Too many bears and penguins: cartoons forget indigenous fauna when they warn of the risks of climate change

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Sara Moreno, Tatiana Pina and Martí Domínguez, researchers at the University of Valencia, have shown the over-representation of iconic animals of climate change, such as polar bears and penguins, in cartoons that address the climate emergency. In a scientific article, for which they have reviewed 1,022 of these illustrations, they conclude that, regardless of their geographical origin, cartoonists tend to avoid the use of native animals and show very little biodiversity in their drawings, especially in terms of insects and other invertebrates. Read More

Endangered vultures in southeastern Europe largely threatened due to human activity

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Contrary to popular belief, the number of Egyptian vultures dying in Eastern Europe and the Middle East is greater than in sub-Saharan Africa; and half of these disappear due to threats of human origin: electrocution, collision with energy infrastructures, direct persecution or poisoning. This is shown in an article published in the Journal of Animal Ecology with the participation of the Cavanilles Institute of the University of Valencia. Read More

The extinction of larger species threatens the balance between ecological processes on a global scale

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A new study shows that large, long-lived, low-fertility living things at risk of extinction, whether plant or animal, are responsible for 80% of the functional diversity in the planet’s ecosystems. The work is published in the journal Science Advances by an international consortium with the participation of the Desertification Research Centre (CIDE, UV-CSIC-GVA). Read More