Blog Posts - Biodiversity



Scientific collaborative publishes landmark study on the evolution of insects

An international team of more than 100 researchers--including Dr. Michelle Trautwein of the California Academy of Sciences--has published the first modern roadmap of insect evolution. Understanding how insects are related uncovers their true ecologic...
by The Archaeology News Network on Nov 8, 2014

A fraction of the global military spending could save the planet’s biodiversity

A fundamental step-change involving an increase in funding and political commitment is urgently needed to ensure that protected areas deliver their full conservation, social and economic potential, according to an article published today in Nature by...
by The Archaeology News Network on Nov 7, 2014

New thinking about species extinctions reinforces need for big populations

Many species are on the cusp of disappearing forever, from the Yosemite toad to the cave katydid in South Africa. One of the pivotal tipping points is when a population becomes very small and is geographically isolated. Then, extinction is almost cer...
by The Archaeology News Network on Nov 7, 2014

Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XXVI

Here are 8 more biodiversity cartoons (with a human population focus, given recent events) for your conservation-humour fix (see full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here). – Filed under: biodiversity, ca...
by Conservation Bytes on Nov 3, 2014

Human population size: speeding cars can’t stop quickly

Here at ConservationBytes.com, I write about pretty much anything that has anything remotely to do with biodiversity’s prospects. Whether it is something to do with ancient processes, community dynamics or the wider effects of human endeavour,...
by Conservation Bytes on Oct 27, 2014

It’s not all about cats

If you follow any of the environment news in Australia, you will most certainly have seen a lot about feral cats in the last few weeks. I’ve come across dozens of articles in the last week alone talking about the horrendous toll feral cats have...
by Conservation Bytes on Oct 20, 2014

New ways to pay for MPAs

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are ocean places that are set aside like parks and are one of the most effective methods to conserve and protect the ocean. MPAs provide sanctuary for sea life so that food-webs can recover and thrive. When planned and m...
by Water Blogged on Oct 17, 2014

MASS EXTINCTION: LIFE AT THE BRINK

OUR PLANET HAS SURVIVED FIVE MASS EXTINCTIONS SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ AND TANGLED BANK STUDIOS PARTNER TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF A SIXTH Related posts: Joaquin Phoenix and Kellan Lutz join Greenpeace call for forest-friendly produ...
by Solar Energy Blog on Oct 8, 2014

uccessful Conservation Efforts Result in Reclassification of Rare Pakistani Mountain Goat Under the Endangered Species Act

Thanks to a thirty-year community conservation program in the remote mountains of Pakistan, a key population of the straight-horned markhor, a type of wild mountain goat, has made a remarkable recovery to the point where the subspecies’ status is b...
by Solar Energy Blog on Oct 8, 2014

Research confirms controversial Darwin theory of 'jump dispersal'

More than one hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or in the case of plant seeds, in the plumage of birds. How did this lizard's ancestors ar...
by The Archaeology News Network on Oct 3, 2014

From brittle stars grows a ‘tree of life’: how genes trace life on Earth

A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. A brittle star feeding off Lizard Island, Queensland  [Credit: J Fi...
by The Archaeology News Network on Oct 1, 2014

Demonising the hellbender

Here’s one by my new PhD student, Leah Collett: – I have never heard of the hellbender before. “Brilliant name”, I thought. Then I saw it mentioned again a few days later, in company with honey badgers and blue-footed boobies...
by Conservation Bytes on Sep 18, 2014

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Libro Inventario Vegetal (2009)

¡Hola a Todos!Hoy les recomiendo el libro "Inventario Vegetal" del 2009. En el cual se muestran algunas plantas descubiertas por José Celestino Mutis y Álvaro Cogollo, de cada una de ellas se muestran hermosas ilustraciones y un pequeño text...
by A Botanical Refuge on Sep 16, 2014

Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss XXV

Here are 6 more biodiversity cartoons for your conservation-humour fix (see full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’ compendia here). – Filed under: biodiversity, cartoon, climate change, conservation Tagged: Anthropoce...
by Conservation Bytes on Sep 7, 2014

#PalestineUnderAttack | First Scientific Studies Highlight Environmental Catastrophe due to Israeli Occupation

By Global Research News | Global Research, August 31, 2014 | Bethlehem University Over the last 40 years occupied Palestine has witnessed a catastrophic decline in biodiversity.  Loss of habitat, desertification and pollution of water sour...
by occupiedpalestine on Aug 31, 2014

High-altitude ecology

I’ve been out of the social-media loop for a few weeks, hence the abnormally long interval since my last post. As you might recall, I’ve been travelling overseas and most recently blogged from Monterey, California where I was attending a...
by Conservation Bytes on Aug 28, 2014

World Heritage Species

What if the most phylogenetically unique species were given a special, United Nations-recognised status, regardless of how threatened they are?
by Conservation Bytes on Aug 16, 2014

We generally ignore the big issues

I’ve had a good week at Stanford University with Paul Ehrlich where we’ve been putting the final touches1 on our book. It’s been taking a while to put together, but we’re both pretty happy with the result, which should be publ...
by Conservation Bytes on Aug 11, 2014

Dams Versus Northeast India | Celebrating Indigenous Peoples

Adopting this year’s official theme “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of indigenous peoples” on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we would like to talk about the issue of large dams which are th...


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