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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Nov. 20, 2015 — The warming of arctic waters in the wake of climate change is likely to produce radical changes in the marine habitats of the High North. This is indicated by data from long-term observations in the ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The complete genetic makeup of a species of ecologically important algae, which may aid in biofuel production, has been sequenced by scientists. This is only the second time that researchers have ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — With 63 percent of the state forested, New York may be nearing a peak in forest land. Gains in forested land have slowed considerably, and two new damaging invasive insects are threatening ... read more

Study Links Deep-Time Dust With Major Impacts on Carbon Cycling

Nov. 17, 2015 — A new study links vast amounts of iron-rich dust deposits from the late Paleozoic period of 300 million years ago with implications for major ecosystem fertilization and a massive drawdown of ... read more

Small Landscape Changes Can Mean Big Freshwater Gains

Nov. 17, 2015 — A typical bird's-eye view of the Midwest offers a patchwork landscape covered mostly by agriculture but mottled with forest, wetland, grassland, buildings and pavement. This pattern influences ... read more

Every Species Counts: Value of Biodiversity Is Particularly High in Poor Environmental Conditions

Nov. 17, 2015 — The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning greatly depends on the prevalent environmental conditions. An interdisciplinary team consisting of microbiologists and ecological ... read more

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

Global Energy Demand Has Adverse Effects on Freshwater Resources of Less Developed Nations

Nov. 16, 2015 — Global energy demand from developed nations has an adverse impact on freshwater resources in less developed nations according to a new study. While current energy policy focuses on preventing ... read more

Building With Nature: Ecological Design for Next-Generation Cities

Nov. 13, 2015 — New research celebrates the centennial of the society with perspectives on the potential for ecological science to influence the design of the next generation cities and their ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — A shortage of a rare mineral could spur global market instabilities, according to a new analysis of international commodity trade ... read more

Invasive Freshwater Species in Europe’s Lakes and Rivers: How Do They Come In?

Nov. 13, 2015 — A new article has identified escape from aquaculture facilities, releases in the wild due to pet/aquarium trade and stocking activities as the main pathways of alien species introduction in European ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — According to new research, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth's vertebrate ... read more

Increased Deforestation Could Substantially Reduce Amazon Basin Rainfall

Nov. 12, 2015 — Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study. These declines in rainfall could potentially alter the ... read more

Sharks' Hunting Ability Destroyed Under Climate Change

Nov. 12, 2015 — The hunting ability and growth of sharks will be dramatically impacted by increased carbon dioxide levels and warmer oceans expected by the end of the century, a new study has ... read more

Shrubs on Warming North Slope Attract Moose, Hares

Nov. 11, 2015 — Snowshoe hares and moose, which are both relative newcomers to Alaska's North Slope, may have become established in the area with the help of warming temperatures and thicker ... read more

Idea of Slow Climate Change in Earth's Past Misleading

Nov. 11, 2015 — Climate change is progressing rapidly. It is not the first time in our planet's history that temperatures have been rising, but it is happening much faster now than it ever has before. Or is it? ... read more

Study Cites Gap Between Theory and Practice in Natural Resource Management

Nov. 11, 2015 — Natural resource agencies have embraced an approach known as adaptive management to adjust and refine their management plans in the face of uncertainties. But a study finds agencies often apply ... read more

Research Links Tundra Fires, Thawing Permafrost

Nov. 10, 2015 — Wildfires on Arctic tundra can contribute to widespread permafrost thaw much like blazes in forested areas, according to a study. The connection between wildfires and permafrost loss is better ... read more

Dust, Iron, Life: How Atmospheric Dust Prepped Earth for Life

Nov. 10, 2015 — Dust begets life, and Earth's atmosphere 300 million years ago was perhaps the dustiest of all time, with large consequences for carbon cycling and the climate system. In a new article ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — An analysis by sociologists of data on land use in Mato Grosso, Brazil's third largest state, reveals that a large proportion of deforestation, as well as remaining forest cover, can be found on ... read more

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