Tag: wildlife

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 […]

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. […]

Who killed summertime? How do we trace the complex roots of responsibility?

Shining a light on an evil killer is easy and satisfying. It drives the script of the tales in which we absorb ourselves as we retreat from a world become too much When I was growing up, one of my parents’ favourite albums was a live recording of a Pete Seeger concert called We Shall […]

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 […]

Controversy over new UK regulation to protect peatland

Rules will prevent some burning and could help Britain reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 Regulations are to be brought in to prevent the burning of heather and other vegetation in a move to better protect peatlands. The protection for blanket bog habitats has been welcomed as vital for globally important land, but criticised […]

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 […]

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 […]