Tens of thousands of dead birds are washing up on the beaches of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, an unexplained mass die-off that some experts say may be related to the changing climate.
Hormone-altering compounds and herbicides are likely weakening the immune systems of Susquehanna River smallmouth bass, making them more susceptible to diseases, and that, in turn, has caused a population collapse for the bass, the river’s most popular recreational fish, a new study has concluded.
Posted December 25, 2015 09:40:12 Climate change, which is proceeding fastest at high latitudes, is causing an increase in ticks in the northern hemisphere that are harmful to reindeer, researchers say. The leap is due to warmer weather, and carries a risk of introducing infectious diseases to reindeer populations, other animals, and humans.
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Sea lions are in big trouble. The past few years have seen a record number of stranded creatures on the west coast, showing up underfed and confused in increasingly strange places. Through May of 2015, strandings for the year were more than 10 times the average over the preceding decade.
Microbiologist Spencer Lockwood shakes out a trap full of anesthetized mosquitoes in Dallas. Bug collecting Each week, Dallas County health workers set out scores of small traps in neighborhoods across the city and its suburbs, looking for infected mosquitoes that could offer an early warning about a possible disease risk.
The Giant African Snail ( Achatina fulica ) is considered to be one the world’s 100 worst invasive alien species. The snail has an impact on native biodiversity, and on agricultural and horticultural crops. In India, it is known to feed on more than fifty species of native plants and agricultural crops and also outcompetes the native snails.
In the spring of 2010, a lone gray whale was spotted off the Mediterranean coast of Israel, an event that sparked international interest for an important reason: It was the first North Atlantic sighting of a gray whale, a species nowadays restricted to the Pacific Ocean, in about 200 years.
Species in the oceans and on land and ice are increasingly feeling the effects – largely for the worst – that climate change and ocean acidification have on their habitats. LONDON, 20 November, 2015 ? Global warming will be bad news for sharks ? they will be hungrier, but they may not be able to scent their prey.
Scientists made a startling discovery on an observation flight over a remote fjord in southern Chile’s Patagonia: 337 dead whales. That is the biggest single whale stranding event known to science.