A new ‘rule book’ for naming genomically sequenced bacteria is a boon for science.
Species will endure intolerable conditions long after the global average temperature stabilises.
Roughly 90% of species on Earth are believed to be undiscovered. Whether researchers will be able to identify them before they go extinct is unclear.
If scientific research is to take decolonization seriously, names for species should reflect this approach and consider the political, social and emotional implications.
The 15th UN biodiversity conference recently wrapped up the online portion of negotiations.
After more than 300 years of effort, scientists have documented fewer than one-third of Australia’s species. The remaining 70% are unknown, and essentially invisible, to science.
To get a grip on the biodiversity crisis, we’ll need to understand how wildlife is threatened in our own backyard.
How scientists discovered the ‘Popa langur’ was a separate species of just 200 monkeys.
We studied a rocky shore to see how global changes are playing out within habitats.
A public debate recently erupted among global taxonomists. Strongly-worded ripostes were exchanged. A comparison to Stalin was floated. But eventually, they worked it out.
The extraordinary story of a stingray, its discovery and its uncertain fate in the Yemen war.
All animals plays a role in nature, and in times of biodiversity loss and climate change, hunting “common” species such as foxes and badgers is irresponsible .
What criteria should be used to determine whether a food is natural? What if gene-editing techniques produce changes indistinguishable from those that evolve naturally? Is the food still natural?
Should scientists keep both species genetically-separate and ‘pure’, even if that risks extinction?
While many surveys show the numbers of wildlife falling, there is good news for some species – including pondskaters and various mosses and lichen.
When a male bluehead wrasse is removed from the group he dominates, the largest female changes sex, rapidly transforming ovaries into sperm-producing testes. Molecular research shows how.
Most of Kenya’s biodiversity needs protecting outside protected areas in human‐dominated landscapes that are undergoing rapid change.
Scientists have a new approach to understanding how pollution threatens species at risk in Canada.
Dung beetles are largely invisible. And yet without their vital activities, the world would have a lot more faeces in it.
A landmark report found more than one million species at risk of extinction – but even the “safe” ones may not be so safe.