Biodiversity https://scidev.net/global/environment/biodiversity/ News, analysis, multimedia and resources, including facts & figures, about biodiversity for global development. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:40:02 GMT en Environmental degradation threat to health, says UN https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/environmental-degradation-threat-to-health-says-un-1x.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/environmental-degradation-threat-to-health-says-un-1x.html The effects of urbanisation and population growth could lead to millions of premature deaths, report warns. Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:40:02 GMT Brazilian city’s pollution spreads to untouched Amazon rainforest https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/brazilian-pollution-spreads-to-untouched-amazon-rainforest.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/brazilian-pollution-spreads-to-untouched-amazon-rainforest.html Pollution from Manaus is increasing the concentration of harmful particles over pristine forest areas, study finds. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:00:00 GMT Act fast to halt the decline of insect numbers https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/opinion/act-fast-to-halt-the-decline-of-insect-numbers.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/opinion/act-fast-to-halt-the-decline-of-insect-numbers.html The ‘pesticide treadmill’ is a big driver of a dramatic decline that threatens development progress, writes Wei Zhang. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 16:17:00 GMT UN conference sets agenda for biodiversity research https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/un-conference-sets-agenda-for-biodiversity-research.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/un-conference-sets-agenda-for-biodiversity-research.html 196 countries agree to step up the study and preservation of wildlife around the globe. Wed, 05 Dec 2018 10:33:00 GMT Good preservation can couple environment with jobs and revenue https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/scidev-net-at-large/good-preservation-can-couple-environment-with-jobs-and-revenue.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/scidev-net-at-large/good-preservation-can-couple-environment-with-jobs-and-revenue.html A booklet shows how environmental protection can bring money and jobs to local people. Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:11:17 GMT Q&A: It takes many people to smash the glass ceiling https://scidev.net/global/gender/role-models/smash-the-glass-ceiling.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/gender/role-models/smash-the-glass-ceiling.html It is becoming easier for women to get to the top in science, but it’s still hard for them to stay there, says geneticist Federica di Palma. Tue, 27 Nov 2018 00:00:00 GMT Conservation spending could boost Brazil’s prosperity https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/conserving-brazil-prosperity.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/conserving-brazil-prosperity.html Brazil could reduce poverty and create jobs if it would spend more money on protecting biodiversity, a report has found. Thu, 22 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT New way to save endangered sharks – and our seafood https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/new-way-to-save-endangered-sharks-and-our-seafood.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/new-way-to-save-endangered-sharks-and-our-seafood.html A genetic tool identifies illegal fishing of endangered sharks that help keep ecosystems and our fisheries intact. Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:37:31 GMT Intensified farming ‘rarely’ aids wellbeing, environment https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/intensified-farming-rarely-aids-wellbeing-environment.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/intensified-farming-rarely-aids-wellbeing-environment.html Twin benefits found in fewer than one in five cases of agricultural intensification in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:49:18 GMT Scientists decry Brazil’s move on biodiversity research https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/scientists-decry-brazil-s-move-on-biodiversity-research.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/environment/news/scientists-decry-brazil-s-move-on-biodiversity-research.html Change in national legislation threatens local research and international collaborations. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:45:27 GMT Latin America’s tropical dry forests fading away https://scidev.net/global/forestry/news/latin-america-tropical-dry-forests-fading.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/forestry/news/latin-america-tropical-dry-forests-fading.html Overlooked by science, these forests are fragmented and under threat. Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT World’s biodiversity lost faster than it recovers https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/world-s-biodiversity-lost-faster-than-it-recovers.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/world-s-biodiversity-lost-faster-than-it-recovers.html Assessments signed off by hundreds of scientists warn about the health of the planet. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 16:30:00 GMT Amazon trees are major source of methane emissions https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/amazon-trees-are-major-source-of-methane-emissions.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/amazon-trees-are-major-source-of-methane-emissions.html Trees growing in floodplains emit up to 20 million tonnes of the greenhouse gas each year. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT Siren-like invasive toad call may cause Sao Paulo house price drop https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/siren-like-invasive-toad-call-may-cause-sao-paulo-house-price-drop.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/siren-like-invasive-toad-call-may-cause-sao-paulo-house-price-drop.html Tiny toad that produces a deafening noise is one of six invasive species causing concern in Brazil. Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT Inventory revises down Amazon tree species list https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/inventory-revises-down-amazon-tree-species-list.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/inventory-revises-down-amazon-tree-species-list.html A recent inventory reveals knowledge gaps, showing up to 40 per cent fewer tree species than previously estimated. Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT Lung damage from agricultural fires probed https://scidev.net/global/health/news/lung-damage-from-agricultural-fires-probed.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/health/news/lung-damage-from-agricultural-fires-probed.html The range of particles released from burning biomass and damage they cause are not yet fully explored, study suggests. Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT Potatoes, allies on Earth and on Mars https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/multimedia/potatoes-allies-on-earth-and-on-mars.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/multimedia/potatoes-allies-on-earth-and-on-mars.html Simulation experiment shows potatoes can survive in the extreme climatic conditions found on Mars. Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:18:42 GMT Fire control harms biodiversity in Brazilian savannah https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/fire-control-harms-biodiversity-in-brazilian-savannah.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/biodiversity/news/fire-control-harms-biodiversity-in-brazilian-savannah.html Rise in carbon storage comes with drop in species diversity over 30 years, a trade-off that may be seen in other regions. Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:26:00 GMT Sources of aflatoxin found for Brazil nuts https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/aflatoxin-source-brazil-nuts.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/food-security/news/aflatoxin-source-brazil-nuts.html Analysis of contamination sources has implications for control strategies and international standards for mycotoxin. Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:48:00 GMT Brazil’s transgenic sugarcane stirs up controversy https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/brazil-transgenic-sugarcane-controversy.html?utm_source=link&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=/global/environment/biodiversity/biodiversity_rss.xml& https://scidev.net/global/agriculture/news/brazil-transgenic-sugarcane-controversy.html The approval of a GM variety that kills a devastating pest in cane fields gets mixed reactions. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:35:00 GMT