The planet healed during the lockdown. Now, researchers want to track wildlife changes during the “anthropause”

A group of researchers has launched a project to track wildlife before, during, and after the coronavirus lockdown, hoping to study what they call the “anthropause” –- the slowdown in human activity amid the pandemic that has likely had a profound effect on other species. Measuring that impact will reveal the many ways in which […]

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Half the planet is still free from a significant human influence – and it should remain like that

About half of the Earth’s ice-free land remains free of significant influence from humans, according to a new study, which assessed the conversion of natural lands across the globe. The findings highlight the importance of protecting the world’s ecosystems from human impacts. As human populations and economies have expanded, so too has our footprint on […]

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National service for the environment – what an army of young conservationists could achieve

The school climate strikes show that young people want to fight climate change, but their enthusiasm for collective action is largely untapped. A volunteer conservation army could mobilise their talent and passion by channelling it into work to restore ecosystems. The Green New Deal – endorsed by US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and numerous presidential candidates […]

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Widespread coral species shows unique adaptations against environmental changes

One coral species is evolving to cope with climate change, a new paper reveals. Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) found that the cauliflower coral (Pocillopora damicornis) evolved unique tricks against environmental change. Roughly one-third of its genome is unique among all reef-building corals — and many of these unique genes relate to immune functions, the […]

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