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Shade-grown coffee could help save birds, if only people knew about it

(Cornell University) The message about the bird-conservation benefits of shade-grown coffee may not be getting through to the people most likely to respond–birdwatchers. A team of researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Virginia Tech surveyed birdwatchers to learn if they drank shade-grown coffee and, if not, why not.

Global warming can be stopped – The Manila Times – The Manila Times

One of the most famous and committed protectors of the natural world and defender of the planet is David Attenborough. He gave a speech online to the members of the United Nations Security Council on climate change and security this…

Climate change and the future of the Granite State – eagletimes.com

By Jack Hurley New Hampshire is a wonderful place to live. For now, we are fortunate to have an abundant variety of mutually beneficial ecosystems, including forests, mountains, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and the ocean. Together they support essential plant and…

All Eyes on the Flyway!

If you watch the Flyway year-round, you know that it slows down in the winter. The icy cirrus clouds and blowing snow have their own austere beauty, but we don’t see much except an occasional coyote crossing the ice. Get…

Dinosaur species: ‘Everyone’s unique’

(University of Bonn) “Everyone’s unique” is a popular maxim. All people are equal, but there are of course individual differences. This was no different with dinosaurs. A study by researchers at the University of Bonn and the Dinosaur Museum Frick in Switzerland has now revealed that the variability of Plateosaurus trossingensis was much greater than previously assumed. The paleontologists examined a total of 14 complete skulls of this species, eight of which they described for the first time.

Population of critically endangered Bahama Oriole is much larger than previously thought

(University of Maryland Baltimore County) New studies suggest there are at least 10 times as many Bahama Orioles as previously believed. The new data may influence the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to down-list the Bahama Oriole from critically endangered to endangered, freeing up resources to support other threatened species. The new work also showed that Bahama Orioles live and nest in a wider range of habitats than previously understood, which could inform future conservation efforts.

Sea turtle: Sentinels and victims of plastic pollution in the Adriatic Sea

(Università di Bologna) A University of Bologna research group found plastic waste in the faeces of 45 turtles hospitalised at the Fondazione Cetacea Sea Turtles Rescue Center in Riccione. This signals a high level of pollution in the sea as well as a major threat to the health of these animals whose survival is already at risk.

New fossil discovery illuminates the lives of the earliest primates

(Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY) A new fossil discovery is central to primate ancestry and adds to our understanding of how life on land recovered after the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago that wiped out all dinosaurs, except for birds. This study was documented in a paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

Scientists describe earliest primate fossils

(University of Washington) A new study published Feb. 24, 2021 in the journal Royal Society Open Science documents the earliest-known fossil evidence of primates. These creatures lived less than 150,000 years after the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event that killed off non-avian dinosaurs and saw the rise of mammals.