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World Heritage Sites risk collapse without stronger local management
Without better local management, the world's most iconic ecosystems are at risk of collapse under climate change, say researchers in Science. View News Article (2015-03-20)


New molecular tool assesses vaginal microbiome health, diagnoses infections -- fast
A new microarray-based tool, called VaginArray, offers the potential to provide a fast, reliable and low-cost assessment of vaginal health and diagnoses of infections. View News Article (2015-03-19)


Landscape-level habitat connectivity is key for species that depend on longleaf pine
Preserving isolated patches of habitat isn't enough to save species such as Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) that depend on longleaf pine; habitat connectivity at the landscape level is also crucial.  View News Article (2015-03-19)


Gulf of Mexico marine food web changes over the decades
Scientists in the Gulf of Mexico now have a better understanding of how naturally-occurring climate cycles--as well as human activities--can trigger widespread ecosystem changes that ripple through the Gulf food web and the communities dependent on it, thanks to a new study published Saturday in the journal Global Change Biology. View News Article (2015-03-18)


West Coast waters shifting to lower-productivity regime, new NOAA report finds
Large-scale climate patterns that affect the Pacific Ocean indicate that waters off the West Coast have shifted toward warmer, less productive conditions that may affect marine species from seabirds to salmon, according to the 2015 State of the California Current Report delivered to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. View News Article (2015-03-17)


Payments for ecosystem services? Here's the guidebook
A team of investors, development organizations, conservationists, economists, and ecologists have published in the journal Science six natural science principles to ensure success of Payments for Ecosystem Services, mechanisms that have helped preserve carbon stocks stored in Madagascar's rainforests, maintain wildlife populations important for tourism in Tanzania, and protect watersheds in... View News Article (2015-03-13)


New information helps predict future climate change impacts on global tropics
Researchers at the University of Montana, Princeton University, Stanford University and Rutgers University, among others, are collecting new measurements of tropical forests to gain a better understanding of how they respond to seasonal climate variations.  View News Article (2015-03-10)


Severe changes in world's leaf growth patterns over past several decades revealed
Extensive worldwide changes in the timing of leaf activity over the past few decades--which may have significant ecological and atmospheric consequences--have been revealed by a University of Otago, New Zealand research team analyzing satellite data from 1980 - 2012. View News Article (2015-03-03)


New technique improves forecasts for Canada's prized salmon fishery
A powerful method for analyzing and predicting nature's dynamic and interconnected systems is now providing new forecasting and management tools for Canada's premier fishery. View News Article (2015-03-03)


Embrace unknowns, opt for flexibility in environmental policies
We make hundreds, possibly thousands, of decisions each day without having full knowledge of what will happen next. Life is unpredictable, and we move forward the best we can despite not knowing every detail. View News Article (2015-02-27)

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