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May 29, 2015

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May 27, 2015 — Scientists set out to assess how two projects compared to eleven vegetation models that simulate various ecological processes. Instead of only benchmarking whether or not an individual model matched ... read more

Flames Fan Lasting Fallout from Chernobyl

May 21, 2015 — In the years following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, forest fires billowed plumes of contaminated smoke, carrying radioactive particles throughout Europe on the wind. Now, researchers fear ... 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

Research Aims to Restore Riparian Corridors and an Iconic Tree

May 11, 2015 — Beginning on May 11, Forest Service scientists will plant different combinations of tree and shrub species in four riparian areas on the Finger Lakes National Forest in New York and monitor the ... read more

May 6, 2015 — The impact of forest fires is becoming ever greater on the Iberian Peninsula and climate change is partly to blame. In order to evaluate the effect of an increase in temperatures, Spanish and ... read more

Apr. 30, 2015 — New research provides some crucial ground truth for a method of measuring plant photosynthesis on a global scale from orbit. The work shows that chlorophyll fluorescence, a faint glow produced by ... read more

Forest Canopies Buffer Against Climate Change

Apr. 29, 2015 — Current models of how forests will respond to climate change don't account for differences between adult and juvenile trees. Recent research of forest landscape ecology, finds that climatic ... read more

Diversity of Habitat Needed Around Spotted Owl Reserves, Study Shows

Apr. 28, 2015 — A new study shows that many bird species, including several of high conservation concern, aren't getting the habitat they need due to a focus on promoting California Spotted Owl habitat in the ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Global carbon emissions from forests could have been underestimated because calculations have not fully accounted for the dead wood from ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Today (22 April) is Earth Day 2015 where worldwide events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Student study suggests that 0.002% of the Amazon rainforest, which spans 5.5 ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — In their efforts to forecast the spread of an invasive worm species, researchers are bringing a new weapon to bear: statistical ... read more

Amazon Rainforest Losses Impact on Climate Change, Study Shows

Apr. 21, 2015 — Human activity has removed more than one-tenth of trees and plants from the Amazon rainforest since the 1960s, a study shows. Widespread removal of trees has contributed to a rise in the amount of ... read more

Model Captures How Nitrogen Limitation Affects Hydrological Processes

Apr. 14, 2015 — Rising carbon dioxide levels in the air act as a fertilizer for plants, altering how they use water and interact with the climate. However, an insufficient supply of nitrogen can limit the growth. ... read more

Rainforest Protection Akin to Speed Limit Control

Apr. 16, 2015 — The destruction of the Brazilian rainforest has slowed significantly. With around 5000 square kilometers annually, the loss is now about 80% lower than in 2004. An international team of researchers ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — A new study quantifies the amount of carbon stored and released through California forests and wildlands. The results indicate that wildfires and deforestation are contributing more than expected to ... read more

Perceptions of Environmental Damage Improves Over Time, Despite Lack of Real Change

Apr. 15, 2015 — Human perception of the beetle kill problem in the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska has improved over time, despite little improvement in the environmental conditions, researchers have found. The study drew ... read more

Increased Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Limits Soil Storage

Apr. 15, 2015 — Soil carbon may not be as stable as previously thought, scientists report, adding that soil microbes exert more direct control on carbon buildup than global climate models represent. This study, ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Logging slashes the abundance of invertebrates like ants and earthworms, but new research shows vertebrates can take up their roles in the ecosystem. Nearly a half of all tropical rainforests ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Soil, long thought to be a semi-permanent storehouse for ancient carbon, may be releasing carbon dioxide to the atmosphere faster than anyone thought. In a new study, researchers showed that ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Salt marshes at higher latitudes, including those in densely populated coastal regions of New England and Europe, are more vulnerable to the effects of eutrophication, which, if left unchecked, can ... read more

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