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Global warming pushing alpine species higher and higher

For every one-degree-Celsius increase in temperature, mountaintop species shift upslope 100 metres, shrinking their inhabited area and resulting in dramatic population declines, new research...

Agricultural & urban habitat drive long-term bird population changes

Land use changes are a major driver of species declines, but in addition to the habitat to which they're best adapted, many bird species...

Bottlenose dolphins recorded in Canadian Pacific waters

A large group of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) have been spotted in Canadian Pacific waters - the first confirmed occurrence of the species...

Better species mapping can improve conservation efforts

The scientific models that ecologists and conservation biologists rely on to determine which species and habitats to protect lack critical information to help them...

Crowded urban areas have fewer songbirds per person

People in crowded urban areas - especially poor areas - see fewer songbirds such as tits and finches, and more potential "nuisance" birds, such...

Risk for half of plant and animal species in biodiversity hotspots

Up to half of plant and animal species in the world's most naturally rich areas, such as the Amazon and the Galapagos, could face...

Wildlife of Africa will be threatened by climate change

A new study by scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and other groups predicts that the effects of climate change will severely impact the...

Hope for one of the world’s rarest primates

A team of WCS scientists recently completed the first-ever range-wide population census of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey (Piliocolobus kirkii) an endangered primate found...

Scientists urge endangered listing for cheetahs

A comprehensive assessment of cheetah populations in southern Africa supported by the National Geographic Society reveals the dire state of one of the planet's...

Invasive plants are good in pioneering new environments

It's no secret that globalization, aided by climate change, is helping invasive species gain a foothold across the planet. What came as something of...

Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?

Sea snakes are an evolutionary success story. With about 70 species, they're the most diverse reptile group in the ocean, outnumbering sea turtle species...

Scientists complete conservation ‘atlas of life’

Scientists have completed the ‘atlas of life’ - the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth.