Protected areas vulnerable to growing emphasis on food security

The image of a female Asian elephant in a tea plantation on the fringes of KazirangaNational Park in India, bordering the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot, exemplifiespotential impacts to endangered species conservation in cropland-impacted parks. The elephant in the image is mock charging at rescuers extracting her calf from a trench at the edge of thefield. […]

Study shows how network of marine protected areas could help safeguard Antarctic penguins

New research led by BirdLife International, the University of East Anglia (UEA) and British Antarctic Survey highlights how a proposed network of marine protected areas could help safeguard some of the most important areas at sea for breeding Antarctic penguins. The findings, published today in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, show that if all […]

Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause of weather-related mortality and […]

Climate impacts on health and urban areas: Heatwaves and death rate

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Over the last half-century, the probability of heat extreme events has changed by orders of magnitude in almost every region of the world, with occurrences that are now up to a hundred times more in respect to a century ago. Of all-natural disasters, extreme high temperature events are the main cause […]

No-till practices in vulnerable areas significantly reduce soil erosion — ScienceDaily

Soil erosion is a major challenge in agricultural production. It affects soil quality and carries nutrient sediments that pollute waterways. While soil erosion is a naturally occurring process, agricultural activities such as conventional tilling exacerbate it. Farmers implementing no-till practices can significantly reduce soil erosion rates, a new University of Illinois study shows. Completely shifting […]

People in rural areas less likely to receive specialty care for neurologic conditions

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study has found that while the prevalence of neurologic conditions like dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) is consistent across the U.S., the distribution of neurologists is not, and people in more rural areas may be less likely to receive specialty care for certain neurologic conditions. The study, funded […]

Hiking guides as a bridge leading to increased tourism sustainability in protected areas

Landscape view of old-growth forests in the Foreste Casentinesi National Park. Credit: Gianluca Piovesan A multidisciplinary survey focusing on the role ecotourism has in sustainable development, led by the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy) and published in Ecology and Society, reveals the great potential that hiking guides have in conveying principles of sustainability to tourists. […]

Look to harsh species-poor areas — ScienceDaily

For decades, scientists have worked to understand the intricacies of biological diversity — from genetic and species diversity to ecological diversity. As they began to comprehend the depths of diversity across the planet, they noticed an interesting pattern. The number of species increases drastically from the poles to the equator. This phenomenon, known as the […]

A medicinal plant has evolved camouflage in heavily picked areas

Fritillaria plants should be simple to spot. The usually bright green plants often stand alone amid the jumbled scree that tops the Himalayan and Hengduan mountains in southwestern China — easy pickings for traditional Chinese medicine herbalists, who’ve ground the bulbs of wild Fritillaria into a popular cough-treating powder for more than 2,000 years. The […]