Biodiversity

Things related to the web of life; ecology; wildlife; endangered species

Mangroves Protect Communities From Storms. Half Are At Risk, Report Finds

"Half of the world's mangrove ecosystems, with trees whose roots stretch down into brackish water, are at risk of collapse. That's according to the first assessment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a leading scientific authority on the status of species and ecosystems. The new report finds that sea level rise fueled by climate change is the biggest risk."

Source: NPR, 05/23/2024

Half Of World's Pastures Degraded By Overuse, Climate Change: UN Report

"Half the world's natural pasture land has been degraded by overexploitation and the impact of climate change, putting food supplies and livelihoods in peril, the United Nations body in charge of fighting desertification said on Tuesday."

Source: Reuters, 05/23/2024

Sea Tribunal Says Countries Must Prevent Greenhouse Gases From Harming Oceans

"An international tribunal said on Tuesday that countries have binding legal obligations to prevent greenhouse gasses from harming the world’s oceans in a landmark opinion that experts say could strengthen climate-vulnerable countries’ efforts to hold major polluters accountable and drive action to fight climate change."

Source: Inside Climate News, 05/22/2024

"How Cockroaches Spread Around The Globe To Become The Pest We Know Today"

"A new study uses genetics to chart cockroaches’ spread across the globe, from humble beginnings in southeast Asia to Europe and beyond. The findings span thousands of years of cockroach history and suggest the pests may have scuttled across the globe by hitching a ride with another species: people."

Source: AP, 05/21/2024

More Than A Third Of Amazon Rainforest Struggling To Recover From Drought

"More than a third of the Amazon rainforest is struggling to recover from drought, according to a new study that warns of a “critical slowing down” of this globally important ecosystem."

Source: Guardian, 05/21/2024

Enviros Sue Over Grazing Agreements In Red Rock Lakes Natl. Wildlife Refuge

"Two conservation groups from Montana and Idaho sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week over commercial grazing agreements in Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge that were renewed last year but which the groups say rely on an environmental analysis from 1994 in violation of federal law."

Source: Daily Montanan, 05/20/2024

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