Tag: animals

World’s feral pigs produce as much CO2 as 1.1m cars each year, study finds

Researchers estimate the invasive species releases 4.9m metric tonnes of greenhouse gas annually by uprooting soil The climate impact of wild pigs around the world is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 1.1m cars annually, according to new research. Modelling by an international team of researchers estimates that feral pigs release 4.9m metric tonnes […]

Climate crisis causing male dragonflies to lose wing ‘bling’, study finds

Black patterns used to attract mates can cause the insects to overheat in hotter climates Male dragonflies are losing the “bling” wing decorations that they use to entice the females as climates get hotter, according to new research. The results have led to the scientists calling for more work on whether this disparate evolution might […]

Marine species increasingly can’t live at equator due to global heating

Study suggests it is already too warm in tropics for some species to survive Global heating has made the ocean around the equator less rich in wildlife, with conditions likely already too hot for some species to survive, according to a new study. Analysis of the changing locations of almost 50,000 marine species between 1955 […]

Seaweed: A planet-saving, anti-burping drug for cows

How scary are cow burps exactly? Measured by their planet-warming power, methane-filled livestock belches are the equivalent of 850 coal plants burning year-round. But scientists have found that spicing up cattle feed with a little seaweed can dramatically reduce the methane they produce, according to a new study out Tuesday. The promise that feed additives […]

From the archive: ‘A reckoning for our species’: the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene – podcast

We are raiding the Audio Long Reads archives and bringing you some classic pieces from years past, with new introductions from the authors. This week: Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. […]

Sweden to build reindeer bridges over roads and railways

‘Renoducts’ will help animals who have to roam further for food due to global heating Sweden is to build up to a dozen bridges so reindeer can safely cross railway lines and major roads in the north of the country as global heating forces them to roam further afield in search of food. State broadcaster […]

Specieswatch: violet carpenter bee – an exotic, heavyweight arrival to UK

This southern European native, first spotted breeding in 2007, is still rare due to a lack of suitable sites If you see a violet carpenter bee, xylocopa violacea, in Britain, it seems too exotic for our shores, and too big. It is up to 3cm long, the size of our largest bumble bee, and it […]

Could bringing Neanderthals back to life save the environment? The idea is not quite science fiction | James Bradley

The climate emergency is unsettling our future, and erasing what we thought was certain about the past In 2015, flooding exposed the frozen bodies of two cave lion cubs in the Yakutia region of Russia. Members of a species that vanished at the end of the last Ice Age, the pair were buried approximately 12,000 […]

Warm summer of 2019 gives flight to butterfly numbers

Abundant food thanks to mix of sunshine and rain helps species confound fears of declines The record temperatures of summer 2019 helped make it the best season for butterflies in 22 years, with more than half of Britain’s species increasing in number. Last summer delivered a winning combination of warmth, sunshine and rain which ensured […]

Carrie Symonds warns politicians of ‘gigantic’ climate crisis responsibility

Boris Johnson’s partner makes first solo public appearance since moving into No 10 Boris Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds said politicians had a “gigantic responsibility to make the right decisions” over the climate crisis, in her first solo public appearance since moving into Downing Street. Symonds also condemned “cruel” trophy hunters, but expressed optimism that the […]