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Streams may emit more carbon dioxide in a warmer climate

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:58:39 EDT ~ Streams and rivers could pump carbon dioxide into the air at increasing rates if they continue to warm, potentially compounding the effects of global warming, a new worldwide analysis has shown. Find out more...

Amazonian 'lookout' birds help other species live in dangerous neighborhoods

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:00:44 EDT ~ Usually, birds of a feather flock together -- but in the Amazon, some flocks feature dozens of species of all shapes and colors. A new study singles out one reason why these unusually diverse flocks exist: lookout species that call in alarm when they spot dangerous predators. Find out more...

How coyotes conquered the continent

Tue, 22 May 2018 11:46:26 EDT ~ Using museum specimens and fossil records, researchers have produced a comprehensive (and unprecedented) range history of coyotes that can help reveal the ecology of predation as well as evolution through hybridization. Find out more...

Giant invasive flatworms found in France and overseas French territories

Tue, 22 May 2018 08:21:34 EDT ~ One of the consequences of globalization is the introduction of invasive species. Giant hammerhead flatworms, or land planarians, up to 40 cm (over 1 foot) in length, are reported from France and overseas French territories. Find out more...

Are humans causing cancer in wild animals?

Mon, 21 May 2018 14:38:53 EDT ~ As humans, we know that some of our activities can cause cancer to develop in our bodies. Smoking, poor diets, pollution, chemicals used as additives in food and personal hygiene products, and even too much sun can contribute to an increased risk of cancer. But, are human activities also causing cancer in wild animals? Researchers think so and are urgently calling for research into this topic. Find out more...

Optimum shade for cocoa

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:27:49 EDT ~ As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. Researchers tested what shade trees can contribute to solving this problem. Find out more...

Giraffes surprise biologists yet again

Fri, 18 May 2018 10:27:31 EDT ~ New research has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behavior and ecology. Find out more...

Shocking study shows one third of world's protected areas degraded by human activities

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:36:41 EDT ~ A shocking study confirms that one third of the world's protected areas -- an astonishing 2.3 million square miles or twice the size of the state of Alaska -- are now under intense human pressure including road building, grazing, and urbanization. Find out more...

Limiting warming to 1.5 degree C would save majority of global species from climate change

Thu, 17 May 2018 14:36:35 EDT ~ New research finds that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees C would save the majority of the world's plant and animal species from climate change. Species across the globe would benefit -- particularly those in Southern Africa, the Amazon, Europe and Australia. Examples of animals to benefit include the critically endangered black rhinoceros. Reducing the risk to insects is important because they are vital for 'ecosystem services' such as pollinating crops and being part of the food chain. Find out more...

Monitoring of tropical trees in face of climate change

Thu, 17 May 2018 10:23:56 EDT ~ Experts have challenged the principle that tropical ecosystems are aseasonal -- after discovering regular cycles in fruiting, flowering and leafing in such climates. Find out more...