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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Impact of Climate Change on Nutrient Load of Pike River Watershed

Nov. 17, 2015 — Using future climate change scenarios and water quality projections, experts found that sediment and the blue-green algae producing nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are likely to increase in the ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Tiny plastic bits, collectively known as called microplastics, are showing up in bodies of water around the world, and are accumulating in aquatic creatures, including fish and shellfish. Now ... read more

Taking a Molecular Approach to Conserving Freshwater Biodiversity

Nov. 6, 2015 — Molecular ecologists have a key role to play in setting priorities for the conservation of aquatic biodiversity, according to a recent review ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Humans can help the critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal to cope with climate change. Human-made snow drifts developed in a recent study improved the breeding success of seals during winters with ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Vindel River LIFE is aimed at restoring tributaries in northern Sweden that were affected by a century-long timber-floating era. The project spanned over nearly six years and came to an end on 31 ... read more

Some Like It Hot: Moth and Butterfly Species Respond Differently to Climate Change

Oct. 30, 2015 — New research led by ecologists shows that certain species of moths and butterflies are becoming more common, and others rarer, as species differ in how they respond to climate ... read more

Oct. 28, 2015 — Natives of Amazonia had limited impact on the forests and land surrounding them, suggests new research. The findings reinforce how vulnerable Amazonian forests may be to logging and ... read more

Researchers Work on Model to Help Restoration Managers With Decision-Making

Oct. 27, 2015 — It sounds rather simple: In order to restore the original high level of biodiversity in our rivers, they should be returned to their original state. Yet, researchers have determined it really is not ... read more

Marine Reserves Will Need Stepping Stones to Help Fish Disperse Between Them

Oct. 27, 2015 — A massive field effort on the Belizean Barrier Reef has revealed for the first time that the offspring of at least one coral reef fish, a neon goby, do not disperse far from their parents. The ... read more

Elephants Boost Tree Losses in South Africa's Largest Savanna Reserve

Oct. 26, 2015 — Protected areas, such as nature reserves and national parks, play a crucial role in sheltering wildlife, such as African elephants, from hunting and habitat destruction. But it's important that ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Despite global efforts to increase the area of the ocean that is protected, only four per cent of it lies within marine protected areas (MPAs), according to a new ... read more

Scientists Urge Policymakers to Plant More Trees to Save Britain's Rivers from Climate Change

Oct. 23, 2015 — New research has prompted scientists to call on policymakers to plant more trees alongside upland rivers and streams, in an effort to save their habitats from the future harm of climate ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — The concept that biodiversity feeds upon itself is not uncommon in the world of evolution. The problem is a lack of hard data that shows this process to be naturally occurring. However, recent ... read more

Antarctic Species Threatened by Willful Misinterpretation of Legal Treaty

Oct. 21, 2015 — Some countries argue that setting up marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean would interfere with their right to 'rational use' of natural ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Nearly 100 fossil species pulled from a flooded cave in the Bahamas reveal a true story of persistence against all odds -- at least until the time humans stepped foot on the ... read more

Oct. 19, 2015 — Larger protected areas, especially those in high population density regions, are more likely to undergo a downgrading, downsizing and degazettement (PADDD) event, suggests a new study. Protected ... read more

Oct. 16, 2015 — Climate scientists conclude that a warmer future with normal rainfall on California's coast will leave coast redwoods south of San Francisco Bay with significantly different climate than they ... read more

Ocean Protection Gaining Momentum, but Still Lags Progress Made on Land

Oct. 15, 2015 — Extraordinary progress in the past decade has brought 1.6 percent of the world's ocean to a category of 'strongly protected,' researchers say in a new analysis, but the accomplishments ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — Protected and intact forests have been lost at a rapid rate during the first 12 years of this century. According to researchers, 3% of the protected forest, 2.5% of the intact forest, and 1.5% of the ... read more

Oct. 15, 2015 — In a world transformed by climate change and human activity, conserving biodiversity and protecting species will require an interdisciplinary combination of ecological and social research methods, ... read more

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