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May 24, 2015

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May 24, 2015

May 18, 2015 — A new approach to the difficult tradeoffs that environmental managers face when choosing between environmental sustainability and profitability has been recommended by experts. The findings could ... read more

Valuable Massachusetts Ecosystems Shrinking, Doing More With Less, Study Shows

May 14, 2015 — Ecologists and conservation groups single out the hardest-working ecosystems -- called "hotspots" -- for their exceptional conservation value. The number of ecosystem hotspots has increased ... read more

May 12, 2015 — People can check out local wildlife wherever they are in the world with a new app that says what species of animals and plants might be ... read more

Focus on the Regional Impact of Climate Change

May 12, 2015 — The recently published Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin makes an important contribution to understanding variations in the climate. The report also captures the most ... read more

May 11, 2015 — The water flea has genetically adapted to climate change. Biologists compared 'resurrected' water fleas -- hatched from 40-year-old eggs -- with more recent specimens to reach this ... read more

Space Technology Identifies Vulnerable Regions in West Africa

May 11, 2015 — Researchers have mapped regional droughts from space, which can affect the livelihood of millions of people in West Africa. They report that soil moisture observations can map land degradation with ... read more

Populated Puget Sound Sees Stark Shifts in Marine Fish Species

May 8, 2015 — The most populated areas of Puget Sound have experienced striking shifts in marine species, with declines in herring and smelt that have long provided food for other marine life and big increases in ... read more

Environmental Exposure to Hormones Used in Animal Agriculture Greater Than Expected

May 8, 2015 — Research by environmental scientists finds that potentially harmful growth-promoting hormones used in beef production are expected to persist in the environment at higher concentrations and for ... read more

May 6, 2015 — To fence or not to fence? That is the question facing conservationists concerned with barriers that keep wildlife in and people out. Researchers say that new policies must be developed before fences ... read more

Dietary Supplements Are Good for Coral Health, Study Shows

May 4, 2015 — Most people know the health benefits of taking daily supplements, but what about endangered corals? A new study has found that the critically endangered Staghorn coral may benefit from supplemental ... read more

May 4, 2015 — While fjords are celebrated for their beauty, these ecosystems are also major carbon sinks that likely play an important role in the regulation of the planet's climate, new research ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — A demographic study of two endangered plants at Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco shows that they favor recently disturbed open areas over areas that have established plant cover. ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Soil scientists have struggled with accurately measuring water flow through soil for years. Even the smallest soil details can sway water's path from the straight, sequential line gravity alone ... read more

May 3, 2015 — The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as marshes, reefs, and beaches, or ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — The waters of Baja California Sur are both ecosystems and fisheries where human needs meet nature. In a new study, researchers assessed the capacity to achieve sustainability by applying a framework ... read more

Ocean Fronts Improve Climate and Fishery Production, Study Finds

May 1, 2015 — Ocean fronts -- separate regions of warm and cool water as well as salt and fresh water -- act to increase production in the ocean, research has found. This research showed how fronts can be ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — The first specimens of slime molds from the Namib Desert in southern Africa have been discovered by an international group of scientists. Myxomycetes are not plants or animals but they share the ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — The Iberian ibex was reintroduced in the Sierra de Guadarrama (Madrid) in 1989. Now, some say there are too many of them. Researchers have assessed the impact on woody plant species in order to know ... read more

GIS Study Reveals Preferred Habitat of the Asian Elephant

May 1, 2015 — New results show that Asian elephants preferred secondary forests, presumably because of the abundance of ground grass to eat. The study also found that they spend 75% of their time within 1.5 km of ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — Scientists have crunched the numbers and the results are clear. For every degree that global temperatures rise, more species will become extinct. Overall, the study predicts a nearly 3 percent ... read more

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