Rewilding in the Anthropocene

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Dingoes Have Changed the Actual Shape of the Australian Desert

The canine’s presence seems to set off an ecological ripple effect.<p>Stretching across some of the most remote, arid places on Earth is one of humanity’s largest built objects: the “dog fence,” a nearly 3,500-mile-long barrier erected to keep wild dingoes away from the sheep that graze on some of …

National Parks

First test tube rhino embryos could bring extinct species back from dead

The first rhino embryos have been created in a test tube and could help save the northern white rhino, which is essentially extinct.<p>There are just two northern white rhino (NWR) females left alive. The last male, called Sudan, died in March in Kenya, meaning the subspecies is doomed to die out …

Wildlife

Hybrid embryos made to save the doomed northern white rhino

In <i>Jurassic Park</i>, a little 200-million-year-old blood was all it took to revive rampaging hordes of dinosaurs. In the real world, we’re struggling to …

Southern Africa

The wolf promising a bright future for Chernobyl wildlife

Scientists tracked the creature nearly 400km from its home in the abandoned Chernobyl Exclusion Zone<p>The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) has often been …

Chernobyl

For The First Time, Scientists Tracked a Wolf Leaving The Radioactive Chernobyl Zone

It could be carrying mutant genes.<p>The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 left a landscape that was highly toxic, but in the 30 years since we've seen …

Wildlife

Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth

Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and ecological degradation has been largely to throw crumbs at it. Where we have acted it’s been in a mostly haphazard and modest way — a protected area here, a conservation program there, a few new laws, and …

Climate

Biodiversity is the 'infrastructure that supports all life'

Dr. Cristiana Pașca Palmer has a big job ahead of her: planning the 2020 UN Biodiversity Convention in Beijing. As the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Pașca Palmer is in charge of forming new goals with governments for the natural world post-2020. At the same …

Public Administration

Our natural world is disappearing before our eyes. We have to save it

It felt as disorienting as forgetting my pin number. I stared at the caterpillar, unable to attach a name to it. I don’t think my mental powers are fading: I still possess an eerie capacity to recall facts and figures and memorise long screeds of text. This is a specific loss. As a child and young …

Nature

Thomas Cole’s The Oxbow: a lush riot in the land of plenty

The land is ours …<p>View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm – as it is officially known – is America’s most famous landscape painting. It was made in 1836 by the Bolton-born émigré Thomas Cole, founding father of the Hudson River school, painters who captured the New …

Art

Extinct gibbon found in Chinese tomb a warning for the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Researchers have uncovered the skull and jaw of a now-extinct, but never-before-seen genus of gibbon, which they've named Junzi imperialis.<p>Importantly, the remains -- which were uncovered from a 2,300-year-old Chinese temple -- have evidenced the direct role of humans in Junzi's extinction, …

Ice Age

Original habitat is best, but restoration still makes a big difference

A new study presents some of the best evidence to date that restoration efforts in Missouri's Ozark Highlands make a difference for nesting songbirds …

Research

Rare animals emerging in NW China amid reforestation

A number of rare species, including golden pheasants, have been spotted in a nature reserve in Yan'an, Shannxi province, reports thepaper.cn.<p>This …

China

Can Scotland save its wildcats from extinction?

Set deep in mixed woodland of Scots pine and birch, near the banks of the river Beauly in Inverness-shire, several huge, concealed pens contain two breeding pairs of Scottish wildcat.<p>Wildcats mate from January to March, and their high, anguished breeding calls through the dark winter nights are …

Wildlife

One in five UK mammals at risk of extinction

<b>The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research.</b><p>They are among 12 species that have been put on the first "red list" for wild mammals in the UK.<p>The Mammal Society and Natural England study said almost one in five …

Thousands of Years Ago, This Was a Forest. See What Remains.

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Who Lives and Who Dies? Endangered Species Funding and Conservation "Triage"

<i>From the Summer 2018 issue of</i> Living Bird <i>magazine. Subscribe now.</i><p>When Mike Scott started working a job as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife service biologist …

Spontaneous HIV controllers

Human Impacts<p>Sacha Vignieri<p>As the human population grows, there are fewer places for animals to live out their lives independently of our influence. …

Neuroscience

The magical wilderness farm: raising cows among the weeds at Knepp

Orange tip butterflies jink over grassland and a buzzard mews high on a thermal. Blackthorns burst with bridal white blossom and sallow leaves of peppermint green unfurl. The exhilaration in this corner of West Sussex is not, however, simply the thrilling explosion of spring. The land is bursting …

Michael Gove

Wild wolves could return to Scotland to control deer numbers

Bringing back packs of wild wolves to Scotland has been suggested as a natural solution for controlling increasing numbers of red deer, which are …

To avoid humans, more wildlife now work the night shift

For their first 100 million years on planet Earth, our mammal ancestors relied on the cover of darkness to escape their dinosaur predators and …

Wildlife

Fifth of Britain’s wild mammals ‘at high risk of extinction’

The wildcat and mouse-eared bat are on the brink, but deer are spreading and otters bouncing back, according to a comprehensive analysis.<p>At least one in five wild mammals in Britain faces a high risk of extinction within a decade and overall populations are falling, according to the most …

Wildlife

NSW brumby plan described as an 'attack' on national parks laws

Former managers from the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service have described a state government proposal to give heritage protection to feral horses in the Kosciuszko national park as an attack on national parks laws and urged MPs to vote against the proposal.<p>As debate on the …

National Parks

How universal basic income and rewilding could save the planet | Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin

Enough concrete has been produced to cover the entire surface of the Earth in a layer two millimetres thick. Enough plastic has been manufactured to clingfilm it as well. We produce 4.8bn tonnes of our top five crops, plus 4.8 billion head of livestock, annually. There are 1.2bn motor vehicles, 2bn …

Universal Basic Income

How our colonial past altered the ecobalance of an entire planet

It brought riches to Britain and many other European nations; played a major role in enslaving more than 10 million Africans; and created the first global markets in cotton, tobacco and sugar. But now colonialism has been accused of having an even greater influence. It is claimed that it changed …

Anthropology

Does Killing Sharks, Wolves and Other Top Predators Solve Our Conflicts with Them?

In spite of their ecological, economic and cultural significance, predators are among the most heavily persecuted animals, due to conflict with …

Rewilding success stories

Bison, the Netherlands and Romania<p>In May, Dutch and Romanian European bison reintroduction programmes were declared successful after several years of conservation efforts. The Dutch project began back in 2007; the wild cattle had been extinct in that region for two centuries. Now, though, both …

Wildlife

⚠ Since 1970 population of global megafauna has declined by 85%, and 94% if only considering megafish! Astonishing numbers showed by He, F. & @LeibnizIGB colleagues @SCJaehnig #2018SFS #conservationecology https://t.co/lSGWrLveur

Tell us how you are rewilding or improving nature in your area

Naturalist Patrick Barkham wrote in the Guardian this week about the principles of rewilding – stepping back and allowing natural processes to occur, and encouraging wild plants and insects.<p>As the rise of herbicides and insecticides destroys aspects of nature, embracing these acts could be more …

Herbicides

The tremendous benefits provided by just one beaver family

This post is also available in: Español<p>People already know that beavers are keystone species whose activities shape landscapes in broadly beneficial …

Humans and Big Ag Livestock Now Account for 96 Percent of Mammal Biomass

A first-of-its-kind study published Monday shows that, when it comes to impacting life on Earth, humans are punching well above our weight.<p>The study, …

Biodiversity