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British bumblebees are inbreeding themselves into extinction

Populations of a bumblebee species living on remote Scottish islands have a lack of genetic diversity because of many generations of inbreeding, a situation that could put the region's bumblebees at risk of extinction, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Stirling in Scotland.Penelope Whitehorn, a PhD student, presented the research at last week's annual meeting of the British Ecological Society.The study found that moss carder bumblebees ( Bombus muscorum ) living on nine Hebridean islands off the west coast of Scotland are more susceptible to diseases carried by parasites than healthier populations on the mainland...

September 13, 2010 — John Platt

Deepwater doom: Extinction threat for world's smallest sea horse

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill this year and subsequent cleanup efforts could drive the world's smallest sea horse into extinction, warns the Zoological Society of London and its marine conservation organization Project Seahorse.  The tiny dwarf sea horse ( Hippocampus zosterae ), which grows to a maximum length of 2.5 centimeters, can be found only in the ocean waters off the Gulf Coast...

September 8, 2010 — John Platt

Making a Market for Pollution

What does it take to trade in a commodity that cannot be seen or touched--and isn't even a commodity in the U.S.? The first in a three-part series

September 7, 2010 — David Biello and The Daily Climate
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