Biodiversity

12/05-2022: The Conversation

Trees aren’t a climate change cure-all – 2 new studies on the life and death of trees in a warming world show why

More carbon dioxide in the air doesn’t necessarily mean more growth for trees, and the increasing risk of wildfires and drought has major consequences, as an interactive map shows

07/05-2022: The Guardian

‘Record after record’: Brazil’s Amazon deforestation hits April high, nearly double previous peak

Climate analysts are astounded by such a high reading during the rainy season, and is the third monthly record this year

02/05-2022: Inside Climate News

A Climate-Driven Decline of Tiny Dryland Lichens Could Have Big Global Impacts

A study at Canyonlands National Park shows threats to soil crusts that hold the desert in place. When they crumble, it speeds erosion, diminishes snowpack and spreads disease

29/04-2022: Inside Climate News

‘Apocalypse Papers’: Scientists Call for Paradigm Shift as Biodiversity Loss Worsens

Our twice-a-week dive into the most pressing news related to our rapidly warming world

29/04-2022: The Guardian

‘They’re so sneaky’: New Zealand homeowners battle plague of smelly cluster flies

Changing climate means infestations of pesky insects could become more common, experts say

28/04-2022: Nature

Climate change will force new animal encounters — and boost viral outbreaks

Modelling study is first to project how global warming will increase virus swapping between species

21/04-2022: The Conversation

Climate change is altering the seasonal rhythm of plant life-cycle events

Climate change is modifying the timing of recurrent life-cycle events with critical consequences on ecological and economic levels

20/04-2022: The Conversation

Climate change triggering global collapse in insect numbers: stressed farmland shows 63% decline – new research

Insect numbers and species decline steeply where agriculture and habitat loss coincide. Preserving natural habitat can reduce losses up to nine-fold

11/04-2022: The Guardian

The insect crisis: where did all the bugs go?

What does the drastic decline in insect populations mean for our lives? The Guardian’s Oliver Milman talks about these miraculous creatures and how they play a vital role in making the Earth habitable

25/03-2021: The Coversation

In 20 years of studying how ecosystems absorb carbon, here’s why we’re worried about a tipping point of collapse

As climate change pressures intensify, ecosystems may lose their ability to bounce back from disasters

22/03-2022: The Conversation

Record-smashing heatwaves are hitting Antarctica and the Arctic simultaneously. Here’s what’s driving them, and how they’ll impact wildlife

This seemingly one-off heatwave may be a harbinger for the future under climate change

07/03-2022: The Conversation

Is the Amazon rainforest on the verge of collapse?

New research suggests 75% of the rainforest has become less resilient to stress since the early 2000s

17/02-2022: The Intercept

A SECRETIVE BELGIAN TYCOON IS A KEY INVESTOR IN A MAJOR NEW GOLD REFINERY IN BRAZIL’S AMAZON

Tesla, Amazon, Dell, and Starbucks have likely purchased gold from the scandal-ridden family business of Sylvain Goetz, who’s been convicted of fraud

16/02-2022: New Republic

Ikea’s Race for the Last of Europe’s Old-Growth Forest

The furniture giant is hungry for Romania’s famed trees. Little stands in its way

06/02-2022: The Guardian

Barely 15% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact, study says

Researchers call for safeguards to protect undamaged regions and for urgent work to restore degraded areas

04/02-2022: The Conversation

Plants are flowering a month earlier – here’s what it could mean for pollinating insects

Climate change is throwing plants and pollinators out of sync

02/02-2022: The Conversation

The great Amazon land grab – how Brazil’s government is turning public land private, clearing the way for deforestation

Land grabs spearheaded by wealthy interests are accelerating deforestation, and Brazil’s National Congress is working to legitimize them

13/01-2022: Inside Climate News

Most Agribusinesses and Banks Involved With ‘Forest Risk’ Commodities Are Falling Down on Deforestation, Global Canopy Reports

They haven’t made commitments to stop deforestation related to beef, soy, palm oil and timber, and many of those that have aren’t following through

13/01-2022: The Guardian

Plants at risk of extinction as climate crisis disrupts animal migration

Heating and habitat loss drive birds and mammals to cooler areas where plants can not follow, study shows

11/01-2022: The Guardian

How the speed of climate change is unbalancing the insect world

The pace of global heating is forcing insect populations to move and adapt – and some aggressive species are thriving

20/12-2021: EurekAlert

Shoots and roots respond differently to climate change

A new synthesis reveals mismatches between above- and belowground plant phenology due to climate change. These findings are important to understand the consequences of climate change on terrestrial biodiversity

23/11-2021: The Intercept

HOW YOUR 401(K) IS HELPING DESTROY THE AMAZON RAINFOREST

The growing financialization of Brazilian agribusiness is enabling foreign investment in the industry most responsible for deforestation

19/11-2021: The Conversation

Invasive species are threatening Antarctica’s fragile ecosystems as human activity grows and the world warms

While some invasive animals have breached Antarctica, the continent is still pristine. Our challenge is keeping it that way

19/11-2021: The Guardian

Scorpion plagues, sharks on the move: has Cop26 done enough for nature?

The summit did not go far enough to avoid ‘big changes’ in the natural world, scientists warn, with animals already changing their behaviour

19/11-2021: The Guardian

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon at highest level since 2006

Increase comes despite Jair Bolsonaro’s efforts to show his government is taking environmental preservation seriously