What was once Bolivia's second largest lake is now a salt flat and the vanishing waters are taking an indigenous community’s way of life with them.
Conservationists have warned that the Asiatic cheetah is on the threshold of extinction following a UN decision to pull funding from conservation efforts to protect it.
Researchers call for curbs on the basic drivers of extinction – human overpopulation and overconsumption – and challenge society to move away from “the fiction that perpetual growth can occur on a finite planet.” The massive loss of populations and species reflects our lack of empathy to all the wild species that have been our companions since our origins. It is a prelude to the disappearance of many more species and the decline of natural systems that make civilization possible.
Noise mostly affects animal behavior. Some animals, including threatened or endangered species, avoid breeding or nesting in noisy areas.
With habitats such as hedgerows and hay meadows in decline in many countries, fewer nest sites are available -- leading to more competition. The loss of nest sites due to damage to the environment is an important cause of species extinctions.
Study finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase.
Worker and queen honeybees exposed to field realistic levels of neonicotinoids die sooner, reducing the health of the entire colony.
A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.
Fear of the human 'super predator' reduces feeding time in large carnivores. Pumas almost always ran from the sound of humans. Human disturbance -- beyond hunting -- may alter the ecological role of large carnivores. As we encroach on lion habitat, our presence will likely affect the link between top predators and their prey.
Even as humans became increasingly powerful, and therefore insulated from any real threat wolves could pose, ancient fears were reinforced by fairy tales and other forms of narrative in Christian and European cultures. When white settlers moved to the western United States during the 1800s and 1900s, that mythology helped to fuel a war against the wolf.
In 2016 alone, 62 million trees across California have died, representing more than a 100 percent increase in dead trees across the state from 2015. Millions of additional trees are weakened and expected to die in the coming months and years.
As ice seasons are getting shorter around the world, we are losing ice without a deep understanding of what we are losing.
Preexisting security barriers across the US-Mexico border are already making life difficult for local wildlife. A 1,000-mile wall has significant environmental costs. For a start, all that concrete will generate millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions. And then you have the fact the wall will ravage a unique desert habitat that straddles the two countries and will prevent the movement of local animals.
If people continue using and changing the land over the next century in the same way they currently do, soils will have limited potential to counter the effect of climate change and will become a net source of atmospheric carbon dioxide, experts have warned. Only conversions of land into grass or forest result in limited additional storage of carbon in soils. Unfortunately these land changes are not likely to happen on a large scale because of the pressures on land resources imposed by urban expansion and food production.
A research team has identified urban expansion as the reason for the low amounts of bio-available oxygen in numerous European lakes in past centuries.
In a lawsuit against the United States government, a prairie rejuvenation group claims the Department of Agriculture has poisoned 123,000 prairie dogs in Colorado and shot another 39,000 without doing a proper environmental assessment. In 2015, the city of Castle Rock erected the Promenade at Castle Rock, a sprawling shopping center that required extermination of all the prairie dogs in the 160-acres on which the mall would be built. Protesters gathered outside the construction site in early February as the ground crews inside it dropped fumigant pellets down the prairie dogs’ burrows and stomped dirt on top, to suffocate the prairie dogs.
Rampant road building has shattered the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife. The length of the world’s roads is projected to increase by more than 60% by 2050.
A twiner native to southern Africa, Sanderson´s parachute flower (Ceropegia sandersonii), has a particularly cunning strategy for attracting flies for pollination. Its way of ensuring pollination is a complicated ploy involving fraud and imprisonment. These types of deceptive plants that manipulate their visitors and abuse them via pollination without reward are not all that rare. Today researchers estimate that there are around 15,000 such plants.
Results show that climate change denial correlates with political orientation, authoritarian attitudes and endorsement of the status quo. It also correlates with a tough-minded personality (low empathy and high dominance), closed-mindedness (low openness to experience), predisposition to avoid experiencing negative emotions, and with the male sex. Importantly, one variable, named social dominance orientation (SDO), helped explain all these correlations, either entirely or partially. Social dominance orientation is a measure of the acceptance and advocating of hierarchical and dominant relations between social groups. This acceptance of hierarchies also extends to accepting human dominance over nature.
Chinaʼs Grain-for-Green Program overwhelmingly plants monoculture forests and therefore falls dramatically short of restoring the biodiversity of Chinaʼs native forests, which contain many tree species. Reforesting land with monocultures can result in more harm than good for birds and insects.