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October 4, 2015

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October 4, 2015

Could Indigenous Knowledge Systems Combat Climate Change?

Sep. 23, 2015 — As the global scientific community combines technology and brains to track climate change patterns and effects, the indigenous populations across the world have, for generations, already been noting ... read more

Sep. 17, 2015 — Altered or new environmental conditions, such as those brought about by climate change, impose challenges on living organisms. This can drive species to extinction if they fail to adapt or adjust ... read more

Counting Underwater Vital for Marine Conservation

Sep. 16, 2015 — Understanding how genetic diversity occurs within species is paramount for conservation, according to scientists. The new research identified regions of high and low multi-species genetic diversity ... read more

Social Media Data Could Contribute to Conservation Science

Sep. 15, 2015 — Planning conservation actions requires up-to-date information on biodiversity, but also on human pressures. Scientists who collect data are few and far between on a global scale, but nature ... read more

Sep. 11, 2015 — South Florida is on the front lines in the war against invasive reptiles and amphibians because its warm climate makes it a place where they like to live, a new study shows. Using computer models and ... read more

Paying Farmers to Help the Environment Works, but ‘perverse’ Subsidies Must Be Balanced

Sep. 9, 2015 — New research suggests that offering financial incentives for farming industries to mitigate the impact agriculture has on the environment, by reducing fertiliser use and ‘sparing’ land for ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — The devastating impact has been revealed of illegal logging on bird communities in the understory layer of Ghana's Upper Guinea rain forests, one of the world's 25 "biodiversity ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — While biocontrol agents come in different shapes, often taking a lot of time for scientists to develop, natural ones seem to be the better option. Now biologists have discovered a new parasitoid wasp ... read more

Sep. 8, 2015 — Social network Flickr and citizen science website BugGuide have helped scientists to expand the known range of a rarely collected woodwasp native to the eastern United States. Partially thanks to the ... read more

Could More Intensive Farming Practices Benefit Tropical Birds?

Sep. 3, 2015 — Does it help when farms share the land with birds and other animals? The short answer is 'no,' based on the diversity of bird species. If the goal is to preserve more bird species, ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Coral reef diversity 'hotspots' in the southwestern Indian Ocean rely more on the biomass of fish than where they are located, researchers say, a conclusion that has major implications for ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — A new international study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by ... read more

Soil Area the Size of Berlin Lost Each Year Due to Water Erosion in the EU

Sep. 2, 2015 — A recent assessment has found that water erodes 970 million tonnes of soil every year in the EU. This would mean a one metre-depth loss of soil from an area corresponding to the size of the city of ... read more

Sep. 2, 2015 — Although most of the world's biodiversity is below ground, surprisingly little is known about how it affects ecosystems or how it will be affected by climate change. A new study demonstrates ... read more

Heat and Acid Could Squeeze Trout out of Southern Appalachian Streams

Sep. 1, 2015 — A newly published research study that combines effects of warming temperatures from climate change with stream acidity projects average losses of around 10 percent of stream habitat for coldwater ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers from CSIRO and Imperial College London have assessed how widespread the threat of plastic is for the world's seabirds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, and found the ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — A new study describes the bio-archaeological remains of the Philistine culture in Israel during the Iron Age (12th century to 7th century BCE). The results of this research indicate that the ca. 600 ... read more

Fishermen Discards Could Increase Prevalence of Turtle Disease in Turks and Caicos

Aug. 27, 2015 — The team surveyed cases of green turtle fibropapillomatosis disease, which creates unsightly pink tumors on the turtles' flesh. Although benign, they can impede turtles' vision and ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — Researchers have evidence in support of a clearly defined depth limit for deep-sea fishing in Europe. The findings come just as the European Union considers controversial new legislation to manage ... read more

New Affordable Tool to Test Tropical Forest Carbon Stocks

Aug. 26, 2015 — Environmental scientists have developed an affordable technique to help provide evidence of the carbon-saving benefits of tropical forest ... read more

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