A new type of refugee, wildlife refugees – 35,000 walruses – the largest ever recorded on land sign of warming Arctic

  A new type of refugee, wildlife refugees – 35,000 walrus – the largest ever recorded on land. Morgan Erickson-Davis, mongabay.com Additional material Mike Searle A mass of thousands of walruses were spotted hauled up on land in northwest Alaska during NOAA aerial surveys earlier this week. An estimated 35,000 walrus … Continue reading

The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast.

  The Arctic ice we all depend on is disappearing. Fast. In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. The volume of that sea ice measured by satellites in the summer, when it reaches its … Continue reading

Living planet index

Living planet index From WWF Global The state of the world’s biodiversity appears worse than ever. Population sizes of vertebrate species measured by the LPI have halved over the last 40 years. The Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures trends in thousands of vertebrate species populations, shows a decline of … Continue reading

Living Planet Report

The Living Planet Report From the WWF Global The Living Planet Report is the world’s leading, science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Knowing we only have one planet, WWF believes that humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for … Continue reading

World wildlife populations halved in 40 years

World wildlife populations halved in 40 year By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst The global loss of species is even worse than previously thought, the London Zoological Society (ZSL) says in its new Living Planet Index. The report suggests populations have halved in 40 years, as new methodology gives more … Continue reading

Antarctic fur seals feel climate impacts

Antarctic fur seals feel climate impacts By Jonathan AmosScience correspondent, BBC News   Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists. Three decades of data show the females of this species are being born smaller, and those that do survive to motherhood are … Continue reading

Northwest Passage voyage of scientific discovery

Northwest Passage voyage of scientific discovery By Mark KinverEnvironment reporter, BBC News A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland. During the voyage, they will collect data on weather conditions, wildlife, phytoplankton levels and microplastic. The eight-strong crew … Continue reading

Bats ‘fly by polarised light’

  Bats ‘fly by polarised light’ By Jonathan Webb Science reporter, BBC News   Bats use the pattern of polarised light in the evening sky to get their bearings, according to a new study. As well as having unusual echolocation skills and their own magnetic compass, bats are now the … Continue reading

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery

    By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery     New research suggests the global decline in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. Ecologists say the shortage of wild animals means that in many countries … Continue reading

‘Fluffy and feathery’ dinosaurs were widespread

  ‘Fluffy and feathery’ dinosaurs were widespread By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study suggests. The discovery of 150-million-year-old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought. The … Continue reading