WILDLIFE

Urban heat islands are causing populations of a tree pest to increase, killing red maple trees in southeastern USA, according to a new study carried out by researchers from North Carolina State University
Reindeer on the Norwegian high-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard are thriving as temperatures rise, according to a new long-term study
A new study has revealed that earlier snowmelts are causing migratory birds that breed in Arctic Alaska to initiate nesting earlier in the spring
The loss of sea ice around the Antarctic coastline is leading to a huge drop in biodiversity on boulders on the shallow seabed as they are scoured by icebergs, according to a new study

In the fly zone

The Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve in northern Spain’s Basque Country is a hotspot for migrating birds on the East Atlantic Flyway. A hi-tech new birdwatching centre is pioneering survey and conservation work as well as offering visitors an unparalleled twitching experience
New study demonstrates that despite increasing rates of extinction of organisms around the globe, in most areas, biodiversity is unchanged, or even increasing
With temperatures across Europe rising, lighter coloured butterflies and dragonflies are taking over from their dark-coloured relatives, according to a new study
Puerto Rico’s national animal, the coqui frog, has undergone a series of small but significant changes due to the warming of the territory’s climate over the past three decades
A new study has found that long-tailed tits may benefit from climate change

Malaria origin updated

A new study has rewritten the origin story for Plasmodium vivax, the second-worst malaria parasite of humans

Unnatural acts

From the arrival of the first snowdrop to the fall of the last autumn leaf, the timing of seasonal events is changing, as are the ranges of countless species, all evidence of climate change’s impact on the natural world
The Sahara Desert has suffered a catastrophic collapse of its wildlife populations, according to a new study led by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London
Climate change could make the parasite Schistosoma mansoni, which causes schistosomiasis, significantly less common in the future, according to a new international study
An increase in the frequency of heavy rain brought on by warmer summer temperatures is proving deadly for young peregrine falcons in the Canadian Arctic
Hunting by Aboriginals in Australia’s Western Desert can actually increase the populations of the hunted animals, according to a recent study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Hunting the hunters

In an edited extract from new book The Modern Explorers, US conservationist J Michael Fay joins a team of forest guards as they head into the jungles of Gabon on the trail of a gang of elephant poachers
A new study published in Conservation Biology has linked the cashmere garment trade to the destruction of ecosystems that support numerous endangered species

Restoring South Georgia

An ambitious attempt to eradicate rats from the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia

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