Mats of Sargassum seaweed off the coast of St. Martin in April 2018.
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Huge blooms of brown seaweed have fouled Florida and Caribbean beaches almost every year over the past decade. They originate in Africa and South America. and are fueled by human activities.
New ABARES research examines the climate change challenge facing Australian farmers
Dawn in Serra do Mar, Brazil.
For one of Earth’s most biodiverse forests, 21,000 years of natural change pale in comparison to modern, man-made climate breakdown.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
“Will it become a wood again, how long will it take, which species will be in it?”
Corals are made of hundreds to thousands of tiny living polyps.
Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
During a 2015 heat wave, scientists watched as a coral reef died before their eyes. By the end of the century, almost all the world’s corals will be gone if climate change continues at this pace.
The Convention on Biological Diversity aims to achieve a world “living in harmony with nature”. This won’t happen if the plan goes ahead in its current form.
Castor oil plant is popular in rural South Africa for its medicinal qualities.
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Traditional herbal medicines and cosmetics remain popular in South Africa especially in rural areas where they are part of people’s culture.
Spending more time in nature may be associated with less fear of germs.
A fear of microbes, like germs, could be harming human health.
How do we ensure solutions to climate change doesn’t make biodiversity loss worse? Fifty of the world’s leading researchers on biodiversity and climate have sought to answer this question.
The federal budget included $32 million to promote schemes in which farmers who adopt sustainable practices earn money on private markets. Evidence suggests the approach is plagued with problems.
Researchers found 16% of coral species have not been seen for many years. This finding is alarming, because local extinctions suggest global extinctions may be looming.
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Solve the climate and extinction crises together, or solve neither.
Cookie-cutter urban designs don’t do justice to cities’ natural biodiversity.
Generic urban landscape design is damaging for people and nature: an ecomimicry approach instead encourages nature to flourish even in cities.
Today, Earth’s biodiversity is highest at the equator – but it hasn’t always been this way.
Whooping cranes were hunted extensively through the early 1900s, and by 1941, only 22 remained. They breed in Wood Buffalo National Park, in Alberta.
A bewildering array of laws and regulations cover species and ecosystems in Canada, making their protection inadequate.
Over 40% of all insects, like this tropical dragonfly, are in decline.
New data from tropical and subtropical regions suggests insects are declining thanks to dammed rivers
Coprophanaeus lancifer, a large seed-disperser dung beetle in the Amazon.
We know surprisingly little about the millions of animals, plants and birds that live in the Amazon – here’s how we can understand them better.
Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve, West Cork, Ireland.
In Lough Hyne’s shallows, animals and plants thrive that would otherwise be found in the ocean’s depths.
Planting a hedge can boost biodiversity, tackle noise, air and soil pollution and help towards meeting carbon emissions targets.
Komodo dragons were illegally exhibited at the zoo.
The lawsuit resembles earlier legal efforts to make tobacco companies remedy wrongdoing.