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May 24, 2015

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May 11, 2015 — Sturgeons are among the most threatened fish species worldwide. To ensure that one day these living fossils will return to our rivers in large numbers, European scientists are collaborating on ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Scientists have figured out the likely way that white-nose syndrome breaks down tissue in bats, opening the door to potential treatments for a disease that has killed more than six million bats since ... read more

May 4, 2015 — As greater atmospheric carbon dioxide boosts sea temperatures, tropical corals face a bleak future. New climate model projections show that conditions are likely to increase the frequency and ... read more

May 3, 2015 — Western conservation groups are seeking stricter law enforcement to tackle a trade in endangered wildlife, but a researcher warns that this is not a 'silver bullet' solution. He highlights ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Canada's most easterly province has as many non-native land mammals as it does native ones. But that species diversity could be negatively affecting the island's food web, according to new ... read more

May 1, 2015 — The decline of the world's large herbivores, especially in Africa and parts of Asia, is raising the specter of an 'empty landscape' in some of the most diverse ecosystems on the ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Fieldwork in Indonesia and Malaysia has led to the discovery of a new coral-dwelling gall crab. The new gall crab, named Lithoscaptus semperi, was discovered inhabiting free-living corals of the ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — The Iberian ibex was reintroduced in the Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid) in 1989. Now, some say there are too many of them. Researchers have assessed the impact on woody plant species in order to know ... read more

GIS Study Reveals Preferred Habitat of the Asian Elephant

May 1, 2015 — New results show that Asian elephants preferred secondary forests, presumably because of the abundance of ground grass to eat. The study also found that they spend 75% of their time within 1.5 km of ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists have crunched the numbers and the results are clear. For every degree that global temperatures rise, more species will become extinct. Overall, the study predicts a nearly 3 percent ... read more

Are We Exterminating One African Elephant by Not Recognizing Two?

Apr. 30, 2015 — Within the past week, Thailand officials seized seven tons of ivory, representing the slaughter of hundreds of African elephants for illegal trade. While recent reports say that poaching far exceeds ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — An international team of scientists has used the fossil record during the past 23 million years to predict which marine animals and ecosystems are at greatest risk of extinction from human impact. ... read more

Forest Canopies Buffer Against Climate Change

Apr. 29, 2015 — Current models of how forests will respond to climate change don't account for differences between adult and juvenile trees. Recent research of forest landscape ecology, finds that climatic ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — When paleontologists put together a life history for a long-extinct animal, it's common to infer the foods it ate by looking at modern animals with similar skull shapes and tooth patterns. But ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Species migrations across the Isthmus of Panama began about 20 million years ago, some six times earlier than commonly assumed, a new study ... read more

Diversity of Habitat Needed Around Spotted Owl Reserves, Study Shows

Apr. 28, 2015 — A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — As well as being a beautiful species capable of changing its colour, shape and even gender, new research shows that parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal role in ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — For reef-building corals, sponges do not make good neighbors. Aggressive competitors for space, sponges use toxins, mucus, shading, and smothering to kill adjacent coral colonies and then grow on ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Coral reefs, true reservoirs of biodiversity, are seriously threatened by human activities and climate change. Consequently, their extinction has often been heralded. Now, researchers are painting a ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — A single fish caught with a hand spear off the Brazilian coast is making big waves across the entire southwestern Atlantic. In May 2014, a group of recreational divers spotted an adult lionfish -- ... read more

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