Top Posts & Pages
- The Butterfly Effect: How a Little (Climate) Change Can Lead to Chaos
- Deforestation Poses Threat to Sumatran Tiger Population
- Cattle-grazing: Can it really destroy ecosystems?
- Culture Causes Conservation- snow leopards protected by Buddhist monasteries
- After 52 years of war: A new opportunity to discover Colombia’s biodiversity
- More Than Just Earthworms: Decomposers and Their Contribution to Plant Biodiversity
- How important is soil depth in ecology?
- The ecological effects and implications of coral mining and natural disturbances
- A World and Winners and Losers: How Habitat Fragmentation Leads to Loss of Endemic Species
- Is the Clearing of Alien/Invasive Species in South Africa Cost-Effective?
Monthly Archives: September 2012
For many people, it may seem counterintuitive to think that carnivores play an integral role in maintaining healthy ecosystems because carnivores are dependent on the death of other animals to remain alive. In actuality, the reason why carnivores are so … Continue reading
Author, Katherine du Plessis, with Southern Pied Babbler The trend of global warming could prove catastrophic for warm-blooded species due to the tradeoffs between keeping cool and other necessary activities for survival such as finding food. In arid environments, where … Continue reading
Falling flat: Local bird populations face a growing threat of decline in conjunction with wind turbine expansion
Wind turbines have long been the poster-child for successful sustainable energy projects, but like the energy sources they seek to replace, they too exert an unwanted negative impact on the environment. In recent years, collisions with turbines in newly formed … Continue reading
Corruption and financial fraud of reforestation fund amounts to 5.2 billion in losses; Casts doubt on REDD+ efficacy
Conservation biologists have looked to REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) as a potential realistic alternative to increasing biodiversity in threatened areas. The objective is to reduce greenhouse gases by providing financial incentives to encourage companies to abstain … Continue reading
For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when someone utters the word ‘coral’ are the expansive, highly diverse (and very publicized) tropical coral reefs known for their brightly-colored façades and equally vibrant inhabitants. While these particular … Continue reading
Humans have been building dams as irrigation systems for centuries. In 1950, there were a total of 5,000 dams worldwide, in 2000 this number increased to over 45,000 dams. This exponential increase has affects countless numbers of ecosystems. The … Continue reading
An alien invasion?! Of course not. Just an alien/invasive species, the Acacia mearnsii. Alien species, also known as invasive species, are species that are not native to a particular region. Alien species can cause problems in the region’s ecosystem … Continue reading