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May 20, 2015 — Invasive earthworms in New England's forests are absorbing toxic metal pollutants in potentially hazardous levels that may be contributing to a decline in birds, amphibians and mammals that feed ... read more

May 18, 2015 — For the first time, scientists have modeled the effects of land use changes on the species diversity in rivers and streams. Their results show that the loss of biodiversity is caused to a ... read more

May 19, 2015 — The original snake ancestor was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting predator that had tiny hindlimbs with ankles and toes, according to new research. Snakes show incredible diversity, with over 3,400 living ... read more

May 19, 2015 — An international team of more than 100 scientists, policy makers and community representatives have published a new report outlining the vital steps needed to save the Hainan gibbon (Nomascus ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Small soil animals can limit the effects of climate change, a team of researchers has shown through a long-term study. In the same way that Yellowstone's wolves regulate plant diversity by ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Because of their position on the food chain and their dietary habits, Griffon vultures from the Iberian Peninsula are exposed to accumulation of heavy metals in their tissues. A study reveals that, ... read more

May 15, 2015 — A new article demonstrates how XML markup applied to texts using the GoldenGate editor can address the challenges presented by unstructured legacy data. The paper demonstrates how structured primary ... read more

May 15, 2015 — Elephants, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, gorillas and the majority of other very large animal species are threatened with extinction, an international team of scientists have reported. And if current ... read more

May 13, 2015 — The spigot for plant discoveries in Madagascar continues to flow steadily, with no signs of slowing down in the near future. Botanists recently described 17 new species of Eugenia in the Myrtle ... 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 14, 2015 — The legendary humpback Mahseer, one of the world's most iconic freshwater fish, is on the brink of extinction according to scientists. Ever since the publication of HS Thomas's A Rod in ... read more

Historical Land Use an Important Factor for Carbon Cycling in Northern Lakes

May 13, 2015 — The historical past is important when we seek to understand environmental conditions as they are today and predict how these might change in the future, according to researchers whose analyses of ... 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

How the Presence of Conservation Researchers Affects Wildlife

May 12, 2015 — In a study that compared three sites within the Dja Conservation Complex in Cameroon, Africa, investigators found that the presence of a conservation research project acts as a deterrent to ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Restoring diverse vegetation along the Atlantic seaboard after devastating hurricanes or replanting forests after destructive wildfires rests mightily upon one tiny but important ingredient: the ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Expansion of cattle pastures has led to the destruction of huge swaths of rain forest in Brazil, home to the world’s largest herd of commercial beef cattle. But a new study shows that market-driven ... read more

May 11, 2015 — New research has questioned the role played by ocean acidification, produced by the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs, in the extinction of ammonites and other planktonic calcifiers 66 ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Wine grape vineyards experimenting with sustainable pest management systems are seeing an unexpected benefit: an increase in butterflies. Over the years, loss in natural habitat has seen the decline ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Scientists have pinpointed the climate pattern that likely sets the stage for boreal bird irruptions in which vast numbers of northern birds migrate far south of their usual winter range. The ... 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

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