Rare natural phenomenon - floral bloom in Atacama desert

Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, came to life after an unusual episode of heavy flooding swept Chile in March 2015. The desert, located in northern Chile, is currently undergoing a very rare flower bloom, which happens only once in 5 or even 10...

October 30, 2015

Biodiversity research in Hawai'i shows the Earth is facing it's 'sixth mass extinction'

The extinction crisis in Hawai'i, which has even been labeled as the "extinction capital of the world" has been the research focus of the international team of scientists from the Pacific Biosciences Research Center (PBRC) of the University of Hawai'i

August 12, 2015

Study finds 70% decrease in the seabird population since 1950s

Compiling a global database of seabird population size records from English language literature, researchers at the University of British Columbia monitored 513 seabird populations (of total 3 213) and concluded that the monitored seabird populations of our world have d

July 11, 2015

Amazon deforestation ‘threshold’ causes species loss to accelerate

One of the largest area studies of forest loss impacting biodiversity shows that a third of the Amazon is headed toward or has just past a threshold of forest cover below which species loss is faster and more damaging. Researchers call for conservation policy to switch

March 04, 2015

Peru's Manu National Park sets new biodiversity record

Park and buffer zone host 287 species of reptiles and amphibians, the highest number anywhere. Peru's treasured Manu National Park is the world's top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians, according to a new survey published last week by

February 21, 2014

Key species of algae shows effects of climate change over time

Historical comparison of competition among algae in waters around the Pacific Northwest provides more evidence for increased ocean acidification. A study of marine life in the temperate coastal waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean shows a reversal of competitive

January 15, 2014

Seed diversity has collapsed more than 12-fold since early 1900s

From the looks of an average produce section in a typical American supermarket, it might seem like modern society has access to basically every major type of fruit, vegetable and herb one could want. But a survey conducted by the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory

December 07, 2013

Green: Vegetation on planet Earth

Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. Those resources highlight our ever-changing

June 20, 2013

Don't let the bed bugs bite!

In the quiet of the night a female Cimex lectularius crawls out of her hiding place, lured by the CO2 gas and the warmth that your body emits. When she reaches a patch of your exposed skin, she uses her small sharp beak to pierce the flesh and suck up to six times her

April 21, 2013

Petrified giant ancient trees found in Thailand

In 2003, a small section of a large petrified log was found in a reserve forest at Ban Tak District, Tak Province, Thailand, by a villager. This lead to investigation in this area by officials of the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department and many

March 26, 2013

A disturbance in the forest from Landsat perspective

This is a sequence of Landsat-based data in the Pacific Northwest. There is one data set for each year representing an aggregate of the approximate peak of the growing season (around August). The data was created using a sophisticated algorithm called LandTrendr.The

January 15, 2013

New island emerged off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

An island ground composed of sandbanks emerged in North Sea, 24 km (15 miles) off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany's far north. This is the area of a shallow body of water with tidal flats and wetlands. A discernible landmass composed of sandbanks

January 11, 2013

Coffee Arabica could be extinct by the end of the century

Arabica coffee production is strongly (negative) influenced by accelerated climate change, and in most cases the outcome will be negative for the coffee industry.Wild Arabica coffee or Coffee Arabica could extinct due climate changes by the end of this century

November 17, 2012

Tropical plankton invades Arctic waters

Scientists have identified tropical and subtropical species of marine protozoa living in the Arctic Ocean for the first time. It looks like they traveled thousands of miles on Atlantic currents and ended up above Norway with an unusual-but naturally cyclic-pulse of

July 26, 2012

Stinky red seaweed invades New England beaches in US

An awful odor of a foreign invasive red seaweed is smelling from Long Island Sound to the southern Gulf of Maine, US. A red seaweed originating from Japan is invading New England beaches. Scientists fear the seaweed could harm the coastal ecosystem by growing over

July 11, 2012

Africa’s savannas are changing into forests

Recent changes in the levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are forcing the African savannas to change into forests. Researchers believe that by the end of this century large swathes of land that was once savanna could have transformed into forest.The study

July 09, 2012

Global supply chains cause extinction of many species

Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in developed world according to research made by University of Sydney. The study mapped the world economy to trace the global trade of goods implicated in biodiversity loss such as coffee,

June 16, 2012