Whether it’s species that fly, grow, swim, crawl or walk, scientists have long tried to puzzle out just how much diversity our planet is home to. But it’s far from easy. Global Ideas gives an overview.
As the global climate heats up, species are moving beyond their normal ranges, posing a threat to native ecosystems and raising tough questions as to what the natural world of the future will look like.
In the south of Brazil, scientists are developing a new monitoring programme, and are hoping to add the most important ingredient soon: ordinary people who will contribute with their own biodiversity observations.
Jellyfish outbreaks in the Mediterranean often scare off tourists and affect marine life. In Tunisia, scientists are working with fishermen to install nets, track the creatures as well as make it lucrative to catch them.
The populations of salamanders in Europe have collapsed recently. Now researchers are certain that a fungus is responsible. The problem could become global. Salamanders, our #speciesoftheweek
Demand for scorpion venom in the West is creating a windfall in Pakistan.