A species that is an “apex” predator in one environment won’t necessarily remain so in another.
The Yellow River in China winds past aquaculture and an oil and gas field on its way to a newly formed channel.
With decades of images and data from the same locations, these satellites can show changes over time, including deforestation, changes in waterways and how loss of trees corresponds to urban heat.
We can no longer pretend we’re separate to nature. If ecosystems collapse, our society will be threatened too.
A study showed that an endangered population of beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River had one of the world’s highest concentrations of the flame retardant, PBDE, in their blubber.
Flame retardants are added to consumer products — and end up in the environment and harming aquatic wildlife.
From discovering hidden populations of vulnerable newts to dropping “seed bombs”, two new research papers show how genomics and drones help restore threatened ecosystems.
Mining and extracting metals has ecologically damaging consequences.
Solar panels and electric cars come with their own environmental trade-offs like increased mining and extraction.
The key to unlocking the benefits of new agricultural technologies is to develop food systems where the waste products from one step become valuable inputs in another.
The world is facing one of the century’s biggest challenges: How to nutritiously feed the growing population, address climate change and not destroy the ecosystems on which we all depend for life.
We don’t have to passively sit back and watch Australia’s species and ecosystems die. Here are five concrete steps the next government should take.
Wind quickly spread a blaze that burned homes near Flagstaff, Ariz., in April 2022.
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Fire season is getting longer, and the result is transforming iconic desert ecosystems. The start to 2022 has been so dire, one governor called for a federal disaster declaration.
Changes in climate affect the timings of various points in the life cycle of plants, including when flowers bloom in spring and when leaves wither in autumn.
Climate change is modifying the timing of recurrent life-cycle events with critical consequences on ecological and economic levels.
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Nigeria should urgently protect three freshwater ecosystems as these undisturbed environments are becoming rare globally.
Changes in vegetation and temperature affect wildlife and humans, as well as the climate.
The growing season on the tundra is starting earlier as the planet warms, but the plants aren’t sequestering more carbon, a new study finds.
As climate change pressures intensify, ecosystems may lose their ability to bounce back from disasters.
Fungi that live on plant roots can help with the uptake of nutrients.
Plants communicate with the fungi on their roots, but the effects on the ecosystem of deliberately adding fungi as a fertilizer are unknown — and might be harmful.
Mistletoes parasitising African locust bean trees in Amurum Forest Reserve.
Reforestation programmes should consider the parasitic relationship between mistletoes and their hosts and their ecological benefits for bird diversity.
Senegal’s Saloum Delta.
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Ecosystems thrive in places where human connections with nature go back generations.
Mosquito eggs float on the surface of a pond. The insecticide Bti is used to kill mosquito larvae, but it could also harm frogs.
The insecticide Bti kills target organisms like mosquitoes and blackflies, but new research shows it may also have negative effects on non-target species like frogs.
Litter after recent looting in Durban, South Africa. The city recently introduced a scheme that looks to protect biodiversity and associated ecosystems.
Urban ecosystem services sustain life but aren’t well protected.
Climatic drivers over the past 80 years have resulted in flowering season starting in late winter instead of spring.
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The progressively earlier flowering places the daisies at greater risk of failed flowering seasons. This would be a blow to biodiversity and tourism.
South Africa has an impressive record of marine biological research in protected areas, but the country needs to pay greater attention to the human aspects.
The social, ecological and governance objectives of marine protected areas need to be understood to enhance benefits to both people and the environment.