Starvelings

“Studies of the effect of pharmaceutical contamination on wildlife are rare but new work published on Monday reveals that an anti-depressant reduces feeding in starlings and that a contraceptive drug slashes fish populations in lakes.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/13/drugs-flushed-into-the-environment-could-be-cause-of-wildlife-decline)

Who knew starlings were depressed and binge-eating?

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Implant

“The study is the first to take a comprehensive look at the impacts of selective logging across animal groups and identify logging intensity as the most important factor in driving biodiversity loss. The researchers reached that conclusion after testing nearly three dozen other explantations.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0731-impact-of-selective-logging-on-rainforests.html)

A serengetipous malapropism.

Glow-job

“Every year the night sky is a little less dark and lights shining on glow-worm breeding areas, ponds, rivers and other wildlife habitats can destroy their natural ecology. ” (http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/359538-nocturnal-nature-in-the-balance)

Nobody likes bright lights shining on their breeding areas.

Consumas

“Humanity’s global median trophic level was 2.21 in 2009, which puts us on a par with other omnivores, such as pigs and anchovies, in the global food web. … closer to herbivore than carnivore. … An increase in fat and meat consumption has moved us further up the food web … If we all increase our trophic level, we’ll start to have a bigger impact on ecosystems” (http://www.nature.com/news/humans-are-becoming-more-carnivorous-1.14282)

We may have to rethink pizza toppings.

Summer

“The prospect of an ice-free Arctic in the summer has spurred oil and gas exploration and shipping in the north, which threaten fragile ecosystems, and scientists are also beginning to tie the disappearing ice to extreme weather events in Europe.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/20/arctic-sea-ice-decline-melting-summer)

The Arctic looks set to become a cheap flight holiday destination.

Vole

“An hour of searching finally turns up a latrine, featuring hamster-sized green pellets, freshly laid that morning.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/06/water-vole-population-slump)

The elusive water vole: a formidable creature that can pass something the size of a hamster.

Biodi-verse

“The more forest grew on and near a coffee farm, the more birds the farm had, and the lower its infestation rates [and] damage by a devastating coffee pest, the coffee berry borer beetle.” (http://www.nature.com/news/birds-protect-costa-rica-s-coffee-crop-1.13689)

The more trees grew, tiddly pom,
The more birds flew, tiddly pom,
The pests that chew, tiddly pom,
Got fewer.