For reptiles and amphibians, southern Peru's Manu National Park is the most diverse protected area on the planet.
Biodiversity is a contraction of the phrase "biological diversity," and refers to the variability of life within a species (judged by the variations in its genetic makeup), an ecosystem, a region and even across the planet. The biodiversity of the Amazon, one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, would include the terrestrial species found in the rainforest, the birds that fly in its skies and the aquatic creatures that swim in the Amazon River. But one could also examine the biodiversity of the Amazon River itself. Biodiversity varies widely across the globe, from places of high biodiversity, such as rainforests and coral reefs, and areas of lower biodiversity, such as agricultural fields. High biodiversity is often considered a sign of a healthy ecosystem, and many conservation efforts are aimed preserving biodiversity. Read below for stories on studies of biodiversity.
The Nicaraguan government has granted a concession to a mysterious Chinese company owned by Jing Wang, a little-known Hong-Kong based businessman, to build an inter-oceanic canal.
In the luscious, green forests of the Ecuadorian Andes, researchers have discovered a new plant species that turned out to be a biodiversity hotspot.
With arguments about health benefits of organic foods inconclusive, one might ask what reasons there are to pay the organic premium.
In the next 10 years, the tropics will undergo "unprecedented" climate change effects, long before the Arctic sees big shifts, according to an analysis of global warming trends published today.
A team of entomologists has discovered more than 40 new beetle species in Tahiti, adding to the long list of insects native to this highly biodiverse island.
Researchers have discovered dozens of new ground-dwelling beetle species in Tahiti, adding to the long list of insects known to crawl this highly diverse region of the South Pacific.
The strange creatures that thrive on the bottom of the chilly ocean surrounding Antarctica have been revealed in a comprehensive collection of snapshots and datasets now available online.
Christian missionaries are not only changing hearts and minds in the Amazon, but also biodiversity, researchers say.
Once a conservation success story, the rare Haleakalā silversword plant is dying off as weather patterns shift on Maui.