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Not just commodities: World needs broader appreciation of nature's contributions to people
In Science, 30 experts with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) advocate consideration of a fuller, more comprehensive range of 'nature's contributions to people' in policy- and decision-making. (2018-01-18)
Bacteria under your feet
In cooperation with Universidad Rey Juan Carlos - URJC An international team of researchers, including ERC grantee Fernando T. (2018-01-18)
New research to help reduce number of algae blooms that form annually
The study shows that sampling headwaters where streams form can identify which landscapes are resilient enough to handle the rigors of farming and which are vulnerable to leaching toxic residue into waterways. (2018-01-17)
The size of marine plankton is key to its global dispersal and distribution
In a paper published in the latest issue of Nature Communications a group of international researchers, led by AZTI scientists, shows that the size of marine plankton is key to its global dispersal and distribution. (2018-01-10)
Research outlines the interconnected benefits of urban agriculture
A team of researchers led by Arizona State University and Google has assessed the value of urban agriculture and quantified its benefits at global scale. (2018-01-10)
In urban streams, pharmaceutical pollution is driving microbial resistance
In urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. (2018-01-09)
Portland State study illustrates the combined effects of climate change and forest fires
A new study co-authored by Portland State University geographer Andrés Holz, tracked the ebb and flow of ecosystem changes over the last 10,000 years, showing patterns that could shed light on current climate change and its role in shaping the world's forests. (2018-01-09)
Reducing how much nitrogen enters a lake has little impact on algal blooms
Lakes suffering from harmful algal blooms may not respond to reduced, or even discontinued, artificial nitrogen loading. (2017-12-18)
UNH researchers find effects of climate change could accelerate by mid-century
Environmental models are showing that the effects of climate change could be much stronger by the middle of the 21st century, and a number of ecosystem and weather conditions could consistently decline even more in the future. (2017-12-14)
Life under the surface in live broadcast
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have invented new systems to study the life of microorganisms in the ground. (2017-12-07)
Researchers model optimal amount of rainfall for plants
Researchers have determined what could be considered a 'Goldilocks' climate for rainfall use by plants: not too wet and not too dry. (2017-12-06)
Despite city tree benefits, Calif. urban canopy cover per capita lowest in US
Trees in California communities are working overtime. From removing carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air, intercepting rainfall and increasing property values, California's 173.2 million city trees provide ecosystem services valued at $8.3 billion a year. (2017-12-04)
Virginia Tech entomologist discovers invertebrate that comes in more color combinations than any oth
The thumb-sized millipede that crawls around the forest floor of Southwest Virginia's Cumberland Mountains has more color combinations than any other millipede discovered. (2017-12-04)
Jena Experiment: Loss of species destroys ecosystems
How serious is the loss of species globally? Are material cycles in an ecosystem with few species changed? (2017-11-29)
Drone photos offer faster, cheaper data on key Antarctic species
Scientists flying drones in Antarctica have demonstrated a cheaper, faster and simpler way to gauge the condition of leopard seals, which can weigh more than a half ton and reflect the health of the Antarctic ecosystem that they and a variety of commercial fisheries rely on. (2017-11-29)
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula reveals a cryptic methane-fueled ecosystem in flooded caves
In the underground rivers and flooded caves of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, where Mayan lore described a fantastical underworld, scientists have found a cryptic world in its own right. (2017-11-28)
Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration
New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. (2017-11-28)
Texas A&M-Galveston team finds cave organisms living off methane gas
In a surprising find deep in an underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University at Galveston doctoral student have discovered that cave-adapted organisms can exist off of methane gas and the bacteria near it, and it raises the possibility that other life forms are also living this way in similar caves around the world. (2017-11-28)
Soil researchers quantify an underappreciated factor in carbon release to the atmosphere
Soil plays a critical role in global carbon cycling, in part because soil organic matter stores three times more carbon than the atmosphere. (2017-11-27)
Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs
Fishes' fear of sharks helps shape shallow reef habitats in the Pacific, according to new research by a scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. (2017-11-27)
Bridging the 'practice science gap' to optimize restoration projects
As restoration projects throughout Massachusetts and the country focus on restoring natural ecosystems, researchers are looking for ways to better bridge the 'practice science gap' between practitioners and biodiversity research in an effort optimize these types of projects. (2017-11-27)
The importance of biodiversity in forests could increase due to climate change
Leipzig. Forests fulfil numerous important functions, and do so particularly well if they are rich in different species of trees. (2017-11-17)
Argonne to install Comanche system to explore ARM technology for HPC
Argonne National Laboratory is collaborating with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to provide system software expertise and a development ecosystem for a future high-performance computing (HPC) system based on 64-bit ARM processors. (2017-11-17)
Study provides insights for combating devastating amphibian disease
Amphibian chytridiomycosis, caused by infection with the Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungus, is the most devastating vertebrate disease on record. (2017-11-14)
Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Productivity and stability of forest ecosystems strongly depend on the functional diversity of plant communities. (2017-11-13)
Ancient life form discovered in remote Tasmanian valley
A team of Tasmanian researchers has uncovered rare, living stromatolites deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. (2017-11-13)
Fifty-years of data from a 'living' oxygen minimum lab could help predict the oceans' future
Canadian and US Department of Energy researchers have released 50 years' worth of data chronicling the deoxygenating cycles of a fjord off Canada's west coast, and detailing the response of the microbial communities inhabiting the fjord. (2017-11-02)
Political views have limited impact on how we perceive climate anomalies, study finds
Individual perceptions of climate anomalies are largely immune to political bias, especially when people observe large and persistent departures from average conditions. (2017-10-30)
Peat bogs defy the laws of biodiversity
EPFL scientists working with a team of researchers from across Europe have found that peat bogs, despite their low biodiversity, can effectively withstand both moderate and glacial climates. (2017-10-27)
Waterside lighting drastically disrupts wildlife in the surrounding ecosystem
Researchers in Germany find that streetlights near waterways attract flying insects from the water and change the predator community living in the grass beneath the lights. (2017-10-20)
Climate shifts shorten marine food chain off California
Environmental disturbances such as El Niño shake up the marine food web off Southern California, new research shows, countering conventional thinking that the hierarchy of who-eats-who in the ocean remains largely constant over time. (2017-10-19)
Dolphin diets suggest extreme changes in the ocean may shorten food chains
Extreme marine conditions like El Niño are associated with shorter food chain length in the California Current ecosystem, a new analysis reports. (2017-10-18)
Scientists uncover a centuries-old case of mistaken identity in the Chesapeake Bay
Scientists recently discovered that some jellyfish in the Bay are quite different from their ocean cousins. (2017-10-13)
The melting ice makes the sea around Greenland less saline
For the first time, ocean data from Northeast Greenland reveals the long-term impact of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. (2017-10-13)
Watching plant photosynthesis...from space
University of Sydney and NASA have developed a revolutionary technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. (2017-10-12)
Climate change predicted to reduce size, stature of dominant Midwest plant, study finds
Kansas State University researchers are involved in a study that found climate change may reduce the growth and stature of big bluestem -- a dominant prairie grass and a major forage grass for cattle. (2017-10-11)
Tracking the viral parasites of giant viruses over time
In freshwater lakes, microbes regulate the flow of carbon and determine if the bodies of water serve as carbon sinks or carbon sources. (2017-10-11)
New conservation method empowers indigenous peoples
In a new study, environmental social scientists worked with indiginous people in the rural Peruvian Amazon and determined that local people meet their basic needs through diverse subsistence activities, such as hunting, fishing, and farming, and over centuries they have developed sophisticated natural resource management systems that protect the robust rainforest ecosystem. (2017-10-11)
DNA barcoding technology helping monitor health of all-important boreal forests
The Boreal forest is essential to Canada and the world, storing carbon, purifying water and air and regulating climate. (2017-10-06)
Brain damage in fish affected by plastic nanoparticles
A new study from Lund University in Sweden shows that plastic particles in water may end up inside fish brains. (2017-09-25)
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