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World’s globetrotting animals at risk due to habitat loss, climate change

During its nesting season, the marbled murrelet, known affectionately among bird watchers as a "strange, mysterious little seabird," lays a single egg in the thick mosses that grow on the branches of British Columbia's old-growth forest canopy.With some of those forests under threat from logging, the small black-and-brown mottled seabird is considered threatened, too.The marbled murrelet is among a growing number of migratory species animals facing a perilous future, a new UN report found.  "The solution for the marbled …

From fashion to burials: How fungi can help fight climate change

Our planet is changing. So is our journalism. This weekly newsletter is part of a CBC News initiative entitled "Our Changing Planet" to show and explain the effects of climate change. Keep up with the latest news on our Climate and Environment page.Sign up here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Thursday.This week: From fashion to burials: How fungi can help fight climate change 2024 has barely started and is already threatening to set temperature records World's globetrotting animals at risk due to habitat…

Near-100% Fatality Rate – The Most Devastating Viral Disease You Have Never Heard Of

The global outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) presents a critical challenge, threatening swine populations, food security, and socio-ecological systems, particularly in vulnerable communities. Urgent action and a shift in global priorities are essential to address the underrecognized impacts of ASF on global health and conservation. Credit: Graham UsherAfrican Swine Fever is causing widespread devastation in the forests and communities of Borneo.A virulent and highly infectious virus is rapidly spreading among domestic…

A New Force of Nature Is Reshaping the Planet

Scientists Erle Ellis has synthesized interdisciplinary research to illustrate how human cultural practices have historically enabled the transformation of ecosystems, advancing from the use of fire to the development of global supply chains. Highlighting the Anthropocene’s environmental challenges, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, Ellis argues for leveraging human society’s social and cultural capabilities towards sustainable coexistence with nature, emphasizing cooperation and the reimagining of our…

Critically Endangered Parrot Bounces Back in Huge Conservation Victory : ScienceAlert

Over 80 critically endangered parrots have returned to their breeding ground in Tasmania – the highest number in 15 years.Only 3 wild female orange-bellied parrots (Neophema chrysogaster) returned from their annual migration to the Australian mainland in 2016. The species was almost declared functionally extinct, despite decades of dedicated breeding programs and research into the colorful bird's conservation.And while their numbers finally seem to be heading in the right direction, there's still a long way to go.The…

How political boundaries inhibit effective conservation

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Canada is wasting scarce resources conserving species that are not endangered elsewhere. Some Canadian scientists advocate for conservation efforts to focus on species unique to this country, while others argue for a more global focus. However, most ignore the fact that the U.S.—Canada border creates endangered species.

How Sea Otters Are Saving California’s Coasts

Researchers have documented a dramatic decrease in creekbank and marsh edge erosion, up to 90%, in the Elkhorn Slough of Monterey County, attributable to the restored sea otter population. A sea otter in the estuarine water of Elkhorn Slough, Monterey Bay, California, USA. Credit: Killiii YuyanThe reintroduction of sea otters in Central California significantly slows erosion, offering a promising, low-cost approach to coastal ecosystem conservation.In a groundbreaking study published today in Nature, scientists reveal…

How Is This Ancient Cattle Breed Fighting Wildfires in Portugal?

Tommy Ferreira: It was so fast. The fire came from the top of the mountain to the village in 15 minutes.April Reese: 2016 was a bad year for cattle producer Tommy Ferreira. A severe wildfire tore across his pasture outside the tiny village of Souto in northern Portugal. He lost a cow, and much of his forage went up in smoke. The soil was so deeply scorched that nothing would grow.Tommy Ferreira: I had to spend way more, because I had nowhere for the cows to graze. So they would feed just on hay for quite a while.On…

Against All Odds, Sea Otters Lead the Charge in Estuary Restoration

The return of sea otters, a top predator, to a California estuary is helping slow erosion and restore the estuary’s degraded geology. A sea otter in the estuarine water of Elkhorn Slough, Monterey Bay, California, USA. Credit: Killiii YuyanOtters prey on crabs, giving shoreline plants a chance to spread their roots,In the several decades since sea otters began to recolonize their former habitat in Elkhorn Slough, a salt marsh-dominated coastal estuary in central California, remarkable changes have occurred in the…

Unveiling the Hidden Dangers of Toxic Algae Blooms

Florida’s Indian River Lagoon faces increasing phytoplankton blooms, leading to toxic conditions. A study by Florida Atlantic University revealed varying toxicity levels and the presence of both known and potentially new toxins, emphasizing theimportance of monitoring for human health implications. Toxic algae blooms on the water surface. Credit: FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic InstituteFAU Harbor Branch scientists discover distinctive patterns of cell damage linked to toxins in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon.The Indian…