More than 25,000 sites in Europe were designated protected areas under Natura 2000. Now, researchers have examined how effectively the network protects listed habitat types in Germany.
A recent study identified a close relative of the diphtheria causing bacterium in hedgehogs. The bacterium has already been detected in native wildlife species and can be transmitted to humans.
Regions of the Amazon forest with generally higher rainfall variability are more resilient to climate disturbances. However, the ecosystem might not be able to cope with the pace of climate change.
The retirement at 63 is more expensive than originally thought. Costs are expected to rise even more when bigger birth cohorts are able to take advantage of the deduction-free early pension.
Researchers have reconstructed the phylogenetic tree of six African baboon species. The genetic information provides clear indications that genes were exchanged between the monkeys.
Freshwater fish are among the world´s most at-risk species. Around one-third of freshwater fish species are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change - particularly in the Mediterranean region.
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