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August 10, 2014
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Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

Invertebrate numbers have decreased by 45% on average over a 35 year period in which the human population doubled, reports a study on the impact of humans on declining animal numbers.  This decline matters because of the enormous benefits invertebrates … Continue reading

April 9, 2014
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A Few Winners, But Many More Losers

Southwestern Bird and Reptile Distributions to Shift as Climate Changes Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes, according to just-published research by scientists with the U.S. … Continue reading

January 30, 2013
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Better Outlook for Dwindling Black Macaque Population in Indonesia

Since at least the 1970s, the population of critically endangered Sulawesi black macaques living in an Indonesian nature reserve has been dropping. But a new study by researchers at the University of Washington and in Indonesia shows that the population … Continue reading

December 7, 2012
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New Research Underscores Vulnerability of Wildlife in Low-Lying Hawaiian Islands

HONOLULU, Hawaii — If current climate change trends continue, rising sea levels may inundate low-lying islands across the globe, placing island biodiversity at risk. A new U.S. Geological Survey scientific publication describes the first combined simulations of the effects of … Continue reading

November 8, 2012
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Sharks: Bad Creatures or Bad Image?

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Historically, the media have been particularly harsh to sharks, and it’s affecting their survival. The results of a Michigan State University study, appearing in the current issue of the journal Conservation Biology, reviewed worldwide media coverage … Continue reading

May 30, 2011
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Saving Wildlife with Forensic Genetics

*Using forensic genetics techniques, the UA’s Conservation Genetics Lab is working to protect wild animals and catch the criminals in cases of wildlife crime.* Wildlife face many threats with spreading urbanization, including habitat loss and inbreeding when populations become fragmented … Continue reading

May 29, 2011
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Species Extinction Rates Have Been Overestimated, New Study Claims

*However, researchers say, global extinction crisis remains very serious* The most widely used methods for calculating species extinction rates are “fundamentally flawed” and overestimate extinction rates by as much as 160 percent, life scientists report May 19 in the journal … Continue reading