21 percent of all reptile species worldwide are threatened with extinction

21 percent of all reptile species worldwide are threatened with extinction

According to The Guardian, the largest study ever conducted on the extinction risk of reptiles on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned that 21% of all reptile species worldwide are threatened with extinction, which could have a “devastating” effect on the planet’s ecosystems. According to […]

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Where is the threshold of environmental change that biodiversity can withstand before it is destabilized and collapses planetwide?

Where is the threshold of environmental change that biodiversity can withstand before it is destabilized and collapses planetwide?

Biodiversity. When you hear this word, what do you picture? Iconic animals like African elephants, gray wolves and humpback whales? Or multicolored coral species that make up a reef system? Or bacteria and microbes that regulate nutrients in the soil, or oxygen-releasing phytoplankton that live in the ocean’s sunlit zones? While biodiversity does embrace all […]

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Airborne DNA can now be used to detect rare and endangered species

Airborne DNA can now be used to detect rare and endangered species

The discovery of environmental DNA has altered the way environmentalists monitor biodiversity. Scientists can examine entire ecosystems or find unusual animals that are too elusive to trace using traditional methods by sequencing the genetic material contained in water and soil samples. Environmental DNA, or eDNA, has been utilized by teams to catalog everything from viruses […]

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POLL: Should invasive animal species, which have cost UK economy more than £5bn over past 50 years, be culled?

POLL: Should invasive animal species, which have cost UK economy more than £5bn over past 50 years, be culled?

Alien invaders in the shape of animals and plants have cost the UK more than £5billion over the past 50 years, researchers estimate. The grey squirrel, European rabbit and Japanese knotweed are among the newcomers placing a financial strain on the economy. And they warn that the cost ‑ one of the highest in Europe […]

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