biodiversity

Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

Pet Trade in Colorful Songbirds Could Drive Species to Extinction

Sometimes, beauty can be a death sentence. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the demand for decorative feathers devastated the populations of birds like great egrets and birds of paradise. Today, it is the exotic pet trade that threatens bright birds with extinction.  A new study published in Current Biology September 15 found that […]

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    UN Agency Approves Controversial Deep-Sea Mining Tests

    UN Agency Approves Controversial Deep-Sea Mining Tests

    A UN agency has granted permission for a Canadian-based company to test out deep-sea mining.  The Metals Company (TMC) announced on September 7 that the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had given its subsidiary Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) the go-ahead to gather 3,600 tonnes of polymetallic nodules from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, beginning […]

    Will Charles III Be a ‘Green’ King?

    Will Charles III Be a ‘Green’ King?

    Since he was a young prince, King Charles III has made his concerns and passion for the environment known, and has been campaigning for environmental causes and taking concrete steps to live in a sustainable way. In 1970, when Prince Charles was 21, he told the Countryside Steering Committee for Wales, “There is chemical pollution […]

    Tico the Manatee Rescued After Epic Journey of 2,500 Miles

    Tico the Manatee Rescued After Epic Journey of 2,500 Miles

    Nearly two months after a manatee named Tico was released from a rehabilitation facility and made his way into the deep waters of the open ocean, an international team of volunteers was delighted when he was found after traveling nearly 2,500 miles, reported The Australian. After being released into the wild by Brazilian NGO Aquasis […]

    Drumming Chimpanzees Have Unique ‘Signatures’

    Drumming Chimpanzees Have Unique ‘Signatures’

    It turns out that humans aren’t the only animals who pound out beats to express themselves.  A new study published in Animal Behavior Tuesday found that male chimpanzees in Uganda’s Budongo Forest use “individual drumming ‘signatures’” when they drum on the buttress roots of trees, so much so that researchers could compare different chimps to […]

    Birds Migrate Along Ancient Routes – See the Latest High-Tech Tools Scientists Use to Study Their Amazing Journeys

    Birds Migrate Along Ancient Routes – See the Latest High-Tech Tools Scientists Use to Study Their Amazing Journeys

    By Tom Langen Although it still feels like beach weather across much of North America, billions of birds have started taking wing for one of nature’s great spectacles: fall migration. Birds fly south from the northern U.S. and Canada to wintering grounds in the southern U.S., Caribbean and Latin America, sometimes covering thousands of miles. […]

    Is Wood the Climate-Friendly Urban Building Material of the Future?

    Is Wood the Climate-Friendly Urban Building Material of the Future?

    One of the challenges urban planners face as they attempt to fashion climate-friendly cities is how to construct new buildings. Common materials steel and cement are notoriously difficult to decarbonize, yet the number of people living in cities could increase to 80 percent of the total population by 2100, potentially requiring more new construction between […]