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Probably the biggest conservation story this year was what George Monbiot calls ‘Insectageddon’ – the report that flying insects surveyed on nature reserves in Germany have declined by 76% in 27 years. Insects are the basis of our farming system and without them the lives of billions of people could be endangered.

Insectageddon: The scale and speed of environmental collapse is beyond imagination.

Global warming could cause fishing to decline by millions of tons each year, study says.

We’ll never see these animals again.

Domino Effect: The Loss of Plant Species Triggers the Extinction of Animals

Big data shows how what we buy affects endangered species

What’s killing the world’s shorebirds?

Neonicotinoid Pesticide Affects Foraging and Social Interaction in Bumblebees

Why it’s important to save our seas’ last pristine places.

Development has affected 7 percent of virgin forests since 2000: Study.

Climate policies alone will not save Earth’s most diverse tropical forests

Risk of Tree Species Disappearing in Central Africa ‘a Major Concern,’ Say Researchers

Millions of ocean animals might be malnourished.
Things fall apart: why do the ecosystems we depend on collapse?

We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

Study: How climate change threatens mountaintops (and clean water)

World Heritage sites getting hammered by human activities

Restoring native plants ‘boosts pollination.’

Deforestation rises with incomes in developing economies.

Rising carbon emissions could kill off vital corals by 2100, study warns

Carnivores more seriously threatened by roads than previously acknowledged

We may live in a post-truth era, but nature does not.

Act now before entire species are lost to global warming, say scientists

An end to overfishing could reap billions of dollars in global profits, study says.

Ocean oxygen levels drop 2% in 50 years, Nature study finds.

‘Doomsday vault’: 50,000 additions for global life insurance

Resurrecting nature: Extinct is not forever

Only 10 per cent of coral reefs can be saved from extinction, scientists say

Our future wilderness will be protected and managed by autonomous robots

Forest Degradation in the Tropics

Across borders – UN experts help migratory species cope with climate change.

What global climate change may mean for leaf litter in streams and rivers

How nature creates forest diversity

Plankton can save the ocean. But who will save the plankton?

Flowering times shift with loss of species from a grassland ecosystem–fts030817.php

Jane Goodall: Why Earth’s most intellectual creature is destroying its only home.

Changing temperatures and precipitation may affect living skin of drylands

Dead Zones May Threaten Coral Reefs Worldwide

Mapped: The countries with the most trees.

Could conservation provide ground for peace in conflict zones?

Forests fight global warming in ways more important than previously understood

11 percent of disappearing groundwater used to grow internationally traded food

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Mapping the benefits of farm biodiversity.

Were humans to go extinct, should the species be revived?

Can we find the world’s remaining peatlands in time to save them?

Climate change impacting ‘most’ species on Earth, even down to their genome

Thousands of tree species are at risk of extinction.

Saved: the endangered species back from the brink of extinction

Large, High-Intensity Forest Fires Will Increase

Hunting accounts for 83 and 58 percent declines in tropical mammal and bird populations

As coral reefs die, huge swaths of the seafloor are deteriorating along with them

The interaction of human population, food production, and biodiversity protection

Ecosystem management as a wicked problem.

Living by the lessons of the planet.

How fear of death affects human attitudes toward animal life

Extinction risk for many species vastly underestimated, study suggests

Half of all species are on the moveand we’re feeling it

Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be so dire

Wildfire in a Warming Climate Could Relegate Some Forests to Shrubland

Climate change could drive coastal food webs to collapse

Lakes worldwide feel the heat from climate change

China’s appetite pushes fisheries to the brink.

Protection of forests ‘fundamental to security of humanity’s place on this planet,’ UN Forum told

The bark side: domestic dogs threaten endangered species worldwide

Some — but not all — corals adapting to warming climate

Marine conservation must consider human rights

Why it’s time to stop punishing our soils with fertilizers.

Decades of data on world’s oceans reveal a troubling oxygen decline

Extinction of Alpine plants may remain undetectable for a long time

Birds breed early to catch up to climate change.

Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees?

Larger Swaths of Tropical Forest Being Lost to Commercial Agriculture

Some Dryland Forests Have Been Hiding in Plain Sight

Scientists may be ‘vastly’ underestimating the extinction risk facing some species.

Can we really eat invasive species into submission?

We must act to save dozens of at-risk fish species.

Human-induced deforestation is causing an increase in malaria cases

Effective Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems

The perils of publishing location data for endangered species

Targeted conservation could protect more of Earth’s biodiversity

Defending the earth: surveying our options

Improving the ocean: Getting serious about overfishing

The future of fish is farmed.
Entrepreneurs and investors are getting into aquaculture, in an overfished world with a growing appetite for the healthy protein.

The awful truth of our mastery over nature

Survival of coral reefs requires radical rethink of what conservation means, say scientists

We’re on the brink of mass extinction — but there’s still time to pull back

Restored ocean will alleviate poverty, provide jobs, and improve health, finds report

Biodiversity moves beyond counting species

Worldwide Hotspots for Alien Plants and Animals: Islands and Coastal Regions

How to backup life on Earth ahead of any doomsday event

Humans are ushering in the sixth mass extinction of life on earth, scientists warn

Is the world running out of water?

How climate change is increasing forest fires around the world.

Why the world’s rivers are losing sediment and why it matters

How grassland management without the loss of species works

Wilderness Areas Are Being Destroyed but the World Heritage Convention Can Protect Them

Global ocean health relatively stable over past 5 years

Why ecocentrism is the key pathway to sustainability.

‘Weedy’ fish species to take over our future oceans

The uninhabitable Earth.

How many countries does it take to save a fish?

It’s a mistake to focus just on animal extinctions.

Paul R Erlich : You don’t need a scientist to know what’s causing the sixth mass extinction.

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals

Conserve intact forest landscapes to maximize biodiversity, reduce extinction risk

Cash for carbon: A cost-effective way to reduce deforestation

A healthy ocean needs viruses.

The world lost nearly 49 million acres of forest in 2015

Is interest in biodiversity declining?

Saving the world’s wildlife is not just ‘a white person thing’

Fear May Play a Role in Animal Extinction, Study Reveals

Your cat is killing the Earth – but you can prevent it.

‘Indigenous peoples are the best guardians of world’s biodiversity’

Modelling predicts dire consequences for all wetlands within 80 years

Organised gangs making billions from trade in endangered animals

Revitalize the world’s countryside.

Where’s the kelp? Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests.

Back to the wild: How nature is reclaiming farmland.

Wiping out a population of animals might help the species

The conservation of threatened species has much to gain from acknowledging people’s spiritual, magical and cultural beliefs

Conservation Hindered by Geographical Mismatches Between Capacity, Need

Due to climate change, one-third of animal parasites may be extinct by 2070

How a tiny portion of the world’s oceans could help meet global seafood demand

How we cope with the end of nature

The eco guide to healthy beaches

Biodiversity Proves Its Real-World Value

Farewelling coral reefs

Small-scale fisheries have big impact on oceans
Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

Community management slows deforestation, study finds

Land defenders call on UN to act against violence by state-funded and corporate groups

UMN researchers find recipe for forest restoration

Does forest certification really work?

World’s Botanic Gardens Contain a Third of All Known Plant Species, and Help Protect the Most Threatened

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Could techno-fixes and gene therapies really save the world’s coral?

Companies’ ‘zero deforestation’ pledges: Everything you need to know.

What scientists are learning about the impact of an acidifying ocean.

How to work out which coral reefs will bleach, and which might be spared

Trophy hunting is unlikely to affect evolution

The overwhelming value of trees

High marine extinction risk by 2100

Forest grazing counteracts the effectiveness of trees to reduce flood risk

Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change

WWF says alternatives to industrially farmed animal feed must be developed to stop biodiversity loss

Elizabeth Kolbert: Human success at the expense of other species is “a pretty awful legacy.”

New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change

Plant more trees to combat climate change: Scientists.

Three-quarters of the total insect population lost in protected nature reserves

Rare tree species safeguard biodiversity in a changing climate

New study predicts worldwide change in shallow reef ecosystems as waters warm–nsp101217.php

Logged Tropical Rainforests Still Support Biodiversity Even When the Heat Is On

Forest fires stoke record loss in world tree cover: Monitor

Many Planned Roads in the Tropics Shouldn’t Be Built

Conservation spending predicts rise and fall of global biodiversity

Marine species threatened by deep-sea mining

Climate Change Could Decrease Sun’s Ability to Disinfect Lakes, Coastal Waters

What we’re missing about the Sixth Extinction

Agroforestry: An increasingly popular solution for a hot, hungry world

Deeper corals may be safest from climate change

Can corals adapt to climate change?–cca102717.php

Urban-Based Evolution: Species Are Rapidly Adapting to City Habitats

Unless we regain our historic awe of the deep ocean, it will be plundered

How to manage forest pests in the Anthropocene? Bring theory

Urbanization may have a positive effect on the soils

Urban Trees are Growing Faster Worldwide

What counts as ‘nature’? It all depends

Species may appear deceptively resilient to climate change–sma112117.php

Higher Plant Species Richness May Not Be Enough To Protect Ecosystems From The Worst Impacts Of Climate Extremes

Let’s just pretend pesticides don’t harm wildlife

Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows

Tropical deforestation is getting bigger, study finds

Mangroves lack the genetic diversity to adapt to climate change

Medium-sized carnivores most at risk from environmental change

Invasive plants have unprecedented ability to pioneer new continents and climates

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

Study finds variation within species is a critical aspect of biodiversity–sfv120517.php

Imagining the jellyfish apocalypse

What’s Causing the Sharp Decline in Insects, and Why It Matters

Here’s a great way to visualize the huge potential of forest conservation and restoration as ‘natural climate solutions’

Almost 36 billion tons of soil is lost every year due to water, and deforestation and other changes in land use make the problem worse.

Frequent fires can irreparably harm even the most resilient ecosystems

Animals that could disappear because of us

How invasive weeds can make wildfires hotter and more frequent

Losing the wilderness: a 10th has gone since 1992  and gone for good

AI is learning from our encounters with nature  and that’s a concern