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July 2, 2015

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July 2, 2015

June 29, 2015 — Marine reserves are fundamental tools for the conservation of worldwide marine biodiversity. The analysis of both genetic and demographic structures of some habitat-forming species, for example the ... read more

Antarctic Sponges: DNA Barcoding Discloses Diversity

June 25, 2015 — Researchers have used DNA barcoding to elucidate the diversity of the sponge fauna found in Antarctic waters. The data provide new insights into the evolution of this poorly characterized ... read more

Better Way to Evaluate Conservation Policies Found by Researchers

June 16, 2015 — Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service ... read more

June 16, 2015 — A more tailored approach to ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that suspended sediment damages fish gills and can increase the rate of disease in ... read more

View of 'Nature as Capital' Uses Economic Value to Help Achieve a Sustainable Future

June 15, 2015 — A series of reports outlines how governments, organizations and corporations are successfully moving away from short-term exploitation of the natural world and embracing a long-term vision of ... read more

June 15, 2015 — New research shows that surface waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas could reach levels of acidity that threaten the ability of animals to build and maintain their shells by 2030, with the Bering ... read more

June 12, 2015 — Animals wearing new tagging and tracking devices give a real-time look at their behavior and at the environmental health of the planet, say ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers ... read more

June 11, 2015 — It has been hypothesized that globalization of human-mediated dispersal of species may break down biogeographic boundaries. However, empirical tests had been lacking until recently. An international ... read more

June 11, 2015 — The origin of vascular plants, more than 400 million years ago, changed the surface of our planet ... read more

June 10, 2015 — The causes and consequences of global warming are still under debate, but what would actually happen to all the plants, essential to many aspects of our lives, if the climate in the planet does get ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Will some coral reefs be able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions in Earth's oceans? If so, what will these reefs look like in the future? As the ocean absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Bats in tropical regions are fertilizing trees with their excretions. An international team of scientists recently discovered that seeds of a tropical tree species, which regularly hosts bats in ... read more

June 8, 2015 — A comprehensive study of a major California estuary has documented the links between nutrient runoff from coastal land use, the health of the estuary as a nursery for young fish, and the abundance of ... read more

Can We Increase Harvest of Woody Biomass from European Forests?

June 8, 2015 — The supply of woody biomass from the forests in the European Union can be increased significantly beyond the current level of resource use. However, this involves trade-offs with biodiversity and ... read more

Diverse Coral Communities Persist, but Bioerosion Escalates in Palau's Low-pH Waters

June 5, 2015 — The coral reefs in Palau seem to be defying the odds, showing none of the predicted responses to low pH except for an increase in bioerosion -- the physical breakdown of coral skeletons by boring ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Scientists have raised the estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000 to 53,000. Many tropical tree species risk extinction because of their rarity and restriction to small ... read more

Few Opportunities to Change: Ocean Warming, Oxygen Loss Putting Marine Life Under Increasing Pressure

June 4, 2015 — If you want to live, you need to breathe and muster enough energy to move, find nourishment and reproduce. This basic tenet is just as valid for us human beings as it is for the animals inhabiting ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Warming temperatures and decreasing levels of dissolved oxygen will act together to create metabolic stress for marine animals. Habitats will shift to places in the ocean where the oxygen supply can ... read more

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