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We modelled the effects of climate change on Kenya’s Tana River Basin – The Conversation Africa

Kenya’s Tana River – the longest in the country – snakes through a river basin which encompasses a huge range of ecosystems, from lush forests along the upper reaches of the river on the slopes of Mount Kenya to dry…

Some birds, mammals, and fish are shrinking. Blame climate change. – Vox.com

This story is part of Down to Earth, a Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. One fall morning in 1978, David Willard, an ornithologist at the Field Museum in Chicago, walked to the…

Some Climate Activists Say We Should Worry Only About People, Not Polar Bears. Do We Have to Choose? – Sierra Magazine

Have you noticed that the polar bear has become persona non grata among some of the climate movement’s most influential voices? Take, for example, Gina McCarthy, the most powerful climate change official in the United States after President Joe Biden. As she…

Salamanders have a secret to survive drought, heat waves, and climate change – Vox.com

This story is part of Down to Earth, a Vox reporting initiative on the science, politics, and economics of the biodiversity crisis. A decade ago, a team of salamander researchers made a dire prediction: that climate change would make much…

The survivability of animal species depends on the number of offspring

(Tel-Aviv University) The researchers found incompatibilities between mammals and amphibians in the relation between body size and extinction risk.The researchers found that the females of smaller amphibians, such as rain frogs (Eleutherodactylus), produce a smaller number of offspring per clutch.

As global warming causes more lake heatwaves, species threatened, mass fish die-offs predicted – Firstpost

Unlike those living elsewhere, most lake animals cannot simply move to another habitat once their lake becomes uninhabitable. But even migratory species will suffer. By Antonia Law The Earth’s surface is splotched with 117 million lakes. Some are scarcely more…

For early amphibians, a new lifestyle meant a new spine

(University of Pennsylvania) A new study led by Penn paleontologist Aja Carter documents distinct patterns in how early amphibians’ spines evolved. Certain modifications, the research team found, correlated with the animals’ habitat: terrestrial or aquatic.

Global warming is boiling our testicles, suggesting a new animal fertility crisis looms – Salon

Dr. Thomas Price, a senior lecturer of evolution, ecology and behavior at the University of Liverpool, has had a lot of time to consider how humans are at a disadvantage because of our external reproductive organs. Some animals have testicles inside…

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