(The Nature Conservancy) In order to sufficiently fund the protection of nature, we need to know exactly how much we’re currently spending – and how much more is needed. In essence, we need to determine what our nature funding gap looks like.
(National Geographic) A decade ago, United Nations members crafted an agreement to curb the loss of biodiversity. We’ve failed miserably, but all hope is not lost.
(Penn State) The Insect Biodiversity Center at Penn State will create a focal point for the study and conservation of insects and the ecosystems with which they interact. It brings together faculty researchers and educators from eight Penn State colleges.
(ScienceNews) A new study argues that nations can help avert the biodiversity and climate crises by preserving the roughly 50% of land that remains relatively undeveloped. The researchers dub that conserved area a “Global Safety Net,” mapping out regions that can meet critical conservation and climate goals.
(Georgia Institute of Technology) Reduced resilience of plant biomes in North America could be setting the stage for the kind of mass extinctions not seen since the retreat of glaciers and arrival of humans about 13,000 years ago, cautions a new study. “Our work indicates that landscapes today are once again exhibiting low resilience, foreboding potential extinctions to come. Conservation strategies focused on improving both landscape and ecosystem resilience by increasing local connectivity and targeting regions with high richness and diverse landforms can mitigate these extinction risks.”
(The Guardian) The 10-point plan aims to end centuries of disagreement and confusion over how to classify the world’s library of life with an authoritative list of the world’s species and a governance mechanism responsible for its quality. Researchers hope a single recognized list would improve global efforts to tackle biodiversity loss, the trade in endangered wildlife, bio security and conservation.
(The Applied Ecologist) Hedgerows and road verges are important habitats across the globe. Hedgerows are ubiquitous around the world because of their historical use as livestock barriers, markings of land property, and wood production. Road verges cover an estimated 0.2 percent of the earth’s land surface – an area equivalent to the entire United Kingdom. New research is showing that the benefits of these habitats to both nature and people are numerous.
(EurekAlert/Trinity College Dublin) Shea trees, an important agroforestry crop in West Africa, benefit from bees moving pollen between their flowers to produce fruit. A new study found that in sites with low tree and shrub diversity, fruit production was severely limited by a lack of pollination. In higher-diversity sites, more honey bees were observed, and other bees visited flowers in greater numbers, boosting pollination services.