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Biodiversity increases plant decomposition rate; should be factored into climate models, study finds
An international team of researchers published a meta-analysis of 176 studies investigating the effect of diverse leaf litter decay on ecosystems around the world on Sept. (2020-09-28)
The pace of environmental change can doom or save coral reefs
Increasing fishing too quickly can cause coral reef ecosystems to collapse, according to new research led by the University of Colorado Boulder. (2020-09-28)
Marine heatwaves are human made
Heatwaves in the world's oceans have become over 20 times more frequent due to human influence. (2020-09-25)
Sky islands and tropical alpine sunflowers at risk of disappearing
The plants that live among the mountaintops of the Andes are among those most threatened by climate change because these species have no place left to go to escape rising temperatures. (2020-09-24)
Marine heatwaves like 2015's Pacific "blob" attributable to anthropogenic climate warming
Severe marine heatwaves, like 2015's Pacific ''blob,'' are far more likely to occur now than before human-induced global warming began, according to a new study. (2020-09-24)
Better conservation planning can improve human life too
Conservation planning can be greatly improved to benefit human communities, while still protecting biodiversity, according to University of Queensland research. (2020-09-22)
Warming temperatures are driving arctic greening
As Arctic summers warm, Earth's northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth. (2020-09-22)
Global change ecologist leads NASA satellite study of rapid greening across Arctic tundra
As Arctic summers warm, Earth's northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a team of researchers finds the region has become greener as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth. (2020-09-22)
How to get a handle on carbon dioxide uptake by plants
How much carbon dioxide, a pivotal greenhouse gas behind global warming, is absorbed by plants on land? (2020-09-21)
Bolsonaro's Indigenous land mining policy a billion-dollar backfire
Research has found a proposal to regulate mining of Indigenous lands in Brazil's Amazon rainforest could affect more than 863,000 square kilometres of forest and harm the nation's economy. (2020-09-18)
Ocean acidification puts deep-sea coral reefs at risk of collapse
Deep-sea coral reefs face challenges as changes to ocean chemistry triggered by climate change may cause their foundations to become brittle, a study suggests. (2020-09-17)
Discovery of a new mass extinction
It's not often a new mass extinction is identified; after all, such events were so devastating they really stand out in the fossil record. (2020-09-16)
Global warming threatens soil phosphorus, says a soil scientist from RUDN University
A soil scientist from RUDN University found out that the resources of organic phosphorus in the soils of the Tibetan Plateau could be depleted because of global warming. (2020-09-11)
Older and richer: Old grasslands show high biodiversity and conservation value
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba and Kobe University have found that the long-term, sustained existence of grasslands can increase plant diversity, and can act as an indicator for grasslands of high conservation importance. (2020-09-10)
Changing what we eat could offset years of climate-warming emissions, new analysis finds
Plant protein foods--like lentils, beans, and nuts--can provide vital nutrients using a small fraction of the land required to produce meat and dairy. (2020-09-07)
A difficult year for forests, fields and meadows
The warm, dry summer of 2018 has left clear traces in various ecosystems. (2020-09-07)
FSU researchers track nutrient transport in the Gulf of Mexico
Florida State University researchers found no evidence that nitrate from the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River System is mixing across the Northern Gulf shelf into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. (2020-09-04)
Common species mirror rare animals' response to global change
A study of more than 2,000 species reveals animal populations around the world - from the very common to endangered species - are going up and down as global change alters land, sea and freshwater ecosystems. (2020-09-02)
In a mite-y bit of trouble
Mite extinctions are occurring at least 1,000 times the 'natural' rate - a finding a University of Queensland researcher says is another warning that global biodiversity is in deep trouble. (2020-09-02)
Globalization is reweaving the web of life
Networks of interactions among species are becoming increasingly similar across ecosystems, according to a global analysis published this week in Nature. (2020-09-02)
Knowledge about the past can preserve the biodiversity of tomorrow
Climate change threatens plants and animals across the planet. Interdisciplinary research by, among others, climate and biodiversity researchers at the University of Copenhagen, has mapped responds of biodiversity caused by abrupt climate changes in the past. (2020-08-28)
New analysis reveals where marine heatwaves will intensify fastest
High-resolution ocean modelling has found the world's strongest ocean currents, which play key roles in fisheries and ocean ecosystems, will experience more intense marine heatwaves than the global average over the coming decades. (2020-08-28)
What did the katydids do when picking up bat sounds?
Ecosystems can be incredibly complex, with many interacting species. In many habitats, predators shape they behavior of prey and prey shape the behavior of predators. (2020-08-28)
Using the past to maintain future biodiversity
New research shows that safeguarding species and ecosystems and the benefits they provide for society against future climatic change requires effective solutions which can only be formulated from reliable forecasts. (2020-08-27)
UBCO researcher uses computer modelling to predict reef health
A UBC Okanagan researcher has developed a way to predict the future health of the planet's coral reefs. (2020-08-25)
Species 'pushed out of the tropics' by climate change
The world's tropical regions are home to the widest range of plants and animals, but research from The University of Queensland reveals that climate change is pushing species away, and fast. (2020-08-24)
Nooks, crannies and critters
A team of ecologists and engineers have developed a relatively simple way to standardize how habitat complexity is measured. (2020-08-24)
Ecologists put biodiversity experiments to the test
Much of our knowledge of how biodiversity benefits ecosystems comes from experimental sites. (2020-08-24)
Alaska's salmon are getting smaller, affecting people and ecosystems
The size of salmon returning to rivers in Alaska has declined dramatically over the past 60 years because they are spending fewer years at sea, scientists report. (2020-08-19)
Effects of nutrient pollution in marine ecosystems are compounded by human activity
Nutrient pollution in the oceans caused by human activity can significantly impact marine life. (2020-08-17)
Are tipping points suitable concepts for developing environmental policies?
Environmental policy decisions are often based on so-called tipping points. (2020-08-17)
Global warming is changing our plant communities
In a comprehensive study of nearly 20,000 species, University of Miami research shows that plant communities are shifting to include more heat-loving species as a result of climate change. (2020-08-17)
How people and ecosystems fit together on the Great Barrier Reef
A world-first study examines the scales of management of the Great Barrier Reef. (2020-08-14)
Review: Consequences of systemic racism in urban environments
Even as studies have shown that the uneven distribution of urban heat islands, urban tree canopy cover, and urban environmental hazards, for example, are strongly dictated by structural racism and classism in cities, relatively few studies have addressed the varied contributions of social factors like race to ecological heterogeneity in cities. (2020-08-13)
Biodiversity may limit invasions: Lessons from lizards on Panama Canal islands
Introduced species can become invasive, damaging ecosystems and disrupting economies through explosive population growth. (2020-08-09)
Deep-sea misconceptions cause underestimation of seabed-mining impacts
A new publication on the impacts of deep-seabed mining by 13 prominent deep-sea biologists, led by University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, seeks to dispel scientific misconceptions that have led to miscalculations of the likely effects of commercial operations to extract minerals from the seabed. (2020-08-07)
Researchers hope to save seabirds by calculating the value of their poop
To raise awareness of the importance of seabirds to people and the ecosystems we depend on, a Science & Society article appearing August 6 in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution looks at something that most of us find off-putting: their poop. (2020-08-06)
Identifying the blind spots of soil biodiversity
Soils harbour a substantial part of the world's biodiversity, yet data on the patterns and processes taking place below ground does not represent all relevant ecosystems and taxa. (2020-08-03)
Lightning strikes more than 100 million times per year in the tropics
Tropical storms often begin with an impressive display of pyrotechnics, but researchers have largely overlooked the role of lightning strikes in tropical ecosystems. (2020-07-23)
Researchers develop a method for predicting unprecedented events
Researchers combined avalanche physics with ecosystem data to create a computational method for predicting extreme ecological events. (2020-07-23)
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