Invisible to the eye, the microbial life in the air around us can vary depending on our environment.
Research into fox scents suggests a complex form of 'chemical communication' underlies the animal's behaviour. The findings could help improve pest control methods and protect native wildlife.
The Chagos Reef was vibrant before the heat wave.
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Scientists watched in real time as rising ocean heat transformed the sprawling reef. It was a harbinger for ecosystems everywhere as the planet warms.
A tropical rainforest in South America.
Even if they can't save us from climate change, society still depends on forests.
Wildfires are the inevitable consequence of three factors coming together at the same time: an ignition, the weather and fuel.
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The fynbos vegetation that historically clothed the slopes of Table Mountain is highly inflammable. This has been worsened by the spread of alien trees that burn more intensely than the fynbos.
Clayoquot Sound, part of the Tla-o-qui-aht territory, has been the site of numerous protests against logging the forest. Meares Island was declared a Tribal Park in 1984.
To combat the biodiversity crisis, we need to fundamentally shift our economy and society and make nature conservation the norm.
Working landscapes, including farms, forest and rangelands, will be key to meeting conservation goals.
New approaches are required for Canada to meet its current conservation goals.
Cheetahs in the Serengeti in Tanzania.
A J Plumptre
One-fifth of Earth's land could be restored to wilderness by reintroducing animals and improving management.
To get a grip on the biodiversity crisis, we'll need to understand how wildlife is threatened in our own backyard.
Giant old trees in the rainforest at Campement de Kloto, Missahoe, Agomé in Togo, West Africa.
A stable ecosystem of organic matter is the key to improving agricultural yields in the surrounding farmland and fighting climate change.
All the ways plants, animals, insects and the bacteria around us can be beneficial to human health.
Brookesia tedi, described in 2019, is one of the smallest chameleons, and indeed one of the smallest amniote vertebrates, on earth.
Mark D. Scherz
Madagascar stands out as an exceptionally interesting place in which to study the evolution of "mini" creatures. And we are only just starting to scratch the surface of this.
An insect-friendly wildflower swath at California State University, Fullerton’s arboretum.
Looking for a new gardening challenge? Turning your yard into an insect-friendly oasis could mean less work and more nature to enjoy.
A hornfaced bee on a catkin.
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A diverse pollinator community is a reliable one.
Up-close encounter in the Central African Republic with a black bee-eater,
An ecologist describes her field research and work on the impact of human activity on birds and their pathogens, which has taken her from Alaska to the Gulf of Guinea.
The Ethiopian wolf (Canis simensis), lives in scattered populations across distant mountain ranges in Ethiopia, and its remarkable resilience suggests recovery is possible if threats like habitat loss and degradation can be kept at bay.
Reports of global biodiversity doom hide a more complex and encouraging picture. Conservation efforts can be targeted with more nuance species population data.
By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, we are taking huge risks with our future.
A sea cucumber living on the Great Barrier Reef inter-reef seafloor.
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We are only just beginning to understand the importance of this deep and hidden area of the inter-reef that supports a rich diversity of marine life.
Creeping avens – a plant native to mountains in Central Asia and Europe.
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Glaciers support a unique community of plants, many of which are found nowhere else.
There are more viruses in the ocean than stars in the Milky Way – and they're fundamental to Earth's biodiversity.