A new report by the RSPB has shown how nature restoration could create £6.4 billion a year in benefits to the UK. With over half of UK species in decline, the charity has highlighted the importance of nature investment, describing it as “one of our greatest weapons against climate change”.
Scientists have long known that not all fish are cold-blooded, yet the advantages of being warm-blooded have remained unclear. New research led by an international team of marine biologists has revealed that warm-blooded fish are able to swim 1.6 times faster than cold-blooded fish and, despite what has previously been suggested, may not be as resilient to changing ocean temperatures.
An Australian rodent thought to be extinct has been found alive on a desert island. Genetic analysis of museum specimens has revealed that the Gould’s field mouse, a small rodent last seen in 1857, is genetically identical to the djoongari (also called the Shark Bay mouse), which currently inhabits three islands in Shark Bay, Western Australia.