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Seagrass

Seagrass may be 'uncharismatic' but it still needs protecting

Richard Unsworth

4th October, 2010

It may be not be as visible as tropical rainforests or wetlands but seagrass plays a vital role in the global ecosystem, says Richard Unsworth, filtering pollution and providing food to fish more...
Eastern Cape giant cycad

Plant life in peril - IUCN and Kew Gardens study

Dearbhla Crosse

29th September 2010

Alarming new research reveals human activity is 'devastating' plant life ahead of UN biodiversity summit, with up to twenty-two per cent of the world’s plants facing extinction more...
Stiperstones scene

'Futurescapes': how a Shropshire land manager rewrote the conservation rulebook

Dan Box

14th September 2010

With a new coalition government the opportunities for fresh thinking about managing the UK countryside are vast, reports Dan Box. And the Stiperstones nature reserve is providing plenty of inspiration... more...
A bee in flight

Bees stung by 'climate change-linked' early pollination

Ecologist

7th September, 2010

Climate change may be causing flowers to open before bees emerge from hibernation leading to declines in pollination, new research suggests more...

What has biodiversity ever done for us?

Jonathan Silvertown

2nd September, 2010

A new book, Fragile Web, reveals why the biodiversity crisis may be humanity's biggest challenge more...
A bulldozer

Human response to climate change is making matters worse

Ecologist

19th August, 2010

Our attempts to adapt to, and mitigate, the effects of climate change, such as using biofuels, could worsen the direct effects of climate change on our ecoystems more...
Migrating wildebeest

Tanzania’s Serengeti Highway plan could destroy major carbon sink

Ecologist

13th August

Environmentalists are dismayed at plans by the Tanzanian government to build a major commercial highway through Serengeti National Park more...
Peatland

Palm oil giant Sinar Mas admits breaking law by clearing peatland

Tom Levitt

11th August, 2010

Indonesia's largest palm oil and pulp company started clearing land for palm oil plantations before it had received permits or made conservation assessments. Tom Levitt reports more...
Ecuadorian Rainforest

Ecuador offers to leave rainforest oil in the ground for $3.6 billion

Ecologist

5th August, 2010

Ecuador seeks $3.6 billion from international donors to protect species-rich rainforest reserve from oil exploration more...
A cloned calf

Cloned animals a 'threat to genetic diversity'

Ecologist

4th August, 2010

Report highlights the danger of cloning to animal health as campaigners also warn it will reduce genetic diversity within herds more...
Peatland

Palm oil giant accused of rainforest destruction caught ‘red-handed’

Ecologist

29th July, 2010

Indonesia’s largest palm oil and pulp group, Sinar Mas, is continuing to destroy rainforests and peatland despite promises to end the practice more...
Migrating birds

Trees a 'low-cost' solution to air pollution and biodiversity loss in cities

Ecologist

2nd July, 2010

Native woods and trees in urban areas, including gardens, provide haven for wildlife, reduce air pollution, surface run-off and flooding more...

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A bumblebee

Why are bees in decline? New research to provide the answers

Ecologist

22nd June, 2010

Nine new studies will look at the role of pesticides, habitat loss and disease in the decline of insect pollinators like the honeybee and bumblebee more...
Forests

UN biodiversity panel 'a dream of many scientists'

Ecologist

15th June, 2010

A UN panel similar to the one for climate change has been given the go-ahead by world leaders with an admission they had failed to heed scientific warnings about biodiversity loss more...
A bulldozer

What is biodiversity offsetting and how would it work?

Tom Levitt

9th June, 2010

European observers say it is going to be as ‘big as the carbon market’, but is buying a licence to cause ecological damage a sound strategy? Tom Levitt investigates more...
Amazon rainforest

Protecting rainforests shown to reduce poverty

Ecologist

28th May, 2010

Introduction of measures to protect rainforests and ecosystems in Costa Rica and Thailand over the past 40 years have improved the livelihoods of the local population more...
Sand Dredging

The damage caused by Singapore's insatiable thirst for land

Tom Levitt

11th May, 2010

While logging and deforestation has gained global attention the growing sand mining sector is being largely ignored. Fuelled by Singapore’s land and construction demands it is wreaking environmental destruction across south-east Asia more...
Forests

'Perverse subsidies' to blame for wildlife loss, says UN

Ecologist

10th May, 2010

Promises to reduce biodiversity loss by 2010 have not been met by any national government, according to the UN, which is calling for taxes and incentives to encourage action more...
Field of wheat

Conservation and food production should be kept separate says study

Ecologist

6th May, 2010

Researchers claim the benefits of combining conservation and food production through organic farming are not enough to make up for the drop in yields more...
Rospuda Valley

Saving a pristine wilderness from an international motorway

Laura Sevier

20th April, 2010

How activist Malgorzata Górska helped protect a Polish forest valley, and changed her government's attitude to conservation in the process more...
Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall: I'm not going to fight for animal rights

Laura Sevier

12th April, 2010

The renowned primatologist and conservationist on the need for scientific empathy, the impact of economic development, and why children give her hope for the future more...
Mangroves

Vital mangrove forests hit by coastal developments

Ecologist

9th April, 2010

Increasing threats to mangrove species are a symptom of the widespread destruction and exploitation of forest habitats, say campaigners more...
Red eyed tree frog

Red List of endangered species needs to be tripled, say ecologists

Ecologist

9th April, 2010

Current conservation list criticised for being biased towards vertebrates and neglecting most plants, fungi and invertebrates more...
The Dainty Damselfly

'Alarming decline' in England's biodiversity

Ecologist

11th March, 2010

England becoming a country of 'beauty spots rather than beauty', and must act fast to address declining biodiversity, says the government’s environment watchdog more...
A butterfly

UK wildlife becoming the ‘living dead’

Laura Edgecumbe-Ansdell and Tom Levitt

25th February, 2010

While the UN is celebrating the international year of biodiversity conservation groups in the UK worry that a rising number of isolated populations are in danger of becoming extinct more...

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