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Biodiversity just as powerful as climate change for healthy ecosystems
Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity's best defenses against extreme weather. (2017-09-11)
Who is eating who? How climate change is modifying fish predator prey interactions
Climate change is expected to have many impacts on the oceans; one of them is where fish are located in the ocean. (2017-09-08)
Invasive plants change ecosystems from the bottom up
Research has shown that even when two different Phragmite lineages are grow side-by-side in the same ecosystem, the bacterial communities in the soil differ dramatically. (2017-09-05)
Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems
Researchers have warned of an 'urgent worldwide need' to address a broad spectrum of cascading impacts of glacier mass loss on downstream systems. (2017-09-04)
Can corals survive climate change?
A group of international scientists, including scientists from Australia, have issued advice that more research is urgently required to determine whether corals can acclimate and adapt to the rapid pace of climate change. (2017-09-01)
Nature gem within the city: What grows in the biodiversity-rich Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve
Being the oldest of its kind in Malaysia, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is a nature enclave, lying in the center of the busy capital city Kuala Lumpur. (2017-08-31)
Century-old seal pelts reveal changes in Ross Sea ecosystem
Scientists sampled a pile of frozen pelts left in a hut by Antarctic explorers for Weddell seal tissue from a century ago, at the very start of human activities in Antarctica. (2017-08-29)
Understanding Caribbean mammal extinctions of the past spurs renewed focus on conservation
A Johns Hopkins paleontologist and her collaborative team of scientists report they have clear evidence that the arrival of humans and subsequent human activity throughout the islands of the Caribbean were likely the primary causes of the extinction of native mammal species there. (2017-08-23)
What's the annual value of trees? $500 million per megacity, study Says
In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world's 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year in services that make urban environments cleaner, more affordable and more pleasant places to live. (2017-08-22)
Post-whaling recovery of Southern Hemisphere
By 2100 some Southern Hemisphere whale species will not have reached half their pre-whaling numbers, while other species are expected to recover by 2050. (2017-08-21)
Right kind of collaboration is key to solving environmental problems
Society's ability to solve environmental problems is tied to how different actors collaborate and the shape and form of the networks they create, says a new study from researchers at Stockholm Resilience Centre which is published in the journal Science. (2017-08-18)
Mosses used to evaluate atmospheric conditions in urban areas
Researchers have developed a method to evaluate atmospheric conditions using mosses (bryophytes) in urban areas, a development that could facilitate broader evaluations of atmospheric environments. (2017-08-16)
A decade of monitoring shows the dynamics of a conserved Atlantic tropical forest
Characterized with high levels of biodiversity and endemism, the Atlantic Tropical Forest has been facing serious anthropogenic threats over the last several decades. (2017-08-16)
What it takes to recover from drought
According to a study published Aug. 10 in Nature, the length of drought recovery depends on several factors, including the region of the world and the post-drought weather conditions. (2017-08-09)
Afforestation with non-native trees alters island soils
The influence of non-native trees on soil chemistry considered. (2017-08-06)
Payments to rural communities offer a new opportunity to restore China's native forests
Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. (2017-08-03)
Species richness -- a false friend?
Assessing the state of an ecosystem solely on the basis of short-term changes in the number of different species it contains can lead to false conclusions. (2017-08-02)
New NOAA Fisheries research reveals ecosystem cascades affecting salmon
New research reveals that shifts in ocean conditions in the Gulf of the Farallones leads to changes in bird predation, affecting the number of California salmon that return as adults. (2017-08-01)
Refuting the idea that mutations cause cancer
Writing today in the journal Cancer Research, James DeGregori, Ph.D., deputy director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center offers evidence that it is forces of evolution driven by natural selection acting in the ecosystem of the body that, in the presence of tissue damage, allow cells with dangerous mutations to thrive. (2017-07-31)
'Visionary' project to save the Belize coast provides valuable framework
A coastal zone management plan designed to safeguard Belize's natural assets has produced a win-win opportunity for people and the environment, providing a valuable framework for other coastal nations around the world where overfishing, development, and habitat degradation are increasingly serious problems. (2017-07-26)
NUS scientists identify optimal areas for conservation and agriculture in the tropics
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use. (2017-07-26)
The way rivers function reflects their ecological status and is rarely explored
A study conducted by a UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country research group within the framework of the European Globaqua project proposes going beyond the study of river ecosystems and incorporating into the studies routinely carried out a set of processes that regulate not only the fluxes of matter but also the fluxes of energy within an ecosystem. (2017-07-20)
Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystems
Invasive plant species like seaweed can provide vital ecosystem functions in coastal areas where native habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined. (2017-07-17)
Marine vessels are unsuspecting hosts of invasive species
A new Tel Aviv University study finds that ships play an unknowing but dominant role in introducing and dispersing tough-shelled non-indigenous organisms into new environments. (2017-07-11)
'Weedy' fish species to take over our future oceans
University of Adelaide researchers have for the first time demonstrated that the ocean acidification expected in the future will reduce fish diversity significantly, with small 'weedy' species dominating marine environments. (2017-07-06)
Bacteria collaborate to propel the ocean 'engine'
Essential microbiological interactions that keep our oceans stable have been fully revealed for the first time, by researchers at the University of Warwick. (2017-07-05)
The big ecological roles of small natural features
Small natural features have big ecological roles but are often overlooked, according to an international team of researchers exploring the disproportionate ecological importance of the small, but unique, environmental elements that provide significant ecological and economic impacts. (2017-07-05)
Camera-trap research paves the way for global monitoring networks
In recent years, there have been numerous calls for coordinated global monitoring networks to understand and mitigate the effects of ecosystem change and biodiversity loss around the world. (2017-06-29)
The value of nature
Money may not grow on trees, but trees themselves and all that they provide have a dollar value nonetheless. (2017-06-28)
Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection
The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. (2017-06-26)
Dune ecosystem modelling
Using the acacia as an example, researchers show that the location has an effect on interaction with other species. (2017-06-23)
Pollinator extinctions alter structure of ecological networks
The absence of a single dominant bumblebee species from an ecosystem disrupts foraging patterns among a broad range of remaining pollinators in the system -- from other bees to butterflies, beetles and more, field experiments show. (2017-06-21)
Deaths of migrating wildebeests key to Serengeti's vibrant ecosystem
Wildebeest carcasses, casualties of the world's largest overland animal migration, pile up annually on the banks of the Mara River in Africa and play a crucial role in vibrant ecosystem of the Serengeti plains, a new Yale-led study has found. (2017-06-19)
Wildebeest feast: Mass drownings fuel the Mara River ecosystem
Each year, more than a million wildebeest migrate through Africa's Serengeti Mara Ecosystem. (2017-06-19)
Earning a living in a changing climate -- the plant perspective
Some of the world's plants are using 'last-stand' strategies to survive rather than thrive as global climate change gathers apace. (2017-06-14)
Biodiversity is 3-D
The species-area relationship (SAC) is a long-time considered pattern in ecology and is discussed in most of academic Ecology books. (2017-06-09)
Lost ecosystem found buried in mud of southern California coastal waters
Paleontologists investigating the sea bed off California have discovered a lost ecosystem that for thousands of years had nurtured communities of scallops and shelled marine organisms called brachiopods. (2017-06-08)
Natural capital: Holistic management makes ecosystems healthier, people wealthier
A Yale-led study puts a price on ecosystems by recognizing the value of a 'natural capital' asset -- in this case, fish in the Baltic Sea -- and connecting it with holistic ecosystem management to calculate asset values for the interacting parts of an ecosystem. (2017-06-07)
Fungi awake bacteria from their slumber
When a soil dries out, this has a negative impact on the activity of soil bacteria. (2017-06-07)
Why do Antarctic krill stocks fluctuate?
It is only six centimeters long, but it plays a major role in the Antarctic ecosystem: the small crustacean Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill). (2017-06-06)
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