Read more about the article Flamingoes Return To Galapagos Island After 20-Year Gap
Flamingos have been seen making the nests in Isla Rabida, in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, July 2022. (Marvi Cordoba-PNG/Newsflash)

Flamingoes Return To Galapagos Island After 20-Year Gap

Flamingoes have returned to a Galapagos island 20 years after an invasion of rats forced them out. The return is the fruit of 12 years of painstaking efforts to eradicate rats and other invasive species from the Pacific archipelago. Experts have now recorded two nests of flamingoes on the shore…

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Read more about the article Plastic Waste Has Turned Deep Sea Into Trash Can Of Oceans
The scientists detected microplastic particles in each of the sediment samples taken – between 215 and 1596 particles per kilogram of sediment. (AWI/Newsflash)

Plastic Waste Has Turned Deep Sea Into Trash Can Of Oceans

The incredible diversity in the deepest levels of the oceans is being threatened with extinction by micro-plastics, a new study has revealed. The shock findings emerged after scientists studied the impact of pollution in the West Pacific Kuril-Kamchatka Trench in the Pacific Ocean. They discovered that after taking core samples…

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Read more about the article Giant Galapagos Tortoises Boost Island Veg With Their Poo, Says Study
A team of 12 people participated in the monitoring process of the Hood Island giant tortoise in the island of Santa Fe, in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, July 2022. (Parque Nacional Galapagos/Newsflash)

Giant Galapagos Tortoises Boost Island Veg With Their Poo, Says Study

Giant tortoises reintroduced to a Galapagos island by scientists have started a cactus boom thanks to their seed-spreading poo, a new study has revealed. The 742 Hood Island giant tortoises were moved to Santa Fe island over a six-year period, says the ecological study. Now - after a week-long study…

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Read more about the article New Plant Found Living On Volcano Doorstep
Pleurothallis villahermosae, the recently discovered new species of orchid in the Azufrado River basin, Colombia. (Jardin Botanico de Bogota/Newsflash)

New Plant Found Living On Volcano Doorstep

A unique species of orchid has been discovered close to an active volcano in Colombia. Pleurothallis villahermosae stands out for its "great beauty and originality", according to experts, and was named after the town of Villahermosa, where it was found. Researchers at the Jose Celestino Mutis botanical garden in Bogota,…

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Read more about the article Experts Head To Arctic To Assess Climate Change Impact Amid Record Heatwave
The Polarstern departs from its home port of Bremerhaven for the Arctic. A tug pulls the ship towards the lock. (Nina Machner/Newsflash)

Experts Head To Arctic To Assess Climate Change Impact Amid Record Heatwave

The legendary research vessel and icebreaker Polarstern has left Germany and is heading to the Arctic to assess the impact of climate change amid a record heatwave in Europe. Over the last 40 years, the Arctic's summer sea-ice extent has dropped by a staggering 40 per cent, scientists say, and…

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Read more about the article Luxury Hotel On Galapagos Isle Will Destroy Wildlife Say Experts
The organization SOS Galapagos has denounced the project, in May, 2022, on twitter. (Newsflash)

Luxury Hotel On Galapagos Isle Will Destroy Wildlife Say Experts

A plan to build a luxury tourist resort on the first Galapagos Island seen by Charles Darwin has infuriated conservationists and residents. Officials in San Cristobal Island have given a green light to the project for the 35 room resort with a spa, pool, gym and convention centre. The site…

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Read more about the article Honeybee Populations Could Be Wiped Out Worldwide By Wing Plague
A picture showing honeycomb from a beehive by the Martin Luther University Halle located in the German town of Wittenberg. (Uni Halle, Markus Scholz/Newsflash)

Honeybee Populations Could Be Wiped Out Worldwide By Wing Plague

The global honeybee population could be endangered by a newly discovered deadly virus, a leading scientist has warned. Prof Dr Robert Paxton from Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg (MLU) in the German city of Halle, Lower Saxony, warns that the latest variant of the Deformed Wing Virus has the potential…

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Read more about the article Seaweeds Sweet Tooth Saves Carbon Emissions Of 300,000 Cars
Lush meadows of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica in the Mediterranean sea discovered by the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology in the German city of Bremen. (HYDRA Marine Sciences GmbH/Newsflash)

Seaweeds Sweet Tooth Saves Carbon Emissions Of 300,000 Cars

Worldwide seaweeds are saving the equivalent of carbon dioxide emitted by more than 300,000 cars each year, according to new research - which also shows that the amount of sugar released by seagrasses would be enough to produce dozens of billions of sugary fizzy drinks. Scientists from the Max Planck…

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Read more about the article Urgent Call To Monitor Microplastics In Air That Can Spread Round World In Days
According to the AWI Institute in the German city of Bremerhaven microplastics can reach the Arctic, the Antarctic or the deep sea through ocean currents or rivers. (Melanie Bergmann/Newsflash)

Urgent Call To Monitor Microplastics In Air That Can Spread Round World In Days

Microplastics may significantly intensify global warming, according to a new study. Scientists from different German research institutions - including the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel - have found out that up to 25 million metric tons of microplastics are being transported thousands of miles all over the…

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Read more about the article Adriatic Ecosystems Withstand Major Climate Shifts But Wither Under Human Impact
Adriatic mollusks have proven to be incredibly resilient to climate change, weathering the last ice age with nearly no long-term effects. (Fabio Negri/Newsflash)

Adriatic Ecosystems Withstand Major Climate Shifts But Wither Under Human Impact

Human activities rather than climate change are having a more devastating effect on mollusk communities according to new research. An analysis of more than 70,000 fossils indicates that mollusk communities were incredibly resilient to major climatic shifts during the last ice age. Scientists from the Florida Museum of Natural History…

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