Tag: conservation

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 […]

Climate fight ‘is undermined by social media’s toxic reports’

Scientists warn that Nobel summit and long-term decisions to save the planet are at risk from targeted attacks online Fake news on social media about climate change and biodiversity loss is having a worrying impact in the battle to halt the growing environmental threats to the planet, a group of scientists and analysts have warned. […]

Economics of biodiversity review: what are the recommendations?

Landmark report says GDP should be ditched as measure of wealth and nature valued to protect wildlife and humans “Our economies, livelihoods and wellbeing all depend on our most precious asset: nature. We are part of nature, not separate from it.” These are the opening lines of a newly published landmark review of the economics […]

50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth’s land and oceans

Coalition says promise is key to preventing mass extinctions and ensuring clean air and water A coalition of 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife. The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, which […]

Jane Goodall: ‘Change is happening. There are many ways to start moving in the right way’

The primatologist and ecological activist on why population isn’t the cause of climate change, and why she’s encouraging optimism Jane Goodall is a primatologist who is regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on chimpanzees. She has spent 60 years studying the chimps that live in the Gombe Stream national park and she is […]

Trillion-dollar investors warn Brazil over ‘dismantling’ of environmental policies

Letter signed by 29 organisations, including the Church of England, states financial institutions have a duty to tackle climate change Investors managing trillions of dollars in assets have warned Brazil that escalating deforestation and the “dismantling” of policies to protect the environment and indigenous communities are “creating widespread uncertainty about the conditions for investing”. Amazon […]

Wildfires caused by barbecues harming wildlife, says National Trust

Dry conditions following low spring rainfall have contributed to a rise in fires The National Trust is urging people not to take a barbecue or light a campfire when they visit the coast and countryside following a spate of wildfires that have damaged flora and fauna. Despite recent rainfall, a record-breaking spring of sunshine has […]

Tolkien was right: giant trees have towering role in protecting forests

Study highlights importance of biodiversity as part of strategy to stop planet overheating Scientists have shown to be true what JRR Tolkien only imagined in the Lord of the Rings: giant, slow-reproducing trees play an outsized role in the growth and health of old forests. In the 1930s, the writer gave his towering trees the […]

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 […]

Republicans are making noises on climate action. Some say it’s just greenwashing

Bills to meet environmental targets while feeding industry have the right pushing back and experts unconvinced Republican lawmakers under pressure to address the climate crisis are trying to move beyond denying the problem and start proposing solutions. But they still refuse to commit to what scientists say is necessary if the US is to rapidly […]