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Lake Victoria biodiversity being 'decimated': conservationists

Geneva - Three quarters of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake Victoria basin face the threat of extinction, conservationists said Monday, warning the biodiversity there was being "decimated".

Climate change makes mountain tops bloom, for now

Paris - Europe's mountain summits are flush with new plant species, a greening that has increased in lock-step with the acceleration of global warming since the mid-20th century, researchers said Wednesday.

Five ways to halt 'critical' land decay

Medell - Scientists warned Monday that land degradation imperils the health and well-being of billions of people, threatening food and water supplies while fuelling conflict, mass migration and disease spread.

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

Medell - Land degradation will unleash a mass migration of at least 50 million people by 2050 -- as many as 700 million unless humans stop depleting the life-giving resource, more than 100 scientists warned Monday.

Scientists to publish first-ever land health report

Medell - Scientists will publish the first-ever analysis Monday of the global state of land and its ability to sustain a fast-growing human population that relies on it for 95 percent of all food.

After warnings of species plight: solutions in sight

Medell - Chicken or beef? Think carefully: your choice can help determine the future of the planet.

The sorry state of Earth's species, in numbers

Medell - The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) issued a dire diagnosis Friday of Earth's plant and animal species.

Species in decline worldwide, humans at risk

Medell - Human activity has driven animals and plants into decline in every region of the world, putting our own well-being at risk by over-harvesting and polluting, a comprehensive species survey warned Friday.

Scientists to release mammoth survey of Nature's vital signs

Medell - Scientists will deliver a comprehensive assessment Friday of the state of biodiversity -- the animals and plants that humankind depends on to survive but has driven into a mass species extinction.

Biodiversity 101: Are Earth's wild megafauna doomed?

Paris - Pop quiz: How many species of big, land-dwelling animals are there in the world?Count all the different kinds of big cats, bears, wolves, wild dogs and other carnivores weighing at least 15 kilos.

Global biodiversity 'crisis' to be assessed at major summit

Paris - Earth is enduring a mass species extinction, scientists say -- the first since the demise of the dinosaurs and only the sixth in half-a-billion years.The reason?

Warming could threaten half of species in 33 key areas: report

Paris - Global warming could place 25 to 50 percent of species in the Amazon, Madagascar and other biodiverse areas at risk of localised extinction within decades, a report said Wednesday.

Invasive beetle pushing US ash trees to extinction: conservationists

Geneva - An invasive beetle has driven North America's most widespread ash tree towards extinction, conservationists said Thursday, also warning of dramatic declines among several African antelope species.

'Klingon Newt' one of 163 new species found in Southeast Asia

A snake with iridescent scales, a mouse-eared flower, and a newt resembling a Klingon are just a few of the 163 unusual species of flora and fauna discovered in Southeast Asia in 2015, and they are a reminder of our planet's unusual biodiversity.

Syrian seed bank moved away from the war zone

With the horrific war continuing in Syria, biologists have taken steps to protect the Syrian seed bank to ensure that precious strains are protected and conserved for future research.

Over 10 percent of Earth's wilderness lost in under 20 years

A study from a university in Canada has found that during the past two decades the Earth has lost, thanks to humans, 20 percent of its wilderness. It's being called an alarming rate of loss and it continues unabated.

New study assesses our ability to deal with invasive species

An international team of researchers has come up with a global assessment on how invasive alien species could spread in the 21st century due to increasing globalization and a changing climate.

Invasive toads ‘taking over’ Madagascar

Madagascar’s wildlife and impressive biodiversity is under threat from Asian toads. The toads arrived in the early 2000s and they are taking over the island.

Animal diversity urgently needed for the future

London - According to a new United Nations report, animal biodiversity is needed to improve production and food security on a warmer, more crowded planet.

Climate change could slash polar bear numbers 30% by 2050

Ginebra - Polar bears look set to see their numbers dwindle by nearly third by mid-century, a top conservation body said Thursday, warning climate change poses the greatest threat to the king of the Arctic.

Why diversity is beneficial to a species survival

Kalmar - A healthy population of any species is often defined as having a large amount of genetic diversity. But altered or new environmental conditions can become a challenge to living organisms, and individual differences can become key to their survival.

Marine populations 'slashed by half since 1970'

Ginebra - Populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have dropped by about half in the past four decades, with fish critical to human food suffering some of the greatest declines, WWF warned Wednesday.

Poor state of the world’s soils revealed

Soils are essential for the world’s food system. Soil regulates water, carbon and nitrogen cycles. However, the state of many soils in the world is poor and action is needed as part of strategies to boost food production.

Op-Ed: Luxury hotels linked to palm oil plantations, forest destruction

If you remember those quaint drawings of big fish eating progressively smaller fish, until there's only one big fish at the end, you have the general gist of how palm oil companies often destroy rain forests.

Enhanced biodiversity of digestive tract keeps us healthy

Durham - There is a growing body of evidence that says an enhanced diversity of bacteria and even worms in the digestive system will actually aid in protecting us from many allergy and autoimmune problems.

Converting Africa's savannas into farmland too costly

Analysts and policymakers are looking at converting the wet savannas of Africa into farmlands. But a new study shows that this conversion will come at a high cost to the environment and will not meet the standards for renewable fuels.

Study: Plants less affected than animals during mass extinctions

Gothenburg - Plants are truly survivors and apparently aren't as affected as animals are during mass extinctions. In Earth's long history of five major extinction events, plants have fared better in the survival game than animals have, scientists say.

Australia is on the brink of an 'extinction calamity'

Much of Australia's biota is unique and diverse. But in the past 200 years, the continent has lost one in ten of its native animals, through predation by introduced predators like the feral cat and red fox, and large-scale managed fires.

Tiny fraction of military budget could save planet's biodiversity

Sydney - A new study claims just 2.5 percent of what the world drops on military spending could protect enough of the planet's natural areas to reverse biodiversity loss.

Biodiversity museum opens in Panama

Panama City - A Frank Gehry-designed biodiversity museum has opened in Panama. Called the Biomuseo, the complex has been built at the entrance from the Pacific ocean to the Panama Canal.
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This image is part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment reports on Biodiversity and human well-bei...
This image is part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment reports on Biodiversity and human well-being. It illustrates the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services, human well-being, and poverty. Moreover it shows areas where conservation strategies, planning, and intervention can alter the drivers of change from local, regional, to global scales.
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Trees for Life's Alan Watson Featherstone with a giant Scots pine uprooted during severe storms that struck Dundreggan Conservation Estate near Loch Ness, Scotland, Dec. 2013
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The nature of Antarctica is in its diversity
The nature of Antarctica is in its diversity
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Peak District National Park  England.
Peak District National Park, England.
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Map showing the traditional (inset) distribution of Anniella pulchra and a detail (main) showing the hypothesized distribution of the newly described species of legless lizards in California.
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Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica.
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Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica. Photo taken: 01/19/2010
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A lake next to an old mill in Denmark
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Grizedale Forest National Park  North west England.
Grizedale Forest National Park, North west England.
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