Populations are not declining and food webs are not collapsing at the Luquillo Experimental Forest

From PNAS M. R. Willig, L. Woolbright, S. J. Presley, T. D. Schowalter, R. B. Waide, T. Heartsill Scalley, J. K. Zimmerman, G. González, and A. E. Lugo PNAS first published May 29, 2019 https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1820456116 This article has Replies. Please see: Climate-driven declines in arthropod abundance restructure a rainforest food web Reply to Willig et…

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Climate change affects the genetic diversity of a species

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’ ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s…

Social media data reveal benefits or threats to biodiversity by visitors to nature locations

This seems useful~ctm University of Helsinki Understanding how people use and experience important places for living nature is essential for effectively managing and monitoring human activities and conserving biodiversity. In a new article published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, a team of researchers assessed global patterns of visitation rates, attractiveness and pressure…

Greenpeace Co-Founder Tells Congress To Ignore UN’s Latest Extinction Warning

From The Daily Caller 9:39 AM 05/22/2019 | Energy Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore will testify before Congress on the U.N.’s alarming biodiversity report. Moore says the report’s “highly exaggerated claims” are “a front for a radical political, social, and economic ‘transformation’ of our entire civilization.” The U.N. report warned that…

Hearing on the UN biodiversity report

Reposted from Judith Curry’s Climate Etc. Posted on May 22, 2019 by curryja by Judith Curry The House Natural Resources Committee Submcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife is holding a Hearing today on Responding to the Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The link to the Hearing page…

How capitalism will save endangered species

From The Washington Examiner by Dan Hannan| May 10, 2019 12:00 AM Not long ago, a new variety of orchid was discovered at the Newmarket racecourse in Suffolk, England. The track’s managers were horrified at first. When an endangered plant is found on your land in England, eco-regulators seize control; and this flower was, apparently,…

The Marvelous and Mysterious Monarch

Guest essay by Kip Hansen   The marvelous Monarch Butterfly is an icon of biological mystery.  When I was born, circa 1950, monarchs were known to fly north into southern Texas every spring by the millions.  In the Fall, tourists would go to Cape May, New Jersey, timing their visits to watch the beauty and…

Protecting monarch butterflies’ winter home could mean moving hundreds of trees

From Nature Researchers are trying to shift Mexico’s oyamel firs to higher elevations to help them weather warming temperatures. Monarch butterflies alight on a tree in their wintering grounds in Mexico.Credit: JHVEPhoto/Alamy To save dwindling populations of Eastern monarch butterflies, researchers in Mexico are trying something controversial: moving hundreds of fir trees 400 metres up…