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Invading beetles threaten autumn colours

Invading beetles threaten autumn colours

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:58:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

An asian beetle is finding a welcoming new home in the iconic forests of the American north east causing damage that could threaten the area's $1 billion tourist industry say researchers. The Asian longhorned beetle is the alien species in question and scientists fear it could spread from tree-lined city streets to the north east's beautiful maple forests.

Invading beetles threaten autumn colours

New primate species found skittering in threatened Amazon

New primate species found skittering in threatened Amazon

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:52:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A three-week expedition through some of the unexplored remnants of Amazonian rainforest, in Brazil's Mato Grosso state, has uncovered a wealth of nature - including a brand new species of monkey. The new member to the titi monkey family was discovered alongside new species of fish and plants, all in a part of the Amazon where most of Brazil's deforestation is happening.

New primate species found skittering in threatened Amazon

Keeping shark attacks in perspective

Keeping shark attacks in perspective

Posted Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:16:00 GMT by John Dean

Recently the media has been full of stories about 'killer sharks' and, according to a leading expert, it could be a change in human behaviour that is creating the conditions for such incidents. Richard Pierce, a UK-based shark conservationist and a writer and broadcaster, believes that because we spend more time in the water, the risk of confrontation between man and shark is increasing.

Keeping shark attacks in perspective

Salmon farming puts wild populations at risk

Salmon farming puts wild populations at risk

Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:44:01 GMT by Louise Murray

Researchers have linked declining wild salmon populations with infestations of parasitic sea lice emanating from intensive salmon aquaculture in the Broughton Archipelago in Canada. After a number of contradictory reports, scientists have correlated sea lice outbreaks with the depletion of wild salmon populations of pink and coho salmon.

Salmon farming puts wild populations at risk

A fishy tale for the origins of some MCS Chilean sea bass

A fishy tale for the origins of some MCS Chilean sea bass

Posted Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:02:57 GMT by Martin Leggett

Not all MCS-labeled fish turn out to be true to their sticker, according to a new study on the make-up of the Chilean sea bass, commonly found in US grocery stores. Many of the fish labeled as sustainably-sourced in fact comes from different South American fisheries, or even from oceans on the other side the world, say the authors of the work published in Current Biology.

A fishy tale for the origins of some MCS Chilean sea bass

Wildlife moving faster as the heat piles on

Wildlife moving faster as the heat piles on

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 18:01:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A new study in Science shows that the natural world moving three times faster to the poles, away from the tropics, than expected. Climate change is blamed, say the researchers, and not all species can keep up at that rate.

Wildlife moving faster as the heat piles on

Are zoos a force for good or just plain cruel?

Are zoos a force for good or just plain cruel?

Posted Thu, 18 Aug 2011 12:33:00 GMT by David Hewitt

In a new series of features, the Earth Times asks two leading experts to give their views on some of the hottest green topics of the 21st century. This week, we ask: Are zoos a force for good, or just an out-dated mode of animal cruelty? Tackling the issue head-on are Liz Tyson and Rosalind Smith.

Are zoos a force for good or just plain cruel?

Soft corals crucial to reef building

Soft corals crucial to reef building

Posted Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:32:54 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Previously believed to be mere decorative carpets, soft corals play a vital role in reef ecosystems, scientists find. Previously, scientists believed soft corals simply disintegrated, their sclerites scattering to the sea floor.

Soft corals crucial to reef building

Marine reserve's dramatic recovery shocks scientists

Marine reserve's dramatic recovery shocks scientists

Posted Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:44:01 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

A local community's dedication led marine reserve Cabo Pulmo to the most dramatic fish recovery scientists have ever seen. Ten years ago, the marine reserve Cabo Pulmo in the Gulf of California struggled for survival but the depleted ecosystem has become a biodiversity hotspot in less than 10 years.

Marine reserve's dramatic recovery shocks scientists

Japanese tsunami broke chunks off Antarctica's ice sheet

Japanese tsunami broke chunks off Antarctica's ice sheet

Posted Thu, 11 Aug 2011 19:29:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Photographic evidence has emerged that suggest the Japanese earthquake and subsequent Tohoku Tsunami caused 50 square miles of ice to break off Antarctica. Images from the European Space Agency show that icebergs, some larger than Manhattan island, broke away from Antarctica just a few days after the quake.

Japanese tsunami broke chunks off Antarctica's ice sheet

Tackling invasive species together

Tackling invasive species together

Posted Sun, 07 Aug 2011 08:38:00 GMT by Jessica Allan

The UK Environment Agency has released a list of the top 10 most threatening invasive species and there are fears that many UK rivers may fail to meet European ecological status targets as a result of the impacts of these species on ecosystems.

Tackling invasive species together

Could flirting make males age faster?

Could flirting make males age faster?

Posted Fri, 05 Aug 2011 12:41:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

Scientists looking at the sex lives of birds have concluded that attracting members of the opposite sex through mating rituals could cause males to age faster. The scientists put forward the theory that because the birds lived in a habitat with many predators, they evolved a mechanism by which they put more energy into mating in early life - a form of biological trade-off that resulted in premature aging.

Could flirting make males age faster?

Track the prey, miss the whale

Track the prey, miss the whale

Posted Tue, 02 Aug 2011 23:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A novel way to avoid the tragedy of boats and right whales colliding is being suggested by new research into the feeding habits of the North Atlantic right whales - by tracking their prey. These endangered whales may number as few as four hundred, and inadvertent ship strikes account for worryingly high number of deaths each year.

Track the prey, miss the whale

The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper

The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Plants can use more than scent and flowers to attract pollinators - an upcoming paper in Science describes how a Cuban vine uses the sound reflected off a dish-shaped leaf to pull in echo-sounding bats. Experiments show the bats are twice as likely to find nectar-laden flowers adorned with the 'echo-beacon', giving the dispersed vine more chance of a successful pollination.

The siren call of the vine - how plants lure bats in for supper

Fight to battle amphibian fungus

Fight to battle amphibian fungus

Posted Thu, 28 Jul 2011 11:58:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Chytridiomycosis, a fungal infection which has caused 200 amphibian species to disappear is coming under renewed attack from scientists looking at combining previously used methods to tackle it.

Fight to battle amphibian fungus

Olive orchards a threat to Mediterranean soil

Olive orchards a threat to Mediterranean soil

Posted Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:18:46 GMT by Mario Balzan

Researchers in Spain have measured and modelled the soil erosion rates in olive groves starting from 1752. Through their model they managed to reproduce patterns in time for soil erosion rates. Their results suggest that agronomical practices in olive orchards considerably increase erosion rates, though this does not appear to reduce yield loss.

Olive orchards a threat to Mediterranean soil

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Mammals as they used to be.

Posted Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Femme fatale mantis is a cheating cannibal

Posted Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:45:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Birdsong proves geographical races have different responses.

Posted Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:25:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Remember Wallace for his birdwing but conserve this incredible insect too

Posted Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The artful crocodiles can hunt cooperatively.

Posted Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Monkeys' and apes' cultural learning

Posted Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Oil palm ecology suits some.

Posted Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:40:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Cultures can exist beyond the (naked) apes.

Posted Wed, 05 Nov 2014 07:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Spot (or hear) the vole - in the snow

Posted Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Horse Sense

Posted Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:04:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

New bird discovery raises profile of Madagascar's endangered dry forests

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:26:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Study highlights worrying numbers of UK ladybirds

Posted Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:38:10 GMT by Claire Dunn

Natural disasters pose threat to coral reefs

Posted Mon, 12 Sep 2011 18:12:00 GMT by Melanie J. Martin

Hyena Problem Solving - Necessity is the Mother of Innovation

Posted Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Tarantula in the scanner unveils its double-beating heart

Posted Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

There's a buzz in their air in London as urban beekeeping really takes off

Posted Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:44:00 GMT by David Hewitt

Desert memories and route guidance - for ants

Posted Wed, 28 May 2014 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Multiplier Effect theory supports 'I'm with Stupid' survival technique

Posted Thu, 03 Mar 2011 14:02:01 GMT by Nicolette Smith

A case of getting the Humpback's choreography worked out

Posted Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:20:47 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Massive public evolutionary study sights ¾ million brightly colored snails

Posted Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:05:01 GMT by Martin Leggett