Despite their extinction in Eastern Cape due to dwindling game herds and harmful cattle dips, the red-billed oxpeckers were successfully reintroduced into the region in the 90s. The upbeat Birding Day event, showcased on Shamwari TV, lauds their pivotal role in the ecosystem. Shamwari now plans to reintroduce Cape vultures, after facing similar challenges, marking another significant conservation milestone.
At the COP28 climate summit, Brazil proposed a $250 billion mechanism, “Tropical Forests Forever”, for conserving tropical rainforests. The funds, sourced from governments and private sectors, would be used by tropical countries meeting deforestation limits. This follows a marked decrease in Amazon deforestation since Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidency.
Research by the University of Rostock and Nuremberg Zoo reveals that captive bottlenose dolphins can reliably detect weak electric fields under water, suggesting a sixth sense that may aid in prey detection and even understanding Earth’s magnetic field.
Cadman Glacier in Antarctica retreated 5 miles in just 2.5 years, causing its ice shelf to collapse, according to scientists who used satellite images and ocean measurements. Higher ocean temperatures likely hastened the glacier’s deterioration, which contributes to global sea level rise. This indicates potential similar threats for neighboring glaciers.
Wildlife photography Oscars, anyone? The Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice awards is back with a bang. A shortlist of 25 awe-nature-some pictures, from a sassy mudskipper defending his turf against a crab, to a polar bear taking a snooze on receding ice, awaits your vote. Glamour, drama, and a splash of humor in the natural world, on display now at the Natural History Museum, London. So, go pick your winner!
Robot that uses AI to pull weeds may reduce poisonous herbicide use by 70% for some crops.
A team of experts from EPFL, ETH Zurich, and Archiplein has developed a new type of non-reinforced concrete from stone offcuts. Using methods found in historical archives, the team reduced their use of carbon-intensive cement. They built and tested six load-bearing walls using recovered stone-quarry waste and three types of mortar-based binders.
A team of conservationists have rediscovered a species of golden mole that hasn’t been seen in almost 90 years.
State-of-the-art climate models drastically underestimate how much extreme rainfall increases under global warming, according to a study published Monday
Vietnam has ambitious targets to tackle the challenge posed by plastic waste. Effective enforcement and implementation are key for success.
“It is profoundly shocking to stand on the ice of Antarctica and hear directly from scientists how fast the ice is disappearing.”
The marsupial frog, which incubates its young in a pouch on its back, was thought to be extinct in some countries