Tens of thousands of years ago, some wolves came to appreciate the rich pickings found at the edges of human communities. This sent them down a path that resulted in the animals we know as dogs. Now something similar may be happening again.
With every big coastal storm, attention turns to the role of wetlands in reducing their destructiveness. Quantifying that service, however, is a difficult thing to do. Now a team of ecologists, engineers and risk modelers have provided two such price tags: $625 million in damage prevented by wetlands during Hurricane Sandy, and — in a New Jersey county broadly emblematic of the Atlantic coast — a 16 percent reduction in flood losses every single year.
Witness the humble dung beetle: slightly ridiculous, certainly uncelebrated, and also quite useful. In their fossils can be glimpsed a richness lost to human memory — and, perhaps, a guide for bringing that richness back, or at least not losing any more.
It's well known that lights on tall communication towers can disorient birds, but it seems lights closer to the ground, like porch lights, can as well.
When land is converted to human use, the environmental impacts are typically measured in terms of pollution and populations and species. Unless they’re endangered, the fate of individual animals doesn’t enter the discussion. They’re practically invisible. Given the vast scale of human development and the care given to domestic animal welfare, it’s a big inconsistency.
Leaving some milkweeds standing in cornfields can minimize yield losses from pests
The word "biodiversity" is so ubiquitous that its comprehension by the public is taken for granted—yet a great many people don’t even know what it means.
A new study suggests that conservationists could do a lot more to lower their own carbon footprints. But the best way to do this might be to advocate for making environmentally friendly choices more attractive and easier to adopt across the board.
If global average temperature stabilizes at 2.0 °C above pre-industrial levels, summer sea-ice will be absent from the Arctic every 3 to 5 years. At 1.5 °C of warming, ice-free conditions happen only every 40 years or so.
After a landscape-scale, long-term experiment in how sheep, wolves, and people can coexist peacefully, the results are in: coexistence is better for everyone.