas exploration in Ecuador. Credit: Julie Larson Maher/WCS Intact Forest Landscapes are critical for conserving biodiversity and fighting climate change. A new study from WCS and WWF reveals that nearly 20 percent of tropical Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) overlap with concessions for extractive industries such as mining, oil […]

As more animals are spotted in urban areas, researchers recognize how cities can play a significant role in fostering biodiversity. PHOTOGRAPH: DAVID L. RYAN/BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared on Yale Environment 360 and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Last year, as billions of people around the globe were in coronavirus lockdown, […]

Some of the birds collected at Chicago’s McCormick Place that are in the Field Museum collections, including an eastern meadowlark (far left) and an indigo bunting (far right). Credit: (c) Field Museum, Karen Bean When a University of Michigan-led research team reported last year that North American migratory birds have […]

Researchers Pim Bongaerts and Norbert Englebert on a collection dive. Credit: © David Whillas Researchers say that our framework for classifying coral species needs to be expanded to capture ecological diversity and protect reef environments. In recent years, advancements in DNA sequencing have exposed a large amount of hidden diversity in reef-building […]

Humpback whale and researchers pictured from a drone. Credit: Duke Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab The ocean’s mammals are at a crucial crossroads — with some at risk of extinction and others showing signs of recovery, researchers say. In a detailed review of the status of the world’s 126 […]

Composite image showing just a small portion of the remarkable diversity of larval and juvenile fishes and invertebrates found living in surface slick nurseries along West Hawaii Island. Credit: Larval photos: Jonathan Whitney (NOAA Fisheries), Slick photo: Joey Lecky (NOAA Fisheries) The open ocean is a harsh place for newborn […]

This decade must be the turning point, where we transform humanity’s relationship with nature and put the planet on a path to recovery, argues a global team of researchers in a paper published on Friday, January 22, 2021, outlining a new framework for implementing global commitments to restoring nature, The Mitigation […]

Glacier buttercup, Ranunculus glacialis, in front of the Rutor glacier, Italy. Credit: G. Losapio and coauthors Beyond the ski slopes, one of the most iconic symbols of the Alps are the alpine flowers. These plants are not only beautiful — they are also used in liqueurs and medicines, and they […]