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All is not lost for biodiversity

The status of life on Earth is of fundamental scientific interest and societal importance. Based on media headlines, one might believe that we have already lost the majority of wildlife across the world, with bold headlines indicating “Wildlife has declined 68% since 1970” and “Human... click to read more

  • Brian Leung | Associate professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Anna L. Hargreaves | Assistant Professor at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Dan A. Greenberg | Research Associate at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Views 628
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 24, 2022
Rethinking priorities in conservation planning to tackle the biodiversity crisis

Freshwater ecosystems cover a tiny portion of the Earth surface yet host an outstanding biodiversity. About one tenth of all known species inhabit rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, or floodplains. They are also essential to human well-being providing us with food, clean water, and leisure. Freshwater... click to read more

  • Cecília Gontijo Leal | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 903
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 19, 2021
The puzzling history of South American mammals

When the Isthmus of Panama formed, it connected North and South America, allowing the interchange of the previously separated faunas from two continents. A puzzling aspect of this interchange is that North American mammals seem to be more successful. The fossil record shows more mammals... click to read more

  • Juan D. Carrillo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France; Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden
Views 977
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 17, 2021
Bee aware! Signs of a global decline in wild bee diversity

Everyone likes bees; they are fuzzy, love flowers and do many great things – but they might not be around for much longer. Although most of us are familiar with the European honeybee, this is but one of over 20 thousand species of wild bees, and... click to read more

  • Eduardo E. Zattara | Adjunct Researcher at INIBIOMA, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, CONICET, Bariloche, Argentina
Views 1145
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 14, 2021
Where do plants and animals live in the tropics?

Biologists have understood for a long time that plant and animal species are not evenly distributed among the world's tropical areas, and wondered why. Africa has spectacular numbers of primate and hoofed mammal species. Southeast Asia is much smaller in size than Africa, but has... click to read more

Views 1533
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 27, 2021