Severe droughts and wildfires threatens Amazonian rainforest

The future of the Amazon rainforest is at risk from prolonged droughts and widespread forest fires.
The future of the Amazon rainforest is at risk from prolonged droughts and widespread forest fires.

ResearchBlogging.org Extreme dry weather coupled with high-intensity wildfires is already beginning to damage large areas of the Amazon rainforest, a situation that is being made worse by continued deforestation and logging.  Continue reading

Stunted butterfly wings linked to food shortages during caterpillar phase

Migrating monarch butterflies need to develop optimal wing shape if they are to successfully complete their journey
Migrating monarch butterflies need to develop optimal wing shapes if they are to successfully complete their journeys.

ResearchBlogging.org A lack of food during a critical stage of larval development may impair the growth of adult monarch butterfly wings, with potentially disastrous consequences for the migration success of this species.  Continue reading