Biodiversity

Peru's Manu National Park sets new biodiversity record

Park and buffer zone host 287 species of reptiles and amphibians, the highest number anywhere. Peru's treasured Manu National Park is the world's top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians, according to a new survey published last week by

February 21, 2014

Key species of algae shows effects of climate change over time

Historical comparison of competition among algae in waters around the Pacific Northwest provides more evidence for increased ocean acidification. A study of marine life in the temperate coastal waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean shows a reversal of competitive

January 15, 2014

Seed diversity has collapsed more than 12-fold since early 1900s

From the looks of an average produce section in a typical American supermarket, it might seem like modern society has access to basically every major type of fruit, vegetable and herb one could want. But a survey conducted by the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory

December 07, 2013

Green: Vegetation on planet Earth

Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. Those resources highlight our ever-changing

June 20, 2013

Don't let the bed bugs bite!

In the quiet of the night a female Cimex lectularius crawls out of her hiding place, lured by the CO2 gas and the warmth that your body emits. When she reaches a patch of your exposed skin, she uses her small sharp beak to pierce the flesh and suck up to six times her

April 21, 2013

Petrified giant ancient trees found in Thailand

In 2003, a small section of a large petrified log was found in a reserve forest at Ban Tak District, Tak Province, Thailand, by a villager. This lead to investigation in this area by officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and many

March 26, 2013

A disturbance in the forest from Landsat perspective

This is a sequence of Landsat-based data in the Pacific Northwest. There is one data set for each year representing an aggregate of the approximate peak of the growing season (around August). The data was created using a sophisticated algorithm called LandTrendr.The

January 15, 2013

New island emerged off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

An island ground composed of sandbanks emerged in North Sea, 24 km (15 miles) off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's far north. This is the area of a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. A discernible landmass composed of sandbanks

January 11, 2013

Coffee Arabica could be extinct by the end of the century

Arabica coffee production is strongly (negative) influenced by accelerated climate change, and in most cases the outcome will be negative for the coffee industry.Wild Arabica coffee or Coffee Arabica could extinct due climate changes by the end of this century

November 17, 2012

Tropical plankton invades Arctic waters

Scientists have identified tropical and subtropical species of marine protozoa living in the Arctic Ocean for the first time. It looks like they traveled thousands of miles on Atlantic currents and ended up above Norway with an unusual-but naturally cyclic-pulse of

July 26, 2012

Stinky red seaweed invades New England beaches in US

An awful odor of a foreign invasive red seaweed is smelling from Long Island Sound to the southern Gulf of Maine, US. A red seaweed originating from Japan is invading New England beaches. Scientists fear the seaweed could harm the coastal ecosystem by growing over

July 11, 2012

Africa’s savannas are changing into forests

Recent changes in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are forcing the African savannas to change into forests. Researchers believe that by the end of this century large swathes of land that was once savanna could have transformed into forest.The study

July 09, 2012

Global supply chains cause extinction of many species

Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in developed world according to research made by University of Sydney. The study mapped the world economy to trace the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee,

June 16, 2012

Swarms of unknown spiders spread panic across Assam, India

Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists. Indian media said that a dozen people had been bitten and treated in hospital, with two unconfirmed

June 07, 2012

The absence of elephants and rhinoceroses threatens biodiversity in tropical forests

According to the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), elephants are in 'danger of extinction' and the two rhinoceros species are 'critically endangered'. The progressive disappearance of seed-dispersing animals like elephants and

June 04, 2012

Alien species a growing menace in China

Alien species of plants and animals in China will become an increasing menace over the next decade due to the rapid development of the world economy and a lack of awareness of proper prevention measures, experts have warned. A greater number and variety of invasive

May 14, 2012

Remarkable natural event seen from space: Algae-coated ice phenomena at Princess Astrid Coast, Antarctica

A few weeks ago, NASA’s Terra satellite flew over East Antarctica and detected swirls of green amidst the ice off the Princess Astrid Coast. For three weeks since, scientists have been trying to figure out what Terra saw in this remote region of the world’s

March 18, 2012

Hydrogen sulfide emissions off Namibia coast

Namibian coast was tinted with pale green water in late February 2012. The Namibian Coast has the most intense upwelling of fertile deep-ocean water in the world. Hydrogen sulfide gas is emitted periodically along Namibian coast due ocean currents that carry

March 04, 2012

The invasion of African giant snails in Florida, US

Southern Florida is in a panic over potential crop damage and plant diseases. The reason for this are the slimy gastropods. The US and Florida departments of agriculture have mobilized 34 agents to battle the invasion of African giant snails, up to 20 centimeters

February 11, 2012

Mass migration of snowy owls from the Arctic

Thousands of snowy owls from the Arctic have been spotted from coast to coast, in Idaho, Montana,  Missouri and Massachusetts. Owl experts say the phenomenon is likely linked to lemmings, a rodent that accounts for 90 percent of the diet of snowy owls during

January 29, 2012

Scientists predict major shifts in Earth's ecosystems

Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., investigated how Earth's plant life is likely to react over the next three centuries as Earth's climate changes in response to rising levels of

December 17, 2011

208 new species discovered in Mekong region in one year

The conservation organization World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) just released a new report called "Wild Mekong" hightlightning the 208  species discovered in Greater Mekong region in past year. The Greater Mekong region, which sprawls across the countries of Cambodia,

December 13, 2011

Extreme weather events fatal for walnut trees

Drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome - possibly fatal - for walnut trees, according to research at Purdue University. Researchers now suspect and predict that climate change is going to

December 03, 2011

Impact of deforestation on global warming varies with latitude

The new research, from a team of scientists representing 20 institutions from around the world, discovered that the impact of deforestation on global warming varies with latitude. It depends where the deforestation is. It could have some cooling effects at the regional

November 19, 2011

Massive movement of tree species

Global warming, insect attack, diseases and fires caused a huge "migration" of trees across much of the West. Many tree species are projected to decline or die out in regions where they have been present for centuries, while others move in and replace them. In an

November 11, 2011

Misterious creatures washed up on Wellington beach in Lyall Bay, New Zealand

Thousands of the tiny creatures were spotted washed up Thursday afternoon on beach in Lyall Bay in New Zealand. Puzzled expert are trying to identify misterious creatures with black eyes and little legs. They guess that it could be from deeper water as they were

November 05, 2011

Seaweed moves south as ocean warms

A new study by marine ecologist Dr Thomas Wernberg, of the University of Western Australia and colleagues reveals that swathes of Australia's seaweed are shifting south to escape warming oceans, and many risk going extinct.  Their findings are published in Current

October 30, 2011

Papua New Guinea deforestation at critical level

More than half trees in Papua New Guinea could be lost by 2021, according to a new satellite study of the region. The University of Papua New Guinea and the Australian National University conducted the stady that  found that deforestation is much more widespread

October 30, 2011

Yasuni (Ecuador) - The world's last great wilderness threaten to become new oil extraction location

When large reserves of oil were discovered under Yasuní national park, Ecuador offered the world a choice: give us money and we will not allow drilling. Now $60m must be found by December.Ecuador has earned $130bn from the oil found so far in its forests and it

October 09, 2011

Bermuda Triangle to become humpback whale sanctuary

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced a letter of intent signed by the Bermuda Department of Environmental Protection to establish a sister sanctuary to NOAA's Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary for the gentle

September 04, 2011

Phytoplankton bloom in the Barents Sea

At times nature exceeds the ability of the artist’s brush to blend brilliant colors, interweave textures and combine patterns to create stunning panoramas, while using only the palette of land, water, cloud and vegetation. This stunning and artistic image of a

August 17, 2011

New coral map ranks reefs most at risk

The world's coral reefs face a multitude of threats, from rising ocean temperatures to overfishing. A new map aimed at aiding coral conservation has been developed that points out the reefs that are most and least at risk.The map, and the study that led to it, say

August 12, 2011

Routine roadwork on rural roads may contribute to the spread of invasive species

Emily Rauschert, a plant ecologist at Pennsylvania State University in State College  presented her findings at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Austin, Texas. A new study found that routine roadwork on rural roads may be aiding the rapid

August 11, 2011

Cold snap triggered massive coral die-off

While warming seas are a leading cause in the decline of the world's coral reefs, U.S. researchers have discovered cold temperatures can be just as devastating.Scientists are the University of Georgia conducted a study of coral reefs in the Florida Keys following an

August 10, 2011

Sudden oak death disease kills oak and tan oak trees

Sudden oak death disease kills oak and tan oak trees. The disease is present in coastal areas of California and in southern Oregon. It is also present in commercial nurseries in Europe, the west coast of the U.S. and Canada, according to an article by the International

August 09, 2011