The first-known European Christian church to have been built in the tropics was recently unearthed on one of the Cape Verde islands by archaeologists from the University of Cambridge. The island lies off the coast of West Africa and was once the heart of the Atlantic slave trade.
Bioactive compounds found in the oregano and eucalyptus plant oils could eliminate fungi that grows on fruits and vegetables, keeping them fresh for longer periods and safer to eat.
Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes, and pochards are now listed as "vulnerable" species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds. This doubles the number of endangered U.K. birds.
Hypercarnivores, or enormous predators, most likely shaped the ecosystem during the Pleistocene epoch. Essentially, packs of these large animals controlled populations of herbivores so to preserve the ancient landscapes and valuable vegetation.
After capturing a rare bird that hasn't been seen in half a century, researches decided to kill the bird for further studies. Whether or not this decision was in the species' best interest is now the topic of a heated debate.
In a partnership first, loggers in northeastern Russia are teaming up with biologists to better protect natural fish owl habitats, a major step in preserving the endangered birds.
Brazilian authorities regularly publish "blacklists," where they name and shame communities responsible for illegal deforestation. This strategy has increased law enforcement and decreased tree loss experienced in Amazon forests.
Protected areas in Indonesia have reduced mangrove habitat loss. According to a Duke University study, this also prevented significant amounts of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
The United Nations Environment Program recently recognized the significant impact that the anti-poaching group known as the Black Mambas has had in combating hunting in South Africa's Balule Private Game Reserve.
The Tarim basin in China is a very dry region, home to rare trees and cotton farms that produce 40 percent of the nation's crop. However, this areas is facing significant ecological problems. Researchers suggest a series of recommendations in order to preserve this unique desert.
University of New Hampshire researchers have discovered they can use the chemical signatures found in the inner ear bones of winter flounder to help them trace the fish to their estuaries – a critical part of remedying their population decline.
In southwestern Australia with the endangered Carnaby's Cockatoo, Dr. Denis Saunders and other researchers recently published a study on the best ways to measure young cockatoo growth and keep tabs on the newest generation of birds.
Alongside the construction of a center for the very young in Jerusalem, there's the recent, serious archaeological find of wall images in a cave. Images will later be displayed to the public.
The NOAA has officially recognized 20 different types of coral as threatened species, enabling new action to be taken to ensure the preservation of their dwindling habitats in the wake of climate change and human influence.
The Lincoln National Forest has issued a special closure order for Wills Canyon (Mauldin Spring) near Cloudcroft, N.M. The closure is meant to ensure no damage is inflicted upon the shrinking habitat of the New Mexico jumping mouse, an endangered species.