The zone of overlap between two popular, closely related backyard birds is moving northward at a rate that matches warming winter temperatures, according to a study. In a narrow strip that runs across the eastern U.S., Carolina Chickadees from the south meet and interbreed with Black-capped Chickadees from the north. The new study finds that this hybrid zone has moved northward at a rate of 0.7 mile per year over the last decade. That’s fast enough that the researchers had to add an extra study site partway through their project in order to keep up.
GENEVA, Switzerland, March 3, 2014 (ENS) - "Some of the world’s most charismatic animals are in immediate danger of extinction as a result of habitat loss and illicit trafficking," warned UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as the world marks the first World Wildlife Day.
The degradation of soils from unsustainable agriculture and other development has released billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. But new research shows how effective land restoration could play a major role in sequestering CO2 and slowing climate change.
Scientists shocked to find coral reef in murky waters off Iraq Los Angeles Times A team of divers from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany and the Marine Science Center at the University of Basrah in Iraq captured video...
BEIJING (Reuters) - Almost all Chinese cities monitored for pollution last year failed to meet state standards, the vice-minister of environmental protection said on Saturday as he outlined the country's
Is it possible to equitably divide the planet’s resources between human and non-human societies? Can we ensure prosperity and rights both to people and to the ecosystems on which they rely? In the island archipelago of Indonesia, these questions become more pressing as the unique ecosystems of this global biodiversity hotspot continue to rapidly vanish in the wake of land conversion (mostly due to palm oil, poor forest management and corruption. For 22 years, Dr. Erik Meijaard has worked in Indonesia. Now, from his home office in the capitol city, Jakarta, he runs the terrestrial branch of an independent conservation consultancy, People and Nature Consulting International (PNCI).
Recent storms have uncovered what are believed to be Bronze Age footprints on the south coast of Wales at Port Eynon beach. The discovery was made by Dr Edith Evans from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust, which has been running a volunteer project to monitor the archaeology of the area.
The Javan rhino population has increased by over ten percent from 2012 to last year, according to new figures released by Ujung Kulon National Park. Using camera traps, rangers have counted a total of 58 Javan rhinos, up from 51 in 2012. Although the species once roamed much of Southeast Asia, today it is only found in Ujung Kulon National Park in western Javan and is known as one of the most imperiled mammals on the planet.
Nature writing website Caught by the River is set to publish its first book,Water and Sky: Voices from the Riverside by Neil Sentance, co-publishing with Little Toller Books.
Adrian Cooper, publisher of Little Toller Books, said of the union: “Neil Sentance's Water and Sky is the moment is perfect for Caught by the River and Little Toller to join forces. The whole thing feels very natural and it's been a huge pleasure helping put the book together”.
Country diary: Wenlock Edge: This fern in a crack between evolutionary forms, in the ruins of a quarry wall, in a grey wood under a lowering sky, is the kind of hybrid which subverts our fixed view of nature