Latest Biodiversity News

Fishermen protest after eruption causes oil spill in Peru

Jan. 18, 2022 20:37 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — An oil spill on the Peruvian coast caused by the waves from an eruption of an undersea volcano in the South Pacific nation of Tonga prompted dozens of fishermen to protest Tuesday outside the South American country’s main oil refinery. The men gathered outside...

Wyoming tries again to remove Yellowstone grizzly protection

Jan. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has asked the federal government to remove grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a request which if approved could allow the animals to be hunted. The bears' recovery from as few as 136...

Conservation group lands $1M to protect biodiverse forest

Jan. 02, 2022 09:48 AM EST

TRAFALGAR, Ind. (AP) — A conservation group has landed a $1 million gift aimed at protecting and improving a central Indiana nature preserve that’s part of one of the state’s most biodiverse forested areas. The donation from Leonard and Kathryn Betley and their family to the...

Thomas Lovejoy, biologist who championed biodiversity, dies

Dec. 27, 2021 13:03 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Thomas E. Lovejoy, a leading conservation biologist who is credited with popularizing the term “biological diversity,” has died. He was 80. His death on Saturday was announced by George Mason University, where he was director of the Institute for a...

Edward O. Wilson, biologist known as 'ant man,' dead at 92

Dec. 27, 2021 10:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Edward O. Wilson, the pioneering Harvard biologist who advanced the provocative theory that human behavior such as war and altruism has a genetic basis and warned against the decline of ecosystems, has died. He was 92. Wilson was “called ‘Darwin’s natural...

Louisiana researchers ID 14 new shrew species on Sulawesi

Dec. 26, 2021 10:08 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana researchers have identified 14 new species of shrews on an Indonesian island where seven in that genus were previously known. There were so many and some look so similar that after a while Louisiana State University biologist Jake Esselstyn and his...

Conservation groups to sue EPA over manatee deaths

Dec. 20, 2021 13:29 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Three conservation groups filed a formal notice on Monday of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency if it doesn't take steps to protect manatees from water pollution in Florida. Pollution-fueled algae blooms are cited as the cause of...

Rare Rocky Mountain insects will need snowfields to survive

Dec. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say two species of rare insects in the Rocky Mountains will need several thousand acres of glaciers and snowfields if they are to survive a warming world that's threatening them with extinction. The western glacier stonefly and the...

Researchers: 'Yellowstone to Yukon' work boosts conservation

Dec. 12, 2021 10:19 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — It’s one thing to mount a decades-long conservation campaign on a continental scale like the Yellowstone to Yukon, or Y2Y. It’s another to prove anything about it worked. When you look at a place as big as Argentina but you don’t have gross domestic...

Wildlife advocates question killing of wolf in SE Washington

Dec. 10, 2021 13:07 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Wolf advocates are questioning why the state of Washington allowed a livestock owner to kill a juvenile wolf on Wednesday, despite the lack of any new livestock conflicts in the area since Nov. 15. The Center for Biological Diversity said an adult male wolf...