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Protect the last of the wild

Global conservation policy must stop the disappearance of Earth’s few intact ecosystems, warn James E. M. Watson, James R. Allan and colleagues in Nature  31 oktober 2018 A century ago, only 15% of Earth’s surface was used to grow crops… read more

Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

In the southern Indian state of Karnataka we can find a good example of wildlife – even large predators – living near human settlements. In other regions cities have begun to recognize the value of protecting wildlife even within their… read more

How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived. uIn the famous case of Darwin’s finches, natural selection acts decisively, elevating a trait in the population, weeding it out, or simply… read more

Scaring Animals Can Help Save Them

Conservationists are using behavior modification to bolster kangaroo mice, bears, elk and other critters By Erik Vance on August 2, 2018 in Scientific American online The kangaroo rat is a wildlife manager’s nightmare. It is a crucial species in southern… read more

Bound by nature – Cul­tural evol­u­tion h..

Cli­mate driven net primary pro­ductiv­ity, biod­iversity, and patho­gens con­strain the global hunter-gatherer pop­u­la­tion dens­ity However, the most influential drivers of population density are context-dependent. Biodiversity affects population density mostly in the low-productivity environments, whereas pathogen stress, which has insignificant effects… read more