Tag Archives: Ecosystems

Flesh-eating bugs: new research shows how carrion beetles turn death into life

A female burying beetle caring for her brood. Oliver Krueger Tancredi Caruso, University College Dublin It was Halloween and the discussion had inevitably turned to death – and flesh-eating zombies. I had just finished lunch at a “research away day” when I got caught up in a conversation about carrion beetles with a new colleague of mine, Sheena Cotter. The …

Read More »

Just 3% of Earth’s land ecosystems remain intact – but we can change that

Cheetahs in the Serengeti in Tanzania. A J Plumptre, Author provided Andrew Plumptre, University of Cambridge Few things excite biologists more than contemplating the parts of the world still relatively free of human damage. For the last 30 years, scientists intent on protecting Earth’s biodiversity have sought to enshrine targets for preserving and expanding these remaining areas of wilderness. But …

Read More »

How to reverse global wildlife declines by 2050

Wouter Taljaard/Shutterstock

Wouter Taljaard/Shutterstock Michael Obersteiner, University of Oxford; David Leclère, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund. The sharpest declines …

Read More »